Bpost Bank Trofee #2 – Koppenbergcross

Bpost Bank Trofee #2 – Koppenbergcross


I was pondering over the arrive of the new guard in cross and today’s race at Koppenberg have provided me some more valid points for my argument.

First of all, I don’t think I have ever seen nine riders in the front to start the last lap and that group contained the biggest names and up and coming riders in equal numbers. This definitely suggest to me that the field is more balanced and there is less of a difference between riders in the top 10.

I was also very happy to see Ian Field riding away from the field in the first lap and who knows what he could have achieved, had a flat tyre not stop him – he still finished at 13th place.

It was a great race and while normally I don’t see anything from the side of the course, today even I could keep up with what was happening and it was exciting, accordingly.

The race has also marked the end of Jan Denuwelaere. He hasn’t managed to leave his mark in the elite men’s ranks, though his win last year in Essen was indeed unforgettable. The reason for his early retirement seemed to be the lack of motivation, the constant struggle to be selected for World Cups, etc. It seemed to be a vicious circle: the sometimes lacklustre performance meant less points, he wasn’t selected for World Cups, he won less and less points, got further back on the start grid and thus he managed to win less and less points. Would be interesting to know what he is planning to do after his early retirement.

Now, an off-day is coming, the women will be travelling back to the Czech Republic to take part in the European Championships, while the elite men will clash in the sandy pits of Zonhoven – a wicked course, don’t miss it!

Laurens Sweeck rides in second lap of the U23's Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg.

Ian Field supporters

Ian Field supporters

Niels Albert dials in disc brake-equipped Colnago before the Koppenbergcross race

Niels Albert is the first Belgian rider to test a disc brake-equipped bike.

Gabby Durrin warms up before the women's Bpost Bank Trofee race in Oudenaarde.

Puntastic

Puntastic

Vicious Velo riders warm up before the Koppenbergcross 2013-cyclocross-bpost-trofee-koppenberg-83-claire-beaumont Nikki Harris and two other riders chase Helen Wyman in the first lap of the women's Bpost Bank Trofee at Koppenberg. Nikki Harris in the second lap of the women's Bpost Bank Trofee cyclocross race at Koppenberg. Helen Wyman in the second lap of the women's Bpost Bank Trofee cyclocross race at Koppenberg. 2013-cyclocross-bpost-trofee-koppenberg-87-crowd Helen Wyman in the last lap of the women's Bpost Bank Trofee cyclocross race at Koppenberg.a

When legends meet.

When legends meet.

Rob Peeters rides through the first muddy section of the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg.

Ian Field leads the field in the first lap of the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg.

Ian Field leads the race at the end of the first lap …

... with a strong chasing group in tow.

… with a strong chasing group in tow.

Ian Field and Rob Peeters ride in the third lap of the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg. Ian Field and Rob Peeters ride in the third lap of the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg. Klaas Vantornout rides in the fifth lap of the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg. Niels Albert rides in the sixth lap of the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg. Kevin Pauwels rides in the penultimate lap of the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg.

Kevin Pauwels rides in the last lap of the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lead group of nine in the last lap of a cyclocross race.

Tom Meeusen crosses the line first and wins the elite men's Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg Julien Taramarcaz sits exhausted on the ground after finishing tenth in the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg. Ian Field flashes a tired but happy smile after finishing 13th in the elite men's cyclocross Bpost Bank Trofee race at Koppenberg. Jan Denuwelaere flashes a smile after finishing his last-ever cyclocross race. 2013-cyclocross-bpost-trofee-koppenberg-104-klaas-vantornout-imitator 2013-cyclocross-bpost-trofee-koppenberg-105-koppenberg-pub

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    Jonathan Allan

    Great pics as always , especially good of Mr Ian Field , good to see the national champs jersey at the front of such a classic cross race.

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    Jonathan Allan

    Great pics as always , especially good of Mr Ian Field , good to see the national champs jersey at the front of such a classic cross race.

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