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Azencross Loenhout (Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee Veldrijden #5) - C1

Loenhout, Belgium, December 30, 2008

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Race 2 - December 30: Under 23,

Baestaens exploits pile-up

By Brecht Decaluwé in Loenhout, Belgium

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Belgian Vincent Baestaens profited from a crash in the twenty-man group behind him on an artificial bridge to win the race in Loenhout, Belgium. Pole Pawel Szczepaniak and German Marcel Meisen rounded out the top three on the cold, but sunny day near Antwerp.

"I attacked on one of the hills and they probably hesitated behind me because they don't know me well," Baestaens said before claiming this victory wasn't a surprise for him. "If I'm not having bad luck then I can get far."

Nobody started the chase of Baestaens and the Belgian easily held on for the win. Szczepaniak won the small bunch sprint for second place. Walsleben, leader in the U23 Gazet van Antwerpen Trophy, finished fifth and extended his lead in the overall classification over Belgians Kenneth Van Compernolle and Jim Aernouts.

"I slipped away and crashed in the first lap. In the end I kept my Kenneth and Jim behind me. I pulled for most of the last lap to keep them at distance. It's also the best position to avoid crashes," Meisen said.

While Walsleben managed to avoid a crash Danny Summerhill went down in that crucial final lap and finished seventeenth. The American had been sitting in the big group for most of the race before moving to the front with only three laps to go. He was leading this big group for a while but was then losing positions on the asphalt sections prior to the the crash.

About one hundred riders lined up at the start in Loenhout. A couple of riders crashed quite hard on the frozen course, taking out favourites like Joeri Adams and Boy Van Poppel.

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Results

1 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                      51.46
2 Pawel Szczepaniak (Pol)                                          0.11
3 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Focus Cross Team                                 
4 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) AA Drink - BeOne                         0.12
5 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Palmans - Cras                               
6 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Selle Italia Guerciotti Elite                
7 Aurelien Duval (Fra) Française Des Jeux                              
8 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor                         
9 Sascha Waber (Ger)                                               0.13
10 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Palmans - Cras                               0.14
11 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Vendée U Pays de la Loire                 0.16
12 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team            
13 Sylwester Janiszewski (Pol)                                     0.20
14 LukᚠKloucek (Cze) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team                  0.21
15 Stef Boden (Bel) AA Drink - BeOne                               0.23
16 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                      0.26
17 Daniel Summerhill (USA) Clif Bar                                0.29
18 Kacper Szczepaniak (Pol)                                        0.30
19 Matthieu Boulo (Fra)                                                
20 Johim Ariesen (Ned)                                             0.31
21 Kobus Hereijgers (Ned)                                          0.32
22 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank                                      
23 David Fletscher (GBr)                                               
24 Ole Quart (Ger)                                                 0.33
25 Kevin Cant (Bel) AVB Cycling Team                                   
26 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Fidea Cycling Team                         0.50
27 Bjorn Selander (USA) Ridley Factory Team                            
28 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr)                                               
29 Kristof Cop (Bel) AVB Cycling Team                                  
30 Gianni Denolf (Bel) Palmans - Cras                                  
31 Jasper Ockeloen (Ned)                                               
32 Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team                          
33 Jordy van Erp (Ned) Pro Cycling Team ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida          
34 Yannick Teidt (Ger)                                                 
35 Ivar Hartogs (Ned) Revor Cycling Team                               
36 Max Walsleben (Ger) Team Focus-Alpecin Cross                        
37 William A Dugan (USA)                                               
38 Dany Lacroix (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team                          
39 Camille Thominet (Fra)                                              
40 Sven Beelen (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team                           
41 Jonathan Bervoets (Bel) Heylen Meubelcentrale ZLWC St. Truiden      
42 Jelle Brackman (Bel) Granville-Morgan Blue Cycling Team             
43 Bart Hermans (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team                          
44 Zeb Willems (Bel)                                                   
45 Thomas Boeckx (Bel) Edegem Bicycle Club                             
46 Jules Chabanon (Fra)                                                
47 Wim Leemans (Bel) AVB Cycling Team                                  
48 Lubomír Petruš (Cze) Empella Czech Team                             
49 Kevin Eeckhout (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team                     
50 Nick De Proost (Bel)                                                
51 Dennis Verhoeven (Bel) AVB Cycling Team                             
52 Jeremy Ferguson (USA)                                               
53 Wim Thijs (Bel)                                                     
54 Bart Bruyndonckx (Bel)                                              
55 Rik van Ijzendoorn (Ned)                                            
56 Dries Pauwels (Bel) Empella Czech Team                              
57 Bart Barkhuis (Ned)                                                 
58 Christian Izquierdo (Bel) Heylen Meubelcentrale ZLWC St. Truiden    
59 Ruben Veestraeten (Bel)                                             
60 Dave Hackworthy (USA)                                              
61 Roman Sedlmair (Ger) Team Focus Cross Team                          
62 Piotr Antkowiak (Pol)                                               
63 Hans Antonissen (Bel)                                               
64 Glenn Van Ginneken (Bel)                                            
65 Andrex Lliewelyn (USA)                                              
66 Hikaru Kosaka (Jpn)                                                 
67 Niels Beelen (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team                           
68 Kenneth Speltinck (Bel)                                             
 
One lap behind
69 Sonny Vangerven (Bel)                                               
70 Pieter Van Echelpoel (Bel)                                          
71 Nicolas Weighaall (USA)                                             
72 Christophe Delvaux (Bel) Koninklijke Hoboken W.A.C. V.Z.W.          
73 Joachim Janssens (Bel) WK Noord West Brabant                        
 
U23 GvA Trofee standings
 
1 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Palmans - Cras                            100 pts
2 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team           75
3 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Palmans - Cras                                  67
4 Stef Boden (Bel) AA Drink - BeOne                                  55
5 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Focus Cross Team                               53
6 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                               52
7 Sven Verboven (Bel) Palmans - Cras                                   
8 Mitchell Huenders (Ned) AA Drink - BeOne                           48
9 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                         46
10 Kevin Cant (Bel) AVB Cycling Team                                   
11 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team                        42
12 Dave De Cleyn (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team                        33
13 Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Adinkerkse                                  31
14 LukᚠKloucek (Cze) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team                    30
15 Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Vendée U Pays de la Loire                   26
16 Dries Dewit (Bel) Scott USA Cycling Team                          24
17 Jan Van Dael (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team                     23
18 Gianni Denolf (Bel) Palmans - Cras                                  
19 Pawel Szczepaniak (Pol)                                           22
20 Sascha Weber (Ger) RSC St. Wendel - OCCP                          21
21 Wim Leemans (Bel) AVB Cycling Team                                  
22 Lubomír Petruš (Cze) Empella Czech Team                           16
23 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank                                          
24 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Selle Italia Guerciotti Elite             15
25 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank                                      
26 Aurelien Duval (Fra) Française Des Jeux                           14
27 Robert Gavenda (Svk) Fidea Cycling Team                             
28 Twan van den Brand (Ned)                                            
29 Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor                      13
30 Daniel Summerhill (USA) Felt-VMG U23                              12
31 Rudy Kowalski (Pol)                                               11
32 Bjorn Selander (USA) Ridley Factory Team                          10
33 Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel)                                             9
34 Sylwester Janiszewski (Pol)                                        8
35 Michiel Dieleman (Bel)                                              
36 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank                                      7
37 Kaj Slenter (Ned)                                                  6
38 Sven Beelen (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team                           
39 Kristof Cop (Bel) AVB Cycling Team                                  
40 Tomasz Repinksi (Pol)                                              5
41 Jan Van Zeebroeck (Bel)                                             
42 Rik van Ijzendoorn (Ned)                                            
43 Kacper Szczepaniak (Pol)                                           3
44 Mauro Gonzalez (Spa) Club Ciclista Aquagest                         
45 Mattias Nilsson (Swe) Falu CK                                       
46 Dany Lacroix (Bel) Easypay Cyclocross Team                          
47 Bart Bruyndonckx (Bel)                                              
48 Matthieu Boulo (Fra)                                               2
49 Marco Minnaard (Ned)                                                
50 Johim Ariesen (Ned)                                                1