Sanne Cant rode to a solo victory on Sunday in the Superprestige round at Asper-Gavere.
After fencing for the first lap with Ellen Van Loy (Telenet-Fidea), the Enertherm-BKCP rider took her fourth consecutive win in the series over Van Loy’s teammates Jolien Verschueren and Nikki Harris.
Cant was delighted to go four for four in the series, adding that Gavere “is a true classic of ‘cross and always an end in itself.”
“It’s really heavy, so if you ride too fast in the first laps it’s possible that you blow up. So I rode my own race and I’m happy I can win again here,” she said.
“It was a different course than the last weeks. It’s the first time it’s a little bit muddy, and I really love it. I worked really hard this summer to get more power, so I’m happy I could show today it’s not only that I can ride fast on a fast course. I also can do this.”
Verschueren said she had a poor first lap and it cost her, forcing her to ride through the field, picking off riders one by one until she was sitting in second behind Cant.
“By the time I had moved forward, Cant had opened a big lead,” she said. “I kept going for it, but I could not [catch her].
“However, I am happy with second place. It’s been a nice progression compared to last year, when I was fourth here. Someday I hope to win here, though.”
Harris was less content with third.
“I had a pretty rubbish start, to be fair, and crashed on the first technical descent, just after the pits. I crashed there and Sophie [De Boer] went into my wheel, and we were scrambling to get our bikes apart for a while. At that point Sanne had gone, and I was just kind of dangling on there, just trying to catch up as many places as possible,” she said.
“I was in third and that was my race, really. I felt good on the technical sections, but Jolien just kind of ran past up that long muddy hill and that was it, really.
“I’m not really satisfied. I’m a bit angry that I crashed. I need to start getting a few better starts and every race I seem to crash [early on] so it’s a bit annoying. But it will come together in time.”
Cant leads the Superprestige series with 60 points. Verschueren sits second with 53, while Helen Wyman (Kona Factory) is third with 41.
The next round of the series will be December 13 at Francorchamps.
Editor’s note: Dan Seaton contributed to this report from Gavere.