British riders in action at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, Heusden-Zolder

British riders in action at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, Heusden-Zolder

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British cyclo-crossers were in action on Boxing Day, competing in the final world cup of 2019 in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

In the elite women’s race, Anna Kay (under-23) had a great start but was struck twice with mechanical issues which saw her lose at least ten places. She fought back but struggled to make time on such a fast course and finished in 19th place.

Thomas Mein crossed the line in a photo finish which placed him in seventh. Mein rode a good race, with the front group of seven strong riders from a mix of nations contesting for the victory until the last half lap. Ben Tulett marked his return to cyclo-cross following two weeks away from the bike with concussion by finishing in 18th place, while Lewis Askey finished in 32nd place in his debut under-23 cyclo-cross race.

Simon Wyllie was the best placed Brit in the junior men’s race, contesting the top ten for part of the race before ultimately crossing the line in 15th place. This is his best result so far at world cup level, marking a big step forward for the 17-year-old who held his own racing in a fast group.

British riders Beth Crumpton, Sophie Thackray (under-23) and Katie Scott (under-23) finished in 38th, 62nd and 65th place respectively in the elite women’s race, while in the junior men’s race Ben Chilton came 33rd and Joe Kiely finished in 48th place.

The UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Series resumes in the new year, with the next round taking place on 19th January in France.