Race report

Team Sunweb’s Lucinda Brand storms to victory

Hoogerheide World Cup

Team Sunweb’s Dutch cyclo-cross champion Lucinda Brand displayed strong form ahead of next weekend’s world championships with an impressive win at the Hoogerheide world cup today, conquering a muddy course to ride away from the competition and take her third world cup win.

 

Brand said: “My start was good but the first half a lap was a bit difficult and frustrating because I kept crossing my line with other riders. Luckily I could calm down and get some space to ride my own lines and come back to the front. I tried to recover a bit before pushing it again to see what happened and as soon as I got a small gap I just continued to focus on increasing it and staying out of danger. For sure I’m super happy with the victory and I’m already looking forward to next weekend.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “One of Lucinda’s strengths is that she can stay calm and do her own race, so when the others started fast she handled it really well and managed to get back to the front. As soon as she got there she took the initiative and put the pressure so high that the other riders dropped and she opened up a big gap. This is her third world cup win this season which is super impressive and should give her a good boost ahead of the worlds.”