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Cant takes first win of the season in Waaslandcross

Elite Women: Sint-Niklaas

Sanne Cant (Iko-Crelan)
Sanne Cant (Iko-Crelan) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Sanne Cant claimed her first victory of the 2019-2020 season in Sint-Niklaas, winning the DVV Trofee Waaslandcross. The world champion overcame a last-lap crash to out-sprint Dutch rider Aniek van Alphen.

Cant was on strong form, making the selection early in the race with Van Alphen the only rider able to hold onto her surge.

It looked as if the Dutch rider would challenge Cant thanks to her ability to bunny-hop the barriers and a second obstacle, but midway through the race she slid out on a descent and Cant seized the opportunity to attack.

Cant came into the penultimate lap with a large gap, but Van Alphen made a strong push to get back on terms.

Van Alphen opened up the lead by hopping the barriers, but Cant fought back only to side out on a muddy transition. Fortunately her mistake forced Van Alphen off her bike and the pair went into the final sand section together.

The world champion showed her class with a perfect re-mount to get ahead of her Dutch rival and then out-sprint her to take the win.

Hungarian rider Kata Blanka Vas was third.

"After my fall, I wanted to go past Van Alphen again, but that didn't work. Then I focused on the sprint. Whoever was fastest to clip in after the sand section would win."

"I didn't get into my pedal with my right foot, so I had to sprint with one leg but luckily I could get it."

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko – Crelan 0:39:47
2Aniek Van Alphen (Ned) 0:00:06
3Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) 0:00:21
4Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 0:00:44
5Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko – Crelan 0:01:04
6Loes Sels (Bel) Iko – Crelan 0:01:09
7Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) 0:01:38
8Kim Van De Steene (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex 0:02:00
9Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 0:02:33
10Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel) 0:02:44
11Mascha Mulder (Ned) Group Hens - Maes Containers 0:02:49
12Veerle Goossens (Ned) 0:03:24
13Elodie Kuijper (Ned) 0:03:31
14Marlies Vos (Ned) 0:03:46
15Fem Van Empel (Ned) 0:03:55
16Mari-Liis Mõttus (Est)
17Camille Devigne (Fra) 0:04:16
18Tessa Zwaenepoel (Bel) 0:04:24
19Hannah Van Boven (Ned) 0:04:39
20Didi De Vries (Ned) 0:04:43
21Famke Van Waterschoot (Ned)
22Mirthe Van Den Brande (Bel) 0:04:53
23Emily Werner (USA)
24Esther Van Der Burg (Ned) 0:04:59
25Ffion James (GBr) 0:05:09
26Shana Maes (Bel) 0:05:22
27Letizia Borghesi (Ita) 0:05:32
28Giada Borghesi (Ita) 0:05:39
29Kätlin Kukk (Est)
30Lotte Baele (Bel)
31Lise Van Wunsel (Bel) 0:05:49
32Rebecca Gross (USA) 0:06:07
33Tinne Vermeiren (Bel) 0:06:13
34Siobhan Kelly (Can)
35Yenthe Van Lommel (Bel)
36Meg De Bruyne (Bel)
37Marie Lynn (GBr)
38Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal
39Nele De Vos (Bel)
40Naomi De Roeck (Bel)
41Guzel Akhmadullina (Rus)
42Lina Beirinckx (Bel)
43Sara Beeckmans (Bel)
44Michelle Geoghegan (Irl)
45Karen De Keulenaer (Bel)
46Nathalie Verschelden (Bel)
47Rosalie Janssens (Bel)
48Imke Storms (Bel)
DNFJinse Peeters (Bel)

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