Bpost Bank Trofee #2 – Koppenberg Race Report

Bpost Bank Trofee #2 – Koppenberg Race Report


Enjoy the Bpost Bank Trofee Koppenberg gallery and race report below. (Word edits by Nicholas Lemke)

The Koppenbergcross cyclocross race needs little introduction. The cobbled climb of the Koppenberg is one of the most famous climbs of the Spring Classics and the Autumn cyclocross race, which utilizes a portion of the same climb, has become a classic in its own right.

And if the course alone didn’t provide enough intrigue, this race will certainly be remembered for its controversial finish. It seemed that a sprint between Sven Nys and Wout Van Aert was inevitable, but the race judges, fate, and Jan Denuwelaere intervened. Denuwelaera was lapped and should’ve been pulled from the course, but he was allowed to carry-on and when Van Aert launched his attack, Nys was boxed in by Denuwelaera and was unable to sprint. Van Aert bagged one of the biggest wins of his life, but nonetheless commented that he preferred a win where his opponent was unhindered.

And don’t forget the women’s race, which was equally eventful: a dog attacked Ellen van Loy in the first lap, Sophie de Boer once again showcased her magnificent form, and five laps of great racing took place at the first race in Belgium with equal prize money for women. After winning this race many times before, Helen Wyman had a bad day and finished eighth; however, her major victory came in orchestrating, together with Stef Wyman, the women’s equal prize purse. A massive thank you to Kris Auer of Twenty20 Cycling, who was adventurous enough to sponsor a bike race on this side of the pond.

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    Carl

    Take nothing away from Wout, he won this, and was the strongest rider on the Koppenberg. Jan shouldn’t have been there, but as I understand it if he pulled in ‘off course’ where he was meant to which I think is on the bend just before the finish straight it would have more of an impact on race outcome. For some reason Sven sat up early, but he was beat anyway, Wout was stronger…the way he stayed right ON Svens wheel on the climb when Sven went full gas was impressive and he wasn’t afraid to do most of the work in the closing 2 laps.
    Great work again Balint…loving this season.

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    Carl

    Take nothing away from Wout, he won this, and was the strongest rider on the Koppenberg. Jan shouldn’t have been there, but as I understand it if he pulled in ‘off course’ where he was meant to which I think is on the bend just before the finish straight it would have more of an impact on race outcome. For some reason Sven sat up early, but he was beat anyway, Wout was stronger…the way he stayed right ON Svens wheel on the climb when Sven went full gas was impressive and he wasn’t afraid to do most of the work in the closing 2 laps. Oh, just to be clear I am a massive Sven fan, just Wout was ‘on’ in this race.
    Great work again Balint…loving this season.

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