Elite women: Lille - Lille
European champion Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) won the X²0 Badkamers Trofee Krawatencross ahead of world champion Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions), while Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) finished third.
"It was an exciting race," Alvarado told Sporza. "I never really found the connection, but in the last lap Lucinda Brand came up. I expected that so I looked at her. And then it became a sprint. Our legs were full [sprint], but I could hold out the longest. "
Betsema took the early lead in the women's five-lap race with Sanne Cant (Iko-Crelan) close behind, followed by Brand, Alvarado, and Annemarie Worst (777).
Betsema and Cant reconnected at the front of the race, but a tumble from Cant and and a bike change from Betsema, allowed a chasing Alvarado to regain contact. Alvarado lost a few seconds to the two leaders in the sand section, and for a while Brand and Worst were racing in fourth and fifth positions.
The five riders reshuffled on course but remained in contention for the race victory coming into the final lap. After a swift bike-change, Alvarado came out of the pits with a small lead, and while Betsema, Cant, and Brand caught back up, Worst was distanced.
Brand and Alvarado pushed through the final half of the last lap to distance Cant and Betsema, with the leading pair contesting the sprint. Brand started her sprint first, but Alvarado came around her at the line for the victory.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin - Fenix||48:50:00|
|2||Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions|
|3||Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal||0:00:13|
|4||Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko - Crelan||0:00:20|
|5||Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777||0:00:32|
|6||Inge Van der Heijden (Ned) 777||0:01:44|
|7||Fem Van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal||0:01:45|
|8||Manon Bakker (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:01:47|
|9||Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:01:50|
|10||Eva Lechner (Ita) Starcasino CX Team||0:02:08|
|11||Aniek Van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:02:24|
|12||Alicia Franck (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT||0:02:33|
|13||Marthe Truyen (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions||0:02:45|
|14||Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko - Crelan||0:03:27|
|15||Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions||0:03:32|
|16||Anna Kay (GBr) Starcasino CX Team||0:03:34|
|17||Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin - Fenix||0:03:56|
|18||Kiona Crabbé (Bel)||0:04:22|
|19||Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel)||0:05:00|
|20||Susanne Meistrok (Ned) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT||0:05:05|
|21||Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 777||0:05:24|
|22||Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Nesta - Skoda Alecar CX Team||0:05:44|
|23||Rebecca Fahringer (USA)||0:05:56|
|24||Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) Starcasino CX Team||0:06:02|
|25||Julie Brouwers (Bel)||0:07:51|
|26||Tessa Zwaenepoel (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini CT||0:09:25|
|27||Shana Maes (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team||0:09:48|
|28||Meg De Bruyne (Bel)||0:10:17|
|29||Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel)||1 lap|
|30||Jinse Peeters (Bel)||1 lap|
|31||Siobhan Kelly (Can)||2 laps|
|32||Laura Greenhalgh (GBr)||2 laps|
|DNF||Marion Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Starcasino CX Team|
|DNF||Loes Sels (Bel) Iko - Crelan|
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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