Walsleben Outkicks U23 Pack in Zolder – Full Report and Photo Gallery

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zolder-u23walsleben_duvl.jpg by Bart Hazen of The Daily Peloton

German Philipp Walsleben continued his dominant year by winning the third race of the U23 World Cup in Zolder on the day after Christmas (December 26). The German was the best in a six-man sprint ahead of the surprising Italian Champion Cristian Cominelli and France’s Aurelien Duval. Kenneth van Compernolle, Arnaud Jouffroy and Ondrej Bambula were the others in the break.

The course on the circuit of Zolder was hilly and very fast due to the frozen underground. From the start the French riders Aurelien Duval and Arnaud Jouffroy took the lead with World Cup leader Walsleben in third place.

Walsleben decided to attack after a few laps and lap by lap his rivals dropped except of Aurelien Duval. The two stayed in front until the final lap when a chasing group with Cristian Cominelli, Kenneth Van Compernolle, Arnaud Jouffroy and Ondrej Bambula bridged up to the front. A second chasing group featured riders Christoph Pfingsten, Boy Van Poppel and Micki Van Empel was not far behind either but failed to close the gap.

In the sprint the German was the best and secured his lead in the World Cup. With the win Walsleben wraps up the World Cup competition as he has 180 points which is 61 points (the winner of a World Cup gains 60 point) more than France’s Aurelien Duval. Kenneth van Compernolle is third with 109 points.

The best American rider of five starters was Daniel Summerhill at 15th, a mere 46 seconds down on Walsleben. The others were Bjorn Selander (21st), William Dugan (40th), Jeremy Ferguson (43rd) and David Hackworthy (46th). Canada had two starters with Andrew Thomas and Brian Robinson but both riders were lapped. Photos and Full results below.

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Full Results:

PlaceBibRiderCountryTimePoints
125WALSLEBEN PhilippGER0:50:3960
213COMINELLI CristianITA+00:0050
310DUVAL AurelienFRA+00:0045
42VAN COMPERNOLLE KennethBEL+00:0140
511JOUFFROY ArnaudFRA+00:0135
633BAMBULA OndrejCZE+00:0230
722VAN POPPEL BoyNED+00:1928
826PFINGSTEN ChristophGER+00:1926
921VAN EMPEL MickiNED+00:2124
1028MEISEN MarcelGER+00:2522
117BERTHOLET QuentinBEL+00:2520
1218SINKELDAM RamonNED+00:3819
134BAESTAENS VincentBEL+00:4518
1474BENEY RomainSUI+00:4617
1547SUMMERHILL DanielUSA+00:4616
169EECKHOUT KevinBEL+00:4615
176AERNOUTS JimBEL+00:4714
1829WEBER SaschaGER+01:0813
1932KLOUCEK LukasCZE+01:1212
205ADAMS JoeriBEL+01:2911
2145SELANDER BjornUSA+01:3810
2241TARAMARCAZ JulienSUI+01:409
2315SILVESTRI EliaITA+01:418
248VAN DAEL JanBEL+01:467
2517HUENDERS MitchellNED+01:576
2666BODEN StefBEL+02:105
2720HARTOGS IvarNED+02:134
2856FLETCHER DavidGBR+02:143
2934PETRUS LubomirCZE+02:172
3068DENOLF GianniBEL+02:241
3167CANT KevinBEL+02:49
3239SCHERZ ValentinSUI+02:56
3327WALSLEBEN MaxGER+02:58
3416CALDERAN AlessandroITA+02:59
3514PONTA MarcoITA+03:09
3630QUAST OleGER+03:11
3755MCEVOY JonathanGBR+03:23
3861DIAS DOS SANTOS VincentLUX+03:32
3957THWAITES ScottGBR+03:50
4048DUGAN WilliamUSA+03:55
4158THWAITES MarkGBR+04:35
4262SCHLECHTER PitLUX+05:03
4350FERGUSON JeremyUSA+05:14
4453THOMAS AndrewCAN-1LAP
4573KOSAKA HikaruJPN-1LAP
4649HACKWORTHY DavidUSA-1LAP
4754ROBINSON BrianCAN-2LAP
65DENUWELAERE JanBELDNF7
46WEIGHALL NicholasUSADNF5
19VAN DEN BRAND TwanNEDDNF4
12LEJEUNE RomainFRADNF4
60BACHRATY RobertSVKDNF3
70BEELEN SvenBELDNF1

 

 

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