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World Cup champions return to CrossVegas

Published August 22, 2016

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — The overall series winners from last season's  Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will be on the start line at World Cup CrossVegas in Las Vegas on Sept. 21.

Wout Van Aert and Sanne Cant, each from Belgium, are confirmed for CrossVegas, which kicks off this season's World Cup.

Van Aert, of the Crelan-Vastgoedservice team, won CrossVegas last September and continued with a winning streak that included not only the World Cup Series overall title but a World Championship as well.

"It may sound a bit weird to some people, but I always love coming back to CrossVegas. My first CrossVegas was in 2013, when I traveled with Bart Wellens and Quinten Hermans. It was just so much fun! First, there was the race itself. But also, we explored the city and were pretty impressed. I will never forget that trip. Of course last year was different, because it was the first World Cup in the States, so I was more focused. And it turned out very well with the victory. It was the start of a brilliant season, so I only have good memories," Van Aert said.

Cant, of the Enertherm-BeoBank team, was third at last year's CrossVegas. She said, "It was a very nice experience last year. The course was spectacular, as was the crowd atmosphere. It was a hard but fun race. If we need to go to the U.S. for racing, it's good that CrossVegas is again one of the main races for us."

Van Aert and Cant, along with competitors from 20-plus other nations, will face a significantly redesigned course this year. The new course makes use of virtually every square inch of the difficult terrain at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex. The event also plans enhanced VIP areas and expanded food and beverage options.

 

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