Cyclocross

Alvarado Head of the Class at Azencross Loenhout – Report, Results – Cyclocross Magazine

Little hills, mud, deep ruts, ditches, barriers, the best of Belgian cyclocross was what awaited the riders today in the Belgian city of Loenhout. Annemarie Worst (777) was leading in the DVV-classification with a 56-second lead on Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Corendon-Circus).

A big tumble at the start already created chaos. European champion Yara Kastelijn (777) went down entering the first bridge on the track. Dutch national champion Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions) tumbled over Kastelijn and left the race being in pain a little later.

Worst was the rider with the best start today. Fifteen-time American champion Katie Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek Knight) had a good start too and led the pack for a while until she was passed by Alvarado. Alvarado then quickly opened a gap.

Worst realized the danger and passed Compton. Alvarado passed the finish line for the first time with a 9-second advantage on Worst and a 19-second advantage on Compton. World Champion Sanne Cant (IKO – Crelan) was 27 seconds behind. Canadian and Pan-American champion Maghalie Rochette was chasing with Ellen Van Loy on 34 seconds.

Katie Compton and Sanne Cant gave chase to Alvarado. 2019 Azencross, Loenhout. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

In the second lap, Alvarado extended her lead, as Worst had a 37 seconds arrear by the end of the lap. Cant joined Compton, but the two long-time rivals lost ground too, as they passed the line with a 58-second deficit.

Ceylin Alvarado got out to a fast start at Azencross. 2019 Azencross, Loenhout. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Worst’s run at second was upended midway through the third of five laps when her front wheel dug into the mud too much and she got thrown over her handlebar. Cant and Compton soon caught up with the Dutch rider to make it a group of three.

Annemarie Worst was riding a strong second until an endo set her back. 2019 Azencross, Loenhout. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

The win of the day, however, was already secured for quite some time. Alvarado left everybody behind in the first lap and kept extending her lead all race long. It was deserved win for Alvarado, who also took over the lead in the DVV-classification from Worst.

My plan was to ride for the classification today, to give everything,” Alvarado said (translated). “I thought we would stay together with a little group, but everybody finished alone. Nobody expected that I think. I think I’m leading in all classifications now, that’s unbelievable.”

Ceylin Alvarado was the head of the class in Loenhout. 2019 Azencross, Loenhout. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Cant opened up a gap on Compton and Worst at the end of Lap 4 and help them off to take second. Worst beat Compton in a sprint to take third.

Katie Compton had a strong ride, finishing fourth. 2019 Azencross, Loenhout. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Ruby West (Pivot Maxxis P/B Stans NoTubes) finished 8th, Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano) 10th, Maghalie Rochette (Specialized / Feedback Sports) 17th, Hannah Arensman (JA King Cyclocross) 28th, Emily Werner (Amy D. Foundation) 30th, Raylyn Nuss (MAAP | MINI U S Cyclocross Pro) 36th, Samantha Runnels (Squid x Eliel) 41st, Corey Coogan Cisek (Triple C Racing) 48th and Rebecca Gross (Zero D Racing) 50th.

Full results are below.

Rank BIB Last Name First Name Country Result
1 75 ALVARADO Ceylin del Carmen NED 0:43:52
2 1 CANT Sanne BEL 0:45:37
3 2 WORST Annemarie NED 0:45:40
4 9 COMPTON Katherine USA 0:45:45
5 76 ARZUFFI Alice Maria ITA 0:46:18
6 7 LECHNER Eva ITA 0:46:22
7 8 VERDONSCHOT Laura BEL 0:46:42
8 41 WEST Ruby CAN 0:46:46
9 77 KASTELIJN Yara NED 0:46:47
10 83 FAHRINGER Rebecca USA 0:46:47
11 6 VAN LOY Ellen BEL 0:47:01
12 80 VAN DE STEENE Kim BEL 0:47:13
13 24 VAN ALPHEN Aniek NED 0:47:26
14 31 VAS Kata Blanka HUN 0:47:34
15 82 BARONI Francesca ITA 0:47:37
16 10 KAPTHEIJNS Maud NED 0:47:40
17 66 ROCHETTE Maghalie CAN 0:47:41
18 71 GONZALEZ BLANCO Lucia ESP 0:47:47
19 65 VERHESTRAETEN Karen BEL 0:47:54
20 54 DOBBELAERE Jana BEL 0:48:00
21 51 ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena NED 0:49:17
22 18 BAJGEROVÁ Nikola CZE 0:49:35
23 34 GOOSSENS Veerle NED 0:49:54
24 44 BRANDAU Elisabeth GER 0:50:27
25 48 BARHOUMI Zina SUI 0:50:40
26 60 MÕTTUS Mari-Liis EST 0:50:50
27 28 VANÍ?KOVÁ Tereza CZE 0:50:59
28 46 ARENSMAN Hannah USA 0:51:03
29 85 VAN DE REE Monique NED 0:51:30
30 63 WERNER Emily USA 0:51:31
31 37 RÜEGG Noemi SUI 0:51:34
32 79 BOROWIECKA Barbara POL 0:51:37
33 36 SCHNEIDER Janine GER 0:51:39
34 78 CRABBÉ Kiona BEL 0:51:41
35 17 MEISTROK Susanne NED 0:51:42
36 68 NUSS Raylyn USA 0:51:59
37 20 PERRYMAN Amy GBR 0:52:06
38 29 BORGHESI Letizia ITA 0:52:13
39 81 PEETERS Jinse BEL 0:52:13
40 23 THACKRAY Sophie GBR 0:52:36
41 84 RUNNELS Samantha USA -1 LAP
42 57 MUD?ÍKOVÁ Kate?ina CZE -1 LAP
43 32 KUKK Kätlin EST -1 LAP
44 53 VAN WATERSCHOOT Famke NED -1 LAP
45 64 SCOTT Katie GBR -1 LAP
46 50 TRABAZO BRAGADO Irene ESP -1 LAP
47 25 CUETO VEGA Sara ESP -1 LAP
48 16 COOGAN CISEK Corey USA -1 LAP
49 56 ZWAENEPOEL Tessa BEL -1 LAP
50 49 GROSS Rebecca USA -1 LAP
51 39 DIAZ LOPEZ Paula ESP -1 LAP
52 14 MANLEY Abbie GBR -1 LAP
53 12 DE BRUYNE Meg BEL -1 LAP
54 19 VAN WUNSEL Lise BEL -1 LAP
55 72 COMMISSARIS Caren BEL -1 LAP
56 43 VERMEIREN Tinne BEL -1 LAP
57 27 ROMBOUTS Tine BEL -1 LAP
58 61 TREVILLA SAMPERIO Sandra ESP -1 LAP
59 69 DE VOS Nele BEL -2 LAPS
60 11 VERSCHUEREN Jolien BEL -2 LAPS
61 33 NIKOLOPOULOS Julia GER -2 LAPS
62 21 BARTHELS Maïté LUX -2 LAPS
63 67 NELEN Kristien BEL -2 LAPS
64 74 GEOGHEGAN Michelle IRL -2 LAPS
65 38 VAN WEERELD Lieke NED -2 LAPS
DNF 3 BRAND Lucinda NED
DNF 4 SELS Loes BEL
DNF 15 DE ROECK Naomi BEL
DNF 30 MULDER Mascha NED
DNF 55 LYNN Marie GBR
DNF 73 BEECKMANS Sara BEL