A new source of pride for Tormans Cyclo Cross Team arose early this week, ahead of the World Championships in Ostend scheduled on January 30th and 31st. Indeed, in addition to the selections of Belgians Quinten Hermans and Emiel Verstrynge, the French Théo Thomas (U23) and the Swiss Kévin Kuhn (Elites) were chosen to represent their nation and defend their chances on the sandy course. Thomas Mein and Corné Van Kessel are hoping to join their teammates in Ostend with the British and Dutch federations.
What Théo Thomas has achieved is nothing short of miraculous. Shortly after recovering from a double fracture of the collarbone which had made him miss the French Championships, he showed very encouraging signs at the Zilvermeercross in Mol last weekend. It was his first cross since his injury, and he managed to complete it as the first French U23. Moreover, the Ostend course, which has many sandy passages and a particularly technical layout, suits him. In the past, he finished tenth in the dunes of Koksijde in U23 and fourth as a second year Junior. The 19-year-old from Alsace will be at the start of the U23 race on Saturday January 30th at 1:35 p.m.
Recently crowned Swiss cyclocross champion, Kevin Kuhn is in phenomenal condition. It is therefore logical that the Swiss Federation wished to offer him the opportunity to compete in his very first World Championships in the Elite category, this Sunday January 31st at 3:15 p.m. This winter, Kuhn was able to stand out with regularity, finishing eleventh at the European Championships, winning the overall of the EKZ CrossTour at home a week before becoming national champion, his third victory of the season. He also occupies eleventh place overall in the World Cup, which prompts him to have great ambitions next Sunday.
“I cannot wait for my first World Championships in the Elite category, especially on a route as special as Ostend! This parcours on the sand will be a discovery for me, so I watched the previous races held in Ostend to spot the decisive passages. I am curious on whether the experience on the sand will have an impact or not. My current form as well as my consistency this season gives me a lot of confidence, therefore I dream of a top 10. After an excellent training block with the team and a week of rest, I will be all set! "
“After my collarbone fracture, I stayed in touch with national coach François Trarieux. Everything was clear: I would only be part of the selection for the World Championship if my return to competition went well. I want the French team to be able to rely on me for this important race, that's why it was mandatory that I felt no pain anymore. My comeback at the Zilvermeercross was a good test, and now I am convinced that my smooth recovery is a success. As for my goals, it's hard to estimate where I can end up on this fantastic course. but I will start with the ambition of reaching a top 10. After a good training camp with the team, my level can only improve! "