Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) gave her cyclo-cross World Cup campaign a boost, placing second behind the all-conquering Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) in the Koksijde round of the 2015/16 series.
Belgian Cant soloed to win the classic race run off on an alternately sandy and muddy course, continuing her recent incredible streak of victories – it’s her sixth major victory this month alone.
American Katie Compton (Trek) placed third, with Brit Helen Wyman (Kona) in sixth.
Harris’s second place was all the more remarkable given she suffered from a puncture during the gruelling race, with the British rider commenting via Twitter afterwards: “Damn puncture! Such a great race, and at last cross conditions. Happy to take second given the circumstances. Good legs finally.”
Cant tops the UCI women’s cyclo-cross World Cup leaderboard, with Harris in fifth and Wyman in seventh.
In the elite men’s race, 39-year-old Belgian veteran Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) claimed the victory ahead of 21-year-old Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) – an 18-year age difference between the two riders.
It was Nys’s first World Cup win since the 2012/13 season, when he was also crowned world champion.
Current world champion Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Powerplus) completed the podium in third.
Van Aert sits at the top of the men’s World Cup standings ahead of Nys.