Harris tops Wyman in muddy Ronse 'cross

Nikki Harris remembers her fallen teammate Amy Dombroski in her victory salute in Ronse

Nikki Harris remembers her fallen teammate Amy Dombroski in her victory salute in Ronse (Image credit: Photopress.be)

The first leg of the Bpost Bank Trofee cyclo-cross series was won by Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea). The 26-year-old British rider seemed unbothered by the foul weather conditions at the Hotondberg and she rode solo from start to finish. Compatriot Helen Wyman (Kona) held off Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-BKCP) for second place at a respectable distance from winner Harris.

When crossing the line Harris paid tribute to the late Amy Dombroski, the American cyclo-cross rider died after colliding with a truck during a training ride.

"It's good but sad at the same time," Harris told Cyclingnews. "While riding I was thinking how difficult it must've been for Amy's family, they were watching us race. It seems wrong to celebrate. Maybe in a few weeks it'll sink in but now it doesn't seem significant."

Obviously the whole cyclo-cross world is still dealing with the loss of Dombroski. As hard as it is, there's always still the order of the day. The racing continuous.

Harris was on a league of her own in Ronse and she was quite surprised by that feat. "I don't know where it came from. I'm quite surprised by it. Clearly my condition is OK," Harris said. Thanks to her win and the bonus seconds Harris leads time-based general classification of the Bpost Bank series by 1:07 over Wyman and 1:31 over Cant. World champion Marianne Vos wasn't present in Ronse.

In the battle for second place British champion Helen Wyman got the better of Belgian champion Sanne Cant and Sabrina Stultiens (Rabobank). Wyman seemed content with the outcome of the race. "I'm not as strong as I was last year," Wyman said. The introduction of disc brakes caused problems too. "It's the first proper cross with my mechanical disk brakes. During the first laps it was fantastic then suddenly it was nothing. I dropped to sixth place," Wyman said. Despite the mechanical Wyman was exstatic about her brakes. "Those brakes really revolutionize the way we race." During the penultimate lap Wyman caught back up with Cant and Stultiens and left them trailing on a false flat road section. "That road seemed easy to me. I went hard to get them and then attacked," Wyman said.

The next round of the Bpost Bank cyclo-cross series is held on November 1 with the Koppenbergcross in neighbouring town Oudenaarde. Next week there's the World Cup round in Valkenburg, Netherlands.


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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Nikki Harris (GBr) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
2Helen Wyman (GBr)
3Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm - BKCP
4Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash wielerploeg
5Sophie De Boer (Ned) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
6Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS/PRO 2012 Cycling Team
7Pavla Havlikova (Cze) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
8Githa Michiels (Bel)
9Esmee Oosterman (Ned)
10Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned)
11Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned)
12Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Wielerclub De Sprinters Malderen
13Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Feestcomiteit Drogenboom
14Laura Verdonschot (Bel) C.T.- DJ.Matic-Kortrijk
15Ayako Toyooka (Jpn)
16Katrien Thijs (Bel) UP Cycling Team
17Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den)
18Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team
19Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team
20Hilde Quintens (Bel) Cycling Team Zemst VZW
21Ilse Vandekinderen (Bel)
22Shana Maes (Bel) Kriekel Cycling Team Tessenderlo
23Valerie Boonen (Bel) De Kastelse Durvers V.Z.W.
24Cindy Diericx (Bel)


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