Peeters in BELRanking Provinciaal Domein
Trol's Ken Peeters won the BELRanking sprint event in Kessel-Lo. In a close finish, he was 9 seconds faster than his clubmate Desmond Franssen, who, notwithstanding our best efforts to exhaust him during the bicycle drive to the event, was able to set some impressive intermediates. About half a minute behind, we find the second pair of clubmates, Thomas van der Kleij and Jeroen Hoekx, both hamok. Van der Kleij had a well-deserved advantage of just 3 seconds.
Peeters' victory comes as a surprise, however, since he is often associated with second places. Recently, he received the sports trophy of the KU Leuven; on that occasion, we joked that he might even start to win someday. Alas, it seems he took it far too serious. (But did he really scout the area last week?)
Interesting to note is also the number of Slok runners in the top ten: 7, which shows that the trainings during this time of the year are starting to pay off. Van der Kleij (2x), Franssen and De Lat are training towards O-Ringen, while Peeters, Hoekx and Briers are just training.
In the Womens Elite class, Sofie Herremans (hamok, but also Slok) took the victory with her to Heppen. She had a two minute gap to Sien Verdeyen (omega), who participated in only one Slok activity this year (did we ever show you photos of that event?-ah, yes we did). In third place, there is hamok's Martine Taffeiren, albeit at a respectful distance of Herremans.
There was a bit of an uproar among the many Elite runners that showed up for this race. It was announced as a sprint event, but it turned out to be a normal spring race, with a distance of 6,2km for the men elite. The jury's still out to decide whether it will count towards the ranking.
The Belgian JWOC team is also busy. Jochen Verdeyen, 4th place in the sprint distance in Lithuania, did not want to show his shape to the competition by mispunching, but in a flashinterview after the race, he confirmed that after the last hiccups will be ironed out the next days, he will be ready for Göteborg.
Miek Fabré, on the other hand, did want to show her shape today, and since her main chances are also in the sprint distance, she ran a shorter course today, winning it with an 8 minute gap to Elke Verdeyen. Fabré has been training well since her feet injury spoiled some trainings in april, but although she wouldn't tell anything specific about her goals, she's certainly ready for surprises.