Cyclocross - European Championship: Junior men, Elite Women and Men

I was traveling to the mountains today so I didn't see the race. 
Brit Tom Pidcock is the new European champion among the Junior Men, Thalita De Jong won the Elite Women title, while Toon Aert grabbed the jersey from Lars van der Haar. The Dutch admitted he made a mistake, it's disappointing but he was in the race and better results will come soon.
As far as me, I'm in a very cool place! much more to come, stay tuned!

Thalita de Jong:
“It was such a nice feeling to come solo to the finish. It was like a time-trial. I’m a specialist so it was good for me today. Of course I also want to get the third jersey at the national championships and of course again at the World championships. 
What a race... In the beginning I was thinking to take it easy and follow. Then I took the front position and on the hardest part of the course, after the stairs, I sped up a little and saw I had a gap and pushed a little bit. Then every lap I had a bigger gap” 

Toon Aert:
“I’m going enjoy the jersey so much. On Tuesday I will wear that jersey. It will be great. I will see what the other races will bring but this season is already the best of my life."

Wout van Aert:
"My plan was to wait as long as possible, maybe until the final corner. It was impossible to gap Mathieu on this course. Our team played it perfectly by attacking one after the other. Toon’s attack came at the perfect moment. He deserves the victory because he seized the right moment." 

Lars van der Haar:
"7th at Euro's not the result I came for. But I made my own crucial mistake before the sprint, Stupid :( Congrats to @ToAerts, Really well done. And not to forget an amazing race of Twan vanden Brand!! Really strong."

Junior Men

1 Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain) 0:44:03
2 Nicolas Guillemin (France) 0:00:14
3 Timo Kielich (Belgium) 0:00:22
4 Antoine Benoist (France) 0:00:35
5 Antoine Raugel (France) 0:00:48
6 Maxime Bonsergent (France) 0:01:07
7 Ben Turner (Great Britain)
8 Jeremy Montauban (France)
9 Andreas Goeman (Belgium)
10 Erwann Kerraud (France) 0:01:11
11 Jelle Camps (Belgium)
12 Toon Vandebosch (Belgium)
13 Yentl Bekaert (Belgium)
14 Thymen Arensman (Netherlands)
15 Filippo Fontana (Italy) 0:01:19
16 Mees Hendrikx (Netherlands)
17 Bart Hazekamp (Netherlands) 0:01:22
18 Maxime Chevalier (France) 0:01:26
19 Kyle Agterberg (Netherlands) 0:01:32
20 Patrick Favaro (Italy) 0:01:37
21 Simon Vanicek (Czech Republic) 0:01:39
22 Thibault Valognes (France)
23 Perry Frijters (Netherlands) 0:01:52
24 Tomáš Kopecký (Czech Republic) 0:02:17
25 Thomas Mein (Great Britain) 0:02:24
26 Loris Rouiller (Switzerland)
27 Pieter-Jan Vliegen (Belgium) 0:02:29
28 Toby Barnes (Great Britain) 0:02:37
29 Bart Artz (Netherlands) 0:02:39
30 David Honzak (Czech Republic) 0:02:44
31 Jan Gavenda (Czech Republic) 0:02:53
32 Hynek Palicka (Czech Republic) 0:02:56
33 Arthur Kluckers (Luxembourg '')
34 Jofre Cullell Estape (Spain) 0:03:12
35 Lorenzo Calloni (Italy) 0:03:18
36 Soren Wærenskjold (Norway) 0:03:21
37 Harry Yates (Great Britain) 0:03:26
38 Felix Schreiber (Luxembourg) 0:03:28
39 Lukas Baldinger (Germany) 0:04:10
40 David Westhoff-Wittwer (Germany) 0:04:29
41 Cédric Pries (Luxembourg)
42 Jb Murphy (Ireland) 0:04:32
43 Samuel Lord (Sweden) 0:04:34
44 Luca Schätti (Switzerland)
45 Gabriel Slinger (Norway)
46 Carl Jarnhagen (Sweden)
47 Jakub Varhanovsky (Slovakia)
48 Jan Sommer (Switzerland)
49 Nicolas Kess (Luxembourg)
50 Olof Abrahamsson (Sweden)
51 Craig Mccarthy (Ireland)
DNF Vladimír Mikšaník (Czech Republic)
Elite Women 
1 Thalita De Jong (Netherlands) 0:43:14
2 Lucinda Brand (Netherlands) 0:00:17
3 Caroline Mani (France)
4 Jolien Verschueren (Belgium) 0:00:22
5 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy) 0:00:30
6 Sanne Cant (Belgium) 0:00:48
7 Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic) 0:01:00
8 Sophie De Boer (Netherlands) 0:01:03
9 Ellen An Loy (Belgium) 0:01:18
10 Perrine Clauzel (France) 0:01:22
11 Marlene Petit (France) 0:01:51
12 Maud Kaptheijns (Netherlands) 0:02:08
13 Christine Majerus (Luxembourg) 0:02:53
14 Olatz Odriozola Mujika (Spain) 0:03:04
15 Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spain)
16 Martina Mikulaskova (Czech Republic) 0:04:00
17 Alicia Franck (Belgium) 0:04:47
18 Elisabeth Sveum (Norway) 0:05:22
19 Fanny Stumpf (France)
DNF Nikki Brammeier (Great Britain)
DNF Helen Wyman (Great Britain)
DNF Lise-Marie Henzelin (Switzerland)
Elite Men 
1 Toon Aerts (Beglium) 1:04:16
2 Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands) 0:00:45
3 Wout Van Aert (Belgium )
4 Clément Venturini (France )
5 Jens Adams (Belgium )
6 Kevin Pauwels (Belgium )
7 Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) 0:00:49
8 Marcel Wildhaber (Switzerland) 0:00:55
9 Steve Chainel (France) 0:01:05
10 Corne Van Kessel (Netherlands) 0:01:09
11 David Van Der Poel (Netherlands )
12 Twan Van Den Brand (Netherlands )
13 Matthieu Boulo (France )
14 Laurens Sweeck (Belgium) 0:01:13
15 Martin Haring (Slovakia) 0:01:15
16 Francis Mourey (France) 0:01:22
17 Severin Saegesser (Switzerland) 0:01:45
18 Michael Boros (Czech Republic) 0:01:55
19 Simon Zahner (Switzerland) 0:02:14
20 Alois Falenta (France) 0:02:38
21 Gusty Bausch (Luxembourg)
22 Asier Arregui Dominguez (Spain)
23 Fredrik Haraldseth (Norway)
DNF Stan Godrie (Netherlands)
DNF Thijs Van Amerongen (Netherlands)
DNF Wietse Bosmans (Belgium)
DNF Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium)
DNF Philipp Walsleben (Germany)
DNF Tim Merlier (Belgium)


Cyclocross: European Champioship - U23 Women and Men

Pic by @cxstats
"Nel blu dipinto di blu": the Italian Chiara Teocchi will wear the EU champ blue jersey on the national blue one! she has just won the U23 Women race.
In the U23 Men race Belgian Quinten Hermans defends his title and keeps the jersey.

U23 Women
U23 Men


Procycling Transfer - Kenny Elissonde to Team Sky: "It's very cool to be the first French rider on the team for six years"

Cleaver, cool, lovers of photography and art, Kenny Elissonde is not the typical cycling rider. Gifted and terrific climber, he's also a guy with a brilliant mind. I interviewed him some years ago, now he go riding for one of my favourite teams. What can I say? good luck and... allez Kenny!

Kenny Elissonde:
"It's well known that Team Sky is one of the best teams in the world for climbers. I will learn a lot from all the staff and it's really exciting to be with the team.
I'm really happy and excited to be a part of the group next year. It's a really big step in my career.
I will try to learn from the team's leaders and be a good team player. I'm still young so it's important for me to learn, do the best I can, and improve at every aspect of the sport.
I live in Nice and used to train with Ian Boswell and I know Nicolas Portal a little bit. I spoke with him two years ago so I'm looking forward to getting to know him more.
It's very cool to be the first French rider on the team for six years. This is a great opportunity for me."


Stig Broeckx out of coma and improving Marc Sergeant said.

Stig BroeckxYou can read the good news here

Lotto-Soudal manager Marc Sergeant:
"I went on September 29 to see Stig. It was the birthday of his girlfriend Tilly. Tilly said, 'Stig, show me what you can do.' He then blinked his eyes and stuck his right thumb up painfully. Then he tried to squeeze my arm as hard as possible. These are small but very meaningful signs of recovery. Where it ends, nobody knows, but let's hope Stig may still get much better. It's worth it to continue to support his family and girlfriend. Fight for Stig.


Cyclocross: Lars van der Haar picks first season win in Nacht van Woerden

Lars van der Haar struggled to find his form in the first races of the season. Health problems   hampered is preparation and he had to skip the opener in the USA. 
He's a fighter, and a classy rider, so he bit the bullet and focused on a quick comeback. In spite of the bad luck, results show he's back on track but he hasn't won yet. 
He did last night in the Nacht van Woerden and that's no doubt good for his morale before the European Championship, where he's expected to defend his Jersey. It's going to be hand. True. But Lars is a hard player!

Lars van der Haar:
"Super happy to win in Woerden! Difficult start of the season for me. This really feels good! On to the next one.... ;))) "

1. Lars van der Haar
2. Stan Godrie
3. Dieter Vanthourenhout
4. Marcel Meisen


Giro d'Italia 2017 unveiled: route and stages

Stage 1, Friday, May 5: Alghero – Olbia 203 km
Stage 2, Saturday, May 6: Olbia – Tortolì 208 km
Stage 3, Sunday, May 7: Tortolì – Cagliari 148 km
Rest day
Stage 4, Tuesday, May 9: Cefalù – Etna 180 km
Stage 5, Wednesday, May 10: Pedara – Messina 157 km
Stage 6, Thursday, May 11: Reggio Calabria – Terme Luigiane 207 km
Stage 7, Friday, May 12: Castrovillari – Alberobello 220 km
Stage 8, Saturday, May 13: Molfetta – Peschici 189 km
Stage 9, Sunday, May 14: Montenero di Bisaccia – Blockhaus 139 km
Rest day
Stage 10, Tuesday, May 16: Foligno – Montefalco 39 km TT
Stage 11, Wednesday, May 17: Firenze – Bagno di Romagna 161 km
Stage 12, Thursday, May 18: Forlì – Reggio Emilia 237 km
Stage 13, Friday, May 19: Reggio Emilia – Tortona 162 km
Stage 14, Saturday, May 20: Castellania – Oropa 131 km
Stage 15, Sunday, May 21: Valdengo – Bergamo 199 km
Rest day
Stage 16, Tuesday, May 23: Rovetta – Bormio 227 km (cima Coppi - Stelvio)
Stage 17, Wednesday, May 24: Tirano – Canazei 219 km
Stage 18, Thursday, May 25: Moena – Ortisei/St. Urlich 137 km
Stage 19, Friday, May 26: San Candido/Innichen – Piancavallo 191 km
Stage 20, Saturday, May 27: Pordenone – Asiago 190 km
Stage 21, Sunday, May 28: Monza – Milano 28 km TT 

Mountaineering: Danilo Callegari talks about his ascent of Manaslu

Danilo  Callegari (born in 1983) is an Italian mountaineer, cyclist and adventurer. The list of his adventures can't be long - he's just 33! - but impressive and various. He waked the whole perimeter of Iceland, rode his bike in the Himalaya mountains, sailed in the icy waters from Cape Deseado (Pacific Ocean) to Point Dungeness (Atlantico Ocean), climbed  Cerro Aconcagua, Elbrus, Shisha Pangma and  Kilimanjaro. 
Now he's in Kathmandu, enjoying a well deserved rest after his ascent of Manaslu. He wrote a diary of his adventure and in the last entry he says: "Thinking now about the whole ascent it seems to me that a whole life has passed since those days: cold, hard but extremely exciting. I bring in my heart each moment I spent up there. Moment as long as eternity, each step a break, you breath full-throathed but oxygen in the air is so rarefied that you are forced to breath  full-throathed again. The cold you feel is more than the real cold, and not only because of the strong wind but also for the lack of oxygen. Your blood become denser and denser, and as a consequence its circulation get difficult and slower, that's why the extremities of your body like fingers, cheeks and nose begin to have some problems. Acting in self-defence your body concentrates the most of your blood in your vital organs, that are working hard already due to the demands of the climbing performance.
In the mountaineering jargon the area beyond 7.500 m of altitude is called the “Death Zone”. Slowly your body begins to die, and upper you go, faster it degenerates. You feel tired, cold, sleepy, you experience an unbelivable exhaustion, you falter but you don't want to stop, charmed by the summit up there, so high, as if it was a magnet to which you can't resist anymore.
Even eating it's hard at a very high altitude, because nausea becomes your mate in the adventure, but you know that you must eat anyway if you want to go on, so you swallow “high-tech” food without thinking to their taste, because you are just interested in the summit up there, towering toward the sky. You don't feel thirsty but you know you must drink anyway, and the last thing in world you feel like to drink in those moments is warm water soiled by tea bags and mineral salts, but the only drinkable thing you find up there is warm water soiled by tea bags and mineral salts. You dream about a fresh mojito or a fragrant gin tonic to drink siting in the shadow of a Caribbean palma tree... you are instead at 7.400 m of altitude inside a small tent bent with strong gusts of wind at minus 20 degrees.
All that has got a name and its name is “resilience”."
The guy can write. And he really sounds a good guy: in the end of this diary page he talks about his future, still uncertain but that he wants to be adventurous, then says:
"I have to quit you now because since today and for the next 12 days I'll be busy bringing around the most fascinating areas of Nepal the most important woman of my life: my mom!"
A good guy, definitely. And a lucky mom!



Mountaineering: A new route on Gangapurna (7455 m)

The new Korean route on the south wall of Gangapurna
Is the time of true adventure over? I don't think so.
We tend to think that nowadays nothing is left to imagination and courage, that the world has been completely searched. But it isn't the case. 
There are unexplorated places we can see from a satellite and never touched by a human step. There are beautiful mountains, close and far, more or less high, that have been climbed already but still offer inviolate walls.
There are routes opened and never repeated, routes just imaginated, routes left uncomplied and waiting for a second try. There are new routes, and that's exciting!
A Korean team of three climbers led by Kim Chang-Ho just opened a new route on the south wall of the Nepalese mountain Gangapurna (7455 m), which is located in the central part of the Annapurna's range. 
The team included Kim Chang Ho, Choi Seok Moon and Pak Jeong Yong.
The expedition started on September 12 with a trekking through the Annapurna's valley to the base camp, near the southern wall of the mountain, at 2900 m. After the acclimatisation period, the team launched its assault, climbing for 6 nights  and 7 daysThe route was climbed in lightweight alpine style, without sherpas and oxygen. The descent took another three days. The whole expedition lasted 22 days.
The first ascent of Gangapurnu dates to May 1965, when a team of German climbers led by Gunter Hauser succeessfully reached the summit. On the south wall of the mountain the first ascent was in the spring of 1981, when a Canadian team including James Branch and John Lauchlan got to the top.
How gorgeous the new route looks! straight like desire! 


Mountaineering: Extreme Skiing on Manaslu... and more

Why not? it sounds extremely cool! This Autumn three Nepalese mountauneers made a successful ski descent from Camp III on Mount Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world.
Mingma David Sherpa, Tashi Sherpa and Krishna Thapa Magar became the first Nepalese skiers who came down from a point at an altitude of 7500 m on Mount Manaslu (8163 m)
The descent was made on October 15-16. "This is the highest and most spectacular ski descent ever made by Nepaleses." Team leader Magar said.
The team promotes skiing in different mountainous areas of Nepal, because skiing can be one of the best ways to promote tourism in Nepal on the world market. Magar, who is the first Nepali organising an annual ski festival, said that this year he's going to hold an event in Gosaynkunda (4400 m) near the Langtang Valley from 18 to 30 of December and he expects about 100 Nepalis will in participate. At the festival Magar is planning to teach skiing also providing a free equipment. According to the schedule the participants will ski first in Dhunche, and on the third day in Sing Gompa (3200 m). In add who's interested can climb to Surya Peak (5200 m).


Cyclocross: Valkenburg World Cup

Thalita De Jong
New route, fast and dry. A very fast start for Lars van der Haar, then a disastrous crash and a forced stop to change a shoe. A furious chase. A great race but a lot of bad luck. Eventually 7th.
Gioele Bertolini
In front, the usual duel between van Aert and van der Poel. In the finale a disastrous crash brings down also van Aert, Meusen falls on him and van der Poel goes solo, to take the victory.
In the middle there is Vanthourenhout, but Van Aert succeesfully fights for the 2nd place.
Mathieu van der Poel
A don't like when a race's result depends on crashes, but that also is cycling... 

Lars van der Haar:
"No luck today on the Cauberg. #crash. Then a fast shoe change! To ride back to a 7th place. Thanks to support me so loud! Loved it! :-)"

1. Yentl Bekaert
2. Antoine Benoist
3. Andreas Goeman
1. Gioele Bertolini,
2. Joris Nieuwenhui,
3. Quinten Hermans.
1 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:41:59
2 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Kalas-NNOF 0:00:26
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:00:35
4 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:46
5 Amanda Miller (USA) Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling 0:01:00
6 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:10
7 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh Clement 0:01:16
8 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.com 0:01:20
9 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata 0:01:22
10 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team 0:01:31
11 Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Team Steylaerts 0:01:43
12 Annemarie Worst (Ned) 0:01:56
13 Elle Anderson (USA) Rally Cycling 0:02:01
14 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 0:02:21
15 Rebecca Fahringer (USA) Amy D Foundation 0:02:31
16 Marlene Petit (Fra) 0:02:36
17 Jana Czeczinkarova (Cze) SRAM Mitas Trek
18 Nicole Koller (Swi) 0:02:38
19 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:02:42
20 Alicia Franck (Bel) 0:03:09
21 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:03:12
22 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) 0:03:32
23 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:03:33
24 Helene Clauzel (Fra) 0:03:36
25 Evita Muzic (Fra) 0:03:53
26 Maelle Grossetete (Fra) 0:03:55
27 Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa) 0:03:58
28 Inge Van Der Heijden (Ned) 0:04:01
29 Sara Casasola (Ita) 0:04:05
30 Perrine Clauzel (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC 0:04:08
31 Ffion James (GBr) 0:04:10
32 Anais Morichon (Fra) 0:04:16
33 Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek 0:04:20
34 Nadja Heigl (Aut) 0:04:23
35 Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) 0:04:25
36 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team 0:04:37
37 Ellen Noble (USA) Aspire Racing 0:05:01
38 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) 0:05:02
39 Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek 0:05:10
40 Francesca Baroni (Ita) 0:05:17
41 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 0:05:28
42 Amira Mellor (GBr) NEXT Wyman/Kona 0:05:31
43 Lara Krahemann (Swi) JB Brunex Felt Team 0:05:41
44 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)
45 Cyriane Muller (Fra) 0:05:43
46 Tereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink 0:05:53
47 Elena Valentini (Ita) Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion Nö 0:05:58
48 Tina Zueger (Swi) 0:06:17
49 Fabienne Schaus (Lux) 0:06:27
50 Nikola Bajgerova (Cze) 0:07:33
51 Christine Vardaros (USA)
52 Mara Schwager (Ger)
53 Zaloa Trevilla (Spa)
1 Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 1:05:13
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:00:14
3 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:21
4 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:34
5 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:49
6 Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:56
7 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:07
8 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:22
9 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 0:01:28
10 Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:01:33
11 Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:01:48
12 Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:56
13 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Steylaerts-Verona 0:02:07
14 Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:02:15
15 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Beobank-Corendon 0:02:28
16 Simon Zahner (Swi) 0:02:30
17 Michael Boros (Cze) ERA-Circus 0:02:36
18 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Team Steylaerts
19 Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:02:39
20 Steve Chainel (Fra) 0:02:44
21 Twan Van Den Brand (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:02:45
22 Severin Saegesser (Swi) 0:02:46
23 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Expres Cz-Merida Team Kolin 0:02:51
24 Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:02:57
25 Martin Haring (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
26 David Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 0:03:03
27 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:03:11
28 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:03:20
29 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 0:03:25
30 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:03:38
31 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) 0:03:43
32 Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:03:56
33 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:04:14
34 Kevin Suarez Fernandez (Spa) 0:04:30
35 Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Expres CZ-Merida Team Kolin 0:04:47
36 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:04:52
37 Diether Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 0:05:02
38 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) 0:05:11
39 Alois Falenta (Fra) 0:05:24
40 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:05:38
41 Andreas Moser (Swi) 0:05:41
42 Nicolas Samparisi (Ita) 0:06:21
43 Michal Malik (Cze) 0:06:51
44 Anthonin Didier (Fra) 0:06:57
45 Matej Lasak (Cze)
46 Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Santa Cruz Factory Racing
47 Sascha Weber (Ger)
48 Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita)
49 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) ERA-Circus
50 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)
51 Mariusz Gil (Pol)
52 Christian Helmig (Lux)
53 Yoann Corbihan (Fra)
54 Marvin Schmidt (Ger)
55 Inigo Gomez Elorriaga (Spa)
56 Lex Reichling (Lux)
1 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 230 pts
2 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 174
3 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 166
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 164
5 Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 154
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 137
7 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Team Steylaerts 126
8 Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 118
9 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 117
10 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 113


Cyclocross: Kermiscross in Ardooie

Photo published for Wout Van Aert zet kermiscross Ardooie op zijn naam
I have missed it! ah, the first MUDDY cross of the season! That's it. 
No big surprise about the winners: Sanne Cant among the women and Wout Van Aert in the mens' race. Lars van der Haar wasn't there but Klaas Vantornout scored a beautiful 3rd place.


1 Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:40:40
2 Thalita De Jong (Ned) 0:00:03
3 Elle Anderson (USA) Elle Anderson Racing 0:01:06
4 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) 0:01:12
5 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 0:02:15
6 Rebecca Fahringer (USA) Amy D Foundation 0:02:48
7 Kim Van De Steene (Bel) 0:03:03
8 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 0:03:26
9 Manon Bakker (Ned) 0:03:32
10 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) 0:03:45
11 Pauline Delhaye (Fra) 0:03:54
12 Loes Sels (Bel) 0:03:59
13 Githa Michiels (Bel) 0:04:38
14 Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) 0:05:08
15 Linda Ter Beek (Ned) 0:05:25
16 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 0:05:53
17 Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel) 0:06:36
18 Julia Boschker (Ned) 0:07:15
19 Christine Vardaros (USA) 0:07:36
20 Aurélie Vermeir (Bel) 0:08:40
21 Mieke De Roo (Bel) 0:09:14
22 Jo Blanchaert (Bel)
23 Valerie Boonen (Bel)
24 Nicky Roelandt (Bel)
1 Wout Van Aert (Bel) 0:57:12
2 Toon Aerts (Bel) 0:00:40
3 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) 0:01:02
4 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) 0:01:06
5 Quinten Hermans (Bel) 0:01:10
6 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) 0:01:15
7 Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) 0:01:20
8 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) 0:01:41
9 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) 0:01:48
10 Jens Adams (Bel) 0:01:57
11 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) 0:02:17
12 Rob Peeters (Bel) 0:02:29
13 Joeri Adams (Bel) 0:02:43
14 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) 0:03:07
15 Jim Aernouts (Bel) 0:03:13
16 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:03:24
17 Thijs Aerts (Bel) 0:03:41
18 Felipe Orts (Spa) 0:03:47
19 Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) 0:03:52
20 Braam Merlier (Bel) 0:03:55
21 Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) 0:03:58
22 Jonas Degroote (Bel) 0:03:59
23 Angelo De Clercq (Bel) 0:04:20
24 Eli Iserbyt (Bel) 0:04:32
25 Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned) 0:04:41
26 Mariusz Gil (Pol) 0:04:47
27 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) 0:05:04
28 Loïc Hennaux (Bel) 0:05:12
29 Ruben Vandevelde (Bel) 0:05:38
30 Tobin Ortenblad (USA) 0:06:17
31 Niels Wubben (Ned) 0:06:58
32 Dario Tielen (Bel) 0:07:10
33 Vinnie Braet (Bel)
34 Pascal Colaert (Bel)
35 Nicolas Samparisi (Ita)
36 Stefano Museeuw (Bel)
37 Quincy Vens (Bel)
38 Hendrik Sweeck (Bel)
39 Mathias Declerck (Bel)
40 Radomir Simunek (Cze)
41 Brannan Fix (USA)
42 Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita)
43 Ritchie Denolf (Bel)
44 Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)

Niels Albert Cyclocross in Boom

Sunny day in Boom. Wide green fields in the warm light of the afternoon. It didn't look cold...
Jolien Verschueren won the women race while in the men race we had again a duel between 'les enfants terrible', Van Aert and Van der Poel. 
After just 3 laps they got a gap. Bosmans was chasing with David van der Poel.
3 laps to go Bosmans joined, M. van der Poel attacked but couldn't drop van Aert. Eventually M. van der Poel crashed: his pedal hit the barrier's foot and he badly fell. Van Aert went solo. Van der Poel was able to come back to 2nd but the win was gone.

1. Jolien Verschueren,
2. Ellen Van Loy,
3. Rebecca Fahringer.
1.Van Aert,
2.M.van der Poel,
5.D.Van der Poel,