Lucinda Brand extends Dutch national cyclocross title
Jan 14 2019 03:41 am CET

Lucinda Brand extends Dutch national cyclocross title
Lucinda Brand extends Dutch national cyclocross title
Photo of Lucinda Brand by Team Sunweb

Team Sunweb's Lucinda Brand has extended her Cyclocross Dutch National Champion by taking the victory at the championships in Huijbergen.

By having won two races of the WorldCup, Brand started the race as the favourite to win the title for the second time in a row. The rider was in the proper position during the entire race and accelerated with two laps to go, leaving Marianne Vos and Maud Kaptheijns fighting for the silver.

"It was a tough race today – the first two laps were hard but not full gas," said Brand at the end of the competition. "I was able to have a look at how everybody in the field was. On the third lap, I tried to accelerate on the first uphill running section followed by two short, steep climbs and I got a small break already. Marianne was able to follow so there was still the tough job to drop her.

"Over the next laps I kept the pressure high and I was just a bit stronger than her. When I got a small gap all I had to do was stay on the bike and not make any mistakes. I’m super happy to be keeping the national championships and am looking forward to wearing the jersey again."

Vos took silver and Kaptheijns won the bronze medal.
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