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‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH – The organization of the European Cyclo-Cross Championships in’ s-Hertogenbosch has decided, in consultation with the relevant authorities, to remove the junior categories (for boys and girls) from the program. The European Championship is scheduled for 7 and 8 November on the Autotron Rosmalen site.

The reason for this decision is that these athletes, given their age, do not have the required top sport status. In addition, some European countries have recently decided that this age group (-19) is not allowed to practice sport in competition.

This means that on Saturday, November 7, the elite women and the underage men will be leaving and on Sunday, November 8, the elite men and the underage women. In the morning there is always room for training on the course. Earlier, the organization had to decide not to let the planned masters leave as a result of the measures to contain the COVID-19.

The program now looks like this:

Saturday, November 7:
09.00 – 12:00 Official training
12:30 – 13.25 Men U23
14:00 – 15:00 Women Elite

Sunday November 8:
09:00 – 11.30 Official training
12.00 – 12.50 Women U23
12.50 – 13.15 Official training
13:30 – 14:35 Men Elite

Photo: Gert Bonestroo

“S-HERTOGENBOSCH – The 2020 UEC Cyclo Cross European Championships on the Autotron site will take place on 7 and 8 November under strict conditions. This week the organization received GREEN LIGHT from the Brabant-Noord safety region. A number of strict requirements have been set that the organization must and will meet.

The organization had already decided not to admit an audience. In addition to the generally applicable guidelines, the organization is taking extra measures. For example, athletes – and all those who work in their nearness – are tested and face masks must be worn, with an exception for athletes during competitions.

Niels Geven of Libéma Profcycling, who organizes the European Championship on behalf of the Stichting Grote Prijs van Brabant , is happy with the green light the organization has received. “We find two things important: that we do not take irresponsible health risks and that we can still offer Dutch and foreign athletes a European Championship. With the scenario outlined above, we can combine those two things in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. We are pleased that all relevant authorities are willing to contribute ideas so that we can organize a European Championship responsibly at this time as well. This year we try to let the public enjoy the matches to the maximum through television and our social media channels. A special word of thanks should go out to all organizations, partners, companies and volunteers involved in the realization of this event, without them this is not possible. ”

Photo: Gert Bonestroo

Only a few days remain before the start of the Cyclo-Cross European Championships that will take place next weekend in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands).

The main city in the Brabant-Septentrional region is preparing for three days of great cycling with the best international specialists.
272 riders from 20 countries are registered for this continental event. They will compete on Sunday (Masters races will be held on Friday and Saturday) for the five titles on offer: Men Elite (54 registered), Men Juniors (81 registered), Men Under 23 (61 registered), Women Under 23 (44 registered) and Women Elite (32 registered).

The most eagerly awaited event is the Men’s Elite race with the current European Champion, Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) and the current World Champion Wout van Aert (Belgium), who also won silver and bronze medals this season at the Road European Championships in Glasgow.

As well as Van der Poel and Van Aert, we are also expecting a lot of Belgians, Toon Aerts, European Champion in 2016, Laurens Sweeck and Michael Vanthourenhout and the Dutch rider Lars van der Haar, silver medallilst at the European Championships last year.

In the Women’s events, watch out for Marianne Vos (Netherlands) who has won seven World Championships in her career and three European Cyclo-Cross titles. This year she has focused on this discipline with great determination. Marianne Vos, who also won the Road continental title in 2017, will be racing against the current World Champion, Sanne Cant (Belgium), the Briton, Helen Wyman, her compatriot Annemarie Worst and the Italian, Alice Maria Arzuffi.

In the Women’s Under 23 (17-22 years), Ceylin Del Carmen (Netherlands) and Marion Norber Riberolle (France) will be the favourites in a race that promises to be very exciting as well as the Men’s Under 23 race that could be a revenge race between the World Champion, Eli Iserbyt (Belgium), who won the European title last year and Tom Pidcock (Great Britain), second in 2017 after a very close sprint.

The Men’s Juniors races will be very spectacular with the great stars of the beginning of this season: Witse Meeussen (Belgium), Luke Verburg (Netherlands) and the Czech Republic trio, Jakub Ťoupalík, Tomáš Ježek and Jan Zatloukal.

Rocco Cattaneo, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: «We are about to experience a great weekend of Cyclo-Cross in the prestigious setting of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Cyclo-Cross has always been one of the most popular disciplines in Europe which has been proved over the last few seasons and also for this edition since the best world specialists will be competing.

The great media interest in these Championships is the best proof that we will have a high level event which is one of the most eagerly awaited of the season.

I would like to thank the Dutch Cycling Federation and its President, Marcel Wintels, and the organisers of the Stichting Grote Prijs van Brabant and the Libéma Profcycling, as well as all volunteers who have been working for a long time with devotion, skill and passion to organise to the best of their ability an event that will undoubtedly be a huge success.