Lucinda Brand wins Merksplas Superprestige

Lucinda Brand claimed a convincing victory at the Merksplas Superprestige on Saturday, soloing home ahead of Annemarie Worst and Denise Betsema after leading from start to finish.

Only Inge van der Heijden could try to follow Brand’s onslaught on the opening lap, but she was soon distanced. By the midpoint, the world champion had an advantage of 20 seconds, and she extended her advantage in the latter part of the race to take the spoils.

With the World Cup in Koksijde - one of the hardest races on the calendar - on Sunday, Brand was happy to be able to control her efforts on the last part of the race.

“It was advantageous that I did not have to go so deep in the final. I made sure that I quickly had a good gap, after that I was able to meter it nicely," Brand said.

"After the start I quickly realized that there was a gap, only then did I come up with the idea to continue. It's better to have them chasing."

Now with four victories in a row, Brand has found another level and explained how. "I got better. Everything I train in technique ensures that I reach a higher level every year. It also ensures that I go to the 'cross relaxed, and that makes a big difference."

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:49:07
2Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 0:00:19
3Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:00:21
4Yara Kastelijn (Ned) IKO - Crelan 0:00:23
5Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin - Fenix 0:01:08
6Manon Bakker (Ned) IKO - Crelan 0:01:30
7Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 0:01:47
8Aniek van Alphen (Ned) 777 0:01:53
9Anna Kay (GBr) Starcasino CX Team 0:02:14
10Perrine Clauzel (Fra) A.S. Bike Crossteam 0:02:46
11Marion Norbert Riberolle (Bel) Starcasino CX Team 0:03:01
12Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO - Crelan 0:03:15
13Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld 0:03:24
14Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 0:03:48
15Katie Clouse (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld 0:04:01
16Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Nesta - MMR CX Team 0:04:16
17Kiona Crabbé (Bel) 0:04:36
18Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) IKO - Crelan 0:04:43
19Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel) BNS Technics - Groep T.O.M 0:04:49
20Susanne Meistrok (Ned) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT 0:04:54
21Isa Nomden (Ned) 0:05:04
22Josie Nelson (GBr) 0:05:07
23Femke Gort (Ned) BNS Technics - Groep T.O.M 0:05:53
24Famke Van Waterschoot (Ned)
25Iris Offerein (Ned)
26Loes Sels (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT
27Tessa Zwaenepoel (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT
28Camille Devigne (Fra)
29Cleo Kiekens (Bel)
30Xan Crees (GBr) Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus
31Meg De Bruyne (Bel)
32Tinne Vermeiren (Bel)
33Chloë Van Den Eede (Bel)
34Senne Knaven (Ned)
35Febe Schokkaert (Bel)
36Allison Arensman (USA) VeloRevolution WPcycles
37Rebecca Gross (USA)
38Xenna De Bruyckere (Bel)
39Lara Defour (Bel)
40Maïté Barthels (Lux)
41Severine Bouchez (Can)
42Fien Masure (Bel)
43Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) VeloRevolution WPcycles
44Michelle Geoghegan (Irl) VeloRevolution WPcycles
DNFJana Dobbelaere (Bel) Starcasino CX Team

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