Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado from Alpecin-Deceuninck claimed a commanding solo victory at the third round of the Superprestige series in Niel, marking her second consecutive win in the Superprestige series after triumphing in Ruddervoorde. Alvarado took the lead on the first lap of the muddy course and maintained her advantage until the finish.
Aniek van Alphen and Annemarie Worst, both from the Cyclocross Reds team, completed the podium, finishing over a minute behind Alvarado. Worst initially held the second position for most of the race before Van Alphen surged ahead to take the second spot.
Reflecting on her performance, Alvarado described the race as challenging due to the slow pace and treacherous conditions, including slippery and obscured tracks. Despite some difficulties, she managed to maintain her lead and control the race.
Marie Schreiber of SD Worx had a strong start, leading early in the four-lap race, but Alvarado soon caught up and eventually took the lead. By the second lap, Alvarado had established a significant gap, which she continued to extend, showcasing her dominance.
Behind her, Van Alphen overtook her teammate Worst after a slip-up by the latter, securing second place. Worst finished third, followed by Manon Bakker and Sanne Cant in fourth and fifth places, respectively.
Van Alphen expressed satisfaction with her performance, especially considering her poor start and the challenging course conditions. She emphasised her steady pace and lack of mistakes as key factors in her success.
Alvarado acknowledged the difficulty of the course, particularly in navigating ruts and the steep downhill sections. She looked forward to the upcoming World Cup Dendermonde, hoping to recover adequately from the demanding race in Niel.
Worst, who finished third, admitted to making several errors and found the course particularly challenging due to the heavy mud and low visibility. She anticipates a similar experience in the World Cup Dendermonde, expecting a physically demanding race with a lot of running.
Both Alvarado and Worst are preparing for the next challenge in Dendermonde, with Alvarado hoping for a strong performance despite the exertions in Niel.
2023 Superprestige Niel Women result
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