Winner Daan Soete looks back on a chaotic gravel race with oncoming traffic in Aachen: “UCI must provide guidelines”

Winner Daan Soete looks back on a chaotic gravel race with oncoming traffic in Aachen: “UCI must provide guidelines”
Winner Daan Soete looks back on a chaotic gravel race with oncoming traffic in Aachen: “UCI must provide guidelines”
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The UCI Gravel World Series race in Aachen has caused a commotion in the gravel world. Parked cars on the trail, poor signage and wandering hikers. It was a chaotic Sunday afternoon in Germany. “I don’t blame the organizers for everything. There should be control from the UCI,” says winner Daan Soete.

Aachen was the battleground on Sunday for the 8th round of the Gravel World Series. This is a series of competitions organized by the international cycling federation UCI.

Daan Soete won the match, thanks to a penalty final shot.

“At 20 kilometers from the finish I felt that my legs were not at their best, but everyone else’s tank seemed to be empty. I just tried to put everything on the last five minutes.”

And that tactic worked. “I couldn’t move from the lead in the last minute and a half. I knew it would be difficult to recover if I took risks in the last corners on gravel.”

The victory went to Soete, who had a quiet start. “After the Belgian Championship (May 1) I didn’t cycle for a week. I only did 2 decent training sessions for the race in Aachen.”

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Results Gravel World Series Aachen
1. Daan Soete (Bel) 123 km in 3h35’04”
2. Frederik Rassmann (German) on 2″
3. Dries Van Gestel (Bel) 3″
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) zt
5. Anton Ferdinande (Bel) 4″
6. Brent Clé (Bel) 5″
7. Piotr Havik (Dutch) 6″
8. Axel van der Tuuk (Ned) 14″
9. Mees Hendrikx (Ned) zt
10. Kevin Panhuyzen (Bel) 15″

Unscheduled opening round

But there was more than the victory of Daan Soete (and Lucinda Brand among the women). The organization in particular demanded attention.

“In the first half lap, cars drove in opposite directions on the course. They could not go in any direction, because the signalers and the police did not stop them,” says Soete.

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