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Van Empel also strongest in Boom

Van Empel also strongest in Boom

Fem van Empel has won the fifth race of the Superprestige classification. In Boom, the 21-year-old rider of Jumbo-Visma Women once again proved too strong…

Saturday, Dec 02

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Fem van Empel has won the fifth race of the Superprestige classification. In Boom, the 21-year-old rider of Jumbo-Visma Women once again proved too strong for her opponents. It is Van Empel’s ninth victory in as many races this season.

The Tomorrowland music festival grounds in Boom provided the riders with a challenging course. Empel made a few mistakes and crashed on the opening lap. Puck Pieterse took a slight lead, which the world champion quickly closed. After a mistake by Pieterse, Van Empel went solo. The Dutch rider increased her lead with each lap and eventually triumphed.

"I was lacking sharpness before the start"

Fem van Empel

"I felt I was lacking a bit of sharpness before the start”, Van Empel said. "That showed in the mistakes I made on the first lap. So, the little crash was a good wake-up call to pick myself up. I decided to stay with Pieterse for a while after closing the gap, but soon found myself alone. The following laps were flawless, and I’m happy with that.”

Van Empel remains unbeaten in the cyclocross season. "It’s bizarre. I’m thrilled with the way things are going this season. I work very hard for it every week. Not only the training is important, but also the rest and the environment. It’s nice to see all that effort rewarded at the weekend”, Van Empel concluded.

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