Five riders of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team will represent four different countries on the slopes of the Citadel of Namur, the theatre of the European Cyclocross Championships this weekend.
The team of Jean-François Bourlart, which obtained ten UCI victories during the first two months of the season, will be present in four of the six races for the blue and starred jersey on one of the most challenging courses of the season, which was even made harder compared to the usual World Cup course with an extra bridge and hill.
The Dutch winner of the first two World Cups in Tábor and Maasmechelen, Lauren Molengraaf (17 year old), will be the first to start in the junior women’s category on Saturday morning. It was in this category that the Belgian team won the first European title in its history last year.
Arne Baers (20 year old) will follow immediately after in the men’s U23 category. Thanks to a solid start of the season leading to a double victory in Sweden and a first World Cup top 10, Baers was selected for the first time to represent Belgium in a championship.
On Sunday, Marie Schreiber (19 year old) will wear the colors of Luxembourg for a second time in a row in the women’s U23 category, one year after finishing seventh in the European championships on the Col du VAM and obtaining an almost uninterrupted series of top ten results in the elite category this season.
Finally, the current vice European champion Quinten Hermans (27 year old) and Swiss champion Kevin Kuhn (24 year old) will participate in the elite men’s category.