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.”
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
|10||Thijs VAN AMERONGEN||NED||27||1:05:34||10|
|11||Lars VAN DER HAAR||NED||22||1:05:44||8|
|14||Micki VAN EMPEL||NED||23||1:06:13||2|
|18||Twan VAN DEN BRAND||NED||24||1:07:37|
|22||Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE||BEL||25||1:09:47|
2013 Hamme-Zogge Superprestige Women's Cyclo-cross Race Results
|1||Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team||0:44:40|
|2||Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP||0:00:06|
|3||Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team|
|4||Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team||0:01:53|
|5||Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team||0:02:09|
|6||Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams||0:03:58|
|7||Monique van de Ree (Ned)||0:04:03|
|8||Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS/PRO 2012 Cycling Team||0:05:07|
|9||Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Endura Lady Force||0:05:31|
|10||Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team||0:05:39|
|11||Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Up Cycling Team||0:05:57|
|12||Jamie Bierens (Ned) TWC Het Snelle Wiel|
|13||Evy Kuijpers (Ned) RTC Buitenlust|
|14||Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Decock-Woningbouw Vandekerckhove||0:06:44|
|15||Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Cycling Team Drogenboom||0:07:01|
|16||Katrien Thijs (Bel) Up Cycling Team||0:07:44|
|17||Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) DRC De Mol||0:08:32|
|18||Shana Maes (Bel) Kriekel Cycling Team Tessenderlo||0:08:48|
|19||Axelle Bellaert (Bel) KVC de Zeemeeuw Oostende||0:08:50|
|20||Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned) ZRTC Theo Middelkamp|
|21||Karine Temporelli (Fra)|
|22||Brenda Kaczmarczyk (Pol)|
|23||Meg De Bruyne (Bel) Rijschool AH - Gentse VS|
|24||Isabel Caetano (Por)|
|25||Anja Geldhof (Bel) Kriekel Cycling Team Tessenderlo|
|26||Gertie Willems (Bel) Kon. VC 'T Meetjesland - Knesselare|
|27||Aurélie Vermeir (Bel) WK Noord West Brabant|
|28||Marijke De Pauw (Bel) Asfra Racing Team|
|29||Sandie Verriest (Bel)|
|30||Cindy Diericx (Bel) Feestcomiteit Drogenboom|
|31||Katleen Fraeye (Bel)|