LAST WEEK

Cycling Weekly - - Racing -

Satur­day, Novem­ber 4

With the ma­jor­ity of the world’s best cy­clo-cross rid­ers away in the Czech Repub­lic at the Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships, there was a chance for lesser-known rid­ers to make their name at a race in Ri­jkevorsel. Held in rain, Bel­gian rider Hen­drik Sweeck (ERA Real Es­tate-cir­cus) soloed to vic­tory. Be­hind him, British rider Ben Turner (Beobank-coren­don) fin­ished third and the high­est­placed U23 rider.

Satur­day, Novem­ber 4

After con­tin­u­ing his dom­i­nance in Zar­ren last week, Mathieu Wille­myns (ATOM 6-Alno Keukens Wakken) made it five wins in this year’s Flem­ish Cy­clo-cross Cup. The Bel­gian tri­umphed at the lat­est round in Zelza­tem more than 20 sec­onds ahead of his near­est chal­lenger, Nick van de Ker­ck­hove (Tarteletto-isorex).

Sun­day, Novem­ber 5

Ben Turner capped off a suc­cess­ful week­end in Bel­gium with a se­cond-placed fin­ish at the Hof­s­tade-zemst race. With one lap re­main­ing, Turner, even­tual win­ner Gert Smets (ERA Real Es­tate-cir­cus) and Pauwels Sauzen-vast­goed­ser­vice duo Jelle Camps and Flo­rian Ver­meer­sch all could have won, but Smets pulled away to win by 10 sec­onds from Turner.

Sun­day, Novem­ber 5

Stage seven win­ner Ja­copo Mosca (Wilier-tri­estina-selle Italia) took his first ever gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion ti­tle at the Tour of Hainan. The Ital­ian, how­ever, wasn’t the only star of the race: his team-mate Jakub Mareckzo won five con­sec­u­tive sprint stages and the points clas­si­fi­ca­tion. Marco Zan­otti (Mon­key Town) and New Zealan­der Joseph Cooper (Isowhey Sports Swis­s­well­ness) also won a stage each.

Sun­day, Novem­ber 5

Car­los Tor­res won his na­tional tour of Venezuela, 29 sec­onds ahead of An­der­son Ti­mo­teo Pare­des. After a third-placed fin­ish on stage one, a re­peat re­sult on stage eight gave Tor­res the leader’s jer­sey and he man­aged to keep hold of it. There were nine dif­fer­ent stage win­ners, with a two-time Venezue­lan na­tional cham­pion win­ning stages two and 10.

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