European Cyclo-Cross Championships 2012

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) (right) of Great Britain makes her way through a zig-zag section of the course, ahead of team mate Nikki Harris (GBR) (top left) during the elite women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain. Wyman won the event after a sprint finish with Sanne van Paassen (NED) of the Netherlands in a time of 43 minutes and 52 seconds making her the first Briton to win a senior international cyclo cross championship (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) (right) of Great Britain makes her way through a zig-zag section of the course, ahead of team mate Nikki Harris (GBR) (top left) during the elite women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain. Wyman won the event after a sprint finish with Sanne van Paassen (NED) of the Netherlands in a time of 43 minutes and 52 seconds making her the first Briton to win a senior international cyclo cross championship (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

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3rd November 2012 – Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain

Great Britain’s cycling success story continued with a win in the elite women’s European Cyclo-Cross Championships for Helen Wyman giving the country its first senior international championship gold medal.

After a good road start Wyman, Sanne van Paassen of the Netherlands and Britain’s Nikki Harris soon drew away from the rest of the field. By the middle of the race Harris had fallen victim to the battle between Wyman and van Paassen and started to drop back. Wyman and van Paassen continued their battle, swapping the lead through to the end. Knowing she had beaten her Dutch rival in an uphill sprint earlier in the week gave Wyman confidence as they raced side by side for the finish line but it was only as they reached the line that she knew she had the title to add to her British one.

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) (right) of Great Britain out sprints Sanne van Paassen (NED) of the Netherlands to win the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in a time of 43 minutes and 52 seconds in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) (right) of Great Britain out sprints Sanne van Paassen (NED) of the Netherlands to win the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in a time of 43 minutes and 52 seconds in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

Wyman’s win was only Britain’s second gold medal in total in an international cyclo-cross championships, the first being Roger Hammond’s win in the Junior Men’s World Cyclo-Cross Championships held in Roundhay Park in Leeds in 1992.

The under 23 men’s and junior men’s races both ran to form with Dutch victories in both for pre race favourites Mike Teunissen and Mathieu van der Poel who continued his unbeaten run in international competition since winning the title in 2011.

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mathieu van der Poel (NED) of the Netherlands makes his way round the course during the Junior Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mathieu van der Poel (NED) of the Netherlands makes his way round the course during the Junior Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

Van der Poel took the lead from the start and quickly built up a lead that allowed him to carefully pick his best route through the serpentine sections of the course before finishing 31 seconds ahead of Clément Russo of France who beat Yannick Peeters of Belgium to second place in a sprint finish.

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mike Teunissen (NED) (centre) of the Netherlands celebrates winning the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain ahead of team mate Corne van Kessel (NED) (right) and Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (second from left) of France .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mike Teunissen (NED) (centre) of the Netherlands celebrates winning the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain ahead of team mate Corne van Kessel (NED) (right) and Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (second from left) of France .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

Teunissen’s win was more heavily contested with the lead changing several times for the first half of the race before a small group managed to pull away. As they sprinted for the finish fellow Dutchman Corne van Kessel suddenly appeared from behind Teunissen to make a late challenge but it was in vain as Teunissen, the 2011 silver medalist, reached the line first.

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) (left) of Great Britain prepares to clear a hurdle during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) (left) of Great Britain prepares to clear a hurdle during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) (left) of France clears a hurdle during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) (left) of France clears a hurdle during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) (centre) of Great Britain leads Sanne van Paassen (NED) (right) of the Netherlands and British team mate Nikki Harris (GBR) (left) through a zig-zag section of the course during the elite women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain. Wyman won the event after a sprint finish with van Paassen in a time of 43 minutes and 52 seconds making her the first Briton to win a senior international cyclo cross championship .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) (centre) of Great Britain leads Sanne van Paassen (NED) (right) of the Netherlands and British team mate Nikki Harris (GBR) (left) through a zig-zag section of the course during the elite women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain. Wyman won the event after a sprint finish with van Paassen in a time of 43 minutes and 52 seconds making her the first Briton to win a senior international cyclo cross championship .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) of Great Britain leads Sanne van Paassen (NED) of the Netherlands as they make their way round the course during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) of Great Britain leads Sanne van Paassen (NED) of the Netherlands as they make their way round the course during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Sanne van Paassen (NED) (right) of the Netherlands leads Helen Wyman (GBR) (left) of Great Britain during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Sanne van Paassen (NED) (right) of the Netherlands leads Helen Wyman (GBR) (left) of Great Britain during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Nikki Harris (GBR) of Great Britain makes her way round the course during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Nikki Harris (GBR) of Great Britain makes her way round the course during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Sophie de Boer (NED) (right) of the Netherlands makes her way round the course during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Sophie de Boer (NED) (right) of the Netherlands makes her way round the course during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - A competitor makes her way through a zig-zag section of the course marked with orange scrim during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - A competitor makes her way through a zig-zag section of the course marked with orange scrim during the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) of Great Britain looks at her medal after winning the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Helen Wyman (GBR) of Great Britain looks at her medal after winning the Elite Women's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mike Teunissen (NED) (centre left in orange and blue ) of the Netherlands and Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (centre right) of France find themselves surrounded by their Belgian rivals at the start of the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mike Teunissen (NED) (centre left in orange and blue ) of the Netherlands and Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (centre right) of France find themselves surrounded by their Belgian rivals at the start of the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Wietse Bosmans (BEL) (left) of Belgium leads Corne van Kessel (NED) (right) of the Netherlands during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Wietse Bosmans (BEL) (left) of Belgium leads Corne van Kessel (NED) (right) of the Netherlands during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Gert-Jan Bosman (NED) (left) of the Netherlands leads Jakub Skála (CZE) (centre) of the Czech Republic and Stan Godrie (NED) (right) of the Netherlands  during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Gert-Jan Bosman (NED) (left) of the Netherlands leads Jakub Skála (CZE) (centre) of the Czech Republic and Stan Godrie (NED) (right) of the Netherlands during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Steven James (GBR) of Great Britain clears a hurdle during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Steven James (GBR) of Great Britain clears a hurdle during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Gert-Jan Bosman (NED) of the Netherlands climbs a hill as he makes his way round the course during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Gert-Jan Bosman (NED) of the Netherlands climbs a hill as he makes his way round the course during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Andrew Hargroves (GBR) of Great Britain makes his way round the course during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Andrew Hargroves (GBR) of Great Britain makes his way round the course during the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mike Teunissen (NED) (left) of the Netherlands out sprints team mate Corne van Kessel (NED) (right) to the finish line at the end of the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mike Teunissen (NED) (left) of the Netherlands out sprints team mate Corne van Kessel (NED) (right) to the finish line at the end of the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mike Teunissen (NED) (top centre in orange) of the Netherlands talks with friends after winning the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain as his team mate silver medalist Corne van Kessel (NED) (bottom right) recovers .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mike Teunissen (NED) (top centre in orange) of the Netherlands talks with friends after winning the Under 23 Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain as his team mate silver medalist Corne van Kessel (NED) (bottom right) recovers .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mathieu van der Poel (NED) of the Netherlands makes his way round the course during the Junior Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Mathieu van der Poel (NED) of the Netherlands makes his way round the course during the Junior Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Ben Boets (BEL) of Belgium carries his bike back to the pits during the Junior Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

03 NOV 2012 - IPSWICH, GBR - Ben Boets (BEL) of Belgium carries his bike back to the pits during the Junior Men's European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

RESULTS
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Elite Women
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1. Helen Wyman (GBR) 0:43:52
2. Sanne van Paassen (NED) 0:43:52
3. Nikki Harris (GBR) 0:44:16
4. Christel Ferrier Bruneau (FRA) 0:44:42
5. Sanne Cant (BEL) 0:45:06

Under 23 Men
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1. Mike Teunissen (NED) 0:48:19
2. Corne van Kessel (NED) 0:48:19
3. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) 0:48:20
4. Jens Adams (BEL) 0:48:21
5. Wout van Aert (BEL) 0:48:28

Junior Men
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1. Mathieu van der Poel (NED) 0:41:25
2. Clément Russo (FRA) 0:41:56
3. Yannick Peeters (BEL) 0:41:56
4. Martijn Budding (NED) 0:42:03
5. Nicolas Cleppe (BEL) 0:42:08


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