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Belgian-Dutch semi

World championship cyclocross seems to be growing on the aged BeNe-league

Belgian-Dutch semi

The world championships of cyclo-cross are more than ever moulded into a battle between the Low Countries. Powerhouse Mathieu van der Poel scored for the Orange the decisive goal.

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Belgium and the Netherlands divided the medals in the elite. In the women won Sanne Cant, with the men Mathieu van der Poel. Photo News

World championship cyclocross seems to be growing on the aged BeNe-league

Belgian-Dutch semi

The world championships of cyclo-cross are more than ever moulded into a battle between the Low Countries. Powerhouse Mathieu van der Poel scored for the Orange the decisive goal.

Number of years per decade that Belgium and the Netherlands together account for more than half of the medals won at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS cyclocross.

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Benedict Vanclooster

BogenseMet 26 victories was this veldritwinter all a fairy tale for him, on the native island of Hans Christian Andersen wrote Mathieu van der Poel there yesterday for a 27th page in gold letters.

‘Finally’, gave Van der Poel a sigh of relief. “Three years without that sweater, that was too long for me. I have often explained that in recent years, sometimes by circumstances, it was lost, but what is not said and written? Eventually they would you almost a WK-complex foist.’

After his stunning season appeared Van der Poel, say that with more confidence at the start than last year. Mental strength given to him by that one potential turning point in the match around and helped, at the end of the fourth of twelve rounds. Wout van Aert had managed a first solopoging of the Dutch defeat. “Our only chance was to be able to as long as possible for Mathieu to remain told Of Aert. “I am once able to return, but I am doing so in such a way to force I the round after, on the oblique side of a mistake made.’

‘The most sports globalizing in the course of the years, but in cyclocross is the opposite-asked’

Daam Van Reeth

Professor of sports economics

Van Aert was still voorbijgesneld by Toon Aerts, but benefited at the end of a fall of the Belgian champion for the silver medal.

British minor victory

With all-rounder Van der Poel got the cyclo-cross world champions who also as a mountain biker and road cycling championships all of his credentials smudge and it is expected that in the near future also will shine in the spring classics. The time that cyclocross is a sport was called for failed road racers is far behind us. The international cycling union (UCI) was also about that never seen so many riders to the world championships had participated as last weekend (289), and that 24 countries were represented.

In reality resulted in Bogense the evidence that the global title more than ever, it is shrivelled to a reformed BeNe-liga. On the German Marcel Meisen after colored the full top ten in the men’s elite Belgian Dutch. Of the fifteen to earn medals across the various categories, there were twelve by the Low Countries claimed. Only in 1971, 2012, and 2015 was the BeNe-dominance in terms of percentage, is even stronger. Only bright spot: the double British gold at the junior games in the men: Thomas Pidcock at the promises and Ben Tulett in the junior league.

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Professor of sports economics Daam Van Reeth summarised the history of the world championships cyclo-cross aptly together in a tweet: “The most sports globalizing in the course of the years, but in cyclocross it happens just the opposite.’

Decade after decade, has he more and more editions, in which the Belgians and Dutch, together with the different categories, with more than half of the medals at the get go. Turning point was the awarding of the olympic status to the mountain biking (Atlanta 1996), for governments and wielerfederaties in a number of traditional crosslanden the sign to the rifle from shoulder to change. In 1998, at the previous world championships cyclo-cross in Denmark, were the consequences of this for the first time on the surface. Belgium, that the train of the mountain biking completely missed, won there five of the nine medals.

Thin jeugdspoeling

21 years later, returns to the Belgian delegation, with six medals back. Since the inception of the world championships in the field, in 1950, it was only once the harvest is even richer (seven in Hoogerheide 2014). With the important nuance that the to earn a number of medals over the years, only increased, from three to fifteen.

Coach Sven Vanthourenhout said yesterday that six medals the aim was. ‘The title in the men’s elite would be the icing on the cake, but we can not blame.’ The Belgians won, or as many podium finishes as the Dutch, they lost the derby of the Low Countries on the basis of the number of gold medals (1-2). That the lord not once did the Belgian could be played was remarkable and unseen since 2011.

Especially the results with the promises of votes to consider. Not so much because Eli Iserbyt was come for a unique third world title and ultimately satisfied was set with silver, because of the thin rinse. Only two riders in the top ten is the weakest result of Belgian promises since 2010. The ladies promises came even closer than the fourteenth place, a historical low.

The Belgian cycling federation believes, however, that the tide soon can turn around and see hope glimmer on the horizon. Laatstejaarsjunioren Witse Meeussen (silver) and Ryan Cortjens (bronze) conquered after three pristinely white years finally Belgian medals at their home race in this youngest category.

Transformation plan

The UCI, that the globalisation of the sport as one of its core business, considers, works on her part, to a reform for the cross. Friday in Bogense presented offroadmanager Peter Van den Abeele on the UCI management committee, a state of affairs. “There is an expansion of the world cup from nine to twelve and later fourteen races, of which up to half in the same country’, he repeated. ‘At the earliest in the summer, after the next executive committee, we will communicate more about it.’

The reform was originally planned for the upcoming season, but was delayed until 2020-2021. Meanwhile annoy the teams are aware that their voice in the debate are not heard, and grinding Flemish organisers of the blades to their place on the calendar to defend. The Belgian-Dutch inbreeding will continue for a while.

Number of years per decade that Belgium and the Netherlands together account for more than half of the medals won at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS cyclocross.


Years 1950: 0

Years 1960: 1

Years 1970: 2

Years 1980: 0

Years 1990: 3

Years 2000: 4

Years 2010: 8

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