Dutch cyclocross star Sophie de Boer (Kalas-H.Essers-NNOF Cycling Team) surprised cyclocross fans, race promoters and even herself by winning the first stop of the 2016 UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Heading into the event, the racer didn’t even make the official CrossVegas tip sheet press release, and flew under the radar of most casual fans.
However, de Boer was confident in her sprinting abilities and her knowledge of her competitors, despite getting gapped several times by attacks from Katerina Nash and Katie Compton.
Cyclocross Magazine caught up with de Boer after her win to hear about her last lap strategy, plans for this weekend’s JingleCross, the difficulties of traveling to the U.S., a surprise jersey and more.
“I think we were all pretty tired because of the heat…when Katherine Compton attacked, I dropped, but I knew I was better at the sand section, and I could close the gap again, and I thought I just have to give it a try..the only thing in the last meters I was thinking, I have to be the first one up the stairs.” -Sophie de Boer
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