Cyclo-cross news & racing roundup for September 23
Edited by Greg Johnson
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Nys crosses back to victory
Bina takes Czech win
By Brecht Decaluwé
Sven Nys wins GP Neerpelt
Photo ©: AFP
Belgian cyclo-cross champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner)
has opened his 2008/09 season in style, winning a tough GP
Neerpelt in his homeland. The 32 year-old had spent much of the European
summer training for, and riding at, the mountain biking event at the Olympic
Games in Beijing, China but showed his versatility with a solid transition
back to 'cross.
Nys was challenged throughout the event by compatriot Bart Wellens (Fidea
Cycling Team), who finished the race just seven second in areas of the
rider. Young Czech rider Zdenek Stybar (Fidea Cycling Team) rounded out
the podium some 20 seconds behind his team-mate.
"It certainly wasn't the easiest victory of my career," Nys told Sporza.
"Wellens was strong today, he did a good job. The power is good, but I
still need to adapt to the cyclo-cross techniques a little more."
The race proved a setback to Niels Albert's season, with the rider sustaining
injuries following a crash in the race (see separate story).
Elsewhere in Europe Martin Bina claimed victory at this home event the
Grand Prix Olomouc
in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Bina ou-tclassed Belgian rival Jan Verstraeten
(Sunweb Projob) to claim the victory while Petr Dlask (Fidea Cycling Team)
filled the podium with his third place finish.
Cannondale team-mates dominate US action
Tim Johnson (Cyclocrossworld-Cannondale)
takes the 'sprint'
Photo ©: Mark Zalewski
Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com team-mates Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers
dominated the first big weekend of cyclo-cross racing in the United States
of America for the season. The duo claimed two podium finishes each, with
a win a piece at the weekend's North American Trophy races.
Powers was the first cab off the rank, with the rider taking a win at
event in Redmond, Washington while Johnson claimed third place behind
Ryan Trebon (Kona). "I didn't do any attacking today, I was just
sitting there sweeping wheels," said Powers. "Ryan threw down
fifty attacks and I was just trying to stay there. I don't have the high-end
yet coming off a 7-day stage race."
The Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com team-mates swapped spots for Sunday's
Rad Racing GP,
with Johnson taking honours in a sprint after a closing Powers wore down
second placed Trebon.
Johnson admitted he owes much of his win to his team-mate, which softened
Trebon. "Inside three laps to go Jeremy was off the front - we caught
him and there was a surge," said Johnson. "We gapped Jeremy
off but then Ryan was forced to lead the last two laps, almost the entire
"Going into the last lap Jeremy was within 10 seconds so I let Ryan
set the pace," he added. "He did a couple of surges, on the
climb, but he didn't drop me. That is all I needed to build my confidence."
Johnson and Powers weren't the only winners for the Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com
squad at the weekend, with Jamey Driscoll also taking a win at the opening
MAC Series round. Driscoll came out on top at the Nittany
Lion 'Cross event in Fogelsville, PA, where road sprint specialist
Laura Van Gilder (C3 Sollay) wrapped up the elite women's win.
Van Gilder added a second win to her weekend on Sunday, claiming the
second MAC Series round - the Charm
City 'Cross. Van Gilder's C3-Sollay.com team-mate Michael Gallagher
also proved strong on the Sunday, winning the elite men's category.
In Michigan it was Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) that proved the force
to be reckoned with at the KTR
Michigan Double-Cross. Page claimed victory in both Saturday and Sunday's
races, while Canadian Natasha Elliott (Emd Serono/Stevens) took the double
victory in the elite women's category.
Albert out for two weeks
Niels Albert has been forced to rest for a few days after his fall at
the opening cyclo-cross of the season in Neerpelt
over the weekend. The rider fell shortly after the start but was able
to finish the race. "The X-ray shows that my sternum and ribs are bruised,"
the 22 year-old Palmans rider told Belgian news website Sporza.
"Also my knee is twisted."
Albert attempted to return to riding after checkups on Monday, however
the rider had limited success. "I am in a lot of pain at the moment,"
the Under 23 World Champion explained. "I tried to ride today but that
wasn't a success."
The rider expects to be out for two weeks in time for the Zonhoven event.
"I have to rest for three or four days," he said. "But in two weeks I
hope to return to the top in Zonhoven. My condition is good, so that won't
be a problem.
"I don't regret that," she added. "Thanks to the adrenaline I didn't
feel much. Only towards the end did I start to feel the pain."
Vanthourenhout out with injury
Photo ©: Brecht Decaluwé
Sven Vanthourenhout will be out of competition for around four weeks
after a crash at the Grand
Prix Olomouc. Vanthourenhout was contesting the Czech event at the
weekend while his main rivals raced at Belgium's GP Neerpelt, in the hope
of bagging a load of UCI points. Instead the rider has broken two bones
in his hand.
"There were two breaks," he told Sport.be. "On the top of my hand
I broke a bone in my wrist. I also broke my scaphoid. That will be put
in plaster on Wednesday night."
While Vanthourenhout will be sidelined from competition for four weeks,
the rider is hoping to keep up his condition. He expects to be spending
lots of time on the rollers while his injury heals.
"I would normally be out of competition for four weeks," he said. "Cyclo-cross
is out of the question but ride on the rollers and do some road work.
Hopefully I can maintain my condition. My preparation was perfect, recording
my best test result ever. Now I have to turn my whole program on its head
and re-evaluate my goals."
Vanthourenhout regrets the accident's timing, as he had been aiming at
a strong opening to his 2008/2009 campaign. "It's a shame because October
is traditionally a good month for me," he said. "Kalmthout, Ruddervoorde...races
where I always go well, but that I now have to miss. The Superprestige
in Ruddervoorde was one of my goals."
Ian beats strong field
By BikeRadar.com staff
Kent cyclo-cross ace Ian Field took a confident victory in the opening
round of the National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Series in Wales on Sunday, attacking
as he headed into the final lap and winning by ten seconds from his breakaway
rivals at Abergavenny.
Field, a 22-year-old who is riding as a first year senior, has plenty
of experience having ridden for the GB Academy in several world cup 'cross
and mountain bike events - but he needed all his experience to secure
victory with a quality field snapping at his heels.
"It was a good race, and panned out pretty much as I expected,"
he said afterwards. "The series is definitely an aim for me this
year. It's been a while since I did a whole series so it'll be good, especially
as there are six races this time."
Last years series winner Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) was driving
the leading group, but when Field attacked as they reached the pits for
the last couple of circuits, he caught his rivals napping and established
a lead which he clung on to.
Oldham held off the challenge of Belgian visitor Dave Willemsens to take
second spot, but he will be aiming to improve one place when the second
round is staged in Devon in two weeks time.
See Cyclingnews' full
coverage of the British race.
Cross ready for Vegas
Ryan Trebon (Kona) won in Vegas
Photo ©: Jon Devich
After competing in various cyclo-cross races throughout the United States
of America on the weekend, the cream of America's crop will converge on
Nevada for CrossVegas tomorrow. Defending champion Ryan Trebon, Tim Johnson
and Barry Wicks are amongst the riders scheduled to take part in the event.
After winning both of the weekend's KTR Michigan Double-Cross races,
Jonathan Page will take on the likes of Trebon who spent last weekend
at the Star-Crossed and Rad Racing GP events in Washington. Adam Craig
and Tony Cruz are amongst the riders already confirmed for the event,
now in its second year.
CrossVegas, held in conjunction with the Interbike trade show in Las
Vegas, will be without its defending women's champion. With 2007 winner
Lyne Bessette having retired from the sport, the women's race is assured
a first time winner.
Spike Shooter's Katie Compton will be hoping to go one better than last
year and get a win under her belt for the 2008/09 season. Compton will
be challenged by the linkes of Luna's Katerina Nash and Georgia Gould,
as well as Wendy Simms and Rachel Lloyd.
Compton fans will also have the chance to earn themselves a superfan
pack at the Las Vegas event. One male and one female Katie Compton superfan
- who should be characterized by painted bodies, screaming, signs and
bell clanging - will get a swag of goodies valued at $1,000 USD.
"It's awesome to see the crowd cheering us on and really having a great
time watching us put on a show," said Compton. "We want to reward our
fans who get out there and really put on a show for us while I'm racing
with some free swag "
For the first time CrossVegas will feature the Double Down at Mandalay
Bay award that will recognize those riders with a vacation prize for the
top men and women riders who compete in both CrossVegas the USA Crits
Finals scheduled the next night.
Giant Berry/Specialized announce roster
California Giant Berry Farm-Specialized has announced its squad for the
2008-2009 United States of America cyclo-cross season. The squad will
feature one elite women, USA National Cyclo-cross silver medalist Rachel
Lloyd and three elite men, including World Championship Under 23 team
member Chance Noble, Justin Robinson, and top junior Cody Kaiser.
In addition to the 4 Elite athletes, an eight-man master's team will
round out the squad. They include World Masters Championship silver medalist
Henry Kramer, former national champion Medalist Todd Hoefer and Gannon
Elite riders: Chance Noble, Justin Robinson, Cody Kaiser, and
Masters riders: Eric Bustos, Frank Cauresma, Gannon Myall, Henry
Kramer, Norm Kriess, Rob Meighan, Tom Ryan and Todd Hoefer.
HRS/Rock Lobster name roster
The HRS/Rock Lobster squad will
The HRS/Rock Lobster squad has announced its line-up for tis fifth United
States of America cyclo-cross season. The team will be sending some elite
members to select UCI events and the USA Cyclo-cross national championships.
Last season the team tallied over 20 victories and nearly 100 podium
places, swept the podium for the NCNCA cup, and claimed a podium spot
at Lebbeke Kleicross, Belgium. With 35 riders the squad is hoping to be
one of the most formidable west of the rockies.
Elite Team: Stella Carey, Sarah Kerlin, Ben Popper, Aaron Odell,
Aaron Kereluk, David Wyandt and Joshua Snead.
Elite Masters: Max Clifford, Tim Watson, Matt Jordan, Evan Adams,
Sean Coffey, Brett Lambert, Steve Gile and Frank Kalcic.
A-Men: Dean Poshard, Scott Chapin, Nick Purtscher, Alex Work and
Upcoming UCI Cyclo-cross races
- September 24: Cross Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) C1 ME/MU/WE
- September 27: Mad Cross I, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (USA) C2 ME/WE
- September 27: Nationale Openingsveldrit van Harderwijk om de grote
prijs Shimano, Harderwijk (Ned) C2 ME/MU
- September 27: TOI TOI CUP, Unicov (Cze) C2 ME
- September 27: Schoolhouse Cyclocross, East Montpelier, Vermont (USA)
- September 28: Catamount Grand Prix, Williston, Vermont (USA) C2 ME/WE
- September 28: TOI TOI CUP, Hlinsko (Cze) C2 ME
- September 28: Mad Cross II, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (USA) C2 ME/WE
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