One week after his Belgian title in the U23 category, Emiel Verstrynge inaugurated his new kit in the best possible way by winning his first U23 World Cup race in Flamanville this Sunday. A fantastic success for the rider of Tormans Cyclo Cross Team as it was his second consecutive victory and the final round of the U23 World Cup.
Verstrynge dressed in the Belgian colors and rode his first meters on his brand new CUBE Cross Race, a present from CUBE Bikes after his national title in Middelkerke. The 19 year old defeated European champion Ryan Kamp, 2nd, and World Champion Pim Ronhaar, 4th, to win a very exciting battle around the castle in the Norman village. After a training camp with Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert in Alicante, Théo Thomas also performed well on home soil. He finished 9th, taking his second World Cup top 10 of the season. Joran Wyseure finished 13th.
In the Elite Men’s category, Corné van Kessel and Kevin Kuhn also raced on the explosive circuit with numerous hairpins. Kuhn, who celebrated his second consecutive Swiss title last Sunday, delivered his best World Cup performance. He finished fifth after a strong second race half, during which he joined forces with van Kessel. He preceded Jens Adams and his teammate by a couple of seconds at the end of the eighth and final lap.
Thanks to his French succes, Emiel Verstrynge concluded the U23 World Cup third overall. Flamanville was the final World Cup of the season for the U23 category as the races for the youth categories in Hoogerheide were cancelled. The Elite men will conclude the World Cup season in the Dutch city next Sunday.