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2020 Krawatencross: A Wout Win, and Another Alvarado and Worst Dual: Report, Results – DVV Verzekeringen Trofee – Cyclocross Magazine

Van Aert is back, Van Anrooji surprises, and Alvarado and Worst continue their duel. The Krawatencross stop of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee cyclocross series was a thriller.

The final round of the DVV Trofee was held in the Belgian town of Lille.

The course, on which Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) took his first Belgian National Champion jersey, had two main challenges, little uphills in the woods and lots of sand surrounding the lake.

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix), who showed her rainbow jersey for the first time, and Eli Iserbyt (Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal) were leading in the DVV Trofee classification.

Women Deliver Another Thrilling Duel

After a headstart for Aniek van Alphen in the Elite Women’s race, Annemarie Worst (777) soon started pushing, Alvarado holding on to her wheel.

Alvarado accelerated, not content to sit on wheels. It was the start of a cat and mouse game between the Worlds’ main contenders.

With a few seconds’ advantage on the first group of chasers, Alvarado and Worst finished the first lap.

That advantage kept getting bigger in the following laps, as the fight behind them turned into a battle for third.

After an error of Worst, Alvarado opened up a gap, but a crash of the World Champion prevented that from being a possible decisive moment.

Just as last week in the Worlds, a sprint had to decide who would take the win.

Once again, Alvarado was the fastest and took her 13th Elite win of the season.

With the win, she also secured her overall victory in the DVV Trofee.

“I’m getting better and better in the sprint,” Alvarado said.

Does Alvarado aspire a career on the road, Sporza interviewer Ruben van Gucht wondered.

“I can’t deny that I have ambitions on the road. The plan is to try it this season already. No idea if that will go well, but I think I can go a long way. Especially the climbing races, stage races and tough one-day races should be a good fit for me.” (translated, source: Sporza)

In the back the battle for third had become a fight between former U23 World Champion Inge van der Heijden (CCC) and U19 World Champion Shirin van Anrooij.

It was van Anrooij who pulled the longest straw with an impressive third-place performance as a Junior.

Katie Compton was fifth. Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano) finished 28th, Emily Werner (Amy D Foundation) 45th, Corey Coogan Cisek (Triple C Racing) 57th.

He’s Back!

The men’s race kicked off with lots of pressure to deliver as an exciting race as the women’s. Belgian Champion Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) took the holeshot. As riders were probably relieved Mathieu van der Poel’s season ended with the Worlds last week, another van der Poel stepped up, as David (Alpecin-Fenix) took Sweeck’s wheel.

Unlike van der Poel, Wout van Aert decided to race another weekend before starting his final preparation for the spring classics. Was he hoping for a win in his last cyclocross weekend?

At the end of the first lap, Elite men silver medalist on the Worlds Tom Pidcock (Trinity Racing) and van der Poel had a little gap behind Sweeck after an error of van der Poel.

The two soon rejoined making a leading trio.

After several other riders rejoined as well, Toon Aerts (Telenet Baloise Lions) bobbled, allowing Sweeck to take advantage.

Just as in the women’s race, a crash, this time of Sweeck and in the same corner Alvarado crashed, prevented it from being a decisive moment in the race.

Quinten Hermans (Circus-Wanty-Gobert) opened up a gap then, but it was van Aert who closed it down.

By the end of the fourth lap van Aert had opened up a 7 seconds advantage on Hermans, who had faced a mechanical, and 11 on a Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal trio with Sweeck, Michael Vanthourenthout and Iserbyt.

In the fifth lap, van Aert kept extending his lead as Sweeck and Hermans were now the chasing duo with a 15 seconds arrear. Hermans then dropped Sweeck, but kept losing time on van Aert, as he entered the last lap with in 23 seconds arrears.

Van Aert held on to his lead and pointing to his thigh he crossed the finish line to take his first Elite win in cycling since his horror crash in the Tour de France that injured his thigh so badly.

“There was a lot going through my head in the final stretch. It’s the first time that I’ve won again since my crash in the Tour. This is the confirmation that I can still do it,” van Aert said. “I went from far. But I immediately felt good. I could move to the front at ease and because mistakes were made, at some point I was in the chase on Quinten (Hermans) alone. I knew everybody was on their limit. Pushing and making the difference, that was my task all of a sudden.” (translated, source: Het Nieuwsblad)

Wout van Aert has plenty to smile about with his first cyclocross victory of the season, and a strong overall comeback. photo: 2019 Azencross, Loenhout. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Hermans took second. Former Belgian Champion Aerts beat current Belgian Champion Sweeck in the sprint for third.

Eli Iserbyt didn’t finish in today’s top 10, but is the 2019-2020 winner of the DVV Trofee.

America’s Curtis White (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) finished 24th, Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano) 26th.

2020 DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Krawatencross Results: Elite Women

Rank BIB Last Name First Name Country Team Age Result
1 1 ALVARADO Ceylin del Carmen NED ALPECIN – FENIX 22 0:42:18
2 3 WORST Annemarie NED 777 25 0:42:19
3 7 VAN ANROOIJ Shirin NED 18 0:42:45
4 9 VAN DER HEIJDEN Inge NED CCC – LIV 21 0:42:47
5 5 COMPTON Katherine USA 42 0:42:56
6 24 VAN ALPHEN Aniek NED 21 0:42:59
7 8 BETSEMA Denise NED PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 27 0:43:02
8 2 CANT Sanne BEL IKO – CRELAN 30 0:43:05
9 10 ARZUFFI Alice Maria ITA 777 26 0:43:11
10 17 KAY Anna GBR EXPERZA PRO CX 21 0:43:20
11 14 SELS Loes BEL IKO – CRELAN 35 0:43:24
12 12 LECHNER Eva ITA CREAFIN – FRISTADS 35 0:43:25
13 4 KASTELIJN Yara NED 777 23 0:43:33
14 20 GONZALEZ BLANCO Lucia ESP NESTA – SKODA ALECAR CX TEAM 30 0:43:53
15 13 VERDONSCHOT Laura BEL PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 24 0:43:58
16 6 NORBERT RIBEROLLE Marion FRA EXPERZA PRO CX 21 0:44:02
17 11 VAN LOY Ellen BEL TELENET BALOISE LIONS 40 0:44:08
18 18 FRANCK Alicia BEL EXPERZA PRO CX 26 0:44:09
19 29 BAKKER Manon NED EXPERZA PRO CX 21 0:44:28
20 22 HOEKE Geerte NED 30 0:44:46
21 49 GARIBOLDI Rebecca ITA 24 0:44:47
22 52 GOOSSENS Veerle NED 27 0:44:55
23 16 KAPTHEIJNS Maud NED PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 26 0:45:03
24 21 VERHESTRAETEN Karen BEL IKO – CRELAN 29 0:45:06
25 33 VAN ANROOIJ Lindy NED 24 0:45:30
26 42 ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena NED 27 0:45:43
27 27 TRUYEN Marthe BEL TELENET BALOISE LIONS 21 0:45:46
28 28 FAHRINGER Rebecca USA 31 0:46:22
29 63 HARNDEN Harriet GBR 19 0:46:25
30 57 VAN EMPEL Fem NED 18 0:46:25
31 55 CRABBÉ Kiona BEL 19 0:46:25
32 35 DELHAYE Pauline FRA 31 0:46:40
33 54 VAN DER BURG Esther NED 22 0:46:47
34 59 BROUWERS Julie BEL 18 0:46:57
35 31 MULDER Mascha NED GROUP HENS – MAES CONTAINERS 26 0:47:00
36 62 PEETERS Jinse BEL 21 0:47:14
37 19 VAS Kata Blanka HUN 19 0:47:21
38 26 VERHOEVEN Suzanne BEL 24 0:47:25
39 34 VAN DEN BRANDE Mirthe BEL 17 0:47:32
40 40 DE BRUYNE Meg BEL 24 0:47:39
41 66 KUIJPER Elodie NED 20 0:47:44
42 45 VERVLOET Sterre BEL 17 0:47:45
43 53 ZWAENEPOEL Tessa BEL 19 0:47:51
44 46 VERMEIREN Tinne BEL 25 0:48:11
45 30 WERNER Emily USA 27 0:48:11
46 61 DE WILDE Julie BEL 18 0:48:15
47 51 VAN DER ZWAAN Laura NED 19 0:48:28
48 23 MAES Shana BEL 25 0:48:49
49 32 VAN WUNSEL Lise BEL 20 0:49:21
50 48 BAELE Lotte BEL 17 0:49:21
51 47 STRATHDEE Ishbel GBR 19 0:49:21
52 56 JOCHEMS Britt NED 31 -1 LAP
53 65 NELEN Kristien BEL 42 -1 LAP
54 41 DHONT Kiona BEL 17 -1 LAP
55 25 BOONEN Valerie BEL 27 -1 LAP
56 50 MAUS Laetitia LUX 19 -1 LAP
57 60 COOGAN CISEK Corey USA 43 -1 LAP
58 36 BEIRINCKX Lina BEL 18 -2 LAPS
59 15 VERSCHUEREN Jolien BEL PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 30 -2 LAPS
60 43 SCHEVENELS Lies´L BEL 17 -2 LAPS
61 44 SCHOON Lisette NED 20 -2 LAPS
62 58 DE KEULENAER Karen BEL 58 -2 LAPS
37 STEFFENHAGEN Diana GER 35 DNS

2020 DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Krawatencross Results: Elite Men

Rank BIB Last Name First Name Country Team Age Result
1 4 VAN AERT Wout BEL 26 0:57:57
2 8 HERMANS Quinten BEL 25 0:58:18
3 2 AERTS Toon BEL TELENET BALOISE LIONS 27 0:58:37
4 1 SWEECK Laurens BEL PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 27 0:58:37
5 5 VANTHOURENHOUT Michael BEL PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 27 0:58:43
6 7 PIDCOCK Thomas GBR TRINITY RACING 21 0:58:45
7 6 VAN DER HAAR Lars NED TELENET BALOISE LIONS 29 0:58:47
8 14 SOETE Daan BEL PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 26 0:58:47
9 11 MEEUSEN Tom BEL GROUP HENS – MAES CONTAINERS 32 0:58:47
10 13 ADAMS Jens BEL 28 0:58:49
11 3 ISERBYT Eli BEL PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 23 0:58:51
12 16 ORTS LLORET Felipe ESP CYCLO – CROSS TEAM TEIKA – GSPORT – BH 25 0:59:10
13 18 AERTS Thijs BEL TELENET BALOISE LIONS 24 0:59:27
14 15 AERNOUTS Jim BEL TELENET BALOISE LIONS 31 0:59:32
15 9 VAN KESSEL Corne NED 29 0:59:46
16 46 PEETERS Yannick BEL PAUWELS SAUZEN – BINGOAL 24 1:00:25
17 24 UYTDEWILLIGEN Ingmar BEL TARTELETTO – ISOREX 29 1:00:29
18 19 BOSMANS Wietse BEL 29 1:01:11
19 12 VAN DER POEL David NED ALPECIN – FENIX 28 1:01:19
20 21 SUAREZ FERNANDEZ Kevin ESP NESTA – SKODA ALECAR CX TEAM 26 1:01:22
21 22 MERLIER Braam BEL CREAFIN – FRISTADS 26 1:01:26
22 51 WOUTERS Sieben NED CREAFIN – FRISTADS 24 1:01:28
23 17 CLEPPE Nicolas BEL TELENET BALOISE LIONS 25 1:01:30
24 49 WHITE Curtis USA 25 1:01:44
25 53 DORIGONI Jakob ITA SELLE ITALIA – GUERCIOTTI – ELITE 22 1:01:46
26 23 WERNER Kerry USA 29 1:01:58
27 41 SWEECK Hendrik BEL 28 1:02:04
28 35 ALDERWEIRELD Robin BEL 24 1:02:52
29 28 GYS Jens BEL 31 1:03:21
30 31 DE MEYER Senne BEL 24 1:03:27
31 33 VERHEYEN Thomas BEL 23 1:03:41
32 38 ROELANDT Kenny BEL 34 1:03:46
33 50 LEAERTS Yelle BEL 26 -1 LAP
34 32 DE WIT Edwin BEL 37 -1 LAP
35 45 GROENEN Klaas NED 26 -2 LAPS
36 47 MICHALSKI Karol POL 28 -2 LAPS
37 25 KOYEN Niels BEL 29 -3 LAPS
38 42 PARENTI Nicola ITA 24 -4 LAPS
39 36 MEELBERGHS Pieter BEL 32 -4 LAPS
40 39 OGER Vincent BEL 26 -4 LAPS
41 37 EDHOFER Thomas GER 35 -5 LAPS
42 44 HEYMES Gauthier FRA 25 -5 LAPS
43 43 CAROZZO Marco ITA 24 -6 LAPS
44 52 MARKIEWICZ Mikolaj POL 27 -6 LAPS
20 BAESTAENS Vincent BEL GROUP HENS – MAES CONTAINERS 31 DNF
34 SMETS Gert BEL CREAFIN – FRISTADS 23 DNF
48 VERBEECK Glenn BEL 23 DNF
10 MEISEN Marcel GER ALPECIN – FENIX 31 DNS