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Re: General Cyclocross News
« Reply #120 on: January 25, 2016, 11:13 »
Surprise and, in some quarters perhaps, consternation as the Dutch selector has named Lars Boom for the CX World Championship race next weekend.

The former World Champion turned Astana road pro looked overweight at several Euro events last month and amazed spectators by performing execrably on each occasion.



After giving several interviews which sounded more like apologies, Boom disappeared from the 'cross scene and re-emerged at the Tour Down Under, where he already looked to be in better shape.

Despite these encouraging signs, Boom's selection for Zolder still raises eyebrows as the Netherlands looks to back its young star Mathieu Van Der Poel, who aims to repeat his 2015 world title.

National coach Lammerts explained that he had "chosen Lars for his experience" while Boom himself claims that his condition is good and his back problems have improved.

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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #121 on: January 25, 2016, 20:50 »
    https://twitter.com/PodiumCafe/status/691722534094512128
    In which I make a fool about myself, and proclaim DEATH TO SKILL!!!
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #122 on: January 25, 2016, 23:39 »
    https://twitter.com/PodiumCafe/status/691722534094512128
    In which I make a fool about myself, and proclaim DEATH TO SKILL!!!

    The great duels between Albert and Nys don't seem about to be re-enacted by Van Aert v Van Der Poel, that's for sure, but the gap between VDP's superb genetics and everyone else may narrow as some of the youngsters improve. Or else VDP will dominate for a couple more seasons and then quit in favour of a road career, where he has also shown strongly already.

    What you didn't mention about this season is that it probably represents a curtain call for the dominance of the older generation of Nys, Vantornout and probably even Pauwels. Even before that, Albert had been sidelined and Wellens retired. Now, in addition to Van Aert and VDP, we have Sweeck, Vantourenhout, Aerts, Van Der Haar, Vermeersch and a host of other upstarts, with Meeusen awkwardly straddling that big age gap.

    Oddly enough too, the spotlight has altogether skipped what is now a lost sub-generation that included Teunissen (road), Bosmans (sick), Adams J and Baestaens (both underwhelming as seniors).
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #123 on: January 30, 2016, 17:37 »
    Van den Driessche, unreal.
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #124 on: February 02, 2016, 12:28 »
    I was in Berlin last weekend and saw nothing of the CX Worlds which consisted, so far as I now understand, of both scandal and excitement.

    There is something of a press scrum here in Flanders over the Van den Driessche story, not least because she has allowed several tearful interviews and the frituur owner who allegedly owns the offending Wilier has been forked in the sleepy town of Buggenhout where he refused to comment on anything except to admit that the bike was his.

    All of which overshadows what were thrilling races, particularly in Femke's own category and that of the senior men, where Wout Van Aert conquered the difficult conditions to take the rainbow jersey.
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #125 on: February 04, 2016, 10:34 »
    It's been an annus horribilis for Marlux-Napoleon Games. With just two televised wins for the season, lacklustre performances from leaders Pauwels and (especially) Vantornout and DS Mario De Clercq out the door, 2015-16 will be a year to forget.

    Team boss Jurgen Mettepenningen admits as much in a brief interview with Het Nieuwsblad following yesterday's win in Maldegem by Marlux neo-pro Michael Vantourenhout.

    However, the team intends to bounce back next season. While Mettepenningen would not discuss whether or not Vantornout's days with the team were numbered, he did state that he was negotiating for flying Dutchman Lars Van Der Haar and that De Clercq's shoes would be filled by one of Richard Groenendaal, Danny De Bie or Jan Verstraeten.

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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #126 on: February 04, 2016, 11:27 »
    he did state that he was negotiating for flying Dutchman Lars Van Der Haar
    Huh. Decision-making time for Lars:
    Go 100% 'cross with #sunweb or keep the option of a road career with #giant?
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #127 on: February 04, 2016, 11:34 »
    Huh. Decision-making time for Lars:
    Go 100% 'cross with #sunweb or keep the option of a road career with #giant?

    Perhaps #giant might want a clearing out at the end of the season. VdH is obviously improving in CX and he delivers good results. He doesn't have that much to show from the road races he's done.

    Meanwhile I would say that VdP is definitely capable of 'doing a Boom' in the coming seasons. If he turns to asphalt and does it soon (as I suspect he will beyond 2018), then it depends on Van Aert's career choices too, but that would leave VdH in the top 5 in the world on the mud.
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #128 on: February 04, 2016, 11:54 »
    Lars Van der Haar has always denied he would one day focus on the road. I read an interview of his in 2014 for Wielermagazine in which he considered himself a "creditable" roadie but a top crosser and so his choice is quickly made. When he was World Champion for the first time in the U23 ranks, Renaat Schotte asked him whether he would one day switch to the road, he answered "no because I find road racing boring!!"  :lol At that time, he was just a kid, so "frank & free" but it's vintage Van der Haar "rough & ready", just as we love him.

    Michel Wuyts argued that the new Sven Nys team was negotiating for him too but I don't know about the reliability of that info.

    The Marlux were not so bad actually. Michael Vanthourenhout has been a very good rookie and Pauwels is where you expected him, given the fact that there's no match on the two 21 year old prodigies. KP is probably the 4th best of the season. Lars is now a better rider than him, which was expected. Last year KP was a notch above Lars but every year that passes is of course in Lars' favour due to age.

    Even before the Worlds, I don't think we could argue that the gap between Van der Poel and Van Aert was so great. Remember that Wout has been on his toes since September, at least one cross a week, a hectic Christmas period, at age 21, it's insane what he's done this year. Mathieu having been out for two months, is obviously the fresher rider. Freshness matters a lot in cyclocross. That's why roadies can get a way with championship wins, capitalizing on crossers exhaustion. Besides, Wout rather let it go on the last World Cup events, only to secure the overall win and focusing on the Worlds.

    In the junior category, Wout could not hold a candle to Mathieu. Wuyts explained that all of sudden he grew up by 10cm (I think) and was suddenly much stronger physically. That's how in his 2nd year as a U23 (while Mathieu was U23 #1), he levelled it off with Mathieu and was able to beat him regularly. I got the info that even at the start of this season Wout took one more centimeter compared to the previous year, lol. At age 20  :D But now he hopes that it stops, lol. It's a big disadvantage to be too tall for cyclocross.

    So the gap between Mathieu and Wout has certainly already been reduced by now. 
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #129 on: March 06, 2016, 11:01 »
    To be Frank, van Aert has stepped two gears last summer imho. Where he and van de Poel would race just one race with the elites in a weekend last year he now dominated the saturday AND the sunday races this season, untill van de Poel came back at Koksijde.

    Mano a mano I dont think van Aert will beat van de Poel very often when having the same build up or the season in the next years. I think they have simular physical possibilities but van de Poel's technique is far superior.

    That said, I dont think van de Poel will be a long time member of the CX World, he has other plans, and given his genetics who would argue him pursuing higher goals...
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #130 on: March 06, 2016, 12:15 »
    In what other country would they host a two-night arena event to celebrate the career of a pro cyclist?

    That's what Belgium had this weekend as CX legend Sven Nys said a long and very glittery goodbye to friends, family, VIP-package subscribers and the ticketholding general public at Antwerp's Sportpaleis, a venue normally reserved for stadium rock bands.



    It was also an opportunity for Belgian national broadcaster VRT to film the last footage for an upcoming documentary series on Nys' final season in the saddle.

    On sale this week in newsagents everywhere across the country (or across Flanders at least), there was also a special single edition magazine entitled Sven in which the man from Baal talks about his career, personal relationships and probably offers a few cookery recipes too.

    Nys will remain in the sport as the new DS at Crelan-Vastgoedservice. Expectations will be sky-high as the man himself looks to convert his own pedigree as a racer and a Boonenesque willingness to communicate with all and sundry into the hard currency of team management.
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #131 on: March 06, 2016, 14:00 »
    In what other country would they host a two-night arena event to celebrate the career of a pro cyclist?
    And in what other country would they do it for someone who isn't even a 'real' (read road) cyclist? :P
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #132 on: March 06, 2016, 17:21 »
    In what other country would they host a two-night arena event to celebrate the career of a pro cyclist?
    What will they do when Tommeke retires in 2025?

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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #133 on: March 08, 2016, 19:58 »
    Promising CXer Gianni Vermeersch is unlikely to be riding for Marlux-Napoleon Games next season, according to team DS Jurgen Mettepenningen.

    "I haven't spoken with Gianni, he's currently on holiday," says Mettepenningen. "We'll talk when he comes back. A possible move to another team is one of the points for discussion."

    Vermeersch is nevertheless contracted to the team until 2017.

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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #135 on: May 12, 2016, 11:11 »
    https://twitter.com/ds_stef/status/730660767549280256

    Lars to Telenet.. Interesting. Makes sense for Lars to make the step and get support from riders like Meeusen. Plus plenty of Dutch riders there anyway, with the likes of Van Amerongen and Van Kessel. But a move to a cx team means the transition to the road for Lars is at least a little while away, which is good.

    Would have been nice to have a Dutch (or German) cx team though, to compete with the Belgian teams.
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #137 on: June 14, 2016, 15:10 »
    It had already existed and then was prohibited ...
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #138 on: June 14, 2016, 17:53 »
    It had already existed and then was prohibited ...
    What's the point of radios in CX?

    For the rider to radio to his staff "I'm changing bikes next time, be ready"? I can't think of any other use really.
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #139 on: June 15, 2016, 10:54 »
    Albert finds the reform weird. Not the right to radios which he finds a good idea but the fact it is still banned for DS, only reserved for mechanics. He thinks that DS are also partly mechanics and are also involved in the tyre pressure choice of the riders.

    Source: Het Belang van Limburg.

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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #140 on: June 15, 2016, 12:17 »
    Albert finds the reform weird. Not the right to radios which he finds a good idea but the fact it is still banned for DS, only reserved for mechanics. He thinks that DS are also partly mechanics and are also involved in the tyre pressure choice of the riders.
    As far as I understand it, nothing stops a DS from filling the role of mechanic at a race and get radio info from the rider?

    He's being contrary for the sake of it, going to the media instead of requesting additional information from the UCI first.
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #141 on: June 16, 2016, 11:50 »
    Koppenberg Cross changes route. It will start at the foot of the climb and with an uphill finish just like during the first two editions.


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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #142 on: August 08, 2016, 15:39 »
    Laurens Sweeck wins the Tour of Namur




    (Today's GvA)

    He based his overall win in the 13km ITT in Jemeppe sur Sambre. He does not consider himself a specialist in the lone effort but can do well. He's not surprised because he already had done very well in ITT's before (I don't know what performances but well let's trust him).

    The team controlled the final stage on the Citadelle of Namur: Michael Boros, Julien Taramarcaz, Kevin & Jelle Cant and his twin brother Diether (though the latter retired with 30k to go, job done).

    Laurens had already won a stage in the Tryptique ardennais.

    Laurens still has to race in St-Truiden, de Schaal Sels and the GP Leuven on the road before sarting his cross season in Geraardsbergen on 9/11 :P

    One thing strikes me. In recent years, pro riders were not eligible to racing X.2 races in Belgium. That was a reform from 2010 or so. So riders like Albert raced equivalent races in France in paticular. It now seems that the Belgian fed revised their judgement.  :cool
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #143 on: August 11, 2016, 15:03 »


    At Niels Albert's request Crelan Vastgoedservice has signed Michael Bervoets, 15 year old "novice"/"nieuweling"/"débutant" of Heusden-Zolder. He's a Limburger and that's why the news comes from Het Belang.  :D

    Even though he was contacted by former rider Johan Verstrepen.

    Las year his father was already stunned at how they were busy following the youth. Yesterday morning Niels Albert was already on the races busy giving advice and support. Niels would like Michael to start with Crelan on 1 September bu this can only be wih the permission of his former club Lensworld but they had no problem with it either.

    Being a part of Alberts team is a dream for a young rider. Michael nodded. He's looking forward to upcoming training sessions in the Vosges that he will do along with the pros !!!

    At Crelan they contracted Jan Verstraeten - former Sven Nys manager - who will be busy with the youth.


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    They really take them in the cradles.  :lol
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #144 on: August 23, 2016, 11:31 »


    Joeri Adams contracted with the new Kalas team and replaced KDL Trans. Remember how sad he was winning the Elite w/o contract Nats.

    There he will race with Sophie De Boer, Bart Verschuere or Jari Crollet
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #145 on: August 31, 2016, 10:53 »
    The crosses of the so-called Brico Cup will be live on VTM this year.  :cool

    Geraardsbergen on 9/11

    Meulebeke on Oct 8

    Bredene on Dec 30

    Maldegem on Feb 1

    Hulst on Feb 12

    Commentaries b Merijn Casteleyn and 4-time World Champion Roland Liboton

    Brico Cup is no ranking though, just those events are gathered together. It's DIY store Brico's return to cycling 18 years after they co-sponsored the infamous Mapei Bricobi team.



    (GvA, today)

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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #146 on: September 20, 2016, 18:52 »
    Very good article on *us Elle Anderson and what it takes to race in Europe:
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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #147 on: September 26, 2016, 15:51 »
    Thibau Nys wins his first cyclocross as 1st year Novice/Nieuweling/Débutant whatever you call it in Hoboken and beat a pack of older riders.



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    Re: General Cyclocross News
    « Reply #148 on: September 29, 2016, 12:51 »
    Wout is pulling out of the Neerpelt GP next Saturday. His wounded left big toe is still aching.

    There's still a decent field though with Laurens Sweeck, Michael Vanthourenhout, Tom Meeusen and Limburger Quinten Hermans

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