Nikki Harris en route to the win at Hamme Zogge. © Bart Hazen

Nikki Harris en route to the win at Hamme Zogge. © Bart Hazen

In Zogge, Belgium, today, while Sven Nys remained in control of the Superprestige series, it was Niels Albert who took the men’s win, and Nikki Harris who took the women’s.

The race was one of the muddiest of the year, and it was Telenet-Fidea rider Nikki Harris who soloed to her best race result of the season. Behind her, Sanne Cant and Sophie DeBoer battled it out for second and third, with Cant taking second.

Early on, Harris led the race with teammate de Boer, but by the halfway point, Cant had closed the gap to DeBoer, who had fallen off the pace set by Harris.

“This is my least favorite race,” Harris said. “I had a lot of nerves before the start also because I had car problems on my way to the race. I really thought I was going to finish second or third but I won. I am really happy with how things go at the moment and hope to continue my good form in the next two weeks.”

In the men’s race, it was in the final laps that Niels Albert (BKCP Powerplus) took off from current World Champion Sven Nys to take the win, while Nys took a solid second place ahead of season breakout racer Philipp Walsleben, who was able to take third when a mechanical from a crash with Nys took Klaas Vantornout out of contention.

“This big win is a huge relief for me,” said Albert, who has said he has been exhausted from all his recent training.

“The past weeks it didn’t go to well. On the Koppenberg, I couldn’t attack anymore after an acceleration; in Zonhoven, I was good but made a small mistake. Today, my start was bad but I managed to bridge up to the front. Once in the front, I attacked and nobody was able to follow. I never had any doubts, I always believed things would work out… But I can’t deny I was a little insecure. Compare my situation with a soccer player. A player can play well but can’t find the goal. He keeps continuing till he finds the goal. And that was today. This gives me confidence for the next weeks and especially for the Koksijde World Cup.”

The men hit the mud at Hamme Zogge. © Bart Hazen

The men hit the mud at Hamme Zogge. © Bart Hazen

As for the reigning World Champion, Nys said, “There was nothing to do against Niels today. He was simply the best. He was really strong. If someone is better you have to be fair to admit it. In a tough race like this the stronger riders will always be in front. Actually, I had a pretty good day myself as well and I am satisfied about my race. I preferred to ride my own race after Niels attacked because I just wasn’t good enough to follow him. In the final, I bumped into Vantornout after he made a mistake. I couldn’t avoid him. Too bad his race was ruined afterwards, but I didn’t do it on purpose. I am looking forward to the next weeks with Gavere and Koksijde. Everyone is looking forward too it.”

Results below gallery.

Hamme Zogge Cyclocross Photo Gallery 2013 by Bart Hazen:

2013 Hamme-Zogge Superprestige Men's Cyclo-cross Race Results

1Niels ALBERTBEL271:03:3380
2Sven NYSBEL371:03:4660
3Philipp WALSLEBENGER261:04:0940
4Wietse BOSMANSBEL221:04:3130
5Julien TARAMARCAZSUI261:04:3325
6Klaas VANTORNOUTBEL311:05:1520
7Kevin PAUWELSBEL291:05:1517
8Rob PEETERSBEL281:05:2515
9Niels WUBBENNED251:05:3012
10Thijs VAN AMERONGENNED271:05:3410
11Lars VAN DER HAARNED221:05:448
12Bart AERNOUTSBEL311:05:546
13Jim AERNOUTSBEL241:06:054
14Micki VAN EMPELNED231:06:132
15Marcel MEISENGER241:06:531
16Mariusz GILPOL301:07:02
17Joeri ADAMSBEL241:07:28
18Twan VAN DEN BRANDNED241:07:37
20Radomir SIMUNEKCZE301:09:00
21Lubomir PETRUSCZE231:09:00
22Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL251:09:47
23Davy COMMEYNEBEL331:10:07
24Kevin CANTBEL251:10:34
25Mitchell HUENDERSNED25

2013 Hamme-Zogge Superprestige Women's Cyclo-cross Race Results

1Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:44:40
2Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP0:00:06
3Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team
4Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team0:01:53
5Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:09
6Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams0:03:58
7Monique van de Ree (Ned)0:04:03
8Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS/PRO 2012 Cycling Team0:05:07
9Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Endura Lady Force0:05:31
10Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:05:39
11Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Up Cycling Team0:05:57
12Jamie Bierens (Ned) TWC Het Snelle Wiel
13Evy Kuijpers (Ned) RTC Buitenlust
14Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Decock-Woningbouw Vandekerckhove0:06:44
15Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Cycling Team Drogenboom0:07:01
16Katrien Thijs (Bel) Up Cycling Team0:07:44
17Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) DRC De Mol0:08:32
18Shana Maes (Bel) Kriekel Cycling Team Tessenderlo0:08:48
19Axelle Bellaert (Bel) KVC de Zeemeeuw Oostende0:08:50
20Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) ZRTC Theo Middelkamp
21Karine Temporelli (Fra)
22Brenda Kaczmarczyk (Pol)
23Meg De Bruyne (Bel) Rijschool AH - Gentse VS
24Isabel Caetano (Por)
25Anja Geldhof (Bel) Kriekel Cycling Team Tessenderlo
26Gertie Willems (Bel) Kon. VC 'T Meetjesland - Knesselare
27Aurélie Vermeir (Bel) WK Noord West Brabant
28Marijke De Pauw (Bel) Asfra Racing Team
29Sandie Verriest (Bel)
30Cindy Diericx (Bel) Feestcomiteit Drogenboom
31Katleen Fraeye (Bel)