Throwback Thursday – the 2009 Cyclocross World Cup in Roubaix

Throwback Thursday – the 2009 Cyclocross World Cup in Roubaix


The other day, I was going through some old photos and have found these, from one of the first cyclocross races I’ve ever photographed, the World Cup race in Roubaix, back in 2009. Funnily enough, the race was held five years ago, on this day. Enjoy this little glimpse into the past, though it was only five years ago, so much has changed.

Zach McDonald

Looking at photos makes me realise how much we change. The young Zach McDonald looks so, well, young.

Lars van der Haar

An also very young Lars van der Haar in the middle of the junior race’s pack.

Corne van Kessel

Another rider, who is junior on this photo and just became an elite rider this season: Corne van Kessel.

David Fletcher

If my notes are correct, this is David Fletcher, who just finished second in the U23 category of the British National Championships.

Philipp Walsleben

U23 race, Philipp Walsleben was a massively dominant both at this race and through the whole season.

Daphny van den Brand

Daphny van den Brand, on her way to win the race. She raced for three more seasons before she retired in 2012.

Nikki Harris

Nikki Harris, well before the Telenet-Fidea years.

Katie Compton

The podium of the women’s race, with Katie Compton celebrating her first (?) win at Roubaix.

Zdenek Stybar

Zdenek Stybar descends in the first lap of the race. This was a year before his first elite men World Champion title, so he wears ‘only’ the Czech National Champion colours.

Lars Boom

Another rider, who has left cross: Lars Boom, the then-World Champion. This wasn’t his finest day, not finishing on the podium eventually.

Sven Nys

Sven Nys rides in the white skinsuit, that belonged to the leader of the World Cup. Directly behind him rides Bart Wellens, behind him Niels Albert and Zdenek Stybar look at their respective drivetrains.

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