Jeffery Bahnson heads to the finish at Azencross 2009. © Dan Seaton

Jeffery Bahnson heads to the finish at Azencross 2009. © Dan Seaton

Loenhout, Belgium – Tuesday dawned chilly and grey in Belgium, but the rain, forecast to turn the course here in Loenhout to sloppy mud later in the day, held off for the morning as Juniors and Under-23 riders tested their legs on the technical Azencross track before Sven Nys and Daphny van den Brand would slog through much muddier conditions in the afternoon.

In the U23 race, Belgian Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) continued his impressive season, his last as a U23, and opened up a huge gap over first-year U23 and reigning Junior World Champ Tijmen Eising (Sunweb Projob).  American Zach McDonald (Stevens/Classic Cycles) was the top American in 34th with US U23 National Champ Danny Summerhill (Felt-Holowesko Partners/Garmin) failing to finish after being hit by an elbow and crashing early on during the race.

“What is so beautiful with this victory is that I have three wins over three (different) people” said Meeusen. “My main devotion now is (to keep) my lead in the overall classifications secure.”

Second place Tijmen Eising had no trouble accepting his defeat. “I was not so adept on the washboard and could not possibly follow Meeusen” said the Dutchman. “My second place was secure (that was) my main concern.”

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To the victor go the spoils. © Bart Hazen

In the overall ranking of the Gazet van Antwerpen Trophee, Tom Meeusen added to his lead.  His total of 109 points puts him ahead of countryman, Jim Aernouts (Powerplus) by 21 points. Jan Denuwelaere (Rendement Hypo Cyclingteam VZW) follows in third with 83 points, just 26 points behind.

In the Junior race, it was a Dutch sweep, with David Van der Poel taking the victory over compatriots Mike Teunissen and Danny Van Poppel. Semi-American Yannick Eckmann finished in the 15th, with Jeff Bahnson in 20th.

Full Results below. Check back for an extended report and photos.

U23 Photo Gallery:

Juniors Photo Gallery:

Full Results:

U23:

RankNameNat.Age*ResultPointsPoints
1Tom MEEUSENBEL2246:422020
2Tijmen EISINGNED1947:161515
3Kacper SZCZEPANIAKPOL2047:171212
4Jim AERNOUTSBEL2147:271010
5Joeri ADAMSBEL2147:2888
6Jan DENUWELAERBEL2247:2855
7Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL2247:4644
8Pawel SZCZEPANIAKPOL2147:5533
9Mitchell HUENDERSNED2247:5822
10Twan VAN DEN BRANDNED2148:1211
11Marek KONWAPOL2048:16
12Stef BODENBEL2048:24
13Robert GAVENDASVK2248:31
14Arnaud JOUFFROYFRA2048:41
15Micki VAN EMPELNED2048:46
16Sascha WEBERGER2248:50
17Wietse BOSMANSBEL1948:59
18Kevin CANTBEL2249:17
19Corne VAN KESSELNED1949:20
20Lars VAN DER HAARNED1949:24
21Matthieu BOULOFRA2149:25
22Ramon SINKELDAMNED2149:28
23Cristian COMINELLIITA2249:54
24Dries PAUWELSBEL2250:16
25Flavien DASSONVILLEFRA1950:18
26Ole QUASTGER2150:21
27Kristof COPBEL2150:30
28Sven BEELENBEL2050:35
29Kobus HEREIJGERSNED2150:38
30Thomas VERNAECKTBEL2250:45
31Jelle BRACKMANBEL2150:50
32Niels KOYENBEL1950:53
33Dave DE CLEYNBEL2251:01
34Zach MC DONALDUSA1951:03
35David LOZANO RIBAESP2251:04
36Jonathan BERVOETSBEL2051:08
37Lubomir PETRUSCZE2051:14
38Johim ARIESENNED2251:20
39Boy VAN POPPELNED2251:32
40Jan NESVADBACZE1951:51
41Geert VAN DER HORSTNED2051:54
42Moreno HOFLANDNED1951:58
43Dany LACROIXBEL2051:59
44Elia SILVESTRIITA2052:12
45Ruben VEESTRAETENBEL2052:12
46Kamil GRADEKPOL2052:12
47Jens GYSBEL2152:13
48Yu TAKENOUCHIJPN2252:20
49Travis LIVERMONUSA2252:35
50Steve FISHERUSA2052:45
51Joe DOMBROSKIUSA1952:48
52Kristof ZEGERSBEL2252:49
53Michael (JR) SCHWEIZERGER1952:50
54Ingmar UYTDEWILLIGENBEL1953:07
55Aurelien GIZZIFRA2153:13
56Filip ADELCZE2053:17
57Edwin ARTSNED2253:36
58Harm VAN DER SANDENNED2053:37
59Baasankhuu MYAGMARSURENMGL1953:37
60Niels BEELENBEL2253:37
61Milan VAN DEN ENDENED1953:46
62Max WALSLEBENGER2054:14
63Michaël PEETERSBEL1954:14
64Daniel RUIZ ECHEANDIAESP2054:54
65Toni BRETSCHNEIDERGER1957:35
66Jacob DE ROONED20
67Mattias NILSSONSWE21
68Wim THIJSBEL22
69Sonny VOLDERSBEL19
70Rinze DE PROOSTBEL19
71Marco MINNAARDNED21
72Naran KHANGARIDMGL21
73Vincent VAN HOOSTEBEL21
74Enno QUASTGER19
75Jerome TOWNSENDUSA21
76Karel NEPRASCZE20
77Valentijn VAN DE VELDEBEL19
78Thomas LOWEGBR19
79Jonas DE BOEYBEL20
80Matej MEDVEDSVK19
81Joseph SCHMALZUSA20
82Karl PEETERSBEL19
83Rutger LA HAYEBEL19
84Jean-Baptiste TALEUXFRA20
85Niels DIRIKXBEL21
86Brandon MARTUSA20
87Joachim JANSSENSBEL20

Juniors:

RankNameNat.Age*ResultPointsPoints
1David VAN DER POELNED1845:151010
2Mike TEUNISSENNED1866
3Danny VAN POPPELNED1744
4Jens ADAMSBEL1822
5Douwe VERBERNENED1711
6Radek POLNICKYCZE18
7Michael BOROSCZE18
8Bart DE VOCHTBEL18
9Twan BRUSSELMANNED17
10Vojtech NIPLCZE17
11Xandro MEURISSEBEL18
12Daniel MCLAYGBR18
13Tomas PAPRSTKACZE18
14Matej LASAKCZE18
15Yannick ECKMANNGER17
16Alexis CARESMELFRA18
17Frederik GEERTSBEL18
18Jeroen MEIJERSNED17
19Kenny KASTELIJNNED17
20Jeff BAHNSONUSA17
21Paulo GONZALEZESP18
22Jelle CANTBEL18
23Stan GODERIENED17
24Toon AERTSBEL17
25Jordy VAN STAEYENBEL18
26Daniel VESELYCZE18
27Robin WENNEKERSNED18
28Mike VAN AKENBEL18
29Tobias DEPRIEGER18
30Julian LEVASSEURFRA18
31Dennis STULTIENSNED18
32Antoine COZFRA17
33Gabriel CHAVANNESUI18
34Olexander BASIYGER18
35Niels OOMSBEL17
36Olivier VANDEVYVERBEL18
37Oier IRAOLAGOITIAESP18
38Jaap DE MANNED17
39Johannes CORDSGER17
40Kay WELTENNED18
41Chris WALLACEUSA18
42Anthony ANSARDFRA17
43Karl HOPPNERCAN17
44Julian LEHMANNGER17
45Nick VAN DIJKENED18
46Joni GEERAERTSBEL17
47Matt SPINKSUSA17
48Robert DE JONGNED18
49Jordy DE RYCKBEL17
50Yoeri BERTELSBEL18
51Pierre LE POTTIERFRA17
52Jaroslav CHALASSVK18
53Glenn THYSBEL17
54Bryan BOROWSKINED17
55Axel DEKKERNED18
56Fausto HOFLANDNED17
57Robin DELANGHEBEL18
58Birger VANDAELBEL17
59Charles-Etienne LAMBERTBEL17
60Paul SCHUURMANSNED17
61Mathias HOOYBERGSBEL18
62Niels VERDIJCKBEL17
63Arie ROOBOLNED17
64Joshua LEHMANNUSA18
65Bavo SYMENSBEL18
66Nick VAN HUFFELENBEL17
67Sibe SMETSBEL17
68Ruben VAN DINGENENBEL18
69Lander THYSSENBEL17
70Damiaan RELAESBEL17
71David KESSLERUSA17
72Ricardo VAN DE KLUNDERTNED18
73Dennis VAN RIELBEL17
74Jago GOEDEFROYBEL17
75Bartosz PILISPOL18
76Skyler TRUJILLOUSA18