Meeusen wins Under 23 race

An in-form Tom Meeusen won the Under 23 men's cyclo-cross World Cup round in Roubaix on Sunday and strengthened his overall World Cup lead. The Belgian Meeusen dropped Robert Gavenda (Slovakia), Pawel Szczepaniak (Poland), Tijmen Eising (Netherlands) and fellow Belgian Jan Denuwelaere on a muddy course during the final lap up and around the vélodrome in Roubaix, France.

Meeusen has been a player in the not only the Under 23 racing, but also in the elite racing lately. He finished as the third elite racer at the Belgian championships only last week. While the races in which Meeusen has excelled thus far have been frozen and fast and well-suited to his technical skills, in Roubaix, he proved he had the power to also ride well in power-sapping mud.

"I wasn't feeling comfortable in the mud today. The last few weeks we've been racing on frozen courses, and I needed time to adapt to a real mud race," Meeusen said. "Added to that, I had mechanical problems. I was not able to keep pressure on the chain, without it skipping, so I opted to sit on some wheels. In the last lap, I went for it, and it proved to be a successful tactic."

Eising claimed the hole shot and probably didn't notice much of the pile-up behind him after the first corner. During that first lap, he was joined by Szczepaniak, Gavenda, Micki Van Empel (Netherlands), Meeusen and Joeri Adams (Belgium).

Szczepaniak took over from Eising during the third lap and created damage behind him as Van Empel and Adams were dropped. During the second half of the race, Gavenda led the charge at the front, and Eising struggled to keep up.

Meeusen left it to Gavenda and Szczepaniak to take the initiative, but then on the last lap, he proved he had something left. The Belgian powered away and at the finish line, he had time enough to celebrate his second World Cup win.

With the 60 points that accompany his victory, Meeusen has earned himself a comfortable gap of 35 points over second-placed Gavenda in the World Cup overall. Just one round, in Hoogerheide remains, and it will be run next weekend.

The Americans didn't have the the best day in Roubaix. Top finisher Zach McDonald had fond memories of last year's race, in which he finished on the podium as a junior, but there would be no podium this year in the Under 23 race.

"If I could pick the circumstances for a race, these would be it," McDonald said, referring to the muddy technical course combined with sunny weather. McDonald sat in the pack at about the halfway point through much of the race and eventually finished in 30th.

US National Under 23 Champion Danny Summerhill started off much worse although he gained about 10 places throughout the race and finished in 33rd. Jerome Townsend was lapped en route to an official 40th place finish.

Full Results

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Under 23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Meeusen (Belgium)0:49:22
2Robert Gavenda (Slovakia)0:00:07
3Tijmen Eising (Netherlands)0:00:08
4Jan Denuwelaere (Belgium)0:00:14
5Pawel Szczepaniak (Poland)0:00:21
6Vincent Baestaens (Belgium)0:00:41
7Joeri Adams (Belgium)0:00:49
8Micki Van Empel (Netherlands)0:01:07
9Marek Konwa (Poland)0:01:16
10Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands)0:01:25
11Corne Van Kessel (Netherlands)0:01:39
12Arnaud Jouffroy (France)0:01:54
13Elia Silvestri (Italy)0:02:06
14Wietse Bosmans (Belgium)0:02:08
15Matthias Rupp (Switzerland)0:02:10
16Jim Aernouts (Belgium)0:02:23
17Mitchell Huenders (Netherlands)0:02:31
18Jiri Polnicky (Czech Republic)0:02:36
19Matthieu Boulo (France)0:02:46
20Arnaud Grand (Switzerland)0:02:55
21Melvin Rulliere (France)0:03:14
22Ole Quast (Germany)0:03:27
23Lubomir Petrus (Czech Republic)0:03:34
24Valentin Scherz (Switzerland)0:03:47
25Fabian Danner (Germany)0:04:09
26Irwin Gras (France)0:04:11
27Aurelien Gizzi (France)0:04:19
28Bryan Falaschi (Italy)0:04:39
29Jimmy Turgis (France)0:04:45
30Zach Mcdonald (United States Of America)0:05:18
31Karel Hnik (Czech Republic)0:05:22
32Michael Schweizer (Germany)0:05:41
33Daniel Summerhill (United States Of America)0:05:53
34David Menger (Czech Republic)0:06:02
35Mattias Nilsson (Sweden)0:06:25
36Théo Vimpere (France)0:06:35
37Thibaut Villa (France)0:07:01
38Michael Wildhaber (Switzerland)0:07:48
39Pit Schlechter (Luxembourg)0:08:20
-1lapJerome Townsend (United States Of America)Row 39 - Cell 2
-1lapJan Nesvadba (Czech Republic)Row 40 - Cell 2
-1lapMatteo Trentin (Italy)Row 41 - Cell 2
-1lapPaul Herman (France)Row 42 - Cell 2
-1lapBarry Hayes (Germany)Row 43 - Cell 2
-1lapPierre Garson (France)Row 44 - Cell 2
-2lapsNaran Khangarid (Mongolia)Row 45 - Cell 2
-2lapsDimitri Corriette (France)Row 46 - Cell 2
-2lapsBaasankhuu Myagmarsuren (Mongolia)Row 47 - Cell 2
-3lapsMarek Canecky (Slovakia)Row 48 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Grimal (France)Row 49 - Cell 2
DNFSascha Weber (Germany)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNFCristian Cominelli (Italy)Row 51 - Cell 2
DNSKacper Szczepaniak (Poland)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNSRamon Sinkeldam (Netherlands)Row 53 - Cell 2
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Under 23 men World Cup standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tom Meeusen (Bel)200pts
2Robert Gavenda (Svk)165Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tijmen Eising (Ned)132Row 2 - Cell 3
4Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra)119Row 3 - Cell 3
5Pawel Szczepaniak (Pol)109Row 4 - Cell 3
6Micki Van Empel (Ned)100Row 5 - Cell 3
7Cristian Cominelli (Ita)96Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jim Aernouts (Bel)94Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jan Denuwelaere (Bel)91Row 8 - Cell 3
10Vincent Baestaens (Bel)88Row 9 - Cell 3
11Joeri Adams (Bel)86Row 10 - Cell 3
12Marek Konwa (Pol)82Row 11 - Cell 3
13Matthieu Boulo (Fra)75Row 12 - Cell 3
14Elia Silvestri (Ita)68Row 13 - Cell 3
15Lubomir Petrus (Cze)66Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jiri Polnicky (Cze)64Row 15 - Cell 3
17Lars Van Der Haar (Ned)64Row 16 - Cell 3
18Arnaud Grand (Swi)53Row 17 - Cell 3
19Sascha Weber (Ger)51Row 18 - Cell 3
20Mitchell Huenders (Ned)42Row 19 - Cell 3
21Wietse Bosmans (Bel)37Row 20 - Cell 3
22Kacper Szczepaniak (Pol)33Row 21 - Cell 3
23Corne Van Kessel (Ned)33Row 22 - Cell 3
24Kevin Cant (Bel)30Row 23 - Cell 3
25Marcel Meisen (Ger)25Row 24 - Cell 3
26Ole Quast (Ger)24Row 25 - Cell 3
27Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel)19Row 26 - Cell 3
28Karel Hnik (Cze)19Row 27 - Cell 3
29Kevin Eeckhout (Bel)18Row 28 - Cell 3
30Alessandro Calderan (Ita)18Row 29 - Cell 3
31Luca Braidot (Ita)17Row 30 - Cell 3
32Matthias Rupp (Swi)17Row 31 - Cell 3
33Stef Boden (Bel)16Row 32 - Cell 3
34Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned)12Row 33 - Cell 3
35Bryan Falaschi (Ita)12Row 34 - Cell 3
36Nico Brüngger (Swi)11Row 35 - Cell 3
37Melvin Rulliere (Fra)11Row 36 - Cell 3
38Irwin Gras (Fra)10Row 37 - Cell 3
39Matteo Trentin (Ita)9Row 38 - Cell 3
40Sven Beelen (Bel)8Row 39 - Cell 3
41Valentin Scherz (Swi)8Row 40 - Cell 3
42Michael Schweizer (Ger)7Row 41 - Cell 3
43Fabian Danner (Ger)6Row 42 - Cell 3
44Daniel Summerhill (USA)6Row 43 - Cell 3
45David Menger (Cze)6Row 44 - Cell 3
46Vinnie Braet (Bel)5Row 45 - Cell 3
47Filip Adel (Cze)5Row 46 - Cell 3
48Aurelien Gizzi (Fra)4Row 47 - Cell 3
49Max Walsleben (Ger)4Row 48 - Cell 3
50Jimmy Turgis (Fra)2Row 49 - Cell 3
51Ruben Veestraeten (Bel)2Row 50 - Cell 3
52Zach Mcdonald (USA)1Row 51 - Cell 3


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