The category in which the Belgians perhaps have the best chance of winning a medal at the Cyclo-Cross World Championships is perhaps the U23 men. Although a Dutchman will also have to be settled.
A Dutchman is the top favorite in both the men’s and women’s elite, and among the promising men we can hope for the Brabançonne on the podium. That is also the opinion of national coach Sven Vanthourenhout.
“This is the category where we have the best chance of winning a world title or World Cup medals. In the Benidorm World Cup, the podium was completely Belgian,” says the national coach. Sporza.
With Belgian champion Emiel Verstrynge and European champion Jente Michels, Belgium even has two favorites for gold. Overall, the national coach sees a strong team, but not a real top favorite.
Dutch top favorite
That is reserved for the Dutchman Tibor del Grosso, who won the U23 World Cup by winning four of the six rounds. “Although the line between victory and loss is a very thin line,” says the national coach.
Del Grosso also showed himself among the pros. He finished fifth in Heusden-Zolder, and he also recently finished fifth at the Dutch championship.