Cyclocross: Sp Francorchamps

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Pic by Renaat Schotte ‏@wielerman 
Muddy! with a scary climb steep like hell.
As far as Junior Men Seppe Rombouts won. As far as U23 today wasn't Iserbyt's day: Nicolas Cleppe won.
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Nicolas Cleppe

Eli Iserbyt:
"4e plaats vandaag in Spa en leider in Superprestige. Deze keer waren er 3 beter, op naar volgende week" [4th place today in Spa and leader in Super prestige. This time there were 3 better ones, on to next week".

As far as Elite Women the victory went to Helen Wyman.

Helen Wyman:
“I’m very happy. When approaching the finish I had a small gap as I was able to ride over the final obstacle. I thought that if I reached the finishing climb with a gap that maybe I could hold it. It was very hard. My start wasn’t good which is unusual for me. I’m patient. I was able to come back slowly. I did well on the steep run-up but at the end Sanne always came back on me. I kept trying.”

As far as Elite Men... they are racing now and Marcel Meisenhad the best start, leading on the Raidillon. 
After the first lap Thijs van Amerongen is solo ahead but it's a very fluid situation: Wout van Aert joins and drops van Amerongen on the climb. Van der Poel is on 3rd position. Not a good start for Lars van der Haar, on 10th position at the moment, but he's gaining terrain. 
Embedded image permalinkThis climb is hell! Everybody need a bike change: van Aert first, then van der Poel chasing solo, then Nys and Vanturnout, the van der Haar, running to close the gap. Van der Poel looses terrain instead, in troubles on the climb. Van Aert keeps going while the first chasers are Nys, Vantornout, Pauwels and van der Haar.
Embedded image permalinkOn the line again: van Aert first, then a 7 riders group including Nys, Vantornout, van der Haar, Pauwels, Aerts, Van Kessel and Meeusen 52" down. Van der Haar attacks and takes the lead of the chasing group. Van Aert is solo ahead. Unfortunate van der Poel is more than 1' down and even gets lapped
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On the climb also van Aert makes a mistake but he has got such a large gap it doesn't matter at all. The chasing group split: Toon Aerts and Klaas Vantornout get some advantage.
2 lap to go Wout van Aert has got a solid leadLast lap: Nys and Vantornout are fighting just for the 2nd place... or not? 
Not sure what happened because my streaming crashed, but Kevin Pauwels passed Klaas Vantornout. 

Lars van der Haar:
"Hope this was an one time weekend to forget. Now recover! Leg pain since Wednesday. Today was suffering! To much running for me. #MUD #8th"

Wout Van Aert:
"This was a very difficult cross. I'm very happy with this victory. I went early and easily got a good gap, but I wasn't supposed to attack so early. The first lap immediately went right, because I immediately got a 10' advantage. Should I have just waited for the rest?"

Sven Nys:
"Wout Van Aert was without a doubt the strongest. I couldn't follow him immediately when he speeded up. He got a good 1' gap. I knew I was the second strongest in the game. I saved some energy and used it to put the pressure on my opponents in the last two laps."

Kevin Pauwels:
"With this 3rd place, I still pack a tip extra for the ranking of the Superprestige. I hope Klaas Vantornout doesn't mind. I had a very slow start. I joined the Sven Nys' group but suddenly I punctured and had to run a lot with a flat tyre. Luckily I passed several isolated riders and eventually I still was third."

[Source:http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/cnt/dmf20151213_02018853 Sorry for the poor translation.]

Mathieu van der Poel:
“It was miserable today. I’m disappointed. It seemed like I couldn’t ride my bike today. It’s massively frustrating. Maybe last weekend was too good so I expected too much of this race”. 

Juniors Men
1.Seppe Rombouts,
2.Jarne Driesen,
3.Thymen Arensman
U23 Men
1 Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:52:13
2 Yannick Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:00:18
3 Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:31
4 Eli Iserbyt (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:07
5 Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) BKCP - Corendon 0:01:38
6 Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:49
7 Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) RTV De Zwaluwen 0:02:02
8 Martijn Budding (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:02:19
9 Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned) 0:02:32
10 Sieben Wouters (Ned) Willebrord Wil Vooruit 0:02:36
11 Jelle Schuermans (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:02:46
12 Braam Merlier (Bel) Baguet - M.I.B.A. Poorten - Indulek Cycling Team 0:02:58
13 Roel Van Der Stegen (Ned) 0:03:51
14 Kelvin Bakx (Ned) RSC De Zuidwesthoek 0:04:00
15 Arne Tureluren (Bel) CCN - Metalac Cycling team 0:04:05
16 Jonas Degroote (Bel) Lares - Doltcini Cycling Team 0:04:09
17 Milan Vader (Ned) 0:04:37
18 Felix Drumm (Bel)
19 Maik Van Der Heijden (Bel) WV Uden 0:05:14
20 Loïc Hennaux (Bel) 0:05:44
21 Jens Teirlinck (Bel) Van Assche-Alpha Motorhomes Cycling Team 0:05:51
22 Curtis White (USA) Cannondale - Cyclocrossworld.com 0:06:01
23 Matthias Van De Velde (Bel) 0:06:21
24 Han Devos (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW 0:06:36
25 Ward Van Laer (Bel) De Kastelse Durvers V.Z.W. 0:07:11
26 Per Wiggers (Fra) 0:07:26
27 Nicholas Smith (Aus) 0:07:41
28 Mart Muskens (Ned) 0:08:51
29 Gavin Haley (USA)
30 Adrian Garcia (Spa)
31 Briek Hermans (Bel) De Kastelse Durvers V.Z.W.
32 Thijs Kool (Ned)
33 Vincent Oger (Bel)
34 Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
35 Matthias Van De Velde (Bel)
36 Yorben Van Tichelt (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team
Elite Women
1 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team 0:38:32
2 Nikki Harris (GBr) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:08
3 Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:00:24
4 Christine Majerus (Fra) 0:00:48
5 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:02
6 Elle Anderson (USA) 0:01:11
7 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:46
8 Femke Van Den Driessche (Bel) VZW Lotto-Ladiescycling 0:02:26
9 Loes Sels (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:09
10 Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) AA Drink-Kalas Cycling Team 0:03:24
11 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat cyclingteam 0:03:46
12 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 0:03:56
13 Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) 0:04:10
14 Julia Boschker (Ned) 0:05:45
15 Inge Van Der Heijden (Ned) 0:06:28
16 Eva Maria Palm (Bel) 0:07:04
17 Senna Feron (Ned) WV Zwee 0:09:40
18 Mara Schwager (Ger) -1 Lap
19 Marlies Beckers (Bel) B-Cycle Team
20 Julia Nikolopoulos (Ger)
21 Tine Verdeyen (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW
22 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Kalas-NNOF Cycling Team
23 Britta Werners (Ger)
Elite Men
1 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 1:03:00
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team 0:01:04
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:13
4 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:01:16
5 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:29
6 Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:30
7 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:33
8 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin 0:01:42
9 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:09
10 Tim Merlier (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:02:46
11 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec 0:02:58
12 Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Corendon 0:03:03
13 David Van der Poel (Ned) BKCP - Corendon 0:03:30
14 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Sunweb - Napoleon Games Cycling Team 0:03:36
15 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Team Kuota Lotto 0:04:15
16 Rob Peeters (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team 0:04:30
17 Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 0:05:12
18 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) BKCP - Corendon 0:05:59
19 Niels Wubben (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 0:06:04
20 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan - AA Drink Team 0:06:28
21 Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW -1 Lap
22 Michiel van der Heijden (Ned)
23 Martin Eriksson (Swe)
24 Radomir Simunek (Cze) Era - Murprotec
25 Joeri Adams (Bel) Vastgoedservice - Golden Palace Cycling Team
26 Garry Millburn (Aus)
27 Diether Sweeck (Bel) Era - Murprotec

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