Confident of a solid ride coming into the event, Helen made a good start from the front row. Daphny van den Brand made her customary charge on the first lap and stretched the field out through the first pit. Sanne van Passen was the only rider able to follow the early pace and she was soon on Daphny’s wheel.
Local favourite Katerina Nash was with Helen during the first lap, and together they moved forward a few places before Nash set about closing the gap to the front. However with Daphny keeping the pressure on at the front, it wasn’t to be a home win for Nash.
Helen found herself in a battle for 4th, with Czech rider Pavla Havlikova. With a lap to go it looked like Helen had managed to distance herself from Havlikova, but an almighty last lap took Havlikova back past Helen and into 4th.
5th place is one up on last week, and leaves Helen 4th in the World Cup overall.
‘I’m pretty happy with that. It was a big week last week, and my legs were a little tired, but they were ok once we hit the middle of the race. 30 seconds off a podium place is something to be happy about, and I know I can get a lot further forward.’ Said Helen after the race.
‘It’s not only the racing and training that’s hard, but with these early World Cups both being a long a way away, the travel takes it toll. We were lucky to be able to cut that down a little by going to Italy rather than the longer trip to Belgium. The training there was fantastic. This coming week I have 3 more races in Belgium and Holland, then it’s the European Championships. So it’s a busy time, and you have to fit in big training weeks when you can.’
‘I’m confident in my form and training. I can’t wait for the coming events to keep challenging myself and hopefully get my 2nd win of the season.’
1 Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) 0:43:40
2 Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) 0:00:16
3 Katerina Nash (Cze) 0:00:55
4 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 0:01:11
5 Helen Wyman (GBr) 0:01:25
6 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) 0:01:37
7 Sanne Cant (Bel) 0:01:49
8 Sophie De Boer (Ned) 0:01:58
9 Caroline Mani (Fra) 0:02:13
10 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) 0:02:17