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2022 Heusden-Zolder - GP Eric de Vlaeminck Cyclocross (C-1)
Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

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Weather at Zolder at 1:15 PM, local time: 7C (44F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the wouthwest at 18 km/hr (11 mph). There is a 5% chance of rain during the afternoon.

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Men

Wout van Aert was the fastest man on the course.

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The race: Here's the race report from winner Wout van Aert's Team Jumbo-Visma.

Wout van Aert has won the Superprestige of Heusden-Zolder. The Belgian champion won a fierce battle with Mathieu van der Poel in the last few metres. The two rode the entire cross in front, which made for an intense duel.

Van Aert had an excellent start. Van der Poel showed how much he wanted to win by accelerating on the first lap. Van Aert jumped on the Dutchman's wheel almost immediately. The two then rode the entire cross in the lead before Van Aert managed to take revenge in the sprint. It meant the third win of the cyclocross season for Van Aert.

"It was nerve-wracking", Van Aert said. "On the first lap of the race, Mathieu took the lead. Then we rode together in front for the rest of the race, but we felt like we couldn't get rid of one another. I meant for it to be a long sprint. Mathieu put me under pressure more than once, but I could stay calm and not make any mistakes today. We've always been racing like this. They are always exciting duels."

Complete results:

26.55 kilometers raced at an average speed of 24.21 km/hr

1 Wout Van Aert TEAM JUMBO-VISMA 1hr 2min 30sec
2 Mathieu Van Der Poel ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK @ 6sec
3 Lars Van Der Haar BALOISE TREK LIONS +16"
4 Thomas Pidcock INEOS GRENADIERS +20"
5 Michael Vanthourenhout PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL +1´05"
6 Joris Nieuwenhuis TEAM SUNWEB +1´19"
7 Quinten Hermans TORMANS +1´20"
8 Laurens Sweeck CRELAN-FRISTADS +1´24"
9 Kevin Kuhn TORMANS CYCLO CROSS TEAM +1´56"
10 Niels Vandeputte ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK +1´57"
11 Eli Iserbyt PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL +1´58"
12 Toon Vandebosch ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK s.t.
13 Daan Soete DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES +2´03"
14 Timo Kielich CRELAN-FRISTADS +2´44"
15 Felipe Orts Lloret TEIKA-BH-GSPORT +2´48"
16 Anton Ferdinande DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES +2´51"
17 Tibor Del Grosso CALLANT-DOLTCINI CT +2´52"
18 Aaron Dockx CRELAN-FRISTADS +3´03"
19 Clement Venturini AG2R LA MONDIALE +3´10"
20 Ward Huybs BALOISE-TREK LIONS +3´18"
21 Ryan Kamp PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL +3´24"
22 Arne Baers TORMANS +3´25"
23 Danny Van Lierop ORANGE-BABIES CYCLINGTEAM +3´35"
24 Dario Lillo DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES +3´35"
25 Lennert Belmans CRELAN-FRISTADS +3´39"
26 David Van Der Poel ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK +3´40"
27 Zdenek Štybar DECEUNINCK - QUICK - STEP +3´44"
28 Jelle Vermoote TORMANS +4´30"
29 Clement Horny BH-WALLONIE +4´32"
30 Jakub Íman TJ AŠ ML. BOLESLAV +4´38"
31 Thijs Aerts BALOISE-TREK LIONS +4´59"
32 Curtis White CANNONDALE/CYCLOCROSSWORLD +5´06"
33 Sander De Vet BASSO TEAM FLANDERS +5´17"
34 Ryan Cortjens ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK +5´34"
35 Brannan Fix USA +5´55"
36 Lukas Vanderlinden PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL +6´06"
37 Klaas Groenen CYCLOTEAM.NL +6´11"
38 Lars Sommer Heizomat Radteam-Kloster K +6´22"
39 Yentl Bekaert BALOISE-TREK LIONS +6´25"
40 Théo Thomas TORMANS CYCLO CROSS TEAM +6´55"
41 Martin Groslambert vc ornans @ 2 laps
42 Julian Siemons VAN DEN PLAS-HEPA CYCLING 2 laps
43 Thomas Verheyen ANTWERP- KONTICH 2 laps
44 Koen Van Dijke TWC HET SNELLE WIEL 3 laps
45 Simon Wyllie HALESOWEN A CC 3 laps
46 Florian Hamm RSV GARCHING 3 laps
47 Hugo Jot ARDENNES CROSS TEAM 3 laps
48 Jakob Dorigoni TORPADO FACTORY TEAM 3 laps
49 Matéo Jot Uvc Charleville Mezieres 3 laps
50 Florian Vermeersch LOTTO SOUDAL 3 laps
51 Levi Pahlke Jasper STEVENS RACING TEAM 3 laps
52 Luca Harter RSV UNNA 3 laps
53 Arne Vrachten ACROG-TORMANS 3 laps
54 Andrew Dillman Ignition p/b Rigd-Leitner 3 laps
55 Yan Gras TEAM PODICON CC 3 laps
55 Yan Gras TEAM PODICON CC 3 laps
56 Raphaël Kockelmann CRABBE TOITURES - CC CHEVIGNY 3 laps
57 Frederik Hähnel GERMANY 3 laps
58 Silas Kuschla Stevens Racing Team  4 laps
59 Mario Junquera San Millan COQUE URIA E. C.  4 laps
60 Mikkel Jorgensen AARHUS MTB  4 laps
61 Pete Uptegrove WVSCHIJNDEL  4 laps
62 Alexander Woodford CANADA NATIONAL TEAM 4 laps
63 Evan Russell Saris Rouvy Sauerland Team  4 laps
64 Antoine Tran Van ALBI VELO SPORT LEROY MERLIN 4 laps
65 Michael Gassner RSV Moosburg  4 laps
66 Matteo Oppizzi Cannondale - Iland  4 laps
67 Audric Pasquet Team Albi Vélo Sport Leroy Mer  4 laps
68 Matthieu Lavignac HOPE FACTORY RACING  4 laps
69 Thibault Daniel NICE METROPOLE 4 laps 5 laps
70 Casey Hildebrandt Broken Spoke  5 laps
71 Philipp Heigl Bikestore.cc Team  5 laps
72 Ugo Ananie TEAM LEGENDRE  5 laps
73 Cody Scott CYCLING CANADA  5 laps
74 Sean Nolan EVOPRO RACING  5 laps
75 Ruben Lembrechts ACROG-TORMANS  5 laps
76 Guillaume Bagou MOTRIO SAFIR GANOVA  5 laps
77 Steven James HOPE FACTORY RACING 5 laps
78 Timoteo Nystrom Spencer 6 laps
79 Xavier Pains Team Fima Cyrpeo Alian  6 laps
80 Daniel Gonzalez Sanchez Unicaja Banco Gijón  6 laps

 


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Women

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado wins again.

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The race: Here's the report for the race organizer.

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado took her third win of the season in the Telenet Superprestige on and around the Zolder circuit. The Dutch racer was able to maintain a lead over Inge van der Heijden in the last lap. Lucinda Brand completed the Dutch podium.

The Dutch looked eager at the start and took the initiative during the opening minutes. Her compatriot Denise Betsema also had a good start. She took over the lead of the race moments later, but on the fast Heusden-Zolder course it was not easy to get a lead. Eight women started the second lap wheel to wheel.

After a few position changes in the front, we got a slight separation at the end of that second lap. A mistake by Norbert Riberolle brought down Lucinda Brand. The Dutchwoman came off unscathed, but Alvarado, Betsema and Van der Heijden suddenly had a bonus of a few seconds. Brand did not give up yet. Half a lap later she joined the trio at the front with Silvia Persico in her wake.

The five didn't stay together for long, because moments later Alvarado and Van der Heijden took off after a mistake by Betsema. The Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal rider tried to make up for the gap with Persico on her wheel, but Alvarado was also not sitting still in the front. She went into the last lap with a three second lead over Van der Heijden. Betsema, Persico and Brand followed twelve seconds behind the leader.

Alvarado got wings and systematically expanded her lead. The first two podium places seemed to be fixed, because Inge van der Heijden also had a comfortable bonus on the chasing trio. Lucinda Brand, however, thought otherwise. The Dutchwoman accelerated and dropped Persico and Betsema. The Baloise Trek Lions rider even tried to threaten Van der Heijden's second place, but eventually ended up on the last step of the podium.

Thanks to her third victory in the Telenet Superprestige this season, Alvarado has made up a large part of her deficit in the standings. Denise Betsema, who finished fifth, remains the leader, a point ahead of Alvarado.

Complete results:

14.75 kilometers raced at an average speed of 19.69 km/hr

1 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado  ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 40min 21sec
2 Inge Van Der Heijden 777 @ 3sec
3 Lucinda Brand BALOISE TREK LIONS 0:06
4 Silvia Persico VALCAR-TRAVEL & SERVICE 0:11
5 Denise Betsema PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 0:18
6 Aniek Van Alphen 777 0:49
7 Annemarie Worst 777 0:53
8 Marion Norbert Riberolle CRELAN-FRISTADS 1:37
9 Pauline Ferrand-Prevot CANYON-SRAM 1:44
10 Lauren Molengraaf RWC AHOY 1:47
11 Kristyna Zemanová BRILON RACING TEAM MB 1:51
12 Laura Verdonschot DE CUSTER-BONACHE 1:52
13 Leonie Bentveld PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 1:54
14 Amandine Fouquenet ARKEA PRO CYCLING 2:02
15 Alicia Franck DE CUSTER-BONACHE 2:16
16 Francesca Baroni PISSEI-GROEP T.O.M. 2:31
17 Perrine Clauzel AS BIKE RACING 2:38
18 Yara Kastelijn CRELAN-FRISTADS 2:40
19 Fleur Moors PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 2:55
20 Sofia Rodriguez Revert NESTA-MMR CX TEAM 2:56
21 Lucia Gonzalez Blanco NESTA-MMR CX TEAM 's.t.
22 Eva Lechner STARTCASINO 2:57
23 Ava Holmgren CYCLING CANADA 3:00
24 Marthe Truyen CRELAN-FRISTADS 3:07
25 Lauriane Duraffourg AS BIKE RACING 3:13
26 Julie Brouwers VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER 3:29
27 Larissa Hartog GIANT LIV BENELUX 3:40
28 Isabella Holmgren CYCLING CANADA 3:54
29 Maud Kaptheijns DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES 3:58
30 Ellen Van Loy VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER 4:09
31 Fauve Bastiaenssen PISSEI-GROEP T.O.M. 4:13
32 Millie Couzens CRELAN-FRISTADS 4:24
33 Samantha Scott EUROCROSSACADEMY s.t.
34 Austin Killips NICE BIKES 4:28
35 Lore De Schepper AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS 4:37
36 Kaya Musgrave EUROCROSSACADEMY 4:42
37 Letizia Borghesi AROMAITALIA-BASO BIKES 4:45
38 Caitlin Bernstein NICE BIKES 4:46
39 Vida Lopez De San Roman EUROCROSSACADEMY s.t.
40 Loes Sels PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 4:59
41 Nadja Heigl KTM ALCHEMIST-BRENTA BRAKES 5:11
42 Lotte Baele C.T. KEUKENS BUYSSE KNESSELARE 5:31
43 Femke Gort PISSEI-GROEP T.O.M. 5:42
44 Puck Langenbarg WV SCHIJNDEL 5:46
45 Anna Megale TREK CYCLOCROSS s.t.
46 Xan Crees TEAM SPECTRA WIGGLE-VITUS 5:59
47 Irene Trabazo Bragado C.C. MARIN-OTTOMAN 6:04
48 Sara Sonnemans RTC BUITENLUST 6:05
49 Adele Hurteloup OFFORAD WILINK BRUSSELS 6:08
50 Emily Werner USA 6:30
51 Maité Barthels LP07 SCHIFFLANGE 6:33
52 Taylor Kuyk-White NICE BIKES 6:35
53 Manon Briand ARDENNES CROSS TEAM GECIBAT 6:38
54 Katerina Douderová JAROSLAV KULHAVY 6:39
55 Sara Cueto Vega UNICAJA BANCO-GIJON 6:53
56 Lise Klaes AS TREPORT 6:59
57 Roxanne Porlier ETOILE CYCLISTE THIERRY s.t.
58 Giada Borghesi LAPIERRE TRENTINO 7:01
59 Jana Van Der Veken ACROG-TORMANS 7:08
60 Muriel Furrer VC MEILEN/BIKO DO IT 7:19
61 Maria Filgueiras Barcenilla XSM-SANTOME DE PINEIRO 7:25
62 Lies'L Schevenels DE CUSTER-BONACHE 7:29
63 Veerle Goossens WV DE JONGE 7:39
64 Lore Sas ACROG-TORMANS 7:43
65 Ruby James HOPE FACTORY RACING 7:59
66 Anna Vanderaerden DOLTCINI-VAN EYCK 8:10
67 Malgorzata Mazurek UKS KRUPINSKI SUSZEC KONWA 8:18
68 Messane Bräutigam RSV RHEINZABERN E.V. 8:23
69 Pem Hoefmans WATERSLY RD TEAM 8:30
70 Siobhan Kelly BLACK DOG RACING 8:31
71 Meg De Bruyne PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 8:45
72 Lea Bonnafous ALBI VELO SPORT LEROY MERLIN 8:46
73 Wendy Bunea CS NEXT SPORTS 9:09
74 Aroa Otero Taboas GD SUPERMERCADOS FROIZ @ 1 lap
75 Libby Bell GARDEN SHED UK-RIBBLE-VERGE 1 lap
76 Diana Steffenhagen RSV SEEHEIM 1971 1 lap
77 Geza Rodgers CYCLING CANADA 1 lap
78 Uxia Soto Alvarez GD SUPERMERCADOS FROIZ 1 lap
79 Evelyne Trepte VC HORGEN 2 laps
80 Michelle Schätti VC WADENSWIL 2 laps
81 Alderney Baker TEAM EMPELLA 2 laps
82 Alizee Rigaux CC MONCONTOUR 2 laps
83 Freya Whiteside PH MAS PAUL MILNES 2 laps
84 Hannah Mcclorey RFDA 2 laps
85 Florence Lissaman NEWARK CASTLE 2 laps
86 Katie Reilly ORWELL WHEELERS 3 laps

 


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