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2021 Cyclocross Koppenberg (C-1)
Oudenaarde, Belgium

Monday, November 1, 2021

Cyclocross Koppenberg podium history | 2020 edition

Complete results: Men | Women

Men

Eli Iserbyt

Eli Iserbyt wins again. Photo: Photopress

The race: Here's a machine-translation of the race report from winner Eli Iserbyt's Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal team.

No two without three, Eli Iserbyt must have thought when he drove the camper to Oudenaarde. A few hours later he put his money where his mouth is and won the Koppenbergcross for the third year in a row. He now leads in all standings.

We can be brief about the competition story. Eli pulled fiercely in the first lap, Toon Aerts was the only one who could follow. But after an acceleration in the third (of six) rounds, the Kempenaar also had to pass. What followed was a half-hour solo by Eli.

Ten seconds became twenty, twenty became forty. In his last game as European champion for the time being, our leader outclassed the opposition. In the final lap he slowed down a bit, so that Aerts limited the damage to just under half a minute and the classification in the X2O Trophy is still open. But Eli is, of course, sovereign leader.

"I started with mixed feelings," Eli admitted afterwards. "Winning was not a must, on the other hand I really wanted it, because three in a row on the Koppenberg is something. I rate this victory quite high. The fact that I win two tough crosses in a row also means that I am taking another step forward. That makes me happy. Now on to the European Championship. Of course I would be only too happy to extend that title."

Toon Vandebosch finished fifth. His first top five place as an elite rider in a classification cross. "And it's a shame that I still fell in the final lap", the numb Mallenaar stammered past the finish. "Corné van Kessel passed me that way. Otherwise I would have finished fourth."

Michael also competed for a top five place for a long time, but due to the heavy rain and the fierce cold he lost a few places in the final. He finished eighth. Laurens did not finish the Koppenbergcross.

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Complete results:

1 ISERBYT ELI PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 1hr 2min 42sec
2 AERTS TOON BALOISE TREK LIONS @ 24sec
3 VAN DER HAAR LARS BALOISE TREK LIONS 1:18
4 VAN KESSEL CORNE TORMANS-CIRCUS 2:41
5 VANDEBOSCH TOON PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 2:47
6 MEEUSEN TOM DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS 2:59
7 LOOCKX LANDER DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS 3:04
8 VANTHOURENHOUT MICHAEL PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 3:15
9 ADAMS JENS HOLLEBEEKHOEVE CT 3:36
10 AERTS THIJS BALOISE TREK LIONS 3:59
11 BEKAERT YENTL BALOISE TREK LIONS 4:06
12 SWEECK DIETHER IKO-CRELAN 6:34
13 BOROŠ MICHAEL CREDISHOP-FRISTADS 7:15
14 MEIN THOMAS TORMANS CYCLO CROSS TEAM 7:43
15 MARASCO LORENZO TEAM MACADAM'S COWBOYS 8:06
16 ROMBOUTS SEPPE LVIV CYCLING TEAM 8:42
17 ALDERWEIRELD ROBIN TEAM ATOM 6 9:08
18 LÜTHI ERIC MAUNA LOA BIKERS  
19 OLDHAM PAUL HOPE FACTORY RACING  
20 KOCKELMANN RAPHAËL CCI DIFFERDANGE  
21 VAN DIJKE KOEN TWC HET SNELLE WIEL  
22 O REGAN TIMOTHY TEAM WORC  
23 RUTS ANDY ACROG-TORMANS BALEN BC  
24 KRAWCZYK BENJAMIN CL BARLIN  
25 HEYMES GAUTHIER CC SARREBOURGEOIS  
26 CHASTAGNER FRANCOIS ANNEQUIN CYCLING TEAM  
DNF SWEECK LAURENS PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL  

 


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Women:

Claa Honsinger

Clara Honsinger finishes alone. Photo: SRAMroad

The race: Here's a machine-translation of the race report from second-place Denise Betsema's Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal team.

In Overijse, Denise Betsema missed the podium for the first time since the end of January. 24 hours later she immediately put things in order with a tenth podium place of the season. She came in second, after the American Clara Honsinger. Fem van Empel finished in eighth place.

After a good start Denise moved on to the front of the race on the opening lap. Kata Blanka Vas, Clara Honsinger and Yara Kastelijn followed in her footsteps. Until - around half-price - a first gap fell. Thanks to an excellent climb of the Koppenberg, Honsinger drove away from her three companions.

But that was without counting 'tough' Denise, who technically looked better than the American and came back to join. The two of them made for an exciting finale. At the start of the final round, Honsinger ran away from Bets again , but she didn't get more than a handful of seconds.

The entire last lap it seemed as if the American was just about to grab. The difference fluctuated between seven and three seconds for minutes. But in the end Honsinger held his ground. Denise was second, while Kata Blanka Vas was also allowed on the podium.

Tribute
"Too bad", Denise sighed afterwards. "I would have loved to win here as a tribute to Jolien Verschueren, who was my teammate at Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal for a while. But to be honest, Honsinger climbed better than me and is therefore deservedly the winner."

Also handsome, the eighth place of Fem van Empel, our youngster. And yet she wasn't quite satisfied with that. "Yesterday in Overijse I had bad luck in the transition zone, where I was held up. Today I was out for revenge and aimed for a top five place," she said afterwards. "I also started well, although I lacked some grip on the cobblestones. I then decided to ride at my own pace, not to blow myself up."

Fem van Empel: "Want to win here one day"
"I held up well between women like Annemarie Worst and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, but unfortunately that was not enough for a top five place." The Koppenbergcross is also one of Fem's favorite courses. "I hope to go home here with the cobblestone one day. That's why I started today, despite yesterday's heavy Druivencross. But in view of the future, I didn't want to let that experience pass."

Complete results:

1 HONSINGER CLARA CANNONDALE/CYCLOCROSSWORLD 51min 7sec
2 BETSEMA DENISE PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL @ 12sec
3 VAS BLANKA KATA DOLTCINI-VAN EYCK SPORT-PROXIMUS 0:35
4 KASTELIJN YARA IKO-CRELAN 1:42
5 BRAND LUCINDA BALOISE TREK LIONS 2:01
6 ALVARADO CEYLIN DEL CARMEN ALPECIN-FENIX 2:12
7 WORST ANNEMARIE 777 3:01
8 VAN EMPEL FEM PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 3:19
9 CLAUZEL HÉLÈNE AS BIKE CROSS TEAM 3:47
10 CLAUZEL PERRINE AS BIKE CROSS TEAM 4:54
11 ARZUFFI ALICE MARIA 777 5:03
12 COUZENS MILLIE CRELAN-IKO 5:56
13 NORBERT RIBEROLLE MARION STARCASINO CX TEAM 6:23
14 FRANCK ALICIA PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 6:52
15 VAN LOY ELLEN VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER 7:29
16 ONESTI OLIVIA STARCASINO CX TEAM 8:17
17 CRABBÉ KIONA CRELAN-IKO 8:42
18 TEOCCHI CHIARA TRINITY RACING 9:22
19 DOBBELAERE JANA STARCASINO CX TEAM 9:57
20 BASTIAENSSEN FAUVE BNS TECHNICS-GROUP T.O.M. 10:31
21 MELLOR AMIRA SPECTRA WIGGLE P/B VITUS 11:06
22 OTTESTAD MIE BJØRNDAL WIELERCLUB DE SPRINTERS MALDEREN 11:41
23 MEISTROK SUSANNE PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 12:02
24 MOORS FLEUR ELBOKA CYCLING TEAM 12:28
25 CREES XAN TEAM SPECTRA WIGGLE P/B VITUS 12:48
26 BROUWERS JULIE VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER 14:40
27 COOGAN CISEK COREY VELOREVOLUTION WPCYCLES  
28 GORT FEMKE BNS TECHNICS-GROUP T.O.M.  
29 DEVIGNE CAMILLE PEDALE MADELEINOISE  
30 DEFOUR LARA MULTUM ACCOUNTANTS  
31 VAN WUNSEL LISE BIKE-ADVICE CYCLING TEAM  
32 DE GROOT MARIEKE GET COACHED  
33 DHONT KIONA VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER  
34 MARASCO MARGOT CANNER 3 FRONTIERES VTT  
35 GREENHALGH LAURA VELOREVOLUTION-WPCYCLES  
36 PERRYMAN AMY MONTEZUMA'S RACE TEAM  
37 SCHEVENELS LIES´L VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER  
38 BERTON NINA CT ATERTDAUL  
39 BREUGELMANS ROSANNE BNS TECHNICS-GROUP T.O.M.  
40 FRANCOIS LUCIE TEAM OFF ROAD COLNAGO  
41 DE KEERSMAEKER AUDREY STARCASINO CX TEAM  
42 COOPER MADELINE MONTEZUMA´S RT  
43 WHITESIDE FREYA PH MAS PAUL MILNES  
44 DE ROECK NAOMI KEUKENS REDANT CYCLING TEAM  
45 DE VOS NELE NEVER GIVE UP BY JOLIEN VERSCHUEREN  
46 YOUNG LILY PH -MASS PAUL MILNES  
47 BLANCHAERT JO INDIVIDUEEL  
48 MARIEN AN-SOFIE AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS  
49 VERSCHUEREN JOLISA NEVER GIVE UP BY JOLIEN VERSCHUEREN  
DNF PAGGEL KATHARINA FSV SANDHARLANDEN  

 


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