Eli Iserbyt (Belgium) claimed Belgium’s second rainbow jersey of the weekend in the U23 men’s race at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, riding solo to the line after a mid-race attack. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) took silver, 28 seconds back, while Yan Gras (France) took bronze at 35 seconds.
Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) had been the pre-race favourite, having won the U23 versions of the UCI World Cup, Superprestige and DVV Trophy, as well as winning the U23 National Championships this season but he could only manage 15th place.
However, the British rider had trouble from the start, with his foot coming out of the pedals early on as the Dutch and Belgians took command at the start. Nieuwenhuis was the early leader after a fast start saw the fastest lap of the weekend so far, with 2016 world champion Iserbyt close behind.
A group consisting of Gras, Antoine Benoist (France) and Sieben Wouters (Netherlands) was next on the course, in a race that saw the sorting happen earlier rather than later.
Iserbyt passed Niewenhuis early on lap two, powering past as the cameras focused on Pidcock, who looked to be labouring 30 seconds further back. By the end of the lap the gap between the front two was 20 seconds as Gras began to separate himself from the chasing group.
Despite a minor crash in the deep mud on lap three, Iserbyt looked in command of proceedings by the midway point of the five-lap race. At that point, hopes of any expected Pidcock comeback looked to be over, as he lapped 50 seconds back.
The penultimate lap of the race saw Gras close in on Nieuwenhuis for second, setting up the main battle of the day. Gras managed to stick with the Dutchman, but didn’t - or couldn’t - put in a big move, leaving Nieuwenhuis to pull away again midway through the final lap.
Up front it was plain sailing for Iserbyt, with no danger of being caught as he sealed his second World Championship. Nieuwenhuis and Gras followed half a minute back, while Pidcock ended up in 15th place, 3:57 back.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Eli Iserbyt (Belgium)||0:50:54|
|2||Joris Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands)||0:00:28|
|3||Yan Gras (France)||0:00:35|
|4||Adam Toupalík (Czech Republic)||0:01:25|
|5||Thijs Aerts (Belgium)||0:01:44|
|6||Antoine Benoist (France)||0:01:55|
|7||Sieben Wouters (Netherlands)||0:02:25|
|8||Jakob Dorigoni (Italy)||0:02:56|
|9||Gage Hecht (United States Of America)||0:03:04|
|10||Timo Kielich (Belgium)||0:03:11|
|11||Yannick Peeters (Belgium)||0:03:24|
|12||Toon Vandebosch (Belgium)||0:03:26|
|13||Eddy Fine (France)||0:03:43|
|14||Jofre Cullell Estape (Spain)||0:03:46|
|15||Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain)||0:03:57|
|16||Thymen Arensman (Netherlands)||0:04:01|
|17||Lucas Dubau (France)||0:04:09|
|18||Timon Rüegg (Switzerland)||0:04:12|
|19||Kelvin Bakx (Netherlands)||0:04:14|
|20||Daniel Tulett (Great Britain)||0:04:17|
|21||Stefano Sala (Italy)||0:04:32|
|22||Maik Van Der Heijden (Netherlands)||0:04:38|
|23||Kevin Kuhn (Switzerland)||0:04:47|
|24||Maximilian Möbis (Germany)||0:05:34|
|25||Ben Turner (Great Britain)||0:05:42|
|26||Ivan Feijoo Alberte (Spain)||0:05:48|
|27||Jens Dekker (Netherlands)||0:05:52|
|28||Mauro Schmid (Switzerland)||0:05:56|
|29||Grant Ellwood (United States Of America)||0:06:06|
|30||Jelle Schuermans (Belgium)||0:06:19|
|31||Joshua Dubau (France)||0:06:38|
|32||Daniel Smarzaro (Italy)||0:06:45|
|33||Matteo Vidoni (Italy)||0:07:04|
|34||Spencer Petrov (United States Of America)||0:07:15|
|35||Matej Ulik (Slovakia)||0:07:29|
|36||Denzel Stephenson (United States Of America)||0:07:50|
|37||Félix Schreiber (Luxembourg)||0:07:59|
|38||Josef Jelínek (Czech Republic)||0:08:06|
|39||Maxx Chance (United States Of America)||0:08:17|
|40||Nicholas Smith (Australia)||0:08:21|
|41||ŠTepán Schubert (Czech Republic)||0:08:56|
|42||Mario Junquera San Millan (Spain)||0:09:07|
|43||Antonio Folcarelli (Italy)||0:09:19|
|44||Tomasz Budzinski (Poland)||0:10:06|
|45||Nicholas Diniz (Canada)||0:10:18|
|46||Frederik Hähnel (Germany)||0:10:35|
|47||Andreas Lund Andresen (Denmark)|
|48||Johan Jacobs (Switzerland)|
|49||Carl Erik Schoulgin Sørensen (Denmark)|
|50||Rasmus Wulff Nørholm Gøtke (Denmark)|
|51||Juraj Bellan (Slovakia)|
|52||Hannes Forsby (Sweden)|
|53||Hijiri Oda (Japan)|
|54||David Conroy (Ireland)|
|55||Ben Walkerden (Australia)|
|56||Wojciech Ceniuch (Poland)|
|57||William Ockenden (Australia)|
|58||Gustaf Darrasson ISL|
|59||Declan Prosser (Australia)|
|DNF||Eric Brunner (United States Of America)|
|DNF||Jakub Šulc (Czech Republic)|
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