Helen Wyman scored her best World Cup result of the season with fourth place in the sand dunes of Koksijde.
The British national cyclo-cross champion joined a leading group of five from the first lap but was unable to match American Katie Compton, who took the win ahead of World Champion Hanka Kupfernagel and Daphny van den Brand.
Wyman’s Swift Racing team-mate Gabby Day finished 18th.
Wyman’s result takes her up to eighth overall in the World Cup standings after four rounds. Day now lies in 16th overall.
VERVECKEN’S STILL GOT IT
In the mens race, 36-year-old former World Champion Erwin Vervecken showed he still has what it takes, outsprinting fellow Belgian Sven Nys at the end of a gripping hour of racing.
Vervecken and three Fidea team-mates reeled in the Belgian champion to set up the veteran for his fifth victory at Koksidje stretching back to 1993.
Vervecken is a notoriously slow starter to the season: do not count him out for the World Championships in Hoogerheide in the New Year.
Britons Ian Field and Jody Crawforth finished 33rd and 41st respectively.
CYCLO-CROSS WORLD CUP ROUND 4: WOMEN’S RESULTS
1. Katherine Compton (USA) Spike in 40min 9secs
2. Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) at 1sec
3. Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) at 18secs
4. Helen Wyman (GB) Swift Racing at 53secs
5. Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Team DSB Bank at 1-19
6. Maryline Salvetat (Fra) at 1-21
7. Pavla Havlikova (Cze) at 1-30
8. Sanne Cant (Bel) at same time
9. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Team Lot-Et-Garonne at 1-58
10. Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint at 2-38
18. Gabby Day (GB) Swift Racing
DNF Nikki Harris (GB)
CYCLO-CROSS WORLD CUP ROUND 4: MEN’S RESULTS
1. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team in 1hour 5min 51secs
2. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tonissteiner at 1sec
3. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team at 2secs
4. Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team at 4secs
5. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team at 8secs
6. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team at 10secs
7. Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank at 49secs
8. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank at 59secs
9. Petr Dlask (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team at 1-11
10. Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb Projob Cycling Team at 1-48
33. Ian Field (GB) Hargroves Cycles
41 Jody Crawforth (GB) Arctic Premier
Wyman sixth in Cross World Cup round three