Betsema victorious at Scheldecross

Denise Betsema
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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. 

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:42:16
2Lucinda Brand (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions 0:00:04
3Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 0:00:27
4Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan 0:00:43
5Manon Bakker (Ned) Credishop-Fristads 0:00:48
6Anna Kay (GBr) Starcasino CX Team 0:00:49
7Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Credishop-Fristads 0:00:53
8Fem van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:01:08
9Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:01:31
10Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads 0:01:49
11Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 0:02:19
12Hélène Clauzel (Fra) A.S. Bike Crossteam 0:02:26
13Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 777 0:02:30
14Blanka Kata Vas (Hun) 0:02:35
15Maghalie Rochette (Can) Specialized/Feedback Sports 0:02:45
16Katie Compton (USA) KFC RacingRow 15 - Cell 2
17Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld 0:03:06
18Evie Richards (GBr) Trek Factory Racing CX 0:03:12
19Marthe Truyen (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions 0:03:44
20Marion Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Starcasino CX Team 0:03:45
21Loes Sels (Bel) Iko-Crelan
22Katie Keough (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld 0:03:48
23Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:03:59
24Alicia Franck (Bel) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT0:04:00
25Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko-CrelanRow 24 - Cell 2
26Christine Majerus (Lux)0:04:13
27Helene Clauzel (Fra) AS Bike Crossteam0:04:39
28Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies0:04:45
29Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic0:04:46
30Susanne Meistrok (Ned) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT0:04:48
31Madigan Munro (USA) Trek Factory Racing CX0:04:51
32Ellen van Loy (Bel) Telenet Baloise Lions0:05:09
33Ruby West (Can) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT0:05:26
34Lindy van Anrooij (Ned) Starcasino CX Team0:05:29
35Rebecca Fahringer (USA) Kona Maxxis0:05:36
36Kiona Crabbé (Bel) Cyclismo Mundial 0:05:38
37Marlene Petit (Fra) Team Podiocom CC0:05:43
38Zina Barhoumi (Swi)0:05:50
39Marine Strappazzon (Fra) Team Podiocom CC0:06:03
40Sidney McGill (Can) Pedalhead Race Room0:06:14
41Jana Dobbelaere (Bel)0:06:32
42Amira Mellor (GBr)0:06:42
43Tessa Zwaenepoel0:06:47
44Jinse Peeters (Bel)0:07:14
45Esther van der Burg (Ned) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT0:07:33
46Siobhan Kelly (Can) Black Dog Racing0:07:44
47Shana Maes (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team0:07:56
48Julie Brouwers (Bel)-1 lap
49Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Meg De Bruyne (Bel)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Abby-mae Parkinson (GBr) Trinity RacingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Amy D FoundationRow 51 - Cell 2
53Camille Devigne (Fra) Ardennes Cross TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Michelle Geoghegan (Irl)-2 laps
55Maïté Barthels (Lux)Row 54 - Cell 2

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