Wietse Bosmans and Lars Förster Solo to Wins in Zolder

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The U23 podium in Zolder. © Bart Hazen

The U23 podium in Zolder. © Bart Hazen

by Bart Hazen

Wietse Bosmans Wins U23 World Cup in Zolder

Belgian Wietse Bosmans took his biggest win in his young career by winning the U23 World Cup Cyclocross in Zolder, Belgium. After a thrilling battle he beat Tijmen Eising by just a few meters, with Mathieu Boulo completing the podium. European Champion Lars van der Haar, Elia Silvestri, Vincent Baestaens, Karel Hnik, Micki van Empel, Gert-Jan Bosman and Arnaud Grand completed the top 10. Vincent Baestaens retains the World Cup overall lead followed by Bosmans and Lars van der Haar.

The Americans rode a good race with two riders in the top 20. American national champion Daniel Summerhill finished in thirteenth, 1:53 down on Bosmans and Zach McDonald finished in seventeenth at 2:44. Jerome Townsend 31st, Cody Kaiser 35th, Chris Hurst 39th and Steve Fisher 41st were the other Americans to complete this heroic race on the snow-covered course on the Formula One circuit in Zolder.

Seven riders broke clear from the start, including Arnaud Grand, Vincent Baestaens, Mathieu Boulo, Elia Silvestri, Jim Aernouts, Wietse Bosmans and Tijmen Eising. In the second lap Boulo attacked his companions and created a 10 second gap on the first chasers, Wietse Bosmans and Tijmen Eising. European Champion Lars van der Haar didn’t start well but moved up to fourth place by the end of the third lap, followed by Italian Elia Silvestri and World Cup leader Vincent Baestaens. With three laps to go Bosmans bridged up to Boulo and left the surprised Frenchman behind. Boulo dropped back to Eising in the battle for second.

Turning into the final lap Bosmans had a six second lead on the chasing duo. On the final steep descents on the course Bosmans crashed into a fence, giving Eising, who got rid off Boulo, a pass back to the front of the race. Soon after though, Eising slipped in a corner and Bosmans created a gap which he rode to win his first World Cup in his career.

“In the final lap I maybe was a little to euphoric. I couldn’t keep the perfect line and crashed into a fence. I fell on my elbow and collarbone but luckily it isn’t broken. Due to the crash Eising returned but I was able to ride away again after he slipped away too. I gave everything to win,” smiled Bosmans at the press conference. “It was a matter of making less mistakes on this dangerous course. You needed to stay focused. When Boulo broke clear I wasn’t in the perfect position to react but I could bridge up very easily. It’s a pity that Baestaens didn’t finish a few places down otherwise I [would have taken] the World Cup lead as well. I am looking forward to the next weeks. The course of the Belgian Championships in Antwerp has to suit me.” World Cup leader Vincent Baestaens stayed in the Overall World Cup lead but didn’t have his best legs today. “I chose the wrong tires, slicks. But I won’t use this as an excuse. I just hadn’t the legs today. I made lots of mistakes on different places. I also crahed in the end. It was a  treacherous course.”

Lars Förster Best in Juniors Race

European Champion Lars Förster soloed to his first World Cup win in Zolder. In the Juniors race he was too strong for the other racers and Czech Vojtech Nipl and Dutch Stan Godrie finished in second and third. World Cup leader Laurens Sweeck finished in fourth after a crash on the first lap. Jakub Skala, Thomas Medek, Jaap de Man, Yorben van Tichelt, Diether Sweeck and Fabien Doubey rounded off the top 10. With two World Cups remaining in Pont-Chateau and Hoogerheide Laurens Sweeck retains in the overall lead.

The Americans in Zolder are still working up to this level of racing, and some are still recovering from even getting there. Andrew Dillman was the best junior in 29th at 4:32 followed by Bjorn Fox (31st), Jeff Bahnson (37th), Zane Godby (41st), Gunnar Bergey (45th) and Cypress Gorry (46th).

On the snow covered course in Zolder it was Dutch Stan Godrie who had the best start, followed by Yannick Eckmann, who though German can be found hanging out with the Euro Cross Camp crowd, Lars Förster, Vojtech Nipl, Diether Sweeck, Yorben van Tichelt, Clement Venturini and Fabien Doubey. World Cup leader Laurens Sweeck crashed in the beginning and crossed the line in 18th position by the end of the first lap.

Förster took the lead in the second of five laps and extended his lead on his rivals lap by lap. Halfway through the race Nipl tried to bridge across but didn’t succeed. The battle for third was more exciting between Godrie, Van Tichelt, Skala, Medek, Diether Sweeck and the returned Laurens Sweeck. The decision came in the final lap when Godrie and Laurens Sweeck dropped the others on one of the many climbs on the course. In the sprint Godrie took the final podium step.

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Full Results

U23

PlaceNameCountryTime
1BOSMANS WietseBELGIUM0:48:56
2EISING TijmenNETHERLANDS+00:00
3BOULO MatthieuFRANCE+00:09
4SILVESTRI EliaITALY+00:23
5VAN DER HAAR LarsNETHERLANDS+00:44
6BAESTAENS VincentBELGIUM+01:03
7HNIK KarelCZECH REPUBLIC+01:07
8VAN EMPEL MickiNETHERLANDS+01:12
9BOSMAN Gert-JanNETHERLANDS+01:12
10GRAND ArnaudSWITZERLAND+01:44
11PAPRSTKA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+01:48
12AERNOUTS JimBELGIUM+01:52
13SUMMERHILL DanielUNITED STATES+01:53
14VAN DER HEIJDEN MichielNETHERLANDS+01:53
15ADAMS JoeriBELGIUM+02:21
16SCHWEIZER MichaelGERMANY+02:25
17MCDONALD ZachUNITED STATES+02:44
18MEISEN MarcelGERMANY+02:47
19BOROS MichaelCZECH REPUBLIC+02:56
20TABACCHI MirkoITALY+03:02
21BRAET VinnieBELGIUM+03:02
22BEELEN SvenBELGIUM-B+03:05
23HANSEN KennethDENMARK+03:08
24QUAST OleGERMANY+03:09
25DE BIE SeanBELGIUM+03:37
26MERLIER TimBELGIUM-B+04:05
27POLNICKY RadekCZECH REPUBLIC+04:08
28VERMEERSCH GianniBELGIUM+04:09
29MAYER YannickGERMANY+04:41
30BOSSUYT MatthiasBELGIUM-B+04:50
31TOWNSEND JeromeUNITED STATES+05:22
32GRAS IrwinFRANCE+05:29
33DE CLERCQ AngeloBELGIUM-B+06:19
34TRENTIN MatteoITALY+06:47
35KAISER CodyUNITED STATES+07:10
36ADAMS JensBELGIUM-B+07:16
37EECKHOUT KevinBELGIUM-B+07:21
38WALSLEBEN MaxGERMANY-1LAP
39HURST ChrisUNITED STATES-1LAP
40GUDDAL Jonas SchauDENMARK-1LAP
41FISHER SteveUNITED STATES-1LAP
42TEUNISSEN MikeNETHERLANDS-2LAP
43CHALAS JaroslavSLOVAKIA-2LAP
44DANNER FabianGERMANY-3LAP

Juniors

PlaceNameCountryTime
1FORSTER LarsSWITZERLAND0:41:53
2NIPL VojtechCZECH REPUBLIC+00:30
3GODRIE StanNETHERLANDS+00:33
4SWEECK LaurensBELGIUM+00:34
5SKALA JakubCZECH REPUBLIC+00:39
6MEDEK TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+00:42
7DE MAN JaapNETHERLANDS+00:58
8VAN TICHELT YorbenBELGIUM+01:03
9SWEECK DietherBELGIUM+01:06
10DOUBEY FabienFRANCE+01:07
11VENTURINI ClémentFRANCE+01:08
12PEETERS DanielBELGIUM+01:08
13BOHATA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+02:10
14JAUREGUI QuentinFRANCE+02:19
15VANTHOURENHOUT MichaelBELGIUM+02:25
16VANDEKINDEREN JensBELGIUM+02:33
17SAMPARISI LorenzoITALY+02:39
18VERBERNE DouweNETHERLANDS+02:42
19SOETE DaanBELGIUM-B+02:43
20ECKMANN YannickGERMANY+02:46
21AERTS ToonBELGIUM+03:19
22ZURLO FedericoITALY+03:24
23PANIS MaximBELGIUM-B+03:30
24SVOBODA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC+03:39
25VAN DE VELDE MatthiasBELGIUM-B+04:01
26LEHMANN JulianGERMANY+04:01
27BOUVARD KévinFRANCE+04:21
28HOEYBERGHS DaanBELGIUM-B+04:30
29DILLMAN AndrewUNITED STATES+04:32
30MEIJERS JeroenNETHERLANDS+04:48
31FOX BjornUNITED STATES+04:56
32MÜLLER SteffenGERMANY+05:04
33VAN BEEK PjotrNETHERLANDS+05:05
34HOPPNER KarlCANADA+05:06
35CLAES JornBELGIUM-B+05:06
36BREZNA JanCZECH REPUBLIC+05:08
37BAHNSON JeffUNITED STATES+05:09
38VAN AERT WoutBELGIUM-B+05:27
39SUAREZ KevinSPAIN+05:59
40GRUNER YannickGERMANY+06:32
41GODBY ZaneUNITED STATES+06:45
42SCAPOLAN EnricoITALY+06:54
43OLSEN Emil ArvidDENMARK+06:55
44GLAJZA OndrejSLOVAKIA-1LAP
45BERGEY GunnarUNITED STATES-1LAP
46GORRY CypressUNITED STATES-1LAP

 

 

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