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6 Febrary

X²O Badkamers Trofee (7th race) – Lille (Belgium), Toon Aerts beat Niels Vandeputte to win the Krawatencross in Lille, sealing his success in the X2O Trofee.

Fourth win of the season for Toon Aerts as he took the penultimate round of the X2O Trofee 2021/2022. More than two months after his last victory, the 28-year-old of Baloise Trek Lions won the Krawatencross in Lille at the end of a solo ride that saw him outdistance all the opponents and make a gap since the first lap. The young Niels Vandeputte (Alpecin-Fenix) finished second, 48″ behind, while European champion Lars Van Der Haar (Baloise Trek Lions) beat Tom Meeusen (CX Team Deschacht) in the sprint for third place, finishing about one minute behind the winner. With that victory and the simultaneous debacle of Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), who finished in 15th place at almost two and a half minutes, Aerts consolidates his lead in the general classification with just one race remaining. Full results here

X²O Badkamers Trofee (7th race) – Lille (Belgium), Lucinda Brand, unrivalled in the women’s event.

Another race, another victory for Lucinda Brand. The Dutch athlete won the X2O Trofee in Lille with a solo action. Already from the second lap, the 32-year-old, who was racing with the European champion’s jersey after her defeat at last Sunday’s World Championships, set a pace that left her rivals no chance. A very heavy and slippery terrain, due to the recent rains, allowed her to make a clear difference; 57 seconds at the arrival on just four laps due to the conditions of the track. Behind her were Annemarie Worst and Ceylin Carmen Alvarado, while Denise Betsema, who had a bad day, was more than two minutes late, finishing seventh and seeing her chances of winning the general classification disappear. Full results here

30 January

CX World Championships Fayetteville 2022, Tom Pidcock triumphs! On the podium Van Der Haar and Iserbyt.

Tom Pidcock took the rainbow jersey at the Cyclo-cross World Championships in Faytetteville 2022. Toon Aerts was the first to attack on the first lap, but it soon became clear that it was difficult to make a difference on this course. The men of the Belgian national team then decided to try to play as a team, trying to create difficulties for their English rival, who however controlled the situation without any problems and halfway through the fourth lap decided to attack, creating a gap and flying solo towards the triumph. Thirty-five minutes of solo riding saw Tom Pidcock become the first British rider in history to become world champion in elite cyclo-cross. The final top six: gold to Pidcock, silver to Van der Haar (30″), bronze to Iserbyt (32″) and forth Vanthourenhout (52″), fifth Venturini (57″), sixth Aerts (at 1’02”). Full results here

29 January

Mondiali CX Fayetteville 2022, eight times for Marianne Vos! 
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Marianne Vos won the World Cyclocross Championships in Fayetteville 2022. The Dutch athlete beat Lucinda Brand in a sprint at the end of a head-to-head that lasted almost the entire race, obtaining her eighth world title in the discipline. Behind the couple who dominated the race, Silvia Persico won a surprising bronze medal after leaving behind the other Dutchwoman Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado in the final lap, who was also the victim of a slip during the last lap. From Holland also the next placings, with Yara Kastelijn and Manon Bakker respectively in fifth and sixth position. Full results here

28 January

It’s a win for Italy at the inaugural Team Relay event in Fayetteville2022. For results and more info click here

23 January

WorldCup (Race 15) – Hoogerheide (Holland), Iserbyt wins the last race of a dominated World Cup

Eli Iserbyt closes the Cyclo-cross World Cup winning also the last round in Hoogerheide. The Belgian rider also won the final classification of the Cup, which he has led since his success in the first round in Waterloo (USA), followed by victories in Iowa, Overijse, Koksijde, Besancon and last week in Flamanville in France. Iserbyt overtook European champion Lars Van Der Haar and Tom Pidcock. Pidcock lead until two laps from the end where Iserbyt, Vanthourenhout and Van Der Haar managed to catch up with the British rider. Iserbyt took the lead on the final lap with Pidcock did not trying to sprinting, loosing the second place to Lars Van Der Haar. Fourth place went to Vanthourenhout followed by Aerts. Full results here

WorldCup (Race 15) – Hoogerheide (Holland), Marianne leaves her mark, challenge to Lucinda Brand.
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Only Annemarie Worst was missing in the women’s event, and given the demanding but fast and flowing course, not suitable for making a big selection, the favourites were obviously Vos and Brand. Marianne Vos won the last round of the Cyclocross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Holland. The Dutch champion came out on top by stretching hard on the last lap. Unstoppable the stretch of Vos (fourth victory in the Cup after Waterloo, Iowa and Rucphen, ed) that on the finish line anticipates the rainbow jersey of Lucinda Brand and the youngest Puck Pieterse. Fourth Van Empel, fifth Vas, sixth Van Anrooij. Lucinda Brand won the General Classification of the World Cup. Full results here

22 January

X²O Badkamers Trofee (6th race)- Hamme (Flandriencross), Laurence Sweeck is back!
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At the Flandriencross (X2O Trofee) Laurens Sweeck sprinted in front of Toon Aerts (increasing his leadership in the Challenge) with Tom Pidcock crashing on a crucial moment of the race. Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal) preceded compatriots Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions) and teammate Eli Iserbty. Fourth the European champion Lars van Der Haar while Thomas Pidcock gets the fifth position ahead of Vanthourenhout.

X²O Badkamers Trofee (6th race)- Hamme (Flandriencross), Lucinda Brand takes fifth out of six
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A great spectacle was expected from the women’s event given the presence of Betsema and Brand, who are still fighting for the general classification. The world champion Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) was once again irresistible and triumphed with 17″ advantage ahead of the young Shirin Van Anrooij followed by Denise Betsema, Worst, Alvarado, Bakker and Cant. Brand, in her fifth win of the six challenge races, has to watch out for Betsema who is chasing her just 21″ behind in the overall classification. Full results here

18 January

Germany for the World Championships cyclocross in Fayetteville

Men Elite: Marcel Meisen; Women Elite: Elisabeth Brandau; Women U23: Judith Krahl, Clea Seidel; Men Junior: Silas Kuschla

17 January

Great Britain Cycling Team at the UCI CX World Championships

France for the World Championships cyclocross in Fayetteville

 

16 January

WorldCup (Race 14) – Flamanville (France), Iserbyt regains success

Iserbyt’s last success came in November 2021 in Besancon, France, in a World Cup race. Today Eli Iserbyt did it again in France and was back to victory with a solo win in Flamanville, France, in the Cyclocross Elite World Cup race. The Belgian of Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal, leader and already winner of the General Classification of the World Cup, beat compatriots Toon Aerts and Michael Vanthourenhout in second and third place followed by Laurens Sweeks and Swiss Kevin Kuhn. Van Aert, Van der Poel and Pidcock did not participate to the race. On Sunday 23 January the last act of the Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. Full results of today race here

WorldCup (Race 14) – Flamanville (France), Van Empel wins in Flamanville outsprinting Puck Pieterse
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Fem Van Empel (Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal). won the fourteenth round of the Cyclocross World Cup for elite women held in the beautiful and evocative circuit of Flamanville in Normandy, France. The young Dutch, born in 2002 in Hertogenbosch, capital of the province of Dutch Brabant, overcame her compatriot Puck Pieterse (Alpecin Fenix) after a thrilling sprint à deux. Hungarian Kata Blanka Vas completes the podium. Fourth Van Der Heijden. Season dominator Lucinda Brand did not start the race. Full results here

9 January

National Championships Recap
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Belgium – Middelkerke, the “driekleur”, the black, yellow and red tricolour of the Belgian flag, is awarded to Wout Van Aert, who becomes national champion over Sweeck and Hermans and to Sanne Cant, thirteenth consecutive title for her! Holland – Rucphen, Marianne Vos conquered the seventh title of her career, standing alone at the top of a sensational podium: behind her the world champion Lucinda Brand at 19″ and Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado, third at 32″. The men’s race, orphan of Mathieu Van der Poel is dominated by Lars Van der Haar ahead of Corné Van Kessel (51″) and Mees Jendrikx (58″). France – Liévin, Joshua Dubai celebrated among the men ahead of Yan Gras and Fabien Doubey and Line Burquier among the women behind her Hélene Clauzen and Amandine Fouquenet. Great Britain – Crawley, Harriet Harnden confirms the title of two years ago and the 23-year-old Thomas Mein wins the men’s race for the first time. Switzerland – Steinmaur, second title in a row for Kevin Kuhn with the same podium of last year with Lars Forster and Timon Rüegg; among women, Alessandra Keller preceded Rebekka Estermann and Lise-Marie Henzelin. Spain – Xativa, as expected dominance by Felipe Orts, fourth win in a row for him, well ahead of Kevin Suárez and Iván Feijoo, while Lucia González Blanco, fourth title as well, beat Aida Nuno and Sofia Rodríguez.
Italy – Variano di Basiliano, in Friuli, in the main races Jakob Dorigoni beats Filippo Fontana while Silvia Persico beats the eternal Eva Lechner.
Germany – Luckenwalde, sixth win in a row for Marcel Meisen (seventh in total) in the German championships: he beat Jannick Geisler and Yannick Gruner; sixth title, fifth in a row, for Elisabeth Brandau beating Lisa Heckmann and Stefanie Paul. Czech Republic – Kolin, fifth title for Michael Boros confirming himself as the strongest specialist of his country, beating Jakub and Adam Toupalik; women title for Kristyna Zemanova ahead of Tereza Vanickova and Nikola Bajgerova.

Other countries championships: Blanka Kata Vas lived up to expectations by taking her fourth consecutive title in Hungary; Zsolt Bur won in the men’s category, five for him in the last seven years. Marek Konwa in Poland, for whom there are now ten consecutive jerseys; Dominika Wlodarczyk is celebrating in the women’s category. Mario Costa and Ana Mafalda Sá were confirmed as champions in Portugal; in Ireland wins for Christopher McGlinchey and Maria Larkin, in Austria titles for Daniel Federspiel and Nadja Heigl, in Denmark it was Simon Andreassen for the third time and Caroline Bohé for the fifth, in Luxembourg Scott Thiltges won the men’s race and Christine Majerus the women’s race with the 12th title in a row for her.

6 January

X²O Badkamers Trofee, Herentals – Van Aert dominates in his hometown and announced that he will not race at CX World Championships
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The Belgian Wout Van Aert triumphed at Herentals in the X2O Trophy, beating Thomas Pidcock (Ineos Grenadier) by 1’06”, with Toon Aerts finishing third and Eli Iserbyt only ninth. The 27 year old dominated the race with a solo win and increasing the gap and then comfortably controlling the race. Full results here

Wan Aert speaking to Sporza after winning his home race at the X2O Trophy in Herentals said that his last cyclo-cross race of the season will be the Belgian championships on Sunday and that he will not race in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Fayetteville scheduled for the end of January.

X²O Badkamers Trofee, Herentals – Fourth victory in a row for Lucinda Brand

Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) won the fifth round of the X2O Badkames Trofee in Herentals, her fourth victory in a row in this competition. After a difficult start, the Dutch rider made her effort very quickly to catch Denise Betsema, before distancing her compatriot in the second of the six laps of the race. After that, the world champion had to ride alone and finally won the race with 49 seconds advantage on the Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider. Full results here

4 January

Mathieu Van der Poel cyclo-cross season has already ended. The Dutch will be force to rest trying to solve his back pain problems. He will not defend the rainbow jersey in in the World Championships in Fayetteville (USA) and at this stage, he is unable to confirm the date of his return to racing.

2 January

WorldCup (Race 13) – Hulst. Tom Pidcock took his second elite World Cup win. Van Aert fourth following a mechanical problem on lap 1. Iserbyt won the World Cup GC
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Thomas Pidcock, second in Baal yesterday behind Van Aert, won the thirteenth round of the Cyclo-cross World Cup, which took place this afternoon in the Dutch town of Hulst. The Ineos Grenadier rider took advantage of a Wout van Aert mechanical problem, after jammed chain in opening lap saw him lose almost one minute.

Pidcock lead the race from the second of nine laps in the program. Specialist Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal) tried to keep up but Pidcock was always in control of the race. Iserbyt took second and European champion Lars Van Der Haar third. Wout Van Aert, the Belgian of Jumbo Visma was the author of an exceptional recovery, moving from 29nd to fourth position at the finish line, where he finished in front of Toon Aerts and Laurens Sweeck. Full results here. With today second place Eli Iserbyt won the General Classification of the 2021/22 Cyclo-cross World Cup with two rounds in advance.

WorldCup (Race 13) – Hulst. Again and again, Brand wins in Hulst

Lucinda Brand new triumph on the thirteenth round of the elite women’s World Cup held in Hulst, Holland. The world champion gives another example of her strength imposing her law on the gravel of Hulst where she overcomes the surprising Pieterse, Annemarie Worst and the increasingly convincing Kata Blanka Vas, fourth classified. The protagonist of the day was the young Dutch Puck Pieterse (Alpecin Fenix) who held the lead for four laps before being caught by the World Champion Brand. In the finale Brand brought out all her experience and class to take yet another success in her triumphant season. Full results here

1 January

X²O Badkamers Trofee GP Sven Nys – Baal, WVA remains unbeaten in CX season of 21/22. 7 from 7. Starting the new year in style!
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The law of Wout Van Aert also prevailed at the Gran Prix Sven Nys held today in Baal, with an hard-fought win despite a crash. The Belgian champion of Jumbo Visma wins his seventh victory in seven races. During the race he fell, got up, restarted, went to the pits and lost a shoe during the bike change.

He didn’t give up and after slipping to third place he caught up with Eli Iserbyt and Tom Pidcock and flew to a solo triumph. Thomas Pidcock made his task more difficult than expected: the Briton of Ineos Grenadier was in front of the race until two laps from the end when Van Aert came back under him and then attached him in the exciting final stages. The Belgian won with a handful of seconds on a great Pidcock, while in third place Eli Iserbyt was the author of a generous performance. Fourth Aerts, fifth Vantohurenhout, sixth the young Ineos British Ben Turner and seventh the European champion Van Der Haar. Tomorrow’s rematch in Hulst, Holland, in the World Cup race. Full results here

X²O Badkamers Trofee GP Sven Nys – Baal,

Lucinda Brand’s domination continues! The world champion also won the Gran Prix Sven Nys held today in Baal, Belgium. The Dutch world champion triumphed by a narrow margin over her compatriot Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado, who in this first race of the new year seems to have rediscovered her best qualities. After the Alvarado, third Denise Betsema, fourth Worst and fifth Van Empel. Behind the five Dutch, the Belgian Sanne Cant, sixth, and seventh the Hungarian Vas. Full results here

30 December

X²O Badkamers Trofee – Azencross, Sixth in a row for Van Aert winning also in Loenhout Azencross
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In the X2O third round in Loenhout (Koppenbergcross and Kortrijk the previous two), yet another strong performance by Van Aert who put Michael Vanthourenhout, second at 15 seconds, and Toon Aerts third at 27 seconds behind. Then come in order from fourth place to follow Van Kessel, Sweeks, Hermans, Orts Looret and Merlier. Van der Poel and Pidcock did not participated to the race. Full results here

X²O Badkamers Trofee – Azencross, The usual triumph of Lucinda Brand
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Another strong performance by Lucinda Brand. The world champion also conquered the Azencross in Loenhout, Belgium, proof of the challenge X2O Trofee for elite women. The world champion was 15 seconds ahead of Denise Betsema and 33 seconds ahead of Shirin Van Anrooij, all Dutch. And there is also the fourth position of Annemarie Worst for the orange women. Fifth Cant and sixth Alvarado. Full results here

27 December

Superprestige – Heusden-Zolder Bel, Van Aert in Heusden-Zolder to fifth consecutive win
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The Belgian champion Wout Van Aert takes home a new victory after winning the World Cup yesterday. In Zolder, in a race valid for the Superprestige, Van Aert set the pace right from the start of the race, leading almost all seven laps of the course today. Van Aert, who had already won once in Zolder and had been second twice, literally dominated the race, finishing 1’04” ahead of Briton Tom Pidcock, who out-sprinted Belgian Eli Iserbyt, with Toon Aerts in fourth place. It was a difficult day for world champion Mathieu Van der Poel who lost ground in the early stages and after three laps decided to retire. Van Aert and Van der Poel will next meet in Hulst on 2nd January. Today full results here

Superprestige – Heusden-Zolder Bel, Lucinda Brand also triumphs in Heusden-Zolder
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Lucinda Brand took a hard-fought victory in the women’s Superprestige held today in Heusden Zolder, Belgium. The world champion took the race as usual but found an indomitable Fem Van Empel able to keep up with the world champion. The leading pair sprinted for success with Brand winning over her young and promising compatriot, who is the under-23 world champion. Third place for Annemarie Worst who in turn beat Shirin Van Anrooij and Denise Betsema. Full results here

26 December

WorldCup (Race 12) – Dendermonde BEL, Van Aert wins in Dendermonde the first contest against Van der Poel.
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After five laps controlling his rivals Wout Van Aert decided to accelerate and conquered Dendermonde, winning the first contest of the season against his eternal rival Mathieu van der Poel. The Dutchman, who just today returned to racing in the Cyclocross World Cup after a long period away from the off-road, has nevertheless done an extraordinary race given the many back problems that have plagued him in recent weeks. Third position, behind Van Aert and van der Poel, an excellent Toon Aerts. Fourth Vanthourenhout, fifth Hermans. Suffers instead Tom Pidcock, the other man expected at the start of this Cup race, which closes only in eighth position. Full results @procyclingstats.com

WorldCup (Race 12) – Dendermonde BEL, Lucinda Brand is the best in the mud of Dendermonde.
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World champion Lucinda Brand dominated the five laps of the long Belgian track, taking her fifth victory in this edition of the Cyclocross World Cup: Fayetteville, Tabor, Besancon, Namur and now also Dendermonde. The Dutch rider’s attack came on the third lap after a long but fruitful chase. The rhythm impressed by Brand, impossible for any opponent, led the World Champion to success. Second position for the American Clara Honsinger, who beat Denise Betsema, Marianne Vos, Shirin Van Anrooij and Puck Pieterse. Only eighth the young and talented Blanka Kata Vas. Full results @procyclingstats.com

Tadej Pogacar returns to cyclo-cross with a victory in Slovenia. Two-time Tour de France champion holds off Mezgec for win at inaugural Ciklokros Ljubljana. Full article by Kate Wagner @cyclingnews.com

21 December

Speaking in a Zoom online press conference, Mathieu Van der Poel confirmed his return to cyclocross on Sunday 26 December the Boxing Day round of the World Cup in Dendermonde. Therefore, the Belgian city will offer the first clash of the season between Van der Poel, Van Aert and Pidcock. My knee doesn’t hurt anymore,” said the Dutchman during the press conference, “but my back is still bothering me and I’ll have to live with it.

19 December

WorldCup (Race 11) – Namur FRA, Michael Vanthourenhout takes home his first World Cup victory

The Belgian of Pauwels Sauces Bingoal won the race in Namur after an exciting and spectacular head to head with Tom Pidcock, winner yesterday in Rucphen in the Netherlands. Full results @cyclocross24.com

WorldCup (Race 11) – Namur FRA, Lucinda Brand raises her arms in the World Cup again

World champion Lucinda Brand won the 11th round of the elite women’s Cyclocross World Cup in Namur. And she did it in her own way: by distancing all the opponents with her irrepressible progressions. Yesterday winner Marianne Vos did not take part in the race. Full Results @cyclocross24.com

18 December

WorldCup (Race 10) – Rucphen NED, First World Cup win for Tom Pidcock

Tom Pidcock won the tenth round of the 2021/22 Cyclocross World Cup in Rucphen. The Olympic Mountain Bike champion sprinted ahead of Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal). The Belgian had gone on the attack in the eighth of nine laps with compatriot Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal), but the Ineos Grenadiers rider was able to come back in the final corners and sprint in front of the Belgian duo. Iserbyt, the current World Cup leader, with his second place keep the first place in the general classification. Full results @cyclocross24.com.

WorldCup (Race 10) – Rucphen NED, Sprint to victory for Marianne Vos
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Dutch festival at the tenth round of the elite women’s Cyclocross World Cup which took place in Rucphen, Holland. The podium is all Dutch with the sprint success of Marianne Vos (Jumbo Visma) ahead of the world champion Lucinda Brand and Denise Betsema as well as the following fouth places: Fem Van Empel, Puck Pieterse, Annemarie Worst and Shirin van Anrooij. Full results @cyclocross24.com

13 December

World Champion Mathieu Van Der Poel‘s season debut in CX will be postponed by a week. The World Champion will return to competition in Dendermonde on Dec 26. Knee pain continued to worry Van der Poel and the Belgian team’s staff, and he has been unable to train specifically for cyclocross.

12 December

WorldCup (Race 9) – Val di Sole ITA, Wout Van Aert’s solo ride in the Italian snow.
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A true test of strength, the third victory in three races: Wout Van Aert puts his signature under the snow on the World Cup race in Vermiglio. The Belgian champion, who arrived in Val di Sole during the night after winning yesterday in Essen at the EthiasCross, proved to be perfectly adapted to the snow and above all made use of his extraordinary technique along the entire snowy course of Val di Sole. Behind Van Aert was the other Belgian Michael Vanthourenhout while for the third place, after an intense battle, Tom Pidcock managed to to be in front of the European champion Eli Iserbyt. Full results @cyclocross24.com

WorldCup (Race 9) – Val di Sole, the surprising 19-year-old Fem van Empel narrowly edged out Marianne Vos.

The young face of Fem Van Empel emerges from the snow of Val di Sole. The nineteen years old Dutch girl from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, capital of the province of Brabant, reigning world champion of the under 23, is the nice surprise of the Cyclocross World Cup race that took place in Vermiglio in Trentino. In a spectacular finish, Marianne Vos, looking to overtake Van Empel before the finish line, tried to go tight round the corner but clipped the fence, falling off her bike with Van Empel able to ride away as her Dutch compatriot re-mounted. The third place went to Canadian Magalie Rochette and fourth the Italian Eva Lechner. Full results @cyclocross24.com

05 December

WorldCup (Race 9) – Antewep Cancelled

04 December

Superprestige (Race 5) – Van Aert takes win at season opener in Boom
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Wout van Aert has marked his return to the field in style. After a strong start, the Superprestige race in Boom was right up the Belgian champion’s alley. Van Aert was able to win in Boom for the third time in his career. Full article @teamjumbovisma.com /// Super Van Aert: in his first official cyclo-cross race the Belgian talent dominated the fifth round of the Superprestige held in Boom, Belgium. A mask of mud Van Aert immediately took the lead after the start and was never caught again. A thrilling performance, as a number one, which confirms once again the crystalline class of the rider in Jumbo Visma jersey. Van Aert was a steamroller, finishing 1’40” ahead of his rivals, with Toon Aerts taking second and European champion Lars Van Der Haar third. Iserbyt, Ronhaar and Vanthourenhout followed. Great expectations also for the debut of Tom Pidcock: the Briton, despite a fall, finished in the top-ten in seventh position. Full results @cyclocross24.com

Superprestige (Race 5) – BRAND TRIUMPHS IN BOOM

Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) also won the fifth round of the Cyclocross Superprestige which took place today in Boom, Belgium. On a prohibitive terrain made very hard by mud and rain, the world and European champion took her umpteenth victory among the elite women anticipating her Dutch compatriots Inge Van Der Heijden and Denise Betsema. Another good performance for the Canadian Magalie Rochette who finished in fourth position, fifth Fem Van Empel. Ninth place for the young British junior Zoe Backstedt. Full results @cyclocross24.com

28 November

WorldCup (Race 8) – Besancon, Iserbyt takes fifth victory in the World Cup
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Also in Besancon, in the seventh round of the elite Cyclocross World Cup, if was once again a duel between the Belgians Eli Iserbyt and Toon Aerts. The winner was Iserbyt, on his fifth success in the Cup, who took advantage of a slip of Aerts, yesterday winner at Kortrijk, to get enough advantage on the last lap and to get a solo win with just a handful of seconds in front of Aerts. The podium was completed by Pim Ronhaar (Ned) in third place. Fourth Vanthourenhout, fifth Van Kessel. Full results @ cyclocross24.com

WorldCup (Race 8) – Besancon, Brand wins again

Lucinda Brand dominated the eighth round of the Cyclocross World Cup in Besancon, France. The world and European champion offered yet another proof of superiority, holding the reins of the race from the first lap. The Dutchwoman of Trek Baloise, yesterday’s winner of the Urban Cross in Kortrijk (Belgium), practically ran a race of her own, leaving behind the surprising Canadian Magalie Rochette and her compatriot Denise Betsema. Full results @ cyclocross24.com

26 November

Pidcock’s programmeDecember 4: Superprestige Boom; December 5: World Cup Antwerp; December 12: World Cup Val di Sole; December 18: World Cup Rucphen; December 19: World Cup Namur; December 26: World Cup Dendermonde; December 27: Superprestige Heusden-Zolder; December 29: Superprestige Diegem; January 1: X2O Trofee Baal; January 2: World Cup Hulst; January 22: X2O Trofee Hamme; January 23: World Cup Hoogerheide; January 30: World Championships Fayetteville

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21 November

WorldCup (Race 7) – Iserbyt fourth 21/22 WC win on Koksijde sand dunes

After Waterloo, Iowa City and Overijse, Iserbyt again dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s in the seventh round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde today. The leader in the rankings finished solo ahead of team-mate Sweeck. Toon Aerts finished in third place. Full results @ cyclocross24.com

WorldCup (Race 7) – Annemarie Worst triumphs in Koksijde sand dunes

Annemarie Worst wins the seventh round of the World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium. Finally the Dutch rider from Nunspeet (Gelderland), bearer of the team 777.be, who on the Belgian circuit of Duinencross triumphed ahead of compatriots Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauces Bingoal) and the European and world champion Lucinda Brand of Trek Baloise. Fourth place to Van Anrooij, fifth Alvarado. Full results @ cyclocross24.com

13 November

Tom Pidcock is expected to return in Boom on 4 December. Like Wout Van Aert, the British rider should be back in the cyclocross fields at the beginning of December. The Superprestige in Boom on 4 December would be the date of his return. After Boom he is expected to race the following day in Antwerp. After this weekend Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) will fly to Mallorca for a five-day training camp with his team.

11 November

Superprestige (Race 3) – Iserbyt sprint in front of Aert in Niel
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Eli Iserbyt won the Jaarmarktcross in Niel, Belgium, the third round of the elite Cyclocross Superprestige. After the disappointment suffered at the recent European Championships (12th place), the Belgian of Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal took his revenge in the classic mid-week event, beating in a sprint his compatriot Toon Aerts, author of a final race in growth. Podium completed by the third position of Quinten Hermans, fourth the new European champion Lars Van Der Haar.

Superprestige (Race 3) – The World Champion Lucinda Brand wins in Niel

The Jaarmarktcross, the third round of the Cyclocross Superprestige, took place today in Niel, Belgium. The women’s race saw Lucinda Brand (Trek Baloise) wins in Niel for third time in a row on the winding Belgian circuit, with stretches of mud and sand, ahead of compatriots Annemarie Worst and Denise Betsema. To complete the absolute domination of the orange athletes were then Kastellin, Alvarado, Bakker, then the Belgian Norbert Riberolle first non-Dutch at the finish line. The top ten was completed by Britain’s Kay, USA’s Honsiger and the other Dutchwoman Van der Heijden.

9 November

According to a report in Het Nieuwsblad, Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) should participate to his first cyclocross of the season in Kortrijk on November 27. The Belgian rider was expected to resume the cyclo-cross season in December.

7 November

UEC Cyclo-Cross European Championships (Col du Vam, Netherlands) – Men Elite
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Lars Van Der Haar is back on the European throne six years after his success in Huijbergen. The Dutchman, born in 1991 in Woudenberg in the province of Utrecht, found the perfect day to outsmart the Belgian coalition, taking his first win in two years, Van Der Haar was the protagonist of an exceptional comeback that allowed him to reach first Aerts and Vanthourenhout and two laps from the end the fugitive Quinten Hermans and then to go solo towards the triumph. The Dutchman conquered the title in front of his public anticipating Hermans, Vanthourenhout, Aerts, Sweeks and Adams, all of the Belgian national team. Full results @ UCI.org

6 November

UEC Cyclo-Cross European Championships (Col du Vam, Netherlands) – Women Elite

Lucinda Brand is the new European champion of cyclo-cross in her native Holland. The World champion triumphs with a solo win on the winding circuit of Col du Vam where she preceded the Hungarian Kata Blanka Vas and compatriot Yara Kastelijn. Fourth place to the defending champion Del Carmen Alvarado. Fifth Betsema (Ned), sixth Clauzel (Fra), seventh Worst (Ned). Full results @ UCI.org

1 November

X²O Badkamers Trofee Koppenbergcross – Iserbyt again! and Honsinger among Elite Women
 © 2021 Golazo Sports (photo credit @ Mats Palinckx)
 © 2021 Golazo Sports (photo credit @ Mats Palinckx)

Iserbyt dominates muddy Koppenbergcross. Belgian tops Aerts, Van der Haar in dismal conditions. Full article and results by Patrick Fletcher @ cyclingnews.com 

Clara Honsinger wins Koppenbergcross. Betsema, Vas round out podium. Article and results by Cyclingnews 

31 October

WorldCup (Race 5) – Iserbyt marks his third 2021 World Cup victory

Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal) took the fifth round of the Cyclo-cross World Cup in Overijse, Flanders. The Belgian triumphed in the rain finishing ahead of teammate Michael Vanthourenhout and Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions). Fourth place to Sweeks, fifth place to Hermans. For Iserbyt is the third victory in the Cup after the American races in Waterloo and Iowa City and he finished second in Fayetteville and third in Zonhoven. Iserbyt has extended his series lead to 175 points with Michael Vanthourenhout second with 130 and Toon Aerts in third position with 129 points.

WorldCup (Race 5) – THE HUNGARIAN KATA BLANKA VAS WINS IN OVERIJSE

Kata Blanka Vas broke the hegemony of the Dutch and triumphed in the fifth round of the elite women’s World Cup in Overijse, Belgium. The young Hungarian, born in 2001 in the city of Kiskunlacháza in the province of Pest, single-handedly defeated all the strong Dutch riders to take the most important victory of her off-road career. With an attach one and a half laps to the finish, Vas was able to obtain a solo win. The young Dutchwoman Puck Pieterse was second and the world champion Lucinda Brand third.

24 October

WorldCup – 4rd Race, TOON AERTS WINS AHEAD OF VAN DER HAAR AND ISERBYT
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Toon Aerts wins the fourth round of the Cyclocross World Cup in Zonhoven (Belgium). The Belgian of Trek Baloise was a dozen seconds ahead of the Dutch Lars Van Der Haar and his compatriot Eli Iserbyt, who consolidates his leadership in the Cup ranking. Fourth place to Sweeks, fifth Hermans, sixth Vanthourenhout.

WorldCup – 4rd Race, BETSEMA TRIUMPHS IN ZONHOVEN
Elite Women. 2021 Zonhoven UCI Cyclocross World Cup. © Cyclocross Magazine

In Zonhoven (Belgium) Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal) wins the fourth round of the Cyclocross World Cup. The Dutch specialist triumphed with a solo win ahead of compatriots Lucinda Brand (Trek Segafredo), the reigning world champion, the European champion Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado at her debut in the Cup and the young Pieterse and Van Empel.

23 October

Superprestige (Race 2) – Iserbyt wins again in Ruddervoorde
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Belgian Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen) continued his great season and put his seal on the Ruddervoorde cross in the second round of the Superprestige, beating Quinten Hermans by 27 seconds and Toon Aerts by 42. Iserbyt and Aerts are now tied in the standings with 28 points each.

Superprestige – Betsema finish solo in Ruddervoorde
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Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal) proved to be the strongest today. Early in the race she was able to pull away from Van der Heijden, who she managed to get a serious distance in lap 4. Worst slipped past Van der Heijden and finished second ahead of her teammate Van der Heijden.

17 October

WorldCup – 3rd Race, Eli Iserbyt wins and reinforce his leadership in the overall standing
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Eli Iserbyt wins the third race of the 2020/21 Cyclocross World Cup. The continental champion of the discipline won the third race on US soil, after a first and a second place in the first two races of the season, 11 seconds ahead of Lars van der Haar (Baloise Trek Lions) at the end of a thrilling race. Third place for Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) at 31 seconds from his compatriot. Fourth place for Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions) ahead of Quinten Hermans (Tormans-Circus) who was fighting for the victory for a long time but then penalized by a fall in the final.

Strong Vos takes second World Cup win in Iowa City

Marianne Vos took her second World Cup victory in Iowa City in convincing fashion. The 34-year-old Dutch rider finished solo after a strong performance in warm conditions. Vos recaptures the leader’s jersey with her second victory in the World Cup cross and can start her rest period with a good feeling. Full article @ teamjumbovisma.com

13 October

WorldCup – First victory for Quinten Hermans in Fayetteville!

Quinten Hermans, who has been improving steadily in the last few years, took the biggest victory of his career by winning the second round of the cyclo-cross world cup in Fayetteville (USA) this Wednesday. On the circuit of the next world championships, the Belgian rider of the Tormans-Circus Cyclo Cross Team took off on the third lap of the race, before going on a real solo run.

WorldCup – Lucinda Brand wins in Fayetteville, Marianne Vos 4th
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The second round of the cyclo-cross world cup was held in Fayetteville (USA) – where the next world championships will take place – under a heavy rainfall and was won by the reigning world champion Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions). After having been neck and neck with Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma Women) during the first five laps of the race, the Dutch rider took advantage of the physical weakness of her compatriot at the beginning of the last lap to go for a convincing solo victory.

10 October

UCI World Cup (first race Waterloo USA) – Iserbyt uses head as well as legs to return to winning ways at Waterloo Cyclo-cross World Cup
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Slippery conditions ‘just like ice’ suited the European Champion who on Sunday took first World Cup win since January 2020. Full article by  Jackie Tyson @ cyclingnews.com

Marianne Vos is back on the throne of the cyclo-cross World Cup.

The incredible Dutch outclass, several times world champion in this specialty, won the first round in Waterloo in the United States of America overcoming compatriot and reigning world champion Lucinda Brand. Third place went to the other Dutchwoman Denise Betsema.

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