Cyclocross: SP Francorchamp

Thalita de Jong
Thalita De Jong:
"It's a great sensation to win here. Two races after a break from racing was hard. I took it easy this week but decided to race here to get the racing rhythm back. I crashed really hard. I needed time to gasp for air. I tried to focus again and avoid making mistakes. Then I got back with Sanne and Christine. I rode my own race and managed to ride away. I kept my composure and won the race. I didn't make it easy for myself. During the reconnaissance ride I made a lot of mistakes and the same happened in the race. Still, I knew I was the strongest rider in the race. I easily got back to Christine on the climb." 

Sanne Cant:
"I'm not surprised with second place. I'm feeling good. It was a fast course which doesn't suit me too much. I certainly wasn't the worst on the climb. I lost time on the run-up but I'm pleased with what I did today. On the run-up you had to keep searching for grip."

Christine Majerus:
"I tried to aim higher but was unlucky with a crash and a flat tyre in the final lap. It was slippery. It was a nice race. The harder courses suit me well, just like Gavere. I hope to do well in Namur." 

Wout van Aert:
"It's great. I've never lost in Francorchamps so I love to come here. I was way too tired. The Raidillon is much too hard to lift up your hands afterwards.
I'm awaiting this week and look forward to reading the new analyses. The newspaper have to be filled. I'm glad to answer with the pedals. When you're racking up second places you don't have the right to speak.
Toon Aerts
It doesn't happen much throughout the season: I love to do such a steep old-fashioned run-up with the bike on your back. I can do it well and love to do it. I'm pleased it's here every year. It's good for the confidence. It's good to start December with a win. I'm looking forward to the next race and the upcoming duels with Mathieu. I'm positive for the future."

Mathieu van der Poel:
"It's a hard race. I'd loved to have won but second is not bad. I quickly realized that I didn't have the legs to bridge back up. I opted to focus on second place with the eye on the classification. Wout has always been good in running sections. He's always been the best in it. I was struggling on the run-up, just like last year. It'll never be my cup of tea. It's ok for once but I don't like it," 

Toon Aerts:
"I had quite large spikes on my shoes which were great for the steep run-up. Sadly enough when hopping off my bike before the climb I landed on an icy spot and slipped away, hurting my knee." 

Klaas Vantornout:
"Pretty good feeling today, too bad the 2 flat tyres, lost a lot of time 😒 @SpaFrancorchamp"

Elite Women

1 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:45:42
2 Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:00:13
3 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:00:25
4 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:56
5 Elle Anderson (USA) Elle Anderson Racing 0:01:34
6 Geerte Hoeke (Ned) 0:02:36
7 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) 0:02:47
8 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata 0:02:48
9 Githa Michiels (Bel) 0:03:16
10 Loes Sels (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:03:27
11 Bianca van den Hoek (Ned) 0:03:41
12 Asa Erlandsson (Swe) 0:03:44
13 Eva Maria Palm (Bel) 0:03:47
14 Julia Boschker (Ned) 0:04:15
15 Pauline Delhaye (Fra) 0:04:35
16 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions
17 Irene Gerritsen (Ned) 0:05:56
18 Julie Van de Velde (Bel) 0:07:03
19 Axelle Bellaert (Bel) 0:08:34
20 Madeleine Gammons (GBr)
21 Marlies Beckers (Bel)
Elite Men
1 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
2 Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon
3 Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games
5 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions
7 Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
8 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Beobank-Corendon
9 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games
10 Stephen Hyde (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com
U23 Men
1 Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:55:35
2 Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:13
3 Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) 0:00:18
4 Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:19
5 Sieben Wouters (Ned) 0:01:00
6 Gosse van der Meer (Ned) 0:01:17
7 Jelle Schuermans (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:01:49
8 Jappe Jaspers (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:01:51
9 Maik van der Heijden (Ned) 0:02:27
10 Jonas Degroote (Bel) 0:02:39
11 Roel van der Stegen (Ned) 0:02:47
12 Yannick Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:02:52
13 Seppe Rombouts (Bel) 0:02:55
14 Lander Loockx (Bel) 0:02:57
15 Jarno Liessens (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:02:59
16 Wesley Floren (Ned) 0:03:12
17 Jenko Bonne (Bel) 0:04:05
18 Mart Muskens (Ned) 0:04:08
19 Jarne Driesen (Bel) 0:04:12
20 Loic Hennaux (Bel) 0:04:15
21 Niels Derveaux (Bel) 0:04:37
22 Erik Boer (Ned) 0:05:13
23 Koen van Dijke (Ned) 0:05:25
24 Reno Bauters (Bel) 0:06:01
25 Adam Toupalik (Cze) 0:06:20
26 Julien Kaise (Bel) 0:06:48
27 Kevin van Bennekom (Ned)
28 Reidar Mohr Sindre (Nor)
29 Maxime Van Wynsberghe (Bel)
30 Louis Jamin (Bel)
31 Niels Verbruggen (Bel)
U19 Men
1 Toon Vandebosch (Bel) 0:41:22
2 Arno Debeir (Bel) 0:00:06
3 Tomas Kopecky (Cze) 0:00:10
4 Thymen Arensman (Ned) 0:00:13
5 Andreas Goeman (Bel) 0:00:31
6 Timo Kielich (Bel) 0:00:35
7 Yentl Bekaert (Bel) 0:00:37
8 Jelle Camps (Bel) 0:01:06
9 Denzel Stephenson (USA) 0:01:24
10 Ryan Kamp (Ned) 0:02:09
11 Joren Thys (Bel) 0:02:33
12 Dolf Pemen (Bel) 0:02:52
13 Sander De Vet (Bel) 0:03:14
14 Jens Clynhens (Bel) 0:03:18
15 Bart Artz (Ned) 0:03:19
16 Antoine Raugel (Fra) 0:04:00
17 Jon Polledo Arriola (Spa) 0:04:11
18 Clément Horny (Bel) 0:04:13
19 Koen van Helvoirt (Ned) 0:04:28
20 Carlo van den Berg (Ned) 0:04:30
21 Maxim Van Gils (Bel) 0:05:25
22 Kyro Geurts (Ned) 0:05:45
23 Jon Calvo Salgueiro (Spa) 0:05:58
24 Tom Dussek (GBr) 0:06:00
25 Aketza Arana Carrera (Spa)
26 Leander Verheyde (Bel)


A solitary path...

Thomas Lamb (1978-) - Path in long grass II (2013)
This morning I got my new passport, had my booking confirmed and prepared something special I want to bring to the Annapurna base camp in memory of Anatoli Boukreev. I have a few things to buy yet, including a list of medicines, but basicly I'm ready.
I'm suffering again because of the vaccine. Or maybe I have got a flu. In anycase I don't feel fine. In add I feel lonely, as usual before a travel, because I always travel alone. Mine it's a solitary path. I can handle it, sure: I'm used to. Still I feel something is missing, or somebody. 
This feeling is especially strong while I prepare my backpack, when I go shopping checking my equipment list. I can't avoid to regret that there is nobody sharing these moments with me.
Traveling alone is fine, I love to. The focus is on the travel, not on the company nor on the relationship. But I'd like to share the leaving, to get a confirmation.
I don't really know because it's nostalgia of something I have never had.


Himalayan Dreams: Breathing again... and 700 euros in equipment

"If you can and you want to take part in the trek I suggest you book now. The group is almost complete". This was the message. It was about midnight and my phone's display had suddenly lit up. 
I had spent the afternoon by Climb, a shop by the other side of Florence. It's far but it offers a large range of high quality brands, including Salewa, that I like. I had spent almost 700 euros in equipment checking my list with some satisfation and no regret:
Risultati immagini per marmot minimalist women's jacket"a lighter, towels, trek poles, thermal underwear, a water bottle, a bag to be left by the hotel in Kathmandu, tights, socks (long and short), trousers (long and short), a shirt, a cap, toilet paper, flip-flop for the shower, a swiss knife, waterproof over pants, a rope for the laundry, a bathing suit, a wool bonnet, a pair of gaiters, a Goretex windbreaker parka, a down jacket, gloves (woolen mitts are perfect), a kit for personal hygiene, a first aid kit, a headlamp with extra batteries, padlocks (to lock the bag and the doors of the lodges room), thermal long sleeve technical shirts, clothes pegs, sunglasses, a balaclava, a pile jacket (windstopper or very warmy), a sleeping bag (temperature: Comfort -5 ° C - Extrem -15 ° C), lots of plastic canvas to cover the bags, wet wipes, soap for washing clothes, sneakers, boots or hiking shoes, scarf or neck guard, a thermos, short / long sleeves cotton T-shirt , a 35 / 40lt backpack  and its backpack cover."
The shop guy, my husband and I had eventually agreed that waterproof overpants weren't needed as I already have one pair of Montura pants that are more or less waterproof and I had bought another pair of pants, more technical, by Mountain Hardwear.
Immagine correlataIn the end I had bought nothing by Salewa because their sizes didn't suit me very well. Instead I bought a 'shell', a down jacket and waistcoat (or vest?) by Marmot. Light, confortable and hopefully useful.
I bought also a pair of gaiters (Trango) good also for a short person like me, and a beautiful backpack by Alpine Lowe
So now I was ready to go. Still holding my breath because I'm still waiting for my new passport but basicly sure I'm leaving. 
The message upset me. I thought: ok, I'll fix it tomorrow. Almost immediately I got up and wrote back to the trek leader: - "Can I book without the passport number?!", "Yes you can, the system permits it because we take the visa in Kathmandu airport".switched on my laptop, grabbed my credit card and booked.
So easy! I can breath again. I have a few days to add my passport number but it should be ready the next week.
Tomorrow I'll take the 3rd and last vaccine pill against typhoid: the first one, on Monday, made me rather sick, with headache and nausea, the 2nd one, yesterday, just gave me a little headache. It's effective 10 days after the last pill and it lasts several years.
Risultati immagini per mountain hardwear women's daphnia pantsIt seems I'm really going to the Annapurna Base Camp! 
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Mountaineering - Mariano Galvan: "When you decide to climb, shut your Ego..."

Pic by  Mariano Galvan
After a long silence and a good rest, the Manaslu experience a little bit sunk, Mariano Galvan wrote a few inspiring beautiful words on his Face Book page. Waiting for more, enjoy!

Mariano Galvan:
"What drives me to go back to the mountains again and again?
I want to think that what moves me is love for the simple great beauties of the nature we are deprived of as small children, among tall buildings.
But then I remember that also the ego moves me, for good or for bad.
Therefore, the most important thing in climbing is to cross the boundaries of the mountains making no noise. Because they are sleeping giants who don't understand words no reasons. The best thing you can do is to give them as a gift your silence.
Therefore, when you decide to climb, shut your Ego, as it's noisier than the crampons that scratch the bare rock, and louder than the clinking metals that hang from your harness.

["Que me lleva una y otra vez a moverme entre montañas?
Quiero pensar que me mueve el amor a las simples grandes bellezas que posee la naturaleza
y de la cual se nos priva desde pequeños, tras grandes edificios.
Pero luego recuerdo que el ego también me mueve, para bien o para mal. 
Así que, lo mas importante en la escalada, es entrar en los confines de las montañas sin hacer ruido. Pues ellos son gigantes dormidos que no entienden de palabras y de razones. Por lo que mejor puedes hacer es regalarle el silencio.
Así que cuando te decidas a escalar, acalla tu Ego, ya que éste es mas ruidoso que los crampones que rascan la desnuda roca, y más ruidoso que las tintineantes metales que cuelgan de tu arnés. 

["Cosa mi spinge ancora e ancora ad andare in montagna? Voglio pensare che mi muove l'amore per le semplici grandi bellezze della natura di cui siamo privati da piccoli, fra alti palazzi.
Ma mi devo ricordare che mi spienge anche l'ego, nel bene e nel male.
Così la cosa più importante nella scalata è varcare i confini delle montagne senza fare rumore. Perchè esse sono giganti addormentati che non intendono parole nè ragioni. Perciò il meglio che puoi fare è regalare loro il tuo silenzio.
Così quando ti decidi a scalare zittisci il tuo Ego, poiché è più rumoroso dei ramponi che grattano la roccia nuda, e più rumoroso dei metalli tintinnanti attaccati alla tua imbragatura.


Mountain: On Boukreev's Track 6: What 'Summit' Means?

Anatoli Boukreev
"I arrived on the top at three-fifteen. [...] I straddled the summit crest, riding it like a horse, and took pictures. [...] From my friends I knew that the southern point was 8.013 m, by some calculation only five m higher than where I sat. I considered the traverse, looking at the huge snowdrifts that had built up over the technically easy relief. They were weighted and ready to carry a person down despite every precaution. Experience told me that I had about a 10 percent chance of reaching the south peak alive. How the snow had felt coming up the ridge was fresh in my mind. I knew the conditions were not right for more gambling with my life. Inside me, as it would be with any mountaineer, ambition was raging, but continuing would go agaist all logic. I had put my life on the line many times in 1996, but for important reasons. I don't know how other mountaineers will judge my actions, but I left the ridge with the feeling that I had climbed Shisha Pangma." (Anatoli Boukreev, "Above the clouds" p.195-196)
When I first read this I thought that Anatoli Boukreev wasn't just a great mountaineering but moreover a great man, a man able to use his brain over 8.000 m as well as his heart, ready to risk his life to save other lives, but cleaver enough to prevent his ambition to kill him. 
The summit certificate
"As far as me I had climbed Shisha Pangma" I quoted by heart commentating an interesting news on 4sport.ua: About 200 mountaineers climbed the Manaslu but only three obtained a certificate of the ascent, by the Nepali authorities.
The point is: what 'summit' means? and what 'climbing atop a mountain' means? such a mountain then, a 8.000 m giant covered in snow, with a serious risk of avalanches and a very narrow ridge. Manaslu is 8156 m, the eighth highest mountain in the world. Commercial expeditions have turned it in a crowded popular aim but it doesn't make it easier. 
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The narrow summit of  Manaslu
The Nepali authorities want a picture from the summit, that's the highest point on the mountain. But Mingma Sherpa, Managing Director of Seven Summit Treks, doesn't agree. According to him several climbers have successfully climbed to the summit of Manaslu, but failed to take a picture from there. The  peak of the mountain is indead too narrow to allow more than one person per time to stand on it, so many take photo and video just below. And this is due to the large number of mountaineers climbing to the top and to the unstable weather conditions: few people want to take the risk of waiting for their turn! Even Reinhold Messner said that the Department of Tourism of Nepal is more interested in tourism than in mountaineering.
Yannick Seigneur
As far as me, I think this story shows how far the commercialisation has gone even in the Himanayas. I remember Yannick Seigneur wrote: "This wild mountains aren't a circus like our Alps." ("Makalu pilastro ovest attacco finale" in the anthology "Racconti di pareti e scalatori" by Marco Albino Ferrari, in Italian). That's no more true. Himalayas is now a bigger circus, and more lucrative.
Commercial expeditions shouldn't exist. People shouldn't be allowed to climb a 8.000 just because they can pay for it. The Nepali authorities are discussing a law aiming to make a selection based on experience, not on money. I think it's a good law, because in my opinion you can't stop a mountaineer who's ready to dare the mountain by fair means and you must stop an amateur who's ready to spend a lot to have it easier. Mountains, also the Alps, should be again a place instilling respect, honesty and a bit of fear.
Climbing a mountain by fair means require courage and realism. It isn't just the summit, it's the whole human experience that gives it its value. It isn't the picture, for sure. It isn't the certificate. The perfect ascent could remain a secret and keep all its meaning. It's a matter of awareness. That's why it's done. Otherwise it's a kind of exhibitionism, miserable and sterile. 
Sharing such an experience is dangerous. Tempting, almost unavoidable. It makes it more real but probably poorer. Alienation and objectivation are two sides of the same thing. Writing is a fair compromise, a personal objectivation that is possible to share... However this is another story.

Cyclocross: Flandriencross in Hamme... and a special kind of urban trek!

This is Belgium
First of all: Thomas Pidcock is something. I'm sorry I have never seen him racing. I'm sure it's worth to. Yesterday in the Flanderiencross he won again in front of a peloton of Belgians. Outstanding.
This is Belgium
Sanne Cant is a prodigious leader. More than just a good rider or even a gifted rider. She's got character, class, determination. She deserves to be apreciated way more by the Belgian public. She's a true champion and often I feel a sufference in her words, a disappointent for the way her stunning victories are commentated. I'd like to see her satisfied and sure to be loved. As far as me, I BELOVE Sanne Cant.
In the Elite Men race we had again a victory by Mathieu van der Poel on Wout van Aert and a splendid Laurens Sweeck. 
This is Rome
In the U23 Men race Quinten Hermans won on Eli Iserbyt, both strong talented riders. 3rd was Adam Toupalik.
While they were busy battling in Belgium I was in Rome attending a march in support of the vote against the costitutional reform in a referendum that has quickly got a political meaning because the Italian Prime Minister said he's going home in case the No wins. That reform I don't like at all, moreover I'd be glad if he goes home. The march has been a kind of urban trekking really because for the first time in ages the access to the center of Rome has been forbiden and we got to Piazza del Popolo by a long periferical route. That's a new high of shame in the Italian politics.
I hope that long urban trekking was a good training for my Nepali goal!

Sanne Cant:
"It's my tenth victory, and that's a great number. I'm happy it worked out today. I didn't expect it because it remained together for so long, It was difficult to create gaps today. It was a technical course but not very difficult. In the final lap, there was a section where I created a gap. It was hard work to hold on to the lead." 

Maud Kaptheijns:
"This weekend pleased me a lot. My sixth place yesterday was good. This was a tactical race with high speeds. I like that, but tactically I often struggle. Now I manage to get a second place. The difference? I rested very well. I tend to train too much." 

Thalita De Jong:
"I suffered a lot. The speed was always high and due to the multiple training session I lacked speed in the legs. My heart rate was always high and didn't recover fast. [...] I tried to make as few mistakes as possible. I'm very happy with that. I made a big step." 

Mathieu van der Poel:
"Today I suffered a lot. I figured to keep the gap at 10 seconds but behind me they kept going flat out. Luckily I can handle the pressure of dealing with a lead but I was glad to cross the finish line."

Laurens Sweeck:
"I wanted to open fast but Mathieu quickly came over me. We kept riding at ten seconds. While working together we gained some seconds but not enough. Mathieu was in control."

Wout Van Aert:
"When Mathieu accelerated I wasn't in the right position to react. I was struggling at that moment. It was good that for once we weren't racing against each other but exchanging the work. That's how we both got on the podium." 

Elite Women
1 Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 45:33:00
2 Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Team Steylaerts 0:00:02
3 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank-Liv 0:00:03
4 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:06
5 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) MRM Avalon Pro Cycling 0:00:07
6 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:12
7 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Kalas-NNOF 0:00:23
8 Alicia Franck (Bel) 0:00:36
9 Loes Sels (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:49
10 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Lares-WoawDeals 0:00:54
11 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:04
12 Evie Richards (GBr) 0:01:13
13 Elle Anderson (USA) 0:01:22
14 Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) 0:02:00
15 Ellen Noble (USA) Ridebiker Alliance 0:02:18
16 Githa Michiels (Bel) 0:02:33
17 Amanda Nauman (USA) 0:02:38
18 Kim Van De Steene (Bel) 0:02:39
19 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) 0:03:16
20 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) AA Drink-Kalas 0:03:56
21 Aurélie Vermeir (Bel) 0:04:07
22 Eva Maria Palm (Bel) AA Drink-Kalas 0:04:08
23 Axelle Bellaert (Bel) AA Drink-Kalas 0:04:11
24 Julia Boschker (Ned) 0:04:13
25 Laure Michels (Bel) 0:05:19
26 Laure Michels (Bel) 0:06:06
27 Jara Noël (Bel) AA Drink-Kalas 0:06:25
28 Meg De Bruyne (Bel) 0:07:07
Elite Men
1 Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 0:57:50
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:00:06
3 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 0:00:07
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:20
5 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:28
6 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:29
7 Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:01:16
8 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Team Steylaerts 0:01:18
9 Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:29
10 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:53
11 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:01:55
12 David Van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 0:02:07
13 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:02:11
14 Stephen Hyde (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 0:02:30
15 Rob Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:02:52
16 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:03:01
17 Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) Kalas-NNOF 0:03:04
18 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) ERA-Circus 0:03:11
19 Diether Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 0:04:15
20 Joeri Adams (Bel) Kalas-NNOF 0:04:38
21 Dario Tielen (Bel) 0:05:25
22 Kevin Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 0:05:45
23 Jeremy Powers (USA) Aspire Racing 0:05:51
24 Michael Boros (Cze) ERA-Circus 0:05:58
25 Matthias Van De Velde (Bel)
26 Eric Thompson (USA) Hed p/b Molten Speed Wax
27 Sebastien Carabin (Bel)
DSQ Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
DSQ Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Beobank-Corendon
DNF Braam Merlier (Bel)
DNF Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Beobank-Corendon
U23 Men
1 Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:47:26
2 Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:11
3 Adam Toupalik (Cze) Beobank-Corendon 0:00:18
4 Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:29
5 Yannick Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:00:52
6 Jelle Schuermans (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:01:09
7 Kelvin Bakx (Ned) 0:01:11
8 Jonas Degroote (Bel) 0:01:19
9 Lander Loockx (Bel) 0:01:21
10 Thomas Van De Velde (Bel) 0:01:23
11 Niels Derveaux (Bel) 0:01:29
12 Stijn Caluwe (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:01:33
13 Pieter Van Roosbroeck (Bel) 0:01:34
14 Gert Smets (Bel)
15 Tijl Pauwels (Bel) Lares-Doltcini 0:01:42
16 Seppe Rombouts (Bel) 0:01:45
17 Gianni Siebens (Bel) Lares-Doltcini 0:01:50
18 Reno Bauters (Bel) 0:02:00
19 Eric Brunner (USA) 0:02:03
20 Viktor Vandebosch (Bel) 0:02:09
21 Jarno Liessens (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:02:12
22 Spencer Petrov USA 0:02:13
23 Loïc Hennaux (Bel) 0:02:20
24 Jenko Bonne (Bel) 0:02:45
25 Jarne Driesens (Bel) 0:02:51
26 Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned) 0:03:00
27 Wesley Floren (Ned) 0:03:04
28 Sybren Jacobs (Bel) 0:03:16
29 Julien Kaise (Bel) 0:03:39
30 Robin Alderweireld (Bel) 0:03:46
31 Jappe Jaspers (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:03:49
32 Nick Van de Kerkhove (Bel) 0:04:38
33 Lawrence Tibackx (Bel) 0:05:01
34 Mathias Declerck (Bel) 0:05:50
35 Yari Crollet (Bel) 0:06:05
36 Jente Tielemans (Bel) 0:06:18
U19 Men
1 Thomas Pidcock (GBr) 0:41:34
2 Ben Turner (GBr) 0:00:03
3 Niels Vandeputte (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:00:18
4 Louis Rouiller (Swi) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:00:22
5 Pieter-Jan Vliegen (Bel) 0:00:27
6 Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lares-Doltcini 0:00:52
7 Arno Van Den Broeck (Bel) 0:00:53
8 Arno Debeir (Bel) Lares-Doltcini
9 Len Dejonghe (Bel)
10 Anton Ferdinande (Bel) Lares-Doltcini 0:01:16
11 Andres Verdonck (Bel)
12 Thomas Mein (GBr) 0:01:30
13 Arne Vrachten (Bel) 0:01:33
14 Jens Clynhens (Bel)
15 Wannes Vanden Bussche (Bel) 0:01:35
16 Joren Thys (Bel) 0:01:37
17 Sander De Vet (Bel) 0:01:46
18 Julian Siemons (Bel) 0:01:52
19 Jarne De Meyer (Bel) 0:01:54
20 Ryan Kamp (Ned) 0:01:57
21 Denzel Stephenson (USA) 0:02:20
22 Brent Braes (Bel) 0:02:33
23 Loeka Verdonck (Bel) 0:02:38
24 Lloyd Sprangers (Bel) 0:02:42
25 Vince Van Den Eynde (Bel) 0:02:44
26 Sam Noel (USA) 0:02:47
27 Jason Van Compernolle (Bel) 0:02:48
28 Kwinten Stuer (Bel) 0:03:00
29 Lander Tibackx (Bel) 0:03:07
30 Maarten Clauwaert (Bel) 0:03:15
31 Maxim Dewulf (Bel) 0:03:26
32 Arne Santy (Bel) 0:03:29
33 Kevin Goguen (USA)
34 Thijs Christiaens (Bel) 0:03:59
35 François Hyon (Fra) 0:04:09
36 Jasper Van Den Plas (Bel) 0:04:29
37 Seppe Bekaert (Bel) 0:05:06
38 Grégory Careme (Bel) 0:05:39
39 Nolan Brunner (USA)
40 Aaron Logie (Bel)
41 Marvin De Bondt (Bel)


Cyclocross: Zeven

Elite Women race
Jelle Camps, Joris Nieuwenhui, Sanne Cant and Mathieu van der Poel are the winners of the day.
The Junior Men race has been affected by a mechanical that stopped Tom Pidcock on his solitary way.
Nobody could stop Mathieu van der Poel. His solitary ride started 4 laps to go and finished on the line.
Earlier in the race Tom Meeusen had attacked and Laurens Sweeck had looked very close to the podium. But Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel have left nothing to anybody. This time the Dutch won the duel. 
Kevin Pauwels quiety conquered a good 3rd place.

Mathieu van der Poel:
"I knew I had to close the gap as soon as possible because Wout was quite far. Once I bridged up I knew I was stronger because it's boosting the moral to have closed down such a gap. I quickly counter-attacked and straight away I had a big gap. It was fun. I didn't start well because I was surprised the lights turned green so fast. Then there was a bit of pushing and at the sand section I lost some spokes. I lost a lot of time to get a new bike. The last few weeks I felt I was hitting top form. I hope to keep up this form until the next training camp and then add a few percentages with the eye on the World championships".

Wout Van Aert:
"I managed to put him in trouble for half a race. Once he moved into the lead I realized after three corners what would happen. It was as if he rode on other tires. I was unable to follow him. He was the strongest."

Kevin Pauwels:
"I didn't have a good start and was unable to move up. Once there was space I got going. I rode good through the sand. Van der Poel passed me in the sand. He was going much faster and it was impossible to follow him. Even though I enjoyed a good day van der Poel was still much stronger."

Sanne Cant:
"In Belgium I often hear after a win that this or that rider is missing. Now they're all here. I'm first on the UCI ranking and today I've proven to be worthy of that. It was a treacherous course, with slippery corners. The sand section was cleaned which made it harder to ride through. In the final lap I didn't ride it too well but I had a gap and tried to keep it until the finish".

Sophie de Boer:
"I made a mistake and then they rode away while I was stuck in the wiring. Sanne played it well. I wasn't good enough today, especially technically. It was more slippery than I expected. The corners had to be taken at high speed and that wasn't in my favour".

Katherine Compton:
"I'm happy with the result. I definitely didn't have an awesome race as I made a bunch of mistakes. I had a bad start. I just felt like I was out of the rhythm. I was a step behind the pace I had to be at. I kept pushing, chasing hard. I got to the front and figured to play it steady. Sanne was able to ride the sand pit in the last lap and I messed it up. She had a gap and I couldn't recover it in time. She had a great race. She rode it until the end there. Was it a mistake to lead for one lap and a half with Cant on my wheel? Possibly. Right now I felt like it was too long. I felt like we needed to keep the gap on three to five girls behind us and they weren't too far back. I just wanted to keep the gap and at least guarantee the podium instead of fighting for a fifth place spot. I'll go home in December and have some good training and come back in January. I'm looking forward to good training and I feel good."

Elite Women
1 Sanne Cant (Bel) 0:44:43
2 Katherine Compton (USA) 0:00:06
3 Alica Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 0:00:22
4 Sophie de Boer (Ned) 0:00:23
5 Thalita de Jong (Ned) 0:00:28
6 Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) 0:00:33
7 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 0:00:40
8 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) 0:00:41
9 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 0:00:49
10 Ellen Nobel (USA) 0:01:00
U23 Men
1. Joris Nieuwenhui, 
2. Iserbyt Eli, 
3. Quinten Hermans. 
Juniors Men 
1. Jelle  Camps, 
2. Toon Vandebosch
3. Tom Pidcock
Elite Men
1 Matthieu van der Poel (Ned) 1:03:21
2 Wout van Aert (Bel) 0:00:21
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) 0:00:31
4 Tom Meeusen (Bel) 0:00:53
5 Clement Venturini (Fra) 0:01:08
6 Laurens Sweek (Bel) 0:01:24
7 Corne van Kessel (Ned) 0:01:32
8 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) 0:01:38
9 Matthieu Vanthourenhout (Bel) 0:01:53
10 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 0:01:59