Helen Wyman is 3rd at the European Championships
Story posted November 2, Team Release
Continuing her great run of recent form, Helen Wyman (Kona / FSA Factory Team) finished in 3rd place in the Elite Women's race at the European Championships. The predicted heavy rain stayed away until after the race had finished to leave the riders competing in dusty conditions in Hoogstraten, Belgium.
It was the Dutch riders that put the hammer down right from the start, with Daphny van den Brand gaining a small advantage over the first half lap. Wyman sat calmly in 3rd place and used the road section to return to the front along with Marianne Vos at the end of the first lap.
These three then tried to force an advantage on the riders behind them, but it was not significant. Katrina Nash chased hard from behind and it was soon coming back to together. Vos took this as notice to attack and jumped to the front of the race on her own. Wyman meanwhile settled into the chasing group of five riders, picking her moment to try to get away.
Coming into the last lap, former race leader, Daphne van den Brand had a small advantage over Wyman who had managed to jump away from the other chasers and
had set about catching the rider in second but it wasn’t to be. It was Helen’s first major championship medal and afterwards she was justifiably pleased. "I came really close to a medal in the Euro’s a few years ago, but a double puncture stopped that attempt. I’m just so happy things have gone my way and I’m able to be on the podium in a major championship."
"I have a great crew of people behind me as well as Kona and it’s the work that these people put in that helps me keep improving year on year. Cyclo-cross is strange sometimes and I have been on the end of some fairly bad lack in the last couple of World Champs, so I’m really glad to have done this for everyone that kept believing in me. I have to put my head down now and worked hard to close the gap to Vos and Compton, and fingers crossed that can start in Nommay next week. Then I’m off on a training week in some warmer weather to get my self ready for the next part of the season."
1. Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 0:38:40
2. Daphne van den Brand (Netherlands) 0:00:37
3. Helen Wyman (Great Britain) 0:00:42
4. Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) 0:00:50
5. Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic) 0:00:55
6. Sanne van Paassen (Netherlands) 0:01:08
7. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France) 0:01:31
8. Caroline Mani (Italy)
9. Joyce Vanderbeken (Belgium) 0:02:00
10. Sanne Cant (Belgium) 0:02:04