There is tension in the men’s field this season, with victories alternately for Eli Iserbyt, Lars van der Haar, Thibau Nys and Gerben Kuypers. There is much less to do for the women, because world champion Fem van Empel is driving the opposition into a pile.
This weekend the Dutch is the sky-high favorite to win the European Cyclo-Cross Championships and thus take home the European star jersey. The Jumbo-Visma rider arrives at the start, but makes remarkable statements Cycling flash.
“I don’t see it as a championship, but just as another competition. That’s how I try to approach it,” said the 21-year-old. Van Empel not only wants to take some of the pressure off, she also seems to insinuate that the European Championship is not of great value to her.
Whatever the case, the riders will have to endure severe weather due to storm Ciaran. The organization is looking at the weather forecasts with apprehension. “I have already looked at the weather forecasts, but you should not look at them too much. Otherwise you will become a bit depressed,” says Van Empel, who also announced that he would take a two-week break after the European Championships. . Opportunities for the rest to finally win.