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Harris nabs a heavy win in Hamme-Zogge

Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea) won the muddy cyclo-cross event in Zogge, Belgium on Sunday morning. The 26 year-old British champion finished solo ahead of the duo Sanne Cant and Sophie de Boer (Young Telenet-Fidea). A week full of rain turned the course into a mud pool.

"It was heavy," a mud-clad Harris sighed. "Before the race I was nervous. I expected to roll in as third or fourth as I never had a good ride here. I arrived in stress because my car broke down on the way to the race; my exhaust fell off."

Not expecting anything good out of the race, her ambitions turned around as Harris quickly rode in the front line of the pack. "During the first lap I checked out the course to see where I could make the difference. Changing bikes resulted in a time loss of several seconds so I skipped that," Harris said.

During the first two laps Harris led the race together with teammate Sophie de Boer. Halfway through the race Cant was closing the gap to the two leaders. For Harris it was the sign to put the hammer down. "I started bad," said Cant," but when I finally made it to the front Sophie was riding a few metres behind Harris. I tried to close the gap back down in the penultimate lap but that didn't work."

While Harris kept her chasers under control De Boer and Cant were battling for second place in the final lap. "I switched bikes in the final lap and avoided mistakes. I knew the others weren't going to close me down," Harris said. Meanwhile Cant was struggling. "I didn't want to settle for second place and by trying to chase down Nikki I didn't have much left in my tank. In the final lap Sophie hit the gas on the road while I got stuck in the mud. It took me half a lap to get back to here and by then there were only two minutes left to do the sprint," Cant said.

Only six seconds behind winner Harris it was Cant who managed to throw her wheel ahead of that from De Boer. The rest of the pack was well distanced by the three protagonists. Ellen Van Loy was best of the rest at nearly two minutes from Harris, who grabbed her second win of the season.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:44:40
2Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP0:00:06
3Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team
4Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team0:01:53
5Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:09
6Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams0:03:58
7Monique van de Ree (Ned)0:04:03
8Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS/PRO 2012 Cycling Team0:05:07
9Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Endura Lady Force0:05:31
10Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:05:39
11Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Up Cycling Team0:05:57
12Jamie Bierens (Ned) TWC Het Snelle Wiel
13Evy Kuijpers (Ned) RTC Buitenlust
14Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Decock-Woningbouw Vandekerckhove0:06:44
15Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Cycling Team Drogenboom0:07:01
16Katrien Thijs (Bel) Up Cycling Team0:07:44
17Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) DRC De Mol0:08:32
18Shana Maes (Bel) Kriekel Cycling Team Tessenderlo0:08:48
19Axelle Bellaert (Bel) KVC de Zeemeeuw Oostende0:08:50
20 (-1 lap)Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) ZRTC Theo Middelkamp
21Karine Temporelli (Fra)
22Brenda Kaczmarczyk (Pol)
23Meg De Bruyne (Bel) Rijschool AH - Gentse VS
24 (-2 laps)Isabel Caetano (Por)
25Anja Geldhof (Bel) Kriekel Cycling Team Tessenderlo
26Gertie Willems (Bel) Kon. VC 'T Meetjesland - Knesselare
27Aurélie Vermeir (Bel) WK Noord West Brabant
28Marijke De Pauw (Bel) Asfra Racing Team
29 (-3 laps)Sandie Verriest (Bel)
30Cindy Diericx (Bel) Feestcomiteit Drogenboom
31Katleen Fraeye (Bel)

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