Lucinda Heed topped an all-Dutch podium at the Cyclocross World Championships in Ostend, Belgium, after Annemarie Worst slipped within the supreme as the pair had been neck-and-neck heading in opposition to the attain line.
The pair had dropped Denise Betsema in opposition to the stop of the 5-lap bustle, who would within the waste attain third, 19 seconds down, as Worst and Heed persisted to fight it out.
After Worst had build in a dig and seemed to be gapping her rival, Heed caught up on the internal of a honest-hand corner in opposition to the stop of the supreme lap. Worst had to amass a wider line and slipped within the mud, which handed the rainbow jersey to Heed, crossing the line eight seconds determined of her compatriot.
“I honest touched her elbow or one thing,” Heed mentioned of the incident after the attain. “For sure, it changed into once the weakest demonstrate contact her so it wasn’t that effective however furthermore not easy to retain away from that distress. Unfortunately, it took space…”
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Heed within the waste reaches the stop situation after making the podium the final three years, asserting it’s an unlimited reduction to sigh the rainbow jersey at long final alongside with her 12th victory of the season.
“Yes, positively, for thus a long time I changed into once so shut and now within the waste after such an unlimited season, to attain it off cherish right here is continuously cool.”
Defending champion Ceylin del Carman Alvarado could well well finest keep up sixth space, having fallen early within the bustle.
Britain’s Evie Richards done seventh total, nearly matching her sixth space final year in Dubendorf, however finishing half a minute nearer to the winner.
UCI 2021 Cyclocross World Championships, Ostend
1. Lucinda Heed (Ned), in 46-53
2. Annemarie Worst (Ned), at eight seconds
3. Denise Betsema (Ned), at 19s
4. Clara Honsinger (USA), at 52s
5. Yara Kastelijn (Ned), at 1-04
6. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned), at 1-12
7. Evie Richards (GBr), at 1-13
8. Sanne Cant (Bel), at 1-43
9. Elisabeth Brandau (Ger), at 2-07
10. Christine Majerus (Lux), at 2-08