Denise Betsema has Monday the cyclocross in Otegem won. The 25-year-old Dutch took the separated for Loes Sels. The last spot on the podium went to the Dutch Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado. The American Katherine Compton seized the fourth place. A tired Sanne Cant, who Saturday for the tenth time Belgian national champion, was ninth.
It was Christine Majerus the best start took in West-Flanders. In the wake of the Luxembourg champion followed Betsema, Del Carmen Alvarado, Ellen Van Loy, the British Anna Kay and Karen Verhestraeten. Sanne Cant raced in eighth position.
Even before the start of the second round of accelerated Betsema. Melissa Del Carmen Alvarado pulled only in the counter-attack while behind the two Dutch women, a group formed with eight cyclists. There could also Cant connect with.
Just for halfcross joined Del Carmen Alvarado leader Betsema. Also Compton and Sels made a fast jump forward. Of Loy and Kay were the first achtervolgsters. Betsema was then re-accelerate and ranselde the leading group apart. Del Carmen Alvarado continued a counter-offensive, and behind her followed Orders and Compton on a handkerchief.
Only the battle for second place resulted in some tension. Halfway through the final lap put ‘ it on a walk and the closest place of honour pilfer. Del Carmen Alvarado could Compton off for the third place.
Denise Betsema follows in Otegem Sanne Cant as eindlaureate.
Betsema: “This makes a lot of good”
“It is a pity that I yesterday, not won”, came Betsema back on her disappointing fourth place at the national championships Sunday. “But it is super fine in Otegem to win. That makes a lot of good. I had today a better feeling than at the Dutch national championships. I made a very good start and was immediately into the lead. The trail was heavier than I thought. Certain pieces became harder and harder to take. Also, the zone on the asphalt ran light, so you lot had to pass. I slammed in full final a gap and could my lead on my closest competitors to the finish line, with the known result.”
Cant: “The legs didn’t want to join”
Saturday crowned Sanne Cant for the tenth time to the Belgian champion. Cant had in Otegem to get started with her rainbow jersey, because that writes the UCI regulations, the for. “I wish today there’s a nice cross, but the legs wanted to go once not”, responded the Campine. “The BK was heavy and that I felt today. I’ll pull out soon enough with a good feeling on stage.”