1.15.2017

Cyclocross, Procycling and... Mint Tea

Lars van der Haar
Lars van der Haar in his new team kit
Today it's Sunday and it's the cyclocross season. I know. I skipped it all. 
I must tell you I didn't miss it that much when I was in Nepal, and now that I'm back... ehm... I'm not sure that I'm back... anyway, it's hard for me to find interesting almost anything. I don't know, it all looks far, irrelevant, meaningless.
As far as cyclocross, I'm just happy to see that Lars van der Haar is back on track. He scored a good 8th today in Fiuggi (Would Cup). Klaas Vantornout did also very good (7th). Toon Aerts crashed out instead. Wout van Aert wonBut I watched only the last laps.

Lars van der Haar:
"Super happy with my 8th place in Fiuggi! Crawling my way back to the top :-) I'll keep working hard, to maybe still improve. #HopeToonIsOkay"

Klaas Vantornout:
What a funny, slipery race @FiuggiCross From place 35 to a nice 7th result! Good feeling!!! @MAR_NAPG_CT"

RESULTS
1 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles 1:05:03  
2 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Team Kuota Lotto 0:00:18  
3 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:27  
4 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:39  
5 Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:00:46  
6 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:01:12
7 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:01:16  
8 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:24  
9 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:27  
10 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:42  
11 David Van Der Poel (Ned) 0:01:49  
12 Ismael Esteban Aguando (Spa) 0:01:56  
13 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) 0:02:08  
14 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 0:02:09  
15 Michael Boroš (Cze)  
16 Simon Zahner (Swi) 0:02:12  
17 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) 0:02:15  
18 Jens Adams (Bel) 0:02:34  
19 Rob Peeters (Bel) 0:02:44  
20 Luca Braidot (Ita)  
21 Steve Chainel (Fra) 0:03:03  
22 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) 0:03:08  
23 Sascha Weber (Ger) 0:03:12  
24 Daan Soete (Bel) 0:03:17  
25 Diether Sweeck (Bel) 0:03:27  
26 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) 0:03:30  
27 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) 0:03:46  
28 Martin Haring (Svk) 0:03:47  
29 Severin Sägesser (Swi) 0:03:48  
30 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) 0:03:54  
31 Lukas Winterberg (Swi)  
32 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibañez (Spa) 0:04:03  
33 Daniele Braidot (Ita) 0:04:20  
34 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 0:04:24  
35 Cristian Cominelli (Ita) 0:04:34  
36 Nicolas Samparisi (Ita) 0:04:53  
37 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) 0:04:57  
38 Alois Falenta (Fra) 0:04:59  
39 Clement Venturini (Fra) 0:05:30  
40 Francis Mourey (Fra) 0:05:41  
41 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) 0:05:45  
42 Stefano Capponi (Ita) 0:05:55  
43 Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita) 0:07:35  
44 Stan Godrie (Ned)  
45 Kevin Suarez Fernandez (Spa)  
46 Jeremy Powers (USA)  
47 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi)  
48 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned)  
49 Andrew Juiliano (USA)  
50 Michal Malík (Cze)  
51 Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA)  
52 Daniel Ania Gonzalez (Spa)

As far as Procycling, I see that 
Caleb Ewan wins the seson's opener

Caleb Ewan won the People’s Choice Classic, so there we go, the season has begun.


Caleb Ewan
“I’m really happy it started off well with Roger. It was the first race I have raced with him and he dropped me off perfectly, right at the front, and that was the first time I had to touch the wind. I don’t think it usually happens like that (working so well together in the first race) but all I had to do was follow him. He sat behind me with a few laps to go to give me a smooth ride and came around me with a lap to go. 
I definitely feel the pressure but I try to keep it pretty relaxed. My team backed me 100%, they rode straight away when the breakaway left and I just cruised down the back (of the peloton) most the day to save my energy. 
This is a great race to build your confidence. I sprinted quite early, earlier than I would have hoped, but I have a whole lot of confidence going into the next week of racing.”

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Son's team gathers for the first training
People's Choice Classic Results
1. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT) 1:03:41
2. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
3. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST

As far as me, also my son's cycling season has begun: yesterday he got his new bike and this morning he had his first team training. 
It's very cold in Florence, but my heart is warm with love :) I have just booked my next flight to Kathmandu. 

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