LEUVEN, BELIGUM — Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit) took the win in the women’s race in Leuven today. Again, the racer from the Netherlands finished the race more than two minutes ahead of second place, Daphny van den Brand (AA Drink-Leontien.nl). Behind the two, Sophie de Boer (Telenet-Fidea) finished third, making the podium entirely Dutch racers.
The fight in the women’s race was for third place, rather than first, with Vos and Van den Brand establishing early leads. Chasing the two were De Boer, Pavla Havlikova (Telenet-Fidea), Sanne Cant (Boxx-Veldritacademie) and Gabriella Day (Renner-Raleigh). Day, who ultimately finished in sixth place, said it was a, “Tough day; had very sore legs today. Much rest and recovery needed tomorrow.”
The Americans had a stellar day as well, with Rapha-Focus rider Julie Krasniak taking 11th place.
In the men’s race, Sven Nys took the win. With several racers, including Kevin Pauwels and Niels Albert, noticeably absent at the race, Nys’s win was largely uncontested. He was followed by Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) and French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ). Albert told reporters yesterday that he was skipping the race due to a cold, adding “As much as I [want to] start, I will not take risks with a view to the rest of the season.”
Nys is now five for five in the Fidea Classics series, and is pleased with his performance: “I’m proud of my series. They are five beautiful ’crosses.” As for his old age? Hardly an issue. In fact, he added, “I would like once again a World Cup win. I know that can still, despite my age.”
US racer Jonathan Page (Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles) had perhaps his best race of the year, finishing in seventh.
Despite getting pulled, the only other US racer to take to the course, Jake Wells, was happy with the course and later said that his, “Legs were pretty shot from yesterday but I was loving the Fidea Classics course. Surprised to get pulled so early, but mission accomplished …”
Elite Men’s Results:
1 Sven NYS BEL 2 Rob PEETERS BEL 3 Francis MOUREY FRA 4 Radomir SIMUNEK CZE 5 Sven VANTHOURENHOUT BEL 6 Philipp WALSLEBEN GER 7 Jonathan PAGE USA 8 Joeri ADAMS BEL 9 Egoitz MURGOITIO REKALDE ESP 10 Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE BEL 11 Kevin CANT BEL 12 Patrick GAUDY BEL 13 Vincent BAESTAENS BEL 14 Matthieu BOULO FRA 15 Lars BOOM NED 16 Jim AERNOUTS BEL 17 Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT BEL 18 Florian VOGEL SUI 19 Dave DE CLEYN BEL 20 Corne VAN KESSEL NED 21 Arnaud GRAND SUI 22 Martin GUJAN SUI 23 Tomas PAPRSTKA CZE 24 Jo PIROTTE BEL 25 Jaroslav KULHAVY CZE 26 Tom VAN DEN BOSCH BEL 27 Bart VERSCHUEREN BEL 28 Yannick MAYER GER 29 Ingmar UYTDEWILLIGEN BEL 30 Bart DE VOCHT BEL 31 Stijn MORTELMANS BEL 32 Jonathan LASTRA MARTINEZ ESP 33 Christophe BALANEC FRA 34 Dries PAUWELS BEL 35 Jens VANDEKINDEREN BEL 36 Kristof ZEGERS BEL 37 Pablo RODRIGUEZ GUEDE ESP 38 Quentin BERTHOLET BEL 39 Bart BARKHUIS NED 40 Yoann CORBIHAN FRA 41 Jake WELLS USA 42 Alexis CARESMEL FRA 43 lie REGOST FRA 44 Michael COTTY GBR 45 Felix COT BOUVETTE CAN 46 Kiernan ORANGE CAN 47 Bruce DALTON
Elite Women’s Results:
|2||Daphny VAN DEN BRAND||NED|
|3||Sophie DE BOER||NED|
|8||Ellen VAN LOY||BEL|
|13||Kim VAN DE STEENE||BEL|
|17||Nicole DE BIE - LEYTEN||BEL|
|18||Margriet Helena KLOPPENBURG||DEN|
|19||Monique VAN DE REE||NED|
|27||Caitlyn LA HAYE||BEL|