van Paassen and Van Den Brand fighting in Frankfurt. © Bart Hazen

van Paassen and Van Den Brand fighting in Frankfurt. © Bart Hazen

by Bart Hazen

Dutch Daphny van den Brand has won the third European Cyclocross Championships in her career. In Frankfurt am Main, Germany, van den Brand was the best over her compatriot Sanne van Paassen and Britain’s Helen Wyman. Hanka Kupfernagel, Pavla Havlikova, Sophie de Boer, Jasmin Achermann, Christel Ferrier-Bruneau, Caroline Mani and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot completed the top ten.

From the start, Britain’s Helen Wyman, Dutch riders Sanne van Paassen and Daphny van den Brand, and home rider Hanka Kupfernagel broke clear from the 26-strong women’s field.
In the final part of the race, Kupfernagel was the first who dropped off the break due to the hard pace set by the two Dutch riders, followed by Helen Wyman. In the final lap van Paassen had her gear mechanism falter on the stairs, and van den Brand was able to create a gap which was enough to take her third title, matching Hanka Kupfernagel’s record.

“Three titles. As many titles as Kupfernagel. I’ll come back in Lucca [Italy] next year to try to win for a fourth time and become the lone recordholder,” said van den Brand. “It was very tough. Sanne van Paassen tried a few times to drop me, but I luckily could hang on. I wasn’t able to get rid of her either. Luckily for me, Sanne made a mistake and I could profit from it.”

Sanne van Paassen was a little disillusioned. “It’s a pity to loose a race this way. I forgot to change gears before the stairs, and my mechanism faltered. I couldn’t close the gap after that on Daphny.”

Helen Wyman, last week’s winner of the Koppenberg, showed her excellent form once again with a third place. “I thought I could do better after last week’s win on the Koppenberg. The two Dutch riders were very strong, it was the two of them against me. They deserved the top two steps of the podium. For the next weeks I will do my best to win more races. I want to do well in the World Cups and the World Championships.”

Lars Förster Surprising Junior European Champion
Swiss Lars Förster is the surprising Junior European champion. After an exciting race, he was a little faster than Czech Jakub Skala and French Quentin Jaurequi. Kevin Bouvard, Laurens Sweeck, Jaap de Man, Federico Zurlo, Fabien Doubey, Michael Vanthourenhout and Diether Sweeck completed the top 10.

The race was very fast and the Swiss, Czech and Italian riders took control early on. Halfway through, Förster broke clear with Czech Vojtech Nipl. They created a small gap on a chasing group with Laurens Sweeck, Michael Vanthourenhout, Jakub Skala and Quentin Jaurequi.

In the final round, Nipl dropped off the break and Förster was able to keep his small gap to take his first European title. In the sprint for second, Skala was the best over Jaurequi and Bouvard.

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Women’s Results:

1Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands)0:38:30
2Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands)0:00:09
3Helen Wyman (Great Britain)0:00:40
4Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany)0:01:01
5Pavla Havlíková (Czech Republic)0:01:08
6Sophie De Boer (Netherlands)0:01:14
7Jasmin Achermann (Switzerland)0:01:17
8Chris Ferrier Bruneau (France)0:01:27
9Caroline Mani (France)0:02:11
10Paulin Ferrand Prevot (France)
11Linda Van Rijen (Netherlands)0:02:17
12Sabrina Stultiens (Netherlands)
13Arenda Grimberg (Netherlands)0:02:29
14Sanne Cant (Belgium)0:02:30
15Sabrina Schweizer (Germany)0:02:33
16Jana Kyptová (Czech Republic)0:02:34
17Martina Zwick (Germany)0:02:42
18Nikki Harris (Great Britain)
19Martina Mikulásková (Czech Republic)0:03:23
20Nadia Triquet (France)0:03:28
21Gesa Brüchmann (Germany)0:03:29
22Gabriella Day (Great Britain)0:03:37
23Reza Hormes (Netherlands)0:05:11
24Madara Furmane (Latvia)
25Liga Smite (Latvia)

Junior’s Results:

1Lars Forster (Switzerland)0:42:38
2Jakub Skála (Czech Republic)0:00:04
3Quentin Jauregui (France)0:00:06
4Kevin Bouvard (France)0:00:07
5Laurens Sweeck (Belgium)0:00:17
6Jaap De Man (Netherlands)0:00:18
7Federico Zurlo (Italy)0:00:19
8Fabien Doubey (France)
9Michaë Vanthourenhout (Belgium)
10Diether Sweeck (Belgium)0:00:42
11Stan Godrie (Netherlands)
12Benjamin Gelabert (France)0:00:43
13Danny Van Poppel (Netherlands)0:00:54
14Daniel Peeters (Belgium)
15Vojtech Nipl (Czech Republic)0:00:56
16Silvio Herklotz (Germany)0:00:59
17Matthias Van De Velde (Belgium)
18Daan Hoeyberghs (Belgium)0:01:09
19Lorenzo Samparisi (Italy)0:01:11
20Tomáš Medek (Czech Republic)
21Koen Weijers (Netherlands)0:01:28
22Fabian Lienhard (Switzerland)0:01:32
23Tommaso Caneva (Italy)0:01:33
24Julian Lehmann (Germany)
25Petr Hampl (Czech Republic)0:01:50
26Hugo Robinson (Great Britain)0:01:56
27Clement Venturini (France)
28Enrico Scapolan (Italy)0:02:11
29Alistair Slater (Great Britain)0:02:21
30Erik Kramer (Netherlands)0:02:28
31Tomáš Bohata (Czech Republic)0:02:32
32Michal Vakoc (Czech Republic)0:02:36
33Steffen Müller (Germany)0:02:40
34Jeroen Meijers (Netherlands)0:02:58
35Douwe Verbene (Netherlands)0:02:59
36Taylor Johnstone (Great Britain)0:03:01
37Pjotr Van Beek (Netherlands)0:03:21
38Daan Soete (Belgium)0:03:27
39Andrea Sottocornola (Italy)0:03:29
40Jack Clarkson (Great Britain)0:03:35
41Luke Grivell-Mellor (Great Britain)
42Johannes Cords (Germany)0:03:36
43Tomáš Svoboda (Czech Republic)
44Joseph Moses (Great Britain)0:03:52
45Johannes Siemermann (Germany)0:03:53
46Adriano Lenti (Italy)0:04:46
47Yannick Gruner (Germany)0:05:13
48Ondrej Glazja (Slovakia)0:05:57
49Lubomir Malovec (Slovakia)
50Krists Neilands (Latvia)
51Jan Brezna (Czech Republic)
DNFYorben Van Tichelt (Belgium)
DNFViliam Bodis (Slovakia)