Anderson with game face on on the last day of Jingle Cross Rock 2013. © Mike McColgan

Anderson with game face on on the last day of Jingle Cross Rock 2013. © Mike McColgan

It was a great day for American women in Europe today at the Superprestige race in Diegem. Breakout racer of the season Elle Anderson (California Giant-Specialized), who beat Katie Compton on Day 1 of Providence and won both days of Gloucester, stormed to a podium finish behind Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) and Eva Lechner (Colnago Suditrol).

Balint Hamvas’ photo of Cant at the start:

“Diegem was definitely a highlight of EuroCrossCamp for me,” Anderson told us. “The course had a great mix of all different elements so there was a bit of everything : sand, deep mud, running, pavement, climbing and technical sections. Basically that meant it was a blast to race on. I was lucky to have a strong start and it was an honor to ride with Sanne Cant and Eva Lechner for most of the race. Being on a European podium for the first time was such an exciting experience and definitely makes me fired up for more European ’cross racing in the future.”

Women's start at Diegem Super Prestige. © Dennis Crane

Women’s start at Diegem Superprestige. © Dennis Crane

Ellen Van Loy (DNCS-Pro 2012) led the race early with Lechner, Cant and Anderson close behind. The continued high pace proved too much for Van Loy, however, who dropped back later in the race.

With three lead riders remaining in the final lap, despite reportedly suffering from a sore throat and with plans not to push too hard, Cant attacked. The move opened a small gap which she held through the finish. Lechner finished second, eight seconds down, with Anderson crossing the line 10 seconds off the leader.

Lechner tackling this muddy hairpin (Balint Hamvas):

In total the American women had four riders in the top 10 including Crystal Anthony (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) finishing fifth, 1:41 down; Courtney McFadden (Bicycle Blue Book-Rock Lobster) in eighth, 1:55 down; and Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill-Seven cycles) finishing 10th, 2:17 off the leader. Nicole Duke (Marin-Spy) just missed the top 10 finishing in 11th. Anderson and Duke were captured by Balint Hamvas after the race in the Tweeted photo below:

Today, Anderson and the rest of the American women certainly proved that they have a place in the EuroCrossCamp contingent.

2013 Superprestige Diegem Elite Women's Results

1Sanne CANTBEL2337:05:0080
2Eva LECHNERITA2837:13:0060
3Elle ANDERSONUSA2537:15:0040
4Ellen VAN LOYBEL3337:42:0030
5Crystal ANTHONYUSA3338:46:0025
6Gabriella DURRINGBR2938:49:0020
7Pavla HAVLIKOVACZE3038:55:0017
8Courtenay MCFADDENUSA2839:00:0015
9Jolien VERSCHUERENBEL2339:04:0012
10Maureen BRUNO ROYUSA3839:22:0010
11Nicole DUKEUSA3939:53:008
12Karen VERHESTRAETENBEL2240:09:006
13Stephanie DE CROOCKBEL3440:15:004
14Nikola NOSKOVACZE1640:42:002
15Lizzy WITLOXNED1840:57:001
16Cindy BOUWESBEL3941:10:00
17Ayako TOYOOKAJPN3341:48:00
18Maud KAPTHEIJNSNED1942:05:00
19Femke VAN DEN DRIESSCHEBEL1742:14:00
20Ilona METERNED3542:25:00
21Hilde QUINTENSBEL4942:37:00
22Suzie GODARTLUX5142:48:00
23Jelena ERICSRB1742:59:00
24Corey COOGAN CISEKUSA3643:00:00
25Asa Maria ERLANDSSONSWE3943:28:00
26Lise-Marie HENZELINSUI2243:42:00
27Francine MEEHANIRL3543:54:00
28Lena BISCHOFF-STEINGER2144:24:00
29Trixie GODARTLUX2444:34:00
31Tine VERDEYENBEL2444:49:00
32Mara SCHWAGERGER3145:01:00
33Marijke DE PAUWBEL2345:19:00
34Brenda KACZMARCZYKPOL5045:30:00