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Weekend CX Ronden: Essen

BPost Bank Trofee – Cyclocross Essen

Essen, Belgium was a delicious, sloppy mess. Lots of 180s, some barriers, hills, stairs, flyovers, and some complex, undulating terrain made this a spectacle. And by spectacle I mean awesome.

Post Notes

Be gentle—this is my first time GIFing this haard. Still playing with the frame rates and color dithering. Most of these are sped up by a few frames to decrease size. Plus, the Benny Hill effect is hilarious in some of these clips. Also, this post was supposed to include Namur. Lastly, captions are completely ignoring the laws of CSS. No time to fix…

Beloften

Wout van Aert rides steady proving Mathieu van der Poel can be beat. VDP also managed to beat himself on several occasions during the ras.

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Wout Swerve So Haard
Wout van Aert getting his swerve on.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Mathieu van der Poel Crashes.
“I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE. SVEN WILL CRASH RIGHT HE…”

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Wout van Aert Wint
I hope they know this stands voor Wout.

 

Vrouwen

Sanne Cant and Helen Wyman battled mightily with Cant finally taking the game of back and forth in the sprint.

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Sanne Cant Passes Helen Wyman
Sanne Cant and Helen Wyman make voor epic battle.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Cant Passes Wyman Again
Cant again with the wicked move. Timed to perfection.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Sanne Cant Sprints To Overwinnings.
The eternal sprint of Essen. Cant can’t lose now.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Sanne Cant Salute
Sanne Cant Salute? Yes, yes she can.

 

Elite Mannen

Zdeněk Štybar made his first start of the CX season in Essen. He was a protagonist from the green but refrained from putting anyone into the barriers voor de sprint. Sven Nys looked unstoppable, until… Kevin Pauwels continues to ride incredibly strong.

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Elite Mannen Running
I’ve always thought the start of the Essen Marathon was breathtaking.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Weirdos
Purists, look away now—driveside and stepthrough in the lead.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Stybar Takes Up The Chase Behind Sven
Stybar sensing danger, moves into prime achtervolging position.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Stybar and Pauwels Chase Nys
Gaap heads down the path of inevitability. Stybar and Pauwels teaming together to chase Nys.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Nys Runup Sven
Sven extends his lead well into nog 5 ronden…

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Sven Nys Crashes
Until disaster strikes.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Chain Dropped Again
Annnnd, of course he dropped the chain, because road components.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Sven Shakes Off The Pain
Shut up pains.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Pauwels Makes His Move
As Nys comes to grips with the startling pain of mortality, Pauwels says, “MIJN!!”

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Stybar Creates A Gap Chasing Pauwels
Stybie makes gaap chasing Pauwels down.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Thijs Switches Things Up
Thijs van Amerongen decides to confuse all by not stepping through.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Stybar Rides A TT Bike Voor CX
Stybar’s Shiv looks fantastic.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Sven Is Back After A Brief Chase
After a brief half-ronden chase, look who’s baack…

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Nys Slots Into Second In The Groep
Incredibly, Nys is back in the hunt settling in behind Stybar with Amerongen and Vantornout just ahead.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Nys Runs By Stybar
Okay, scratch that. ¡Nys es en fuego!

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - The Crowd Applauds Pauwels
Laatste ronde exuberant golf claps voor Kevin.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Sven Nys Pushes The Pace
Sven doing what Sven does best: make Niels sad.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Pauwels Wint
Overwinnings voor Kevin Pauwels.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Nys Grabs Second After Epic Chase
Huge lead killed by an epic crash followed by an epic chase ending in a close second. Not bad Sven, not bad.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Niels Albert Looking Introspective
Niels has so meany feels.

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Nys, Pauwels, and Albert On The Podium
Okay, flowers, green drank, champ—WTF?!

 

Weekend CX Ronden: Essen - Crowd Cheers Kevin Pauwels
“Wooo! K-Pauw!”

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