Is Radomir Simunek wishing for a little mud in the race? © Bart Hazen

Is Radomir Simunek wishing for a little mud in the race? © Bart Hazen

Many of us have the luxury of focusing on ‘cross and using the rest of the year as training for our main events. But lots of the top riders in the world continue to race other seasons since, well, everyone needs to make a living. Bart Hazen, one of Cyclocross Magazine’s European contributors, was able to catch some our sport’s top stars as they lined up for the Omloop der Kempen in the Netherlands.

While many ‘cross racers are still coming out of the past season and working on building fitness for later in the year, some of the top names are already sharpening their form in races such as the Omloop der Kempen. Looking through the results, Tijmen Eising and other familiar ‘cross names can be seen in and around the Top 20. Not too bad in a field of over 150.

Dutch Stefan van Dijk (Willem’s Verandas) has won the 62nd International Omloop der Kempen (UCI 1.2)in a bunch sprint. The race was animated by a break of seven including Rabobank’s road and cyclocross racer Boy van Poppel and BKCP’s Dieter Vanthourenhout and Enrico Franzoi. In the final local lap of 11km, the sprinters’ teams brought everything back together.

The race featured many cyclocross stars making their first appearance in a road race this season as part of the preparation for the new season. Niels Albert, Bart Wellens, Enrico Franzoi, Klaas Vantornout, Radomir Simunek, Dieter Vanthourenhout, Tijmen Eising all signed the start list to take part in this flat race. The big absence was the newly-crowned world champion Zdenek Stybar and Belgian champion Sven Nys. Both riders were fresh off of training camps in Mallorca, Spain, and Nys was prepping to win the Belgian Grand Prix MTB race in Gooik while Stybar was about to embark on the Fleche du Sud stage race in Belgium. More info on both of those events coming soon.

As we all wait with bated breath for the beginning of next season, which seems all too far off, Cyclocross Magazine is happy to share the latest on some of the sport’s stars, so everyone can start planning their fantasy team for next year.

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Full Results

1Stefan Van DijkWillems Verandas04:26:59
2Coen VermeltfoortRabobank Continental Teamzt.
3Nicky CocquytQin Cycling Teamzt.
4Bram SchmitzVan Vliet – EBH Elshofzt.
5Remco Te BrakeVan Vliet – EBH Elshofzt.
6Christian PoosTeam Differdangezt.
7Denis FlahautISD Continental Teamzt.
8James VanlandschootWillems Verandaszt.
9Frederique RobertPws Eijssen Cycling Teamzt.
10Thomas VernaecktSunweb – Revorzt.
11Sven RendersWillems Verandaszt.
12Johim AriesenCyclingteam Jo Pielszt.
13Nicolas VereeckenPws Eijssen Cycling Teamzt.
14Ritchie MotkeBaby-dump – Lemmens – Wilvo Wielerteamzt.
15Harm Van Der SandenBaby-dump – Lemmens – Wilvo Wielerteamzt.
16Stefan CohnenTeam Differdangezt.
17Tijmen EisingSunweb – Revorzt.
18Jos PronkMidi Center – Ruiter Wielerteamzt.
19Radomir SimunekBkcp-powerpluszt.
20Christoph PfingstenVan Vliet – EBH Elshofzt.
21Bart WellensTelenet-Fidea Cycling Teamzt.
22Jim AernoutsBkcp-powerpluszt.
23Marco BrusLine Lloyd Footwear Cycling Teamzt.
24Jorne VidelerLine Lloyd Footwear Cycling Teamzt.
25Ger SoepenbergMetec Cycling Teamzt.
26Nieck BusserTML Dommelstreekzt.
27Peter Jan PollingCyclingteam Jo Pielszt.
28Ben BerdenQin Cycling Teamzt.
29Thomas BerkhoutVan Vliet – EBH Elshofzt.
30Bas KrauwelVan Vliet – EBH Elshofzt.
31Yoeri HavikVan Vliet – EBH Elshofzt.
32Wietse BosmansBkcp-powerpluszt.
33Jordy BeukerMetec Cycling Teamzt.
34Rudi Van HoutsTWC Tempozt.
35Wesley KrederRabobank Continental Teamzt.
36Vytautas KaupasTeam Differdangezt.
37Marcel KamsmaTML Dommelstreekzt.
38Dex GroenMetec Cycling Teamzt.
39Jurgen FrancoisPalmans Craszt.
40Dieter CappelleWillems Verandaszt.
41Steven StenekesKoopmans Cube Cycling Teamzt.
42Aidis KruopisPalmans Craszt.
43Timothy StevensPws Eijssen Cycling Teamzt.
44Ralph GelensBaby-dump – Lemmens – Wilvo Wielerteamzt.
45Timothy VangheelPalmans Craszt.
46Jesse De HaanKoopmans Cube Cycling Teamzt.
47Lubomir PetrusBkcp-powerpluszt.
48Andy CappelleWillems Verandaszt.
49Francesco VancoppernolleQin Cycling Teamzt.
50Robbert De GreefBaby-dump – Lemmens – Wilvo Wielerteamzt.
51Joseph LewisDrapac – Porsche Cyclingzt.
52Niels PietersLine Lloyd Footwear Cycling Teamzt.
53Kurt GeysenPws Eijssen Cycling Teamzt.
54Robert RetschkeTeam Differdangezt.
55Luc HagenaarsKuota-Indelandzt.
56Denys KarnulinISD Continental Teamzt.
57Henk WildemanWV De Jonge Rennerzt.
58Kevin EeckhoutSunweb – Revorzt.
59Tim VanspeybroeckPws Eijssen Cycling Teamzt.
60Enrico FranzoiBkcp-powerpluszt.
61Michael VingerlingKoga-Creditforce-Ubbink Track Cycling …zt.
62Ricky Enøzt.
63Niels AlbertBkcp-powerpluszt.
64Sander LormansMidi Center – Ruiter Wielerteamzt.
65Maurice VrijmoedRabobank Continental Teamzt.
66Frank Dressler-lehnhofTeam Differdangezt.
67Tom VanbecelaerePalmans Craszt.
68Alex SchmittKuota-Indelandzt.
69Mattias BertlingKuota-Indelandzt.
70Egidijus JuodvalkisPalmans Craszt.
71Jeroen BreewelKoopmans Cube Cycling Teamzt.
72Marco BosCyclingteam Jo Pielszt.
73Cornelius Van OoijenCyclingteam Jo Pielszt.
74Sven Van Den HouteWillems Verandaszt.
75Jeremy YatesQin Cycling Teamzt.
76Pim De BeerCyclingteam Jo Pielszt.
77Jorn KnopsTWC Tempozt.
78Jetse BolRabobank Continental Teamzt.
79Bouke KuiperKoga-Creditforce-Ubbink Track Cycling …zt.
80Dennis KrederLine Lloyd Footwear Cycling Teamzt.
81Peter SchepKoga-Creditforce-Ubbink Track Cycling …zt.
82Ramon SinkeldamRabobank Continental Teamzt.
83Eric Van De MeentQin Cycling Teamzt.
84Ingmar De PoortereWV Bredazt.
85Jasper BovenhuisRabobank Continental Teamzt.
86Boy Van PoppelRabobank Continental Teamzt.
87Joris De BoerLine Lloyd Footwear Cycling Teamzt.
88Camiel Déniszt.
89Dennis LuytWV De Jonge Rennerzt.
90Hakan-bo NilssonTeam Differdangezt.
91Steven VanderaerschotPws Eijssen Cycling Teamzt.
92Kenneth Van CompernolleSunweb – Revorzt.
93Angus MortonDrapac – Porsche Cyclingzt.
94Kasper Lindezt.
95David PellDrapac – Porsche Cyclingzt.
96Jasper LenferinkMetec Cycling Teamzt.
97Niek BastenWV De Jonge Rennerzt.
98Gregory HabeauxWillems Verandaszt.
99Brian Van GoethemTML Dommelstreekzt.
100Jan KuyckxQin Cycling Teamzt.
101Dieter VanthourenhoutBkcp-powerpluszt.
102Ruben DorrenKoopmans Cube Cycling Teamzt.
103Martijn KeizerRabobank Continental Teamzt.
104Jochen VankerckhovenPws Eijssen Cycling Teamzt.
105Nico SchneiderTeam Differdangezt.
106Lars JunLine Lloyd Footwear Cycling Teamzt.
107Leander SchreursKoopmans Cube Cycling Teamzt.
108Kevin PauwelsTelenet-Fidea Cycling Teamzt.
109Tom RelouCyclingteam Jo Pielszt.
110Mart Van BlankenMetec Cycling Teamzt.
111Sierk-jan De HaanCyclingteam Jo Pielszt.
112Mike TerpstraKoga-Creditforce-Ubbink Track Cycling …zt.
113Ismael KipKoga-Creditforce-Ubbink Track Cycling …zt.
114Rudy VriendMidi Center – Ruiter Wielerteamzt.
115Mathias Gade JakobsenGlud & Marstrand – LRØ Rådgivningzt.
116Jeroen BoelenWV De Jonge Rennerzt.
117Nick StoplerKoga-Creditforce-Ubbink Track Cycling …zt.
118Christian Moberg JorgensenGlud & Marstrand – LRØ Rådgivningzt.
119Daniel MrosekKuota-Indelandzt.
120Dirk FindersKuota-Indelandzt.
121Philipp WalslebenBkcp-powerpluszt.
122Jempy DruckerTeam Differdangezt.
123Twan CastelijnsTWC Het Snelle Wielzt.
124Geert OmloopPalmans Craszt.
125Lasse BochmanGlud & Marstrand – LRØ Rådgivningzt.
126Jean ZenPalmans Craszt.
127Alexandre UsovISD Continental Teamzt.
128Thomas PalmerDrapac – Porsche Cyclingzt.
129Sjef De WildeWillems Verandaszt.
130Geertjan JonkmanWest Frisiazt.
131Job SinnigeLine Lloyd Footwear Cycling Teamzt.
132Enno Van OsBaby-dump – Lemmens – Wilvo Wielerteamzt.
133Bart Van HaarenVan Vliet – EBH Elshofzt.
134Dion BeukeboomMidi Center – Ruiter Wielerteamzt.
135Emmanuel Van RuitenbeekKuota-Indelandzt.
136Jan HoeksTWC Het Snelle Wielzt.
137Dennis SmitMetec Cycling Teamzt.
138Wouter Van MechelenTelenet-Fidea Cycling Teamzt.
139Gijs VierlingTWC Tempozt.
140Jurriën BostersWV De Jonge Rennerzt.
141Maksym PolishukISD Continental Teamzt.
142Joost Spring In T VeldMidi Center – Ruiter Wielerteamzt.
143Florian MonrealKuota-Indelandzt.
144Jeffrey WiersmaVan Vliet – EBH Elshofzt.
145Ivor BruinMidi Center – Ruiter Wielerteamzt.
146Marnik DreesenQin Cycling Teamzt.
147Johnny Van DiermenWV De Jonge Rennerzt.
148Michael KurthKuota-Indelandzt.
149Muhamad Adiq Husaine OthmanDrapac – Porsche Cyclingzt.
150Robert Van Der WeijstTWC Het Snelle Wielzt.
151Roy EeftingMetec Cycling Teamzt.
152Geert Van Der HorstKoopmans Cube Cycling Teamzt.
153Jos CastelijnsTWC Het Snelle Wielzt.
154Tom MarcelisTML Dommelstreekzt.
Dutch Stefan van Dijk (Willem’s Verandas) has won the 62th International Omloop der Kempen (UCI 1.2). In the bunch sprint the Dutch sprinter was faster than Coen Vermeltfoort and Nicky Cocquyt. The race was animated by a break of seven including Rabobank’s road and cyclocross racer Boy van Poppel and BKCp’s Dieter Vanthourenhout and Enrico Franzoi. In the final local lap of 11 km the sprinters team brought everything back together after which Van Dijk was the fastest in the sprint.

The race got a lot of Cyclocross stars making their first appearance in a road race this season as part of the preparation for the new season. Niels Albert, Bart Wellens, Enrico Franzoi, Klaas Vantornout, Radomir Simunek, Dieter Vanthourenhout, Tijmen Eising to name a few all signed the start list to take part in this flat race. The big absence was the newly world champion Zdenek Stybar and Belgian champion Sven Nys.