Fem van Empel wins thrilling Cyclocross World Cup race in freezing Dublin

A fascinating duel between the two Dutch superstars ended with Fem van Empel winning in the Irish capital

Fem van Empel
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Fem van Empel (Pauels Sauzen - Bingoal) won a thrilling head-to-head battle with her rival Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Deceuninck) in Dublin to take the ninth round of the Cyclocross World Cup.

The series leader followed up her win in Antwerp a week ago by claiming her tenth win of a superb season, with the local Irish crowd being privy to one of the most exciting races this campaign.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.