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.
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.