On a difficult and very muddy course in Valkenburg/Netherlands, Sanne Cant successfully defended her World Champion title. This way she will keep all the championship jerseys there are to win – the World and European Champion’s, the Belgian Champ’s and the World Cup leader’s.
In Valkenburg, the first time Sanne Cant took over the lead was at the end of the first of four laps. Before Christine Majerus (Lux), Ellen van Loy (BE) and Eva Lechner (IT) also had been at the front of the race.
Until the end of lap two the 28-year old held a 12-second lead over Katie Compton (USA), who also had advanced to the front. Yet, Compton managed to catch up. The American rode a fast pace and by the middle of the third lap she had opened a gap of up to eight seconds between her and Cant. Meanwhile Christine Majerus und Lucinda Brand fought a nevertheless captivating duel for place three. ”I had made a mistake so there was a significant gap between us. I knew that I needed to close it on the long descend to have a chance in the finale.”