Brammeier maintains strong Koksijde form as Pidcock wins again

Brammeier maintains strong Koksijde form as Pidcock wins again

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Nikki Brammeier maintained her impressive Koksijde form while Tom Pidcock’s winning charge continued on a successful Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup outing in Belgium.

Brammeier, riding for Mudiiita, crossed the line second to match her achievements from 2012 and 2015, also adding to the third place on the sand five years ago for her fourth Koksijde podium.

Denise Betsema took the win and her first World Cup victory while Evie Richards found herself on the podium in the same race, finishing second in the under-23 category behind Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado.

But there was nobody stopping Pidcock in his under-23 event, securing back-to-back World Cup wins with another dominant victory.

Pidcock doubles up on World Cup circuit

Teenager Pidcock could already boast an incomparable November, starting the month by becoming European under-23 champion before leading the charge in the Czech Republic last week.

But the 19-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, with victory in Belgium his second in a row at the venue after also reigning supreme in 2017.

He and fellow Brit Ben Turner led the early stages of the race before Eli Iserbyt threatened to derail his race.

But from there Pidcock took things to another level and hit his stride, needing just half a lap to stamp his authority on the field and put himself in a position from which he never looked back.

With one lap to go he boasted a 19-second lead before crossing the line with a trademark wheelie, stopping the clock in 46:46 ahead of Antonie Benoist while Turner raced hard for a superb fourth place.

Victory also ensured Pidcock maintained overall control of the World Cup standings having grabbed the leaders’ jersey from Iserbyt last time out.

Tom Pidcock prevailed in Belgium

Brammeier revels in home away from home

Few courses on the World Cup circuit have suitedeier quite like Koksijde, with another strong showing taking her to a fourth top-three finish in the past seven rides at the venue.

The Brit boasted the lead on the first lap, with compatriot Richards narrowly behind, with world champion Sanne Cant with them for company.

The lead constantly changed hands as eventual winner Betsema hoined the leaders, with the Dutchwoman and Brammeier taking a five-second lead into the final lap.

And it was those two who prevailed, Betsema taking the win ahead of the experience Brit in a time of 45:53 for her maiden World Cup win, with Brammeier narrowly missing out adding to her own collection of victories.

Richards crossed the line in ninth to finish as second in the under-23 category, while Helen Wyman and Anna Kay also made up the top 30 in an eventful race.

Field and juniors battle tough course

The final race of the day saw Ian Field take to the start-line as Britain’s sole representative in the men’s elite race.

Riding for his trade team, Field joined the rest of the racers in watching Mathieu van der Poel dominate from start to finish, winning the race by nearly 30 seconds.

Dutch and Belgian riders made up the entire top ten, with Field crossing the line in 39th place.

There was also British representation in the day's earlier junior race, with Oliver Draffan and Jenson Young impressing with 26th and 29th-place finishes respectively.

Daniel Barnes also gained vital experience while junior world champion Ben Tulett wasn’t able to finish this time around.


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