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2023 GP Sven Nys Cyclocross (C-1)
Baal, Belgium

Sunday, January 1, 2023

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Complete results: Men | Women

Weather at Baal at 2:00 PM, local time: 14C (57F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the southwest at 18 km/hr (11 mph). There is a 24% chance of rain, increasing to 77% at 5:00.

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Men:

Eli Iserbyt takes a solo win in Baal

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The race: Here's the report from 3rd-place Tom Pidcock's Team INEOS Grenadiers

The traditional January 1st race saw Pidcock take the lead on the second lap and look to manage his advantage to chasing duo Michael Vanthourenhout and Eli Iserbyt.

The team-mates were held at around 10 seconds but Pidcock lost control on the fast jump section on the final lap. Despite remounting after his crash the Brit was quickly caught and was unable to hold off his rivals, with Iserbyt pushing clear to take the win.

Pidcock would eventually cross the line 1:02 back, showing real grit to maintain a podium finish. His next scheduled race quickly arrives with round four of the series on Tuesday in Herentals.Baal also saw the Grenadiers debut of Thymen Arensman. The new Dutch signing has big targets on the road this season and used the race as a hard training session in front of the Belgian crowds. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot had been scheduled to race in the women’s event but was unable to start due to illness.

Tom Pidcock:
"I'm a little bit shaken. It was a bit of a stupid crash. I hope it was on TV at least!

"I went down the same as every other lap. I wasn't feeling very good today but I wanted to try and make a fast last lap. I was trying to go a little bit faster everywhere but obviously this was a dangerous section so it's not the best idea.

"When you're going that fast sometimes it's easier just to jump than stay on the floor but I wasn't being stupid or anything. I tried [to come back]. It wasn't bad but my leg is pretty bruised now. We'll see. I'll see how it is later."

Complete results:

1 Eli Iserbyt PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 1hr 0min 35sec
2 Michael Vanthourenhout PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL @ 11sec
3 Tom Pidcock INEOS GRENADIERS 1:02
4 Lars Van Der Haar BALOISE TREK LIONS 1:08
5 Jens Adams CHOCOVIT CYCLING TEAM 1:56
6 Joris Nieuwenhuis BALOISE TREK LIONS 2:01
7 Quinten Hermans ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 2:21
8 Cameron Mason TRINITY RACING CROSS 2:29
9 Pim Ronhaar BALOISE TREK LIONS 2:55
10 Timo Kielich CRELAN-FRISTADS 3:35
11 Thomas Mein HOPE FACTORY RACING 3:49
12 Felipe Orts Lloret TEIKA-BH-GSPORT 4:12
13 Thijs Aerts TORMANS CYCLO CROSS TEAM 4:45
14 Lander Loockx DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES 4:47
15 Michael Boros CREDISHOP-FRISTADS 5:19
16 David Menut AS BIKE RACING 5:26
17 Curtis White CANNONDALE-CYCLOCROSSWORLD 5:51
18 Corné Van Kessel DESCHACHT-HENS-MAES 6:11
19 Zdenek Stybar SOUDAL-QUICK STEP 6:55
20 Yentl Bekaert BALOISE TREK LIONS 7:17
21 Sander De Vet BASSO TEAM FLANDERS 7:35
22 Seppe Rombouts RB ZELFBOUW UCT 7:36
23 Robin Alderweireld TEAM ATOM 6 @ 1 lap
24 Thymen Arensman NETHERLANDS 2 laps
25 Ryan Cortjens ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 2 laps
26 Dolf Pemen PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 2 laps
27 Mario Junquera San Millan UNICAJA BANCO-GIJON 2 laps
28 Caleb Swartz GIANT-NEFF CYCLE SERVICE 2 laps
29 Cyprien Gilles UC ALENCON DAMIGNY 3 laps
30 Andrew Dillman IGNITION-RIGD-LEITNER 3 laps
31 Michael Gassner RSV MOOSBURG 3 laps
32 Yan Gras PODIOCOM CX 3 laps
33 Thibault Daniel TEAM FIMA-RDV BIKESHOP ALIAN 3 laps
34 Jonathan Anderson USA 3 laps
35 Grégory Careme GC CYCLING TEAM 3 laps
36 Brannan Fix USA 3 laps
37 Ben Frederick SMALL MONSTERS-RITCHEY-ORNOT 3 laps
38 Philipp Heigl SU BIKESTORE 4 laps
39 William Weatherill HOPE FACTORY RACING 4 laps
40 Alexander James SNEL CYCLOCROSS TEAM 4 laps
41 Francisco Javier Torres SPAIN 4 laps
42 Frederick Junge BROOM WAGON WORKS 4 laps
43 Arnau Pericas Figueras VIC-ETB CLUB NATACIO 4 laps
44 Julian Gebele RSC KEMPTOM 4 laps
45 Giorgio Coppola FOUR4TH 4 laps
46 Tetsuki Kaji JAPAN PHOTO FINISHE3 4 laps
47 Matthew Graham-O'Regan NICE BIKES 5 laps
48 Gauthier Heymes CC SARREBOURGEOIS 5 laps
49 Fletcher Adams UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH 5 laps
50 Felipe Nystrom Spencer CRC 5 laps
51 Greg Bruynseels CK DUKLA BRATISLAVA 5 laps

 


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Women:

Fem van Empel

Fem van Empel wins in the colors of her new Jumbo-Visma team.

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The race: Here's the report from van Empel's Jumbo-Visma team.

A triumph in the X2O Trophy of Baal has given Fem van Empel the perfect start to her career with Team Jumbo-Visma. On New Year's Day, the Dutch rider launched an early attack and maintained the lead.

Before the start, Van Empel, who was wearing the jersey of the European champion, expressed her happiness at riding the first cross for the yellow-and-black brigade. "I had been looking forward to riding with this top team for a long time”, she said.

Van Empel never faced any threat to her significant lead despite the pursuit's frantic efforts. The passages on and around the steep Balenberg were right up her alley. She navigated the challenging, winding course in style.

"Above all, I enjoyed myself”, the 20-year-old said immediately after her superior victory. "Whenever I take a break, I have to jump right back in. I would have preferred to battle with someone to get more sharpness, but I had to make it entertaining myself. I was a little nervous, but I never had to give my all. For the upcoming races, this triumph does boost confidence."

Despite being able to pursue the overall victory in the X2O Bathrooms Trophy, Van Empel must make decisions: "I can't compete in all the races since I'm still young. "I'm still young, so I can't do all the races. The focus is mainly on the World Cup standings. I will, of course, enter the road season in addition to that. Considering my lack of experience, I don't yet have serious goals in that area. Time will tell. Of course, I'm looking forward to it."

For the Dutchwoman, it is her first win on behalf of Team Jumbo-Visma. Van Empel had previously won 10 races this cross-season.

Complete results:

1 Fem Van Empel JUMBO-VISMA 50min 48sec
2 Lucinda Brand BALOISE TREK LIONS @ 2min 0sec
3 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 2:27
4 Denise Betsema PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 3:12
5 Marion Norbert Riberolle CRELAN-FRISTADS 3:20
6 Clara Honsinger EF EDUCATION-TIBCO-SVB 3:36
7 Aniek Van Alphen 777 3:42
8 Zoe Backstedt EF EDUCATION-TIBCO-SVB 4:54
9 Maghalie Rochette SPECIALIZED-FEEDBACK SPORTS 5:45
10 Madigan Munro TREK FACTORY RACING CX 6:26
11 Sidney Mcgill PEDALHEAD RACE ROOM 7:30
12 Austin Killips NICE BIKES s.t.
13 Millie Couzens CRELAN-FRISTADS 7:50
14 Julie Brouwers DE CEUSTER-BONACHE 8:13
15 Annie Last GREAT BRITAIN 8:23
16 Raylyn Nuss STEVE TILFORD FOUNDATION 8:32
17 Jana Dobbelaere BELGIUM 9:23
18 Caitlin Bernstein NICE BIKES 9:32
19 Anna Megale TREK CYCLOCROSS COLLECTIVE 9:37
20 Lizzy Gunsalus USA CYCLING MUDFUND 9:38
21 Barbora Jerabkova BRILON RACING TEAM MB 9:42
22 Xan Crees SPECTRA WIGGLE-VITUS 10:18
23 Letizia Borghesi AROMITALIA-BASSO BIKE-VAIANO 10:28
24 Ellen Van Loy DE CEUSTER-BONACHE @ 1 lap
25 Kiona Crabbé PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 1 lap
26 Fauve Bastiaenssen PISSEI - GROEP T.O.M. 1 lap
27 Asia Zontone ITALY 1 lap
28 Kim Van De Steene NEVER GIVE UP 1 lap
29 Camille Devigne MULTUM ACCOIUNTANTS 1 lap
30 Katerina Hladiková BRILON RACING TEAM MB 1 lap
31 Emily Werner USA    1 lap
32 Keira Bond BOULDER JUNIOR CYCLING 1 lap
33 Kimberly Boven AWV DE ZWALUWEN 2 laps
34 Manon Briand ARDENNES CROSS TEAM GECIBAT 2 laps
35 Jenaya Francis CYCLING CANADA 2 laps
36 Lorena Wiebes TEAM DSM 2 laps
37 Giada Borghesi LAPIERRE TRENTINO 2 laps
38 Audrey De Keersmaeker DE CEUSTER-BONACHE 2 laps
39 Anne Knijnenburg NETHERLANDS 2 laps
40 Christiane Bilodeau CYCLING CANADA 2 laps
41 Lies'L Schevenels DE CEUSTER-BONACHE 2 laps
42 Siobhan Kelly BLACK DOG RACING 2 laps
43 Zoe Clay VELOCIOUS SPORT 2 laps
44 Gwennig Le Dantec ROUE D'OR CONFLANAISE 2 laps
45 Maria Larkin DONKEY LABEL RACING 2 laps
46 Emily De Cuyper ASD WOMEN CYCLING 2 laps
47 Juline Delcommune WILINK BRUSSELS CYCLING 2 laps
48 Malgorzata Mazurek UKS KRUPINSKI SUSZEC KONWA 2 laps
49 Giorgia Secchi TECHNOBIKE ASD 3 laps
50 Aurélie Vermeir INDIVIDUAL 3 lap

 


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