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Yet more cyclocross! GVA Azencross/Loenhout..... LIVE!!!

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Wednesday 28th December 2011, 15:00 CET, 09:00 US Eastern

What GS said:

Yep, cross on Wednesday. Boy, do I love the week between Christmas and New Year's. Cold outside, warm inside. Good drinks to enjoy and cx on tv, does it get any better than that? In true cross tradition the final week of the year is absolutely mental, with plenty of races to watch. In midweek there's the Azencross in Loenhout, in the north of the province of Antwerp. It's a workers' cross, where the speeds won't reach dizzying heights but the heartrates sure will. There's not too much natural height difference, but there are handful of bridges (one that saw Nys have a positively ridiculous crash in 2009, flat on the tummy), a big staircase and some really kick-ass washboards

Starttime: women 13h45, men 15h
Last three winners elite men: Niels Albert (2010), Sven Nys (2009) and Zdenek Stybar (2008)

There's lots of mud, Marianne Vos won the women's race, Albertina is in the crowd, and it's important for the series!

Links at procycling and sports-livez, chat in the comments - and if you missed it live, check out the bottom of the comments for links to videos & photos

It's race 5 out of the 8 that make up the GVA Trofee, and here's the current standings:

1 (1) Kevin Pauwels Sunweb Revor Cycling Team 98
2 (2) Zdenek Stybar Quickstep Cycling Team 76
3 (4) Tom Meeusen Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 67
4 (3) Sven Nys Landbouwkrediet 60
5 (5) Bart Aernouts Rabo - Giant Offroad Team. 59
6 (7) Niels Albert BKCP-Powerplus 57
7 (13) Bart Wellens Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 50
8 (6) Klaas Vantornout Sunweb Revor Cycling Team 46
9 (8) Joeri Adams Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 36
10 (17) Rob Peeters Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 34

So it looks like Kevin Pauwels has a nice gap to keep this series stitched up - but we're only half-way through - and this is a very heavy week, so hopefully we'll see some different faces up on the podium.