Eli Iserbyt and Marianne Vos won the first World Cup cross of the season in Waterloo, America, last Sunday. Tomorrow/Wednesday the second round of this 16-part regularity criterion will follow in Fayetteville. Both the West Fleming Eli Iserbyt and the Dutch Marianne Vos defend their leading position in the World Cup standings.
In the Centennial Park of Fayetteville, according to the organizers, a “unique” route awaits the riders on Wednesday. On the track, where the world championships will take place on January 29 and 30, 2022, a ramp, bridges and a stairway are provided as obstacles. In the men’s race, Eli Iserbyt is again the top favorite after Lokeren, Beringen, Bredene and Waterlo (VSt) this year. The leader in the World Cup standings will again have to compete against his teammate Michael Vanthourenhout, Quinten Hermans and Lars van der Haar. Niels Vandeputte was able to qualify just ahead of Toon Aerts in Waterloo. Aerts is more than likely out for revenge after his sixth place in the opening moto. This was partly due to a fall in the second round in the same place where Thibau Nys suffered a broken collarbone. Quinten Hermans was the first of the pack to hit the ground on that asphalt strip in question. He might have put in a better performance than his third place without that delay.
With the women, it is again looking forward to a battle between leader Marianne Vos, Lucinda Brand and Denise Betsema. That trio populated the stage in Waterloo. Sanne Cant, Alicia Franck and Ellen Van Loy once again have to keep up the Belgian honour.
After Fayetteville, the last part of the trilogy of World Cup crosses in America awaits in Iowa on Sunday. The fourth round of this regularity criterion is scheduled for Sunday 24 October in Zonhoven.