This Sunday, the popular Zonhoven track received the honor of hosting the first World Cup of the season on European soil. Representing Tormans Cyclo Cross Team, Marie Schreiber and Zoé Backstedt were the first to race with the Women Elites. Denise Betsema dominated the event by winning well in front of World Champion Lucinda Brand. 17-year-old Zoe Backstedt made it into the top 20, while Marie Schreiber, returning from three World Cup rounds in the USA, took 34th place.
An hour and a half later, Quinten Hermans, Kevin Kuhn, Corné Van Kessel and Théo Thomas also battled in the Limburg sand. Second the day before at Ruddervoorde, Hermans was again among the leading role, with Toon Aerts, Lars van der Haar, Eli Iserbyt and Laurens Sweeck. In a thrilling race, the Belgian of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team responded to the many attacks, and was part of a group of six strongmen leading on the penultimate lap.
In the final quarter of an hour, Hermans stepped up the pressure, but it was Toon Aerts who eventually grabbed the lead, building up a 20-second gap which he never gave up. Quinten Hermans finished fifth, Corné Van Kessel eighth, Swiss champion Kevin Kuhn was 13th and Théo Thomas finished 23rd. In the individual World Cup standings, Hermans retains his provisional second place.