Elite women: Brussels University
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) won the Brussels Universities Cyclocross after distancing Annemarie Worst (777) on the final lap, while Sanne Cant (IKO-Crelan) took third.
Alvarado has extended her lead in the DVV Verzekeringen trofee series with just one race to go at Krawatencross in Lille held on February 8.
Worst had the better start and led the field onto the circuit, followed by Cant and Alvarado, but the Alpecin-Fenix rider took over at the front of the race before the end of the first lap.
Several crashes marred the opening laps of the race with Alvarado going down on a descent, while Yara Kastelijn (777) broke a chain and upon trying to turn toward the pits took down Laura Verdonschot. It was reported that Kastelijn crashed a second time, later in the race, along with Eva Lechner, Kata Blanka Vas and Ellen Van Loy.
Once up and running, Alvarado caught up to Worst and the pair raced neck-to-neck toward the victory. Alvarado broke clear and finished nine seconds ahead of Worst.
Just over a minute behind the leading pair were Cant, Anna Kay (Experza-Footlogix) and Katie Compton (Trek) who were ultimately racing for the third spot on the podium. Cant was the fastest of the three and finished in third place.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Corendon - Circus||0:44:10|
|2||Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777||0:00:09|
|3||Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko – Crelan||0:01:12|
|4||Anna Kay (GBr) Experza Pro Cx||0:01:21|
|5||Katherine Compton (USA)||0:01:35|
|6||Manon Bakker (Ned) Experza Pro Cx||0:02:21|
|7||Marion Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Experza Pro Cx||0:02:31|
|8||Eva Lechner (Ita) Creafin – Fristads||0:02:38|
|9||Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:02:41|
|10||Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 777||0:03:02|
|11||Kata Blanka Vas (Hun)||0:03:17|
|12||Inge Van Der Heijden (Ned) Ccc - Liv||0:03:23|
|13||Rebecca Fahringer (USA)||0:03:27|
|14||Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko – Crelan||0:03:29|
|15||Loes Sels (Bel) Iko – Crelan||0:03:47|
|16||Kim Van De Steene (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex||0:04:06|
|17||Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal||0:04:25|
|18||Clara Honsinger (USA)||0:04:29|
|19||Sophie De Boer (Ned)||0:04:41|
|20||Aniek Van Alphen (Ned)||0:04:42|
|21||Alicia Franck (Bel) Experza Pro Cx||0:06:15|
|22||Bethany Crumpton (GBr) Tarteletto - Isorex||0:06:18|
|23||Pauline Delhaye (Fra)||0:06:45|
|24||Veerle Goossens (Ned)||0:08:03|
|25||Lise Van Wunsel (Bel)|
|26||Ishbel Strathdee (GBr)|
|27||Didi De Vries (Ned)|
|28||Kätlin Kukk (Est)|
|29||Corey Coogan Cisek (USA)|
|30||Laura Greenhalgh (GBr)|
|31||Rebecca Gross (USA)|
|32||Maria Larkin (Irl)|
|33||Tine Rombouts (Bel)|
|34||Aimée Schoe (Ned)|
|35||Siobhan Kelly (Can)|
|36||Turner Ramsay (USA)|
|37||Jo Blanchaert (Bel)|
|DNF||Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal|
|DNF||Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)|
|DNF||Marthe Truyen (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions|
|DNS||Marie Lynn (GBr)|
|DSQ||Yara Kastelijn (Ned) 777|
Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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