Annemarie Worst (777) won the elite women's Vlaamse Druivencross in Overijse on Sunday. Worst was the strongest throughout the technical course that saw her out-ride runner-up Lucinda Brand (Telenet-Baloise) and teammate Alice Maria Arzuffi (777).
"It was a tough lap and everything is in it," Worst said in a post-race interview. "This course suits me well. I noticed in the first lap that it went well and that I had to lead the way. I managed to make a difference on the technical parts."
Worst led for much of the race, uncontested throughout the challenging circuit, and won my over a minute ahead of her rivals.
Worst competed in the previous day's Hotondcross, where she was second behind Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Corendon-Circus). She said both races were challenging because of the wet and muddy conditions.
"They were two difficult and heavy [races], but I didn't mind that," she said.
Alvarado didn't participate in Overijse but the start line included Dutch champion Brand, who said she struggled with the technical aspects of the course.
Brand said she didn't find her rhythm until the final lap but had just enough strength to hold off Arzuffi for second place. "I think I was a little better physically, so I'm glad I could keep her off," Brand said.
Italy's Eva Lechner (Creafin-Fristads) finished fourth, Kata Blanka (Hungary) was fifth and Sanne Cant (Iko-Crelan) was sixth.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777||0:47:21|
|2||Lucinda Brand (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:01:08|
|3||Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 777||0:01:13|
|4||Eva Lechner (Ita) Creafin - Fristads||0:01:21|
|5||Kata Blanka Vas (Hun)||0:01:30|
|6||Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan||0:01:47|
|7||Christine Majerus (Lux)||0:01:52|
|8||Evie Richards (GBr) Trek Factory Racing Cx||0:01:58|
|9||Alicia Franck (Bel) Experza Pro Cx||0:02:27|
|10||Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:02:50|
|11||Marion Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Experza Pro Cx||0:03:22|
|12||Aniek Van Alphen (Ned)||0:03:49|
|13||Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko – Crelan||0:04:02|
|14||Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal||0:04:36|
|15||Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)||0:05:17|
|16||Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel)||0:05:29|
|17||Jana Dobbelaere (Bel)||0:06:13|
|18||Hannah Van Boven (Ned)||0:07:34|
|19||Axelle Bellaert (Bel)||0:07:47|
|20||Kiona Crabbé (Bel)|
|21||Tessa Zwaenepoel (Bel)|
|22||Corey Coogan Cisek (USA)|
|23||Ishbel Strathdee (GBr)|
|24||Monique Van De Ree (Ned)|
|25||Kätlin Kukk (Est)|
|26||Siobhan Kelly (Can)|
|27||Guzel Akhmadullina (Rus)|
|28||Caren Commissaris (Bel)|
|29||Lise Van Wunsel (Bel)|
|30||Laetitia Maus (Lux)|
|31||Laura Greenhalgh (GBr)|
|DNF||Sara Beeckmans (Bel)|
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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