January 5, 2022
X²O Badkamers Trophy 2022 WE – HERENTALS
The DVV Trophy (Dutch: DVV Trofee) is a Belgian cyclo-cross racing series organised by the DVV Verzekeringen (an insurance company) which previously was known as BPost Bank Trophy (2012-2016) and until 2011–2012 was known as the Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee.
January 5, 2022
X²O Badkamers Trophy 2022 WE – HERENTALS
The DVV Trophy (Dutch: DVV Trofee) is a Belgian cyclo-cross racing series organised by the DVV Verzekeringen (an insurance company) which previously was known as BPost Bank Trophy (2012-2016) and until 2011–2012 was known as the Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee. Many races are held in the province of Antwerp with others being held across Belgium
Another day, another victory for Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions), who once again left her rivals in her wake in the Herentals round of the X2O Badkamers Trofee on Wednesday.
The world champion delivered another commanding performance to claim her seventh straight victory and her 16th of the season in total, leading for four of the six laps.
She has now won four of the five rounds of the X2O series but doesn’t have the overall lead, as Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) finished second and did just enough to hang on at the top of the standings.
Annemarie Worst (777) got the better of Sanne Cant (Iko-Crelan) to grab the final podium spot, while Maghalie Rochette edged out Manon Bakker to round out the top five.
It was Betsema who made the fastest start, surging out of the blocks and crossing the finish line for the first time with a five-second advantage and, crucially, collecting 15 bonus seconds for her efforts. Brand nipped through the chasers on the athletics track in the middle of the lap and made sure she was second to collect 10 seconds of her own.
The pair then came together on the second lap, along with Cant. Betsema launched an audacious pass on a steep downhill but the tables immediately turned on one of the steep uphill rutted sections through the trees.
Brand crossed the line at the end of the second lap with a four-second lead and then proceeded to sail further and further into the distance. She was much stronger on the steep runs through the craggy mud and made no mistakes on the treacherous dips down.
By the end of lap 3 she was 24 seconds in front and, while she only added two more seconds on lap 4, she took the bell with a lead of 32 seconds. At that point, the win was not in doubt and the true drama surrounded the overall series lead.
Brand had won three of the four rounds up to that point but the standings are based on overall time, and she had lost significant ground in the Koppenbergcross opener. Betsema, winless but consistent in the series this year, led by 46 seconds at the start of the day and, thanks to her five extra bonus seconds on lap 1, needed to finish within 51 seconds of Brand to retain the lead.
After Brand launched a powerful sprint all the way to the line, Betsema cut a more laboured figure as she came down the home straight but managed to stop the clock on 49 seconds, hanging onto her overall lead by two seconds.
Behind, Worst and Cant had been locked in a podium battle for much of the race but Dutchwoman prevailed after the Belgium champion struggled to clip in at the top of the main climb on the penultimate lap. Bakker had a strong start but suffered a crash and had to settle for sixth behind Rochette.
They were the only riders to finish within three minutes of Brand. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) had her race ruined by a mechanical and ended up in seventh at 4:28, while US riders Clara Honsinger and Madigan Munro nestled into the top-10, which was rounded out by Karen Verhestraeten.
Three rounds of the X2O Badkamers Trofee remain, with the Flandriencross later this month, followed by the Krawatencross and Brussels Universities Cyclocross in February. It’s a two-horse race, with Betsema leading Brand by two seconds and followed by a five-minute gulf to third-placed Worst.
1 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:49:56
2 Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 0:00:49
3 Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 0:00:59
4 Sanne Cant (Bel) Iko – Crelan 0:01:16
5 Maghalie Rochette (Can) Specialized/Feedback Sports 0:02:09
6 Manon Bakker (Ned) Iko – Crelan 0:02:17
7 Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) Alpecin – Fenix 0:04:28
8 Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld 0:04:45
9 Madigan Munro (USA) Trek Factory Racing CX 0:05:11
10 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko – Crelan 0:05:26
11 Loes Sels (Bel) Proximus – Alphamotorhomes – Doltcini CT 0:07:10
12 Famke van Waterschoot (Ned) 0:07:30
13 Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel) Pissei – Groep T.O.M
14 Lizzy Gunsalas (USA)
15 Marlies Vos (Ned)
16 Tessa Zwenepoel (Bel)
17 Lauren Zoerner (USA)
18 Rosanne Breugelmans (Bel) Pissei – Groep T.O.M
19 Emily Werner (USA)
20 Lise van Wunsel (Bel)
21 Christine Verdonck (Bel)
22 Laura Greenhalgh (GBr) Velorevolution WPcycles
23 Esther van der Burg (Ned) Proximus – Alphamotorhomes – Doltcini CT
24 Bridget Tooley (USA)
25 Jennifer Malik (USA)
26 Rebecca Gross (USA)
27 Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Velorevolution WPcycles
28 Indy van Os (Ned)
29 Siobhan Kelly (Can)
30 Lieke van Weereld (Ned)
DNF Femke Gort (Ned) Pissei – Groep T.O.M
General Classification after Stage 5 :
1 Denise Betsema (Ned) Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal 04:01:22
2 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Baloise Trek Lions 0:00:02
3 Annemarie Worst (Ned) 777 0:05:34
4 Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix) 0:06:32
5 Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO – Crelan 0:09:22
6 Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld 0:12:26
7 Maghalie Rochette (Can) 0:14:26
8 Anna Kay (GBr) StarCasino 0:16:03
9 Marion Norbert Riberolle (Bel) 0:16:21
10 Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) SD Worx 0:16:26