Helen Wyman finished 2nd today in the Superprestige event held in Gavere, Belgium. It was a strong performance by Wyman who took the lead directly from the start. “I felt ok and got away well. I didn’t attack to get a lead, I just rode at my pace, but made a mistake on the first decent. The course had changed a lot from my pre-ride, and I just made an error when choosing my line. It put me back to about 15th I guess which wasn’t ideal.” said Helen when describing the start of the race.
“I came back through pretty well, perhaps too well in hindsight. I’d got back to the leaders, and past them before the end of the first lap. The course here is pretty tough, and perhaps I paid a bit for coming back so quickly. But hey, 2nd here to Sanne is no disaster. I’m 100% focused on next week and I’ve worked really hard to be in top condition there. There is no Superprestige series for women so this event really was just a preparation race for me.”
Van Paassen looked strong throughout the race, and while Helen was sitting 12 seconds ahead, Van Paassen was able to move clear of both De Boer and Cant. With Helen slowing, Sanne was able to bridge the gap and it was to be these 2 that stayed together for the complete final lap.
In one of the first sprint finishes of the season, Sanne managed to get the better of Helen and put her name on this famous race, which has been won for the last 3 years by Katie Compton.
“I have to be pretty happy. Obviously I’d of liked to win. The last time I raced here, I ended up in Hospital…and today I conquered those demons. I’m having a good season so far, and if I get disappointed every time I get 2nd I’m not going to smile too much. A great rider won, and lets hope I can go one better next week. Bring on the sand!”