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Lucinda Brand wins Flandriencross in Hamme

Lucinda Brand wins Flandriencross in Hamme
Lucinda Brand wins Flandriencross in Hamme (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) won the X2O Badkamers Flandriencross in Hamme, soloing clear of the field shortly before the midpoint of the race.

Brand came home 17 seconds clear of teammate Shirin van Anrooij, who outsprinted Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal) for second place.

Annemarie Worst (777) came home 4th at 24 seconds, while Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado  (Alpecin – Fenix), who had been part of the four-woman front group with Brand, Van Anrooij and Betsema in the early exchanges, took 5th at 1:02, just ahead of Manon Bakker (Iko – Crelan).

Brand got off to a rapid start in Hamme, immediately stretching out the field, with Betsema the only rider to match her initial surge. After Brand picked up the first bonus sprint, the front group grew to include four riders, with Van Anrooij and Alvarado bridging across.

Van Anrooij hit the front shortly afterwards and piled on the pressure in the opening laps, but Brand’s class began to tell on the third lap. The world champion hit the front and she opened a gap of 3 seconds over Betsema and 9 on Van Anrooij with three laps remaining.

Alvarado, meanwhile, was out of the hunt, now trailing by 17 seconds in the company of Worst and Bakker.

Brand continued to extend her advantage, going 10 seconds clear of Betsema with two laps remaining, with Van Anrooij a further 4 seconds down in third. By this point, it was clear that the suspense lay in the battle for second place, and so it proved, as Betsema and Van Anrooij engaged in a spirited duel.

Brand took the bell with an unassailable lead and she safely negotiated the final lap to win by 17 seconds, while Van Anrooij had just enough in the tank to fend off Betsema and take second place.

A week out from the World Championships, the defending champion Brand has underlined her status with a commanding victory. She also now leads the Soudal Ladies Trophy classification by 21 seconds from Betsma, while Worst lies third at 6:11.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:46:00
2Shirin Van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:00:17
3Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:00:18
4Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 0:00:24
5Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin - Fenix 0:01:02
6Manon Bakker (Ned) Iko - Crelan 0:01:03
7Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko - Crelan 0:02:11
8Marion Norbert Riberolle (Bel) Starcasino Cx Team 0:02:12
9Aniek Van Alphen (Ned) 777 0:02:20
10Anna Kay (GBr) Starcasino Cx Team 0:03:17
11Marie Schreiber (Lux) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team 0:03:22
12Alicia Franck (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct 0:03:44
13Zoe Backstedt (GBr) 0:04:13
14Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel) 0:04:26
15Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko - Crelan 0:04:32
16Femke Gort (Ned) Pissei - Groep T.O.M 0:05:16
17Julia Kopecky (Cze) 0:05:26
18Loes Sels (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct 0:05:36
19Jinse Peeters (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct 0:05:49
20Julie Brouwers (Bel) 0:05:56
21Susanne Meistrok (Ned) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct 0:06:09
22Fleur Moors (Bel) 0:06:13
23Tereza Vaníčková (Cze) 0:06:23
24Jana Dobbelaere (Bel) Starcasino Cx Team 0:06:48
25Taylor Kuyk-White (USA) 0:06:50
26Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Cx Team Deschacht-Group Hens-Containers Maes 0:06:59
27Meg De Bruyne (Bel) 0:07:11
28Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel) Pissei - Groep T.O.M 0:07:26
29Lotte Baele (Bel) 0:07:28
30Lara Defour (Bel) 0:07:31
31Tessa Zwaenepoel (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct 0:08:14
32Chloë Van Den Eede (Bel)
33Esther Van Der Burg (Ned) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct
34Marlies Vos (Ned)
35Lise Van Wunsel (Bel)
36Maïté Barthels (Lux)
37Cato Cassiers (Bel) Starcasino Cx Team
38Febe Schokkaert (Bel)
39Tine Rombouts (Bel)
40Alma Johansson (Swe)
41Shana Maes (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team
42Kim Van De Steene (Bel)
43Lies´L Schevenels (Bel)
44Xenna De Bruyckere (Bel)
45Jennifer Malik (USA)
46Nele De Vos (Bel)
47Layla Barthels (Lux)
48Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Velorevolution Wpcycles
49Caren Commissaris (Bel)
50Rosanne Breugelmans (Bel) Pissei - Groep T.O.M
51Jo Blanchaert (Bel)
52Tiger-Lil Harinck (Bel)
53Jolisa Verschueren (Bel)
DNFJana Van Der Veken (Bel)
DNFFamke Van Waterschoot (Ned)
DNFEmily De Cuyper (Bel)
DNFLaura Greenhalgh (GBr) Velorevolution Wpcycles

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