The Kleicross of Lebbeke is Saturday at its 14th edition. Lebbeke is putting itself in the market as a national cross, and so may Mathieu van der Poel, not at the start in Eastern Flanders. World champion Wout van Aert gives absentia. He is driving at that time, the opening classic on the road, the Omloop het Nieuwsblad.
However, the party are under more world champion at the promises Eli Iserbyt, Kevin Pauwels, and Joeri Adams, Tim Merlier, Vincent Baestaens, the brothers Laurens and Hendrik Sweeck and the brothers Michael and Dieter Vanthourenhout. In the women’s elite Sanne Cant, Loes Sels and Ellen Van Loy the crowd pullers.
“The course is 2347 meters long,” explains organizer François Van Malderen. “More than half of them ride the riders in the pasture. As obstacles, we have provided bars, a bridge with steps and a few slopes. We continue our date is maintained. The season may have started, the Kleicross is still a cyclocross and will still be a few years.”
Last year went out of the race in Lebbeke, to Dieter Vanthourenhout. He took it when his younger brother Michael Vanthourenhout. Laurens Sweeck was third.