History was made today in Louisville, Kentucky at the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships when four world champions were crowned for the first time outside of Europe in the event’s 63-year history. The noisy and happy crowd, estimated to be close to 10,000 strong, didn’t let snow, freezing conditions or flooding deter their love of the sport, they cheered loudly all the racers.
Marianne Vos, of the Netherlands won her her first consecutive title in the Elite Women’s race. American Katie Compton was second and Lucie Chainel-Lefevre of France was third.
In the Elite Men’s race, veteran Sven Nys of Belgium took the second world title of his illustrious career. His teammate Klaas Vantornout was second and Lars van der Haar, of the Netherlands, was third.
In the Junior and Under 23 Men’s races, the Netherlands was the victor, with Mathieu van der Poel – son of legend Adri van der Poel – winning the Junior race ahead of teammate Martijn Budding. Mike Teunissen made his move in the final lap to win the Men Under-23 title ahead of Belgian duo Wietse Bosmans and Wout van Aert.