Cyclocross: National Championships (with focus on Belgium)

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U23 Men Podium
You can find all RESULTS for all the Cyclocross National Championships HERE . Today my focus is on the Belgian race in Lille. In the U19 Men category Jaspers Jappe won, while a huge crash affected the U23 Men race with many riders injuried and among them Eli Iserbyt who abandoned after it. The victory went to Thijs Aerts.
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The U23 Men start :(
As far as Elite Women, Sanne Cant triunphed again in a thrilling duel with Ellen van Loy.
The Elite Men race is on now: fast race, and a nervous one. After the 1st lap the front group is: L.Sweeck, Merlier, Wout van Aert, Pauwels, M.Vanthourenout, Nys, Baestens and Meeusen. One more laps and they are back together, 14 riders led by Gianni Vermeersch.
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Eli Iserbyt :(
7 laps to go Van Aert attacks and splits the group. He goes solo! The first chasers are Meeusen and Vermeersch.
Race over? 
Behind Meeusen got caught, L. Sweeck is chasing solo, then Vermeersh comes.
MEANWHILE IN THE DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP Lars van der Haar is 14'' ahead of the van dr Poel brothers. 
Back to Belgium: van Aert fell but he has got a good gap.
3 laps to go Wout van Aert is leading solo. Them L.Sweeck comes at 20", Pauwels at 22",  Nys at 30", Vermeersch and M.Vanthourenhout  at 32".
IN THE DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP M. Van der Poel is back with Lars van der Haar.
Embedded image permalinkBack to Belgium: Kevin Pauwels had a mechanical problem. Sven Nys passes him and bridges to Laurens Sweeck. Nys falls and Michael Vanthourenhout catches him.
Embedded image permalink2 laps to go Van Aert is 26'' ahead on L.Sweeck the there are M.Vanthourenhout and Nys at 35". Last lap: Wout van Aert keeps gaining on  L.Sweeck - at 27" M.Vanthourenhout and Nys  - at 46".
IN THE DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP it's also the last lap and M. Van der Poel is leading, 18'' on Lars van der Haar.
Embedded image permalinkBack to Belgium: the race IS over. Wout van Aert won. A well deserved success. But the second one, Laurens Sweeck is also celebrating: great race! 3rd is Sven Nys, satisfied.
IN THE DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP Mathieu van der Poel won on Lars van der Haar. 3rd is David van der Poel.

Wout van Aert:
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Tom Meusen:
Embedded image permalink"I’m not racing for second place at the championships. Before his move I thought he wasn’t good, making small mistakes. Then he accelerated. It was impossible to keep up. He created a small gap and on the road it’s impossible to close that down on him. I briefly profited from Vermeersch and then tried to bridge back up in the forest. Then I blew up”.

U19 Men
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U23 Men
1.Thijs Aerts
2.Daan Soete
3.Quinten Hermans
Elite Women
1. Sanne Cant
2. Ellen Van Loy
3. Loes Sels
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1. Wout van Aert
2. Laurens Sweeck
3. Sven Nys

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"Loved the nationals today! Nice battle with @mathieuvdpoel who was just a little bit better today. Gained confidence for myself. High level!"

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1.Sieben Wouters,
2.Martijn Budding,
3.Gosse van der Meer
Elite Women
1.Thalita De Jong
2. Stultiens
Elite Men
1. Mathieu van der Poel
2. Lars van der Haar
3. David av der Poel
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Elite Women
Elite Men
6 Jauregui,
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Elite Women
1. Eva Lechner
2. Anna Oberparleitner
3. Alessia Bulleri
Elite Men
1. Gioele Bertolini
Nikki Harris:
Embedded image permalink“The last part of the Christmas period didn’t got as I wanted. I had some forced rest with getting sick. Last week, I went to Girona for a few good days of resting and training. I came into nationals a little unsure of my form, but I really liked the course. It’s heavy and muddy, and my new bikes rode really great. I’m so happy I could take the title – and that I could do it Boels-Dolmans colours. It took me a lap to really get into the race. I felt stronger as the race went on. Helen had a gap after a lap, but I managed to come back to her mid-race. It was a battle until the end. Helen gained some time on me when I had a mechanical at the start of the last lap. I thought my race was over, but I didn’t give up. In the last sections, Helen struggled with a bank, and her chain came off. She was just ahead me at that point. I went past her, and I didn’t look back. This one means more to me than the first title because it was such a battle. This first wine was special, too, but I’m a different athlete now than I was in 2013, and I appreciate the wins more now because the competition level is so much higher.”
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Elite Women

1 Nikki Harris
2 Helen Wyman
3 Delia Beddis
Elite Men
1. Killen
2. Field
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