Ann-Sophie Duyck (Cervelo Bigla) won her fifth time trial title at the Belgian Road Championships in Anzegem on Thursday. She stormed over the 28.8km course in 40 minutes even, besting compatriots Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) and cyclo-cross star Ellen Van Loy.
"I’m very happy because I was a bit uncertain coming into the race, it was a very fast course and I was worried I wouldn’t be fast enough but after the first lap I already took some time on my competitors and kept on the pace," Duyck said in a team press release.
"The course was near my home and I did a lot of recons so I knew it off by heart. I knew exactly what was coming but there was a lot of wind blowing today and I didn’t take any risks in the corners and everything went smoothly. I’m very happy with how I did the race."
This being the fifth consecutive year Duyck has won the prestigious title, she says being a national champion is an achievement you always appreciate.
"You never get used to the jersey. A championship always brings new nerves and we had to prove something today because the course is only 20 minutes from my house so it’s really nice to win here, that was the only option today."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team||0:40:00|
|2||Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies||0:01:11|
|3||Ellen Van Loy (Bel)||0:01:24|
|4||Githa Michiels (Bel)||0:01:29|
|5||Julie Van De Velde (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies||0:02:04|
|6||Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products-Birk Sport||0:02:10|
|7||Saartje Vandenbroucke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport||0:02:51|
|8||Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies||0:03:10|
|9||Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport||0:03:21|
|10||Alana Castrique (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies||0:03:46|
|11||Mieke Leeman (Bel)||0:04:03|
|12||Anisha Vekemans (Bel) Ale Cipollini||0:04:14|
|13||Femke Verstichelen (Bel) Servetto-Stradalli Cycle-Alurecycling||0:04:34|
|14||Noa Selosse (Bel)||0:04:44|
|15||Nathalie Verschelden (Bel)||0:05:14|
|16||Sarah Ten Hartog (Bel)||0:06:25|
|17||Evy Roelen (Bel)||0:06:38|
|18||Gilke Croket (Bel)||0:07:20|