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Title: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: search on February 27, 2017, 07:23
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Napoleon Games Cycling Cup

After a (what I think) successful debut in 2016, the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup goes into a next round this year, with the first race on Wednesday:

01.03.      1.1      GP Samyn
05.03.      1.1      Dwars door West-Vlaanderen Johan Museeuw Classic
17.03.      1.1      Handzame Classic
03.06.      1.1      Carrefour Market Heistse Pijl
21.06.      1.1      Halle-Ingooigem
05.08.      1.1      Dwars door het Hageland - Aarschot
20.08.      1.1      Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven
15.09.      1.1      Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
01.10.      1.HC      Tour de l'Eurométropole
03.10.      1.1      Binche-Chimay-Binche

Dwars door West-Vlaanderen is a new addition, replacing the Schluttingprijs, which initially was set not to take place in 2017 - now it does, but I guess it's too late to still include it in the cup as race #11. #verandas Timothy Dupont won the cup last year and at the presentation last week he said, that he'd like to defend his title.

The rules for 2017 were not announced yet, but they are likely to be found on the official website (http://www.napoleongamescyclingcup.be/nl/reglement/) soon.

Lats year all races were live on VTM (and most also on Eurosport), and as far as I can see, this also seems to be the plan for 2017 :cool
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Not My Circus on February 27, 2017, 15:24
  *be GP Le Samyn [1.1] *be
Quaregnon to Dour, 202.2km

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After an all-out, guns blazing opening weekend on Flemish roads, Wednesday sees the cobbled action switch to the Walloon part of Belgium for GP Le Samyn - also the first round of the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=8393.0;topicseen).

Unlike the more famous Ardennes races that come later in other parts of this area. Le Samyn is more of your typical Flemish affair complete with cobbled sectors and hellingen. It also usually comes complete with filthiest of Belgian weather making it one for the classics hardmen.

Le Samyn was first held as a professional race in 1968 and so has a long history. However, it still lacks the prestige of the major races and the big names usually head home after the opening weekend to prepare for Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. This opens the door for some of the domestiques to go for glory on the cobbles and together with the weekend stage race Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, it offers an alternative path for young riders and support riders who haven’t been selected for the two major WorldTour stage races.

From Napoleon Cup website (http://www.napoleongamescyclingcup.be/nl/wedstrijden/samyn/)
"The competition pays tribute to the rider who won the first edition in 1968, the late lamented Frenchman José Samyn who defeated his then compatriot Bernard Guyot and the Belgian Vic Van Peel. The course was named after him after his death the following year. Since 2005 the GP Le Samyn part of the UCI Europe Tour in the catégorie 1.1. The 'Samyn is a jewel of sporting experience the Hainaut region, no brakes!"



Previous Winners
2016 | TERPSTRA Niki
2015 | BOECKMANS Kris
2014 | VANTOMME Maxime
2013 | TSATEVICH Alexey
2012 | DéMARE Arnaud
2011 | KLEMME Dominic
2010 | KEUKELEIRE Jens
2009 | WEYLANDT Wouter
2008 | GILBERT Philippe
2007 | CASPER Jimmy

2016 Edition


Bad weather edition that shattered the frozen peloton - so tough that even Phil Gil stepped off.  #quickstep Niki Terpstra struck out with 14km to go and just powered his way through the weather and the parcours like it just wasn't there. He took the line solo some 19secs ahead of an impressive Bora-Argon's Scott Thwaites with  #cofidis Florian Senechel rounding out the podium. Cycling News with the rundown  (http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/le-samyn-2016/results/)

https://twitter.com/jimmiecroon/status/827642888439865350

https://youtu.be/egO9UfHwGII
Full replay, take your choice where you start from...

2017 Start List
Teams
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Start list (http://www.lesamyn.be/images/stories/samyn_2017/GP_SAMYN-2017-hom.pdf)


Parcours
The parcours has changed in the last few year with more cobbled sectors added to force a stronger selection. This years editions looks like it has one less pave sector than last year. However, given I'm playing guessing games with scarce info, I could well be wrong.

 EDIT I WAS WRONG THERE ARE FOUR cobbled HOORAH[1] :cheer

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Basically the race is split into two parts[2]. First the riders head north from the start in Quaregnon for a 102km circuit which takes in four short steep climbs between  30km and 50km
Cote de Mainvault
Cote de la Folie
Cote des Papins
Cote du Semenil

They then head back for four laps of of 25.1km finishing circuit around Dour - it's here where the cobbles come into play
Rue du Vert Pignon (*)
Cote de la Roquette (**) - 13.3km from finish and leading directly to
Chemin de Wiheries (***)
Rue Belle Vue (***) - 2.6km from finish

The run to the line is not technical but it is an uphill drag to the finish.

Hard to predict a winner without seeing a finalised start list, but it matters not. I remember this one from last year and it'll be a belter again this year.

Live streams
Sporza doesn't cover this race.
 It's the French speaking RTBF, this time. (15-40 to 17-35cet)
As Search mentioned in his Napoleon Games thread, VTM have live coverage, too. (15-25 to 17-45cet)
Eurosport also live from 15-45cet

Social Media
Website (http://www.lesamyn.be/)
Race Twitter... via Napoleon Cup (https://twitter.com/NapoleonGamesCC)
Hashtag #LeSamyn

Preview for Le Samyn des Dames (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=8402.0;topicseen)


 1. well technically I think I was correct but wrongly identified pave and hellingen , I am such a Klutz ;p
 2. see 2016 preview from cycling quotes (http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/2016_le_samyn_preview/?acceptCookie=1)
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: LukasCPH on February 27, 2017, 16:08
Race Twitter... not sure
Napoleon Cup (https://twitter.com/NapoleonGamesCC)
The NGCC races use the Napoleon Cup Twitter and don't have their own accounts. :)
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Not My Circus on February 27, 2017, 17:06
The NGCC races use the Napoleon Cup Twitter and don't have their own accounts. :)

thanks... I've updated
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Yellow Peril on February 28, 2017, 07:45
Two great races with OHN and KBK last weekend. I think we're in for a cracking classics/semi-classics season so I'm really looking forward to this race
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Mellow Velo on February 28, 2017, 08:04
 Sporza doesn't cover this race.
 It's the French speaking RTBF, this time. (15-40 to 17-35cet)
As Search mentioned in his Napoleon Games thread, VTM have live coverage, too. (15-25 to 17-45cet)
Eurosport also live from 15-45cet
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Not My Circus on February 28, 2017, 13:54
Sporza doesn't cover this race.
 It's the French speaking RTBF, this time. (15-40 to 17-35cet)
As Search mentioned in his Napoleon Games thread, VTM have live coverage, too. (15-25 to 17-45cet)
Eurosport also live from 15-45cet

thanks ... I'll add it above
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Not My Circus on February 28, 2017, 14:04
Just added the start list from the race website
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on February 28, 2017, 14:31
sector 4

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Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: jimmythecuckoo on February 28, 2017, 16:56
Just like last year !
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Not My Circus on March 01, 2017, 09:07
Just like last year !

:cheer

Spares a smidge of a thought for the riders
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: search on March 01, 2017, 09:09
something from Belgian and French press:

#wallonie DS Frédéric Amorison says they want to fight for the win today. They are happy with the start of their season in pro conti ranks (2 victories already), especially because their main target are those races later on in the middle of the year. Still, Maxime Vantomme felt great in Het Nieuwsblad but unfortunately crashed at the foot of the Molenberg, and Justin Jules is in amazing shape. Apparently he never trained professionally before - when they raced in France over the past weeks, people asked what the heck had happened to him because he looked as sharp as never before.

[edit: Jules is not on the start list for today though, so that was just a general remark)

http://www.dhnet.be/sports/cyclisme/amorison-on-peut-gagner-le-samyn-58b58ba3cd7076b6df49ab1c

The race is still struggling from severe financial problems though, a 180000 EUR budget hole opened up and it will take the race a couple of years to recover from that. The 2016 price money was paid last Friday but the organization was not able to pay last year's the travel costs of the teams. (I'm not quite sure why they would need to though)

http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/124905/article/2017-02-28/victime-d-un-detournement-de-fonds-le-samyn-veut-remonter-la-pente
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: jimmythecuckoo on March 01, 2017, 09:34
:cheer

Spares a smidge of a thought for the riders

Like they care about how cold or hot or whatever I am when at the side of the road watching  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Not My Circus on March 01, 2017, 09:48
something from Belgian and French press:

#wallonie DS Frédéric Amorison says they want to fight for the win today. They are happy with the start of their season in pro conti ranks (2 victories already), especially because their main target are those races later on in the middle of the year.

I thought they have had a great start to the season. Kirsch was out in the breaks over the weekend at OHN and KBK . I was surprised to see  #nuyens Veranda's Willems-Crelan given the nod over them for RVV

http://www.dhnet.be/sports/cyclisme/amorison-on-peut-gagner-le-samyn-58b58ba3cd7076b6df49ab1c

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The race is still struggling from severe financial problems though, a 180000 EUR budget hole opened up and it will take the race a couple of years to recover from that. The 2016 price money was paid last Friday but the organization was not able to pay last year's the travel costs of the teams. (I'm not quite sure why they would need to though)

http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/124905/article/2017-02-28/victime-d-un-detournement-de-fonds-le-samyn-veut-remonter-la-pente
I knew I'd read something on this when I did the preview, but couldn't find it when I wanted it. That's a huge hole to fill.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: jimmythecuckoo on March 01, 2017, 10:34
Kirsch is a pretty decent bet for the classics isn't.

At Stolting/Rose last season he was starting to really stand out. I thought he was a bit older and that's why none of the bigger teams had picked him up.

Surprising.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: LukasCPH on March 01, 2017, 12:21
Kirsch is a pretty decent bet for the classics isn't.

At Stolting/Rose last season he was starting to really stand out. I thought he was a bit older and that's why none of the bigger teams had picked him up.

Surprising.
Yes, Alex is the real deal. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons learning the ropes, and I'm confident he'll break through this year.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: LukasCPH on March 01, 2017, 12:22
The race is still struggling from severe financial problems though, a 180000 EUR budget hole opened up and it will take the race a couple of years to recover from that. The 2016 price money was paid last Friday but the organization was not able to pay last year's the travel costs of the teams. (I'm not quite sure why they would need to though)
If they made an agreement with (some of) the teams that they would cover (part of) their travel expenses, and they didn't, that looks bad. And makes the teams less likely to trust them financially and commit to coming to the race another time.

It's not the fault of the race here, they lost sponsorship and are doing their best to stay on course, but it puts them in a bad position.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: DJW on March 01, 2017, 16:47


Pretty cool race in dreadful weather, impossible to tell who was who by the end.

#wanty Van Keirsbluck attacked ~55km out and was up front for the rest of the race, albeit with different groups of companions.

 #wbva got Pardini and Kirsch into a group along with #wanty Van Keirsbluck #lotto Van der Sande #lotto De Buyst #jumbo Wynants and #quickstep Keisse which was pretty strong.

Kirsch whipped off his black rain jacket and attacked with a fluorescent streak on a miserable day. Only Van der Sande and Van Keirsbluck could follow, VdS cracking shortly after.

Cofidis, Lotto and Quickstep were chasing hard but never caught the front two. A little bit of inexperience from Kirsch perhaps who looked the stronger on the climbs but chapeau to both, a deserved win for GvK. Keisse took third from a chasing group sprint.


#vlaanderen Van Lerberghe finished in 9th which is pretty cool considering he almost crashed into a moto going round a corner then got taken out by an umbrella.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 01, 2017, 16:57
missed it - school holidays meh  :lol

Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: LukasCPH on March 01, 2017, 17:15
Yes, Alex is the real deal. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons learning the ropes, and I'm confident he'll break through this year.
Told you so! :cool
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Yellow Peril on March 01, 2017, 20:11
Missed the race but caught the result. Nice to see Van Kiersbulck back on top of the podium. I always get the feeling there is unfulfilled potential with him.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 01, 2017, 21:35
all caught up now

well that was alright
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: t-72 on March 01, 2017, 22:25
Best race so far this season!

90% of all attacks in 2017 so far happened in the final rounds on Le Samyn.

All hail to #wanty van Keirsbulck and #wbva Alex Kirsch. Keirsbulck for making the race and winning it,  as a seasoned pro with cobbles as special skill should do. Kirsch for coming sooooooo close to stopping Keirsbulck. Going first over the last cobble section was a very clever tactical move by Kirsch. He should just keep on what he's doing cause he is going to win something big if keeps on like that.

My impression is actually that the whole #wbva team has taken a step up from last year! :)

PS: This race is great, I hope the economy works out. One of the cobble sections look like a real pain in the ass - the technical level of difficulty must rival some of the more mellow more famous races like E3 and G-W. IMHO some of the best Flanders style cobbles are actually in Vallonia :)
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: LukasCPH on March 01, 2017, 22:54
Going first over the last cobble section was a very clever tactical move by Kirsch. He should just keep on what he's doing cause he is going to win something big if keeps on like that.
So very much this. Mads P has huge potential, and was rightly picked up by a WT team for this season, but in my book Alex isn't far behind - if he is behind at all.
Plus he'll get less attention in his #wbva jersey than Mads P gets in #trek attire (and have more opportunities to ride for himself too), so it's very much possible that Alex' first really big win comes before Mads'.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 02, 2017, 06:47
1 of things that struck me yesterday when little Tom was breaking hearts and minds

Maybe Tosh should step down a level as well, seems to be going nowhere fast
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 02, 2017, 07:10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egMEVNrBz0w
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 02, 2017, 07:20
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A new cycling spring, a new sound ... a new cycle race.
After 70 years, we have set, the Tower of the Flemish Ardennes was KVC Ichtegem-Sporting to anew challenge and was held on a new course over the baptismal font: Across West Flanders.Our contest gets this year extra shine we had the chance to accede to the Napoleon Games CyclingCup, with live broadcast on the national TV channel VTM.

A tremendous value for our cycling community and our cycling club.With Across West Flanders cycling awakens from hibernation and if a bit of luck trialsWe already something of spring during our high day.This match has therefore been a nice preview, the entrance exam for the upcoming cycling classics.How do you run at it, Ichtegem remains a cycling crazy town.It is always an apotheosis to see the cycling caravan Ichtegem entering.Of course we hope for a West Fleming who can follow up last year's winner Timothy Dupont. our record
is sounding names.Our contest is still a window on West Flanders: the cycling world is watching the matches here driven.

Starting in Newport, passages in Dixmude and Ypres the riders pass many monuments and cemeteries. In Flanders Fields, a tribute to the many victims of war.

Thanks to my passionate directors, participating cities and towns, our loyal sponsors.
I wish you all a magnificent cross by West Flanders !!
Rendezvous in Nieuwpoort and Ichtegem !!!
I watch with my board forward to it !!!!
Rik Goethals President KVC Ichtegem sport



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or

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Next stop in the Napoleon Cup Games series of 1 day races  ;)
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 02, 2017, 08:00
was doing a test
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 02, 2017, 08:15
https://twitter.com/AquaBlueSport/status/837022135713415168
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Echoes on March 04, 2017, 15:03
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(La dernière heure on Thursday 2 March 2017)

Without the abnegation and the commitment of all voluntary workers, without the persuasion which Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke needed to show in order to convince the RLVB [Belgian Federation] and numerous teams, sometimes not paid for two years, to take part despite everything, after all the financial misery that we know about, the Samyn would probably not have had its 48th edition.

If Hilaire Van der Schueren and Jean-François Bourlart hadn’t given him his last chance contract last winter in Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck would have left the peloton and add his name to the list of eternal big hopes who never match expectations.

Last Wednesday under the storm that swept the routes of the Borinage [that is the region around Fayt-le-Franc, also called “Picardian Wallonia”] the Samyn and Van Keirsbulck found themselves back again for the best after having almost experienced the worst. GVK was known for many years as a huge talent. A winner of the junior Paris-Roubaix, son of Kurt a former pro by the end of the eighties and grandson of Benoni Beheyt, controversial World Champion in Ronse in 1963, he turned pro at age 20 with Quick Step.

He was then predicted as the new Tom Boonen and not just because the two men are physical clone but unfortunately not mentally! [well sometimes Boonen seemed quite erratic to me]

The 2014 season seemed to have finally launched him: he won the Three Days of De Panne, a stage at the Tour of West Flanders and one at the Lowlands Tour after an impressive solo already under rain but yet the rocket didn’t take off.

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After that in 2015 I had a hernital disc and stomach problems which kept me away from the peloton for six months.

Most of all in August 2015 GVK had a car crash that sums up pretty well his erring ways which he revelled in. Driving his €115,000 worth Audi RS6 Avant the Flandrian slipped away and knocked into a tree in the streets of Knokke. It was 6am and with his friends he come out of a nightclub. GVK had an 1.8/1000 alcohol level. Not really the optimal buildup for a rider, which his average 2016 season only confirmed.

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Last Winter I really trained well and lived up for my job. My girlfriend has helped me a lot for that. I changed team, found the motivation back. I probably needed to do that a year or two earlier even if I had a lot of (too much probably) fun. I have a new trainer, Marc Lamberts, the same as Van Aert and Van den Broeck [if you follow my cyclocross contribution, you’d remember that he had warned Wout Van Aert several times that he was racing too much!;)]It’s the first time I can ride for myself. In the previous years I always had to work at the service of a leader, we also had the pressure to always win. With Wanty Groupe Gobert it’s different. Of course we are fighting for the win but a top10 is already nice. I’m not top yet but it will come. I know it’s only just the Samyn but winning three years after is always pleasant. It will motivate me for the rest.

Christophe Brandt Emotional Let-Down

Christophe Brandt had tears in his eyes. The manager of the WB-Veranclassic-Aqua Protect team long believed in the victory of his rider Alex Kirsch who was leading the sprint until the very last meters of the Samyn before he could see his last opponent Guillaume Van Keirsbulck raising his arms.
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Ah it was so close. It’s a real disappointment. From the very start of the race on my riders raced a perfect race. They were in every good breakaways. In the finale Alex did a great trick with Guillaume Van Keirsbulck but the latter won. Hats off to Guillaume for his win. He was the strongest on the finish line. It’s a shame for us, we really were close.

A few minutes after finish, the disappointment took the better of the satisfaction to see his team everywhere since the start of the season.

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Yes I’m really disappointed. Mostly for Kirsch who’s been preparing all out for months for this classics’ period. He told us he would be ready for the season opener in Belgium. He is. He was disappointed last Saturday when he crashed at the Omloop. He was in the breakaway in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and he almost won the Samyn, finishing 2nd…I’m really disappointed for him but it’s true that all things considered with Justin Jules’ victory in France, it’s evidence that we recruited very well our new riders, that we took guys with mentality and motivation.

What can we expect from Kirsch for the rest?

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He’s got an interesting profile: he’s good on the cobbles but he will be able to be present on small tours and can handle hills

That performance is consolidating Brandt in the opinion that his team had his place on the Tour of Flanders where it hasn’t been invited.
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We wish to reply with the pedal and with our results

”An Answer to the Tour of Flanders”

Alex Kirsch:
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I thought I could outsprint Guillaume. I made a mistake in starting from too far away. So it’s a disappointment but I don’t regret my race. Last Monday I wrote on a sheet of paper I wanted top5 here! It’s the Walloon opener, so it was very important for our team and we were very disappointed in the team not to have been invited at the Tour of Flanders. We wanted to show that we had our place. It was an answer. I want to keep on performing on our Flandrian races because I like cobbles a lot which suit me very well. I felt strong on the Samyn, it gives me motivation for the rest.

Arrimont Had Fun

Young hope Charlie Arrimont had fun when he attacked in the finale in the group of strong men and the eventual podiumers.
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It was the breakaway to take with 10 very good riders. I never managed to do that on a 1-class race. Then I tried to attack in a chase with Sénéchal. I showed up. I’m happy. Unfortunately, there’s no result in the end. This being said, it’s reassuring for the rest.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: search on March 05, 2017, 08:54
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Dwars door West-Vlaanderen - Johan Museeuw Classic

Sunday, March 5th

The 2nd race of the Napoleon Games Cup takes place today, and it's a new addition to the cycling calendar, risen out of the ash of the stage race Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen. It has cobbles and hills, + it's raining, so it should be good

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C52NU07WQAIXttV.jpg:large)

The list of participating teams looks alright as well
~pdf Deelemerslijst (http://www.ddwvl.be/doc/2017/DWARS%20DOOR%20WEST%20VLAANDEREN%20ENTRY%20LIST%20PUBLIC.pdf)

The race is live on VTM. Too bad it's one of three today at the same time :(
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 05, 2017, 10:54
14-25 to 16-45cet.
3 races, no problemo: TV record is my friend. ;)
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: t-72 on March 05, 2017, 12:12
14-25 to 16-45cet.
3 races, no problemo: TV record is my friend. ;)

Well, I can do recording, ok - but only races that are broadcasted...
Rumours have it the peloton is burst to pieces already. Sounds great! The Napoleon cup is on a positive trend! :)
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 06, 2017, 07:59
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: search on March 06, 2017, 08:11
I watched parts of it. Maybe expectations were a bit too high after the good opening weekend and a brilliant le Samyn, but I felt it was a bit underwhelming
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 06, 2017, 11:12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCVL7ztxEKk
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: search on March 14, 2017, 21:42
(https://scontent-ams3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13925217_1761348687470198_7782095168007677054_n.jpg?oh=ce6f0d7327576b15d6bfd63686a321b9&oe=59608A1C)
Handzame Classic

Friday, March 17

The next race of the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup is the self-appointed Primavera van het Noorden on Friday - the sprinters "classic" for all sprinters not going to Italy for Milano-Sanremo. In the past years Erik Baska, Gianni Meersman, Luka Mezgec, Kenny de Haes and Francesco Chicchi made it on the honor list. So well... yeah, some of those have won one or another race elsewhere in their career at least.

Defending champion #bora Erik Baska is not one of them. But maybe he can make it 2 on Friday.
The provisional start list features some more or less prominent names though...

(https://scontent-ams3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/s960x960/17192256_1869893496615716_6912809825587829259_o.jpg?oh=36d0483f5c70653b3bc094dd5ca9136d&oe=5962EADC)

...among those last year's Coupe de France winner #katusha Baptiste Planckaert, #lotto Kris Boeckmans, #lotto Moreno Hofland, defending Napoleon Cup champion #verandas Timothy Dupont, #wallonie Roy Jans, U23 world champion #joker Kristoffer Halvorsen, the Canadian Cannonball #academy Guillaume Boivin, #aquablue Adam Blythe and 2013 race winner #wanty Kenny de Haes. Additionally #quickstep Quick Step brings some firepower for potentially successful attacks, namely Dries Devenyns, Jack Bauer and Iljo Keisse.

A profile can be found in the ~pdf technical guide (http://www.handzameclassic.be/images/docs/tgclassic17.pdf), but is not of much use anyway. Still... as we all know, boring cycling is better than no cycling: the race will be live on VTM, and maybe also on some local Eurosport channels.
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Post by: Mellow Velo on March 16, 2017, 08:00
I can now confirm that the race will be shown on the Eurosport player from 15-45cet.
Probably without commentary, but given the alternative would probably be Kirby, that's a win, win in my book! :D
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: just some guy on March 16, 2017, 08:25
https://twitter.com/UltimaSecuencia/status/841777499042398208

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C66X_2RWkAAsvZG.jpg)
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Post by: t-72 on March 17, 2017, 21:00
Finally! The #joker train is back on track after derailing outside Nokeren this wednesday!

Fantastic sprint by #joker #rainbow Kristoffer Halvorsen (aka. "Doffen") handling chaos like Viviani!



Where's the jumping happily around on the floor smiley when you need it?  :D
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Post by: just some guy on March 17, 2017, 22:16
Dancing chicken do?

:rasmussen
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Post by: t-72 on March 17, 2017, 22:34
I dunno, in some aspects I don't quite easily identify as a bird  ;)

Anyway, here's more. Fast forward to 22 minutes should give you the last 2.5 km.
https://youtu.be/VGegFoOiiCw
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Post by: search on May 31, 2017, 07:50
(https://scontent-frt3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17361616_1279622085447335_1866521254930302855_n.jpg?oh=aab89ce60fb85ecae3432f83cb17faff&oe=59AE9C10)
Race #4: Market Heistse Pijl

Saturday, June 3rd

The Napoleon Cycling Cup has been on a break for a while, but it kicks off again on Saturday with the Heistse Pijl. Here are the cup standings after 3 of 10 races:

RANK TEAM NAME POINTS
1      #wanty      VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume       36
2      #jumbo      VAN EMDEN Jos       30
3      #roompot      ASSELMAN Jesper       24
4      #bmc      DILLIER Silvan       22
5      #quickstep      KEISSE Iljo       19
6      #wallonie      KIRSCH Alex       17
7      #joker      HALVORSEN Kristoffer       16
8      #aquablue      HANSEN Lasse Norman       15
9      #aquablue      BLYTHE Adam       14
10      #wanty      DEHAES Kenny       13

(http://www.scldesign.biz/wp_cyclingcup/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/HeistsePijlParcour.jpg)
This may change significantly though, as the course of the Heistse Pijl seems to be the same as last year, not offering many opportunities for attacks. So the quick guys should move up in the rankings as it probably will end up in a pretty straight forward sprint

There is no list of participating teams available yet, but the race will be broadcasted live on VTM (and maybe also on Eurosport, in some countries at least)
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Post by: search on June 19, 2017, 09:52
Race #5: Halle-Ingooigem

Wednesday, Juni 21st

Quote
(google translated)

Halle-Ingooigem is a one-day cycling race in Brussels which won the first edition in 1945 by Rik Van Steenbergen. Briek Schotte, another Flandrien, then was second. Between 1970 and 2000, were a lot of beautiful names on the honor roll, including Patrick Sercu, Eric Vanderaerden and Eddy Planckaert. In 2005 it was promoted to the category 1.1 UCI Europe Tour. Numerous stage winners in the Tour de France, including Janek Tombak and Baden Cooke came here to win. In recent years Halle-Ingooigem has become a true sprint festival and as the ultimate preparation course for the national road champion shelves.

Each edition of Halle-Ingooigem is started with 4 or 5 Pro Tour teams and a significant number of professional continental teams, plus the continental teams from home and abroad. The trail is about 200 km and consists of a slightly undulating run between Halle and Ingooigem through the Pajottenland and the Flemish Ardennes. In 2015 were quite a few Belgian top to start with, inter alia, local rider from Sep Marcke. On June 22, 2016 the 69th edition of Halle-Ingooigem is disputed and will be part of the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup - according to the Board of Yvegem Sporty "an excellent initiative to make our bike race even more national and international attention."

After four bunch sprints in a row, last year the breakaway stayed clear and Dries de Bondt took a fantastic victory ahead of Jens Keukeleire. Also generally, very different outcomes are possible on a parcours including the Kanarieberg, the Kruisberg, the Hotondberg and the Knokteberg. On the 17.7km finishing circuit (which they do four times) there are only two climbs though, the Hellestraat and the Tiegemberg, with the last one 12km away from the finish.

(https://cicloeuforia.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/screenshot_2.png) (https://cicloeuforia.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/screenshot_3.png?w=585&h=105) (https://cicloeuforia.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/screenshot_4.png?w=585&h=104)

~pdf Technical Guide (http://www.halle-ingooigem.be/upload/File/Halleingooigemtechnishegids2017LRdef.pdf)

Participating Teams:
The provisional startlist (http://www.halle-ingooigem.be/nl/528/voornaamste-deelnemers.aspx) looks very good, with guys like Gilbert, Terpstra, Keukeleire, Theuns, Stuyven, Vanmarcke, van Aert, Greipel, Roelandts, Bouhanni, van der Poel, Vantomme, Jules, Demare, McLay, Wijnants and so on :cool

Eurosport doesn't seem to cover it this time, but the race is live on VTM on from around ~15:30 cet
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Post by: search on June 20, 2017, 21:08
~pdf final startlist (http://www.halle-ingooigem.be/upload/File/Deelnemers_0.pdf)

many of the bigger names (Gilbert, Terpstra, Greipel, Roelandts, van Aert) will not turn up, contrary to earlier announcements, but let's hope it'll still be a decent race
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Post by: LukasCPH on June 21, 2017, 11:14
many of the bigger names (Gilbert, Terpstra, Greipel, Roelandts, van Aert) will not turn up, contrary to earlier announcements, but let's hope it'll still be a decent race
Gives a chance for the 'sub-toppers' to show what they can do. :cool
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: jimmythecuckoo on June 25, 2017, 21:32
Despite some reasonable hellingen (c) Carlton Kirby, it wasn't too exciting to be honest.

There was a late break with some of the top teams but once FDJ got on the case it was always in their favour.
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Post by: Echoes on July 30, 2017, 11:43
Race #6 : Dwars door het Hageland


Next Sunday - 6 August - "Across the Hageland" is back!  :cool


I'm taking the freedom of a short preview, if you don't mind Search.  ;)

(http://www.napoleongamescyclingcup.be/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/dwars-door-hageland_banner_01.jpg)
Dwars door het Hageland got facelifted this year, compared to last year.

Last year (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=7790.30) the race had 13km on gravel road, 10km on cobbles and 9 climbs.

This year it will just have 5km on cobbles and 7 asphalt climbs ... but 25km on gravel roads!

An overall vertical gain of 2000m and 25 non-asphalt sections in total.

Beside Nick Nuyens cared to have all the main obstacles in the last 100km while last year there already were a lot of difficulties in the first hour. That way the decisive escape broke away very early. This year they made sure that the first 90km were obstacle-free.

Main square in Aarschot and the Citadelle of Diest remain start and finish place respectively.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2962619

(http://sporza.be/polopoly_fs/1.2962630!image/2771428190.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape670/2771428190.jpg)
(http://sporza.be/polopoly_fs/1.2730369!image/2120633635.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape190/2120633635.jpg)(http://www.napoleongamescyclingcup.be/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Kramon_Hageland201620160805_DwarsDoorHetHageland_Leon-van-BonIMG_9824-768x389.jpg)(http://www.napoleongamescyclingcup.be/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Kramon_Hageland201620160805_DwarsDoorHetHageland_Leon-van-Bon1J1B1228-Version-3-768x432.jpg)

I'll post back that Gazet van Antwerpen article of Last year (5 August 2016) because I love the picture. The "Demerbroeck" gravel section between Langdorp (Frans Verbeeck's birthplace) and Testelt, a path that is usually taken by equestrian enthusiasts.  ;)

(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/135715HAGELANDGvA20160805.png)



No info thus far about the startlist, the exact route and coverage that I could find. I'd request your help.  ;)
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Post by: Mellow Velo on August 03, 2017, 21:55

No info thus far about the startlist, the exact route and coverage that I could find. I'd request your help.  ;)

VTM: 13-40 to 17-00cet

So, substantial live coverage.

Startlist. No WT teams. Very packed calendar atm.

http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Dwars_door_het_Hageland_Aarschot_2017_Startlist

Post Merge: August 04, 2017, 21:18
Seems to be some confusion over the time of live coverage, tomorrow.

TV Gids.nl give this:- 15:40 - 19:00
UK Eurosport player gives this 15-00 - 18-30 BST (16-00 - 19-30cet)

Meanwhile, where I took the time from yesterday:

https://vtm.be/tv-gids/2017-08-05

Still gives the earlier schedule. :S
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Echoes on August 05, 2017, 13:53
Damned it was on Saturday, so today. I was sure it was on Sunday. Yikes, why always races on a Saturday. I have other things to do on Saturday.  :-x 

Sorry for my mistake, folks.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: search on August 05, 2017, 14:51
yep, and live (and unrestricted) on VTM now:

https://nieuws.vtm.be/sport/live-dwars-door-het-hageland
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Post by: Mellow Velo on August 05, 2017, 16:26
 Having to record this.
Burgos, the finish of the Euro women's race and now the Volta.
Too much of a good thing.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Echoes on August 06, 2017, 11:54
Mathieu Van der Poel probably raced the Tour of Alsace to get rhythm back after a break, without any ambition. He had poor results over there.

Great win by Mathieu here but I'm not sure he was 100% yet. For the first time I saw him really race smart. After both Dimitri Claeys attacks, you could see him looking back waiting for Wout to counter the move. Wout Van Aert did it twice. Wout looked too self-confident to me. It's surprising. He knows that against Mathieu you'd rather have to save energy but here, attack with 40km to go with only Joeri Stallaert in the wheel behind a large lead-group with names such as Piet Allegaert or Florian Sénéchal. Even Mathieu did not go along and waited for the rider moment to catch him back (even Gianni Meersman in the commentary box saw it coming). And then on the Citadelle of Diest, Wout attacked from below all the way. I guess he was super motivated because it's Niels Albert's former training roads and he's the race designer but still Wout could have played smarter, I think. Not sure he could've won though.

Anyway this amazing rivalry continues.  :cool and the race is still as beautiful as it gets.  :)


I have to enrage at the schedule. How come it ended at 6.30pm !!! My whole Saturday schedule was upside down.  :angry :P




Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Mellow Velo on August 07, 2017, 16:04
 Just caught up watching most of the live coverage.
What a great race that was.
Not decided until the final lunge at the line.
Didn't see quite as much of Terpstra's win, last year.
The parcour are such a lovely mix of Flanders, as dash of Roubaix and lots of Tro Bro Leon. :cool
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Post by: search on August 07, 2017, 18:51
it was really exciting indeed. And as there was a (more or less) similar discussion in the Cycling Academy thread the other day... #roompot Roompot (unsuccessfully) was chasing really hard in the peloton after missing the decisive attacks from van Aert, van der Poel and others, although they had Taco van der Hoorn in front from the early break of the day. In the end Ligthart in 12th was the best finisher from the peloton - but van der Hoorn only narrowly missed the win.
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Post by: Echoes on August 19, 2017, 09:04
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/5/56/Gp_Jef_Scherens.gif/240px-Gp_Jef_Scherens.gif)

Next up is the GP Jef Scherens (tomorrow 20 August)

The GP Jef Scherens was created in 1963 around Leuven in honour of 7-time track sprint World Champion Jef Scherens who settled in Leuven (where he passed away in 1986) after his cycling career while originally from Werchter also in Brabant, town famous for its international rock festival.

Jef Scherens was Sprint World Champion 6 times in a row (from 1932 to 1937). In 1938 he lost to Arie Van Vliet in the final. In 1939 both riders qualified for the finale as well but in the meantime WWII was declared and the final was cancelled. Albert Richter - later killed by the Nazis as he was a famous opponent to the regime - got the bronze medal.

But Jef Scherens came back in 1946 at age 37 but lost to Frenchman Georges Senfftleben. Only in 1947 at age 38 did he win his last World title defeating Louis Gérardin in the final.

Jef Scherens was born in 1909. During World War I his family escaped to Louduns in the Pyrenees, which was safer after the German invasion. There he was schooled in French. When back in Werchter after the war it was hard to talk Flemish/Dutch again but it quickly came back. Scherens was a farm boy who had to work hard in the field because after the war, they had nothing left. Then he worked in a leather factory in Zaventem/Haren. Every day he did 40km back & forth by bike to get to work and his high tempo gave him the idea to become a cyclist. He made his debut in 1926. A year later he won 40 races, which convinced him he could stop working to fully dedicate to cycling.

His mother affectionately nicknamed him "Poeterke", a word that in the Hageland is often used to refer to goats and lambs who were fast and souple. In the Brussels dialect in Haren it became "Poeske", an affectionate word for "cat". This later prove to fit very well with him as Jef Scherens was known for his final jump in a sprint whereby his front wheel took of from the ground a bit like Oliver Naesen's jump that got him this year's Belgian road title.

A final anecdote. I once had in hands the biography of King Albert I by Paul Werrie and with cartoons by Georges "Hergé" Rémi (known for his "Adventures of Tintin). It dates from 1934 right after the King was killed in a mountaineering accident. The book is a real hagiography but in it it was said that the King liked cycling and in particular this rider we called "le chat" ("Poeske"; "the cat"). Scherens' is not mentioned but readers at that time would have known whom it referred to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixN38hBR-U0

(on this clip you can see him playing the accordion, doing gymnastic and piloting his plane.)

An article of Sport 70 about the 1975 edition won by Freddy Maertens ahead of Ronny Van de Vijver and Eddy Merckx. The article says that in the last 40km Eddy Merckx and Frans Verbeeck were very agressive in shaking the peloton as they had no chance in the sprint but Maertens had a great team around him with Walter Godefroot, Herman Van Springel and Ronnie De Witte who worked for him. However the spectators could not see that he played a key role in countering attacks, too. Frans Verbeeck - local hero - is the record holder at that race: four wins 1969 to 1971 and 1976.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8308/29600317932_00699c812e_b.jpg)

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The route (unchanged in many years):

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c4/Leuven_-_Grote_Prijs_Jef_Scherens%2C_14_september_2014_%28A00%29.jpg)

Stoempers Club Leuven is the organiser (also of the Brabantian Arrow), for a long time now. Perhaps since creation but verification is needed. At least the article above claims they already were in 1975.

The riders will have to make a 12.9km lap and then 13 times a 14.4km one with climbs such as  Keizersberg, Ludenscheidsingel, Wijnpers and the Naamsevest (literally "Bulwark of Namur").

Wijnpers is 370m with a 7% average gradient and a maximum gradient of 14% rather at the start of the climb. I climbed it ... on foot last Spring with a friend and thought it was doable at pro level but that there was room for attacks, still.

Keizersberg is 420m with an average gradient 5% so relatively easy. I also went there. There's a beautiful abbey on top of it:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/Keizersberg%2C_Leuven.PNG)

On page 14 of the Technical Guide (http://ks-leuven.be/onewebmedia/GP-Technische_Gids_2017_DEF_20170808_LR.pdf) you've got the profile for the four main climbs of the lap.

Last year's edition was very pleasant to watch. A lot of movements on the climb and eventually a win for Dimitri Claeys. It was the last race in which I could see a very active Tim Wellens in 2016 but as a domestique for faster riders in the team. ;)

There should be streams available too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW1D7XR5cEA
Usually Sporza would cover it but no info he could find about it.  ;)

Provisional Startlist from Directvélo (http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/60505/gp-jef-scherens-les-engages)

Nice presence of cyclocrossers with Wout Van Aert and Laurens Sweeck (with his two brothers). Laurens is in top form after winning 3 stages at the Tour of Namur and finishing 2nd to *ca William Elliot in the GC.

Lotto - Soudal
1 WELLENS, Tim
2 BOECKMANS, Kris
3 DE BIE, Sean
4 LEYSEN, Senne
5 PLANCKAERT, Emiel
6 SHAW, James
7 VAN GOMPEL, Mathias
8 WOUTERS, Enzo

Quick-Step Floors
11 DE PLUS, Laurens
12 CAVAGNA, Rémi
13 KASPERKIEWICZ, Przemyslaw
14 KEISSE, Iljo
15 MARTINELLI, Davide
16 SERRY, Pieter
17 VAKOC, Petr
18

Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
21 CAMPENAERTS, Victor
22 CASTELIJNS, Twan
23 JANSEN, Amund Grondahl
24 LAMMERTINK, Steven
25 ROOSEN, Timo
26 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen
27 VAN EMDEN, Jos
28 VERMEULEN, Alexey

Fortuneo - Oscaro
31 BONNAMOUR, Franck
32 CORBEL, Erwann
33 JARRIER, Benoit
34 LEDANOIS, Kevin
35 MOUREY, Francis
36 PICHON, Laurent
37 VACHON, Florian
38 VALLEE, Boris

Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
41 ARIESEN, Tim
42 ASSELMAN, Jesper
43 KREDER, Raymond
44 LIGTHART, Pim
45 REINDERS, Elmar
46 TUSVELD, Martijn
47 VAN DER HOORN, Taco
48 WEENING, Pieter

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
51 ALLEGAERT, Piet
52 DE GENDT, Aimé
53 DECLERCQ, Benjamin
54 LIETAER, Eliot
55 SPRENGERS, Thomas
56 VAN GESTEL, Dries
57 VAN HECKE, Preben
58 VAN LERBERGHE, Bert

Veranda's Willems-Crelan
61 VAN AERT, Wout
62 CORDEEL, Sander
63 DE BONDT, Dries
64 DEVOLDER, Stijn
65 DUPONT, Timothy
66 DUIJN, Huub
67 MERLIER, Tim
68 VERGAERDE, Otto

Wanty - Groupe Gobert
71 BACKAERT, Frederik
72 BAUGNIES, Jerome
73 MEURISSE, Xandro
74 MINNAARD, Marco
75 VAN KEIRSBULCK, Guillaume
76 VAN MELSEN, Kevin
77 VANSPEYBROUCK, Pieter
78 VEUCHELEN, Frederik

WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
81 DE WINTER, Ludwig
82 DUQUENNOY, Jimmy
83 ISTA, Kevyn
84 JANS, Roy
85 KIRSCH, Alex
86 NAESEN, Lawrence
87 SPENGLER, Lukas
88 VANTOMME, Maxime

An Post Chain Reaction
91 GOUGH, Regan
92 JAMIESON, Adam
93 MCKENNA, Sean
94 SCOTT, Jacob
95 SHAW, Damien
96 STEWART, Mark
97 TIETEMA, Bas
98 VANDERAERDEN, Massimo

Bike Channel Canyon
101 GARDIAS, Dexter
102 LOWE, Sam
103 LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS, James
104 NOWELLS, Matt
105 OPIE, Chris
106 PARTRIDGE, Robert
107 TANFIELD , Charlie
108 TANFIELD, Harry

Cibel-Cebon
111 COENEN, Dennis
112 COOLS, Alexander
113 DE BOCK, Stijn
114 DIELEMAN, Michiel
115 MAES, Alexander
116 RUYTERS, Brecht
117 STALLAERT, Joeri
118 VERSCHUERE, Seppe

ERA - Circus
121 BOSMANS, Wietse
122 CANT, Jelle
123 MERLIER, Braam
124 SMETS, Gert
125 SWEECK, Diether
126 SWEECK, Hendrik
127 SWEECK, Laurens
128 VAN TICHELT, Yorben

Joker Icopal
131 BREEN, Vegard
132 FORFANG, Ole
133 HAGEN, Carl Fredrik
134 HOELGAARD, Markus
135 HOEM, Bjorn Tore
136 KNOTTEN, Iver
137 SKJERPING, Kristoffer
138 STIEN, Adrian Aas

Leopard Pro Cycling
141 BROCKHOFF, Jan
142 FOTI, Carmelo
143 KRIEGER, Alexander
144 MANDRYSCH, John
145 NOMMELA, Aksel
146 PONS, Gaëtan
147 REKITA, Szymon
148 REYNDERS, Jens

Metec-TKH
151 BOUWMANS, Dylan
152 DE LANGE, Thijs
153 GMELICH MEIJLING, Jarno
154 KREDER, Stefan
155 LINDENBURG, Jim
156 NIEUWPOORT, Jelle
157 VAN BAKEL, Robbie
158 VAN DEN BERG, Lars

Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice
161 BOUCHER, David
162 BOUVRY, Dieter
163 DRUYTS, Gerry
164 GEUENS, Alexander
165 STEVENS, Timothy
166 VAN DE KERKHOVE, Brent
167 VAN DINGENEN, Jordi
168 VERHELST, Louis

Riwal Platform Cycling Team
171 AAEN JÖRGENSEN, Jonas
172 CLAUSEN, Patrick
173 GREGAARD WILSLY, Jonas
174 KRON, Andreas
175 NIELSEN, Nicolai
176 SORENSEN, Chris-Anker
177 STOKBRO, Andreas
178 VINTHER, Troels Ronning

Tarteletto - Isorex
181 ANECA, Ciske
182 DE ROOZE, Niels
183 DRON, Boris
184 MANNAERTS, Jelle
185 RUIJGH, Rob
186 STOCKMAN, Abraham
187 STOCKMAN, Michiel
188 VERWAEST, Kevin

Team Coop
191 AALRUST, Hakon
192 AUSTEVOLL, Ole Andre
193 BLIKRA, Erland
194 BLIKRA, Havard
195 HÖÖG, Gustav
196 JENSEN, August
197 LINDAU, Philip
198 LUKKEDAL, Øyvind

Lire la suite : http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/60505/gp-jef-scherens-les-engages
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Echoes on August 20, 2017, 11:26
RTBF is streaming the race live at 3.40pm. Other streams start at 3.30. I guess it's also covered by Sporza.

Eurosport is also covering it live.

There's another stream here: https://videosdecyclisme.fr/live-video-gp-jef-scherens-2017-direct-streaming/


As I posted on the Schaal Sels thread, this would be Laurens Sweeck's last road race this season, while he was subscribed at the Schaal Sels. The Lau does not wish to miss his cross season start. The Sweeck family is based in Leuven, so that is his home race.

http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/60605/dernier-rendez-vous-sur-route-pour-laurens-sweeck

He claims that younger generation cyclocrossers has reached a very high level and can push hard on the pedals on the road. Mathieu Van der Poel, Wout Van Aert, Gianni Vermeersch and Laurens Sweeck (the author of the Directvélo article forgot about Tim Merlier and Clément Venturini) have all been shining on the road this season. However Laurens would rather give it all in one hour in cross than in save energy in several hours on the road.

He won his first pro road race this year at the GP Jempi Monseré before adding 3 stages at the Tour of Namur with 2nd place at the GC just like at the GC of the Tour of Liège. In the future he hopes he can do well at the Tour of Belgium. He's already raced it last year but that was too early to show up. Now he's got more complete than he used to be so why not.  :cool

Post Merge: August 20, 2017, 14:31
Live coverage of the GP Jef Scherens is underway on VTM :win
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Echoes on August 20, 2017, 19:58
Sad outcome to a nice race. Given the very mild weather it was hard to avoid a bunch sprint. So said Kevin De Weert in the VTM commentary box. But it almost succeeded for Sean De Bie. It would've been nice. Sean escaped the breakaway he was in along with a Danish rider whose name I cannot remember (sorry) but the latter could not really take a turn and eventually dropped. Sean did the rest alone and got caught with about 200m to go.  :(

Lotto-Soudal really animated the race or I should say Tim Wellens and Sean De Bie, the two friends, formerly known as "Jonge Benen". Tim attacked three times on the Wijnpers and in the final ascent of it he countered Laurens De Plus in order to protect the breakaway Sean De Bie was in. De Plus had Julien Vermote ahead but could not care less apparently. Besides Tim attacked twice on the Keiserberg as well. And eventually was 9th in the sprint while it was a rather large bunch and he's not a sprinter.  :cool

Wout Van Aert was also good. He accompanied Lars Boom and Tim Wellens when the latter made his first attack on the Wijnpers. They were in the chase behind the early breakaway with among others Dries De Bondt (Wout's teammate), Timothy Stevens and Rob Ruijgh. Lars Boom also often was on the attack with Tim as well.

At a moment it was funny. You had that trio. Kevin De Weert said "three nice names" in that group. And the fourth one is also a nice teammate: Paul Herijgers on the motorbike.  :D Actually, there were three Cyclocross World Champions on the picture: Wout Van Aert, Lars Boom and Paul Herijgers.  #rainbow :cool

So the win is for Timothy Dupont who is thereby saving a rotten season.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Echoes on September 13, 2017, 20:29
Race #8: Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp


(http://www.kampioenschapvanvlaanderen.be/images/pat_2017/trui/trui_kvv17.jpg)


The Championship of Flanders (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen in Dutch) is a race created in 1908 in Koolskamp, as such one of the oldest races in Belgium and probably second oldest to the Scheldeprijs in the Dutch-speaking part.

It's always been held in Koolskamp, West-Flanders, a town that has been merged to Ardooie, at the time of the global town merging reform of 1977. It goes to the neighbouring town of Pittem.

(http://w0.fast-meteo.com/locationmaps/Pittem.10.gif)
(http://hlnregiophotoprovider0.hln-cdn.be/photo/de-gavers-brachten-de-antwerpse-reuzin-naar-zotte-maandag-het-leverde-hen-de-eerste-prijs-op-nbsp-nbsp-jvk/p1/img-NzIxZDkyODMvYXQvNzg4MzYyMy82NDB4NjQwL0ZU/7883623.jpeg?v=pjcRzWE)


The race has had a hug influence on Flandrian cycling especially before WWII.

Karel Van Wijnendaele (pen name for Karel Steyaert) specifically referred to the 1912 edition in his "Het Rijke Vlaamsche Wielerleven" (1943) as the race that somehow initiated the "Flandrian" myth.

In that race, you basically had two groups that gathered together: the East-Flemings and the West-Flemings. Easterners were Aloïs Persijn, Abel & Guido Deveghelaere, René Anno and Pier Van de Velde. Westerners were Leon Buysse, Henri Van Lerberghe - Future Tour of Flanders winner in particular circumstances -, Michel De Baets and Achiel Depauw. Steyaert claimed that East-Flemings intended to make it a provincial match against West-Flemings.

Anyway that infamous 1912 race gave Steyaert the idea of forming mixed East and West Flemish teams for Madison races on outdoor summer velodromes where they could gather their strengths together against the World's best teams. At the 1913 24 Hours of Brussels they crushed the field and because of their agressivity and robustness was noticed by the French-speaking press who referred to them as "savages" and "inhuman". In the newspaper that he had just created - Sportwereld (present-day Sporting supplement of Het Nieuwsblad) - Steyaert defended his riders and referred to the French-speaking sport press as "anti-Flemish". He felt like he was despised himself.

Shortly after the 24 Hours came the Six-Days of Brussels and Steyaert said that that is where the "Flandriens" confirmed their name and fame. At that time on the final day, only the turning off of the light could stop the fight between turbulent spectators and so the French-speaking press said: "This band of half-savages who came to the Capital City have heavily misbehaved and these 'Flandriens' are no longer welcome". After World War I the Flandriens made their come back in Brussels and in Paris but they were again overshadowed by an anti-Flemish atmosphere because they were often equated with "Krauts" (Steyaert argued). Then they shipped off to the US but then he claimed that the mighty Six-Days organiser John M Chapman only asked the Flandriens to do the show because the results were fixed in advance. The Brocco/Coburn team had to win. What Chapman decided he got (Steyaert quoting Maurice Brocco, the Frenchman). So by 1923 Steyaert stopped managing track teams and the Flandriens got more and more famous with road racing.


So what is to be remembered is that originally Flandrian riders were not really known for their skills on cobble sections and abilities ride against the wind and such. They were initially track riders and came from the two provinces we call "Vlaanders" (East & West Flanders) as opposed to "Vlaanderen" which also includes Antwerp, Limburg and Northern Brabant, ... nowadays. The word "Flandrien" is bad French and was meant to be an insult from the French-speaking press in Brussels but Flemings adopted it in a sense of pride.

Cycling has been so influential in Belgian/Flemish society that nowadays the word "Flandrien" refers to anybody coming from the so-called "Vlaanders" as opposed to "Flemings" who may also come from Antwerp, etc. The word got into "everyday use".

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In its modern version the race is pretty uninteresting. It's just some sort of a Schelde Prijs in West Flanders. No climb, but one cobbled section. In the jargon we call it a sprintfest for your information.  :D

Like every Cup races it is covered by VTM, RTBF and Eurosport. At least normally.


(https://i11.servimg.com/u/f11/18/01/38/54/parcou10.jpg)


http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Kampioenschap_van_Vlaanderen_2017_Startlist
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Mellow Velo on September 15, 2017, 08:11
 It has the usual 14-20 to 16-45cet slot scheduled on VTM.
I see that Mark Cavendish is down to ride this and the PvP Primus Classic, tomorrow.

All in all, a pretty select, if small  group of top sprinters with, Gaviria, Greipel, Groenewegen all taking part.
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: Mellow Velo on September 15, 2017, 15:07
 No race chat, so currently the race is in bits. :D
Title: Re: Napoleon Games Cycling Cup (Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen - Koolskamp)
Post by: jimmythecuckoo on September 26, 2017, 11:41
I went to the Primus on the Saturday and thought that was in the series.... good race though.