Mourey hung tough and was fastest in the finish © Bart Hazen

Mourey hung tough and was fastest in the finish © Bart Hazen

Mourey best in mudfest of Dottenijs

by Bart Hazen

Dottenijs, Belgium – French Speedster Francis Mourey (Francaise des Jeux) out-sprinted Czech Martin Zlámalík (Sunweb-Revor) in the finale to take an impressive win. Mourey, who was on fire in the early-season US races, winning StarCrossed, Rad Racing and CrossVegas in succession, now adds a Belgian win to this year’s campaign tally. It was Mourey’s first win the GP after taking two second places in previous editions. Gerben de Knegt (Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team) rounded out the podium, with American Jonathan Page, apparently recovered from the back trouble that’s recently been plaguing him, scoring his best European result of the season in fourth. Page was a handful of seconds in front of former world champ Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea), who finished fifth.

The Dottignies mudfest © Bart Hazen

The Dottignies mudfest © Bart Hazen

Italian Matteo Trentini had the best start of all, followed by Martin Zlamalik, Gerben de Knegt, Francis Mourey, Tom Van den Bosch, Bart Wellens, Rob Peeters, Jonathan Page and a few others. Zlamalik took over in the second lap forming a leading group of 11.

In the third lap, Mourey pulled through and only De Knegt and Zlamalik followed. In the chase a group was formed with Bart Wellens, Rob Peeters, Tom van den Bosch, Jonathan Page, Kenneth van Compernolle, Thijs Al and Romain Lejeune.

In front Mourey and De Knegt did most of the work, with Zlamalik hanging on in their draft looking ready to pounce at any time. In the final two laps both De Knegt and Zlamalik tried their best to get rid of the fast-finishing Frenchman, but without success. In the sprint Mourey took his fifth win of the season. Earlier this year he was the best in Redmond, Issaquah, Las Vegas (all USA) and Marle (France).

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Full Results:

1Francis Mourey (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:54:03
2Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Sunweb – Revor0:00:01
3Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team0:00:12
4Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:00:45
5Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:49
6Tom van den Bosch (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team0:00:51
7Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team
8Kenneth van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb-Revor
9Thijs Al (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:00:56
10Romain Lejeune (Fra) UV Aube0:00:58
11Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:01:20
12Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Van Vliet EBH Elshof0:01:36
13Mariusz Gil (Pol) Baboco – Revor Cycling Team0:02:04
14Marco Bianco (Ita)
15Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
16Patrick van Leeuwen (Ned)0:02:13
17Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet EBH Elshof
18Ben Berden (Bel) Qin Cycling Team0:02:39
19Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Swisspower MTB-Racing0:02:43
20Kevin Cant (Bel)0:02:57
21Mitchell Huenders (Ned) BKCP-Powerplus0:03:39
22Bjorn Rondelez (Bel) Lingier Versluys Team0:04:05
23Romain Villa (Fra)0:04:21
24Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team0:04:27
25Matteo Trentin (Ita)0:04:46
26Alberto Candelas Caballero (Spa)0:04:53
27Carlos Hernandez Garcia (Spa)
28Davy Commeyne (Bel)
29Wilant van Gils (Ned) CX Nederland
30Yu Takenouchi (Jpn)
31Hugo Rus (Spa)
32Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Nogent Sur Oise
33Jorge Rodriguez Garcia (Spa)
34Adrien Pascal (Fra)
35Diego Martínez (Spa)
36David Boucher (FRA )
37Frédéric Amorison (BEL )
38Jorge Cantalicio (Spa)
39Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra)
40Jean-Baptiste Taleux (Fra)
41Baptiste Plackaert (Bel)
42Javier Hernández (Spa)
43Daniel Alejandro Moreno (Spa)