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.
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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.