Alvarado returns to podium at her first cyclo-cross World Cup of season

ZONHOVEN BELGIUM OCTOBER 24 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado of The Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix competes during the 25th Zonhoven UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup UCIcyclocrossWC zonhoven on October 24 2021 in Zonhoven Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado on the sand at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Zonhoven 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) was quick to return to the podium at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup after missing the opening rounds due to health problems. The European champion worked her way up the field at Zonhoven to overcome a less than ideal start position, to take third in the fourth round of the series at the sandy Belgian course.

Alvarado was absent from the opening three rounds in the United States due to medical problems though the team said a “disturbed blood count” had normalised again meaning the rider who won the  World Championship in 2020 could race at Zonhoven. It wasn’t an easy return, however, as being missing from the Waterloo, Fayetteville and Iowa City rounds did not help the Dutch rider's start position, with 19th on the grid placing her in the third row.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.