The weekend of European Cyclocross Championships was opened this Saturday, for Tormans Cyclo Cross Team with the U23 Men category. Frenchman Théo Thomas and Belgian riders Emiel Verstrynge and Joran Wyseure started at 13h30 on the Col du VAM in the north of the Netherlands.
The trio of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team quickly distinguished itself and after a solid start of Emiel Verstrynge, Joran Wyseure and Théo Thomas joined their teammate in the front. Both Belgian riders maintained themselves within the first five positions, until Verstrynge accelerated in the fourth lap.
The unusual parcours with climbs and cobbles was then the theatre of several situation changes. Attacks succeeded each other, but no contenders for the title managed to make a difference. At the entry of the final lap, Verstrynge and Wyseure were part of the ten rider group battling for the victory.
It was after this penultimate passage on the finish line that Verstrynge chose to attack. The 19 year old led the race alone, but was victim of a crash un a muddy corner. Verstrynge and Wyseure fought until the end of the race, just missing out on the medals. Joran Wyseure took 4th place in his first European Championships, 8 seconds after winner Ryan Kamp. Verstrynge crossed the line in 5th place and Théo Thomas took 14th.
A couple of hours earlier, British rider Zoe Bäckstedt, member of development team Tormans-Acrog, was dominant in the Junior women’s category and won the European title. The new 17 year old European Champion finished one minute ahead of the Dutch Leonie Bentveld.