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2003 World Cyclocross Championships - CM

Monopoli, Italy, February 1-2, 2003


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  • A group of dedicated Mario DeClercq supporters prepared for a fresh downpour with a colorful good luck 'brolly in Monopoli. Go Mario!
  • Yes, they brought their Jupiler beer all the way from Belgium
  • More Jupiler boys awaiting the main event in Monopoli.
  • Let's see… WD-40 for the chain? And Lava Soap to wash those greasy hands after a hard day out in the 'cross pits.
  • Quite a fashion statement, but after 8 Jupilers who would notice?
  • Yes, the staid Swiss have to get in the act, pity there was no Frischy to ring the cowbells for.
  • Tom Vanoppen's suport crew meticulously prep the young Belgian elite 'crossers Ridley rig, checking the new chain link by link for any possible problem.
  • After his best ever season, US Champ Jonathan Page was just glad to finish
  • The lunatics have taken over the asylum: 'Nuff said; now get back on the bus for the 30 hour ride back to Gent!
  • The ritual trek to the 'cross pits begins. Not quite Formula 1, but it'll do.
  • U23 rider Wesley Van Linden's sister (right) and friend welcome big 'bro after his silver medal in Monopoli.
  • Say What? After the finish in Monopoli, Gina Hall (11th) and Ann Grande (10th) wondered where the last lap bell was. Both thought it was still one lap to go.
  • Can I Stop Running Now? Adam Craig broke his chain in the first 10 meters of the race and had to run halfway around the course to get a spare bike at the pits.
  • Paolo Guerciotti checks out the 'cross worlds circuit in Monopoli just before the race.

Images by AFP

  • The women's podium (from left): Kupfernagel (Ger), van den Brand (Ned), Leboucher (Fra)
  • Bart Wellens emerged victorious in an all-Belgian affair
  • Enrico Franzoi (Ita) wins the U23 men's race with flag- and time- in hand
  • Lars Boom (Ned) took the lead early in the junior men's race and never looked back