Lucinda Brand wins elite women’s Cyclo-cross World Cup in Dendermonde | Cyclingnews

Lucinda Brand wins elite women’s Cyclo-cross World Cup in Dendermonde
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Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions) came out on top to win the elite women’s race in round three of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Dendermonde on Sunday. Brand finished clear of her main rivals having pulled away on the penultimate lap with Clara Honsinger (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) finishing second and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) completing the podium to finish third.

In truth, the race was far from a procession for Brand, who was forced onto the back-foot by Alvarado mid-way through the race. In appalling conditions, the world champion came back from a dreadful start to lead the race but she was eventually out-classed by Brand. Honsinger rode to back-to-back World Cup podiums after coming through the field before eventually overtaking Alvarado on the final lap. Brand’s margin of victory over Honsinger was 15 seconds, with Alvarado at 24 seconds.



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