Pro Cyclocross Rumors and Rumblings – January 22, 2009
With only two weeks to go until the World Championships, things are starting to heat up on the team selection front. The Belgians and Dutch are working their way towards full teams for the biggest race on the calendar, and speaking of the Dutch, a young phenom gets the chance at a pro contract. Sophie de Boer Moves to ZZPR.nl – Destil – Merida Those of us in the United States are very familiar with teenage sensation Kaitlin Antonneau and Coryn Rivera and their exploits against elite women sometimes twice their age. Over in Europe, there’s another young woman mixing it up against some of the world’s top cyclocross women. Sophie de Boer, at the tender age of 19, has just cashed in on some strong results, including a third place at the Koppenbergcross, with a move to the ZZPR.nl – Destil – Merida team. De Boer will join Dutch National Champion Daphny Van den Brand, Sanne Van Paassen and Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn as arguably the strongest women’s cyclocross team in the world. Peeters Still Out In the Cold Rob Peeters‘ (Telenet – Fidea Cycling Team) exile from the Belgian World Cup team will continue this weekend at the Hoogerheide World Cup. Peeters rode a strong race at the Belgian National Championships, riding to fourth place, and spending much of his time at the front of the race. Peeters may feel he is more deserving than some of his compatriots, and he will have limited time to prove his worth before Belgian coach Rudy de Bie names his start list for the World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic on January 31st. Dutch Close to Finalizing World Championships Roster With the announcement that former World Champion Lars Boom would not be attending the UCI World Championships despite winning the Dutch National Championships two weekends ago. The Dutch have yet to finalize their roster, but four men have qualified for the Elite roster through good performances in the year’s World Cups. Gerben de Knegt, Thijs Al and Thijs Van Amerongen had already punched their ticket through good results prior to last weekend’s World Cup in Roubaix. The fourth member of the Dutch Elite Men’s team grabbed a place by finishing 16th in Roubaix, one of the methods by which a rider can qualify for the World Championships. That rider was Wilant Van Gils, who just edged his way onto the team. Eddy Van IJzendoorn, who earned himself a professional contract last year with AA Drink, will have this weekend’s World Cup test in Hoogerheide to make the World Championships team. Wondering what your favorite mudders have been up to? Doing your homework so you can win Cyclocross Magazine’s fantasy cyclocross league next season? We’ve got you covered with our new, weekly report on your favorite top ‘crossers. Each week Jake Sisson will bring you the latest news, gossip and maybe even a tweet or two on the pro scene. This is installment #33. Installment #32 is here. Got something worth reporting? Let us know!