In Fayetteville, America, a World Cup race was held on Wednesday on the course where the Cyclo-cross World Championships will take place at the end of January. The comments about the track were positive, but Michael Vanthourenhout found that there is still work for the organization. A synthetic net tightened in his derailleur.
Michael Vanthourenhout was even threatened with disqualification due to the incident. The rider of Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal had to walk to the material post because a synthetic net was twisted between his rear derailleur. That would come from the turf used to cover rocks in Fayetteville.
There was a complaint that Vanthourenhout had made his change outside the box, but an investigation revealed that the complaint was unfounded. The manager of Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal Jurgen Mettepenningen reacted furiously: “The attempt to wrongly accuse unlucky Michael Vanthourenhout and even try to disqualify is really shameful,” he said on Twitter.
With a view to the world championship, the Fayetteville organization had better look at where the net came from to prevent this from happening again. Vanthourenhout eventually finished third in the World Cup race that was won by Quiten Hermans. (vdm, hc)