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2021 Namur Cyclocross - Citadelcross
(World Cup)

Namur, Belgium

Sunday, December 19, 2021

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Weather at Namur at 2:30 PM, local time: 6C (42F), fog, with the wind from the north at 6 km/hr (4 mph). There is just a 6% chance of rain during the afternoon.

Complete results: Men | Women

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Men:

Michael Vanthourenhout approaches the finish more than a half-minute ahead of second-place Tom Pidcock. Photo: Cyclephotos

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The race: Here's the UCI's race report.

A wonderful victory for Michael Vanthourenhout today on the Citadelle de Namur. After a long race chasing, he was able to pull away from top favourite Tom Pidcock in lap 5. After a few slips by the latter, he managed to beat the young Briton by more than half a minute in the 11th round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.

From lap 1, the road to victory seemed open for Toon Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions). He immediately put an elite group of chasers a few seconds behind. At an unseen pace, he was able to maintain his lead for a few laps. Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers), who started to overtake the other men from behind, was right on his heels until lap 4.

After a slide and flat tyre for Aerts, he had to let the British champion go. Michael Vanthourenhout (Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal) also jumped from the background over Aerts. And Quinten Hermans (Tormans Circus Cyclo Cross), who was also riding a strong race, had to let the men in front go due to problems with his shoes.

For a moment it looked like Pidcock would race solo to victory, but after a few technical errors it was on and on for Vanthourenhout who saw his lead on the Briton increase in the last two laps. With tears in his eyes, Vanthourenhout crossed the finish line of the 11th round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Namur after seven incredibly hard laps. Tom Pidcock finished second at 36 seconds, followed by Toon Aerts at 51 seconds.

Complete results:

1 VANTHOURENHOUT Michael PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 59min 28sec
2 PIDCOCK Tom INEOS GRENADIERS @ 36sec
3 AERTS Toon BALOISE TREK LIONS 0:51
4 HERMANS Quinten TORMANS-CIRCUS 1:38
5 ISERBYT Eli PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 2:01
6 SOETE Daan DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS 2:06
7 SWEECK Laurens PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 2:15
8 VAN KESSEL Corné TORMANS-CIRCUS 2:40
9 DUBAU Joshua MASSI 2:44
10 RÜEGG Timon CROSS TEAM LEGENDRE 2:46
11 MEISEN Marcel ALPECIN-FENIX 3:03
12 VAN DER HAAR Lars BALOISE TREK LIONS 3:07
13 BAESTAENS Vincent DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS 3:18
14 AERTS Thijs BALOISE TREK LIONS 3:22
15 MEIN Thomas TORMANS-CIRCUS 3:31
16 BOROS Michael 3:48
17 KUHN Kevin TORMANS-CIRCUS 3:56
18 ORTS LLORET Felipe BURGOS-BH 3:59
19 TURNER Ben TRINITY RACING 4:03
20 VANDEBOSCH Toon PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 4:23
21 ADAMS Jens 4:46
22 BERTOLINI Gioele SELLE ITALIA-GUERCIOTTI-ELITE 5:13
23 WHITE Curtis CANNONDALE/CYCLOCROSSWORLD 5:18
24 MOTTIEZ Gilles CROSS TEAM LEGENDRE 5:29
25 DORIGONI Jakob SELLE ITALIA-GUERCIOTTI-ELITE 5:30
26 GODRIE Stan 5:39
27 HECHT Gage AEVOLO 6:02
28 GRAS Yan TEAM PODIOCOM CC 6:09
29 SUAREZ FERNANDEZ Kevin NESTA-MMR CX TEAM 6:21
30 CHAMERAT DUMONT Anthony 6:28
31 WERNER Kerry 6:31
32 WEBER Sascha TREK-VAUDE
33 HAIDET Lance L39ION of LOS ANGELES
34 PHILIBERT Aurelien ARDENNES CROSS TEAM GECIBAT
35 VAN DER MEER Gosse
36 VAN DER POEL David ALPECIN-FENIX
37 PETRUS Lubomir
38 SWEECK Diether IKO-CRELAN
39 DUBAU Lucas MASSI
40 SAMPARISI Nicolas KTM ALCHEMIST
41 MARASCO Lorenzo SEBMOTOBIKES
42 SWARTZ Caleb
43 ULIK Matej EXPRES CZ-TUFO
44 SAMPARISI Lorenzo KTM ALCHEMIST
45 VAN DEN HAM Michael
46 LÜTHI Eric SF RACING
47 BOULANGER Hugo
48 GINIAT Andrew
49 CLOUTIER Tyler
50 MALNASI Jozsef-Attila
51 NYSTROM SPENCER Felipe

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Women:

Lucinda Brand wins Namur Cross for the fourth time in a row.

The race: Here's the UCI's race report:

Namur proved once again that the 11th round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup would not be a World Cup without the round on the Citadel of Namur. The citadelcross provided a spectacular race for the women elite, where an overpowering Lucinda Brand put on a one-woman show.

In the first lap, Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) and Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) were able to break away from the chasing women. Not much later Brand continued her acceleration, putting Betsema at a distance. In lap 2 she was able to take 6 seconds on the chasing woman of Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal.

After a few clear rounds, Brand started to get tired and made some mistakes. In the 4th lap, she even crashed when she doubled the Canadian Walcroft on the course. Yet her lead on Betsema did not diminish. On the contrary. The reigning world champion extended her lead to about 14 seconds thanks to her strong descents.

In the background Betsema pulled out all the stops, but it was to no avail. The Dutch rider finished in second place. Puck Pieterse also rode the entire race alone on her way to bronze. In the last lap it was clear that her legs were getting sore as well, but still she could stay ahead of the chasing Fem van Empel and Ceylin Alvarado and took the third place on the podium.

Complete results:

1 BRAND Lucinda BALOISE TREK LIONS 53min 7sec
2 BETSEMA Denise PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL @ 20sec
3 PIETERSE Puck ALPECIN-FENIX 1:16
4 VAN EMPEL Fem PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 1:31
5 ALVARADO Ceylin Del Carmen ALPECIN-FENIX 1:34
6 CLAUZEL Hélene A.S. BIKE 1:41
7 VAN DER HEIJDEN Inge 777 1:49
8 VAN ANROOIJ Shirin BALOISE TREK LIONS 1:53
9 PERSICO Silvia VALCAR-TRAVEL & Service 1:54
10 ROCHETTE Maghalie 1:56
11 HONSINGER Clara CANNONDALE/CYCLOCROSSWORLD 2:14
12 BURQUIER Line A.S. BIKE 2:16
13 WORST Annemarie 777 2:20
14 LECHNER Eva TRINX 2:32
15 VAN ALPHEN Aniek 777 2:35
16 FRANCK Alicia PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 2:46
17 BAKKER Manon IKO-CRELAN 2:53
18 NORBERT RIBEROLLE Marion STARCASINO 3:31
19 FOUQUENET Amandine 3:45
20 KAY Anna STARCASINO 4:00
21 CANT Sanne IKO-CRELAN 4:03
22 MAJERUS Christine SD WORX 4:12
23 CLAUZEL Perrine A.S. BIKE 4:16
24 ONESTI Olivia STARCASINO 4:40
25 MORICHON Anais ROYALBIKESHOP.COM 4:45
26 CLOUSE Katie CANNONDALE/CYCLOCROSSWORLD 5:11
27 REALINI Gaia SELLE ITALIA-GUERCIOTTI-ELITE 5:13
28 MUNRO Madigan TREK FACTORY RACING 5:52
29 MCGILL Sidney 6:14
30 TRUYEN Marthe IKO-CRELAN 6:31
31 SCHNEEBELI Jacqueline 7:09
32 EIBL Ronja ALPECIN-FENIX 7:15
33 VAN LOY Ellen 7:24
34 GONZALEZ BLANCO Lucia NESTA-MMR CX TEAM 7:27
35 MELLOR Amira SPECTRA WIGGLE 7:37
36 BRANDAU Elisabeth 8:00
37 TEOCCHI Chiara TRINITY RACING 8:02
38 BERNSTEIN Caitlin 8:04
39 BASTIAENSSEN Fauve BNS TECHNICS-GROEP T.O.M. 8:44
40 KRAHL Judith TEAM SCHAMEL
41 HENZELIN Lise-Marie
42 KURNICKÁ Tereza
43 BRAMATI Lucia TRINX
44 DE WILDE Julie IKO-CRELAN
45 CREES Xan SPECTRA WIGGLE
46 NUSS Raylyn
47 CRABBÉ Kiona PLANTURA-PURA
48 ZAVETA Erica
49 DOBBELAERE Jana STARCASINO
50 SEIDEL Clea
51 SCHREIBER Marie TORMANS-CIRCUS
52 KAPTHEIJNS Maud DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS
53 DURAFFOURG Lauriane A.S. BIKE
54 STEPANOVA Karla MALOJA PUSHBIKERS
55 VANICKOVÁ Tereza
56 MEGALE Anna
57 PEETERS Jinse PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES
58 WERNER Emily
59 CUETO VEGA Sara UNICAJA BANCO-GIJON
60 WLODARCZYK Dominika
61 PINTO LARENJO Lydia NESTA-MMR CX TEAM
62 VERVLOET Sterre
63 JAQUET Prisca
64 KELLY Siobhan
65 GROSS Rebecca
66 BILODEAU Christiane
67 WALCROFT Katelyn

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