Helen Wyman (Kona) won the Superprestige Gieten cyclo-cross in the Netherlands on Sunday, adding another big win to her impressive 2012 tally that already includes the European title and a victory at the
Wyman accelerated away from pre-race favourite and reigning ‘cross World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank) to take a fine solo victory. Dutchwoman Vos came home for second place, 38 seconds adrift of the British rider. Belgian Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm) came in for third at 1-11.
Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) won the men’s race ahead of Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) and Sunweb-Revor team-mate Kevin Pauwels.
It was a big weekend for British women ‘cross riders. On Saturday, Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) placed second to American Katie Compton (Trek) in the Koksijde round of the UCI World Cup in Belgium. Wyman placed fifth, with fellow Brit Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus) in 10th.
Compton leads the women’s World Cup standings ahead of Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank), Harris and Wyman in second, third and fourth all on the same points.
Nysout-gunned fellow Belgian and regular sparring partner Niels Albert (BKCP) to win the men’s race in Koksijde. Frenchman Francis Mourey (FDJ-BigMat) came third with British rider Ian Field (Hargroves) in 29th spot.
Albert leads the men’s World Cup standings after three rounds with a slim 30 point advantage over both Nys and Vantornout for an all-Belgian top three.
Five rounds remain in the 2012/13 UCI cyclo-cross World Cup series. The next round takes place on Sunday (December 2) in Roubaix, France.