Albert and Vos win cyclo-cross world titles

Niels Albert tops podium, Cyclo-cross World Championships 2012

Belgian Niels Albert and Dutch woman Marianne Vos were crowned cyclo-cross World Champions on Sunday in Koksijde, Belgium.

Albert spearheaded the home nation's almost complete domination of the elite men's race, with the top seven riders all hailing from Belgium. Rob Peeters and Kevin Pauwels completed the podium alongside Albert.

Defending men's champion Zdenek Stybar failed to repeat last year's win, and came home in 13th spot. Briton Ian Field placed 36th.

Marianne Vos, however, did successfully defend her world title - bringing her career total of cyclo-cross world titles to five.

Vos's compatriot Daphny van den Brand placed second, with Sanne Cant of Belgium in third. Nikki Harris rode strongly for Great Britain to place sixth, with fellow Brit Helen Wyman in 13th.

Mathieu van der Poel won the junior men's race for the Netherlands, with Lars van der Haar also winning for the Netherlands in the under-23 men's race.

Koksijde in Belgium played host to the 2012 Worlds

Mathieu van der Poel takes an emotional win in the junior men's race

Lars van der Haar takes another title for the Netherlands in the under-23 men's race

Nikki Harris produced Britain's best ride of the weekend - sixth place in the elite women's race

Marianne Vos wins her fifth cyclo-cross world title

Ian Field in the elite men's race

Niels Albert spearheaded a Belgian domination in the elite men's race


Cyclo-cross World Championships 2012, Koksijde, Belgium

Elite men

1. Niels Albert (Belgium)

2. Rob Peeters (Belgium) at 24 secs

3. Kevin Pauwels (Belgium) at 30 secs


36. Ian Field (Great Britain) at 3 laps

Elite women

1. Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

2. Daphny van den Brand (Netherlands) at 37 secs

3. Sanne Cant (Belgium) at 38 secs


6. Nikki Harris (Great Britain) at 1-03

13. Helen Wyman (Great Britain) at 2-45

Junior men

1. Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands)

2. Wout van Aert (Belgium) at 8 secs

3. Quentin Jauregui (France) at 21 secs

Under-23 men

1. Lars van der Haar (Netherlands)

2. Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) at 1 sec

3. Michiel van der Heijden (Netherlands) at 4 secs

Related links

Cyclo-cross World Championships 2012: Elite men photo gallery

Cyclo-cross World Championships 2012: Elite women photo gallery

Cyclo-cross World Championships 2012: Junior and under-23 men photo gallery

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