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Cyclocross News Roundup #2, 5 November 2008
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 11/5/2008
Cyclocross News Roundup #2, 5 November 2008
 

Cyclocross News Roundup #2, 5 November 2008

New sponsor for Albert and team mates, Vanthourenhout and Kloucek renewals, Belgian and Dutch teams for Pijnacker, Mourey's succesful weekend, Zahner and Achermann winners in Magstadt, USA National Calendar Standings, MAC Powered by SRAM Standings, Grabs at Whitmore's..

BKCP and PowerPlus new sponsors of Niels Albert
BKCP and PowerPlus are the new sponsors of Niels Albert, Radomir Simunek, Dieter Vanthourenhout and Phillip Walsleben.

All four riders now part of the cross team of Palmans-Cras have to leave the team as Palmans is going to fully focus on the road next season.

The new team is going to ride on Stevens bikes and will make its entree in the GP Sven Nys in Baal on 1 January 2009. The team has signed a contract for the next three seasons.


Sven Vanthourenhout and Lukas Kloucek stay with Sunweb-Projob

Belgian Sven Vanthourenhout and Czech Lukas Kloucek have both prolonged their contract with the Belgian Sunweb-Projob team.

Vanthourenhout finished as second at the Belgian Road Championships this year. His start of the cross season was disrupted a little after a crash in which he broke his hand. Two weeks in Tabor Vanthourenhout made his comeback in races.


Belgian teams for World Cup in Pijnacker

The Belgian teams for the World Cup in Pijnacker on November 9 are:

Men
Sven Nys
Niels Albert
Bart Wellens
Kevin Pauwels
Bart Aernouts
Sven Vanthourenhout
Erwin Vervecken
Rob Peeters
Klaas Vantornout
Women
Sanne CANT
Veerle INGELS
Joyce VANDERBEKEN
Nancy BOBER
Gertie WILLEMS
Katrien VERMEIREN
Katrien THIJS
Nicolle DE BIE-LEYTEN
U23
Tom MEEUSEN
Vincent BAESTAENS
Quentin BERTHOLET
Joeri ADAMS
Jim AERNOUTS
Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE
Juniors
Sean DE BIE
Wietse BOSMANS
Vinnie BRAET
Matthias BOSSUYT
Zeb VEESTRAETEN
Ritchie DENOLF


Francis Mourey wins Cross in Hittnau and Marle
Francis Mourey, who didn't take part in the Koppenberg Cross or the Superprestige cross in Veghel-Eerde last weekend, had a very successful weekend by winning the cyclocross in Marle on Saturday and Hittnau on Sunday.

Result Marle
1 Francis Mourey (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
2 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team
3 Ludovic Dubeau (Fra)
4 Julien Roussel (Fra)
5 Nicolas Bazin (Fra)
6 Arnaud Labbe (Fra)
7 David Pagnier (Fra)
8 Ludovic Merlier (Fra)
9 Roy Van Heeswijk (Ned)
10 Nico Clarysse (Bel) Cyclingteam Oost-West Vzw

Result Hittnau

1 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1.00.46
2 Christian Heule (Swi) Rendementhypo Cycling Team 0.29
3 Simon Zahner (Swi) Bürgis Cycling Team 1.16
4 Thomas Frischknecht (Swi) Swisspower Team 2.13
5 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Exe Jeans 2.25
6 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Athleticum MTB Team 3.01
7 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Tower Sports - VC Eschenbach 3.43
8 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) Johnson Controls AŠ MB 3.45
9 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team 3.51
10 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) Team Kral R.C. Pfeil Hof E.V 4.08


Zahner and Achermann winners in Magstadt
Simon Zahner and Jasmin Achermann are the winners of the International Cyclocross of Magstadt (November 1). The results:

Men
1 Simon Zahner (Swi) Bürgis Cycling Team 1.03.54
2 Johannes Sickmüller (Ger) Harvestehuder RV 1.25
3 Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) 1.59
4 René Birkenfeld (Ger) Harvestehuder RV 2.55
5 Finn Heitmann (Ger) Team Focus-Alpecin Cross 3.21
6 Jan Chrobák (Cze) 3.41
7 Vaclav Metlicka (Svk) 4.58
8 Malte Urban (Ger) Team Focus-Alpecin Cross 5.48
9 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Deutschland U23 / Berlin 6.50
10 Sascha Schneider (Ger) VBC-Waldshut-Tiengen 7.12

Women
1 Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Team Fischer-BMC 49.31.00
2 Martina Zwick (Ger) RSC Wörth 1.09.00
3 Wiebke Klü?endorf (Ger) RV Pfeil Magstadt 1.51.00
4 Susanne Juranek (Ger) RSC Oldenburg 3.23.00
5 Liv-Susanne Bachmann (Ger) 1a-crossteam 3.42.00
6 Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rad Union Wangen 4.07.00
7 Anne-Kathrin Wolf (Ger) 1a-crossteam 4.41.00
8 Christine Varados (USA) 4.54.00
9 Charlotte Schneider (Ger) RSC Wörth 5.04.00


Dutch Cyclocross team for World Cup in Pijnacker
The Dutch National Selector Johan Lammerts has announced the rosters for the upcoming World Cup in Pijnacker on November 9. The teams are:

Elite Men
Thijs Al
Thijs van Amerongen
Lars Boom
Wilant van Gils
Richard Groenendaal
Roy van Heeswijk
Gerben de Knegt
Patrick van Leeuwen
Eddy van IJzendoorn
Elite Women
Daphny van den Brand
Saskia Elemans
Abke Francissen
Arenda Grimberg
Loes Gunnewijk
Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn
Sanne van Paassen
Linda van Rijen
U23 Team A
Twan van den Brand
Micki van Empel
Ivar Hartogs
Geert van der Horst
Mitchell Huenders
Ramon Sinkeldam
U23 Team B
Edwin Arts
Jordy Beuker
Julian van Dijk
Kobus Hereijgers
Rik van IJzendoorn
Kaj Slenter
Junior Team A
Tijmen Eising
Lars van der Haa
Michiel van der Heijden
Corne van Kessel
David van der Poel
Mike Teunissen
Junior Team B
Gert-Jan Bosman
Milan van den Ende
Bas Krauwel
Jelle Lugten
Daan Meijers
Elmar Reinders

USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Calendar Standings
The Boulder and Cycle-smart International races marked the 20th through the 23rd races on the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar, November 1-2. In Saturday's Boulder C2 contest it was Todd Wells (Durango, Colo.) and Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo.) coming away with wins in the men's and women's pro categories respectively. In Sunday's category-one Boulder Cup race Tim Johnson (Middleton, Mass.) had the edge while Gould repeated for the women. Over in Northhampton, Mass. Jamey Driscoll (Jericho, Vt.) and Natasha Elliott (CAN) earned the pro victories. Driscoll repeated his performance in the Cycle-Smart International 2, with Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa.) earning the women's victory on Sunday.

After 23 contests on the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar, the current standings are as follows:

Men's Standings
1. Jeremy Powers (Hadley, Mass.) 312
2. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore.) 302
3. Tim Johnson (Middleton, Mass.) 296
4. Jamey Driscoll (Jericho, Vt.) 215
5. Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H.) 145

Women's Standings
1. Natasha Elliott (CAN) 123
2. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo.) 119
3. Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa.) 113
4. Deidre Winfield (Charlottesville, Va.) 100
5. Maureen Bruno-Roy (Arlington, Mass.) 99


Tight points battles in MAC Powered by SRAM
Halfway through its ten-race season, the MAC Powered by SRAM point chases are wide open affairs. Heading into this weekend's doubleheader in New Jersey, no fewer than 76 Elite men are mathematically in contention for the points lead. Consistency has paid off for the top three men in a season where there have been no repeat winners. Andy Wulfkuhle (273 points), Greg Wittwer (270 points) and Wes Schempf (254 points) top the table despite not having won a race. Jamey Driscoll has only missed two races and is the top-ranked race winner with 250 points.

The women's points championship is not as close as the men's, thanks to Laura Van Gilder's early season domination. She leads Dee Dee Winfield 422 points to 380. The only other race winner is Melanie Swartz, who sits in seventh after missing the Granogue/Wissahickon weekend. Both Van Gilder and men's leader Andy Wulfkuhle are part of the powerhouse C3-Sollay.com team.

In contrast to the pro classes, the Elite Masters 35 + class has seen total domination. Roger Aspholm won the first four races in dominating fashion. When he missed last weekend's race in Maryland, his Westwood Velo teammate Troy Kimball stepped in to keep the team's winning streak alive. The other masters riders must figure they are riding into a buzzsaw this weekend as they compete in team Westwood Velo's home state.

The MAC Powered by SRAM Cyclocross Series continues this weekend with two of its oldest races, the Beacon Cyclocross (featuring the "Amphitheater of Pain") in Bridgeport New Jersey, and HPCX in Jamesburg New Jersey. Details on the races can be found at BikeReg.com

MAC Powered by SRAM Standings as of November 9

Elite Men
1 Andrew Wulfkuhle C3-Sollay.com 273
2 Greg Wittwer ALAN North America Cycling Team 270
3 Wes Schempf C3-Sollay.com 254
4 Jamey Driscoll Cyclocrossworld.com/Cannondale 250
5 Michael Gallagher C3 SOLLAY.COM 240
6 Todd Hesel Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing 220
7 Jeremy Powers Cyclocrossworld.com 210
8 Ryan DeWald Battley Harley Davidson 200
9 John Brewer Haymarket Bicycles p/b Function Drinks 198
10 Bobby LEA Fuji 189

Elite Women
1 Laura Van Gilder C3 Sollay 422
2 Deidre Winfield Velo Bella - Kona 380
3 Kristin Gavin Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon 334
4 Nikki Thiemann Human Zoom Pabst Blue Ribbon 313
5 Arley Kemmerer Hub Racing 288
6 Kristine Church Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon 250
7 Melanie Swartz Velo Bella - Kona 247
8 Maureen Bruno Roy MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles 245
9 Lauri Webber Secret Henry's Team 220
10 Diane Grim C3-Sollay.com 215

Entire Atmosphere up for Grabs at Whitmore's
Myles Romanow is giving the atmosphere to a lucky cyclocross racer. The promoter of the Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup in The Hamptons has announced that he will be giving away the atmosphere as part of the event's "Ready, Set, Race" raffle. Romanow had previously announced that one of the raffle prizes will be a complete, custom-built Richard Sachs Team Cyclocross bike, complete with wheels, SRAM components, shoes and helmet.

Now, Romanow has teamed up with Richard Sachs again to give away the "ATMO-sphere", a baseball personally autographed by Sachs himself. "It's a really lame prize ATMO," said Sachs airily, "not nearly as good as all the other s**t Myles is giving away." ("ATMO", short for "according to my opinion", is Sachs' signature catchphrase.)

The raffle will also award a set of Dura Ace 7850 SL scandium tubeless clincher wheels and a complete SRAM Rival group set as prizes. Non-UCI competitors at the Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup will automatically receive one free raffle ticket for every race they enter. Raffle Tickets can also be purchased through the event's registration page on BikeReg.com.

"People always knew I had balls," said Romanow, "now I'm giving one of them away."

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