This national championships weekend will be long remembered in the history of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team. The day after the title of Luxembourgish Marie Schreiber, all six riders involved this Sunday in the race for the national title managed to earn a medal. Three became champions, while the other three finished on the second or third steps of the podium.
This Sunday got off to a flying start in Middlerkerke, along the coast, where the tension was palpable ahead of the U23 race of the Belgian Championships. With the bit between his teeth, Emiel Verstrynge immediately took control of the race. But once he got to the first stretch of sand, his front wheel stuck in a mound and he went to the ground.
Despite his crash, Verstrynge completed the eventful first lap in the lead, joined by Jente Michels and his teammate Joran Wyseure. From halfway through to the last lap, Verstrynge and Wyseure put pressure on Michels, one responding to the accelerations, the other remaining within seconds in pursuit.
Finally, as they approached the beach on the last lap, Verstrynge created the decisive gap and reached the finish line as the winner, becoming Belgian cyclo-cross champion at 19. On his 21st birthday, Joran Wyseure finished third and joined his teammate on the podium, concluding an exemplary collective performance.
Immediately after, Quinten Hermans took the start of the Elite race and enjoyed an excellent start on the sandy circuit. Behind the favorite Wout Van Aert, Hermans was the first pursuer alongside Toon Aerts, then Laurens Sweeck. After thirty minutes of racing, it seemed more and more likely that Hermans and Sweeck would challenge for second place behind Van Aert. Although he had a near-faultless technical race, a chain problem definitely denied Hermans from the fight for silver medal on the penultimate lap. The rider from Tessenderlo, third at the finish, grabbed his first medal at the Belgian championships in the Elite category.