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