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X2O Trophy Kortrijk: Lucinda Brand wins elite women's race

Netherlands Lucinda Brand celebrates after winning the womens elite race of the fourth out of 8 stage of the Superprestige cyclocross cycling competition in Merksplas on November 22 2020 Photo by DAVID STOCKMAN BELGA AFP Belgium OUT Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGAAFP via Getty Images
Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise) secured victory at the X²O Badkamers Trophy’s Urban Cross Kortrijk on Saturday. It was an all Dutch podium as Brand sprinted for the win ahead of Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) in second and Yara Kastelijn (Credishop-Fristads).

World champion Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) crashed in the closing metres of the race and was out of contention for the final sprint, finishing in fourth place.

Brand attacked a lead group of contenders as the race head into the last of six laps. Her rivals stuck to her rear wheel, however, as Betsema, Alvarado and Kastelijn clung to the fast pace through the first half of the last lap. The quartet ’s high speeds meant that a sizeable gap opened on chasers Annemarie Worst (777) and Fem van Empel (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal).

Inside the final half lap, Betsema overtook Brand for the front position and then opened a small gap through an off-camber section, forcing Brand to chase with Alvarado on her wheel, while Kastelijn barely hung onto the back. 

Alvarado slide out on a slick, muddy off-camber section, and was caught by the netting on the course. She got back on her bike but lost a significant number of seconds to the three leaders and was out of contention for the final sprint.

Betsema led the three riders into the finale followed by Brand and Kastelijn, through the zig zag fencing and into the last straightaway. Onto the tarmac, Betsema led the trio into the uphill sprint but as she slowed and looked over her shoulder at her rivals, Brand kicked for the line with 150 metres to go to take the win.

Betsema finished second, Kastelijn third, and 13 seconds later, Alvarado rolled over the finish line in fourth.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions 0:45:43
2Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:00:01
3Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Credishop-Fristads
4Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin - Fenix 0:00:14
5Fem Van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal 0:00:40
6Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 0:00:43
7Manon Bakker (Ned) Credishop-Fristads 0:01:07
8Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko - Crelan 0:01:27
9Aniek Van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads 0:01:34
10Clara Honsinger (USA) 0:01:58
11Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions 0:02:09
12Loes Sels (Bel) Iko - Crelan 0:02:42
13Ruby West (Can) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct 0:02:56
14Kaitlin Keough (USA) 0:02:57
15Susanne Meistrok (Ned) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct 0:03:31
16Marine Strappazzon (Fra) Team Podiocom Cc 0:03:45
17Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko - Crelan 0:03:56
18Esther Van Der Burg (Ned) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct 0:04:07
19Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) Starcasino Cx Team 0:04:20
20Kiona Crabbé (Bel) 0:04:25
21Amy Perryman (GBr) 0:04:41
22Jana Dobbelaere (Bel) 0:04:59
23Marlène Petit (Fra) Team Podiocom Cc 0:05:46
24Shana Maes (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team 0:06:02
25Camille Benoit Guyod (Fra) 0:06:18
26Abbie Manley (GBr) 0:06:27
27Tessa Zwaenepoel (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct 0:07:19
28Tine Rombouts (Bel) 0:07:31
29Siobhan Kelly (Can) 0:07:35
30Maïté Barthels (Lux)
31Lina Beirinckx (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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