Baestaens Wins Another World Cup in U23, Sweeck Dominates Juniors – UPDATED: New Photos, Full Report

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Laurens Sweeck takes the win in the Juniors race. © Bart Hazen

Laurens Sweeck takes the win in the Juniors race. © Bart Hazen

by Bart Hazen

Telenet-Fidea’s Vincent Baestaens has won the U23 World Cup in Kalmthout, Belgium, with a slight margin over home rider Wietse Bosmans and European Champion Lars van der Haar. Elia Silvestri, Mathieu Boulo, Joeri Adams, Tijmen Eising, Mike Teunissen, Gianni Vermeersch and Arnaud Grand completed the international top ten. For Baestaens it’s his second consecutive World Cup win as he also won the opening round in Koksijde. Daniel Summerhill was the best American in 21st. Zach McDonald (23rd), Jerome Townsend (42nd), Joseph Schmalz (49th) and Steve Fischer (52nd) were the other Americans completing the race. Chris Hurst abandoned.

As usual it was Lars van der Haar who started the best and his efforts quickly broke the front group apart. Van der Haar broke clear with Vincent Baestaens and Wietse Bosmans. Elia Silvestri, Tijmen Eising, Joeri Adams, Jim Aernouts, Arnaud Grand and a few others were trying to follow but didn’t succeed. Despite a small crash involving Wietse Bosmans and Lars van der Haar, the three turned into the final lap together. In the final technical sections of the final lap Baestaens created a small gap on his rivals to add another win to his season account.

The win comes after yesterday’s good showing for Baestaens in the Scheldecross in Antwerp. Fifteenth in the elite race is a good result, but Baestaens admitted he maybe shouldn’t have ridden that race. “In the beginning of today’s race I felt yesterday’s efforts. I gave all I had in that race while most of the other U23 riders didn’t compete. Therefore I had a slow start. In every corner I lost a few meters on Van der Haar. When I changed tires and got to ride on rhino’s it went much better. I rode away from my rivals in the final lap taking some risks, luckily I was able to round it off.”

Home rider Wietse Bosmans once again finished second. Last week in Essen, in his home region as well, he was second behind Van der Haar. “Of course I preferred to win, but I am satisfied. It was a very tactical race in which small mistakes decided the race. I felt very strong today but wasn’t able to get rid of Lars and Vincent. Vincent turned into the woods as first and wasn’t able to challenge him.”

Laurens Sweeck dominates Kalmthout World Cup

Belgian Laurens Sweeck has won the second race of the Juniors World Cup in Kalmthout. Sweeck won with an 8 seconds lead on Daniel Peeters and 10 seconds on his twin brother Diether, recreating the podium in the Koksijde World Cup earlier this season. Clement Venturini, European Champion Lars Förster, Yannick Eckmann, Vojtech Nipl, Jakub Skala, Federico Zurlo and Tomas Medek rounded out the top 10. Due to his win in the first round of the World Cup in Koksijde Laurens Sweeck extends his lead on Daniel Peeters and his brother.

The snowy, icy course in Kalmthout made it a very fast race. German Yannick Eckmann had the fastest start of the whole bunch and quickly created a gap followed by Laurens Sweeck, Diether Sweeck, Daniel Peeters, Clement Venturini, Federico Zurlo and Jaap de Man.

Eckmann clearly had a good day and kept forcing the pace. Together with Laurens Sweeck and Clement Venturini he was giving the best impressions. Turning into the penultimate lap seven riders had a chance to win the World Cup namely; Laurens Sweeck, Diether Sweeck, Daniel Peeters, Yannick Eckmann, Clement Venturini, Vojtech Nipl and European Champion Lars Förter. Halfway through the penultimate lap Laurens Sweeck created a gap after Eckmann slipped in a corner. Turning into the final lap Sweeck had a gap of about 20 seconds on Peeters, D. Sweeck, Venturini and Eckmann. Sweeck didn’t made any mistakes and took his second consecutive World Cup win, extending his lead on the overall World Cup

“This is a beautiful birthday present”, smiled Laurens who, just as twin brother Diether, had their 17th birthdays last Friday. “In the penultimate lap Eckmann made a mistake and I was able to create a gap. I hope I can end up on the podium in the three remaining World Cups as well to maintain my leader’s position. It is beautiful for the coach (Rudy de Bie) that three Belgians ended up on the podium today. At the European Championships we failed but we already showed in the two World Cups that this was a coincidence.”

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Full Results

U23

PlaceNameCountryTime
1BAESTAENS VincentBELGIUM0:49:42
2BOSMANS WietseBELGIUM+00:02
3VAN DER HAAR LarsNETHERLANDS+00:02
4SILVESTRI EliaITALY+00:17
5BOULO MatthieuFRANCE+00:19
6ADAMS JoeriBELGIUM+00:19
7EISING TijmenNETHERLANDS+00:35
8TEUNISSEN MikeNETHERLANDS+00:37
9VERMEERSCH GianniBELGIUM-B+00:39
10GRAND ArnaudSWITZERLAND+00:39
11VAN EMPEL MickiNETHERLANDS+00:53
12DE BIE SeanBELGIUM+00:59
13TRENTIN MatteoITALY+01:01
14BRAET VinnieBELGIUM+01:02
15AERNOUTS JimBELGIUM+01:27
16VAN DEN BRAND TwanNETHERLANDS+01:32
17KONWA MarekPOLAND+01:33
18MERLIER TimBELGIUM-B+01:33
19HANSEN KennethDENMARK+01:33
20QUAST OleGERMANY+01:43
21SUMMERHILL DanielUNITED STATES+01:57
22VAN DER HEIJDEN MichielNETHERLANDS+01:58
23MCDONALD ZachUNITED STATES+02:24
24POLNICKY JiriCZECH REPUBLIC+02:25
25DE CLERCQ AngeloBELGIUM-B+02:30
26PAPRSTKA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+02:31
27DIAS DOS SANTOS VincentLUXEMBOURG+02:31
28ADAMS JensBELGIUM-B+02:33
29BOROS MichaelCZECH REPUBLIC+02:37
30WINTERBERG MichaelSWITZERLAND+02:39
31BRAIDOT LucaITALY+02:39
32NESVADBA JanCZECH REPUBLIC+02:44
33POLNICKY RadekCZECH REPUBLIC+02:47
34TABACCHI MirkoITALY+03:14
35GRAS IrwinFRANCE+03:18
36DUMANCHIN ThéoFRANCE+03:19
37WALSLEBEN MaxGERMANY+03:23
38DE TIER FlorisBELGIUM-B+03:24
39TURGIS JimmyFRANCE+03:25
40BEELEN SvenBELGIUM-B+03:33
41HERBA WojciechPOLAND+03:34
42TOWNSEND JeromeUNITED STATES+03:50
43SCHERZ ValentinSWITZERLAND+03:50
44MENUT DavidFRANCE+04:33
45GUDDAL Jonas SchauDENMARK+04:37
46GRAND AnthonySWITZERLAND+04:40
47STAUBLE DarioSWITZERLAND+04:51
48SCHLECHTER PitLUXEMBOURG+04:56
49SCHMALZ JosephUNITED STATES+05:38
50DANNER FabianGERMANY+05:47
51PETRUS LubomirCZECH REPUBLIC+05:47
52FISHER SteveUNITED STATES+05:58
53ANTKOWIAK PiotrPOLAND+06:01
54THILTGES ScottLUXEMBOURG+06:08
55MEISEN MarcelGERMANY-3LAP

Juniors

RankNAME / First NameTeamTime
1SWEECK LaurensBELGIUM0:36:51
2PEETERS DanielBELGIUM+00:08
3SWEECK DietherBELGIUM+00:10
4VENTURINI ClémentFRANCE+00:15
5FORSTER LarsSWITZERLAND+00:17
6ECKMANN YannickGERMANY+00:17
7NIPL VojtechCZECH REPUBLIC+00:18
8SKALA JakubCZECH REPUBLIC+00:33
9ZURLO FedericoITALY+00:37
10MEDEK TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+00:37
11JAUREGUI QuentinFRANCE+00:37
12HERKLOTZ SilvioGERMANY+00:39
13DE MAN JaapNETHERLANDS+00:42
14VAN TICHELT YorbenBELGIUM+00:43
15DOUBEY FabienFRANCE+00:43
16RODRIGUEZ GUEDE PabloSPAIN+00:53
17BOUVARD KévinFRANCE+00:54
18VANDEKINDEREN JensBELGIUM+00:57
19VANTHOURENHOUT MichaelBELGIUM+00:58
20AERTS ToonBELGIUM-B+01:03
21SAMPARISI LorenzoITALY+01:08
22SOETE DaanBELGIUM+01:15
23VERBERNE DouweNETHERLANDS+01:23
24LIENHARD FabianSWITZERLAND+01:28
25GODRIE StanNETHERLANDS+01:34
26BOHATA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+01:42
27VAN DE VELDE MatthiasBELGIUM-B+01:48
28HOEYBERGHS DaanBELGIUM-B+01:53
29FRISCHKNECHT AndriSWITZERLAND+01:54
30MALEC WojciechPOLAND+02:09
31PAGE DylanSWITZERLAND+02:09
32TURGIS AnthonyFRANCE+02:12
33WEIJERS KoenNETHERLANDS+02:13
34SEIGLE RomainFRANCE+02:17
35VAN POPPEL DannyNETHERLANDS+02:25
36VAN AERT WoutBELGIUM-B+02:25
37SLATER AlistairGREAT BRITAIN+02:37
38MÜLLER SteffenGERMANY+02:44
39HOPPNER KarlCANADA+02:57
40ZUMSTEIN DominicSWITZERLAND+03:00
41SUAREZ KevinSPAIN+03:01
42CLAES JornBELGIUM-B+03:01
43LOUVAR OndrejCZECH REPUBLIC+03:05
44FOX BjornUNITED STATES+03:10
45SCHWARMES TomLUXEMBOURG+03:19
46ROBINSON HugoGREAT BRITAIN+03:21
47SVOBODA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+03:24
48GRUNER YannickGERMANY+03:31
49GODBY ZaneUNITED STATES+03:32
50KOSTECKI PatrykPOLAND+03:35
51CLARKSON JackGREAT BRITAIN+03:40
52SCAPOLAN EnricoITALY+04:06
53VERSCHUEREN TimoBELGIUM-B+04:11
54OLSEN Emil ArvidDENMARK+04:14
55MOSES JosephGREAT BRITAIN+04:33
56MALEWICZ MarcinPOLAND+04:37
57REINERT JimmyLUXEMBOURG+04:41
58DILLMAN AndrewUNITED STATES+04:42
59LEHMANN JulianGERMANY+04:55
60FRITSCH SvenLUXEMBOURG+04:56
61GORRY CypressUNITED STATES+05:06
62WOLKIEWICZ KamilPOLAND+05:30
63SZYNIEC WojciechPOLAND+05:39
64KRUX BenLUXEMBOURG+05:49
65MEIJERS JeroenNETHERLANDS+05:54
66PREBLE KolbenUNITED STATES-3LAP

 

 

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