The Fleming Sanne Cant has won her third straight World Championship. She did so on Saturday in the Danish town of Bogense. Her success comes in a female cyclocross season that has been dominated by Dutch riders. So it was no surprise to see Lucinda Brand (The Netherlands), Marianne Vos (The Netherlands), Denise Betsema (The Netherlands) and Annemarie Worst (The Netherlands) at the front of the race with Cant.
When Neff slipped out on a corner in Lap 4, it was down to Cant with a little over three laps of racing left to go.
Cant’s stone-cold last lap moves are usually perfectly planned. On Saturday, Cant was presented with an opportunity inside two to go that she just had to take full advantage of the situation.
In Lap 6 Cant led the way up the climb on the far side of the course and came out of the down-up-down section with a small gap on the now Dutch chasers.
One lap and a six-second advantage stood between Cant and her third-straight Worlds title. Chasing her was Brand, one of the strongest women in the international cyclocross peloton, and the seven-time world champion Vos.
When Brand slipped a bit on the slick off-camber, Cant’s victory was secure. It was her third straight World Championship victory?