“It was so slippery that you had to be concentrating all the time,” said Vos. “Of course that’s difficult, but that’s cyclocross and I like it.” With conditions being so perilous – some racers even chose to slide down the steep, frozen hill on their derrieres – the race took on a slow motion feel as even the leaders were cautious to push too hard. “It’s fun,” Vos said about the winter course, “the spectators are yelling and they want you to make some speed, but you have to keep concentrated in the corners.”
With Katie Compton having already sealed up the overall World Cup title and electing not to make the trip, today’s results were all important for the remainder of the series podium, as only eight points separated Van Paassen, Wyman, and Nikki Harris. Harris had a difficult race in the frozen conditions, running into the barriers on multiple occasions and finishing in tenth, and Wyman’s strong start, which had her chasing in fourth, eventually saw her slipping back as the other women found their footing. So it was that Sanne van Paassen solidified her second place, finishing the series with 300 points to Harris’ 276 in third, followed by Wyman and Cant.
2013 World Cup Hoogerheide: Elite Women Results
|2||Sanne VAN PAASSEN||NED||39:47:00|
|9||Ellen VAN LOY||BEL||41:12:00|
|16||Alice Maria ARZUFFI||ITA||42:39:00|
|27||Asa Maria ERLANDSSON||SWE||44:46:00|
|36||Margriet Helena KLOPPENBURG||DEN|