Cyclo-Cross World Cup: Nikki Harris 3rd


Nikki Harris was third in the first round of the Women’s World Cyclo-Cross Cup in Valkenburg (Holland) & Ian Field 19th in the Mens race

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World Champion Marianne Vos unsurprisingly dominated the first round. The legend in women’s cycling opened up a gap on the rest very quickly in the mud and behind her there was a five way battle for the other podium spots including two Brits, Nikki Harris and Helen Wyman.


Nikki Harris on the right, Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)

American Katherine Compton attacked them on the second lap, and whilst the gap to Harris was less then 20 seconds, the Trek rider looked solid. The battle for third though was closer with Harris not going clear until the penultimate lap, distancing French rider Ferrier-Bruneau first and then fellow Brit and European Champion Helen Wyman by 12 seconds.


Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)


Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)


Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)


Abby-Mae Parkinson. Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)


Hannah Payton. Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)


Brits on the front row an indication of their standing in World Cyclo-Cross. Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)


Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)


Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)

1. Marianne Vos Rabo Women Cycling Team 37:56
2. Katherine Compton Trek Cyclocross Collective @1:35
3. Nikki Harris Young Telenet – Fidea @1:52
4. Helen Wyman Kona 0:02:04
5. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau Faren Kuota @2:11
6. Pavla Havlikova Young Telenet – Fidea @2:20
7. Ellen Van Loy Dncs / Pro 2012 Cycling Team @2:29
8. Sanne Cant Enertherm – Bkcp @2:53
9. Annefleur Kalvenhaar Giant Dealerteams @3:05
10. Caroline Mani Raleigh – Clement @ 3:30

11 Gaby Durrin (nee Day) (GBr) Rapha – Focus
@1 lap Hannah Payton Team CTC
@2 laps Abby-Mae Parkinson RST/Trigon Racing Team



Photo: (Thomas van Bracht)

There was a tenuous link to Britain in the Mens race winner as Lucy Garner’s boyfriend Lars Van Der Haar (above) of Holland won that race to make it a double for the host nation in their home world cup. There was also a great ride by Ian Field of Hargroves Cycles who in finishing 19th, showing great determination against the worlds best in ‘cross. It was a ride that was widely praised by those in the sport.


1. Lars Van Der Haar Rabobank Development Team 1:02:45
2. Kevin Pauwels Sunweb – Napoleon Games Cycling Team @20
3. Philipp Walsleben BKCP – Powerplus @39
4. Klaas Vantornout Sunweb – Napoleon Games Cycling Team @48
5. Bart Aernouts AA Drink Cycling Team @1:00
6. Tom Meeusen Telenet – Fidea @1:09
7. Thijs Van Amerongen AA Drink Cycling Team @1:20
8. Enrico Franzoi Selle Italia Guerciotti @1:31
9. Bart Wellens Telenet – Fidea 0:01:39
10. Corne Van Kessel Telenet – Fidea @1:53

19. Ian Field Hargroves Cycles @2:40

In a race won by Lucas Dubau of France, Danny Fox of the Cycle Division’s RST/Trigon team was the highest placed British rider in 30th place.

30 Danny Fox RST/Trigon 0:04:20
38 Jake Poole Great Britain 0:05:10
41 Thomas Franklin Hargroves Cycles 0:05:50
@1 lap Christopher Barnes Great Britain

Under 23 Men
1. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Belgium

33. Ben Sumner
42. Jack Clarkson
45. Adam Martin


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