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UCI World Cup Dublin Cyclocross results

Weather: Rain, 11C

Winner Pim Ronhaar is under that mud. UCI photo.

Men:

Here's the UCI's race report:

After Dendermonde, Pim Ronhaar now took victory in Dublin. The race was won on the finish line. Sweeck had to give way to the Dutchman and came second. Iserbyt finished third and remains in the lead in the standings.

Thibau Nys (Baloise Trek Lions) was clearly looking forward to the muddy Dublin course. He resolutely chose to attack on lap 1 and seemed to ride away, but there were still too many people together in the background for the race to already fall into a decisive fold. However, Nys kept up the pressure and provided the shuffle in the chasing group. It was Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal) and Ronhaar (Baloise Trek Lions) who managed to survive the first battle.

On the fourth lap, about halfway through the race, everything was back to normal. Wyseure (Crelan - Corendon) tried to get away, but it was mainly Ronhaar's attack that set up the finale. Iserbyt and Sweeck (Crelan - Corendon) went in pursuit. It looked like it was going to be a battle between 3. Until Sweeck punctured in the 5th of a total of 7 laps and suddenly faced a gap of about 10 seconds.

Nothing lost, last season's World Cup winner clearly still had gravy in his legs. By the time Iserbyt joined Ronhaar on the penultimate lap, Sweeck had also reduced his gap to about six seconds. Entering the final lap, everything came back together. A perfect moment for Ronhaar to accelerate again.

In the end, it was Sweeck who caught Ronhaar after a lap in pursuit. An exciting duel unfolded in the final hectometres. To sprint or not to sprint? Sweeck went with pure power on and over Ronhaar and we seemed to be heading for a sprint. The Dutchman did not count on that, as he surprised Sweeck with an attack just before the last straight.

Ronhaar thus raced to his second World Cup victory after Dendermonde. Sweeck stranded on his wheel at 2 seconds. World Cup leader Iserbyt eventually came 3rd at 20 seconds, but remains in the lead in the standings.

21.08 km raced at an average speed of 22.56 km/hr

22 riders finished, 6 were lapped.

1 Pim Ronhaar Baloise-Trek Lions 57min 17sec
2 Laurens Sweeck Crelan-Corendon @ 2sec
3 Eli Iserbyt Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:20
4 Joran Wyseure Crelan-Corendon 0:28
5 Jens Adams Individual 0:37
6 Thibau Nys Baloise-Trek Lions 0:59
7 Ryan Kamp Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal s.t.
8 Kevin Kuhn Circus-Reuz-Technord 1:19
9 Niels Vandeputte Alpecin-Deceuninck 1:25
10 Michael Vanthourenhout Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 1:29

 

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Women:

Lucinda Brand wins in Dublin. UCI photo


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18.08 km raced at an average speed of 20.32 km/hr

44 riders started, 31 finished, 13 were lapped.

1 Lucinda Brand Baloise Trek Lions 54min 59sec
2 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado Alpecin-Deceuninck @ 38sec
3 Zoe Backstedt Canyon-SRAM 0:45
4 Marie Schreiber SD Worx 0:57
5 Inge Van Der Heijden Crelan-Corendon 1:10
6 Aniek Van Alphen Cyclocross Reds 1:16
7 Maghalie Rochette Canyon CLLCTV Gravel 1:19
8 Kristyna Zemanová Brilon Racing Team Mb 1:23
9 Sara Casasola FAS Airport Services-Guerciotti 1:26
10 Leonie Bentveld Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 1:39

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