Cant crushes World Cup

European and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) crushed her rivals at the inaugural UCI World Cup round in Lignières, France. The 25-year-old completed a long solo effort to win ahead of compatriot Ellen Van Loy (Young Telenet-Fidea) and Italian champion Eva Lechner (Luna Pro Team). Cant extended her lead in the World Cup standings over Lechner to 32 points.

“It wasn’t my best feeling. I had a good race. I just rode on my own so I didn’t have mistakes. It was a nice course. I’m happy that I could win. If I can train two more weeks really well, then maybe I can win in Zolder. I've worked the whole year for that. I hope I can win,” Cant said.

Cant got off to a great start, just behind Van Loy who managed the hole shot onto the fast, twisting course in the heart of France. Lechner briefly followed the two Belgian leaders, but once Cant took over the lead from Van Loy gaps started to emerge. By the end of the opening lap, Cant was three seconds ahead of Van Loy and she clearly wasn’t planning to wait for her. Lechner was trailing Cant by seven seconds, with Pavla Havlikova (MRM-Avalon) marking her wheel.

“I wanted to make the least possible mistakes while riding at the limit for most of the race. It’s been a while since I did that. Ellen rode really fast during the opening lap. Then I took a pull. It’s too bad Ellen wasn’t able to keep up. It would’ve been a good race with the two of us,” Cant told Telenet Play Sports.

The situation in front seemed decided as Cant kept riding away from Van Loy. Halfway through the second of five laps Lechner managed to ride away from Havlikova, but kept losing ground on the two Belgian riders in front. Havlikova faded back to a group featuring Sophie de Boer (Kalas-NNOF), Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clément), Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team), and Kaitlon Antonneau (

In the two final laps Cant cruised to a very convincing win, taking off her sunglasses before crossing the finish line, and cleaning off her white World Cup jersey which only showed a few mud spots. Lechner was closing in on Van Loy but the latter had something left in her tank for the final lap and held off the Italian rider. Van Loy clinched her fist multiple times as she captured a well-deserved second place. Lechner was third.

The home crowd was able to celebrate as fresh French champion Caroline Mani was able to win the battle for fourth place. She was high-fiving with her compatriots at the side of the road after reaching the finish. Kaitlin Antonneau was fifth, well ahead of De Boer, Wyman and Havlikova. Joyce Vanderbeken was a surprising ninth, just ahead of new British champion Nikki Harris (Boels Dolmans).

In the World Cup standings Cant now holds 282 points and Lechner 250 with only next week’s final World Cup round in Hoogerheide, Netherlands left to race. Van Loy moves up from fifth to third place with 205 points. Harris remains fourth with 184 points, which is 11 more than US champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective).

Compton was unable to profit from her front-row start position and quickly dropped out of the top 10. A crash in the second lap didn’t help, and she went on to finish on place 33 at 4:35 from winner Cant. She dropped from third to fifth in the World Cup standings. Husband Mark Legg sent a tweet during the race, stating that Compton was sick.

Full results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sanne Cant (Bel)0:44:03
2Ellen Van Loy (Bel)0:00:21
3Eva Lechner (Ita)0:00:24
4Caroline Mani (Fra)0:00:43
5Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:00:49
6Sophie De Boer (Ned)0:00:55
7Helen Wyman (GBr)0:01:07
8Pavla Havlikova (Cze)0:01:15
9Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)0:01:20
10Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:23
11Chiara Teocchi (Ita)0:01:28
12Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:39
13Femke Van Den Driessche (Bel)0:01:44
14Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata0:01:54
15Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:01:59
16Nikola Noskova (Cze)0:02:04
17Maud Kaptheijns (Ned)0:02:10
18Mical Dyck (Can)0:02:36
19Elle Anderson (USA) Rally Cycling0:02:44
20Laura Verdonschot (Bel)0:02:50
21Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)0:02:57
22Loes Sels (Bel)0:03:01
23Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Nadja Heigl (Aut)0:03:13
25Maelle Grossetete (Fra)0:03:40
26Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling Team0:03:58
27Juliette Labous (Fra)0:04:06
28Amanda Nauman (USA)0:04:09
29Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek0:04:10
30Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek0:04:14
31Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned)0:04:15
32Anais Morichon (Fra)0:04:20
33Katherine Compton (USA) Trek0:04:35
34Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi)0:04:40
35Lisa Jacobs (Aus)0:04:44
36Evita Muzic (Fra)0:04:47
37Esmee Oosterman (Ned)0:05:15
38Gaelle Carreau (Fra)0:05:22
39Kathryn Cumming (USA)0:05:23
40Olatz Odriozola Mujika (Spa)0:05:38
41Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Team Bms Birn0:06:04
42Lizzy Witlox (Ned)0:06:23
43Denisa Lukesova (Cze)0:07:36
44Cyriane Muller (Fra)0:07:46
45Suzie Godart (Lux)0:08:19
46Karla Kortazar Unzaga (Spa)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Monica Carrascosa (Spa)Row 46 - Cell 2
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World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sanne Cant (Bel)282pts
2Eva Lechner (Ita)250Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ellen Van Loy (Bel)205Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nikki Harris (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team184Row 3 - Cell 3
5Katherine Compton (USA)173Row 4 - Cell 3
6Pavla Havlikova (Cze)161Row 5 - Cell 3
7Helen Wyman (GBr)146Row 6 - Cell 3
8Caroline Mani (Fra)141Row 7 - Cell 3
9Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker137Row 8 - Cell 3
10Sophie De Boer (Ned)125Row 9 - Cell 3
11Sanne Van Paassen (Ned)108Row 10 - Cell 3
12Loes Sels (Bel)88Row 11 - Cell 3
13Maud Kaptheijns (Ned)87Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jolien Verschueren (Bel)82Row 13 - Cell 3
15Amanda Miller (USA) Visit Dallas Dna Pro Cycling72Row 14 - Cell 3
16Femke Van Den Driessche (Bel)67Row 15 - Cell 3
17Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata64Row 16 - Cell 3
18Katerina Nash (Cze)60Row 17 - Cell 3
19Thalita De Jong (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team58Row 18 - Cell 3
20Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa)55Row 19 - Cell 3
21Crystal Anthony (USA)49Row 20 - Cell 3
22Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team49Row 21 - Cell 3
23Chiara Teocchi (Ita)45Row 22 - Cell 3
24Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur43Row 23 - Cell 3
25Ellen Noble (USA)42Row 24 - Cell 3
26Georgia Gould (USA)40Row 25 - Cell 3
27Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)36Row 26 - Cell 3
28Nikola Noskova (Cze)36Row 27 - Cell 3
29Catharine Pendrel (Can)35Row 28 - Cell 3
30Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)33Row 29 - Cell 3
31Meredith Miller (USA)32Row 30 - Cell 3
32Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)32Row 31 - Cell 3
33Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling Team30Row 32 - Cell 3
34Laura Verdonschot (Bel)29Row 33 - Cell 3
35Maghalie Rochette (Can)24Row 34 - Cell 3
36Courtenay Mcfadden (USA)21Row 35 - Cell 3
37Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek21Row 36 - Cell 3
38Nadja Heigl (Aut)21Row 37 - Cell 3
39Maelle Grossetete (Fra)17Row 38 - Cell 3
40Mical Dyck (Can)16Row 39 - Cell 3
41Juliette Labous (Fra)16Row 40 - Cell 3
42Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)14Row 41 - Cell 3
43Bethany Crumpton (GBr)14Row 42 - Cell 3
44Sunny Gilbert (USA)14Row 43 - Cell 3
45Jana Czeczinkarova (Cze)13Row 44 - Cell 3
46Rachel Lloyd (USA)13Row 45 - Cell 3
47Elle Anderson (USA) Rally Cycling12Row 46 - Cell 3
48Jessica Lambracht (Ger)12Row 47 - Cell 3
49Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling12Row 48 - Cell 3
50Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi)10Row 49 - Cell 3
51Erica Zaveta (USA) Cylance Pro Cycling10Row 50 - Cell 3
52Lisa Jacobs (Aus)9Row 51 - Cell 3
53Esmee Oosterman (Ned)8Row 52 - Cell 3
54Lizzy Witlox (Ned)8Row 53 - Cell 3
55Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned)7Row 54 - Cell 3
56Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)7Row 55 - Cell 3
57Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)7Row 56 - Cell 3
58Marlene Petit (Fra)6Row 57 - Cell 3
59Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Raboliv Women Cycling Team5Row 58 - Cell 3
60Carolina Gomez (Arg)5Row 59 - Cell 3
61Amira Mellor (GBr)4Row 60 - Cell 3
62Amanda Nauman (USA)3Row 61 - Cell 3
63Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Team Bms Birn3Row 62 - Cell 3
64Inge Van Der Heijden (Ned)3Row 63 - Cell 3
65Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek2Row 64 - Cell 3
66Marlene Morel Petitgirard (Fra)2Row 65 - Cell 3
67Cassandra Maximenko (USA)2Row 66 - Cell 3
68Laure Bouteloup (Fra)1Row 67 - Cell 3
69Olivia Hottinger (Swi)1Row 68 - Cell 3
70Arley Kemmerer (USA)1Row 69 - Cell 3


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