British rider Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) took her first ever World Cup win today in Namur, Belgium after a long solo ride. She won ahead of Caroline Mani (France), and Eva Lechner (Team Colnago SudTirol).
On the opening lap, Lechner took the lead, but Harris soon took over and went clear alone. After two laps, she had a lead of 20 seconds over Lechner and Ellen Van Loy (Belgium).
Despite a concerted effort from the chasing duo who were joined by Katherine Compton (USA), Sophie de Boer (Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team) and Mani, Harris continued to increase her lead.
Mani pulled clear of the rest of the chasers to finish in second, as Lechner overtook Van Looy and Compton on the last lap to take third.
World Cup leader Sanne Cant had a difficult day, finishing in fourteenth place, over two minutes behind Harris, and Lechner now takes over the lead of the competition.
The next round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will be held at the motor racing circuit in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on December 26.