After leading the race from start to finish, Team Sunweb’s Lucinda Brand soloed to take the Dutch national cyclo-cross champion title racing in Surhuisterveen today.
A strong start saw Lucinda immediately take the lead of the race. Inside the first lap she had already built up a solid lead, enough so that after a slip in the muddy conditions, she could still hold off her chasers. She continued to power through the course and rode solo across the line to take the victory.
The newly crowned Dutch champion said: “I had expected a little bit more of a battle but I had a really good feeling from the start. I could directly take a gap and keep going to make it a little bit bigger throughout the race which gave me a lot of confidence that I could bring the title home. I’m super happy with the win and I’m looking forward to enjoying the victory.”
Team Sunweb coach Herman Snoeijink said: “Lucinda had a really explosive start. She went for it to create a gap, which she did immediately. On the first lap she crashed in the mud into a post but had already taken enough of a lead to be able to get back on the bike and still be racing in first place. She continued to lead to through to the finish and she crossed the line solo taking the win. It was a phenomenal ride from Lucinda.”