The Netherlands with a strong cycling world championship team in Roubaix

The Netherlands with a strong cycling world championship team in Roubaix

The Netherlands with a strong cycling world championship team in Roubaix

Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:45 pm

KNWU has announced the riders who will be showing up at the start of the UCI World Championships in Roubaix next week. The Netherlands can count on Harrie Lavreysen, Jeffrey Hoogland and Shanne Braspennincx for enemy parts. Duration figures include Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters on departure.

Missing are the Rubiks, the team’s sprinters, who crowned glorious European champions at Grinchen last week, and pairing European champions Yori Havík and Jan Willem van Schep, the European champion in the pairing race. The International Cycling Union maintains that European champions are welcome at the World Cup only if their country complies with the rule to compete in at least one Nations League competition – which has not happened. The world champions are allowed to defend their title and so the orange team will start work on the men’s team race and the women’s pair race. The UCI has amended the rules for individual events.

For parts of the race, the Netherlands is relying on the sprint train that became European champion at Grinchen, with Jeffrey Hoagland, Harry Lafrisen, Roy van den Berg and Sam Ligte. Hoogland and Lavreysen also do solo and Keirin sprints. Hoogland also rides the kilometer, just as Sam Ligtlee can try to defend his rainbow jersey. In the women’s sprint, Olympic champion Shanne Braspennincx and Keren race sprints, as Laurine van Riessen returns to competition after her heavy fall during the Tokyo Olympics. Just like during the European Championships in Grenchen, Matthijs Büchli is not part of the selection.

Lauren van Rijen is back in action after her heavy fall at the Games – Photo: Kor Vos

In the endurance events, experienced Roy Effing performs the float and scratch work. Young Vincent Hobizack wins the points race. In the women’s race, Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters could try to defend her world title in a pairing race. Wilde, who was on her farewell tour, is also riding the points race. Mike van der Doyen, only 20 years old, is responsible for the aluminum and scratcher. Young van der Doyen is the reigning U23 champion on Point Zero and came fourth in both Point Zero and Aluminium during the recent European Elite Championship in Switzerland. Jan Willem van Schep, who won the silver medal last year, is missing.

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KNWU Technical Director Jan van Veen sees opportunities to extend Grenchen’s recent European Championship successes to the World Cup. “The selection is smaller than in the European Championships, but there are a lot of opportunities for impressive results. So we can definitely travel to France with ambition. Male sprinters want to win world titles and we also have medal chances in many other sprint and track events. It’s great that We see Kirsten Wild getting back on the track. We are also curious about how young drivers like Vincent Hobizak and Mike van der Doyen are performing between the world top and Roy Effing at ground zero.”

women
Sprint
flag nl Shan Braspininx
kirin
flag nl Shan Braspininx
flag nl Lauren Van Rissen
of all things
flag nl Mike van der Doyen
scratch
flag nl Mike van der Doyen
points race
flag nl Kirsten Wild
Madison
flag nl Kirsten Wild
flag nl Amy Peters

men
Sprint team
flag nl Jeffrey Hoagland
flag nl Harry Lavrison
flag nl Roy van den Berg
flag nl Sam Ligty
Sprint
flag nl Jeffrey Hoagland
flag nl Harry Lavrison
kirin
flag nl Jeffrey Hoagland
flag nl Harry Lavrison
kilometer
flag nl Sam Ligty
flag nl Jeffrey Hoagland
of all things
flag nl Roy Effing
scratch
flag nl Roy Effing
points race
flag nl Vincent Hobizeack

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