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Cyclo-cross: National Championships - RESULTS WRAP-UP
 
By Fabio
Date: 1/12/2003
Cyclo-cross: National Championships - RESULTS WRAP-UP
 

HOLLAND:As fully predictable, Rabobank's Richard Groenendaal has won the Dutch Cycloross title (Elite Men category) on Sunday in the town of Huijbergen. The 31-year-old talented guy soloed to victory, with Camiel van den Bergh taking second and Gerben De Knegt completing the podium. The former World Champion, and current World Cup co-leader, grabbed the sixth national title so far in his successful career.

Things had previously gone as expected in the ladies (with Daphne Van Den Brand capturing the title) and Under 23 (Thijs Verhagen, another Rabobank rider, clinched victory) competitions as well.

More details on the Dutch (or should we call it "Brabant's") Cyclocross Championships in the link at the bottom of the page.

Results: Elite Men - Top 10 Places

1. Richard Groenendaal - 59'23"

2. Gerben de Knegt - at 26"

3. Camiel van den Bergh - at 57"

4. Wim de Vos - at 1'20"

5. Maarten Nijland - at 2'10"

6. Wiland van Gils - at 2'39"

7. Wilfried Veldkamp - at 3'49"

8. Bjorn Hoeben - at 4'11"

9. Wilfred Bastiaanse - at 4'13"

10. Mischa de Vries - at 4'16"

Women - Top 5 Places

1. Daphny Van Der Brand - 41'59"

2. Corinne Dorland - at 42"

3. Marianne Vos - at 1'45"

4. Nicole De Bie-Leijten - at 1'57"

5. Debby Mansveld - at 2'05"

Under 23 - Top 6 Places

1. Thijs Verhagen - 48'57"

2. Theo Eltink - at 14"

3. Pieter Weening

4. Bart Dirkx - at 20"

5. Kenny Van Hummel - at 50"

6. Joost Posthuma - at 53"



BELGIUM: In what could be labelled as the week-end's most interesting race all over Europe, Sven Nijs replied to the win of his teammate Richard Groenendaal in Holland with a great victory in the Belgian Championships. The Rabobank sensation captured the national title (for the second time so far in his career) ahead of Ben Berden and Bart Wellens. Mario De Clercq finished in seventh place only.

Early in the race, a leading group of six formed, containing Sven Nijs, Mario De Clercq, Bart Wellens, Sven Vanthourenhout, Ben Berden and Arne Daelmans. During the sixth lap, Vanthourenhout got dropped, and also Mario De Clercq lost contact (and all of his chances to add a new title to his palmares) due to mechanical problems.

Immediately Sven Nijs attacked, but slipped and was caught and dropped by Wellens. The latter was victim of a crash too, and a new pair (Nijs-Berden) formed in the lead. The two guys were not working well together, as Vlaanderen-T Interim's Ben Berden didn't look like being too eager to help the Rabobank guy, and apparently preferred to wait for teammate Arne Daelmans to regain the leaders.

But it didn't happen, and as the final lap started it was Nijs riding away from his break companion. Later Berden caught Nijs again, but the latter's attack in the final 500 metres proved decisive, and earned him the gold medal.

As for the Women and Young Gun categories, 39-year-old Hilde Quintens took the title among the ladies, and red hot favorites van der Linden and van Speybrouck lived up to expectations in the "Under 23" and "nieuwelingen" (Novices) races respectively.

Results: Elite Men - Top 10 Places

1. Sven Nijs (Rabobank) - 1h00'19"

2. Ben Berden (Vlaanderen T-Interim)

3. Bart Wellens (Spaar Select)

4. Arne Daelmans (Vlaanderen T-Interim)

5. Erwin Vervecken (Spaar Select)

6. Sven Vanthourenhout (Domo-Farm Frites)

7. Mario de Clercq (Palmans-Collstrop)

8. Tom Vannoppen (Palmans-Collstrop)

9. Peter van Santvliet (Spaar Select)

10. Wim Jacobs (El. 2) (*)

11. Bjorn Rondelez

12. Davy Commeyne

13. Nico Clarysse

14. Eddy Van Bouwel

15. Kris Wouters

16. Patrick Schurmans

17. Jan Van Doninck

18. Rudi Van de Sompel

19. Nico Henderickx

20. Pedro Baelen

(*): Wim Jacobs is the new Belgian Champion for the "Elite without contract" category, with Bjoern Rondelez taking the silver.

Women - Top 3 Places

1. Hilde Quintens - 38'40"

2. Anja Nobus - at 39"

3. Veerle Ingels - at 1'08"

Under 23 - Top 5 Places

1. Wesley van der Linden

2. Bart Aernouts

3. Tim van Nuffel

4. Tim Pauwels

5. Jan Soetens

Nieuwelingen- Top 3 Places

1. Pieter van Speybrouck - 30'00"

2. Davy De Scheemaeker - at 28"

3. Stijn Joseph - at 32"



ITALY: Italy's new cyclo-cross new star Enrico Franzoi keeps rising. The young rider from Treviso won the "open" competition in the Venetian town of Bassano del Grappa, ahead of main favorite and well-known Daniele Pontoni. The latter's second placing earned him the title in the Elite Category at least, as young Franzoi became U23 Champion too. Annabella Stropparo won the Women's "Open" Race.

Thanks to his second place in the "open" Pontoni gained the fourteenth national title so far in his glorious career. But Franzoi, who attacked since the early part of the race, was simply unstoppable, and even the chasing efforts of such accomplished riders as Pontoni and Bramati proved pointless. Time for a generational change in italian cyclo-cross ? Let's wait and see ! In the meantime, with just three weeks to go to the World Championships in Monopoli (Apulia region), Franzoi's good performance is a good sign, although challenging the Belgian "kings" of this sport will not be easy task at all.

Results: Open Men - Top 10 Places

1.Enrico Franzoi (U.C. Trevigiani-Mapei) - 57'16"

2. Daniele Pontoni (Zalf-Desiree) - at 16"

3. Luca Bramati (Scott Racing Team) - at 29"

4. Stefano Toffoletti (Selle Italia Guerciotti) - at 1'01"

5. Flavio Alex Longhi (Impruneta Cotto Ref) - at 1'26"

6. Alessandro Fontana (ADP Full Dynamix) - at 1'30"

7. Marco Paludetti (Team Protek) - at 2'00"

8. Stefano Zanetti (Selle Italia Silvellese) - at 2'10"

9. Flavio Dotta (Dotta Team) - at 2'24"

10. Marco Bianco (Vezza Brunero Boeris) - at 2'58"

Elite Men Category - Top 3 Places

1. Daniele Pontoni (Zalf-Desiree) - 57'32"

2. Luca Bramati (Scott Racing Team) - at 13"

3. Stefano Toffoletti (Selle Italia Guerciotti) - at 45"

UNDER 23 - Top 3 Places

1. Enrico Franzoi (U.C. Trevigiani-Mapei) - 57'16"

2. Alex Flavio Longhi (Impruneta Cotto Ref) - at 1'26"

3. Marco Bianco (Vezza Brunero)- at 2'58"

Women: Open Race - Top 3 Places

1.Annabella Stropparo (US Filago)

2.Maria Paola Turcutto (AC Serramazzoni)

3.Paola Bortolin (Mercedes Benz-Selle Italia)



CZECH REPUBLIC: Things didn't go as expected in the Slavic country (one of cyclo-cross "superpowers") instead, as the country's most known specialist, Jiri Pospisil, took fourth in the open race, and third place only in the Elite Men ranking. The brand new Czech champion is Petr Dlask, who crossed the line first ahead of Martin Bína (an Under 23 who consequently took the title in the lesser categroy) and Václav Ježek.

"Open Race"Results: Top 10 Places:

1. Petr Dlask (Author Praha) 55'01"

2. Martin Bína (Author Praha) - at 27"

3. Václav Jezek (Author Praha) - at 1'13"

4. Jirí Pospísil (Author Praha) - at 1'24"

5. Tomás Trunschka (Author Praha) - at 1'38"

6. Zdeněk Mlynár (Arbo Neubauer Tronsaiach) - at 1'38"

7. Ales Mudroch (Tatra Mléko) - at 1'38"

8. Radomír Simůnek Jr (Mez Team Belgium) - at 1'55"

9. Zdeněk Stybar (Asd Dukla Praha) - at 1'58"

10. Radek Tichý (Tatra Mléko) - at 2'04"

Elite Men - Top 7 Places

1. Petr Dlask

2. Václav Ježek

3. Jirí Pospíšil

4. TomᚠTrunschka

5. Pavel Prošek

6. Aleš Mudroch

7. Radek Tichý



SPAIN: No surprise at all in the Spanish National Championships, held in the Asturian town of San Martín del Rey Aurelio. Basque David Seco, by far the best cyclo-cross specialist in the Iberian peninsula, was the red hot favorite. David Seco had to win. David Seco confortably won, clicking a time of 59 minutes and 38 seconds, with silver medallist Juan Carlos Garro of the Navarran regional selection crossing the line 1 minute and 11 seconds later. Another Basque, Gaizka Lejarreta, a former road racer with ONCE, took the remaining podium place.

Seco managed to open important gap on his rivals in the very early part of the race, such that at the end of the first lap he had a 10-second lead on his closest challengers. The route was so chellenging that participants had to change their bikes more than once during the race.

In post-race interviews, Seco said he never thought he could lose, after he clearly took the lead in the very first part of the race. Although the course was extremely difficult, its thoughness seemingly affected other contenders much more than him.

Basque competitors dominated also the "young guns" contest, whereas lcal contenders dominated the women race, with Aida Nuńo clinching the title and another Asturian, Rocío Gamonal, climbing the podium.

Elite Men - Results: Top 10 Places:

1. David Seco Amundarain (Euskadi) - 59'38" (25.757 km/h)

2. Juan Carlos Garro Dozagarai (Navarra) - at 1'10"

3. Gaizka Lejarreta Martín (Euskadi) - at 1'35"

4. Zugaitz Ayuso Apaolaza (Euskadi) - at 1'37"

5. Egoitz Murgoitio Rekalde (Euskadi) - at 2'05"

6. Haitz Ortiz Tolaretxipi (Euskadi) - at 2'20"

7. Julen Zubero Aldekoa (Euskadi) - at 2'32"

8. Ismael Esteban Aguado (Cantabria) - at 3'08"

9. Isaac Suárez Fernández (Cantabria) - at 3'08"

10. Sem Mugica Carravilla (Cantabria) - at 3'10"

Under 23 - Top 3 Places

1. Egoitz Murgoitio (Euzkadi)- 35'43"

2. Aitz Ortiz (Euzkadi) - at 1'00"

3. Julen Zubero - at 1'10"

Women - Top 3 Places:

1. Aida Nuńo Palacio (Asturias) - 28'53" (19.942 km/h)

2. Nekane Lasa Aguirre (Euzkadi)

3. Rocío Gamonal Ferrera (Asturias)



SWITZERLAND: Saeco and Cannondale have got something to cheer for, as Beat Wabel is the brand new Swiss Champion.

The man repeated the victory he got two years ago, but this time ahead of Miki Baumgartner, two-time champion in as many years in the U23 category. No surprise at all in the Women's race, as red hot superfavourite Alexandra Bähler dominated the field and won by a margin going well behind two minutes.

Elite Men - Results: Top 10 Places:

1. Beat Wabel (Saeco-Cannondale) - 58'48"

2. Michael Baumgartner (VC Hittnau) - at 14"

3. David Rusch (GS Wetzikon-WD40-BiXS) - at 17"

4. Christian Heule - at 18"

5. Jan Ramsauer (GS Saeco) - at 3'20"

6. Martin Bichsel - at 3'54"

7. Giuseppe Atzeni (GS Empella Suisse) - at 5'16"

8. Ralph Näf (Team Koba) - at 1 lap

9. Mark Schuppli (GS Hittnau-Luongo-Haba) - at 1 lap

10. Patrick Dubacheer (GS Empella Suisse) - at 1 lap

Women - Top 3 Places:

1. Alexandra Bähler (RRC Bern) - 49'18"

2. Lea Flückiger (VC Bützberg) - at 2'13"

3. Cindy Chabbey (VC Rennaz) - at 6'54"

Under 23 - Top 3 Places:

1. Michael Müller (VC Steinmaur Empella Suisse) - 50'13"

2. Simon Zahner (GS Wetzikon BiXS WD-40) - at 49"

3. Johann Tschopp (Cyclophile Sédunois) - at 1'12"



GERMANY: Here are the results from the German National Championships that took place in the town of Kleinmachnow. Jens Reuker won the Men's race, while on Saturday Hanka Kupfernagel wasn't able to score the hat-trick in Ladies' competition, as after twop wins in a row this time she lost to 30-year-old Birgit Hollmann, with MTB specialist Regina Marunde taking third.

Results: Elite Men - Top 6 Places

1. Jens Reuker - 1h05'01"

2. Maik Müller - at 03"

3. Jens Schwedler - at 05"

4. Sebastian Hannöver - at 05"

5. Ralph Berner - at 08"

6. Matthias Mende - at 1'10"

Women - Top 6 Places

1. Birgit Hollmann - 44'20".

2. Hanka Kupfernagel - at 06"

3. Regina Marunde - at 3'01"

4. Nicole Kampeter - at 3'14"

5. Jenny Kintt - at 4'52"

6. Kerstin Forstner - at 5'56"

Under 23 - Top 6 Places

1. Thorsten Struch - 53'15"

2. Daniel Olszewski - at 29 "

3. Jochen Uhrig - at 48"

4. Johannes Sickmüller - at 48"

5. Manuel Leder - at 1'19"

6. Jens Petroll - at 1'33"



SLOVAKIA: The duel betwen red hot favourites Glajza and Metlicka ended up with the former winning the race (for the third time in a row) and the latter taking the silver.

Elite Men - Results: Top 5 Places

1. Róbert Glajza

2. Václav Metlicka

3. Marián Hecl

4. Pavel Medved

5. Štefan Gajdošík



FRANCE: Another favourite lived up to expectations and took the title on Sunday: Dominique Arnauld became France's National Cyclocross Champion for the first time, as he soloed to victory in the race held in Nommay. Silver medallist was John Gadret, with Arnaud Labbe, protagonist of great race start, taking the bronze. Well-known road racer Christophe Mengin of La Francaise des Jeux placed into the final Top 10.

Results - Elite Men - Top 10 places:

1. Dominique Arnould (CC Sarrebourgeois) - 58'34"

2. John Gadret (VC Roubaix) - at 02"

3. Arnaud Labbe (Cycle Poitevin) - at 06"

4. Christophe Morel (Bressuire AC) - at 13"

5. David Derepas (fdejeux.com) - at 16"

6. David Pagnier (Charvieu Chavagneux IC) - at 22"

7. Jérome Chevallier (CC Etupes le Doubs Pays de M) - at 25"

8. Maxime Lefebvre (CV Lievin) - at 1'04"

9. Christophe Mengin (fdjeux.com) - at1'13"

10. Eric Salvetat (VSLL Castres ) - at1'13"

As for lesser categories, Laurence Leboucher won the Women's title (from Salvetat and Triquet), while Fabien Bourly is the new French National Champion among the "espoirs" (Blegy took the silver and Minard finished third).


DENMARK: Results for the Scandinavian country.

Elite Men - Top 7 Places:

1. Tommy M. Nielsen (Vćrlřse/Farum CK)

2. Thomas Bonne (Digital Online)

3. Joachim Parbo (Cycling Aarhus)

4. Anders Klinkby (Vejen BC)

5. Kim S. Petersen (Kalundborg CC)

6. Carsten Chćffer (Sorř BC)

7. Sřren S. Jřrgensen (Fredericia CC)

Women - Top 3 Places:

1. Mette Andersen (DMK )

2. Nadine Bruhn (Kolding BC)

3. Karen Jacobsen (Odense MTB)


LUXEMBOURG: Just another place where things went as expected, with the nation's top specialist clinching the title: Gusty Bausch comfortably soloed to victory in the race disputed in Tétange on Sunday afternoon. His most dangerous challenger, Pascal Treibel, couldn't even take the silver medal, who went to young gun Marc Ernster (that consequently became U23 National Champion).

Elite Men - Results: Top 10 Places

1. Gusty Bausch (VS Dommeldange) 01h03'32"

2. Marc Ernster (LC Kayl) - at 37"

3. Pascal Treibel (CCI Differdange) - at 01'18"

4. Jérôme Junker (LC Tétange) - at 02'30"

5. Daniel Bintz (LC Tétange) - at 03'41"

6. Christian Weyland (LC Tétange) - at 04'11"

7. Marc Schiltz (SAF Zéisseng) - at 04'16"

8. Laurent Didier (UC Dippach) - at 04'38" .

9. Claude Degano (LC Tétange) - at 05'31"

10. Marc Bastian (UC Dippach) - at 05'56"



AUSTRIA: Austrian Cyclist of the Year 2002 Gerrit Glomser had a good start of the new season too. Not thanks to one of his usually excellent results in any bunch sprints, but getting a bronze medal at the National Cyclo-cross Championships disputed on Sunday afternoon, and won by Harald Starzengruber of Unione Ciclisti Trevigiani.

A teammate of Italy's rising star Enrico Franzoi, Starzengruber soloed to victory (the way his colleague did in Bassano del Grappa) and denied Peter Presslauer a third success in as many editions of the race. Just like Hanka Kupfernagel in the Women's German Nationals, this time Presslauer had to be satisfied with second place.

Elite Men - Results: Top 10 Places:

1. Harald Starzengruber (Unione Ciclisti Trevigiani) - 1h00'19"

2. Peter Presslauer (Corratec World Team) - at 34"

3. Gerrit Glomser (SAECO - GS I) - at 48"

4. Jochen Summer (Volksbank Ideal - GS III) - at 1'19"

5. Daniel Hufnagel (ARBÖ Radklinik Trofaiach) - at 2'03"

6. Martin Kraler (Ralph Denk Racing Team) - at 2'06"

7. Stefan Nesensohn (Union Mario's Bike Team) - at 3'23"

8. Gerhard Streit (SC-Liezen) - at 3'28"

9. Thomas Wallner (ARBÖ Bosch Hausgeräte Junkers) - at 4'25"

10. Gerald Burgsteiner (Sportunion Gröbming) - at 4'30"

Women - Top 3 Places:

1. Isabella Wieser (RC Union Charly Lietzsport) - 38'18"

2. Petra Schörkmayer (RC Union Charly Lietzsport) - at 3'03"

3. Petra Pilz (RC Union Charly Lietzsport) - at 4'28"



ENGLAND: Unlike Ireland, whose CX Nationals were disputed about a month ago, England had its Championships in the same day as most European countries. The title was a matter of two, namely the nation's main stars: Roger Hammond and Matt Ellis. In the end it was the former edging out the latter by 5 seconds and grabbing gold medal. Another favourite had ihis glory day onS aturday in Sutton Park, Bimrinmgham: Shaun Sanders won the "young guns" race. Below are more detailed results.

Elite Men - Results: Top 20 Places

1. Roger Hammond (Palmans/Collstrop) - 01'00'42"

2. Matt Ellis (Ace RT/Terry Dolan/Impsport) - at 05"

3. Barrie Clarke (Giant RT) - at 26"

4. Stuart Wearmouth (Science in Sport.com) - at 55"

5. Jody Crawforth (Evans Cycles RT) - at 1'54"

6. Nick Craig (Pertex/Planet X) - at 1'55"

7. Chris Young (Team Marie Curie) - at 2'32"

8. David Collins (Science in Sport.com) - at 2'38"

9. Philip Dixon (Trek UK) - at 2'45"

10. Stuart Bowers (Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next) - at 2'47"

11. George Richardson (MI Racing/Peugeot/Thule) - at 3'25"

12. Oli Beckingsale (MBUK/Scott) - at 3'33"

13. James Bryan (Ace RT/Terry Dolan/Impsport) - at 3'51"

14. Darren Atkins (MI Racing/Peugeot/Thule) - at 4'02"

15. Adrian Timmis (Individual Member) - at 4'09"

16. Steve Knight (MI Racing/Peugeot/Thule) - at 4'37"

17. Zak Toogood (Trek UK) - at 4'47"

18. Ian Wilkinson (Science in Sport.com) - at 5'04"

19. Tim Davies CC (Abergavenny/Owen/Doleq) - at 5'15"

20. Jamie Norfolk (Giant RT) - at 5'42"

Under 23 - Top 5 Places:

1. Shaun Snodden (J. E. James RT) - 54'46"

2. Liam Killeen (Subaru/Gary Fisher) - at 11"

3. Steven Roach (James Hay RT) - at 22"

4. Philip Spencer (Trek UK Under) - at 3'30"

5. Ross Adams (Red Kite Cycles) - at 4'35"

Women - Top 5 Places:

1. Isla Rowntree (Stourbridge CC) - 34'21"

2. Victoria Wilkinson (Science in Sport.com) - at 39"

3. Nikki Harris Pearce (Cycles RT) - at 53"

4. Katy Middlehurst (Giant RT) - at 2'57"

5. Hazel Wakefield (Derwent Valley ATC) - at 3'10"

Tim Davies was the Welsh National Champion, ahead of Craig Cooke and Julian Winn. As for Under 23, Mr. Cooke (yes, he's Nicole's brother !) took the title from Lee Williams and Joe Lally. Penny Edwards was the best Welsh lady ahead of Claire Lines, with Liz Slater ranking third.

 
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