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Wereldbeker 1.000 meter voor Davis

Wereldbeker 1.000 meter voor Davis

Shani Davis heeft bij de wereldbekerwedstrijden in Inzell de 1.000 meter gewonnen. De Amerikaan kan daardoor de eindzege in het wereldbekerklassement niet meer ontgaan.

Davis liet een tijd van 1.08,70 noteren en was daarmee 0,10 sneller dan olympisch kampioen Stefan Groothuis. Davis’ landgenoot Brian Hansen gaf 0,20 toe op de tijd van Davis.

Koen Verweij vond zichzelf met 1.08,98 net naast het…

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This Weekend in Cyclocross: Nommay

So, it’s getting to that part of the season then. The road season is stuttering to life outside of Europe, but we still have a few more weeks of cold and mud to look forward to. This weekend, the World Cup is wrapping up if it wasn’t already: Lars Van der Haar needs to finish 24th or higher to guarantee he wins the overall competition outright.

However, after that, things get a little more tricky: Philipp Walsleben, who was 2nd for most of the competition, is now 9 points behind Niels Albert in 3rd. So, Walsleben needs to finish above Albert, either by winning, two places ahead within the top 6, or 9 places ahead outside the top 6. Finishing within the top 20 however, would still give the German an historic place on the podium - the first time a German has done so, and the first time since 1996/7 that there has only been one Belgian on the World Cup podium.

For a race with a moderate bit of drama built in, Nommay sure fits the bill! The course can be a little muddy, can be quite fast with few obstacles, but looks to be pretty heavy on the legs, with a lot of ups and downs, perhaps longer than your usual cross course. You can expect a attacks on a huge set of steps, right after the first corner after the start-finish straight. There’s a nice feature of the official website where you can see pictures of past races at different parts of the course.

Who’s going to win then? Not technical enough for Nys to do well (although he has won his last 3 races), Van der Haar and Walsleben did well on this sort of course earlier in the season, but I can see Albert winning. He’s been a figure in the final in a lot of the more recent races, winning the last World Cup race in Rome. And dare I say it, I can see him winning the World Champs at Hoogerheide next weekend.

Coverage is online via the official UCI youtube channel here from 13h20 CET on Sunday.


Puyol overhandigt wereldbeker

De felbegeerde wereldbeker wordt zondag vlak voor de WK-finale tussen Duitsland en Argentinië het stadion ingebracht door Carlos Puyol. De Spanjaard, voormalig aanvoerder van het nationale voetbalelftal, veroverde de trofee in 2010 ten koste van Nederland.

Hij krijgt daarbij gezelschap van het Braziliaanse supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Zij staat bekend al een van de bestbetaalde modellen van de…

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Medemblikker Pim Schipper start op wereldbeker 1500m in Astana

Medemblikker Pim Schipper start op wereldbeker 1500m in Astana

Medemblik – Door diverse afzeggingen is onze stadsgenoot Pim Schipper opgeroepen om de wereldbeker 1500m te schaatsen in Astana Kazachstan.  Pim heeft tijdens het NK-schaatsen de 4e plaats…

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Wereldbeker eindelijk in Nederland

Wereldbeker eindelijk in Nederland

Over een kleine drie maanden begint het WK voetbal in Brazilië. In de tussentijd is de wereldbeker bezig aan een reis rond de wereld. Vandaag deed de zogenoemde FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Nederland aan.

De wereldbeker werd vandaag gepresenteerd door uitgerekend oud-bondscoach Bert van Marwijk. Vier jaar geleden liep hij de felbegeerde trofee na afloop van de WK-finale in Johannesburg nog als…

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This Weekend in Cyclocross: Zolder and Loenhout

Sven Nys leads Niels Albert at the 2012 race at Zolder, courtesy Sven Nys.com

The races come thick and fast over the Christmas period in the Cyclocross, with FOUR races between now and New Years Day, two in the UCI World Cup and two in the BPost Bank Trofee. We’ll look at the first two today (GP Erik De Vlaemink at Zolder and Azencross at Loenhout), and the next two the day after tomorrow.

The first of those, the World Cup at Zolder takes place at a motor racing circuit which hosted Formula 1 from 1973 to 1984, and owing to this there’s a pretty long start finish straight with one bridge. It doesn’t have quite the history of some of the older races (8 editions in total, the first being raced in 2000) or the craziness of some of the newers like Namur, but 16,000 are expected for a day of races, frites and beer.

Last week’s round at Namur has given the World Cup a bit of a shake - Lars van der Haar extended his lead over 2nd place Philipp Walsleben, but the top 5 riders are separated by 30 points. Nonetheless, Van der Haar can be expected to do well on a fast, well kept course like this, and with just two rounds after this (and one of these is in Rome, and not known to be difficult terrain) he should have enough to keep his nose in front.

It might not be hard enough for Albert, Vantornout or Pauwels to distance Walsleben also, so he may well cling on to 2nd for now. He’ll also have his younger brother Max for company on the start line for the first time. Coverage kicks off from 13h20 CET on the UCI’s youtube channel.

image courtesy sport.be/azencross

Friday’s race is the Azencross at Loenhout. The last 3 editions have been won by Niels Albert and with a win today, he’ll equal Sven Nys’s record number of 5 wins, one of the few courses this may happen on. In the overall classification, he’s a mere 1m06 down. No-one has won a race by more than half a minute so far this season, but given Nys’s run of poor luck so far, Albert could well close the gap a touch with 4 races to go.

The last edition of the Azencross was incredibly muddy, and given the recent poor weather in northern Europe, we can expect more of the same slippy conditions this weekend. Nys will be the fresher of the bunch, with nothing great to race for in the World Cup, but Albert will have perhaps the greatest motivation of the rest.

While he may have got the better of Nys last time here, Nys had to deal with a crash on the 2nd lap, leaving him a good number of placings to catch up. Albert is my tip for the win, with Nys not far enough behind to lose the GC lead in the BPost Bank Trofee. Given the competition visits Nys’s home race in Baal later in the series, he has a very good chance of winning the overall.

Race coverage of the Azencross starts at 14h45 CET on 27th December

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