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Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) won the Lampiris Zilvermeercross on Saturday. The current World Cup leader crossed the line with a solo victory ahead of her Dutch compatriots Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), by four seconds, and Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) by 29 seconds.
"It was a really tough race, there was little time to recover," Brand said in a post-race interview. "We were very evenly matched, the last stretch through the sand was decisive. Every victory is fun and I always want to win, but this is of course nice with a view to the World Cup. You can take that positive feeling with you."
Zilvermeercross is one of the last races on the calendar ahead of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships scheduled in Ostend, Belgium, on January 30-31, although there is still the final World Cup in Overijse on January 24. Reigning World Champion Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and former world champion Sanne Cant opted not to race Zilvermeercross.
Betsema set a quick pace right off the starting line with a strong rival in Manon Bakker (Credishop-Fristads), but as the race shook out riders Yara Kastelijn (Credishop-Fristads), Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) and Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) moved forward.
In the end, it was a battle between Brand and Betsema with Brand taking a narrow victory by just four seconds over her compatriot. "Only one can win and Brand was slightly stronger in the last lap," Betsema said. "I didn't feel great either, I just missed a little power in my legs after a tough training week. We are very close to each other. I am happy with this second place."
Vos was also pleased with her third place at Zilvermeercross, which marked her first podium of the season.
"I'm happy with my first podium of the season. The first one for the team as well. I was feeling really good. Unfortunately, I made a big mistake in the sand on the penultimate lap after which I lost a bit of time. All of my shape is improving and it is a nice confidence boost towards the World Championships in Ooostende."
Bakker finished the race in fourth at 45 seconds behind Brand, Kastelijn finished fifth at 53 seconds and Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Fenix) was sixth at 1:05.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions||0:42:39|
|2||Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal||0:00:04|
|3||Marianne Vos (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:00:29|
|4||Manon Bakker (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:00:45|
|5||Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:00:53|
|6||Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin - Fenix||0:01:05|
|7||Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal||0:01:20|
|8||Clara Honsinger (USA)||0:01:50|
|9||Aniek Van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:01:58|
|10||Fem Van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal||0:02:04|
|11||Anne Tauber (Ned)||0:02:26|
|12||Amandine Fouquenet (Fra)||0:02:41|
|13||Marthe Truyen (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions||0:02:45|
|14||Perrine Clauzel (Fra) A.S Bike Crossteam|
|15||Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel)|
|16||Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Baloise Trek Lions||0:03:04|
|17||Loes Sels (Bel) Iko - Crelan||0:03:16|
|18||Sophie De Boer (Ned)||0:03:17|
|19||Anna Kay (GBr) Starcasino Cx Team||0:03:38|
|20||Marion Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Starcasino Cx Team||0:04:09|
|21||Anaïs Morichon (Fra)||0:04:21|
|22||Rebecca Fahringer (USA)||0:04:32|
|23||Kaitlin Keough (USA)||0:04:41|
|24||Susanne Meistrok (Ned) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct||0:04:45|
|25||Jinse Peeters (Bel)||0:04:49|
|26||Lauriane Duraffourg (Fra) Team S1Neo - Graal - Bjorka||0:04:53|
|27||Julie Brouwers (Bel)||0:04:59|
|28||Jana Dobbelaere (Bel)||0:05:41|
|29||Julie De Wilde (Bel) Iko - Crelan||0:06:14|
|30||Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) Starcasino Cx Team||0:06:25|
|31||Meg De Bruyne (Bel)||0:06:45|
|32||Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel)||0:07:15|
|33||Marlène Petit (Fra) Team Podiocom Cc||0:07:23|
|34||Tessa Zwaenepoel (Bel) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct||0:07:28|
|35||Shana Maes (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team||0:08:59|
|36||Esther Van Der Burg (Ned) Proximus - Alphamotorhomes - Doltcini Ct|
|37||Siobhan Kelly (Can)|
|38||Maïté Barthels (Lux)|
|39||Sidney Mcgill (Can)|
|40||Corey Coogan Cisek (USA)|
|41||Laura Greenhalgh (GBr)|
|42||Tine Rombouts (Bel)|
|43||Michelle Geoghegan (Irl)|
|DNF||Karen Verhestraeten (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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