2009 Cyclo-cross World Championships round-up

Niels Albert and Marianne Vos triumphant in the Netherlands

The 2009 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships took place at the weekend in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands. Here’s a round-up of the weekend’s race action.

In the elite women’s race, Marianne Vos gave her hometown crowd something to cheer about as she won the final sprint to beat German Hanka Kupfernagel into second and American Katie Compton into third place.

Belgium's Niels Albert gave the best indication yet of his potential for cyclo-cross greatness with an emphatic win in the elite men's race. Last year's under-23 world champion finished 22 seconds ahead of Czech national champion Zdenek Stybar and Belgium’s Sven Nys.

Tijmen Eising maintained his dominance of the current cyclo-cross season with victory on home soil in the junior men's race ahead of fellow Dutchman Corne Van Kessel and French rider Alexandre Billon.

Philipp Walsleben and Christoph Pfingsten made history by taking first and second for Germany in the U23 category. Poland’s Pawel Szczepaniak finished in third place.

For more information and full results, go to Cyclingnews.com.

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