Under 23 riders take over top steps of women's World Cup podium at Overijse

OVERIJSE BELGIUM OCTOBER 31 LR Puck Pieterse of The Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix and Blanka Vas Kata of Hungary Team SD Worx compete during the 62nd Druivencross Overijse UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite DruivencrossOverijse CXWorldCup UCIcyclocrossWC on October 31 2021 in Overijse Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Fenix) and race winner Kata Blanka Vas (SD Worx) at the Cyclo-cross World Cup at Overijse (Image credit: Getty Images)

It was a Cyclo-Cross World Cup for the under 23 riders in the women’s race at Overijse, with 20-year-old Kata Blanka Vas (SD Worx) and 19-year-old Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Fenix) relegating world champion and series leader Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) to the final spot of the podium on Sunday. 

The strong showing from the U23s, who in the women’s category race alongside the elite riders, was enough to leave Brand joking, “I think it's time for an elite category” as if the the classification had raced separately she would have won.

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