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Defending World Champion Sanne Cant (Belgium) heads up the start list for the Elite Women’s race at this weekends 2018 Cyclocross World Championships in Valkenburg-Limburg in the Netherlands. With competitive racing in the field all season, the Elite Women’s tilt is expected to be perhaps the most interesting race of the entire weekend. Any number of riders, in addition to Cant, have a real shot at winning the race.

Sanne Cant waits for the start of the race. 2018 Telenet UCI World Cup Nommay. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Sanne Cant is looking to defend her rainbow stripes in Valkenburg. 2018 Telenet UCI World Cup Nommay. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

The six-rider U.S. team includes Katie Compton, Kaitie Keough, Ellen Noble, Elle Anderson, Courtenay McFadden and Rebecca Fahringer. The three Canadian riders are Christel Ferrier-Bruneau, Maghalie Rochette and Mical Dyck, the lone Australian in Stacey Riedel and Chicago resident Maria Larkin will be racing for Ireland.

Elle Anderson focuses on following the World Champion's wheel. 2018 Telenet UCI World Cup Nommay. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Elle Anderson will be joining the U.S.-based riders on the Worlds team. 2018 Telenet UCI World Cup Nommay. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Unfortunately, mountain bike World Champion Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) will not be racing after suffering multiple fractures when she crashed at Sunday’s Hoogerheide World Cup.

The full start list is below.

The Women’s race begins at 9 a.m. Eastern on Saturday. Stay tuned for more on watching this weekend’s racing.

For more from Valkenburg-Limburg, see our dedicated 2018 World Championships page.

Elite Women's Start List: 2018 World Championships

BibNameCountry
1CANT Sanne
BEL
2VAN LOY Ellen
BEL
3SELS Loes
BEL
4VERSCHUEREN Jolien
BEL
5VAN DE STEENE Kim
BEL
6VERHESTRAETEN Karen
BEL
S 7VANDERBEKEN Joyce
BEL
8COMPTON Katherine
USA
9KEOUGH Kaitlin
USA
10NOBLE Ellen
USA
11ANDERSON Elle
USA
12MCFADDEN Courtenay
USA
13FAHRINGER Rebecca
USA
14FERRAND PREVOT Pauline
FRA
15MANI Caroline
FRA
16PETIT Marlene
FRA
17FERRIER BRUNEAU Christel
CAN
18ROCHETTE Maghalie
CAN
19DYCK Mical
CAN
20WYMAN Helen
GBR
21BRAMMEIER Nikki
GBR
22CRUMPTON Bethany
GBR
23MAJERUS Christine
LUX
24IMAI Miho
JPN
25YONAMINE Eri
JPN
26BRAND Lucinda
NED
27KAPTHEIJNS Maud
NED
28WORST Annemarie
NED
29VOS Marianne
NED
30DE JONG Thalita
NED
33NUNO PALACIO Aida
ESP
34GONZALEZ BLANCO Lucia
ESP
35ODRIOZOLA MUGICA Olatz
ESP
36THRANE Kristina
DEN
37RIEDEL Stacey
AUS
38HAVLIKOVA Pavla
CZE
39NASH Katerina
CZE
40LECHNER Eva
ITA
41ARZUFFI Alice Maria
ITA
42BULLERI Alessia
ITA
43OBERPARLEITER Anna
ITA
44MICHIELETTO Giovanna
ITA
45NEFF Jolanda
SUI
46TUROBOS Marta
POL
47BRANDAU Elisabeth
GER
48LARKIN Maria
IRL