This Sunday, the delegation of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team competed in the eleventh race of the World Cup on the mythical course at the Citadel of Namur. Under the direction of Bart Wellens, eight riders participated in four different races on this well know challenging course for both the riders and their equipment, because of the climbing meters, the mud mixed with gravel stones or steep downhill sections with tree roots.
In the women’s categories, British rider Zoe Bäckstedt opened in the Junior race and dominated by winning with an advantage of over 1 minute. The European Champion took her second win in a row after her historical success in the elite category in Essen. One month after winning the first Junior World Cup in Tabor, Bäckstedt extended her lead in the general classification. Luxembourg rider Marie Schreiber, victim of several mechanicals, finished 51st in the elite & U23 category.
The male trio in the U23 category also showed a lot of perseverance despite bad luck. Belgian rider Emiel Verstrynge battled for the podium until the finish behind Pim Ronhaar, but eventually had to settle with 4th place after breaking his shoe against a barrier in the penultimate lap. Frenchman Théo Thomas achieved his best World Cup result of the season, with Joran Wyseure taking 13th place despite a puncture and pain in shoulder and elbow after a bad crash. Verstrynge is now 5th in the overall World Cup standings.
24 hours after the start of the previous World Cup race in Rucphen, the same elite quartet of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team started on the Citadel of Namur. Just like Verstrynge, Hermans also had bad luck and had to switch shoes as he was racing for the podium. Hermans finished 4th, Corné van Kessel in the top 10 for a ninth time in a row thanks to his 8th place and Briton Thomas Mein closed the top 15. Kevin Kuhn, winner of this race in 2019 in the U23 category, took 17th place despite two punctures. Hermans is currently 4th in the overall World Cup standings after this eleventh race.