After a highly animated day for New Zealand at the Tour of Flanders Nations Cup race James Fouche crossed the line 37th place.  After coming tantalisingly close to the podium, Fouche’s prospects were hampered by a late crash.

The 167.5km Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften, the next stop for New Zealand in the Nations Cup, saw James Fouche, Paul Wright, Burnie McGrath, Ben Hamilton, Liam Cappel and Ethan Batt head into the race as riders to watch.  After taking 6th place in Gent-Wevelgem’s Nations Cup race, expectations for James Fouche were high that he could replicate or emulate his result in Belgium’s biggest one-day Nations Cup event over the 15 bergs and cobbled sectors

Racing began in earnest for the team with a long-range breakaway from Ben Hamilton.  Bouncing back from an off day in Gent-Wevelgem, Hamilton formed part of a 3-rider move that went up the road after 9km and spent a total of 80km out in front of the peloton.  The break built up a lead that peaked at 4.20mins before being brought back.

The day was a mixture of highs and lows, with Burnie McGrath unfortunate to be involved in two crashes, one of which destroyed his bike.  Paul Wright also suffered mechanical issues that hampered his progress; but he battled through to be there for Fouche when he needed help most.  Liam Cappel was among the strongest in the field through the crucial climb of the Muur-Kapelmuur.  Meanwhile James Fouche remained perfectly positioned, ready for the race’s crunch point.

In the end the race was decided by a big bunch sprint with some 40 riders arriving at the finish together.  James Fouche was right in the mix and with 500m to go was in contention for a podium finish until disaster struck.  A late crash brought down one of the French riders just metres from the finish.  James, left with nowhere to go, was brought to a halt and bade a sad farewell to what may have been a famous podium position for New Zealand.  Fouche was able to finish, but he crossed the line 37th, 1.01mins behind Andreas Stokbro of Denmark, Cycling Vlaanderen’s Cédric Beullens and Great Britain’s Jake Stewart.

Paul Wright crossed the line in a large group of 28 riders, finishing 55th.

Results:

RankLast NameFirst NameCountryResult
1NIELSENAndreasDEN       04:11:17
2BEULLENSCedricBEL       00:00:00
3STEWARTJakeGBR       00:00:00
4LEYDERPitLUX       00:00:00
5RUTSCHJonasGER       00:00:00
6JERMANŽigaSLO       00:00:00
7JACOBSJohanSUI       00:00:00
8GENIETSKévinLUX       00:00:00
9VAN MOERBrentBEL       00:00:00
10VAN TRICHTStanBEL       00:00:00
11VAN WILDERIlanBEL       00:00:00
12COVIAlessandroITA       00:00:00
13VAN DEN BERGMarijnNED       00:00:00
14FOSSTobias S.NOR       00:00:00
15KISKONENSiimEST       00:00:00
16AALRUSTHåkon LunderNOR       00:00:00
17NONNEZThéoFRA       00:00:00
18WRIGHTFredGBR       00:00:00
19FINKŠTTilenSLO       00:00:00
20MOBACHJarnoNED       00:00:00
21ZIMMERMANNGeorgGER       00:00:00
22FROIDEVAUXRobinSUI       00:00:00
23HALLERPatrickGER       00:00:00
24KOOISTRAMartenNED       00:00:00
25BJERGMikkelDEN       00:00:00
26HOLLMANNJuriGER       00:00:00
27BATTISTELLASamueleITA       00:00:00
28BRAETVitoBEL       00:00:10
29O’MAHONYDaraghIRL       00:00:10
30KIERNERFlorianAUT       00:00:10
31PRIMOŽIČJakaSLO       00:00:37
32CASTRIQUEJonasBEL       00:00:37
33COLMANAlexBEL       00:00:37
34SMARZARODanielITA       00:00:40
35FREHENJérémyBEL       00:00:43
36NEKRASOVDenisRUS       00:00:57
37FOUCHEJamesNZL       00:01:01
38REYNDERSJensBEL       00:01:01
39SUTERJoelSUI       00:01:34
40FRIEDRICHMarcoAUT       00:01:34
41BURGAUDEAUMathieuFRA       00:01:34
42MARITArneBEL       00:01:34
43LINDGRENEmilSWE       00:04:55
44VOLKAUIlyaBLR       00:04:59
45SCOTTRobertGBR       00:05:01
46GRIGNARDSébastienBEL       00:05:29
47HOOLEDaanNED       00:05:29
48BISSEGGERStefanSUI       00:05:29
49REXLaurenzBEL       00:05:38
50VAN SINTMAARTENSDIJKDaanNED       00:05:38
51MURIASJakubPOL       00:05:38
52TRACZSzymonPOL       00:05:38
53BAYERTobiasAUT       00:05:38
54GALVAN FERNANDEZFranciscoESP       00:05:38
55WRIGHTPaulNZL       00:05:38
56JARCAljažSLO       00:05:38
57RIKUNOVPetrRUS       00:05:38
58KRAWCZYKSzymonPOL       00:05:38
59PAJURMarkusEST       00:05:38
60EEKHOFFNilsNED       00:05:38
61VAN VUCHELENTomBEL       00:05:38
62MÄRKLNiklasGER       00:05:38
63BERRADE FERNANDEZUrkoESP       00:05:38
64GAMPERPatrickAUT       00:05:38
65MACIEJUKFilipPOL       00:05:38
66MCDUNPHYConnIRL       00:05:38
67RIESMichelLUX       00:05:38
68DAINESEAlbertoITA       00:05:38
69SOBREROMatteoITA       00:05:38
70BACCIOPaoloITA       00:05:38
71SCHNEITERJoabSUI       00:05:38
72JØRGENSENMathias NorsgaardDEN       00:05:38
73JOHANSENJuliusDEN       00:05:38
74HINDSGAUL  MADSENJacobDEN       00:05:38
75DE PESTELSanderBEL       00:05:38
76LOUVELMatisFRA       00:05:38
77KOSTANSKIMateuszPOL       00:07:06

CAPPELLiamNZL       DNF

ABU-FARESSanedISR       DNF

GABAYNirISR       DNF

O’LOUGHLINMichaelIRL       DNF

FUKUDAYoshiakiJPN       DNF

MAKAOmerISR       DNF

LAHAVOmerISR       DNF

JOHANSONKristjanEST       DNF

LAUKKarl PatrickEST       DNF

SAROKAAliaksandrBLR       DNF

WATANABEAyumuJPN       DNF

KAZANOVEvgenyRUS       DNF

KULIKOVSKIYAlexandrRUS       DNF

KOOSERArthurEST       DNF

ONODERAKeiJPN       DNF

PRANGELKristoEST       DNF

OMACHIKentoJPN       DNF

HEANEYMarcIRL       DNF

HEALYBenIRL       DNF

KADOTAYusukeJPN       DNF

DA SILVATiagoLUX       DNF

HEIDERSCHEIDColinLUX       DNF

KLUCKERSArthurLUX       DNF

HAMILTONBenNZL       DNF

YOGEVAlonISR       DNF

BATTEthanNZL       DNF

PALMOskarSWE       DNF

GAMPERFlorianAUT       DNF

ROPERO MOLINAAlejandroESP       DNF

BELKODmitryiBLR       DNF

BERGSTRÖM FRISKErikSWE       DNF

ERIKSSONJacobSWE       DNF

FORSSELLHugoSWE       DNF

CORKERYDillonIRL       DNF

MCGRATHBurnieNZL       DNF

OROSSamuelSVK       DNF

ANDERSSONAndreasSWE       DNF

RAJUANIdanISR       DNF

ŠTOČEKMatúšSVK       DNF

KRONAndreas LorentzDEN       DNF

TAEBLINGPaulGER       DNF

ERNSTRobinBEL       DNF

PAPIERSKIDamianPOL       DNF

KAKIZAKIEugeneJPN       DNF

SAUGSTADLarsNOR       DNF

FOLTÁNAdamSVK       DNF

BLAŠKOMatejSVK       DNF

LÍŠKAAndrejSVK       DNF

KUBIŠLukášSVK       DNF

HORVATŽigaSLO       DNF

ČEMAŽARNikSLO       DNF

RENARDAlexisFRA       DNF

SPENGLERMarioSUI       DNF

BRUNELAlexysFRA       DNF

SHAUCHENKASiarheiBLR       DNF

EVMENENKOEvgeniyBLR       DNF

DANGELOUgoBEL       DNF

GAMPERMarioAUT       DNF

DEBEAUMARCHENicolasFRA       DNF

VERVLOESEMXandresBEL       DNF

ELOSEGUI MOMEÑEIñigoESP       DNF

SLEENTorjusNOR       DNF

PEÑALVER ANIORTEManuelESP       DNF

HVIDEBERGJonas IversbyNOR       DNF

NICOLAU BELTRANJoelESP       DNF

BRITTONRhysGBR       DNF

NALLYJosephGBR       DNF

PIDCOCKThomasGBR       DNF

WÆRENSKJOLDSørenNOR       DNF

HARBACHArtsiomBLR       DNF

VERCAMSTWesleyBEL       DNF

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here