UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup WE Flamanville – Preview – Ciclismo Internacional

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup WE Flamanville – Preview

By @EchelonsHub

The Course

It’s the 14th and penultimate round of the World Cup tomorrow and it will take place in France on the Flamanville track, it will be a different round as it will be the first (and probably only) time both Lucinda Brand and Denise Betsema are absent from the race, the latter perhaps more surprisingly as this is exactly the kind of opportunity that she needed to feed any dream of still capturing the World Cup. Nevertheless there are some names missing but we should absolutely still expect a top notch race.

The forecast is of a dry track, perhaps not completely but I don’t expect mud to have any influence on the race and it is one where the main obstacle should come from the fatigue build-up over the course over a race that will be jam-packed with technical sections and stairs. It doesn’t feature any major climb but the circuit does include two big stairs sections, a few short but quite steep chutes towards the end of the circuit – both up and down – and a combination of many short non-technical ascents and a very twisting route.


Video: Recon of the track from 2020 (same this year and conditions should be too)


The Startlist

1.LB – DNS 2.DB – DNS 3.Puck Pieterse 4.Fem Van Empel
5.Inge van der Heijden 6. Manon Bakker 7. Aniek Van Alphen 8.Silvia Persico
9.Eva Lechner 10.Alice Maria Arzufi 11.Gaia Realini 12.Lucia Bramati
13.Sanne Cant 14.Alicia Franck 15.Marion N. Riberolle 16.Suzanne Verhoeven
17.Ellen van Loy 18.Marthe Truyen 19.Laura Verdonschot 20.Kiona Crabbe
21.Julie Brouwers 22.Loes Sels 23.Taylor Kuyk-White 24.Corey Coogan
25.Jennifer Malik 26.Helene Clauzel 27.Perrine Clauzel 28.Amandine Fouquenet
29.Anais Morichon 30.Olivia Onesti 31.Solenne Billouin 32.Viviani Rognant
33.Camille Devigne 34.Amandine Vidon 35.Cyriane Muller 36.Laura Porhel
37.Gwenning Le Dantec 38.Lucia Gonzalez 39.Aida Nuno 40.Lydia Pinto
41.Christine Majerus 42.Sidney McGill 43.Kristyna Zemanova 44.Tereza Vanickova
45.Kata Blanka Vas 46.Tereza Kurnicka

This is according to the official startlist, it can at times not be completely accurate.

The Favourites

With Brand, Vos and Alvarado, the podium in the Rucphen nationals last week, and Denise Betsema all missing, just to name a few, tomorrow provides a brilliant opportunity for an outsider win in the big stage and a lot of names will be hungry for that win.

The Dutch should nevertheless have the best odds to take this one as they still come with a good lineup, a very young one I must say but the new generation is more than ready to take over. Puck Pieterse and Fem van Empel should be the headliners, having some good skills they will be taking over the responsabilities of the Dutch nation to get racking up those wins, which have been all but one in the World Cup except for Overijse where Kata Blanka Vas won and she is back this weekend and as one of the main contenders.

The Dutch also have cards in Inge van der Heijden and Manon Bakker who have some races where they excel and get some impressive results, on the other side of the Benelux you’ve got Sanne Cant who has gotten into good form over the Christmas period and with a brilliant win last week in the national championships she comes with renewed confidence, perhaps not the best circuit for her but definitely the best chance she has gotten this season to jump on the podium of a World Cup, Eva Lechner and Silvia Persico also bring a great opportunity for Italy to get a strong result whilst Hélene Clauzel fuels the home nation’s hopes of a Top5, or perhaps better.

Prediction Time

1st– Puck Pieterse

2nd– Kata Blanka Vas

3rd– Fem van Empel

4th– Sanne Cant

5th– Hélene Clauzel

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Rúben Silva

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