Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) took her first ever victory in the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup on Sunday, winning the fourth round of the 2015/16 series in Namur, Belgium, on Sunday.
The 28-year-old from Derbyshire put in a commanding performance, leading the pace of the women’s race through its entire duration.
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Frenchwoman Caroline Mani came home for second, with Italian Eva Lechner in third. British national champion Helen Wyman (Kona) was eighth.
“I’ve literally dreamed of winning a World Cup for so long,” said Harris after her victory.
“I’ve wanted to win a race the whole season, and I kept trying and trying. Today I just took the lead and felt good, and keep going on my own lines. I can’t believe it, I’m so happy.”
Lechner relieved Belgian Sanne Cant of her overall lead in the overall World Cup standings.
World champion Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Corendon) won the men’s race in a closely-fought battle with second-placed Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace). Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) came third. British rider Ian Field was 32nd.
Van Aert extended his lead in the men’s overall standings.
The fifth round of the UCI 2015-16 World Cup takes place in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, on December 26, using the same course that will host the 2016 World Championships at the end of January.