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2022 Exact Cross Essen (C-2),
Essen, Belgium

Saturday, December 10, 2022: Complete results

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Weather at the race city of Essen at 1:20 PM, local time: 0C (32F) with the wind from the south at 11 km/hr (7 mph). The forecast is for the snow to wait until 7:00 PM.

Complete results: Men | Women

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Men: Start list

Gerben Kuypers finishes 15sec ahead of 2nd place Jens Adams.

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

The young West Fleming Gerben Kuypers has somewhat surprisingly won the Exact Cross in Essen. Kuypers, final winner of the Coupe de France, rode solo for 45 minutes. Top favorite Jens Adams and European U21 champion Emiel Verstrynge came in second and third.

Gerben Kuypers took the best start on the greasy track around the Robotland buildings. Clément Horny, Emiel Verstrynge and Victor Van De Putte were his closest attackers in that initial phase. Yorben Lauryssen, Lennert Belmans and Jens Adams followed in their footsteps. But there was no real separation after the first round.

After ten minutes of play, a quartet isolated themselves in the front, not coincidentally the better starters. Horny, Kuypers, Verstrynge and Adams. When Horny and Adams crashed into each other, Kuypers and Verstrynge made a gap. However, Verstrynge had a puncture, Kuypers did not hesitate and started a solo venture.

Behind him, Verstrynge and Adams were joined by Victor Van De Putte and Jente Michels, who had returned from the behind, but Kuypers had meanwhile driven away for half a minute. In the last quarter of the race, top favorite Jens Adams still got up to speed, but it was no longer possible to nibble more than ten seconds from the gap. Adams secured second place. Emiel Verstrynge, European U21 champion, came third.

“This is something special,” said Kuypers afterwards. “It was the perfect day. A stomp-cross, that suits me. This shows that I do have a fairly large engine. I Wasn't supposed to get away so fast, but Emiel punctured when there were still six laps left. I then did my own thing and was able to remain error-free. It was really more than half an hour against myself.”

Complete results, men:

1 Gerben Kuypers PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 1hr 0min 30sec
2 Jens Adams HOLLEBEEKHOEVE @ 15sec
3 Emiel Verstrynge CRELAN-FRISTADS 0:23
4 Victor Van De Putte DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES 0:24
5 Jente Michels ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 0:33
6 Lennert Belmans CRELAN-FRISTADS 1:03
7 Lukas Vanderlinden PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 1:13
8 Tom Meeusen DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES 1:16
9 Diether Sweeck KOVERA KEUKENS 1:23
10 Clément Horny BH-WALLONIE 1:27
11 Seppe Rombouts RB ZELFBOUW UCT 1:35
12 Danny Van Lierop ORANGE-BABIES 1:55
13 Yorben Lauryssen PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 2:04
14 Ingmar Uytdewilligen TARTELETTO-ISOREX  2:06
15 Sander De Vet BASSO TEAM FLANDERS 2:31
16 Wout Janssen HOLLEBEEKHOEVE 2:43
17 Ryan Cortjens ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 2:52
18 Xander Geysels ANTWERP-TEAM KONTICH 3:00
19 Dolf Pemen PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 3:14
20 Wout Vervoort VAN DEN PLAS-HEPA 3:26
21 David Van Der Poel ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 3:28
22 Kenay De Moyer CROSS TEAM LEGENDRE 3:42
23 Ferre Geeraerts YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D 3:52
24 Jens Gys SNAKE CYCLING KONINGSHOOIKT 4:06
25 Koen Van Dijke TWC HET SNELLE WIEL 4:37
26 Klaas Groenen CYCLOTEAM.NL s.t.
27 Mauro Delmé ANTWERP-TEAM KONTICH s.t.
28 Joachim Van Looveren VAN DEN PLAS-HEPA
29 Toon Sluydts THIELEMANS-DE HAUWERE
30 Tristan Nash MIDLAND CYCLING CLUB
31 Senna Van Cutsem AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS
32 Arthur Soontjens AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS
33 Wannes Verstraelen VAN GORP PROJECTS-CT ZANDHOVEN
34 Yelle Learts YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D
35 Rune Ceusters SPORT EN STEUN-LEOPOLDSBURG
36 Jari Prins DE JONGE RENNER
37 Ruben Lembrechts ACROG-TORMANS
38 Pieter Pauwels PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL
39 Ydris Salomez PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES
40 Yorick Brethouwer WV DE JONGE RENNER OOSTERHOUT
41 Gauthier Heymes CC SARREBOURGEOIS
42 Tetsuki Kaji JAPAN PHOTO FINISHE
43 Erben Van Meer RSC DE ZUIDWESTHOEK

 

Men's startlist with back numbers, December 9, 2022:

1 VANDEPUTTE Niels ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK
2 ADAMS Jens HOLLEBEEKHOEVE CYCLING TEAM
3 VERSTRYNGE Emiel CRELAN-FRISTADS
4 MEIN Thomas TORMANS CYCLO CROSS TEAM
5 AERTS Thijs BALOISE TREK LIONS
6 MEEUSEN Tom DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES
7 KUYPERS Gerben PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI CT
8 TURNER Ben INEOS GRENADIERS
9 MICHELS Jente ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK
10 VAN DE PUTTE Victor DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES
11 MASCIARELLI Lorenzo PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL
12 HUYBS Ward BALOISE TREK LIONS
13 VAN DER POEL David ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK
14 BAERS Arne TORMANS CYCLO CROSS TEAM
15 LAURYSSEN Yorben EFC - L&R - AGS
16 SWEECK Diether Kovéra Keukens CX Team
17 BELMANS Lennert CRELAN-FRISTADS
18 VAN LIEROP Danny ORANGE-BABIES CYCLINGTEAM
19 HORNY Clement BH-WALLONIE MTB TEAM
20 UPTEGROVE Pete WVSCHIJNDEL
21 VANDERLINDEN Lukas PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL
22 VERVOORT Wout VAN DEN PLAS - HEPA CYCLING TEAM
23 ROMBOUTS Seppe RB ZELFBOUW UCT
24 DE VET Sander BASSO TEAM FLANDERS
25 JANSSEN Lucas BEAT CYCLING TEAM
26 VAN DIJKE Koen TWC HET SNELLE WIEL
27 GROENEN Klaas CYCLOTEAM.NL
28 VAN LOOVEREN Joachim VAN DEN PLAS - HEPA CYCLING TEAM
29 LEMBRECHTS Ruben ACROG-TORMANS
30 DE MOYER Kenay CROSS TEAM LEGENDRE
31 NASH Tristan Midland Cycling Club
32 ALDERWEIRELD Robin TEAM ATOM 6
33 ALVARADO Salvador WV ZEEUWS VLAANDEREN
34 UYTDEWILLIGEN Ingmar TARTELETTO - ISOREX CX-TEAM
35 CORTJENS Ryan ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK
36 PEMEN Dolf PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI CT
37 DELMÉ Mauro ANTWERP CYCLING TEAM KONTICH
38 GEERAERTS Ferre YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D
39 DEL GROSSO Bodi WV METEOOR ASSEN-RODEN
40 GYS Jens SNAKE CYCLING TEAM KONINGSHOOIKT
41 AVONDTS Mathis CRELAN-FRISTADS
42 JANSSEN Wout HOLLEBEEKHOEVE CYCLING TEAM
43 CLARYSSE Elio C.T. KEUKENS BUYSSE KNESSELARE VZW
44 GEYSELS Xander ANTWERP CYCLING TEAM KONTICH
45 VAN CUTSEM Senna AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS
46 DE BRUYCKERE Kay BERT CONTAINERS - DOLTCINI
47 SLUYDTS Toon TEAM THIELEMANS - DE HAUWERE
48 SOONTJENS Arthur AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS
49 WUYTS Mathijs CP X SCO RACING TEAM
50 CEUSTERS Rune SPORT EN STEUN - LEOPOLDSBURG
51 LEAERTS Yelle YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D
52 BAUWENS Senne ACROG-TORMANS
53 PAUWELS Pieter PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL
54 VERSTRAELEN Wannes VAN GORP PROJECTS - CT ZANDHOVEN
55 MOREELS Kilian AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS
56 SALOMEZ Ydris PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI CT
57 D´HOUST Yani CYCLOCROSS TEAM MJ WOOD
58 HEYMES Gauthier CC SARREBOURGEOIS
59 KAJI Tetsuki JAPAN PHOTO FINISHE
60 VAN MEER Erben RSC DE ZUIDWESTHOEK
61 PRINS Jari DE JONGE RENNER
62 BRETHOUWER Yorick WV DE JONGE RENNER OOSTERHOUT
63 BRUYNSEELS Greg CK DUKLA BRATISLAVA
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Women: Start list

Aniek van Alphen has left everyone else behind.

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

Exactly one week after the Boom Cross Race, Dutchwoman Aniek van Alphen has achieved her second victory of the season. Van Alphen rode away from a leading group of six after a quarter of the race. Alicia Franck and Yara Kastelijn completed the podium.

Alicia Franck took the holeshot in the Rectavit Ladies Trophy in Essen. Aniek van Alphen, Laura Verdonschot, Anna Kay and the young Leonie Bentveld joined, resulting in a leading group of five. Yara Kastelijn also hooked up at the beginning of the second round, which expanded the five to six.

In lap three there was some separation at the front after Bentveld went down and took Franck with her in her fall. For Aniek van Alphen this was the signal to increase the pace. And that turned out to be too high for Kastelijn, Kay and Verdonschot. In no time at all, the Dutch rider of Team 777 gathered ten seconds on the fast track. Behind it, they gathered again.

Van Alphen was not threatened in the second half of the match. A week after she took her first season victory in Boom, she immediately raced to a second win. A little behind her, an exciting battle ensued with the other podium places at stake.

The decision was only made in the final lap when Alicia Franck drove away from her competitors. Nice boost for the Deceuster-Bonache rider. Yara Kastelijn won the sprint for third place from the British rider Anna Kay. Laura Verdonschot completed the top five. Bentveld was sixth at just over a minute.

"In the beginning it didn't go by itself," said winner Van Alphen afterwards. “It was a matter of positioning well. I also felt like the others were fighting for my wheel. That's what caused the fall, I think. When I got to the front, I was able to make a gap. And I was able to deepen that further along the way. I also had the beam passage in my favor. The form is clearly okay and that second victory gives extra morale.”

Complete results, women:

1 Aniek Van Alphen 777 48min 3sec
2 Alicia Franck DE CEUSTER-BONACHE @ 35sec
3 Yara Kastelijn CRELAN-FRISTADS 0:39
4 Anna Kay 777 s.t.
5 Laura Verdonschot DE CEUSTER-BONACHE 0:49
6 Leonie Bentveld PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 1:07
7 Maghalie Rochette SPECIALIZED-FEEDBACK SPORTS 1:47
8 Suzanne Verhoeven DE CEUSTER-BONACHE 1:51
9 Ellen Van Loy DE CEUSTER-BONACHE 1:52
10 Xaydee Van Sinaey ACROG-TORMANS 2:11
11 Fauve Bastiaenssen PISSEI-GROEP T.O.M. 2:42
12 Iris Offerein AIROLUBE MTB TEAM 2:45
13 Francesca Baroni PISSEI-GROEP T.O.M. 2:47
14 Larissa Hartog GIANT LIV BENELUX OFFROAD  3:10
15 Jana Dobbelaere INDIVIDUAL 3:19
16 Maud Kaptheijns DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES 3:27
17 Julie De Wilde CRELAN-FRISTADS 3:38
18 Loes Sels PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 3:45
19 Lara Defour MULTUM ACCOUNTANTS LADIES 4:24
20 Lotte Baele KEUKENS BUYSSE KNESSELARE VZW 4:35
21 Meg De Bruyne PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 5:10
22 Audrey De Keersmaeker DE CEUSTER-BONACHE 5:37
23 Caren Commissaris BINGOAL CASINO-CHEVALMEIRE-VAN EYCK 5:50
24 Shanyl De Schoesitter BERT CONTAINERS-DOLTCINI 6:23
25 Emily De Cuyper PISSEI-GROEP T.O.M. 6:34
26 Lies'L Schevenels DE CEUSTER-BONACHE 6:36
27 Roxanne Takken WESTLAND WIL VOORUIT s.t.
28 Tine Rombouts DE CEUSTER-BONACHE
29 Nele De Vos NEVER GIVE UP BY JOLIEN VERSCHUEREN
30 Veerle Goossens WV DE JONGE RENNER OOSTERHOUT
31 Pem Hoefmans WATERSLEY R D
32 Kiona Dhont DE CEUSTER-BONACHE
33 Jana Van Der Veken DE CEUSTER-BONACHE
34 An-Sofie Marien AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS
35 Corey Coogan Cisek TRIPLE C RACING-WP CYCLES
36 Julie Roelandts PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES
37 Sara Beeckmans VANOMOBIL MTB
38 Jolisa Verschueren NEVER GIVE UP BY JOLIEN VERSCHUEREN
39 Jo Blanchaert INDIVIDUAL

 

Women's start list with back numbers, December 9, 2022:

1 CANT Sanne CRELAN-FRISTADS
2 VAN ALPHEN Aniek 777
3 NORBERT RIBEROLLE Marion CRELAN-FRISTADS
4 VERDONSCHOT Laura DE CEUSTER-BONACHE CYCLING TEAM
5 BENTVELD Leonie PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL
6 ROCHETTE Maghalie SPECIALIZED/FEEDBACK SPORTS
7 FRANCK Alicia DE CEUSTER-BONACHE CYCLING TEAM
8 KAY Anna 777
9 VERHOEVEN Suzanne DE CEUSTER-BONACHE CYCLING TEAM
10 KASTELIJN Yara CRELAN-FRISTADS
11 VAN LOY Ellen DE CEUSTER-BONACHE CYCLING TEAM
12 CRABBÉ Kiona CRELAN-FRISTADS
13 VAN SINAEY Xaydee ACROG-TORMANS
14 BROUWERS Julie DE CEUSTER-BONACHE CYCLING TEAM
15 KAPTHEIJNS Maud DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES
16 BARONI Francesca PISSEI - GROUP T.O.M.
17 MOORS Fleur BERT CONTAINERS - DOLTCINI
18 DOBBELAERE Jana Individueel
19 VERHESTRAETEN Karen Individueel
20 DE KEERSMAEKER Audrey DE CEUSTER-BONACHE CYCLING TEAM
21 COOGAN CISEK Corey Triple C Racing - WP Cycles
22 GOOSSENS Veerle WV DE JONGE RENNER OOSTERHOUT
23 BASTIAENSSEN Fauve PISSEI - GROEP T.O.M.
24 DE WILDE Julie CRELAN-FRISTADS
25 DE SCHOESITTER Shanyl BERT CONTAINERS - DOLTCINI
26 OFFEREIN Iris AIROLUBE MTB TEAM
27 WEST Ruby PROXIMUS - ALPHAMOTORHOMES - DOLTCINI
28 SELS Loes PROXIMUS - ALPHAMOTORHOMES - DOLTCINI
29 VAN DER VEKEN Jana ACROG-TORMANS
30 VAN ELSACKER Floor ACROG-TORMANS
31 HARTOG Larissa GIANT LIV BENELUX OFFROAD TEAM
32 TAKKEN Roxanne WESTLAND WIL VOORUIT
33 SCHEVENELS Lies´L DE CEUSTER-BONACHE CYCLING TEAM
34 HOEFMANS Pem WATERSLEY R D CYCLING TEAM
35 BAELE Lotte C.T. KEUKENS BUYSSE KNESSELARE VZW
36 DEFOUR Lara MULTUM ACCOUNTANTS LADIES CT
37 DE BRUYNE Meg PROXIMUS - ALPHAMOTORHOMES - DOLTCINI
38 DE VOS Nele NEVER GIVE UP BY JOLIEN VERSCHUEREN
39 MARIEN An-Sofie AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS
40 VAN DE STEENE Kim NEVER GIVE UP BY JOLIEN VERSCHUEREN
41 DE CUYPER Emily PISSEI - GROUP T.O.M.
42 VERSCHUEREN Jolisa NEVER GIVE UP BY JOLIEN VERSCHUEREN
43 ROMBOUTS Tine ACROG-TORMANS
44 COMMISSARIS Caren BINGOAL CASINO - CHEVALMEIRE - VAN EYCK
45 BEECKMANS Sara VANOMOBIL MTB CYCLING TEAM
46 ROELANDTS Julie PROXIMUS - ALPHAMOTORHOMES - DOLTCINI
47 BLANCHAERT Jo Individueel
48 DHONT Kiona DE CEUSTER-BONACHE CYCLING TEAM
49 VAN DE PUTTE Kim Individueel
50 SCHOKKAERT Febe PROXIMUS - ALPHAMOTORHOMES - DOLTCINI
51 KEOUGH Kaitlin CANNONDALE/CYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM

 


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