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2023 Cyclocross Koppenberg (C-1)
Oudenaarde, Belgium

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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Weather at the race city of Oudenaarde at 12:30 PM, local time: 14C (57F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the south at 29 km/hr (18 mph). There is a 17% chance of rain, growing to 50% at 3:00.

Complete results: Men | Women

Men:

Thibau Nys takes a solo win.

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The race: Here is a machine translation of the race organizer's report.

On a very difficult and muddy course, Thibau Nys managed to crown himself the winner of the Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde. Teammate Lars van der Haar crossed the line in second and Eli Iserbyt finished in third place.

An enthusiastic start from Thibau Nys, who clearly felt comfortable in the mud. Almost immediately he stepped on the accelerator and took the lead in the race. A small lead was further expanded in round two where Vanthourenhout, Iserbyt, van der Haar and company had to try to get Nys back.

Halfway through the race that seemed to work. A fall by Nys and a strong acceleration by Iserbyt, among other things, seemed to revolutionize the race, but not much later Nys again had a nice lead over the trio Iserbyt – van der Haar – Vanthourenhout.

In the last lap, Iserbyt and van der Haar tried one last attempt to close the gap towards Nys, but their efforts were to no avail. After just under an hour, 20-year-old Thibau Nys crossed the line as the winner and won the Koppenbergcross for the first time. A great moment for the young rider, who was able to follow in the footsteps of father Sven after 11 years. Afterwards he looked back with satisfaction. “I'm not used to these types of competitions. It was a very slow cross, which gives you time to think. I tried to find a good pace and didn't look at the others.”

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Complete results:

1 Thibau Nys Baloise Trek Lions 59min 33sec
2 Lars van der Haar Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal @ 7sec
3 Eli Iserbyt Cyclocross Reds 0:17
4 Cameron Mason Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:37
5 Michael Vanthourenhout Crelan-Corendon 1:16
6 Toon Vandebosch Deschacht-Hens-Maes 2:13
7 Corné Van Kessel Circus-Reuz-Technord 3:14
8 Thijs Aerts Hope Factory Racing 4:01
9 Thomas Mein Tormans Cyclocross Team 4:07
10 Lander Loockx Baloise Trek Lions 4:13
11 Pim Ronhaar Sebmotobikes Cx Team 4:54
12 Théo Thomas Sebmotobikes Cx Team 5:55
13 Lorenzo Marasco Sebmotobikes Cx Team 6:34
14 Joachim Van Looveren Van Den Pas-Hepa 6:57
15 Robin Alderweireld Team Atom 6 7:32
16 Wout Vervoort Stageco Cycling Team 7:59
17 Seppe Rombouts RB Zelfbouw 9:21
18 Sander De Vet Basso Team Flanders 9:40
19 Vincent Baestaens Spits CX Team
20 Mathijs Wuyts Cycle Passion-Scott
21 Florian Hamm RSV Garching
22 Michael Gassner RSV Moosberg
23 David Risberg Evolite Cycling Club
24 Jens Teirlinck Carbonbike Giodana-Gen Z
25 Yu Takenouchi Toyoframe

 


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Women:

Fem Van Empel celebrates her win. Belga photo

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The race: Here is a machine translation of the race organizer's report.

Fem van Empel was the glorious winner of the Soudal Ladies Trophy Koppenbergcross. The 21-year-old Jumbo-Visma rider took the lead from the start and was never really threatened. “I had mentioned this race prior to the cross season,” Van Empel admitted afterwards.

Van Empel had clearly set her sights on this match in advance. "It's actually my favorite match. The course is beautiful, but very difficult. I'm happy that I was able to win here. It really is a classic among crosses. I am happy that I was able to include it on my honors list,” concludes Van Empel.

Runner-up Denise Betsema was also satisfied with her race. "I really suffered today, but I am happy that I was able to finish second here. That was the highest achievement for me and it really feels like a victory.”

The British Anna Kay completed the stage full of happy faces. "I really didn't expect that I would be able to achieve a podium finish here. It is one of the toughest competitions there is. It gives me confidence for the future.”

Complete results:

1 Fem Van Empel Jumbo-Visma 43min 23sec
2 Denise Betsema Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal @ 1min 50sec
3 Anna Kay Cyclocross Reds 2:08
4 Kim Van De Steene Never Give Up by Jolien Verschueren 2:56
5 Kiona Crabbé Proximus-Cyclis-Alphamotorhomes 3:09
6 Aniek Van Alphen Cyclocross Reds 3:24
7 Annemarie Worst Cyclocross Reds 3:32
8 Sanne Cant Crelan-Corendon 5:41
9 Jana Dobbelaere Duolar-Chevalmeire 6:21
10 Joyce Vanderbeken Belgium 7:11
11 Judith Krahl Heizomat Radteam 8:01
12 Adele Hurteloup Proximus-Cyclis-Alphamotorhomes 8:49
13 Lara Defour Jade-LDL 10:34
14 Nele De Vos Never Give Up by Jolien Verschueren 10:47
15 Elizabeth McKinnon GBR National Team 11:17
16 Nina Berton CT Atertdaul 11:26
17 Maité Barthels Hess Cycliong Team 12:41
18 Corey Coogan Cisek Triple C Racing-WP Cycles 13:06
19 Camille Devigne AWOL Oshea 13:27
20 Ishbel Strathdee Velorevolution-WP Cycles 13:46
21 Freya Whiteside PH Mas Paul Milnes 16:28
22 Juline Delcommune Wilink Brussels Cyclkng 16:58
23 Mia Rutterford Iceni Velo
24 Emily De Cuyper ASD Women Cycling Project
25 Jolisa Verschueren Never Give Up by Jolien Verschueren
26 Jo Blanchaert Individual

 


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