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Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) felt good on Sunday in Ruddervoorde, and it showed — she rode away on the first lap to win the third round of the Superprestige series.
Telenet-Fidea teammates Ellen Van Loy and Jolien Verschueren finished second and third.
“I felt good, then you should not wait,” said Cant. “This weekend was the first season I rode with this feeling.
“After the European championships yesterday I had yet not really expected today would go so smoothly. However, I immediately took the hole shot and my pace was enough to shake off the rest.”
In the second half of the race, Cant said she focused on avoiding mistakes, particularly in the sand and the other technical sections.
It was that sand that flummoxed Van Loy, who said she consistently lost time there.
”The sand was the problem zone for me,” she said. “The few seconds I got back elsewhere, I lost it again and again.”
As for Verschueren, she had to fight back after a bad start, finally getting around Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) on the final lap to claim the third spot on the podium.
“I was again not easy in the beginning … and in my zeal to put that right I made some mistakes,” she said.
With three victories in as many outings Cant leads the Superprestige series with 45 points. Verschueren sits second with 39 while Maud Kaptheijns (AA Drink-Kalas) is third with 32.
The fourth round of the series will be November 15 at Asper-Gavere.