Final-lap crash costs Alvarado the cyclo-cross World Cup title

HOOGERHEIDE NETHERLANDS JANUARY 26 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado of The Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix Annemarie Worst of The Netherlands and Team 777 during the 31st WC GP Adrie Van der Poel Hoogerheide 2020 Women Elite UCICX TelenetUCICXWC on January 26 2020 in Hoogerheide Netherlands Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Alvarado leads Worst in the earlier phases of Hoogerheide (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) cruelly saw her overall ambitions in the women’s cyclo-cross World Cup go up in smoke due to a crash on the final lap of the final race of the season.

The Alpecin-Fenix rider went into the last round of the World Cup with a slender five-point lead over her closest rival, Annemarie Worst (777), and it looked like the pair would decide the final overall standings in a sprint finish in Hoogerheide.

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Daniel Benson

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