Pauwels and van den Brand stand their ‘white’ ground in Heerlen

12 Feb
While the ‘roadies’ are preparing themselves under more pleasant circumstances for the upcoming 3rd edition of the Tour of Oman, (check this photo by RadioShack Nissan Trek press officer Tim van der Jeugd),  a snow covered ‘Hellegat’ was the scenery today for the 17th edition of the Cyclo cross Heerlen.
 
Cyclo crossers Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) and Daphny van den Brand (Team AA Drink) landed the number one spots on the podium. Pauwels, who took his 2nd victory in Heerlen, was clearly too strong for the rest of the field. But afterwards he expressed promising expectations to runner-up and Under-23 World Champion Lars van der Haar: ”It might not be next winter, but for the winters thereafter I expect he’ll be competing for the top spots. There were a couple of times today when I was having difficulties with increasing the gap between me and him. My victory was surely no present, I really had to battle for it (Source: Wielerland.nl).” For van den Brand, it was the last active appearance in the Hellegat. She will end her career after this season.
 
Full results women and men (Source: Wielerland.nl)
 
Icy conditions during Cyclocross Heerlen 2012

 

Lars van der Haar raced to a 2nd place: "I can't yet compete with Pauwels, but this result reassures me I've got what it takes" (Source: http://cyclopunk.blogspot.com)

Click here for some more impressions of today’s Cyclo cross in Heerlen.

© Photos: Wheelerwatchers

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