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Alicia Franck puts down solo at Kermiscross: “I’m better than last year” | Cyclocross

Franck had the best start with Maud Kaptheijns, Lucia Gonzalez Blanco, Suzanne Verhoeven and Amira Mellor in her wake. Soon Franck and Mellor separated themselves from the rest.

Just before going into the second round, Mellor went overboard. Franck’s supremacy could not be done.

Verhoeven Mellor reassembled behind her, only to abandon the British pretty quickly.

Nothing changed in those positions and Frank was able to record her first victory of the season in Ardooie. She succeeds Kim Van De Steene, the laureate of 2019.

Franck, who rode the 3 crosses in the US, fulfilled her favorite role: “I’m happy that I can win on this tough course. I knew I could participate here for the prizes, but winning is something else.”

“I have the idea that I am better than last year. My trainer also says that I still have some stretch and that is why we are already working towards what comes later in the season.”

“I hope to be able to profile myself more and more at the top of cyclo-cross. In the World Cup competitions I have shown that, if everything goes well, there is a place in the first 15. I hope that things will improve in the coming weeks and months. sits.”

Alicia Franck is increasingly profiling herself as a strong competitor for the Belgian title. “It is still much too early in the season to confirm that. It is still Sanne Cant, who is above me in terms of level and peaks towards a championship.”

“I also expect a strong Lotte Kopecky in the field later in the season. For me, it is important to maintain my level, which I have now, as long as possible. I will only drive in Zonhoven this weekend. I want to focus at the World Cup.”

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  1. Alicia franck
  2. Suzanne Verhoeven at 1’03”
  3. Amira Mellor (GBr)
  4. Maud Kaptheijns (Ned)
  5. Marthe Truyen

The world toppers were not present in Ardooie. They have just returned from the World Cup crosses in the United States and will focus on the cyclocross races in Ruddervoorde and Zonhoven next weekend.

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