Cyclocross News Roundup - 28 December 2008
Albert team captain BKCP-Powerplus, Vantornout wins
Torhout, Al and Kupfernagel the best in Antwerpen and 2009-2010 USA Championships
Albert team captain BKCP-Powerplus
Niels Albert will be the team captain of the new BKCP-Powerplus team of manager
Christoph Roodhooft which will join the cyclocross per January 1, 2009. The
team has a contract for three years and consists of four professional and five
U23 riders. The full team will be:
Elite: Niels Albert (22), Radomir Simunek (25),
Dieter Vanthourenhout (23), Philipp Walsleben (/21)
U23: Jim Aernouts (19), Gianni Denolf (21), Wim
Leemans (21), Lubomir Petrus (18), Arnaud Van den Abeele (18)
The first race of the team will be the GP Sven Nys in Baal on January 1, 2009.
Klaas Vantornout wins Sylvestercross in Torhout
Klaas Vantornout has won the Sylvestercross in his own Torhout (December 27).
Italian Marco Bianco and Belgian Ben Berden completed the podium. The race was
animated by ten riders namely Davy Commeyne, Jan Soetens, Jan Verstraeten, Klaas
Vantornout, David Willemsens, Ben Berden, Kamil Ausbuher, Marco Bianco, Gerben
De Knegt and Patrick Van Leeuwen. Lap by lap some riders dropped and the definitive
decision came after 40 minutes of racing when Vantornout attacked and nobody
was able to follow.
1 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team 1.01.10
2 Marco Bianco (Ita) L´Arcobaleno Carraro Team 0.13
3 Ben Berden (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 0.28
4 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank 0.34
5 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Exe Jeans
6 Jan Soetens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 0.48
7 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 1.02
8 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team 1.08
9 David Willemsens (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 1.18
10 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Het Snelle Wiel 1.38
Mourey and Coenen winners in Dagmarsellen and Differdange
Francis Mourey, who didn't competed for France in the World Cup of Zolder, traveled
to Switzerland for the Int. Radquer Dagmersellen and with success. The Frenchman
dominated the whole race holding off Swiss riders Florian Vogel and Lukas Flückiger
by four seconds. In the GP DAF in Differdange Belgian Davy Coenen won ahead
of Jan Chrobak and David Pagnier.
Thijs Al and Hanka Kupfernagel the best in Antwerpen
Thijs Al and Hanka Kupfernagel are the winners of the fourth Scheldecross in
Antwerpen (December 19). Al had as usual a cannonball start and only Vantornout
and last year's winner Radomir Simunek were able to follow the Dutch rider.
In the final laps Al dropped his companions to take his second win of the season.
World champion Hanka Kupfernagel took the victory in the women's category. Kupfernagel
won with a eight seconds lead on Dutch Marianne Vos and 46 seconds over Sanne
Cant. Vos attacked early in the race and only Kupfernagel joined her. The two
dominated the race until Kupfernagel started putting on pressure during the
penultimate lap. Vos crashed but was able to return. A second attack of Kupfernagel
was the decisive one as the current Olympic Champion Poins race wasn't able
1 Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink - BeOne 1.01.02
2 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team 0.19
3 Radomír Šimunek (Cze) Palmans - Cras 0.38
4 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team 1.36
5 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Palmans - Cras 1.46
6 Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank
7 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) AA Drink - Be One 1.49
8 Rob Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner 1.55
9 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 2.03
10 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team 2.23
1 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Itera 40.35
2 Marianne Vos (Ned) Team DSB Bank 0.08
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) 0.46
4 Daphny van den Brand (Ned)
5 Helen Wyman (GBr)
6 Wendy Simms (Can) 1.15
7 Sanne van Paassen (Ned) 1.40
8 Veerle Ingels (Bel) 2.10
9 Reza Hormes-Ravenstein (Ned) 2.40
10 Nikki Harris (GBr) 2.45
2009-10 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships awarded to Bend, Ore.
Cyclo-Cross National Calendar’s Marquee Event Returns to Pacific Northwest
The 2009-10 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships have been awarded
to the city of Bend, Ore., the national governing body announced today.
The USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships were last held in the Pacific
Northwest when Portland hosted the 2003 and 2004 editions. Since then, the annual
event has been held in Providence, R.I. (2005-06) and Kansas City, Kan. (2007-08).
With scheduled dates of Dec. 10-13 in 2009 and Dec. 9-12 in 2010, the two-year
commitment returns the national championships to one of the most popular hotbeds
of cyclo-cross racing in North America.
With more than 2,000 athletes from around the nation expected to compete in
Bend next year, 35 national titles will be on the line throughout several categories
of racing; including junior, U23, collegiate, masters and elite divisions for
men and women.
“Bend is a special place and our entire community is honored to host the
cycling world for the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships,”
said Doug LaPlaca, president and CEO of Visit Bend and co-chair of the local
organizing committee. “Anyone who has visited Bend understands the enormous
enthusiasm and opportunity here – not just for cycling and cyclo-cross,
but for sports and recreation in general.”
Considered by many to be a hub for outdoor sports enthusiasts, Bend also plays
host to the Cascade Cycling Classic, a USA Cycling National Racing Calendar
event, recently hosted the XTERRA Trail Running National Championships, and
will host the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships next month.
Additionally, the town has recently been named America’s Top Adventure
Town by Men’s Journal, America’s Top Trail Running Town by Outside,
one of the country’s Top-Five Ski Towns by Travel + Leisure, one of the
Top-10 U.S. Triathlon Towns by Triathlete and “The Next Moab” by Mountain
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