Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) claimed victory in the 2020 Scheldecross on Saturday, going solo half-way through the race and holding off Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions) in a dramatic late pursuit.
Annemarie Worst (777) claimed the final podium spot in the third round of the X²O Badkamers Trofee series, which is the rebranded DVV series.
Although she was unable to claw back Betsema, there was consolation for Brand in taking the overall lead in the series classification from Yara Kastelijn (Credishop-Fristads), who finished seventh.
Betsema made her move on the third of five laps of the Antwerp course, shortly after Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) saw her day - plus her hopes of overall series success - scuppered by a mechanical problem. The world champion spent nearly a minute trying to unblock her chain, before shouldering her bike and running all the way to the pits, by which point she was already more than three minutes in arrears.
Alvarado, Betsema, Brand, Worst, and Kastelijn had established themselves as the strongest riders in an early five-rider lead group. Betsema made her move shortly after the Alvarado mechanical, driving open her advantage through one of the numerous sand sections and never looking back.
Brand and Worst were 10 seconds back at the end of lap 3, with Kastelijn losing ground, and that pattern held heading into the final lap. However, Brand produced a huge surge in the final lap in an attempt to claw her way back.
She made inroads, and it looked like she might be able to get back on terms when she rode a steep banking where Betsema wrongfooted and had to dismount. However, Betsema safely negotiated the final couple of barriers, and Brand was clearly cooked from the chase, allowing the Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal rider to sit up and celebrate in the home straight.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal||0:42:16|
|2||Lucinda Brand (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:00:04|
|3||Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777||0:00:27|
|4||Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan||0:00:43|
|5||Manon Bakker (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:00:48|
|6||Anna Kay (GBr) Starcasino CX Team||0:00:49|
|7||Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:00:53|
|8||Fem van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal||0:01:08|
|9||Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal||0:01:31|
|10||Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:01:49|
|11||Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777||0:02:19|
|12||Hélène Clauzel (Fra) A.S. Bike Crossteam||0:02:26|
|13||Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 777||0:02:30|
|14||Blanka Kata Vas (Hun)||0:02:35|
|15||Maghalie Rochette (Can) Specialized/Feedback Sports||0:02:45|
|16||Katie Compton (USA) KFC Racing|
|17||Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld||0:03:06|
|18||Evie Richards (GBr) Trek Factory Racing CX||0:03:12|
|19||Marthe Truyen (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:03:44|
|20||Marion Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Starcasino CX Team||0:03:45|
|21||Loes Sels (Bel) Iko-Crelan|
|22||Katie Keough (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld||0:03:48|
|23||Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix||0:03:59|
|24||Alicia Franck (Bel) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT||0:04:00|
|25||Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko-Crelan|
|26||Christine Majerus (Lux)||0:04:13|
|27||Helene Clauzel (Fra) AS Bike Crossteam||0:04:39|
|28||Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies||0:04:45|
|29||Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic||0:04:46|
|30||Susanne Meistrok (Ned) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT||0:04:48|
|31||Madigan Munro (USA) Trek Factory Racing CX||0:04:51|
|32||Ellen van Loy (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:05:09|
|33||Ruby West (Can) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT||0:05:26|
|34||Lindy van Anrooij (Ned) Starcasino CX Team||0:05:29|
|35||Rebecca Fahringer (USA) Kona Maxxis||0:05:36|
|36||Kiona Crabbé (Bel) Cyclismo Mundial||0:05:38|
|37||Marlene Petit (Fra) Team Podiocom CC||0:05:43|
|38||Zina Barhoumi (Swi)||0:05:50|
|39||Marine Strappazzon (Fra) Team Podiocom CC||0:06:03|
|40||Sidney McGill (Can) Pedalhead Race Room||0:06:14|
|41||Jana Dobbelaere (Bel)||0:06:32|
|42||Amira Mellor (GBr)||0:06:42|
|44||Jinse Peeters (Bel)||0:07:14|
|45||Esther van der Burg (Ned) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT||0:07:33|
|46||Siobhan Kelly (Can) Black Dog Racing||0:07:44|
|47||Shana Maes (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team||0:07:56|
|48||Julie Brouwers (Bel)||-1 lap|
|49||Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel)|
|50||Meg De Bruyne (Bel)|
|51||Abby-mae Parkinson (GBr) Trinity Racing|
|52||Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Amy D Foundation|
|53||Camille Devigne (Fra) Ardennes Cross Team|
|54||Michelle Geoghegan (Irl)||-2 laps|
|55||Maïté Barthels (Lux)|
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