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After easing to victory at Saturday’s Superprestige spherical in Niel, Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Deceuninck) dominated as soon as once more on the third UCI World Cup spherical of the season in Dendermonde.
The Dutchwoman had no equals throughout the six-lap race, hitting the entrance of the sphere on the primary lap and using away to solo to a elegant victory for the second time in two days.
Lucinda Model (Baloise Trek Lions) was her closest competitor, trying to maintain Alvarado in examine on the opening lap earlier than letting go. She completed up the day in second place, 37 seconds down, although the race wasn’t wherever close to as shut as the ultimate time hole suggests.
Zoe Bäckstedt (Canyon-Sram) rounded out the rostrum in third place, although the British champion was nearly one other full minute off the tempo at 1:35 down, whereas no different riders got here residence inside two minutes of Alvarado.
“It feels good to win twice in a row once more. I am in superb form,” Alvarado mentioned later. “It went higher than anticipated. It is good to race with this sense.
“I knew prematurely that I needed to experience at my very own tempo. Lucinda went rapidly however I did not let myself be fooled by that.”
“After all, I had two tough years and final season was blended. Then I seen that I used to be having fun with cyclocross once more. It is necessary to maintain working laborious and it’ll repay.”
As soon as once more, world champion Fem van Empel (Jumbo-Visma) wasn’t on the beginning line, leaving Alvarado as the highest favorite on Sunday after her simple win a day earlier. She hit the entrance inside the first jiffy of the race, taking on from Model, who was taking up her first race again from damage.
After Alvarado took over the lead, there was no stopping her, regardless of there being over 50 minutes left to run within the race. Model additionally rode a lonely race in second, with no riders behind in a position to get throughout to her regardless of the likes of Aniek van Alphen (Cyclocross Reds) and Crelan-Corendon pair Manon Bakker and Inge van der Heijden racing behind her.
Up entrance, Alvarado’s benefit held at across the 50-second mark for a lot of the race, her victory by no means unsure over the seven laps. Behind Model, Bäckstedt fought Marion Norbert-Riberolle (Crelan-Corendon) for the ultimate podium spot.
The 19-year-old Briton got here out on high ultimately, ultimately leaving the Belgian behind and pulling out a 26-second hole. The day, nevertheless, was Alvarado’s as she celebrated her third win of the 2023-24 season.
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