Sanne Cant dominated Saturday’s Bpost Bank Trofee race in Essen from the first lap to the last, notching her first series win of 2015 in the process. Crossing the line with a time of 46:12, the 25-year-old Belgian finished with a 26-second lead over runner-up Thalita de Jong, with Bpost Bank Trofee overall leader Jolien Verschueren nabbing third, a further six seconds back.
Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) soloed clear early on and never looked back in Essen, building an insurmountable lead over her pursuers in the first few laps. Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and Pavla Havlikova (MRM-Avalon) got off to strong starts in pursuit of Cant, completing the opening lap in second and third, respectively, but both faded thereafter.
Rising star Thalita de Jong (Rabobank Liv) muscled her way through the chasers and ultimately left Wyman, Havlikova, and the rest behind, amassing enough of an advantage to apparently leave the rest of the field vying for third place by the fourth lap. The 22-year-old did have a nervous moment in the final lap, crashing into a barrier after taking a turn too wide, but she quickly recovered, maintaining her lead over a chasing duo of Verschoeren (Telenet-Fidea) and Sophie De Boer (Kalas-NNOF).
But nobody came close to catching Cant, who added a Bpost Bank Trofee win to a burgeoning haul of 2015 results. With her Essen victory, Cant also inched closer to the overall series lead, leapfrogging Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) into second place and cutting her deficit to Verschueren from 1:17 to just 20 seconds.
The next round of the Bpost Bank Trofee series gets underway December 19 at Scheldecross in Antwerpen.