Season 2020/21 Cyclocross Round Up


The cyclocross season is in its last weeks and thanks to the Dutch website WielerFlits we have all the statistics for a full run-down on the season long cyclocross series. The World championships and the World Cup had already been decided and last weekend the Superprestige went to Baloise Trek riders Toon Aerts and Lucinda Brand. Only the X²O Badkamers Trofee remains to be decided with one race remaining.

There was more to the cross season than Van der Poel and Van Aert


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UCI World Cup
The 2020/2021 World Cup was over in January as Wout van Aert took the overall win for the third time in his career. The Jumbo-Visma rider had taken the overall win in 2016 and 2017. In the women’s series it was already clear in the penultimate heat in Hulst that she would win the World Cup. With three victories and a second place in the first four races, she had already built up an unbeatable lead.

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Wout van Aert in Overijse

In the World Cup standings, the top three are awarded 40, 30 and 25 points and for fourth 22 points. Then it decreases one point per place. Riders with an equal number of points will be ranked based on their number of first places, second places, etc. If they are still tied, the points from the most recent race are used to split the ranking.

Races in the Series:
29/11 – Tábor (CZ) – Michael Vanthourenhout and Lucinda Brand
20/12 – Namur (Bel) – Mathieu van der Poel and Lucinda Brand
27/12 – Dendermonde (Bel) – Wout van Aert and Lucinda Brand
03/01 – Hulst (Ned) – Mathieu van der Poel and Denise Betsema
24/01 – Overijse (Ned) – Wout van Aert and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado.

Final Standings After Five Races (Men):
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) – 165 points
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) – 140 points
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) – 128 points
4. Toon Aerts (Bel) – 108 points
5. Quinten Hermans (Bel) – 95 points
6. Corné van Kessel (Ned) – 91 points
7. Tom Pidcock (GB) – 84 points
8. Lars van der Haar (Ned) – 81 points
9. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) – 77 points
10. Kevin Kuhn (Sui) – 63 points.

Final Standings After Five Races (Women):
1. Lucinda Brand (Ned) – 180 points
2. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) – 142 points
3. Denise Betsema (Ned) – 129 points
4. Clara Honsinger (USA) – 102 points
5. Blanka Kata Vas (Hun) – 100 points
6. Sanne Cant (Bel) – 86 points
7. Annemarie Worst (Ned) – 79 points
8. Manon Bakker (Ned) – 71 points
9. Puck Pieterse (Ned) – 66 points
10. Anna Kay (GB) – 63 points.

World Cup winner Lucinda Brand in Namur


Telenet Superprestige
Toon Aerts looked to be the best man in Middelkerk for final victory in the Superprestige. After seven races, the Baloise Trek Lions rider was leading with 89 points. Eli Iserbyt was the main threat in the last race. The Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider had to take five points back to win the series overall. If the points were tied, the number of victories was decisive and Iserbyt was the better man.

Toon Aerts saved the day by 2 points

A tactical battle took place in Middelkerke. Toon Aerts had a bad day, while Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal took control of the race. But Iserbyt was also not at 100% and eventually the fight for the Super Prestige went to Aerts. Aerts was lucky to have the help of teammate Lars van der Haar in the finalé and won overall by 2 points over Iserbyt.

In the women’s series; Lucinda Brand was in top place to take the win in the Superprestige after the World Cup and the World championships. In Middelkerke she had to defend a three-point lead over Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado. In her first cross in the Rainbow jersey, Brand had a difficult start, but she managed to work herself to the front again. In the final she eventually rode to third place, which was enough for the overall victory.

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Also a 2 point overall win for Lucinda Brand

The points counting for the Superprestige is straightforward: Fifteen points for the winner and one point less down to fifteenth place.

Races in the Series:
11/10 – Casting (Ned) – Toon Aerts and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado
24/10 – Ruddervoorde (Bel) – Eli Iserbyt and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado
11/11 – Niel (Bel) – Laurens Sweeck and Lucinda Brand
22/11 – Merksplas (Bel) – Michael Vanthourenhout and Lucinda Brand
06/12 – Boom (Bel) – Eli Iserbyt and Lucinda Brand
13/12 – Gavere (Bel) – Tom Pidcock and Lucinda Brand
26/12 – Heusden-Zolder (Bel) – Mathieu van der Poel and Lucinda Brand
06/02 – Middelkerke (Bel) – Laurens Sweeck and Denise Betsema.

Final Position After Eight Races (men):
1. Toon Aerts (Bel) – 99 points
2. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) – 97 points
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) – 94 points
4. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) – 93 points
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) – 89 points
6. Corné van Kessel (Ned) – 83 points
7. Daan Soete (Bel) – 48 points
8. Quinten Hermans (Bel) – 44 points
9. Ryan Kamp (Ned) – 39 points
10. Felipe Orts (Spa) – 35 points.

Final Position After Eight Races (Women):
1. Lucinda Brand (Ned) – 114 points
2. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) – 112 points
3. Denise Betsema (Ned) – 101 points
4. Yara Kastelijn (Ned) – 83 points
5. Annemarie Worst (Ned) – 79 points
6. Manon Bakker (Ned) – 76 points
7. Sanne Cant (Bel) – 55 points
8. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) – 41 points
9. Anna Kay (GB) – 36 points
10. Laura Verdonschot (Bel) – 35 points.

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The Rainbow jersey was to go to Brand


X²O Badkamers Trofee
While two cyclocross classifications have already been decided, the X²O Badkamers Trofee doesn’t finish till Sunday in Brussels. In Lille, the penultimate race in the series, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert were fifth and sixth in the classification. However, both riders had started their preparations for the road season after the World championships in Ostend and would no longer play a significant part in the Trophy series.

Eli Iserbyt took an early lead in the X²O Badkamers Trofee

Baring accidents, Eli Iserbyt should be crowned this weekend, in Brussels, as the final winner in the X²O Badkamers Trofee. In Lille he managed to extend his lead over second placed, Toon Aerts, to more than three minutes. Aerts rode better in the snow than the day before in Middelkerke and will focus on retaining his second place. After Lille, the difference between Aerts and Michael Vanthourenhout in third place is only nine seconds.

The women in Lille were looking forward to the battle between first and second in the X²O Badkamers Trofee, Lucinda Brand and Denise Betsema. The difference between the two women was 38 seconds. In the snow, Brand took second place behind Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and added 3 seconds on Betsema, who finished third. The difference at the top of the standings is now 41 seconds, with only the Brussels cross still to ride.

The European champion, Alvarado, got the better of the World champion Brand in Lille

The classification of the X²O Badkamers Trofee is based on time, just like the overall GC in a stage race. Bonus seconds can be earned in several ways along the way. A maximum of five minutes can be lost. Not starting in a cross also results in a loss of five minutes. So there is still everything to play/ride for this Sunday.

Races in the Series (with one race left):
31/10 – Oudenaarde (Bel) – Eli Iserbyt and Annemarie Worst
28/11 – Kortrijk (Bel) – Eli Iserbyt and Lucinda Brand
12/12 – Antwerp (Bel) – Mathieu van der Poel and Denise Betsema
23/12 – Herentals (Bel) – Wout van Aert and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado
01/01 – Baal (Bel) – Mathieu van der Poel and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado
23/01 – Hamme (Bel) – Mathieu van der Poel and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado
07/02 – Lille (Bel) – Laurens Sweeck and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado.

Standings After Seven Races (Men):
1. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) in 7:06:44
2. Toon Aerts (Bel) at 3:02
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) at 3:11
4. Lars van der Haar (Bel) at 5:26
5. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) at 7:34
6. Quinten Hermans (Bel) at 7:41
7. Corné van Kessel (Ned) at 8:03
8. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) at 10:41
9. Wout van Aert (Bel) at 11:08
10. Ryan Kamp (Ned) at 16:50.

Standings After Seven Races (Women):
1. Lucinda Brand (Ned) in 5:12:56
2. Denise Betsema (Ned) at 0:41
3. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) at 4:40
4. Yara Kastelijn (Ned) at 7:34
5. Annemarie Worst (Ned) at 8:12
6. Fem van Empel (Ned) at 9:53
7. Sanne Cant (Bel) at 10:20
8. Manon Bakker (Ned) at 12:06
9. Aniek van Alphen (Ned) at 13:33
10. Clara Honsinger (USA) at 22:39.

Still To Ride:
14/02 – Brussels (Bel).

One race left in the X²O Badkamers Trofee

Not forgetting the UCI cyclocross rankings. Now that Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock are concentrating on their road careers, the other cross riders can move up the UCI rankings. Laurens Sweeck passed the World champion, Mathieu van der Poel at the weekend with his two victories. The top three were unchanged: Toon Aerts has a lead of more than 400 points on Eli Iserbyt and Michael Vanthourenhout. Behind them, Sweeck is now fourth as Van der Poel dropped to fifth place. At the bottom of the ranking; Corné van Kessel passed Tom Pidcock.

Toon Aerts is leading the UCI men’s ranking by over 400 points

In the women’s ranking, the top 4 have built up quite a lead over the others. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado leads with 2932 points, more than 400 points ahead of World champion Lucinda Brand. Annemarie Worst and Denise Betsema are in third and fourth places with more than 2000 points.

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado might not be World champion anymore, but has a health lead in the women’s UCI ranking

The UCI cyclocross ranking determines the starting order in the final races of the cross season in Eeklo, Brussels, Sint-Niklaas and Oostmalle.

UCI Cyclocross Ranking Men (up to February 9, 2021):
1. Toon Aerts (Bel) – 2841 points
2. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) – 2,405 points
3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) – 2298 points
4. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) – 2235 points
5. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) – 2150 points
6. Lars van der Haar (Ned) – 1903 points
7. Wout van Aert (Bel) – 1685 points
8. Quinten Hermans (Bel) – 1477 points
9. Corné van Kessel (Ned) – 1438 points
10. Tom Pidcock (GB) – 1407 points.

UCI Cyclocross Ranking Women (up to February 9, 2021):
1. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) – 2932 points
2. Lucinda Brand (Ned) – 2520 points
3. Annemarie Worst (Ned) – 2333 points
4. Denise Betsema (Ned) – 2187 points
5. Clara Honsinger (USA) – 1,693 points
6. Maghalie Rochette (Can) – 1426 points
7. Manon Bakker (Ned) – 1393 points
8. Yara Kastelijn (Ned) – 1293 points
9. Sanne Cant (Bel) – 1280 points
10. Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) – 1034 points.

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Don’t worry, cross fans, the ship hasn’t sailed yet, still four races left

# Thanks to WielerFlits for the statistics. Race report, results and video (we hope) from Eeklo and Brussels in EUROTRASH Monday. #

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