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Cyclocross - European Wrap-up for Saturday, November 29
By Fabio
Date: 11/30/2003
Cyclocross - European Wrap-up for Saturday, November 29

De Clercq back in full force: Good old Mario De Clercq strikes again. At the age of 37, “Super Mario” is still able to teach younger competitors one thing or two. Just like he did on Saturday, when he took the second edition of the Cat. 2 “Bollekescross”, held in Belgian town of Hamme Zogge.

After a bunch of about seven riders broke away in the last lap, the cyclo-cross legend from Oudenaarde was the fastest in the final part of the event, and edged out the “who’s who” of this sport, from Ben Berden to Bart Wellens, from Tom Vannoppen to Peter Van Santvliet.

Berden and Vannoppen came in two seconds behind to complete the podium, while World Champion Wellens didn’t repeat his most recent performances, and was unable to hit the top three places either. His (usual) main rival, National Belgian Champion Sven Nijs, did even worse: the Rabo-boy was victim of a crash and couldn’t get higher than ninth.

Quite surprisingly the number one among non-Belgian contenders wasn't Richard Groenendaal (unlike Palmans-Collstrop, who got two men on the podium, Rabobank had a very bad day), but Italian Enrico Franzoi who snatched eighth: it would have been a disappointing result a few years ago, it was something to be satisfied with in such bad times (in the Elite Category at least) for Italian cyclo-cross. American Jonathan Page finished sixteenth.

2nd Bollekescross Hamme (Cat. 2 - Belgium)

Elite Men – Full Results:
1. Mario De Clercq (Bel - Palmans-Collstrop) 58’00”
2. Ben Berden (Bel - John Saey-Deschacht) - at 02”
3. Tom Vannoppen (Bel - Palmans-Collstrop)
4. Peter Van Santvliet (Bel - Spaar Select)
5. Bart Wellens (Bel - Spaar Select)
6. Erwin Vervecken (Bel - Spaar Select)
7. Arne Daelmans (Bel - Vlaanderen-T-Interim)
8. Enrico Franzoi (Ita - UC Trevigiani) - at 28”
9. Sven Nijs (Bel - Rabobank) - at 35”
10. Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel - Quick Step-Davitamon) - at 56”
11. Jan Verstraeten (Bel - Vlaanderen-T-Interim)
12. Richard Groenendaal (Hol - Rabobank) - at 01'11”
13. David Willemsens (Bel) - at 01'43”
14. David Seco (Spa) - at 01'53”
15. Jonathan Page (USA) - at 02'26”
16. Davy Commeyne (Bel - Palmans-Collstrop)
17. Nico Clarijsse (Bel)
18. Jan Van Doninck (Bel) - at 02'34”
19. Pedro Baelen (Bel)
20. Eddy Van Bouwel (Bel)
21. Nicky David (Bel)
22. Geert Vandaele (Bel)

Dlask and Kupfernagel win in Germany: Saturday was also the day of Round 5 of the Budvar Cup. A leg that didn’t take place in the Czech Republic, but in nearby Germany, in the town of Kleinmachnow, not far from Potsdam.

Despite racing on home soil, German contenders in the Elite men competition couldn’t match their Czech rivals, who dominated the event. Just like six weeks before in Hlinsko, the Autor Praha team scored an impressive 1-2, with Petr Dlask covering the 25.8-km. route in a time of one hour, four minutes and thirty-nine seconds, and Jirí Pospíšil coming in 20 seconds behind.

Kamil Ausbuher filled the remaining podium spot and retained the overall lead, while his team-mate at Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor, Martin Zlamalik, who won the U23 European Championships three weeks ago in the same town of Tábor, took fourth this time. Poland’s Dariusz Gil snatched sixth and was the best-placed non-Czech competitor, while tenth place finisher Jochen Uhrig (Team Mapei) was Germany’s only man in the final Top 10.

Things went much better for local riders in the Ladies’ event, with reigning European Champion (as well as double World Champion, and Silver Medallist at the Sydney Olympics) Hanka Kupfernagel smoking opposition over the 15.48-km. course. Fellow German Nicole Kampeter was second, and Berliner Regina Marunde filled the remaining Top 3 spots. Klara Nepustilova couldn’t take the Czech flag on the podium as she came in fourth only.

After this victory, 29-year-old Kupfernagel – who made the headlines in recent days as she said she is going to leave Equipe Nürnberger at the end of this season, citing differences with team director Jens Zemke as the reason for her departure - also strengthened her grip on the Deutschland-Cup Overall Lead.

Budvar Cup Round 5 (Kleinmachnow - Germany): Top 6 Places

1. Petr Dlask (Cze - Autor Praha) - 01h04’39”
2. Jiri Pospisil (Cze - Autor Praha) - at 20”
3. Kamil Ausbuher (Cze - Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) - at 29”
4. Martin Zlamalik (Cze - Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) - at 55”
5. Ondrej Lukes (Cze - Tatra Mléko)
6. Dariusz Gil (Pol) - at 01’32”

Int. Querfeldeinrennen Kleinmachnow - Women: Top 6 Places

1. Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) - 45'27”
2. Nicole Kampeter (Ger) - at 03'03”
3. Regina Marunde (Ger) - at 04'23”
4. Klara Nepustilova (Cze) - at 08'12”
5. Jenny Kindt (Ger) - at 11'16”
6. Viviane Vasse (Ger) - at 1 lap

Budvar Cup 2003/2004: Schedule, Previous Results

Leg 1: October 4, 2003 - Loštice:
1. Kamil Ausbuher (Cze - Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) - 01h00’08”
2. Ondrej Lukeš (Cze - Tatra Mléko) - 01h00’49”
3. Radomir Šimunek (Cze -. Mez Team Belgium) - 01h00’49”

Leg 2: October 11, 2003 - Ceská Lípa:
1. Kamil Ausbuher (Cze - Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) - 01h00’08”
2. Václav Ježek (Cze - Author Praha) - 01h00’07”
3. Jirí Pospíšil (Cze - Author Praha) - 59’35”

Leg 3: October 18, 2003 - Hlinsko:
1. Petr Dlask (Cze - Author Praha) - 01h00’21”
2. Václav Ježek (Cze - Author Praha) - 01h00’22”
3. Kamil Ausbuher (Cze - Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) - 01h01’10”

Leg 4: October 28, 2003 - Holé Vrchy:
No Race for the Elite-U23 Categories

Leg 5: November 15, 2003 - Louny :
No Race for the Elite-U23 Categories

Leg 6: November 22, 2003 - Unicov:
1. Ondrej Lukeš (Cze - Tatra Mléko) - 59’33”
2. Kamil Ausbuher (Cze - Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) - 59’34”
3. Jirí Pospíšil (Cze - Author Praha) - 59’35”

7: November 29, 2003 - Kleinmachnow, Germany :
1. Petr Dlask (Cze - Author Praha) - 01h04’39”
2. Jirí Pospíšil (Cze - Author Praha) - 01h04’59”
3. Kamil Ausbuher (Cze - Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) - 01h05’08”

Leg 8: December 13, 2003 - Podborany

Leg 9: January 10 or 11, 2004 - Plzen

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