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Sanne Cant (Crelan-Fristads) soloed to victory to assert her 14th straight Belgian Cyclocross nationwide championship title in Lokeren on Saturday. Marion Norbert Riberolle and Alicia Franck rounded out the rostrum.
The 32-year-old closed out her cyclocross season with a commanding efficiency. She introduced this week she had given up hope of touchdown on the rostrum on the UCI Cyclocross World Championships.
“It would not appear to be I’ll all of a sudden have nice medal probabilities in Hoogerheide in three weeks’ time,” Cant advised Sporza, including she would refocus on becoming a member of her new WorldTour crew Fenix-Deceuninck. “Then it appears higher to us to take a number of weeks of additional relaxation and to shift the main target extra rapidly to the spring on the street.”
There have been some doubts that Cant may proceed her streak after she skipped nearly all of the kerstperiode races in December. Norbert Riberolle was thought-about a favorite to dethrone her rival.
Nevertheless, the previously French rider suffered mechanical issues within the opening lap and needed to mount a chase from a distance.
Norbert Riberolle closed down the hole to Franck on the second lap and bought as shut as 30 seconds to Cant however could not shut the gap and completed in tears at 1:20. Franck completed a distant third at 2:05.
“That is very irritating,” Norbert Riberolle stated afterward. “My chain bought between the cassette and the rear wheel and bought caught. That had additionally occurred throughout reconnaissance, however I assumed it might be positive as soon as began. Not so. The morale was so utterly gone.
“The unhealthy luck was on my facet at this time, sadly. I had been trying ahead to this and I knew I had an opportunity to win the tricolor on this course. Now this opportunity is gone and I’ve to attend not less than one other yr.”
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