2016 UCI World Cyclocross Championships

Five things to know about new CX World Champion Thalita de Jong

In a nail-biter of a race, 22-year-old Thalita de Jong overcame sloppy conditions, a poor start and a 21-seconds gap to be crowned world champion in Zolder, Belgium, last week. While she may have been overlooked as a favourite, those who’ve been watching her closely were not surprised at all. The young Dutch rider of …

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Marianne Vos on mechanical doping: ‘There is no coming back from this for Femke’

When on Saturday in Zolder the news broke that “technical fraud” may have been committed by cyclocross racer Femke van den Driessche, former seven-time cyclocross world champion Marianne Vos was still in the press building. She had delivered race commentary for a Dutch news service and was on her way out when UCI officials released …

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Photo gallery: 2016 World Cyclocross Championship, Elite Men

On Sunday, January 31, Belgian Wout van Aert won a thrilling race against Dutch rider Lars van der Haar to take his first elite world cyclocross championship, on home soil, in Zolder, Belgium. The 21-year-old van Aert, who was second last year to Mathieu van der Poel after a mechanical issue followed by a crash, …

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Opinion: Technological fraud in cycling should bring automatic lifetime ban

In the Discipline and Procedures section of the UCI rulebook, article 12.1.013 states, in the event of “technological fraud,” a rider faces disqualification, a minimum six-month suspension, and a fine of up to 200,000 Swiss francs (180,000 euros, or $195,000). The same penalties are applicable to a rider’s team — disqualification, a minimum six-month suspension …

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Photo gallery: Women’s 2016 UCI World Cyclocross Championships

The rain came down in buckets in Heusden-Zolder when the U23 women and Elite women lined up for the pinnacle event of the season and the chance to win the highest honour in cyclocross: the rainbow jersey. The night before the event, the skies opened up for a relentless deluge. What had been a fast …

Belgium’s Wout van Aert takes rainbow jersey at thrilling world cyclocross championship

Belgian Wout van Aert won a thrilling race against Dutch rider Lars van der Haar to take his first elite world cyclocross championship, on home soil, in Zolder, Belgium. The 21-year-old van Aert, who was second last year to Mathieu van der Poel after a mechanical issue followed by a crash, looked to be in …

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Rainbow jersey back in Dutch hands after Thalita de Jong’s wins Cyclocross World Championships

The world champion cyclocross title is back in Dutch hands after 22-year-old Rabo-Liv rider Thalita de Jong surprised her competition and herself when she mastered muddy conditions to come across the line solo. French rider Caroline Mani, who rides most of her season in the U.S., had a phenomenal ride controlling the front group and …

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