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Sweeck, Vanthourenhout in a tiff over Belgian cyclocross championships

Sweeck, Vanthourenhout in a tiff over Belgian cyclocross championships


Two days after the Belgian Cyclocross National Championships, the media in the country is still abuzz over a conflict between race winner Michael Vanthourenhout and runner-up Laurens Sweeck, who claims his race was ruined by what he believes was an intentional move to delay him during a bike swap.

The controversy began in the hotly contested championships in Lokeren, where Sweeck and Vanthourenhout separated themselves from the rest of the contenders on the first lap and were closely matched. On the second to last lap, Sweeck came out of the pits a few seconds behind and, after the race, said he felt robbed by the incident.

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