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Gavere CX: Puck Pieterse Opens Account to End Fem Van Empel Win Streak

Gavere CX: Puck Pieterse Opens Account to End Fem Van Empel Win Streak

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Puck Pieterse started steady and finished fast in Tuesday’s cyclocross World Cup leg in Gevere.

The Fenix-Deceuninck star played a patient hand to fend off her top rivals to win for the first time in the 2023-24 cyclocross season.

Coming into Tuesday’s round, the Dutch star had not finished off the podium in seven stops, but had yet to win.

“It feels great to win again, especially after such a tough race,” she said. “I’m very happy to win again. Last week I was feeling good, but I couldn’t be there for the win due to some mistakes on my part. To be in the lead from the start is very special.”

Pieterse made sure she was first this time. Despite crashing in the opening lap, he was able to finish strong to carry the lead into six laps to take the victory.

“Fortunately it didn’t matter make a big difference,” Pieterse said. “At the same time, your bike will be destroyed in a crash, so it is best to just stay on the bike.”Crossing the line second was Fem van Empel at 28 seconds slower, with Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado rounding out the podium with third at 47 seconds back.Pre-race favorite Van Empel, who was on a winning streak of 11 straight victories, could not answer as she struggled through part of the technical […]

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