Superprestige #2 – Zonhoven

Superprestige #2 – Zonhoven


It’s funny when the weather plays deja-vu on you – and that’s exactly what happened today. The weather was identical to last year’s race, a bit of cold and heavy raining alternated warm sunshine and blue skies.

That wasn’t the only thing that caused deja-vu: after an exciting race, it all came down to Sven Nys and Niels Albert, they had to duke it out, just like last year and it was Nys again, who crossed the line first.

Next week will be a bit quieter, just one race on Sunday, Hamme-Zogge, but then comes one of the highlights of the season, at least for me: Asper-Gavere, my favourite race.

Oh, and I would like to congratulate to Helen Wyman and Nikki Harris for finishing first and second at the European Champs today – well done!

If you want to surprise yourself with a great cyclocross coffee table album, mybook about the 2012/2013 cyclocross seasonis still available.
Joeri Hofman rides in the second lap of the U23 Superprestige race in Zonhoven.

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Daan Hoeyberghs rides in the last lap of the U23 Superprestige race in Zonhoven.

Quinten Hermans rides in the last lap of the U23 Superprestige race in Zonhoven.

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Toon Aerts waits to be called to the podium.

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Klaas Vantornout descends into the Zonhoven sandpit during the Zonhoven Superprestige race

Julien Taramarcaz crashes in the first lap of the elite men's Superprestige cyclocross race in Zonhoven.

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Niels Albert rides in the second lap of the elite men's Superprestige cyclocross race in Zonhoven.

Julien Taramarcaz rides in the third lap of the elite men's Superprestige cyclocross race in Zonhoven.

Klaas Vantornout rides in the fifth lap of the elite men's Superprestige cyclocross race in Zonhoven.

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Sven Nys rides in the sixth lap of the elite men's Superprestige cyclocross race in Zonhoven.

Klaas Vantornout rides in the fifth lap of the elite men's Superprestige cyclocross race in Zonhoven.

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Sven Nys rides in the penultimate lap of the elite men's Superprestige cyclocross race in Zonhoven.

Sven Nys walks towards the TV tent after winning the Zonhoven Superprestige cyclocross race

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  1. 4
    Marcus

    great photos again this season as in the previous ones.
    and i must strongly recommend your fantastic books (especially the last one): a must-have for every cyclocross addict!
    im looking forward to the new one 😉

    cheers
    marcus

    • 15
      balint

      Yeah, it’s always a mixed bag: the crashes look great but often someone is badly hurt. That’s the great thing about Zonhoven: it looks great but then there is always never any harm done, due to the fact that they land on the sand.

  2. 16
    Beth Thomson

    Briliant race and your photos wonderful. That sand always throws up some action! Yelled myself hoarse for Albert but what a storming finish by Nys. Enjoy the next ones!

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