Gieten is a bit of a question mark for me to be honest. It’s far up in the North of Holland, far from the ‘cross’ heartland, the course itself was incredibly bland and the spectator turnout wasn’t great either. I guess, there needs to be a Superprestige that’s not in Belgium, but there must be better options than that.
That being said, it was a good day, great racing, we have finally had some rain and mud and the whole day resembled to a cyclo-cross race instead of nice sunny day off. There were some predictable wins and it was getting more and more exciting as Sven Nys and Kevin Pauwels pulled away from the rest of the field and everybody realised that it was all going to come down to a sprint between Nys and Pauwels. This time, however, Nys won fair and square