This Saturday, Lauren Molengraaf became European cyclocross champion in the junior category on the challenging circuit on the Citadel of Namur.
The 17 year old Dutch rider, who recently won the first two World Cup races, actually took a cautious start, concluding the first lap in fourth place at thirteen seconds behind the leading trio.
Molengraaf caught her competitors in the second lap and accelerated several times in the lead, without being able to distance Italian rider Valentina Corvi and Belgian rider Xaydee Van Sinaey, who started the final lap together.
The exciting battle ended in a victory for Molengraaf, who was faster than Corvi in the final hectometers, offering Tormans Cyclo Cross Team the second European title in a row after Zoe Bäckstedt’s succes last year.
In the beginning of the afternoon, Arne Baers represented Belgium for the first time in a championship.
Despite a crash in the start of the U23 race, which beat him back to the last position, he rode an impressive race and managed to finish in tenth place after seven laps of racing.