In the traditional last race of the cross winter in Oostmalle, Belgium, Cant only had to admit defeat to Denise Betsema from the Netherlands. The Iko-Crelan rider made a technical mistake in the sand in the middle of the race and lost contact with Betsema. At the finish Cant was visibly happy about her 2nd place. Behind her was Team 777 rider Inge van der Heijden from the Netherlands.
Other STEVENS cyclists also achieved good results at the end of the season. Aniek van Alphen (Credishop-Fristads) finished 4th, Annemarie Worst (Team 777) 5th. Besides the two Dutchwomen, the Belgian Loes Sels (Iko-Crelan) and the Italian Alice Maria Arzuffi also finished in the top 10 with places 7 and 9.
Good results also in Sint-Niklaas
Already on Saturday in Sint-Niklaas, also Belgium, the Belgian champion Sanne Cant made the podium and came in third. At the so-called Waaslandscross, runner-up Worst also convinced with a strong second place. The Dutchwoman only had to admit defeat to her strong riding compatriot Denise Betsema. Manon Bakker (Credishop-Fristads), also from the Netherlands, finished 6th, team mate Aniek van Alphen 8th.
Among the male STEVENS riders Diether Sweeck finished 10th at the season's end in Oostmalle, Timo Kielich 17th. On Saturday in Sint-Niklaas Mees Hendrikx was the best STEVENS rider finishing 11th.
Medals and national champion jerseys
Two silver and one bronze at the World Championships in Oostende, one silver and one bronze at the European Championships in s'Hertogenbosch, two national champions with Sanne Cant (Belgium) and Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy), plus two season victories and countless podium finishes - this is the successful season's summary from the STEVENS point of view. Once again, the cyclocross bikes from Hamburg and their riders were among the best elite crossers.