By Jake Sisson
We’ve now got 21 weeks of fantasy cyclocross in the books, and amazingly, the overall victory is not a closed case just yet. This weekend’s action included a GVA stop, Kwattencross Lille in Lille, Belgium, and a Superprestige stop, this weekend in Hoogstraten. While, for the most part, it was in your best interest to pick the usual suspects: Sven Nys had 55 points, as did newly crowned World Champion Niels Albert, followed closely by Bart Wellens with 44 and Zdenek Stybar with 38, it was also a weekend that shone well on the younger set, with U23 World Champion Philipp Walsleben netting 55 points and Belgian Tom Meeusen bringing home 44 points.
Riku’s Yakuzas (Rick Hasty, USA) took home this week’s top honors, netting 274 points. Second place, 11 points behind the week’s winner, went to Veldrijden Hooligans (Adam Leman, USA), with 263 points. Third place went to AKD1 (David Diviney, USA) who had 260 points. This week’s All-Star team totaled 358 points, and was made up of (Riku’s Yakuza’s picks in bold): Sven Nys (55), Zdenek Stybar (38), Richard Groenendaal (22), Niels Albert (55), Philipp Walsleben (55), Tom Meeusen (44), Daphny Van den Brand (30), Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (12), Marianne Vos (25) and Sanne Cant (22).
No change at the top of the pecking order from last week, as Montanacyclocross.com (Shaun Radley, USA) continues to lead, with 5061 points. The gap from last week opened by 20 points over Vorm een Team Helikopter (Mike Rolcik, USA), who now stands in second with 4994 points. Bergen FK (Jake Sisson) is now fighting to hold off chalengers for the final podium spot, holding steady at 4937 points.
There’s only two more weeks to go, with only three days of racing left to score. Next week’s events include Internationale Cyclo Cross Heerlen and the Superprestige stop in Vorselaar. The finale of the Superprestige means there’s bonus points to be had, especially for Sven Nys and Klaas Vantornout, who have all buy sewn up their overall standings. But points go five deep, so there’s room to fight it out. As always, check out the complete standings.