Page Takes Second, Selander, Summerhill, and Meyerson Compete in Ardooie

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On Thursday afternoon, Niels Albert (Palmans – Cras) continued his winning ways at the Kermiscross Ardooie – UCI C2 race. The young Belgian, who lives two houses away from Sven Nys, raced just like a young Nys did, attacking early in the race and burying his competitors. Behind, the race quickly became a battle for second, as Albert’s teammate, Dieter Vanthourenhout and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb – Projob) gave chase. Behind, American Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) overcame a relaxed start, and caught the two Belgians late in the race. Going into the last lap, Page attacked prior to the sandpit, and in his chase, Vantornout crashed, going over the bars and taking Vanthourenhout down with him. Vanthourenhout would go on to take the sprint for third.

Behind, reigning U.S. Espoir National Champion Bjorn Selander (Ridley), Danny Summerhill (Felt-VMG U23 Team) and veteran Adam Meyerson (Time Pro Cycling) battled, with Selander and Summerhill finishing in the same lap in 26th and 28th, respectively. Meyerson finished in 34th.



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Some race notes: The race wasn't at night, it was the usual start time of 3. The sand wasn't long, in fact it was quite short, not over 20 meters, and really easy to ride through.

On another note, we amateurs got to race this course; it was also a "Flemish Cup" race. There was about 500 meters of paved city road (City of Ardooi, about 15 km east of 2007 worlds, at Hooglede-Gits) then about 1500 meters of flat grass with three small rideable "bumps". Then there were the sand and twowhoop-de-do's, one with steps. All in all it was very friendly, i.e. non-technical.

The rain has held off for over two weeks now, and file treads could be used as there's no mud, and the grass in the fields is holding up really well.

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