Cyclocross: The Battle of Namur

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Eli Iserbyt
That's one of my favourite races! Simply epic, no matter what. It's usually said that riders make the race but in this case the race always crowns a champion so in a way it makes him or her a true rider. Not just hard, somehow elegant, brutal as well, Namur is special. 
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Jappe Jaspers
I'm sad to say I have to watch it on streaming again: I'll be in Belgium in few days but am not there today. I'm glad to see that Eli Iserbyt won the U23 Men race. As far as the Junior Men, Jappe Jaspers was first on the line.
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Nikki Harris
Now it's time for me to get a little lunch, looking forwatd to the Elite Women race and to the big battle amongh the Elite Men, where I expect to see Lars van der Haar taking his revenge and Angus Edmond flying. 
Embedded image permalinkI'm back! Nikki Harris dominated the Elite Women race while Sanne Cant - injuried - is out the top ten so Eva Lechner gets the lead in the WC overall.

Nikki Harris:
“I can’t quite believe it, I’ve dreamt of winning a World Cup for so long, I’m so happy. Every lap I was just counting it down. But I knew if I could keep pushing at my own pace, I could take the win.”

Embedded image permalinkThere we go! Men race on and a great start for Sven Nys who's just killing it. Wout van Aert only can stay with him. 
Fortunately for the show, they get caught and it's a large front group up and down Namur's wall. Lars van der Haar and Tom Meeusen are looking good.
Toon Aerts attakcs forcing everybody to rock this descent. 7 laps to go he has got a slight gap. On the line van Kessel retires. Michael Vanthourenhout is also out with a brocken chain.
Embedded image permalinkSven Nys is showing incredible things again, both climbing and descending. 
6 laps to go the front group is back together, they are:  van Aert, Aerts, Nys, Pauwels, Boros, Venturini, van der Haar and Van der Poel.
Embedded image permalinkLars van der Haar decides it's time to attacks and takes the lead. 5 laps to go van der Haar attacks again! he falls in a corner but is back on bike and keeps the lead. Of course no gap now.
A small mistake costs van der Haar a few positions in favour of van Aert and van der Poel. It seems that crash had consequences because van der Haar is slowing down. 
Embedded image permalinkMeanwhile Kevin Pauwels joined the leaders, Venturini is chasing solo at 13". At 30" there are Nys, Vantornout, Boros, van der Haar and Aerts.
3 laps to go Venturini is at 18''. Lars van der Haar is pulling the chasing group and gaining time. Everybody dropped but Klaas Vanturnout, Lars van der Haar is coming close. 2 laps to go he's at 21', Venturini at 13'. Van der Poel attacks but can't get any gap. Venturini caught , van der Haar tries to go solo: not easy!
Embedded image permalinkLast lap: Pauwels, van Aert and van der Poel leading, van der Haar and Vanturnout at 20'. Of course Klaas isn't helping because Puwels is his team mate. Still... Van der Poel keeps attacking, van Aert resists but can't beat him at the sprint and Kevin Pauwels is dropped. Behind Klaas Vantornout is 4th, Lars van der Haar 5th.
Embedded image permalinkWout van Aert keeps the lead in the WC overall.
Angus Edmond finished 68  5 laps down. 

Lars van der Haar:
Embedded image permalink"5th in Namur. Not the result I came for. Feel a bit disappointed in myself Stupid crash. On too the next. Keep fighting! Thanks to the fans!"
"I felt good, but unfortunately I faced some bad luck today. After my attack I crashed at a bad moment. I had a difficult lap and ran into a counter. I had difficulties to regain my rhythm and the podium was gone.
I chased alone and fourth place would be possible. But in the final lap I had a bad technical section so Klaas [Vantornout] passed me. 
Not the result I was aiming for but the shape is good. I didn’t feel my shoulder during the race. I will continue to train good and we move on to next week’s World Cup Heusden Zolder.”

Mathieu van der Poel:
“I’m enormously happy. This is one of my best victories, especially after my injury. This is what excites people, winning a duel against these two top riders. This is why I do this, why I started doing cyclo-cross.
I was already over the limit when I passed Wout before the off-camber section. I was totally dead. When he sat I did so too. Then I stood while I wasn’t able too. Surprisingly enough there was more left in the tank than I thought.”
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Wout van Aert:
“It was close. In the last lap it was about timing your attack right. He did that slightly better than me. I went too early on that last climb and felt lactic acid filling up my legs. When he attacked I didn’t have a reply. It was a good battle. In the World Cup it was close before this round but I did a good job today.”


Junior Men
1 Jappe Jaspers (Belgium)
2 Jens Dekker (Netherlands)
3 Tanguy Turgis (France)
4 Spencer Petrov (USA)
5 Seppe Rombouts (Belgium)
6 Gage Hecht (USA)
7 Florian Vermeersch (Belgium)
8 Kevin Kuhn (Switzerland) 
9 Toon Vandebosch (Belgium)
10 Edoardo Xillo (Italy)
U23 Men
1 Eli Iserbyt (Belgium)
2 Gioele Bertolini (Italy)
3 Quinten Hermans (Belgium)
4 Clement Russo (France)
5 Daan Soete (Belgium)
6 Nicolas Cleppe (Belgium)
7 Yannick Peeters (Belgium)
8 Sieben Wouters (Netherlands)
9 Lucas Dubau (France)
10 Martijn Budding (Netherlands)
Elite Women
1 Nikki Harris (GBr) 0:42:15
2 Caroline Mani (Fra) 0:00:10
3 Eva Lechner (Ita) 0:00:32
4 Katherine Compton (USA) 0:00:39
5 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 0:00:58
6 Sophie de Boer (Ned) 0:01:05
7 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) 0:01:22
8 Helen Wyman (GBr) 0:01:37
9 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) 0:01:43
10 Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) 0:01:55
10 KAPTHEIJNS Maud NED19940928 +01:55
11 HAVLIKOVA Pavla CZE19830420 +02:08
12 NUÑO PALACIO Aida ESP19831124 LOINTEK TEAM +02:10
14 CANT Sanne BEL19901008 +02:22
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61 CARRASCOSA Monica ESP19720621 -2LAP
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63 SCHWAGER Mara GER19820729 -2LAP
Elite Men
1 Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Bkcp-Corendon 1:02:43
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Continental 0:00:01
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:07
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:00:42
5 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin 0:00:58
6 Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:00
7 Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:01
8 Sven Nys (Bel) 0:01:40
9 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Era Real Estate - Murprotec 0:01:49
10 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:50
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