Anna Kay, Tom Pidcock and Thomas Mein impress at the fifth round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Anna Kay, Tom Pidcock and Thomas Mein impress at the fifth round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

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Anna Kay, Tom Pidcock and Thomas Mein all built on impressive recent results with strong performances at the fifth round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series in Koksijde this weekend.

Over 9,000 fans descended on the famous Belgian course to watch riders take on its notorious sand dunes.

Pidcock – who has stepped up to the elite men’s category following his appearance in the category at the 2019 UEC Cyclo-Cross European Championships  – backed up his eighth place in Silvelle, Italy with another top-ten finish, while Kay – European silver medallist at under-23 level – was 12th in the elite women’s race.

Kay was fourth in the under-23 competition, maintaining her lead in the overall standings  – taking her white leader’s jersey into the next round in Namur (22 December).

Beth Crumpton was the next best placed British rider in 24th as 16-year-old Millie Couzens and Josie Nelson finished 28th and 38th overall, impressing with performances that saw them finish as the third and fourth best juniors in a tough elite women’s field.

Hattie Harnden finished 29th (9th U23) respectively, and Katie Scott 44th (17th U23).

In the under-23 men’s race, Mein followed up his victory at the previous round in Tabor with a fourth-placed finish, maintaining his top-three position in the overall series standings.

Mein looked in contention over the first few laps keeping the leaders in sight, before two leaders made their mark putting distance between themselves and the chasing pack. The Tarteletto-Isorex rider continued his pursuit, and eventually finished just 15 seconds from a podium spot.

Behind him, in his first year at under-23, reigning junior world champion Ben Tulett finished 16th, Cameron Mason 21st and Jenson Young 40th.

The junior men’s race saw a host of Britons finishing in quick succession: Rory McGuire 26th, Daniel Barnes in 27th and Corran Carrick-Anderson 28th. Ben Chilton was slightly further back in 39th, while Simon Wyllie was unfortunate to suffer a mechanical and did not finish.