Daphny Van Den Brand celebrates victory at Hamme-Zogge 2011- Cycling News

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Daphny Van Den Brand celebrates victory at Hamme-Zogge 2011- Cycling News

AA Drink/Leontien.nl team’s Daphny van den Brand demonstrated brilliant performance in Superprestige Hamme-Zogge 2011 on Sunday, November 13.

The 33-year-old Dutch cyclo-cross and mountain bike racer easily beat the other riders on a foggy Sunday morning and set fastest time of 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

The group of six cyclists made breakaway lead but Daphny control the situation and beat all the cyclists in the final lap.

In the first lap, French youngster Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (AC Bazancourt) tested her legs but he failed to gain a lead. On Friday, she crashed and her finger still hurt so due to this Pauline was not able hold her handlebars very well. She was in second place with a difference of 18 seconds.

After finishing the stage, Daphny said, "These are true cross courses, they twist around and go up and down. That's what I love. She's very young and I don't know how she rides. I checked her out and she's got good technical skills but she doesn't have the power yet to keep up the pace for a whole lap.”

Van de Brand also tested her legs in the second lap then she realized that she had good chances for the victory.  She did not want to destroy the race and planned to attack on the final lap. In the technical course, Brand increased her pace and beat Sophie De Boer (VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team).

She explained, “I sneaked past Sophie de Boer just ahead of a technical section and powered forward. Sophie isn't really known to be a good bike handler and she must have blocked the rest a bit in that section. In the end it was an easy win for me."

Sophie teammate Nikki Harris also failed to gain a lead, the two cyclists Ferrand Prevot and Den Brand working together but Dutch rider launched attacked and crossed the finished line without any difficulty.

Previously, she took the runner-up’s spot in UCI cyclo-cross world cup in Treviso in 2009 and also took the UCI cyclo-cross European championships and Netherlands national championships in 2007.

Sanne Cant (BOXX Veldritacademie) finished third ahead of Sabrina Stultiens. Nikki Harris was in fifth place with a difference of 43 seconds ahead of Ellen Van Loy (Kriekel Cycling Team Tessenderlo).

Crankbrothers Race Club team’s Amy Dombroski also tried his luck but failed and snatched ninth place with 1 minute and 20 seconds adrift.