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.
“You can make a little joke of it, but of course it's just really good to see that there is such a follow-up – and fortunately not only from the Netherlands,” Brand said in comments on Dutch website Wielerflits.
Dutch Pieterse and Hungarian Vas are now sitting third and fourth in the elite series standings after the fifth round, and it’s not just the pair that took the top two steps of the podium at Overijse that are making their mark near the top of the results either. Shirin van Anrooij (Baloise Trek Lions) and Fem van Empel (Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal) are in the top ten of the series standings as well.
It was the skills of race winner Vas and second-placed Pieterse in the slippery conditions on Sunday that won the admiration of the Zonhoven winner, Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), who came fourth at Overijse.
“These girls are just super technical,” Betsema told Wielerflits. “I really need to learn from that. I also tried to follow the tracks a bit. But if you make a mistake and you fall behind, then you have to chase.”
The next Cyclo-cross World Cup round takes place in Tabor on November 14, though after the World Cup round many of the riders are heading straight into Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde on November 1, which for the women’s race has been renamed the Grand Prix Jolien Verschueren in honour of the Belgian 2015 and 2016 race winner, who died of cancer in July.
Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*
Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets
After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59
Join now for unlimited access
Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Cyclingnews is the world's leader in English-language coverage of professional cycling. Started in 1995 by University of Newcastle professor Bill Mitchell, the site was one of the first to provide breaking news and results over the internet in English. The site was purchased by Knapp Communications in 1999, and owner Gerard Knapp built it into the definitive voice of pro cycling. Since then, major publishing house Future PLC has owned the site and expanded it to include top features, news, results, photos and tech reporting. The site continues to be the most comprehensive and authoritative English voice in professional cycling.
The latest race content, interviews, features, reviews and expert buying guides, direct to your inbox!
Thank you for signing up to The Pick. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.