2 February 2013 |
Mike Teunissen made it three wins from three races for the Dutch in the Under-23 Men’s race as the World Cyclo-Cross championships took on a distinctly orange hue with only the elite men’s race to come.
Hugo Robinson in action mid-race
A much closer race than either of the preceding pair, this was much more of a war of attrition, completely dominated by the Dutch and Belgians, who grabbed all the top ten placings.
Teunissen was in fact the early leader, but soon gave over the head of the race to Weitse Bosmans of Belgium who then set out to build a lead with dogged determination. Bosmans led for several laps, on several occasions looking set to move clear, but in the end he was dragged back by Teunissen with 2 laps to go.
Bosmans looked to have the advantage on a couple of technical sections of the course. However, knowing that his team-mate Wout Van Aert was closing behind them he tried to slow the pace as the leading duo took the bell.
Teunissen realised this was an opportunity to attack and gave it everything in the first half of that last lap. Bosmans was initially able to limit the Dutchman’s gains to a couple of seconds, but eventually he simply couldn’t keep the gap under control and his technical superiority counted for nothing as Teunissen rode clear to claim the win.
Bosmans looked a tired man as he crossed the line to claim second with Van Aert, who had hung tantalisingly close to the front of the race for several laps without making contact, claiming third. The top three were well clear of the rest at the finish.
1 TEUNISSEN Mike NETHERLANDS 00:48:40
2 BOSMANS Wietse BELGIUM +00:14
3 VAN AERT Wout BELGIUM +00:22
4 EISING Tijmen NETHERLANDS +00:35
5 ADAMS Jens BELGIUM +00:38
6 SWEECK Laurens BELGIUM +00:54
7 VAN DER HEIJDEN Michiel NETHERLANDS +01:05
8 VANTHOURENHOUT Michael BELGIUM +01:15
9 VAN KESSEL Corne NETHERLANDS +01:29
10 VERMEERSCH Gianni BELGIUM +01:34
11 MCDONALD Zach UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +01:42
12 HANSEN Kenneth DENMARK +01:50
13 SCHWEIZER Michael (JR) GERMANY +01:54
14 MENUT David FRANCE +01:57
15 LASTRA MARTINEZ Jonathan SPAIN +01:58
16 ECKMANN Yannick GERMANY +01:58
17 NIPL Vojtech CZECH REPUBLIC +02:16
18 SKALA Jakub CZECH REPUBLIC +02:37
19 FORSTER Lars SWITZERLAND +02:48
20 VAN DER POEL David NETHERLANDS +03:00
21 VENTURINI Clément FRANCE +03:04
22 ALAPHILIPPE Julian FRANCE +03:20
23 MÜLLER Lukas SWITZERLAND +03:29
24 BOROS Michael CZECH REPUBLIC +03:33
25 DILLMAN Andrew UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +03:40
26 LIENHARD Fabian SWITZERLAND +03:56
27 SAGESSER Severin SWITZERLAND +04:03
28 PAPRSTKA Tomas CZECH REPUBLIC +04:07
29 JOHNSON Josh UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +04:19
30 JAMES Steven GREAT BRITAIN +05:06
31 VAN DEN HAM Michael CANADA +05:17
32 ROBINSON Hugo GREAT BRITAIN +05:19
33 MARTIN Adam GREAT BRITAIN +05:47
34 NAKAI Michimasa JAPAN +06:02
35 L'ESPERANCE Andrew CANADA +06:16
36 MAEDA Kohei JAPAN -1LAP
37 TRUJILLO Skyler UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -1LAP
38 O'BRIEN Conor CANADA -2LAP
39 ORTENBLAD Tobin UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -3LAP