Worst wins Elite Women’s World Cup in Koksijde

By on November 21, 2021 0


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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 Annemarie Worst of the Netherlands and the 777 team celebrate their victory at the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Annemarie Worst wins the Koksijde World Cup (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 Annemarie Worst of the Netherlands and the 777 team celebrate their victory and wave to the crowd at the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross World Cup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Koksijde World Cup returns with fans celebrating with elite female winner Annemarie Worst (777) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 A general view of Denise Betsema from the Netherlands and team Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal Lucinda Brand from the Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions and the peloton clash as fans cheer during the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The Koksijde World Cup is famous for its sand (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 Shirin Van Anrooij from the Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions participate in the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Shirin Van Anrooij from the Netherlands and the Baloise Trek Lions team take part in the 50th World Cup in Koksijde (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 Clara Honsinger of the United States and Team CannondaleCyclocrossworld participate in the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Clara Honsinger of the United States and Team Cannondale – Cyclocrossworld in competition (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 A general view of Laura Verdonschot from Belgium and Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal team Helene Clauzel from France and AS Bike Crossteam and Millie Couzens from the UK clash as fans cheer during the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 at Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Laura Verdonschot from Belgium and Team Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal, Helene Clauzel from France and AS Bike Crossteam and Millie Couzens from the UK compete on a flyby as fans cheer (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado from the Netherlands and the AlpecinFenix ​​team participate in the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado from the Netherlands and the Alpecin-Fenix ​​team on the course (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 LR Lucinda Brand of The Netherland and Team Baloise Trek Lions and Annemarie Worst from the Netherlands and Team 777 compete in the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Annemarie Worst (777) mastered the sand for her first victory in over a year (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 Lucinda Brand of The Netherland and Team Baloise Trek Lions participate in the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

World champion Lucinda Brand from the Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions unclip to negotiate the sand (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 Denise Betsema from the Netherlands and Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal team compete in the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Denise Betsema from the Netherlands and the Pauwels Sauzen team – Bingoal runs in the sand (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 LR Denise Betsema from the Netherlands and the Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal team in second place Annemarie Worst from the Netherlands and the 777 team and Lucinda Brand from the Netherlands and the Baloise Trek Lions team in third place pose during the podium ceremony after the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Elite women’s final podium (LtoR): Denise Betsema from Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal in second place, race winner Annemarie Worst from team 777 and Lucinda Brand from Baloise Trek Lions in third place (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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KOKSIJDE BELGIUM NOVEMBER 21 LR Denise Betsema from the Netherlands and the Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal team in second place Annemarie Worst from the Netherlands and the 777 team and Lucinda Brand from the Netherlands and the Baloise Trek Lions team in third place applaud at the podium ceremony after the 50th Koksijde UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on November 21, 2021 in Koksijde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

All Netherlands podium celebration, with Annemarie Worst (777) the winner (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Annemarie Worst (777) mastered the sand dunes of Koksijde to claim her first victory in over a year in the seventh round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.

The Dutch attacked on the penultimate lap, overtaking Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) then sinking into the sand to build up a winning margin.

Betsema was second, 17 seconds behind, after fending off a late charge from world champion Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions), who got off to a slower start due to a hectic opening sand section.

It was an emotional victory for Worst who had to get back in shape after a serious mountain biking accident that required shoulder surgery last year.

“It’s really important to me,” Worst said. “I started the season really well, but then I felt my back was not very good so it was good to finally win again.

“My form was really good today. At first I was not very confident, but with each turn my confidence grew. I’m really happy with it.

How it went

Cyclocross racing has returned to the Koksijde sand dunes for the first time in two years after last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Fem Van Empel (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal), who pulled away the fastest from the fast start on asphalt, led in the first corner and the first steep climb of the sand dunes.

Under-23 rider Shirin Van Anrooij (Baloise Trek Lions) showed her skills and was able to ride the majority of the long Herygers Dune, leading the way in the first lap.

World champion Brand had a less successful start and ended up in eighth place after the first sections of sand.

Ceylin Alvarado (Alpecin – Fenix) won the last event held in Koksijde two years ago and showed his skills in the deep sand to close the gap on the lead Van Anrooij.

After the first lap, a group of seven riders were 23 seconds ahead of the rest and consisted of all the favorites. After her impressive first lap, Alvarado suffered a mechanical loss of time in the top group as she changed bikes.

Across the long section of Herygers Dune, Worst charged into the sand and opened up a gap over his rivals. Betsema won at Koksijde in 2018 and was equally accomplished crossing the sand, closing the gap with the worst after the second round. Brand, who won his world title on the beach in Ostend, was in third place ahead of his teammate Van Anrooij.

With two laps to go, the leading duo had a gap of 16 seconds over Brand and Van Anrooij five seconds more.

In the penultimate lap, Worst bid for glory by crossing heavily over Dune Herygers to increase a margin of four seconds over Betsema. Worst continued to establish his lead margin at 12 seconds as Brand used his strength to push Betsema back in the fight for aggregate points.

At the last lap bell, Worst led 12 seconds behind Betsema, while Brand looked solid six seconds behind. Worst, 25, from Nunspeet, kept his pace on the final lap and had time to celebrate his first win since the Koppenbergcross last year.

Betsema finished strong on the last lap taking second place at 17 seconds while Brand’s late charge faded on the last lap, finishing third some 37 seconds behind Worst.

Brand retained his World Cup leader’s jersey, but saw his lead reduced to 14 points ahead of Betsema with nine innings to go. The World Cup series continues next Sunday in Besançon, France.

Results
Pos. Rider’s name (country) Team Results
1 Annemarie Pire (Ned) 777 0:46:31
2 Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:00:17
3 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:00:37
4 Shirin van Anrooij (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:00:49
5 Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:10
6 Fem Van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:01:26
7 Puck Pieterse (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:54
8 Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 0:02:11
9 Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Iko-Crelan 0:02:22
ten Clara Honsinger (United States) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld 0:02:30
11 Eva Lechner (Italy) 0:02:45
12 Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan 0:03:03
13 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy) 0:03:16
14 Perrine Clauzel (Fra) AS Bike Crossteam 0:03:30
15 Marion Norbert Riberolle (Bel) Starcasino CX Team 0:03:33
16 Team Anaïs Morichon (Fra) Royalbikeshop.com 0:03:36
17 Silvia Persico (Italy) 0:03:55
18 Manon Bakker (Ned) Iko – Crelan 0:04:00
19 Hélène Clauzel (Fra) AS Bike Crossteam 0:04:08
20 Marthe Truyen (Bel) Iko-Crelan 0:04:10
21 Anna Kay (GBr) Starcasino CX Team 0:04:41
22 Zoe Backstedt (GBr) 0:04:53
23 Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) 0:04:56
24 Aniek van Alphen (Ned) 777 0:04:57
25 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 0:05:01
26 Alicia Franck (Bel) Proximus – Alphamotorhomes – Doltcini CT 0:05:19
27 Ellen van Loy (Belgium) 0:05:42
28 Katie Clouse (United States) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld 0:06:03
29 Kiona Crabbé (Belgium) 0:06:21
30 Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Team Nesta-MMR CX 0:06:26
31 Suzanne Verhoeven (Belgium) 0:06:31
32 Léonie Bentveld (Ned) 0:06:33
33 Olivia Onesti (Fra) Starcasino CX Team 0:06:54
34 Lauriane Duraffourg (Fra) AS Bike Crossteam 0:07:28
35 Team Marie Schreiber (Lux) Tormans-Circus Cyclo Cross 0:07:51
36 Julie de Wilde (Bel) Iko – Crelan 0:07:52
37 Lucia Bramati (Italy) 0:07:55
38 Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel) Bns Technics – Groep toM 0:08:06
39 Julie Brouwers (Bel) 0:08:24
40 Jinse Peeters (Bel) Proximus – Alphamotorhomes – Doltcini CT 0:08:53
41 Sidney Mcgill (Can) 0:10:02
42 Josie Nelson (GBr) Team Spectra Wiggle p / b Vitus 0:10:13
43 Camille Devigné (Fra)
44 Xan Crees (GBr) Team Spectra Wiggle p / b Vitus
45 Rebecca Gross (United States)
46 Allison Arensman (United States) Velorevolution wp Cycles
47 Corey Coogan Cisek (United States) Velorevolution wp Cycles
DNF Millie Couzens (GBr)

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