The second round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup will be held in Tabor, Czech Republic on the former World Championships course at the banks of the Lužnicí river, south of town. For many riders the race in Tabor is the perfect opportunity to make up for their less successful race in Valkenburg and get their World Cup campaign back on track. The elite women’s and elite men’s race will be streamed live on the UCI youtube channel which is geo-restricted for US viewers.
After last week’s spectacular World Cup win in Valkenburg, Netherlands, young Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) will be wearing the white jersey of the World Cup leader in the elite men’s field while the elite women’s World Cup leader, Marianne Vos is taking a break.
The 22 year-old van der Haar will face stiff opposition from last week’s runner-up Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). Pauwels dropped his chain whilst leading the race with Van der Haar but salvaged second place ahead of German rider Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus). The unlucky Belgian will build on last year’s result in Tabor when he won the Czech race ahead of van der Haar.
Francis Mourey (FDJ.fr) wasn’t spared by a mechanical either as the French champion was forced to leave the race with a broken derailleur. Also World champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) pulled out of the race after running into even more bad luck than Pauwels in Valkenburg, encountering a crash, flat tires and a broken chain. That makes for more than enough men who’re keen on challenging Van der Haar in Tabor. American champion Jonathan Page (Fuji-Spy) will be the lone representative for the United States.
World champion Vos added one more victory to her palmareslast Tuesday evening in Woerden, Netherlands. In that race, Vos rode away from USA Champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) in the final part of the race. Compton was also runner-up to Vos in Valkenburg thus becoming the top-favorite for the win in Tabor. Last year Compton finished second to Sanne van Paassen in the Tabor World Cup round but Van Paassen is out with a leg injury. Outsiders for the win in Tabor are British riders Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) and Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team). They finished third and fourth last week on the demanding Cauberg course in Valkenburg.
Finishing right was Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Faren Kuota). The 34 year-old French rider announced that she will retire from cycling at the Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde, Belgium on November 1. As a result the World Cup round in Tabor will be her last race on World Cup level. Joining Compton for the United States are USA Under23 National Champion Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Meredith Miller (CalGiant/Specialized), Arley Kemmerer (C3-Twenty20 Cycling) and Christine Vardaros.
In the Men Under 23 category Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium) will be defending his white World Cup leader’s jersey. The main challenger for him might become World champion Mike Teunissen (Netherlands), winner of last year’s Tabor World Cup. Of course, Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) can never be discounted and will once again try to make up for his back-row starting position to mix in for the win.The United States will be fielding three riders in the U23 race, multi-time USA junior cyclocross champion Logan Owen and Tobin Ortenblad who both race for California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team and Curtis White (Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.com).
In the Junior Men category the Dubau twins, Lucas and Joshua, will hope to repeat their 1-2 double from Valkenburg, with Yannick Peeters (Belgium) once again trying to mix in. The Dubau brothers are the sons of the 1997 French Mountain Bike National Champion Ludovic Dubau and the cousins of Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Dad Ludovic is also a three-time Masters Cyclocross World Champion.
The United States will be represented by Maxx Chance, Josey Weik and David Lombardo. Weik, along with Red Zone Cycling teammate, Gavin Haley, are starting their European cyclocross racing tour. The only Canadian at the race, Willem Boersma (Cycle-smart), will be lining up in the junior’s race in his second European race of his racing career.
With the first Superprestige race of the season taking place on Sunday, October 27th, in Ruddervoorde, Belgium, the Europeans will face the challenge of long travels to get to a race, a challenge that most Americans know quite well. However, according to Het Nieuwsblad, Nys, Pauwels, Rob Peeters, Klaas Vantornout and Yannick Peeters will travel by private jet, loaned to the racers by Latexco, a sponsor of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team. Wilfried Peeters, of Omega Pharma=Quick Step arranged transport for the racers. Latexco’s Luc Maes is also the brother of Jan Maes, Revor’s director. Others such as Niels Albert and his BKCP – Powerplus teammates, will fly to Paris and then drive to Ruddervoorde.
World Cup #2 Tabor Cross Sunday October 26, 2013
- 10:00 – 10:40 CET / 1:00 am – 1:40 am PDT: Junior Men
- 11:10 – 12:00 CET / 2:10 am – 3:00 am PDT: Under23 Men
- 13:30 – 14:10 CET / 4:30 am – 5:10 am PDT: Elite Women
- 15:00 – 16:05 CET / 6:00 am – 7:05 am PDT: Elite Men