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2021 GP Leuven Cyclocross (C-2)
Leuven, Belgium

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Complete Leuven Cross podium history | 2020 edition

Weather at Leuven at 2:00 PM, local time: 12C (54F), with showers in the vicinity. The wind is from the west at 13 km/hr (8 mph). All afternoon the chance for rain is about 80%.

Complete results: Men | Women

Laurens Sweeck

Winner Laurens Sweeck on the podium with a future CX racer.

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Men:

Results | Start list

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

Laurens Sweeck has fulfilled his favorite role in Leuven with verve. The rider of Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal left the competition behind in the third round and rode carefree towards his second victory of the season. Belgian Tom Meeusen and Spaniard Felipe Orts colored their days with a podium place.

Last year Laurens Sweeck only secured himself in the sprint of the flowers, on Saturday he already reached out to victory in the third round. After Jarno Bellens' quick start, an extensive leading group of nine riders had formed. In the second round Sweeck took the initiative and thinned out the leading group further, one lap later he finally chose the harepath.

“I wanted to be sure of the victory earlier than last year and make the difference in the first half of the race,” explains Sweeck. “That allowed me to slow down a bit at the end. I'm glad it worked, although I've never really stopped. I could just keep riding my pace, so I had to take a little less risk in the final phase.”

For Sweeck it was the second victory of the season, after Ardooie. “The absolute top wasn't here, but those guys are wrong. Many riders were already thinking about the World Cup. I didn't make that choice. These crosses also have the right to exist and today we got a nice course that has something to offer. We'll see what comes tomorrow. I am happy to have won this victory.”

Meeusen breaks the negative spiral
In the background Tom Meeusen, Daan Soete and Felipe Orts competed for the remaining podium places. Soete was the first to go overboard, but in the final lap Meeusen decided the battle for second place in his favor.

“I have the feeling that I have been able to break through the negative spiral”, Meeusen beamed. “The last few years have been very difficult for me. In Niel I only came through in thirtieth after one lap. Then it is difficult to drive in prices. Mentally it is not easy either. Now I feel like I'm professional again. Of course, not everything is all right now, but it's really nice to be on stage again." Meeusen was loudly shouted in front of the podium. "I don't know those guys, but it shows I'm still popular."

Big day for Felipe Orts
Felipe Orts colored the race from start to finish and saw his efforts rewarded with a third place. “I knew I had a good chance of being on the podium today and I'm glad I did. To get a podium as a Spanish cyclo-cross rider in Belgium, that's fantastic. This is a big day for myself and for my team.”

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CompleteResults:

1 SWEECK Laurens PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 54min 56sec
2 MEEUSEN Tom DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS @ 17sec
3 ORTS LLORET Felipe TEIKA-BH-GSPORT 0:27
4 SOETE Daan DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS 0:46
5 MEISEN Marcel ALPECIN-FENIX 0:57
6 WYSEURE Joran TORMANS-CIRCUS 1:02
7 BELMANS Lennert IKO-CRELAN 1:11
8 LOOCKX Lander DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS 1:28
9 KUYPERS Gerben PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 2:08
10 BELLENS Jarno ACROG-TORMANS BALEN BC 2:22
11 BEKAERT Yentl BALOISE TREK LIONS 2:36
12 DE VET Sander
CRABBE TOITURES-CC CHEVIGNY
3:11
13 HUYBS Ward BALOISE TREK LIONS 3:26
14 MCGUIRE Rory LESLIE BIKE SHOP. UK 3:32
15 VERVOORT Wout VAN DEN PLAS-HEPA 3:39
16 WUYTS Mathijs TARTELETTO-ISOREX CX-TEAM 3:50
17 VAN DEN BROECK Arno CD ACADEMY asbl 4:24
18 CAREME Grégory ENTENTE CYCLISTE DE WALLONIE 4:28
19 VANDERLINDEN Lukas PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL 4:40
20 PEMEN Dolf PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES 5:48
21 CLAUWAERT Maarten VETRAPO-B-CLOSE 6:14
22 TORMANS Siebe ACROG-TORMANS BALEN BC
23 CLYNHENS Jens VP CONSULTING
24 VAN DER DRIFT Twan WESTLAND WIL VOORUIT
25 KOCKELMANN Raphaël CRABBE TOITURES-CC CHEVIGNY
26 WYLLIE Simon HALESOWEN A CC
27 VAN DER VLEUTEN Lukas CYCLING VLIJTINGEN
28 LEARTS Yelle YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D
29 JANSE Stef YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D
30 MELLAERTS Robbe YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D
31 CEUSTERS Rune SPORT EN STEUN-LEOPOLDSBURG
DNF EHLERT Marco WV SCHIJNDEL
DNF BAESTAENS Vincent DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS
DNF SIEMONS Julian VAN DEN PLAS-HEPA
DNF DEJONGHE Len DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS
DNF STRIK Dylan TWC MAASLANDSTER
DNF AERTS Thijs BALOISE TREK LIONS

 

Start list, November 12, 2021:

1 SWEECK Laurens PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL
2 BAESTAENS Vincent DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS-CONTAINERS MAES
3 SOETE Daan DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS-CONTAINERS MAES
4 AERTS Thijs BALOISE TREK LIONS
5 LOOCKX Lander DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS-CONTAINERS MAES
6 ORTS LLORET Felipe TEIKA-BH-GSPORT
7 MEISEN Marcel ALPECIN-FENIX
8 WYSEURE Joran TORMANS-CIRCUS CYCLO CROSS TEAM
9 MEEUSEN Tom DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS-CONTAINERS MAES
10 DEJONGHE Len DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS-CONTAINERS MAES
11 MCGUIRE Rory LESLIE BIKE SHOP. UK
12 HUYBS Ward BALOISE TREK LIONS
13 CHILTON Ben Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus
14 BEKAERT Yentl BALOISE TREK LIONS
15 WEBER Sascha MTB FREIBURG
16 KUYPERS Gerben PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI CT
17 VAN DEN BROECK Arno CD ACADEMY asbl
18 KARS Hugo ARTV DE ADELAAR
19 CLYNHENS Jens VP CONSULTING-PRORACE CYCLING TEAM
20 DE VET Sander CRABBE TOITURES-CC CHEVIGNY
21 BELMANS Lennert ALPECIN-FENIX DEVELOPMENT TEAM
22 CAREME Grégory ENTENTE CYCLISTE DE WALLONIE
23 VERVOORT Wout VAN DEN PLAS-HEPA CYCLING TEAM
24 WYLLIE Simon HALESOWEN A CC
25 SIEMONS Julian VAN DEN PLAS-HEPA CYCLING TEAM
26 VAN DER DRIFT Twan WESTLAND WIL VOORUIT
27 VANDERLINDEN Lukas PAUWELS SAUZEN-BINGOAL
28 LEAERTS Yelle YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D
29 BELLENS Jarno ACROG-TORMANS BALEN BC
30 EHLERT Marco WV SCHIJNDEL
31 CEUSTERS Rune SPORT EN STEUN-LEOPOLDSBURG
33 PEMEN Dolf PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI CT
34 AVONDTS Mathis IKO-CRELAN
35 TORMANS Siebe ACROG-TORMANS BALEN BC
36 HERRMANN Lukas Team Schamel
37 GORIS Max Willebrord Wil Vooruit
38 JANSE Stef YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D
39 WUYTS Mathijs TARTELETTO-ISOREX CX-TEAM
40 KOCKELMANN Raphaël CRABBE TOITURES-CC CHEVIGNY
41 BRINKMAN Joost METEOOR ASSEN-RODEN
42 STRIK Dylan TWC MAASLANDSTER
43 VAN DER VLEUTEN Lukas CYCLING VLIJTINGEN
45 CLAUWAERT Maarten VETRAPO-B-CLOSE CYCLING TEAM
46 MELLAERTS Robbe

YOUNG CYCLING TALENT D&D

 

 


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Women:

Anna Kay finishes almost a minute ahead of her nearest chaser.

Results | Start list

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

Anna Kay has achieved her first victory on Belgian soil in the Ethias Cross in Leuven. The British rider was technically the strongest and clearly no longer suffers from her collarbone fracture. Ellen Van Loy and Laura Verdonschot thoroughly enjoyed their podium place.

It was only the second race for Anna Kay after her collarbone fracture, but the British rider took control of the race from the start. Ellen Van Loy went along well in the opening phase, but soon had to release the role after a slide on the technical course.

“I made too many mistakes to lay claim to the win”, realizes Van Loy, who was finally placed second on the podium. “From the start, Anna's quick start pushed me on the defensive, causing me to crash in the technical sections. On a treacherous slippery course I crashed a total of three times, then you see the gap only getting bigger.”

While Kay tackled the bumps and the washboard with great flair and in between jumped over the bars with a lot of swing, many of her competitors opted for a run. “My passage on the washboard may not have looked like it,” laughs Van Loy, who opted for the side in an unorthodox way. “But for me it was the fastest way. I can really enjoy that podium place now. For me it is probably the first and last time of the season. In addition, I learned today that there is still little decay on it. The fourth and final lap I was able to ride at the same pace.”

And Kay? She enjoyed her triumphal procession. “I did feel a bit of pressure because I started as the favourite, but I tried not to think about it too much. Then you will make mistakes. Those technical zones were in my favor today. I have to rely more on my technique than my strength. It's really nice to be back like this after my injury. I didn't expect to be at this level so quickly."

For Kay it was her very first victory on Belgian soil. “That's really big for me. It also means a lot for the team and the sponsors to win a TV cross. My shoulder? That doesn't bother me too much. Sometimes it stiffens up a bit, but because of that big plate my shoulder is probably stronger than before. That record will probably stay in it as long as I keep cruising. It would take too long for that shoulder to heal if I had them taken out.”

Laura Verdonschot dropped completely after a quick start, but after a nice comeback still managed to take third place. “For a moment I thought 'What will this be?', but luckily I never panicked and got back into my rhythm. I then finished the race at my own pace. Of course I am very happy with the third place. The toppers may not be there, but four weeks ago I wouldn't even have raced a top ten at this level."

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Complete Results:

1 KAY Anna STARCASINO CX TEAM 49min 58sec
2 VAN LOY Ellen VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER 47sec
3 VERDONSCHOT Laura PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 1:13
4 MELLOR Amira TEAM SPECTRA WIGGLE P/B VITUS 1:29
5 VERHESTRAETEN Karen IKO – CRELAN 2:17
6 KAPTHEIJNS Maud CX TEAM DESCHACHT - GROUP HENS 3:08
7 NELSON Josie TEAM SPECTRA WIGGLE P/B VITUS 3:09
8 CREES Xan TEAM SPECTRA WIGGLE P/B VITUS 4:19
9 MEISTROK Susanne PROXIMUS - ALPHAMOTORHOMES 4:51
10 VERVLOET Sterre 4:58
11 BROUWERS Julie VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER 5:02
12 DEFOUR Lara MULTUM ACCOUNTANTS 5:33
13 BOROWIECKA Barbara CANNIBAL TEAM 5:44
14 SELS Loes PROXIMUS - ALPHAMOTORHOMES 6:06
15 VERZIJL Bibi RWC AHOY 6:46
16 GORT Femke BNS TECHNICS - GROEP T.O.M. 6:49
17 BAELE Lotte KON. VC ´T MEETJESLAND-KNESSELARE 7:18
18 SCHEVENELS Lies'l VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER 7:22
19 ZWAENEPOEL Tessa PROXIMUS - ALPHAMOTORHOMES
20 ARENSMAN Allison VELOREVOLUTION WP CYCLES
21 BARTHELS Maité LP07 Schifflange
22 COOGAN CISEK Corey VELOREVOLUTION WP CYCLES
23 DE BRUYCKERE Xenna PROXIMUS - ALPHAMOTORHOMES
24 HOEFMANS Pem WATERSLEY R&D
25 DE KEERSMAEKER Audrey STARCASINO CX TEAM
26 COMMISSARIS Caren
27 BREUGELMANS Rosanne BNS TECHNICS - GROEP T.O.M.
28 SCHWAGER Mara LPM LUXEMBOURG
29 MICHIELSENS Sara Individueel
30 BARTHELS Layla LP07 Schifflange
DNF VAN DE KERKHOF Marie AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS
DNF VAN DEN BRANDE Mirthe VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER

Start list, November 12, 2021:

1 VAN LOY Ellen VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER
2 MELLOR Amira Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus
3 KAPTHEIJNS Maud DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS-CONTAINERS MAES
4 CREES Xan Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus
5 VERHESTRAETEN Karen IKO-CRELAN
6 CRABBÉ Kiona CRELAN-IKO
7 KAY Anna STARCASINO CX TEAM
8 BROUWERS Julie VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER
9 NELSON Josie ISOREX CYCLING TEAM
10 SELS Loes PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI
11 BOROWIECKA Barbara CANNIBAL TEAM
12 COOGAN CISEK Corey VeloRevolution WPCycles
13 DE KEERSMAEKER Audrey STARCASINO CX TEAM
14 SCHEVENELS Lies´L VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER
15 VERZIJL Bibi RWC AHOY
16 BARTHELS Layla LP07 Schifflange
17 MEISTROK Susanne PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI
18 ARENSMAN Allison VELO REVOLUTION
19 ZWAENEPOEL Tessa PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI
20 HOEFMANS Pem WATERSLEY R&D
21 GORT Femke BNS TECHNICS-GROUP T.O.M.
22 BARTHELS Maïté LP07 SCHIFFLANGE
23 VAN DE KERKHOF Marie AA DRINK YOUNG LIONS
24 MAES Laura XC DEVELOPMENT TEAM
25 BAKOVIC Aoife SCOTT QUANTA RACING
26 DEFOUR Lara MULTUM ACCOUNTANTS
27 SCHWAGER Mara LPM LUXEMBOURG
28 MICHIELSENS Sara Individueel
29 DE BRUYCKERE Xenna PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI
30 BAELE Lotte KON. VC ´T MEETJESLAND-KNESSELARE
31 VAN DEN BRANDE Mirthe VONDELMOLEN-DE CEUSTER
32 SAS Lore ACROG-TORMANS BALEN BC
33 BREUGELMANS Rosanne BNS TECHNICS-GROUP T.O.M.
34 MULDER Mascha PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI
35 VAN ANROOIJ Lindy PROXIMUS-ALPHAMOTORHOMES-DOLTCINI

 


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