Van Paassen victorious in GP Neerpelt

Dutchwoman takes second win of season

Sanne van Paassen (BrainWash) won the GP Neerpelt on Sunday, besting compatriot Daphny van den Brand ( and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (BKCP-Powerplus).

The trio emerged at the head of affairs on the opening lap, and then the 21-year-old Van Paassen dropped her two companions on the next lap and pressed onwards for the solo victory, her second win in as many days.

"The season starting with two wins is great," said Van Paassen. "My ambition is to win a World Cup and to finish high in that classification.

"Last year I came into the big 'cross races a little short. Especially technically, I was often just below the top, but I have trained hard to eliminate that difference. Here I have made a difference on a hilly course."

1Sanne van Paassen (Ned) BrainWash0:39:39 
2Daphny van den Brand (Ned) 
3Sanne Cant (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:01:04 
4Pavla Havlikova (Cze)0:01:28 
5Sophie de Boer (Ned)0:02:06 
6Reza Hormes (Ned)0:02:22 
7Helen Wyman (GBr)0:02:50 
8Arenda Grimberg (Ned)0:03:06 
9Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)0:03:35 
10Nikki Harris (GBr)0:04:07 
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