Cyclocross (Part 2) – with added Road Racing

As I said yesterday:

This weekend, from a sporting point of view, is one of my favourites. The European road cycling season gets itself underway with Le Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise (L’Ouverture), although this year the Challenge Mallorca series has been underway since Thursday. The World Cyclocross Championships also take place. This year they are being held at Zolder in Belgium.

Sunday 31/01/2016

Today we had the Under 23 Men’s and the Elite Men’s Races. I didn’t get home in time to see the Under 23 race but by all accounts it was a good one. It was won by the Belgian rider Eli Iserbyt in a sprint.

For the full race click here

The Men’s Elite Race was a classic;

After the initial sort out, it looked as if the race was going to be dominated by the three Vans, Wout Van Aert (Belgium), Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands), and Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands). It didn’t stay that way. For one last hurrah of a half lap Sven Nys took off and everyone – even the Dutch willing him to stay out front

At the risk of being lynched: I am for @sven_nys. Just because it would be so beautiful, the old Fox in the Rainbow Jersey.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. After the lead group had come back together a tangle where Mathieu Van Der Poel managed to get his foot stuck in Wout Van Aert’s front wheel, gave Lars Van Der Haar the chance to take off. He built a lead of about fifteen seconds at one point. Wout Van Aert didn’t panic he worked his way back up to Van Der Haar steadily and with a lap and a half to go re caught him. They seemed pretty evenly matched until the final run-up where Van Aert had just a little bit more left in his legs and made the decisive gap that would bring him the Rainbow Jersey.

Sven Nys finished fourth in his last ever World Championships

Full Race replay here

Added Road Racing

Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise

I found this footage on YouTube. I think someone has shot it on their mobile phone. It gives a flavour of the race, which was won by Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling

Cycling News report here

Challenge Mallorca – Final stage.

The video above shows the highlights of the stage won by André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal.

Cycling news report here

Trouw.nlAn excellent article in Trouw by Marijn de Vries on Femke Van den Driessche and her electric bike. Use google translate if your Dutch isn’t too good.

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