The UCI Cyclocross World Cup resumes this weekend in Flamanville, France.
Here’s what the UCI had to say about the French World Cup:
The site around the beautiful castle of Flamanville is not unknown to French cyclists. This site has seen the Coupe de France four times and the Coupe de Normandie twice. It has also hosted the Normandy championship twice and, in 2020, cyclists competed for the French championship jersey around the castle.
On a course of 2960 metres with a 30-metre difference in altitude, a fast race awaits riders and spectators who will ride through the woods, paths and garden of Flamanville Castle. In this beautiful setting, the riders must not lose their concentration, because with stairs, planks and a footbridge, the necessary obstacles are also present.
“The course is very flat, so we will have some fast laps,” says Michel Morieux, who is responsible for the course. “This means that there will be very little recovery time for the riders. The course requires a bit of technique, but the rider with the most power in their legs will win here.” You shouldn’t expect the course to be very muddy, even in the rain because “the ground is granite”, says Morieux.
Flamanville World Cup Course Preview:
Race circuits change year-to-year, but in 2020 racers contested the French National Championships in Flamanville. Here’s a course preview of that year’s edition by Marion Norbert-Riborolle:
Eli Iserbyt, Toon Aerts, Michael Vanthourenhout, Quinten Hermans, and Laurens Sweeck will be attending the race. Some big names are missing from that list, specifically the Big Three: Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, and Tom Pidcock.
MVDP is taking a break for the rest of the cyclocross season to recover from his back injury.
Wout van Aert is focusing on the Spring Classics and celebrating his tricolore jersey win.
No Americans or Canadians will be attending the Elite Men’s race.
See the preliminary start list below in pdf form.2022-UCI-World-Cup-Flamanville-Start-List-Elite-Men
Denise Betsema, Puck Pieterse, Fem van Empel, Kata Blanka Vas, and French favorite Helene Clauzel will be competing to take home first place. Lucinda Brand will not be at the event.
Three Americans will be attending the race.
- Taylor Kuyk-White
- CXM columnist Corey Coogan Cisek
- Jennifer Malik
Just one Canadian will be attending the race.
See the preliminary start list below in pdf form.2022-UCI-World-Cup-Flamanville-Start-List-Elite-Women
Pim Ronhaar, Ryan Kamp, and Mees Hendrikx will be competing in the U23 Men’s race in France.
No Americans or Canadians will be contesting the U23 Men’s race.
See the preliminary start list below in pdf form.2022-UCI-World-Cup-Flamanville-Start-List-U23-Men
Top-ranked David Haverdings, Louka Lesueur, and Vaclav Jezekwill be racing in the Junior Men’s race.
No Americans or Canadians will be competing in the event.
See the preliminary start list below in pdf form.2022-UCI-World-Cup-Flamanville-Start-List-Junior-Men
Zoe Backstedt, Leonie Bentveld, and Eliska Hanakova will all line up in France.
No Americans or Canadians will be competing in the Junior Women’s race.
See the preliminary start list below in pdf form.2022-UCI-World-Cup-Flamanville-Start-List-Junior-Women