BAAL, Belgium—Sanne Cant (Enertherm BKCP) started her year off with a bang as the top mudder today at the GP Sven Nys in Baal, navigating the thick mud to solo to victory after leapfrogging early leader Ellen Van Loy (Young Telenet Fidea).

Van Loy went out from the gun, taking over from Britain’s Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) who snagged the holeshot.

With a ten second advantage by the end of round, one spectators nearly brought an end to her effort as they crossed the course just ahead of the charging Belgian.

Cant, Wyman and Czech rider Pavla Havlikova (MRM-Avalon Pro Cycling) worked to reeled in Van Loy but Cant distanced her rivals as she fought to catch the leader.

Cant finally made contact by the latter half of the penultimate lap, only having a short time to recuperate before before making a move.

Once at the head of the race, a mistake on a short descent by Van Loy gave Cant the seconds she needed to hold onto the lead for the win.

The mud was thick and problematic, but Cant excelled in the conditions today:

Wyman fought off Havlikova and Sophie De Boer (Kalas-NNOF) to hold onto third place, finishing  47 seconds down on the leader.

The North Americans had a good day including two top ten finishes, with American Elle Anderson in 8th, with Canadian Mical Dyck in 10th.

Sisters Allison and Hanna Arensman finished in 17th and 18th. Canadian Anna Schappert was 21st.

Brit Nikki Harris did not start due to illness. Brit Claire Beaumont was 27th. Australian Lisa Jacobs did not finish.

2016 GP Sven Nys Bpost Bank Trofee Elite Women Video Highlights:

2016 Bpost Bank Trofee GP Sven Nys Results - Elite Women

1Sanne CANTBEL2645:58:0080
2Ellen VAN LOYBEL3646:16:0060
3Helen WYMANGBR3546:45:0040
4Sophie DE BOERNED2647:00:0030
5Pavla HAVLIKOVACZE3347:04:0025
6Jolien VERSCHUERENBEL2647:38:0020
7Loes SELSBEL3148:13:0017
8Elle ANDERSONUSA2848:31:0015
9Maud KAPTHEIJNSNED2249:08:0012
10Mical DYCKCAN3449:24:0010
11Bianca VAN DEN HOEKNED4050:30:008
12Pauline DELHAYEFRA2750:46:006
13Asa Maria ERLANDSSONSWE4252:06:004
14Alba TERUEL RIBESESP2052:09:002
15Linda TER BEEKNED2952:15:001
16Ceylin Del Carmen AlvaradoNED1853:27:00
17Allison ARENSMANUSA2254:48:00
18Hannah ARENSMANUSA1854:51:00
19Katrien THIJSBEL3155:20:00
20Delia BEDDISGBR3355:30:00
21Anna SCHAPPERTCAN2555:31:00
22Natalie REDMONDAUS2555:44:00
24Kristin ENDRESGER34
25Marthe TRUYENBEL17
28Aurélie VERMEIRBEL24