Team Steylaerts 777 experienced a very successful weekend: On Saturday, Annemarie Worst and Alice Maria Arzuffi rode to second and third place in the 4th World Cup race of the season in Tabor, CZ. On Sunday Timo Kelich won the U23 race and Annemarie Worst won the Women’s Elite competition at the DVV trophy in Hamme, Belgium.
In Tabor Annemarie Worst rode the complete race in front, in the later part accompanied by her team mate and fellow Super Prestige rider Maria Arzuffi. Both entered the final lap together with Lucinda Brand and Sanne Cant – but without hearing the bell announcing the final lap and therefore assuming there was another lap to go. This way Lucinda Brand could jump ahead by an intermediate sprint and keep the lead until the finish.
Annemarie Worst after the race: “I simply did not hear the bell.” Alice Maria Arzuffi and many other competitors confirmed this. The European Champ continued: “So I was about to wait until what I thought was the final lap to save my power until the very end, but suddenly it was all over.” She was accordingly bewildered at the finish. Despite the confusion and the missed chances Arzuffi though was pleased with her third place.
Sanne Cant, another STEVENS Super Prestige rider, finished sixth, after having gotten stuck on an icy climb.
In the Men’s race Mathieu van der Poel wins in superior fashion ahead of Michael Vanthourenhout and Lars van der Haar. Wout van Aert comes in seventh. Also riding a STEVENS Super Prestige, Tim Merlier of team Crélan-Charles finishes 18th and Gianni Vermeersch von Steylaerts 777 after a vigorous chase from very far behind comes in 20th. Tom Lindner gained his best result in the U19 category so far. Thanks to a strong performance he wins third place ahead of Jakub Toupalik from the Czech Republic.