There were also premieres, respectable results, strong efforts and impressive serial victories: The previous weekend all over Europe national cyclocross championships took place. 20 male and female riders won medals, among them six Gold, aboard their STEVENS Super Prestiges.
At the Belgian Championships the big question was if Sanne Cant, IKO-Beobank, would win her 9th national title in a row. She answered this question right at the end of the first lap of the challenging course by advancing to the front and never giving up the lead until the finish. ”I tried to get to the get the lead as early as possible, ride my own speed and not to make any mistakes.” This was easier said than done since the Koksijde course was very technical.
The Men’s Elite race was less predictable: For the most part of the race until the finale Laurens Sweeck of team ERA-Circus fought a duel with World and defending champion Wout van Aert. In lap six in a sand section Sweek gained a few seconds of advantage aboard his Super Prestige over van Aert. But van Aert closed the gap and took-over the lead. ”Of course I am happy about Silver, the course was really to my liking and you don’t often have such a chance.” Sweek’s team mate Wietse Bosman who experienced an ”awful start”, in a strong effort eventually became 9th.
Meanwhile in Switzerland Cant’s team mate Loris Rouiller did just as well. The Junior rider won his fifth consecutive Swiss Championship, his second in the Juniors’ category. ”It didn’t go so well in the third lap, but otherwise I rode really well. I felt strong with good legs”, Rouiller said after the race. The result and good shape meant lots of confidence for upcoming races.
These two Golds were not the only medals for IKO-Enertherm. In Belgium Niels Vandeputte won Bronze in the Juniors’ competition and Mathis Avondts came in second in the youth category.