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Cyclo-Cross World Cup #7 - CDM

Zolder, Belgium, December 26, 2008

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Race 1 - December 26: Junior Men, 40 minutes

De Bie in footsteps of Uncle Danny

By Brecht Decaluwé with assistance from Gregor Brown in Zolder, Belgium

A Dutch coalition between Lars Van Der Haar and World Cup leader Tijmen Eising failed to hold Belgian Sean De Bie from his first ever victory in a round of the World Cup. Seventeen year-old Sean – who's a cousin from former world champion Danny De Bie – captured the win in front a home crowd on the auto-racing circuit in Zolder and held Eising from a third consecutive victory in the World Cup.

"This is a great victory," De Bie said. "I went for it in the final laps and I had noticed that Van Der Haar was struggling. On a climbing section, the people shouted to me that I was alone so I kept going hard. I don't think Tijmen stopped riding when he noticed I was gone."

De Bie moved to the front together with the two Dutch riders during the first half of the race. In the final laps, De Bie took over the command from Eising on the frozen course. Eising had to put foot down on the ground in on of the final technical corners.

"I stumbled on one of the last corners and then he was gone," Eising said.

The Dutchman remains leader in the World Cup rankings with a good margin of 25 points over compatriot Lars Van Der Haar.

"When Tijmen stumbled I lost two seconds and that was too much to close down. On the finishing straight, I went full-out without looking ahead and when I finally looked up, I noticed De Bie wasn't too far ahead and he wasn't looking back. When he did look back it was over for me," said Van Der Haar.

Behind the three leaders, a five-man chasing group battled for the remaining spots of honour. US Champion Zach McDonald featured in this group, tangled in a Belgian coalition. McDonald went on to finish sixth in his first World Cup race of the year.

"They [the Belgians - ed.] had to be at front, they were just kind of hanging there and I was there hanging with them. For me there was no plan. The goal was to stay near the front as long as possible," McDonald said.

The Zolder course was the home of the World Championships in 2002. Kevin Pauwels, then racing as a junior, won the title.


1 Sean De Bie (Bel) Belgium-A                           45.10
2 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Netherlands                    0.01
3 Tijmen Eising (Ned) Netherlands                        0.06
4 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Belgium-A                         0.42
5 Bart De Vocht (Bel) Belgium-A                          0.46
6 Zach Mc Donald (USA) US National Team                      
7 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Netherlands                     0.56
8 Daniele Braidot (Ita) Italian National Team            1.01
9 Valentin Hadoux (Fra) French National Team             1.03
10 Pierre Garson (Fra) French National Team              1.05
11 Luca Braidot (Ita) Italian National Team              1.06
12 David Van Der Poel (Ned) Netherlands                  1.07
13 Lukas Müller (Swi) Swiss National Team                    
14 Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Netherlands             1.09
15 Michael Boros (Cze) Czech Republic                    1.12
16 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium-A                         
17 Jan Nesvadba (Cze) Czech Republic                     1.31
18 Radek Polnicky (Cze) Czech Republic                   1.33
19 Matej Lasak (Cze) Czech Republic                      1.43
20 Jimmy Turgis (Fra) French National Team               1.52
21 Michael Schweizer Jr. (Ger) German National Team      1.58
22 Tomas Paprstka (Cze) Czech Republic                       
23 Rudy Lorenzon (Ita) Italian National Team             2.09
24 Ruben Scheire (Bel) Belgium-B                         2.13
25 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Belgium-A                       2.14
26 Yannick Maeyer (Ger) German National Team                 
27 Valentijn Van De Velde (Bel) Belgium-B                2.18
28 Ritchie Denolf (Bel) Belgium-B                        2.21
29 Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) Belgium-A                      2.25
30 Toni Bretschneider (Ger) German National Team         2.31
31 Wenzel Böhm-Gräber (Ger) German National Team         2.32
32 Karel Hnik (Cze) Czech Republic                       2.39
33 Vinnie Braet (Bel) Belgium-A                          2.56
34 Cody Kaiser (USA) US National Team                    2.58
35 Max Michely (Lux) Luxembourg                          3.00
36 Gavin Mannion (USA) US National Team                  3.13
37 Bob Jungels (Lux) Luxembourg                              
38 Anthony Grand (Swi) Swiss National Team               3.14
39 Michele Tatto (Ita) Italian National Team                 
40 Bryan Falaschi (Ita) Italian National Team            3.21
41 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Netherlands                      3.28
42 Emilien Barben (Swi) Swiss National Team              3.45
43 Zeb Veestraeten (Bel) Belgium-B                       3.51
44 Daniele Dall'oste (Ita) Italian National Team         4.16
45 Matej Medved (Svk) Slovakian National Team            4.19
46 Kenneth Hansen (Den) Denmark                          4.24
47 Alex Kirsch (Lux) Luxembourg                          4.33
48 Chris Wallace (USA) US National Team                  4.51
49 Dario Stauble (Swi) Swiss National Team               5.11
50 Manny Goguen (USA) US National Team                   7.00
51 Gabriel Chavanne (Swi) Swiss National Team            7.02

Standings after three rounds
1 Tijmen Eising (Netherlands)                                      165 pts
2 Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands)                                  140
3 Wietse Bosmans (Belgium)                                         113
4 Sean De Bie (Belgium)                                            110
5 Radek Polnicky (Czech Republic)                                   72
6 Michiel Van Der Heijden (Netherlands)                             64
7 Karel Hnik (Czech Republic)                                       59
8 Matej Lasak (Czech Republic)                                      57
9 Daniele Braidot (Italy)                                           57
10 Luca Braidot (Italy)                                             56
11 Luke Keough (United States Of America)                           55
12 Valentin Hadoux (France)                                         54
13 Michael Boros (Czech Republic)                                   48
14 Jan Nesvadba (Czech Republic)                                    40
15 Pierre Garson (France)                                           38
16 Matthias Bossuyt (Belgium)                                       37
17 Corne Van Kessel (Netherlands)                                   36
18 Bart De Vocht (Belgium)                                          35
19 Bryan Falaschi (Italy)                                           35
20 David Van Der Poel (Netherlands)                                 32
21 Tomas Paprstka (Czech Republic)                                  31
22 Zach Mc Donald (United States Of America)                        30
23 Vinnie Braet (Belgium)                                           26
24 Ritchie Denolf (Belgium)                                         22
25 Emilien Viennet (France)                                         19
26 Lukas Müller (Switzerland)                                       18
27 Mike Teunissen (Netherlands)                                     18
28 Zeb Veestraeten (Belgium)                                        16
29 Gianni Vermeersch (Belgium)                                      15
30 Daan Meijers (Netherlands)                                       15
31 Toni Bretschneider (Germany)                                     14
32 Emilien Barben (Switzerland)                                     14
33 Zico Waeytens (Belgium)                                          12
34 Michele Tatto (Italy)                                            12
35 Jimmy Turgis (France)                                            11
36 Milan Van Den Ende (Netherlands)                                 11
37 Angelo De Clercq (Belgium)                                       11
38 Michael (Jr) Schweizer (Germany)                                 10
39 Gert-Jan Bosman (Netherlands)                                    10
40 Michal Simerle (Czech Republic)                                  10
41 Jelle Lugten (Netherlands)                                        9
42 Rudy Lorenzon (Italy)                                             8
43 David Dvorsky (Czech Republic)                                    8
44 Ruben Scheire (Belgium)                                           7
45 Xandro Meurisse (Belgium)                                         6
46 Janik Geisler (Germany)                                           6
47 Anthony Grand (Switzerland)                                       6
48 Yannick Maeyer (Germany)                                          5
49 Milan Svoboda (Czech Republic)                                    5
50 Enno Quast (Germany)                                              5
51 Valentijn Van De Velde (Belgium)                                  4
52 Fabio Alfonso Todaro (Italy)                                      4
53 Daniele Dall'oste (Italy)                                         3
54 Michael Cerny (Czech Republic)                                    3
55 Bas Krauwel (Netherlands)                                         2
56 Matej Medved (Slovenia)                                           1

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