Sunday, 22 January 2012

Hoogerheide CX World Cup Results

It was an absolutely beautiful day for a race in Hoogerheide today: the sun was shining, the air was clear and the rain stayed away. There'd been plenty of rain in the last few days so boggy patches were guaranteed, but - thanks largely to the race organisers' decision not to permit training on the parcours until yesterday - there was nothing like the mudfest that had been predicted.

Marianne Vos took a 15th consecutive victory
The predicted Vosfest went ahead as expected, meanwhile. The 24-year-old Dutch megastar looked poised and purposeful on the start line, a complete contrast to the relaxed British rider Helen Wyman who was swapping jokes with the rider next to her, before leaping away and leading for the remained of the race. She was, literally, untouchable as she rode towards her fifteenth consecutive victory, making the fast parcours look easy as she built up to a 30 second lead and then kept going; gliding where others ground and seeming to get faster and faster towards the end. She crossed the line 1'28" ahead of Daphny van den Brand, though with 326 points to Vos' 290 it's Daphny who takes the World Cup - a fantastic end to her career as this is due to be her final cyclo cross season.

Wyman took 6th place, an excellent result and more evidence that she's fully recovered from the virus she contracted before Christmas - welcome news for British fans as she's by far our strongest rider at present (and for some years, for that matter). Derbyshire-born Nikki Harris was 12" behind her in eighth place.

Daphy van den Brand wins the World Cup
A large crash seconds after the race got under away left many women on the ground. Most were up and on their way quickly, but Sophie de Boer and Caroline Mani were not so fortunate and needed medical attention, both lying on the roadside surrounded by paramedics for some time before being taken away by ambulance. De Boer was feared to have broken her collar bone and shoulder, thus ruling her out for the upcoming World Championships, but later said on her Twitter feed that she hopes to be racing next week, also thanking fans for wishing her well:

"ssophiedeboer sophie de boer
Hopelijk duimt iedereen mee dat het meevalt en dat ik volgende week kan fietsen....... :'(  bedankt voor de steun lieve mensen!!!"
("Hopefully [I'm not] that bad, everyone, and will be riding next week ....... : '( Thanks for the support nice people!")
There are still concerns that her wrist may be fractured and she has extensive grazing, but it seems she got off far more lightly than at first appeared to be the case. Details of Mani's injuries are not yet known - paramedics appeared to be concerned about her knee, but the rider later posted a photograph on her Twitter account showing herself with her left arm in plaster and cuts to her face. Katie Compton and Katerina Nash came close to crashing after a collision which left their bikes entangled, but managed to stay upright and were racing again within seconds.

Vos had always been the favourite among the Women  in this event, but the outcome of the Elite Men's race was far more difficult to predict: Zdenek Stybar is arguably the best male cyclo crosser of the moment, but Kevin Pauwels excels on faster courses such as this and Sven Nys has won here twice in two years. It looked as though things were going Stybar's way as he drove a small group to catch Nies Albert, Tom Meeusen and Klaas Vantornout, building up to a pace that left Pauwels apparently reeling for a short while - then, with three laps to go, the Belgian tapped into a new reserve of energy and powered ahead. Having used more energy than he'd have liked catching Albert and pals, Stybar was unable to match him and took second place, eight seconds down. Pauwels also wins the Cup.

Fancy a report from the viewpoint of somebody who was actually in the race? Helen Wyman is the person to see. 
Full results below

2, 1, 1 - Van den Brand, Vos, Compton
Elite Women
  1 Marianne Vos (Rabobank) 00:39:14 
  2 Daphny Van Den Brand (WV Schijndel) 01:28 
  3 Katerina Nash 01:35
  4 Katherine Compton (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 01:53
  5 Lucie Chainel-lefevre 02:06
  6 Helen Wyman 02:24
  7 Nikki Harris 02:36
  8 Annie Last 02:49
  9 Sanne Cant (Boxx VeldritAcademie)  03:16
  10. Pavla Havlikova 03:24
  11 Meredith Miller 03:25
  12 Jasmin Achermann 03:33
  13 Sabrina Schweizer 03:47
  14 Joyce Vanderbeken 03:53
  15 Julie Krasniak 03:56
  16 Reza Hormes Ravenstijn 04:03
  17 Sabrina Stultiens (Brainwash) 04:09
  18 Nicole Duke 04:35
  19 Linda Van Rijen (Skil - 1t4i) 04:40
  20 Christine Majerus (Team GSD Gestion) 04:42
  21 Arenda Grimberg 04:52
  22. Kaitlin Antonneau (Exergy Twenty12) 05:10
  23 Gesa Bruchmann 05:26
  24 Valentina Scandolara (S.C. Michela Fanini Rox) 05:32
  25 Nancy Bober 05:55
  26 Lana Verberne 05:58
  27 Olga Wasiuk ST
  28 Nikoline Hansen 06:20
  29 Andrea Smith 06:30
  30 Kajsa Snihs 06:34
  31 Alice Maria Arzuffi 06:38
  32 Hilde Quintens 06:40
  33 Sabrina Maurer 06:56
  34 Christine Vardaros (Baboco - Revor Cycling Team) 07:12
  35 Sakiko Miyauchi 07:21
  36 Asa Maria Erlandsson 07:31
  37 Kim Van De Steene 07:35
  38 Githa Michiels 07:39
  39 Annefleur Kalvenhaar  07:40
  40 Ayako Toyooka 07:44
  41 Amy Dombroski (Cranckbrothers) 08:09
  42 Katrien Thijs 00:01
  43 Lise-Marie Henzelin ST
  44 Margriet Kloppenburg ST
  45 Madara Furmane 00:02

Elite Men
  1 Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb - Revor) 01:02:01 
  2 Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:08 
  3 Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb - Revor) 00:14 
  4 Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) 00:35
  5 Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) 00:38
  6 Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) 00:39
  7 Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) 00:41
  8 Sven Vanthourenhout (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) 00:57
  9 Radomir Simunek (BKCP-Powerplus) 01:06
  10  Francis Mourey (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 01:18
  11 Thijs Van Amerongen (AA Cycling Team) 01:23
  12 Aurelien Duval 01:49
  13 Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus) ST
  14 Steve Chainel (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 02:11
  15 Matthieu Boulo (Roubaix - Lille Métropole) 02:25
  16 Simon Zahner (Suisse Ekz) 02:32
  17 Marcel Wildhaber 02:33
  18 Enrico Franzoi (Miche-Guerciotti) 02:42
  19 Twan Van Den Brand (WV Schijndel) 02:47
  20 Christoph Pfingsten (Cycling Team De Rijke) 03:00
  21 Mariusz Gil (Baboco - Revor Cycling Team) 03:11
  22 Thijs Al (AA Cycling Team) 03:13
  23 Christian Heule 3:24
  24 Niels Wubben (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 03:33
  25 Julien Taramarcaz 03:35
  26 Marcel Meisen (BKCP-Powerplus) 03:42
  27 Ian Field 03:43
  28 Patrick Van Leeuwen 03:46
  29 Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly Cycling) ST
  30 Martin Zlamalik 03:47
  31 Bart Aernouts (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 03:58
  32 Johannes Sickmuller 04:01
  33 Christian Cominelli (Team Idea) 04:05
  34 Petr Dlask 04:15
  35 Jiri Polnicky (PSK Whirlpool-Author) 04:24
  36 Jonathan Page 04:31
  37 Magnus Darvell 04:35
  38 Clement Bourgoin (Charvieu-Chavagneux IC) 04:38
  39 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez 04:40
  40 Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) 04:50
  41 Vladimir Kyzivat 04:56
  42 Tim Johnson 05:36
  43 Ryan Trebon 05:42
  44 Gerben De Knegt (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 05:53
  45 James Driscoll (Jamis/Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team) 06:16

Under-23
  1 Lars Van Der Haar (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 00:50:09
  2 Julian Alaphilippe (Armée De Terre) 00:03
  3 Michiel Van Der Heijden (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 00:28
  4 Michael Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus) 00:45
  5 Tim Merlier (Sunweb - Revor) 00:51
  6 Mike Teunissen (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 00:56
  7 Arnaud Grand (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) 00:59
  8 Gianni Vermeersch (BKCP-Powerplus) 01:05
  9 Arnaud Jouffroy (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) 01:14
  10 Emiel Dolfsma (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 01:21
  11 Elia Silvestri 01:23
  12. Zach Mcdonald 01:24
  13 Wietse Bosmans (BKCP-Powerplus) 01:32
  14 Micki Van Empel (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) 01:34
  15 Corne Van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) ST
  16 Jan Nesvadba 01:47
  17 Luca Braidot 01:53
  18 Marek Konwa 01:57
  19 Laurens Sweeck 02:03
  20 Karel Hnik (Sunweb - Revor) 02:08
  21 Michael Schweizer 02:13
  22 Tijmen Eising (Sunweb - Revor) 02:14
  23 Tomas Paprstka 02:15
  24 Skala Jakub 02:16
  25 Radek Polnicky 02:27
  26 Vinnie Braet (Sunweb - Revor) 02:32
  27 David Menut (Cr4c Roanne) 02:47
  28 Gert-jan Bosman (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 02:55
  29 Clément Venturini 02:56
  30 Kenneth Hansen 03:15
  31 David Van Der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) 03:16
  32 Kenta Gallagher 03:19
  33 Stan Godrie (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 03:50
  34 Yannick Mayer (Team NSP - Ghost) 03:53
  35 Camille Thominet (CC De Villeneuve St-germain) 03:58
  36 Michael Wildhaber 04:15
  37 Emil Arvid Olsen 04:19
  38 Jack Clarkson 04:28
  39 Fabian Lienhard 04:42
  40 Douwe Verberne (WV Schijndel) 04:47
  41 Nipl Vojtech 04:51
  42 Iñigo Gómez 04:58
  43 Vincent Dias Dos Santos 05:08
  44 Max Walsleben 05:18
  45 Lex Reichling 05:19
  46 Kevin Bouvard 05:32
  47 Cody Kaiser 05:54
  48 Jonas Pedersen 05:56
  49 Steven James 06:06
  50  Jon Gomez 06:21
  51 Ludwig Söderqvist 06:46
  52 Luke Gray 06:59
  53 David Hidalgo 07:01
  54 Wojciech Malec 00:02
  55 Domas Manikas ST
  56 Bartosz Pilis ST
  57 Patryk Kostecki ST
  58 Michel Vuelta ST
  59 Kiernan Orange00:03
  60 Kalina Talius 00:04


Juniors
  1 Mathieu Van Der Poel (Boxx VeldritAcademie) 00:43:04
  2 Anthony Turgis 00:20 
  3 Quentin Jauregui (Boxx VeldritAcademie) 00:31 
  4 Silvio Herklotz ST
  5 Wout Van Aert (Young Telenet-fidea) 00:33 
  6 Romain Seigle 01:15 
  7 Daan Soete (Young Telenet-fidea) 01:36 
  8 Quinten Hermans (Young Telenet-fidea) 01:55 
  9 Martijn Budding (Boxx VeldritAcademie) 02:07 
  10 Yorbin Van Tichelt 02:19 
  11 Victor Koretzky 02:20 
  12 Daan Hoeyberghs (Boxx VeldritAcademie) 02:35 
  13 Andri Frischknecht 02:37 
  14  Stan Wijkel (Young Telenet-fidea) 02:41
  15 Dylan Kowalski 02:47 
  16 Tim Ariesen 02:54
  17 Toki Sawada ST
  18  Dominic Grab 02:56 
  19 Jan Vastl 03:03 
  20 Johannes Siemermann 03:09 
  21 Koen Weijers 03:15 
  22 Curtis White 03:19
  23 Matthias Van De Velde (Boxx VeldritAcademie) 03:25
  24 Jan Brezna 03:28
  25 Dominic Zumstein 03:30
  26 Felix Drumm 03:39
  27 Gioele Bertolini 03:42
  28  Pjotr Van Beek ST
  29 Kevin Suarez Fernandez 03:48
  30 Karel Pokorny 03:52
  31 Steffen Müller 03:58
  32 Andrew Dillman 04:02
  33 Toon Wouters 04:12
  34 Richard Gorry 04:13
  35 Michal Paluta ST
  36 Hugo Robinson 04:34
  37 Bryan Van Rooyen 04:45
  38 Bjorn Van Der Heijden 05:05
  39  Luca De Nicola 05:09
  40 Tobin Ortenblad 05:20
  41 Emil Linde 05:22
  42 Lehvi Braam 05:43
  43 Joseph Moses 05:54
  44 Piotr Konwa 05:59
  45. Alex Welburn 06:00
  46 Jakub Rydval ST
  47 Yohan Patry 06:18
  48 Stosz Patryk 06:22
  49 Niels Goeree 06:26
  50 Nicky Gieskens 06:28
  51 Kota Yokoyama 06:37
  52 Sven Fritsch 06:41
  53 Michimasa Nakai ST
  54 Mats Lammertink 07:12
  55 Samuel Beaudoin 07:23
  56 Yannick Gruner 07:24
  57 Tobiasz Lis 0.01
  58 Dan Mangers ST
  59 Mateusz Grabis ST
  60 Alec Lang ST
  61 Magnus Skjoth 0.02
  62 Francesco Pedante ST

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