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Lucinda Brand dominant again at Superprestige Boom

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Dutch Lucinda Brand celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the womens elite race of the Superprestige Boom fifth stage of the Superprestige cyclocross cycling competition Saturday 04 December 2021 in BoomBELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Lucinda Brand dominant in a very muddy Superprestige Boom (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Dutch Lucinda Brand celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the womens elite race of the Superprestige Boom fifth stage of the Superprestige cyclocross cycling competition Saturday 04 December 2021 in BoomBELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

Lucinda Brand celebrates her win (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Inge Van Der Heijden of The Netherlands and Team 777 competes during the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Inge Van der Heijden (777) riding to second (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Liv Racing competes on a muddy sector during the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racing) in her 'cross season debut (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Maghalie Rochette of Canada and Team SpecializedFeedback Sports catching breath covered in mud after the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Maghalie Rochette (Specialized-Feedback Sports) was fourth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Sanne Cant of Belgium and Team Iko Crelan competes on a muddy sector during the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Sanne Cant (Crelan) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado of The Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix competes on a muddy sector during the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Ceylin Carmen del Alvarado dismounts (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Zoe Backstedt of The United Kingdom and Team TormansAcrog falls on a muddy sector during the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Zoe Backstedt gets up from a crash (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Christine Majerus of Luxembourg and Team SD Worx competes on a muddy sector during the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Christine Majerus runs down the hill (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Marion Norbert Riberolle of Belgium and Starcasino Cx Team competes on a muddy sector during the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Marion Norbert Riberolle (Starcasino) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Anna Kay of The United Kingdom and Starcasino Cx Team competes on a muddy sector during the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Anna Kay (Starcasino) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Inge Van Der Heijden of The Netherlands and Team 777 reacts crossing the finishing line on second place after the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Inge van der Heijden (777) celebrates second place (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 LR Inge Van Der Heijden of The Netherlands and Team 777 on second place race winner Lucinda Brand of The Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions and Denise Betsema of The Netherlands and Team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal on third place pose on the podium ceremony after the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Inge van der Heijden, Lucinda Brand and Denise Betsema on the podium in Boom (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Lucinda Brand of The Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions celebrates at podium as race winner after the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lucinda Brand celebrates on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BOOM BELGIUM DECEMBER 04 Annemarie Worst of The Netherland and Team 777 catching breath covered in mud after the 7th Superprestige Cyclocross Boom 2021 Womens Elite SPBoom Superprestige2022 on December 04 2021 in Boom Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Inge van der Heijden (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) delivered another dominant display to win in Boom for the second successive year and claim her fourth Superprestige victory of the season.

The world champion tamed a treacherous Boom course that was made sloppy and muddy by the persistent rain, crossing the line alone with an advantage of more than 30 seconds over the rest of the field. 

Inge van der Heijden (777) made the early running and, although she was left in Brand’s wake, held firm impressively in the second half of the race, notably fending off a last-lap pursuit from Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal).

Betsema had suffered an apparent shoe problem earlier in the race and, while her fightback from around 7th place was stirring, she ultimately left herself with too much to do and had to settle for third. 

Maghalie Rochette (Specialized-Feedback Sports) rode well in around fourth place for much of the race, while Fem van Empel (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), Annemarie Worst (777), and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) traded places in the fragmented chase - the latter making a series of costly errors. The veteran Sanne Cant (Iko-Crelan) and the youngster Zoe Backstedt (Tormans) rounded out the top 10. 

Brand said she struggled to warm up, and it was indeed Van der Heijden who set the tone on the first of the five laps, leading solo by six seconds. On the second lap, Brand started to move away from the chasers, initially doing so with Betsema until her compatriot had to stop for that shoe change and drop to seventh. 

Van der Heijden and Brand started lap three together, but not for long, as Van der Heijden slipped out and went down into the mud. Behind, Alvarado did the same and was joined by Rochette.

By the end of lap 3, Brand had opened a 15-second lead and she consolidated it with a solid penultimate lap, while Van der Heijden was herself consolidating her podium position in equally impressive fashion. Behind the chase group fragmented, with Alvarado going wrong again and slipping out of the top six, while Betsema moved through the gears and catapulted up to third. 

Going into the final lap, Brand led by 24 seconds, and the main drama surrounded the fight for second. Van der Heijden led Betsema by 13 seconds but lost 10 of those by the long uphill running section. In a dramatic pursuit, Van der Heijden proved the strongest runner and managed to gain a further three seconds, going on to secure second as Betsema knew it was up and settled for third.

Meanwhile, Brand did her best to dust the mud off her rainbow bands in time for the finish line celebrations. 

Muddy jersey or not, she not only repeated her win here last year but extended her lead in the overall Superprestige series standings, having now won four of the five rounds.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:47:24
2Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 0:00:37
3Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:00:43
4Maghalie Rochette (Can) 0:00:59
5Fem van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:01:04
6Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 0:01:18
7Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin - Fenix 0:01:38
8Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO - Crelan 0:01:53
9Zoe Backstedt (GBr) 0:02:06
10Aniek van Alphen (Ned) 777 0:02:24
11Marion Norbert Riberolle (Bel) Starcasino CX Team 0:02:46
12Alicia Franck (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT 0:03:26
13Christine Majerus (Lux) 0:03:50
14Manon Bakker (Ned) IKO - Crelan 0:03:58
15Anna Kay (GBr) Starcasino CX Team 0:04:05
16Marie Schreiber (Lux) Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team 0:04:17
17Kiona Crabbé (Bel) 0:04:23
18Julie De Wilde (Bel) IKO - Crelan 0:04:31
19Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 0:05:02
20Lotte Kopecky (Bel) 0:05:05
21Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:05:07
22Marthe Truyen (Bel) IKO - Crelan 0:05:41
23Julia Kopecky (Cze) 0:06:10
24Jana Dobbelaere (Bel) Starcasino CX Team 0:06:15
25Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel) BNS Technics - Groep T.O.M 0:06:19
26Amira Mellor (GBr) Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus 0:06:55
27Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) IKO - Crelan 0:07:02
28Sidney Mcgill (Can) 0:07:12
29Jinse Peeters (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT 0:07:28
30Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) CX Team Deschacht-group Hens-containers Maes 0:07:57
31Lara Defour (Bel) 0:08:11
32Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel) 0:08:43
33Sterre Vervloet (Bel)
34Susanne Meistrok (Ned) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT
35Elodie Kuijper (Ned)
36Julie Brouwers (Bel)
37Laura Greenhalgh (GBr) VeloRevolution WPcycles
38Meg De Bruyne (Bel)
39Abbie Manley (GBr)
40Camille Devigne (Fra)
41Nienke Vinke (Ned)
42Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel)
43Cleo Kiekens (Bel)
44Lotte Baele (Bel)
45Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) VeloRevolution WPcycles
46Cato Cassiers (Bel) Starcasino CX Team
47Pien Limpens (Ned)
48Pem Hoefmans (Ned)
49Shana Maes (Bel) Tormans - Circus Cyclo Cross Team
50Severine Bouchez (Can)
51Febe De Smedt (Bel)
52Senne Knaven (Bel)
53Kiona Dhont (Bel)
54Tine Rombouts (Bel)
55Allison Arensman (USA) VeloRevolution WPcycles
56Lies´L Schevenels (Bel)
57Lore De Schepper (Bel)
58Michelle Geoghegan (Irl) VeloRevolution WPcycles
59Xenna De Bruyckere (Bel)
60Fien Masure (Bel)
61Jo Blanchaert (Bel)
DNFLorena Wiebes (Ned)
DNFKim Van De Steene (Bel)
DNSMarie Van De Kerkhof (Bel)

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