Three riders of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team made the yellow and blue jersey shine on the podium in appalling conditions in Gullegem this Tuesday. Less than one month after her historic victory in Essen, British rider Zoe Bäckstedt impressed once more between her competitors in the Elite Women’s category, before Belgian duo Quinten Hermans and Joran Wyseure imitated her in the men’s race.
Behind Shirin van Anrooij, who led the race from the first lap, the 17 year old British rider made a good impression on the course covered with mud and heavy rainfall. In the penultimate lap, the European junior champion managed to pass Maghalie Rochette who was racing in 2nd position at that moment. But the Canadian rider received the opportunity to close the gap to Bäckstedt after a crash of the British rider. After an effort of almost one hour, Zoe Bäckstedt concluded her fifth race on ten days on the third step of the podium.
In the men’s race, Quinten Hermans and Tom Pidcock shared the race lead in the first half hour before the Briton made a gap at the beginning of the fourth lap. The second race half can be described as a battle man to man, with behind them a remarkable effort of young Joran Wyseure. Before the final lap, the 20 year old managed to move up from a top 20 to third position and to join his teammate Hermans, who punctured before. In the end, Wyseure crossed the finish line in 2nd place, 16 seconds after winner Pidcock. With his 3rd place, Hermans secured the presence of all three riders from Tormans Cyclo Cross team on the podium in Gullegem.