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Wyseure leads Belgian sweep of U23 podium at 'cross Worlds

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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium celebrates at finish line as race winner during the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Joran Wyseure of Belgium celebrates men's U23 victory at UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium celebrates at finish line as race winner during the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Joran Wyseure of Belgium wins men's U23 race ahead of teammate Emiel Verstrynge (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium celebrates at finish line as race winner during the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Joran Wyseure of Belgium wins U23 race in Fayetteville (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium competes during the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Joran Wyseure of Belgium wins men's U23 title at UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Fayetteville (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium competes to win during the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Joran Wyseure of Belgium on course for his victory in men's U23 race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium competes to win during the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Joran Wyseure of Belgium on The 39 Climb (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 LR Emiel Verstrynge of Belgium Mees Hendrikx of Netherlands and Pim Ronhaar of Netherlands compete while fans cheer during the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Emiel Verstrynge of Belgium, Mees Hendrikx of Netherlands and Pim Ronhaar of Netherlands chase leader at top of climb while fans cheer (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE GEORGIA JANUARY 29 Mees Hendrikx of Netherlands trains prior to the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Georgia Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Mees Hendrikx of Netherlands on course (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE GEORGIA JANUARY 29 Cameron Mason of United Kingdom trains prior to the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Georgia Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Cameron Mason of United Kingdom trains prior to the U23 race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Fans attend to the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Centennial Park descent after 39 Climb is packed with fans (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Men U23 29012022 Scenery photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixCVSprintCyclingAgency2022

The descent off the stair climb (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Men U23 29012022 Cameron Mason GBR photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixCVSprintCyclingAgency2022

Cameron Mason (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Men U23 29012022 Scenery photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixCVSprintCyclingAgency2022

The under-23 men's start (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Men U23 29012022 Joran Wyseure BEL photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixCVSprintCyclingAgency2022

Joran Wyseure (Belgium) (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Men U23 29012022 Joran Wyseure BEL photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixCVSprintCyclingAgency2022

Joran Wyseure (Belgium) (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Men U23 29012022 Emiel Vertsrynge BEL Joran Wyseure BEL Thibau Nys BEL photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixCVSprintCyclingAgency2022

Emiel Verstrynge, Joran Wyseure and Thibaut Nys on the podium (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)

Belgium swept the podium for the men's U23 race Saturday at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Joran Wyseure riding solo across the line for the rainbow jersey. Emiel Verstrynge secured the silver medal, finishing just 13 seconds back while Thibau Nys held off charges by Mees Hendrikx (Netherlands) and Cameron Mason (Great Britain) to secure the bronze.

The fast, flowy course kept the speeds high, as Wyseure extended his lead with each lap. Hendrikx rode at the front pacing the Belgian pair of Verstrynge and Nys, who kept a slight advantage over the Dutch duo of Ryan Kamp and Pim Ronhaar.

With two laps to go, the solo lead for Wyseure had stabilised at 15 seconds, and Verstrynge took an opportunity to push away from the chasers in power sections for second place.

“I want to try the whole race at my own tempo. It was enough for the win,” Wyseure said in the mix zone after the race. “It’s really nice that we have three Belgian guys on the podium. It’s phenomenal, and I’m really happy.” 

From the front row of Belgian and Dutch colours, with a lone rider from Great Britain, the Belgian team put two riders at the front going into the first 180-degree turn, the entire field packed together at a blistering pace.

On the initial ascent of the 38-step staircase the group began to line out, led by Verstrynge in front of the trio of Dutch riders -  Ronhaar, Hendrikx and Kamp. Close behind was Gonzalo Inguanzo Macho of Spain and Cameron Mason (Great Britain).

On the second lap, along the decisive long climb on the back of the course at Centennial Park, Wyseure began to set the pace at the front, with a long line of Belgian and Dutch riders on his wheel. Wyseure attacked across the series of short, steep rollers to kick up some dust and grab a seven-second advantage to start the third of seven laps.

Wyseure continued with a stiff pace on his solo attack, leaving Hendrikx to lead the Dutch chasers Kamp and Ronhaar, who were joined by Verstrynge, Thibau Nys and Britain’s Mason. With four laps to go, Wyseure had a 14-second gap on the small group. Another few seconds in the chase were Niels Vandeputte and Jente Michels of Belgium.

Overnight frost had melted under the Arkansas sunshine, with any residual dampness in some corners quickly drying. Wyseure had no problems on his circuits and rode solo across the line for the victory, covering his face with his hands in disbelief.

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joran Wyseure (Belgium) 0:49:21
2Emiel Verstrynge (Belgium) 0:00:13
3Thibau Nys (Belgium) 0:00:33
4Mees Hendrikx (Netherlands)
5Cameron Mason (United Kingdom)
6Ryan Kamp (Netherlands) 0:00:38
7Niels Vandeputte (Belgium) 0:00:40
8Pim Ronhaar (Netherlands) 0:01:15
9Gerben Kuypers (Belgium) 0:01:32
10Jente Michels (Belgium) 0:01:37
11Antoine Huby (France) 0:01:51
12Dario Lillo (Switzerland) 0:01:55
13Samuele Leone (Italy) 0:02:10
14Joseph Blackmore (United Kingdom) 0:02:15
15Joris Delbove (France) 0:02:33
16Gonzalo Inguanzo Macho (Spain) 0:02:43
17Scott Funston (United States) 0:02:44
18Davide Toneatti (Italy) 0:02:45
19Loris Rouiller (Switzerland 0:03:12
20Isaac Del Toro Romero (Mexico) 0:03:14
21Andrew Strohmeyer (United States) 0:03:21
22Matej Stransky (Czech Republic) 0:03:33
23Daxton Mock (United States) 0:03:46
24Miguel Rodriguez Novoa (Spain) 0:03:57
25Matyas Fiala (Czech Republic) 0:04:23
26Jan Sommer (Switzerland) 0:04:32
27Lars Sommer (Switzerland)
28Jules Van Kempen (United States) 0:04:33
29Sam Noel (United States) 0:04:39
30Filip Maard (Sweden) 0:04:58
31Theo Thomas (France)
32Gustav Dahl (Denmark) 0:05:07
33Pascal Toemke (Germany) 0:05:14
34Hugo Brisebois (Canada) 0:05:31
35Matt Leliveld (Canada) 0:05:35
36Tommy Servetas (United States) 0:05:41
37Carlos Alfonso Garcia Trejo (Mexico) 0:05:50
38Noah Ramsay (Canada) 0:06:13
39Owen Clark (Canada) 0:06:58
40Sean Nolan (Republic of Ireland) 0:07:24
41Dean Harvey (Republic of Ireland)

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Jackie Tyson
Jackie Tyson

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).

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