Procycling: UCI WT Licences Second Round

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"In accordance with UCI Regulations and following a full review of all criteria for attribution (administrative, ethical, financial and sporting), the Licence Commission has decided to grant a UCI WorldTour licence to the following teams:

Therefore teams registered as UCI WorldTeams (1st division) for 2016 are the following (team/UCI Code/nationality):


Teams Roth-Skoda and Cult Energy – Stölting Group have joined the UCI Professional Continental Teams. 

Teams registered as a UCI Professional Continental Team (2nd division) for 2016 are the following (team/UCI code/nationality):


Four teams applying for UCI Professional Continental status are still under review of the Licence Commission. With regards to those teams, the UCI will communicate the decisions of the Licence Commission concerning the award of further licences during December."

Cyclocross: Flandriencross in Hamme

Eli Iserbyt
YAY! Cross day, a serious one! wandering by the river in gloomy mood, enough! 
Lot of mud in Hamme and lots of wind.
As far as Junior Men, Florian Vermeersch took the victory, while Eli Iserbyt once again triumphed in the U23 Men category.
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Helen Wyman:
“I thought, just ride hard, get a good start and see what happens. I had a small gap from the beginning but Sanne came really close but then had a mechanical or something. Then it was one lap to go. I wanted to win. Haven’t had a win since nationals in January. It was really important for me. The crowds were going crazy for Sanne. The people were really cheering for me, it was fantastic but for Sanne everybody goes wild, she’s Belgian. As the cheer was getting closer to me I knew she was coming closer. I knew that if I went into the BMX track with five or ten seconds then it’s hard to close that gap”.

Sanne Cant:
“I made too many mistakes so I think it’s my own mistake that I didn’t win today. The mechanical is due to the course and is part of racing. Otherwise I might have bridged up with her but even then I hadn’t won yet".

Jolien Verschueren:
“I lost a huge amount of time in the technical sections. I didn’t have my usual power too. It was a bad day. I love mud but not the corners”. 

As far as Elite Men... they are racing in a few minutes: watch it here.
Lars van der Haar:
"Today SP Hamme! It's hard with a lot of sliding as well. ;p gonna be tough and fun. #mud #cross #LucyisinSpainhighanddry"
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What a start for Lars van der Haar! he's immediately ahead. On the muddy climb Sven Nys falls but quickly fights his way back. 
Few muddy meters and the situation changes: Van Aert is leading, then Pauwels comes with van der Haar. Pauwels changes his bike and van der Haar passes him. 6 laps to go van der Haar and Pauwels are chasing at 6", Van der Poel and Nys at 10". 
On a muddy stretch Pauwels slows down impeding Nys: van den Poel passes both and joins van der Haar. 5 laps to go Van Aert is leading solo, van der Poel and van der Haar are chasing at 10'', Nys and Pauwels at 16''. Few muddy meters and the chasing group is back together, with Sven Nys racing agresively.
Van der Poel changes his bike and van der Haar takes a breath. Nys attacks but they don't let him go. Van Aert is still solo in front. 4 laps to go Nys is at 16" and has got a gap, Van der Poel, Pauwels and Van der Haar  are at 22".
Both Nys and van der Poels are attacking like hell, making mistakes but gaining time on Van Aert. Thrilling race! 3 laps to go Nys is at 17" ,  Pauwels and Van der Poel  at 30" while van der Haar is slightly dropped at 36''. 
2 laps to go Van Aert is leading, Nys is chasing solo, then Pauwels comes, then van der Poels. Van der Haar is 4th but closing the gap.
Last lap: Van Aert's adavnatge is just 14'' on Nys. Then Pauwels comes, then  van der Poel and van der Haar. Nys really is strong but Van Aert is stronger. The strongest indead: he wins solo. Down the podium, Lars van der Haar beats Mathieu van der Poel for the 4th place. Must be said that van der Poel had a nasty crash in the finale: his front wheel got stucked in the mud and he went straight OVER the barrier :/

Lars van der Haar:
"4th in Hamme. Happy to get better under these circumstances. Little crash at wrong moment. But good race. Tomorrow off to Mallorca! ;D
Heater and boiler in the camper was broken today. Luckily there were enough crosser that let me shower. I ended up at @sven_nys! Thanks Sven".


Junior Men
1 Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lares - Doltcini Cycling Team 0:40:11
2 Jappe Jaspers (Bel) Lares - Doltcini Cycling Team
3 Alex Colman (Bel) Lares - Doltcini Cycling Team 0:00:16
4 Jarne Driesen (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:04
5 Alessio Dhoore (Bel)
6 Gage Hecht (USA) 0:01:13
7 Mitch Groot (Ned) Lares - Doltcini Cycling Team 0:01:15
8 Toon Vandebosch (Bel) W.A.C. Team Hoboken (Kon.) V.Z.W. 0:01:29
9 Jarno Liessens (Bel) Enertherm - BKCP 0:01:35
10 Andreas Goeman (Bel) Van Assche-Alpha Motorhomes Cycling Team 0:01:45
11 Reno Bauters (Bel) KSC Dendersteek Labiekes 0:01:54
12 Mathijs Wuyts (Bel) Kalas Cycling Team 99 Schriek 0:02:17
13 Victor Vandebosch (Bel) Enertherm - BKCP 0:02:25
14 Diederik Pemen (Bel) Van Assche-Alpha Motorhomes Cycling Team 0:02:30
15 Timo Kielich (Bel) Trek-KMC Mountainbiketeam VZW 0:02:43
16 Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Patrick Development Team 0:02:46
17 Jari De Clercq (Bel) Van Assche-Alpha Motorhomes Cycling Team
18 Arne Vrachten (Bel) Kon. Balen B.C. V.Z.W. 0:03:07
19 Jonas Smet (Bel) Papillon-Rudyco-Janatrans Cycling Team 0:03:13
20 Eric Brunner (USA) 0:03:14
21 Florian Stumpf (USA) 0:03:34
22 Evan Clouse (USA) 0:03:43
23 Jente Tielemans (Bel) W.A.C. Team Hoboken (Kon.) V.Z.W. 0:03:52
24 Mauro Schmid (Sui) 0:04:00
25 Jarne De Meyer (Bel) Kon. Balen B.C. V.Z.W. 0:04:20
26 Lander Tibackx (Bel) Cycling Team Vive Le Vélo VZW Diegem
27 Brent Braes (Bel) Kon. Balen B.C. V.Z.W. 0:04:32
28 Kwinten Stuer (Bel) Wielerteam Waasland V.Z.W. 0:04:55
29 Fabio Van Goethem (Bel) Rudyco-Janatrans Cycling Team
30 Stan Van Tricht (Bel) Lotto Olympia Tienen 0:07:49
31 Lauri Van Den Eede (Bel) C.T. Keukens Buysse Knesselare
32 Ward Deschepper (Bel) KSC Dendersteek Labiekes
33 Owen Valcke (Bel)
34 Seppe Bogaert (Bel) Trek-KMC Mountainbiketeam VZW
35 Sven Maertens (Bel) WC De Molenspurters Meulebeke
36 Thomas D'Hooge (Bel) Rudyco Cycling Team
37 Marvin De Bondt (Bel) WK Noord West Brabant
38 Aaron Logie (Bel) Zannata Cycling Team
39 Angelo Windels (Bel)
U23 Men
1 Eli Iserbyt (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:46:00
2 Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:25
3 Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:36
4 Yannick Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:01:01
5 Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:18
6 Braam Merlier (Bel) Baguet - M.I.B.A. Poorten - Indulek Cycling Team 0:01:24
7 Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) BKCP - Corendon 0:01:29
8 Curtis White (USA) 0:01:36
9 Adam Toupalik (Cze) BKCP - Corendon 0:01:41
10 Jonas Degroote (Bel) Lares - Doltcini Cycling Team 0:01:42
11 Stijn Caluwe (Bel) BKCP - Corendon 0:01:53
12 Jelle Schuermans (Bel) Avia Crabbe Cycling Team 0:02:25
13 Nick Van De Kerckhove (Bel) Mez Team Belgium Snellegem 0:02:34
14 Berne Vankeirsbilck (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team 0:02:42
15 Yannick Gruner (Ger) 0:02:44
16 Yorben Van Tichelt (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
17 Kyle De Proost (Bel) Kon. Balen B.C. V.Z.W. 0:02:53
18 Matthias Van De Velde (Bel) 0:03:23
19 Arne Tureluren (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team 0:03:53
20 Jenko Bonne (Bel) Lares - Doltcini Cycling Team 0:04:05
21 Pieter Van Roosbroeck (Bel) VA-Cycling Team Zele 0:04:13
22 Yves Coolen (Bel) Rock Werchter-Toekomstvrienden 0:04:23
23 Grant Ellwood (USA) 0:04:29
24 Simon Jaecques (Bel) Kon. Balen B.C. V.Z.W. 0:04:57
25 Loïc Hennaux (Bel) 0:05:02
26 Dario Tielen (Bel) 0:05:13
27 Stefano Museeuw (Bel) Enertherm - BKCP 0:05:34
28 Thomas Van De Velde (Bel) 0:05:45
29 Onno Verheyen (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW 0:06:05
30 Renaud Philipp (Fra) 0:06:46
31 Erik Boer (Ned) VA-Cycling Team Zele 0:07:52
32 Elias Van Hecke (Bel) Lares - Doltcini Cycling Team
33 Jens Teirlinck (Bel) Van Assche-Alpha Motorhomes Cycling Team
34 Gianni Vermeiren (Ita) Cycling Team Zemst VZW
35 Guillaume Mouchard (Fra)
36 Mathias D'Haese (Bel)
37 Vincent Oger (Bel)
38 Valentin Humbert (Fra)
39 Lander Loockx (Bel) Kalas Cycling Team 99 Schriek
Elite Women
1 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona 0:37:15
2 Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP 0:00:08
3 Nikki Harris (GBr) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:24
4 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) MRM-Avalon Pro Cycling 0:01:05
5 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:13
6 Sophie de Boer (Ned) Kalas-NNOF 0:01:20
7 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:29
8 Loes Sels (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:52
9 Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) AA Drink-Kalas Cycling Team 0:02:10
10 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 0:03:02
Elite Men
1 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental 0:58:26
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drink 0:00:18
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:04
4 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin 0:01:25
5 Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Bkcp-Corendon 0:02:00
6 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era Real Estate - Murprotec 0:02:04
7 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Era Real Estate - Murprotec 0:02:32
8 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:35
9 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling 0:02:41
10 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:59


Cycloross: Sean De Bie Wins the Boonen & Friends Charity Race (and more)

Embedded image permalinkIt's a cold cold day here in Florence, but sunny, and I see it was the same in Belgium. Tom Boonen and friends had fun in front of a good crowd and good money went to a good cause.
It was more fun than sport but top riders assure a top show and Sean De Bie is a young rising star: a beautiful win for him and for sure a nice day for everybody.
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Embedded image permalinkAs far as me, I had a very busy week: on wednesday I worked in school from 9 am to 8 pm! I was cooked afterward. On Friday I had to woke up early to catch my train: it was rail workers' strike and I wasn't sure at all about my train back. My solidarity went to the strikers as always: Italian railway is in a shameful situation after it has been sold to privates on a shameful bargain. The strikers probably felt my love and gave me back some love because I went home safely, with just some delay in a day of cancealed trains and hours waiting. 
This morning instead I stayed in bed: I'm on strike too - again - for my job and salary. It's a long hard fight and unions are managing it badly. Workers lost more than one battle here failing to auto organising against unions' burocrats who were selling them to the class enemy...
‪Later I did some shopping: a fairtrade‬ skirt, organic‬ ‪local‬ fruits and ‪‎ecological‬ cat litter. Use your power to support free workers and a sustainable economy! I do.

1. Sean De Bie
2. Maarten Wynants
3. Pieter Vanspeybrouck


Women Cycling: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Makes History

Photo Credit: Stuart Pickering/Cycling Direct
Yes she did! Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio is the first ever South African to finish in the top ten of the UCI rankings. Last night she has been also awarded as South Africa Sportswoman of the Year for the second year in a row.
Her season was a blast: victory in the national and African continental road and time trial champioships. .Top ten placings in Strade Bianche, Le Smayn, Elsy Jacobs and Fleche Wallonne., victory in Auensteiner-Radsporttage (stage and overall), 2nd overall in Euskal Emakumeen Bira, 4th overall in the Giro Rosa.
See what she says!

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio:
“I'm super happy to finish the year ranked 6th in the world, I couldn't have asked for a better ending to what has been a great year with Bigla. I have been striving to break into the top 10 world ranking for a few years now, and to finally have made it, I'm incredibly grateful. It is not easy as a rider from the Southern Hemisphere to make a career of cycling in Europe, and I hope this achievement can inspire other South African's and African's to realise that with hard work and determination anything is possible. I certainly didn't do this on my own, and I'm incredibly grateful to all of those who have played a role in helping me reach this goal over the years.
Finishing in the top 10 world ranking in the year preceding the Rio Olympics is great for my motivation and confidence. I feel that my consistent performance through the year and the lessons that I have learnt along the way will be a great boost going into 2016, as I continue to strive to push boundaries and grow as an athlete and person.” 

Bigla Team manager, Thomas Campana:
“When we started working with Ashleigh it was never the plan to look at the UCI ranking but we noticed it was more important for her to get balance and confidence back in order to have good platform going into an Olympic year of 2016. The top ten position in the UCI ranking is just a confirmation of reaching those goals. It’s a great achievement for Ashleigh to be the first African rider to achieve these top rankings. I think in two or three weeks she will realise what she has achieved this year and it will give her more motivation for next year.  
For the team, the success of the captain is important. For next year we have a group of young competitive riders and more experienced riders and to have a leader who is in the top ten riders in the world is very important. This is pure confidence for all the athletes. After the race in Joburg all the girls were walking around with broad shoulders and you could see that they’ve grown and we wanted to end the year like this.”


Cyclocross: WC Koksijde

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Cold. Very cold. Icy cold. Almost hailing indead.
As far as U23 Men... confirmed: Eli Iserbyt is a first size star. Have a look here and see how he won today, outsprinting Hoeyberghs just on the line. 
Embedded image permalinkAs far as Elite Women... super fast start for Sophie De Boer but she's finally caught by Compton, Cant and Harris. The last two get a gap while Compton, De Boer and Havlikova are 5" behind. And there we go: Cant breaks free while  Havlikova is dropped by the chasing group, but it takes her few to come back and attack. 
2 laps to go  Sanne Cant is leading solo, Havlikova is chasing at 15", Compton and Harris at 20". Now Harris speeds up and is 16" to Cant. Compton and Havlikova  drop back at 33". Exciting race!
At the last lap both Harris and Compton are loosing time on Cant who's flying toward a new solo victory.
Solo she wins. Sanne Cant IS the STAR.

Sanne Cant:
“This is really good, I didn’t expect it. I thought Lechner would be good today. This course really suits me. Keeping the jersey will not be easy. Namur is not a race for me. I will fight. I really want to hold onto it. I think it was a bit of a false start. I reached the first sand section outside the top 10. Everybody was riding on the left and I rode by them on the right hand side."
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Nikki Harris:
"Dam puncture !!!!such a great race, and at last cross conditions!happy to take 2nd given the circumstances. Good legs finally #koksijde "

A far as Elite Men: not yet one lap and Mathieu van der Poel is already solo ahead the bunch. But the bunch doesnt let him go. Sunny now, still cold. Muddy and sandy. 
After one lap the front group is van Aert, M. van der Poel, L. Sweeck, van Kessel, van der Haar. Their gap is slight.
Now Lars van der Haar takes the lead, van der Poel is second, bike on his shoulder, then a long line. Muddy conditions mean frequent bike changes and van der Haar is the first one to do so. Van der Poel is leading again but the peloton didn't split yet.
6 laps to go van der Poel and van Aert have a 9'' gap on van der Haar leading the first chasing group. Sven Nys feels good: with van der Haar on his wheel he pulls the chasing group across the leaders. Van aert is going solo, Nys is second, the van der Poel and van der Haar. On a triky muddy corner van der Haar crashes. Back on bike but he has to chase.
Embedded image permalinkAmazing! Sven Nys joins van Aert and is now leading the race. 5 laps to go they cross the line 12'' ahead the chasing group with van der Haar and van der Poel.
Nys attacks on the sand, passes van Aert atop the ramp. Van Aert passes him again. Behind Lars van der Haar is tring to bridge. 4 laps to go van Aert and Nys increased them gap on the chasing group now led by Kevin Pauwels, including van der Haar and Meeusen.
3 laps to go Nys and van Aert has got a 21'' gap on Kevin Pauwels. Then Meeusen comes (31''), then van der Haar (35'') NOT in his best day. Nys attacks, van Aert punctures! he changes his bike but Nys goes. His technique is SO good! but van Aert didn't give up: 2 laps to go they are back together.
Embedded image permalinkMeanwhile a very heavy crash involved Michael Vanthourenhout. Pauwels, Zweek and Meeusen are fighting for the 3rd place. Lars van der Haar is dropped.
A small mistake by van Aert in the sand and Nys attacks again. Behind van der Poel and van der Haar joined again the chasing group. At the last lap van Aert and Nys has got a huge gap. Van der Poel attacks trying to secure a podium spot.
It's an incredible finish. Sven Nys and Wout van Aert fight should against shoulder, like in a trak race in the mud. Thrilling, amazing, stunning! Finally Nys puts his wheen in front and gets first on the finish tarmac stretch. He can't believe, yes he can, he now nows: he has won. A the top of the game AGAIN. Hat off for the cannibal from Baal.
Embedded image permalinkBehind van der Poel has made his way to the podium. He closes his jersey to show the rainbow, a muddy one. Behind a muddy blue jersey, the European champion Lars van der Haar. Not happy. But to get this 4th he gave it all. 
Wout van Aert keeps the World Cup leader's white jersey.
Embedded image permalinkIn the interview Sven Nys sounds a bit critical about riders NOT doing all the races: yesterday he won in Hasselt while nor van Aert nor van der Poel nor van der Haar were there. 
According to his team, Michael Vanthournhout after a nasty crash that left him with a painful hip and knee has been taken to the hospital in Roeselare for further examinations.
Last news say NOTHING BROKEN. 

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Michael Vanthourenhout :(
Sven Nys:
Embedded image permalink“It’s awesome. It’s a great feeling because it’s a victory against the best of the world at the moment. He won so many races with power, with technique, on fast courses, from the beginning of the season up until now. In a really hard race which was cold, muddy and technical, I can win with an acceleration in the final 200-300 metres. That’s crazy in my last season.”

Wout van Aert:
"Ouch ouch my legs! Battled with what I had but it was not enough for the win today. Congratulation Sven Nys!"

Lars van der Haar:
"4th in Koksijde. Could have been podium. But a flat tire on bad moment took that away. So after long fight of coming back Im happy with 4th! Thanks to the Belgium Police and all the volunteers, for making and keeping the cross safe today! #thanks #respect"

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Jens Dekker
Junior Men
4 TURGIS Tanguy FRANCE / FRANCE +00:27 40
9  DHOORE Alessio BELGIUM / BELGIQUE +01:02 24
10 CRISPIN Mickael FRANCE / FRANCE +01:14 22
U23 Men
1 Eli Iserbyt (Belgium) 0:57:00
2 Daan Hoeyberghs (Belgium)
3 Daan Soete (Belgium) 0:00:20
4 Clement Russo (France) 0:00:37
5 Joris Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 0:00:41
6 Yorben Van Tichelt (Belgium) 0:00:44
7 Quinten Hermans (Belgium) 0:00:47
8 Johan Jacobs (Switzerland) 0:00:49
9 Logan Owen (United States) 0:00:55
10 Braam Merlier (Belgium) 0:01:02
11 Yannick Peeters (Belgium) 0:01:21
12 Jelle Schuermans (Belgium) 0:01:26
13 Kevin Suarez Fernandez (Spain) 0:01:36
14 Sieben Wouters (Netherlands) 0:01:47
15 Martijn Budding (Netherlands) 0:02:02
16 Jonas Degroote (Belgium) 0:02:04
17 Thijs Aerts (Belgium) 0:03:14
18 Timon Ruegg (Switzerland) 0:03:33
19 Gioele Bertolini (Italy) 0:03:35
20 Lucas Dubau (France) 0:03:49
21 Richard Jansen (United States) 0:03:59
22 Nicolas Cleppe (Belgium) 0:04:03
23 Curtis White (United States) 0:04:16
24 Yannick Gruner (Germany) 0:04:17
25 Joshua Dubau (France) 0:05:35
26 Gosse Van Der Meer (Netherlands) 0:05:52
27 Romain Boutet (France) 0:06:20
28 Max Lindenau (Germany)
29 Adrian Sirek (Czech Republic)
30 Paul Lindenau (Germany)
31 Georg Egger (Germany)
32 Stepan Schubert (Czech Republic)
33 Berne Vankeirsbilck (Belgium)
34 David Montgomery IRELAND
35 Daniel Mayer (Czech Republic)
36 Grant Ellwood (Unied States)
37 Nicholas Barnes (Greece)
38 Tom Rees (Luxembourg)
  Adam Toupalik (Czech Republic)
  Felix Drumm (Germany)
  Maik Van Der Heijden (Netherlands)
Elite Women
1 Sanne Cant (Bel) 37:56:00
2 Nikki Harris (GBr) 0:12:00
3 Katherine Compton (USA) 0:42:00
4 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 1:00:00
5 Sophie De Boer (Ned) 1:18:00
6 Helen Wyman (GBr) 1:59:00
7 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 2:12:00
8 Loes Sels (Bel) 2:18:00
9 Eva Lechner (Ita) 2:47:00
10 Christine Majerus (Lux) 2:48:00
11 Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) 3:04:00
12 Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) 3:05:00
13 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) 3:22:00
14 Ellen Noble (USA) 3:34:00
15 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 3:37:00
16 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) 3:54:00
17 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) 3:58:00
18 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) 4:05:00
19 Jessica Lambracht (Ger) 4:18:00
20 Hannah Payton (GBr) 4:29:00
21 Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) 4:49:00
22 Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa) 4:56:00
23 Esmee Oosterman (Ned) 5:08:00
24 Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) 5:30:00
25 Femke Van Den Driessche (Bel) 5:33:00
26 Emma White (USA) 6:10:00
27 Amira Mellor (GBr) 6:25:00
28 Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) 6:35:00
29 Inge Van Der Heijden (Ned) 6:39:00
30 Olivia Hottinger (Swi) 6:46:00
31 Lizzy Witlox (Ned) 6:50:00
32 Stefanie Paul (Ger) 7:29:00
33 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 7:50:00
34 Kathryn Cumming (USA) 7:51:00
35 Bethany Crumpton (GBr) 7:53:00
36 Katrien Thijs (Bel) 7:58:00
37 Mercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa)
38 Elena Valentini (Ita)
39 Christine Vardaros (USA)
40 Suzie Godart (Lux)
Elite Men
1 Sven Nys (Bel) 1:02:39
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) 0:00:04
3 Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) 0:01:06
4 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) 0:01:12
5 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) 0:01:19
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) 0:01:31
7 Toon Aerts (Bel) 0:01:34
8 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) 0:01:46
9 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) 0:02:00
10 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) 0:02:06
11 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) 0:02:27
12 Tim Merlier (Bel) 0:02:43
13 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) 0:03:10
14 Rob Peeters (Bel) 0:03:15
15 David Van Der Poel (Ned) 0:03:31
16 Jens Adams (Bel) 0:03:42
17 Marcel Meisen (Ger) 0:04:07
18 Diether Sweeck (Bel) 0:04:17
19 Niels Wubben (Ned) 0:04:28
20 Michael Boros (Cze) 0:04:31



Cyclocross: GPHasselt

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Rainy. Gray. Rough race.
As far as women, YES SHE CAN-T! Obviously SANNE Cant. Obviously SOLO. What a rider!
As far as men... Sven Nys takes the lead since the start, Tom Meeusen follows and they get a gap in the first lap already. Kevin Pauwels is just behind and quickly joins. 6 laps to go they have 12'' on the first chasing group. 
5 laps to go, Van Amerongen and Diether Sweeck attacked from behind and come closer to the leading trio.
Embedded image permalinkThings are muddy in Hasselt: Pauwels and Meeusen change their bike but Nys decides to not and tries to break away. He goes. Things are also slippery so it's hard to drive the bike, but Nys shows all his skill, a perfect balance, a perfect control. Small mistakes can't stop his great excape. And things are slippery for everybody.
Embedded image permalinkHowever Pauwels and Meeusen well know their job. Nys is caught and they are back together 4 laps to go. Time to attack again for Sven Nys, time to open a new gap. He goes. But Pauwels follows. Now Meeusen is slightly dropped. It's 3 laps to go.
Tom Meeusen didn't give up, he kept pulling and caught again Pauwels' wheel. Three riders in front again: is this the podium? probably.
Or not? Suddenly D.Sweeck gets in the framming! 2 laps to go he's only 6'' behind.
It's a lawless fight: a rider falls and first he puts his bike in front of his opponents. Say Meeusen, say Nys. But that has been Pauwels and Nys before.
Embedded image permalinkLast lap: Sweek is 8'' down. Meeusen is racing aggresively and manages to put his wheel again in front of Nys. What a race! On the barriers, it's shoulder against shoulder and Nys goes ahead again. Basicly a BIG SLAP.
Then Nys gains meters and seconds, wins solo while Meeusen defeated claps on the line.  

Sevn Nys:
Source: http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2502461
"I'm incredibly happy. I still enjoy such a victory, despite my age. I worked all year go home at least once with the flowers. That's a great victory that I didn't get as a gift. This is not a ranking cross but I still enjoy this victory 100 %, in spite of my age. That's my strength: I'm as happy as a 25 yo boy to win a cross. And I must admit that such a crowd supporting me... it's a goosebumps moment. 
I felt I was very close the last week. My opponents were a bit stronger. I'm very pleased that it worked well today and this gives morale for tomorrow. People often ask me why I'm always so hard on myself. I think I have to. I'm going to close my career in a beautiful way. I have to wait until the weather changes, but that's Sven Nys at its best.
I felt I had a lot of strength in my legs. In some places it was really hard to keep a balance. The last stretch, where I went away and secured the victory, suited me very well. I also tried to ride constantly in front so if I made a mistake the rest had to get off the bike. Tom Meeusen is a guy with a lot of technique, sometimes it was very difficult for me to keep his wheel, but in the end I just had a little more power in the legs."
[I already apologise for my poor translation: be tollerant ;) ]

On twitter he wrote:
"No words just act!"

2 Maud Kaptheijns (AA Drink-Kalas Cycling Team) 0:00:17
3 Ellen Van Loy (VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) 0:00:33
4 Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) 0:00:33
5 Bianca Van Den Hoek 0:03:11
6 Manon Bakker 0:03:37
7 Floor Weerink 0:03:41
8 Lindy Van Anrooij (ZRTC Theo Middelkamp) 0:03:44
9 Linda Ter Beek (WSV Emmen) 0:03:48
10 Pauline Delhaye 0:05:03
11 Shana Maes (AA Drink-Kalas Cycling Team) 0:05:15
12 Veerle Goossens 0:05:45
13 Maaike De Heij (WV De Valleirenners) 0:06:02
14 Evy Kuijpers 0:06:25
15 Senna Feron (WV Zwee) 0:06:32
16 Elena Valentini 0:06:50
17 Birgit Massage 0:07:00
18 Jinse Peeters 0:07:00
19 Sophie Thackray 0:07:58
20 Demi De Jong 0:09:15
21 Judith Visser -1 v
22 Mara Schwager -1 v
23 Brenda Kaczmarczyk (Cyclo Bike Limburg) -2 v
DNF Lizzy Witlox (TWC de Kempen)
DNF Nathalie Bex
Embedded image permalinkMEN
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team 0:59:30
2 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:07
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:12
4 Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec 0:00:33
5 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec 0:00:38
6 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:46
7 Jens Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:00:52
8 Julien Taramarcaz (Sui) Era - Murprotec
9 David Van der Poel (Bel) BKCP - Corendon
10 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Era - Murprotec 0:01:25
11 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP - Corendon 0:01:52
12 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:59
13 Joeri Adams (Bel Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:02:17
14 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:02:52
15 Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:02
16 Marcel Meisen (Bel) Team Kuota Lotto 0:04:24
17 Adam Toupalik (Cze) BKCP - Corendon 0:04:40
18 Mariusz Gil (Pol) Project Cross Racing 0:05:17
19 Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) 0:05:47
20 Jens Teirlinck (Bel) Van Assche-Alpha Motorhomes Cycling Team 0:06:06
21 Kyle De Proost (Bel) Kon. Balen B.C. V.Z.W. 0:06:35
22 Edwin De Wit (Bel) Rupelspurters Boom -1
23 Loïc Hennaux (Bel)
24 Glen Kinning (Irl) -3
25 Luc Turchi (Lux)
26 Maximilian Holz (Ger) -4
27 Bennati Riccardo (Ita) -5
28 Kristafs Kipurs
DNF Michael Boros (Cze) BKCP - Corendon
DNF Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
DNF Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
DNF Yves Coolen (Bel) Rock Werchter-Toekomstvrienden
DNF Sascha Weber (Ger) Veranclassic-Doltcini Cycling Team


Cyclocross: FED UP! next stop, Belgium.

By Bansky
Not my best days. What happened in Paris didn't upset me more than what happened everyday elsewhere but I'm fed up. 
I'm quite fed up about 'we are in a war', 'it's a wat' etc. I'm in NO WAR, I'm not a soldier and don't mean to be. Capitalists do wars, and they do money with it. Workers die in war and remain as poor as they were before. That's NO NEW. That's the old shit. What's new is people's ignorance. 
I was born in 1974 and at that time people used to understand what CLASS CONFLICT is and even where they belonged to in it. Now I see just a blabling about how evil 'they' are or how good or worried or angry 'we' are. Moralism never made a good politics and while you judge and give marks around capitalists keep doing money on people's sufference, you included. Is it so hard to understand that workers have the same interests in Europe like in Asia or Africa or Oceania? Capitalists are together in doing wars and exploting people and workers follow like cows! that's a shame."
As a worker I'm striking for a decent salary and a fix job in school but the Italian Gov is busyier talking money with South Arabia -  where protesters get crucifixed and women can't drive a car - than listening to teachers and students. Fascism sounds very popular amongh my fellow cows... ehm! citizens: people's conversations are full of racism and violence against each other, full of blinf hate very useful for who has got the power. 
All very sad, frustrating, desperating. Nobody can change it but us, those same people I see in such a human degradation. Lot of work to do and I feel very tired. 
I decided to waste some of my few money in a long, exciting cyclocross Xmas holyday. My son frakly said it was time to book it and I did: 12/24-1/1, Charleroi - Namur - Leuven - Zolder - Diegem - Antwerp - Loenhout - Ostend - Bredene - Bruges - Gent - Charleroi. Then we'll see if we come back.