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Alvarado recovers from last-lap crash to win GP Leuven

150220 / Belgium / Middelkerke / Veldrijden / Super Prestige /150220 / Belgium / Middelkerke / Veldrijden / Super Prestige /
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Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) bounced back from a final-lap crash to win the 2020 GP Leuven on Saturday, beating Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) in a two-up sprint. 

The world champion fell on the grass going around a left-hand bend early on the last of seven laps of the race, which this year is the fourth round of the Ethias Cross series. 

She quickly remounted and re-took her place in what was by then a five-rider lead group, along with Betsema, Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions), Annemarie Worst (777), and Manon Bakker (Credishop-Fristads). 

Those riders had emerged as the strongest after Frenchwoman Perrine Clauzel (As Bike Cross Team) had made the early running, impressively handling the steep wooded banks before fading later in the race. 

Alvarado’s crash wasn’t the only dramatic moment on the final lap, as Brand, who had come through to the front after being mostly at the back of the group, crashed going down one of those banks mid-way through the lap. 

The recent Jaarmarktcross winner quickly got up and kept her lead as the others adjusted their lines, and even managed to restring her chain as she ran up the next bank. However, back on the grass, Betsema surged past, and Alvarado was the only one with the power to follow. 

The pair hit the pump track sections with a small lead and emerged together onto the tarmac to contest the finish. With a stronger sprint in her locker, Alvarado made no mistake and dispatched Betsema to reverse the result of the last round of the Ethias Cross from Beringen a month ago. 

Brand outsprinted Worst for the final podium spot, while Bakker trailed across the line for fifth place, with a much larger gap back to the rest of the field.

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:46:53
2Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:00:01
3Lucinda Brand (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions0:00:03
4Annemarie Worst (Ned) 7770:00:05
5Manon Bakker (Ned) (Credishop-Fristads)0:00:09
6Perrine Clauzel (Fra) As Bike Cross Team0:00:47
7Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) Doltcini-Van Eyck0:00:57
8Fem Van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal0:01:03
9Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Credishop-Fristads0:01:04
10Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
11Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads0:01:08
12Alicia Granck (Bel) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Dolcitini0:01:31
13Ellen Van Looy (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions0:01:39
14Eva Lechner (Ita) Starcasino CX Team0:01:41
15Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Nesta-Skoda-Alecar0:01:51
16Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 7770:02:11
17Loes Sels (Bel) Iko-Crelan0:02:13
18Sanne Cante (Bel) Iko-Crelan0:02:29
19Maghalie Rochette (Can)0:02:31
20Clara Honsinger (USA)0:02:46
21Josie Nelson (GBr) Trinity Racing0:02:47
22Harriet Harnden (GBr) Trek Factory Racing0:02:58
23Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)0:03:02
24Marlene Morel Petitgirard (Fra) Team S1neo-Graal-Bjorka0:03:10
25Zina Barhmoui (Swi)0:03:12
26Kaitlin Keough (USA)0:03:14
27Marthe Truyen (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions0:03:32
28Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) Starcasino CX Team0:03:52
29Susanne Meistrok (Ned) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Dolcitini
30Ffion James (GBr)0:04:12
31Amira Mellor (GBr)0:04:34
32Esther van der Burg (Ned) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Dolcitini0:04:44
33Marine Strappazzon (Fra) Team Podiocom CC0:04:58
34Kione Crabbe (Bel)0:04:59
35Mascha Mulder (Ned) Hens-Maes0:05:51
36Rebecca Fahringer (USA)0:06:38
37Lise Van Wunswel (Bel)-1 lap
38Sophie Wright (GBr)
39Camille Devigne (Fra) Ardennes Cross Team
40Julie Brouwers (Bel)
41Aurelie Vermeir (Bel)
42Tessa Zwaenepoel (Bel) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Dolcitini-2 laps
43Laura Porhel (Fra)
44Meg De Bruyne (Bel)
45Laura Greenhalgh (GBr)-3 laps
46Tine Rombouts (Bel)
47Jana Dobbelaere (Bel)
48Corey Coogan Cisek (USA)
49Tinne Vermeiren (Bel)
50Maite Barthels (Lux)
51Michelle Geoghgean (Irl)
52Nina Berton (Lux)-4 laps
53Liene Meeusen (Bel)
54Paula Diaz Lopez (Spa)
55Eline Steenhuysen
DNFRuby West (Can) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Dolcitini
DNFMaud Paptheijns (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal
DNFJulie De Wilder (Bel) Iko-Crelan

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