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Alvarado Grinds Out Win at 2019 Superprestige Gieten – Report, Results – Cyclocross Magazine

The Memorial Radomir Simunek in the Dutch town of Gieten, named after the Czech 1991 world champion Radomir Simunek Sr., kicked off a new Superprestige cyclocross season. Forest tracks, muddy run-ups and lots of sand are what awaited the riders today.

One interesting appearance in today’s Women’s race was Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott), the current road world champion. American Kaitie Keough (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) also made the start after her Euro debut at Polderscross on Saturday.

Inge van der Heijden (CCC-Liv), the U23 world champion, had the head start. Ellen van Loy (Telenet-Baloise Lions) had a reputation to keep up and tried to take over.

While van der Heijden and Van Loy were battling each other for the lead, Annemarie Worst (Steylaerts-777 ) and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Corendon-Circus) sharpened their knives.

Halfway through the first lap, the Elite and U23 European champions in Worst and Alvarado took off. By the end of the first lap, they already had a 7 seconds advantage on the first chasing group.

It soon became clear that Alvarado was the strongest woman in the race. After yo-yo-ing for half a lap, Worst broke, probably still recovering from yesterday’s effort that got her a win in Kruibeke. By the end of lap 2, she was joined by 6 others, but Alvarado’s lead amounted to 33 seconds already.

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado powers away from the field. 2019 Superprestige Gieten. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

In the third lap, Alvarado got stopped by a lapped rider who crashed in a sandy corner, but it didn’t prevent her from extending her lead with another 10 seconds. It was Yara Kastelijn (Steylaerts-777) and World Champion Sanne Cant (IKO-Crelan ) fighting their way towards the podium with a 43 seconds arrear.

While van Loy went down in the deep mud, Kastelijn started putting Cant under pressure and with 2 laps to go, she dropped the world champion.

While Alvarado entered the last lap, van Vleuten dropped out of the race. It was a fun outing after a tough but very successful road season.

Cant made her way back to Kastelijn and soon the roles turned. She left Kastelijn behind, but the victory was lost a long time ago already.

The order on the podium was determined. Alvarado took her second win of the season. Cant finished second with a 55 seconds arrears. Kastelijn completed the podium.

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado celebrates her win. 2019 Superprestige Gieten. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

“When I accelerated, I immediately had a little gap. It was still far, but I tried to find a good rhythm and I was able to keep that till the end. I even had a little something left for the last lap, but that turned out not to be necessary,” Alvarado said. (translated, source: Sporza)

Elite Women’s podium: Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Sanne Cant and Yara Kastelijn. 2019 Superprestige Gieten. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

After a strong race, Italian champion Eva Lechner (Creafin – Fristads) took 4th with a little advantage on Van Loy, who took 5th.

Keough went on to finish 17th.

Full results are below. Stay tuned for a Men’s race report.

Rank BIB Last Name First Name Country Result
1 32 ALVARADO Ceylin del Carmen NED 0:46:24
2 1 CANT Sanne BEL 0:47:19
3 35 KASTELIJN Yara NED 0:47:30
4 9 LECHNER Eva ITA 0:47:37
5 3 VAN LOY Ellen BEL 0:47:42
6 5 KAPTHEIJNS Maud NED 0:47:47
7 38 BAKKER Manon NED 0:47:55
8 6 VERDONSCHOT Laura BEL 0:47:58
9 34 VAN ANROOIJ Shirin NED 0:48:00
10 15 HOEKE Geerte NED 0:48:23
11 4 ARZUFFI Alice Maria ITA 0:48:29
12 2 WORST Annemarie NED 0:48:47
13 31 VAN DER HEIJDEN Inge NED 0:49:08
14 12 SELS Loes BEL 0:49:38
15 36 VAN ALPHEN Aniek NED 0:49:50
16 11 VERHESTRAETEN Karen BEL 0:50:07
17 10 KEOUGH Kaitlin USA 0:50:22
18 17 PAUL Stefanie GER 0:50:35
19 37 VAN ANROOIJ Lindy NED 0:50:42
20 33 TRUYEN Marthe BEL 0:50:53
21 20 VAN DE REE Monique NED 0:51:47
22 48 FLYNN Anna GBR 0:51:56
23 14 GOOSSENS Veerle NED 0:52:09
24 62 PIETERSE Puck NED 0:52:18
25 58 NOMDEN Isa NED 0:52:18
26 43 VAN DER BURG Esther NED 0:52:54
27 66 VAN ROOIJEN Sofie NED 0:53:09
28 71 VOS Marlies NED 0:53:30
29 21 BOROWIECKA Barbara POL 0:53:50
30 55 KNAVEN Senne NED LAP
31 44 CRABBÉ Kiona BEL LAP
32 51 VAN HELVOIRT Lisa NED LAP
33 13 GERRITSEN Irene NED LAP
34 54 JONKERS Eva NED LAP
35 65 ROELANDTS Julie BEL LAP
36 7 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek NED LAP
37 64 QUINT Danielle NED LAP
38 61 VAN DER PEET Fleur NED LAP
39 59 OFFEREIN Iris NED LAP
40 16 KRANS Laura NED LAP
41 68 SCHUTTEN Pam NED LAP
42 42 BOVEN Kimberly NED LAP
43 46 DORUSSEN Lisa NED LAP
44 47 VAN ESPELO Danique NED LAP
45 45 VAN DIENST Annemoon NED LAP
46 67 SCHOE Aimée NED LAP
47 73 ZWAAN Sophia NED LAP
48 40 BONTHUIS Lora NED LAP
49 53 DE JONG Hedwig NED LAP
50 41 BOUWERS Lisa NED LAP
51 63 PIETERSE Isa NED LAP
52 19 WOUDSMA Josine NED LAP
53 50 HEIDEMA Enya NED LAP
DNF 69 SCOTT Katie GBR
DNF 49 GIESKENS Gaby NED