11.05.2016

Cyclocross: Soudal Waaslandcross in Sint-Niklaas ... and a large democratic march in Florence

What a day! noooo... not exactly in Belgium... well I don't know. I was taking part in a large march  in Florence against a public meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. 
It was a democratic peaceful protest but two day ago the news came that it had been forbiden. Why? because in Florence there was... the Prime Minister! I mean... normally people protest where the Prime Minister is, to shows him or her their disagreement, to ask a public confrontation. That's democracy baby. You can't just avoid or forbid the protests. A lot of people gathered anyway and marched anyway. A lot of police attacked us but we resisted. 
We couldn't reach the place where the meeting with Renzi was held but we blocked the city and yep he had to notice the protest. I was there with my son and I can say there was a large part of the Italian people: workers, local commitees, students and teachers, immigrats, victims of the banks' crack... It was raining cats and dogs but the march has been a great success. 

In Belgium there was the Soudal Waaslandcross in Sint-Niklaas: Tom Meeusen won the Elite Men race, while in the Elite Women Sanne Cant was the first one on the line. Among the Junior Men Nicolas Guillemin won. 

Tom Meeusen:
"I’m one of the few riders who manage to grab a win every year. It was a nice duel with Rob Peeters, when I got 10 seconds it was a matter of not making any mistakes. It's a very nice race but we’ll no doubt suffer tomorrow. I'm going to give everything but we come up again against other riders.”

RESULTS
ELITE MEN
1 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:57:54  
2 Rob Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:00:43  
3 Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:56  
4 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:01:06  
5 Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:01:18  
6 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:01:31  
7 David Van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 0:01:40  
8 Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice  
9 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:50  
10 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Team Steylaerts 0:01:57  
11 Joeri Adams (Bel) Kalas-NNOF 0:01:59  
12 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:02:09  
13 Diether Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 0:02:16  
14 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:02:24  
15 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 0:02:32  
16 Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:02:45  
Photo published for Cyclo-cross: La Belge Sanne Cant l'emporte chez elle17 Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:03:21  
18 Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:03:41
ELITE WOMEN
1 Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:40:31  
2 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:06  
3 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:01:46  
4 Elle Anderson (USA) 0:02:09  
5 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:02:21  
6 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) AA Drink-Kalas 0:02:38  
7 Loes Sels (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:02:47  
8 Geerte Hoeke (Ned)  
9 Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Team Steylaerts 0:02:59  
10 Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) 0:03:05  
11 Githa Michiels (Bel) 0:03:36  
12 Shana Maes (Bel) AA Drink-Kalas 0:04:46  
13 Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) 0:04:54  
14 Pauline Delhaye (Fra) 0:05:07
JUNIOR MEN
1 Nicolas Guillemin (Fra) 0:43:52  
2 Ben Turner (GBr)  
3 Bart Hazekamp (Ned) 0:00:44  
4 Anton Ferdinande (Bel) 0:01:11  
5 Thibaut De Smet (Bel) 0:01:13  
6 Julian Siemons (Bel) 0:01:32  
7 Len Dejonghe (Bel) 0:01:34  
8 Dolf Pemen (Bel) 0:02:02  
9 Harry Yates (GBr) 0:02:12  
10 Vince Van Den Eynde (Bel) 0:02:35  
11 Jasper Van Den Plas (Bel) 0:03:04  
12 Lander Tibackx (Bel) 0:03:17  
13 Wannes Vanden Bussche (Bel) 0:03:34  
14 Joren Thys (Bel) 0:03:43  
15 Luca Vreeswijk (Ned) 0:05:15  
16 Kwinten Stuer (Bel) 0:05:22  
17 Ward Deschepper (Bel) 0:06:07

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