The year of The Netherlands?
In the womens race it was three riders in the top all the time. Sanne Cant, Ellen van Loy and Sophie de Boer. Behind Elle Anderson (nice to see her race in Europe) and Sanne van Paassen in the end.
Sanne van Paassen back CX racing after a long time off after being injured (using a Specialized Evade to gain extra speed?):
In the end it got like this:
1. Sanne Cant – BKCP
2. Ellen van Loy – Telenet-Fidea
3. Sophie de Boer – Parkhotel Valkenburg
4. Sanne van Paassen – Boels-Dolmans
5. Elle Anderson – Parkhotel Valkenburg
And then the men’s race, with the brothers Van der Poel and Niels Albert on the side instead of winning like last year.
Mathieu van der Poel started superfast but dropped a bit after a lap. Instead it was Lars van der Haar and Kevin Pauwels in the front, that got some extra time after Tom Meussen crashed. Kevin Pauwels faded and it seemed like a clear victory for van der Haar. But Mathieu van der Poel found som power and chased back up, attacked on last lap and got some room and won. Impressive! Sven Nys rode safe and strong and ended 3rd.
1. Mathieu van der Poel – BKCP-PowerPlus
2. Lars van der Haar – Giant Development Team
3. Sven Nys – Crelan
4. David van der Poel – BKCP-PowerPlus
More info about it here: Superprestige Gieten
And in Sweden it has been racing in Stockholm at the first 2 races in the Swedish CX Cup. Same winners both days with Ida Jansson in the womens race and Calle Friberg in the mens race.