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Asper-Gavere CX... LIVE

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Moving on, another Superprestige race. To Gavere!

Balint Hamvas

What I said:

A bit of a Jekyll and Hyde, this one. One the one hand there's long straight stretches and more asphalt than seems necessary in a cross race; on the other hand there's twisty turny foresty bits which are really quite fun. The overall interestingness depends largely on a: what mood the peloton is in and b: what mood the weather-gods are in. Hard to predict how much fun it'll end up being.

What Chris said:

Personally I love these wooded courses. They always kill me in terms of my riding them, but whatever. I have a certain Stockholm Syndrome tendency when it comes to CX courses, and this is no exception. Despite tgsgirl's tempered expectations, I don't see how this course isn't hard on Sunday. Once the forest gets wet, this time of year, it doesn't really dry out, so the lack of rain over the weekend won't spare the riders their share of mud. It just won't be as deep and soft.

What the rankings say:

1. Sven Nys 43 punten
2. Niels Albert 40
3. Klaas Vantornout 38
4. Lars van der Haar (Ned) 29
5. Philipp Walsleben (Dui) 27
6. Bart Aernouts 25
7. Tom Meeusen 22
8. Kevin Pauwels 21
9. Wietse Bosmans 21
10. Rob Peeters 12