Wyseure leads Belgian sweep of U23 podium at Cross Worlds

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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium celebrates at the finish line as the winner of the race during the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 Men U23 Fayetteville2022 CycloCross World Championships on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Belgian Joran Wyseure celebrates victory for the U23 men at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium celebrates at the finish line as the winner of the race during the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 Men U23 Fayetteville2022 CycloCross World Championships on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Belgian Joran Wyseure wins the men’s U23 race ahead of teammate Emiel Verstrynge (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium celebrates at the finish line as the winner of the race during the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 Men U23 Fayetteville2022 CycloCross World Championships on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Joran Wyseure of Belgium wins the U23 race in Fayetteville (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium competes in the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 Men U23 Fayetteville2022 CycloCross World Championships on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Belgian Joran Wyseure wins the men’s U23 title at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Fayetteville (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium competes to win during the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 CycloCross World Championships Men U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Belgium’s Joran Wyseure on course for victory in the men’s U23 race (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Joran Wyseure of Belgium competes to win during the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 CycloCross World Championships Men U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Joran Wyseure from Belgium on The 39 Climb (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 LR Emiel Verstrynge of Belgium Mees Hendrikx of the Netherlands and Pim Ronhaar of the Netherlands compete as fans cheer during the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 CycloCross World Championships Men U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Emiel Verstrynge of Belgium, Mees Hendrikx of the Netherlands and Pim Ronhaar of the Netherlands chase the leader at the top of the climb as the fans cheer (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)
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FAYETTEVILLE GEORGIA JANUARY 29 Mees Hendrikx of the Netherlands trains before the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 CycloCross World Championships Men U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Georgia Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Mees Hendrikx from the Netherlands on the course (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)
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FAYETTEVILLE GEORGIA JANUARY 29 Cameron Mason of the United Kingdom trains before the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 CycloCross World Championships Men U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Georgia Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

UK’s Cameron Mason trains ahead of the U23 race (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Fans attend the 73rd UCI Fayetteville 2022 U23 Men's CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville2022 on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Descent from Centennial Park after 39 Climb is filled with fans (Image credit: Getty Images Sports)

Belgium swept the podium in the men’s U23 race on Saturday at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships, Joran Wyseure crossing the line alone for the rainbow jersey. Emiel Verstrynge took the silver medal, finishing just 13 seconds behind. Thibau Nys held off the charges of Mees Hendrikx (Netherlands) and Cameron Mason (Great Britain) to secure the bronze.

The fast and flowing course kept the speeds high, as Wyseure increased his lead with each lap. Hendrikx rode in the lead, pacing the Belgian pair of Verstrynge and Nys, who kept a slight advantage over the Dutch duo of Ryan Kamp and Pim Ronhaar.

With two laps to go, Wyseure’s solo lead had stabilized at 15 seconds, and Verstrynge took advantage of this to fend off the pursuers in the power sections for second place.

“I want to try the whole race at my own pace. That was enough for the win,” Wyseure said in the mixed zone after the race. “It’s really good that we have three Belgians on the podium. It’s phenomenal, and I’m really happy.

From the front row in Belgian and Dutch colours, with a lone rider from Great Britain, the Belgian team placed two riders at the front of the first 180 degree corner, the whole field piling in at a blistering pace.

On the first climb of the 38-step staircase, the group began to line up, led by Emiel Verstrynge (Belgium) ahead of a trio of Dutch riders – Pim Ronhaar, Mees Hendrikx and Ryan Kamp. Behind were Gonzalo Inguanzo Macho from Spain and Cameron Mason (Great Britain).

On lap two, along the decisive long climb at the back of the Centennial Park course, Wyseure began to set the pace up front, with a long line of Belgian and Dutch riders behind the wheel. Wyseure attacked through the series of short, steep rolls to kick up some dust and take a seven-second advantage to start the third of seven rounds.

Wyseure continued with a brisk pace on his solo attack, leaving Hendrikx to lead Dutch pursuers Kamp and Ronhaar, who were joined by Verstrynge, Thibau Nys and Britain’s Mason. Four laps from the finish, Wyseure was 14 seconds ahead of the small group. Belgium’s Niels Vandeputte and Jente Michels still have a few seconds left in the chase.

The overnight frost had melted under the Arkansas sun, and any residual moisture in some corners was drying quickly. Wyseure had no trouble on his home runs and soloed across the line for the win, covering his face with his hands in disbelief.

Results
pos. Rider name (country) Team Results
1 Joran Wyseure (Belgium) 0:49:21
2 Emiel Verstrynge (Belgium) 0:00:13
3 Thibau Nys (Belgium) 0:00:33
4 Mees Hendrikx (Netherlands)
5 Cameron Mason (UK)
6 Ryan Kamp (Netherlands) 0:00:38
seven Niels Vandeputte (Belgium) 0:00:40
8 Pim Ronhaar (Netherlands) 0:01:15
9 Gerben Kuypers (Belgium) 0:01:32
ten Jente Michels (Belgium) 0:01:37
11 Antoine Huby (France) 0:01:51
12 Dario Lillo (Switzerland) 0:01:55
13 Samuele Leone (Italy) 0:02:10
14 Joseph Blackmore (UK) 0:02:15
15 Joris Delbove (France) 0:02:33
16 Gonzalo Inguanzo Macho (Spain) 0:02:43
17 Scott Funston (USA) 0:02:44
18 Davide Toneatti (Italy) 0:02:45
19 Loris Rouiller (Switzerland 0:03:12
20 Isaac Del Toro Romero (Mexico) 0:03:14
21 Andrew Strohmeyer (USA) 0:03:21
22 Matej Stransky (Czech Republic) 0:03:33
23 Daxton Mock (USA) 0:03:46
24 Miguel Rodriguez Novoa (Spain) 0:03:57
25 Matyas Fiala (Czech Republic) 0:04:23
26 Jan Sommer (Switzerland) 0:04:32
27 Lars Sommer (Switzerland)
28 Jules Van Kempen (USA) 0:04:33
29 Sam Noel (USA) 0:04:39
30 Filip Maard (Sweden) 0:04:58
31 Theo Thomas (France)
32 Gustav Dahl (Denmark) 0:05:07
33 Pascal Toemke (Germany) 0:05:14
34 Hugo Brisebois (Canada) 0:05:31
35 Matt Leliveld (Canada) 0:05:35
36 Tommy Servetas (USA) 0:05:41
37 Carlos Alfonso Garcia Trejo (Mexico) 0:05:50
38 Noah Ramsay (Canada) 0:06:13
39 Owen Clark (Canada) 0:06:58
40 Sean Nolan (Republic of Ireland) 0:07:24
41 Dean Harvey (Republic of Ireland)

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