Phenomenal Puck Pieterse makes a gap from the start and takes the victory in Druivencross in Overijse


Puck Pieterse has won the World Cup round in Overijse. The 20-year-old Dutch van Pauwels-Sauzen Bingoal drove away from her competitors after a few minutes and was not caught up again. Leader in the World Cup Fem van Empel came after less than a minute

Jens Heylen

Was Shirin van Anrooij’s win last week in the Beekse Bergen a fluke or not? WB leader Fem van Empel then saw a five out of five in the rankings go up in smoke, so she was more than ever keen on revenge. Last year’s winner, the Hungarian Kata Blanka Vas, should not be feared by the Dutch ladies, because she was not there.

The start was different from previous years. The Tenotsberg, which is normally at the very beginning, was no longer part of the course. After the red carpet, where the Italian Bramati immediately fell to the ground because her chain broke off, Puck Pieterse slipped away. The Dutch clearly found a course that suited her size in Overijse due to the many technical passages and that had to be paid for by teammate Van Empel. After Van Anrooij, Betsema and Van Alphen slid down in the mud, so did Van Empel. As a result, the gap with Pieterse only increased.

Fight for place 3

Because Van Empel in turn also had sufficient distance to the riders behind her, the first two places were almost certain. For the third podium place it was still exciting between Van Anrooij and Alvarado, who was still the best in Merksplas on Saturday. But the battle was quickly over. Alvarado crashed and Van Anrooij took advantage. Her third place was in.

Nothing changed at the front, so that Pieterse has her very first World Cup victory. Despite her second place, Van Empel remains in the lead in the standings. She only crossed the line in Overijse at 1’03”. Pieterse’s dominance was clear.

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