Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) took her fifth win of the season in the women’s X2O Trophy Herentals 2020 on Wednesday, grinding down her opposition over four grueling laps before winning alone ahead of Lucinda Brand (Telenet-Baloise) and Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal).
The world champion made her move towards the end of the second lap, moving away on a tough uphill section before establishing a six second lead by the end of the lap. Brand and Betsema kept Alvarado in their sights and held the gap at six seconds.
On the penultimate lap Alvarado pulled even further clear. She used the exact same stretch of the course to once again build on her lead, and was able to ride up the tough muddy section as Brand and Betsema were forced to their feet.
On the downhill section that followed Alvarado was able to remain on her bike, and while Brand tried to replicate that stance she wasn’t able to remain upright and crashed on the tricky descent.
The final lap saw Alvarado hold her lead before crossing the line alone and 19 seconds ahead of Brand, and a further four seconds ahead of Betsema. The Alpecin-Fenix rider used her technical superiority to make the difference over a demanding course and then used the flatter portions to hold the chasers at bay.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix||0:45:54|
|2||Lucinda Brand (Ned) Telenet Baloise Lions||0:00:19|
|3||Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal||0:00:23|
|4||Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld||0:01:30|
|5||Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko-Crelan||0:01:35|
|6||Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv||0:01:49|
|7||Manon Bakker (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:02:03|
|8||Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Credishop-Fristads||0:02:18|
|9||Blanka Kata Vas (Hun)||0:02:45|
|10||Fem van Empel (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal||0:02:52|