Wyman wins in Italy

 

Helen Wyman won the Cyclo-Cross del Ponte in Fae de Oderzo for the 2nd year running on December 8th.  Lining up next to Swiss champion, Jasmin Achermann, the Italian Champion and also Havlikova from the Czech Republic, it looked like it would be a great race.

 

Cyclo-Cross del Ponte in Fae de Oderzo

 

The conditions were pretty bad, with heavy overnight rain turning the course into a mix of mud stretches and huge puddles.   The long road start stretched out the field, and it was Havilkova who got into the first off road section with a few metres lead, closely followed by Kona Factory Team rider Helen Wyman.  Shortly after, Helen was to have a ‘meeting’ with a metal pole that was being used to mark the course and found herself back in seventh place.

 

Havlikova applied the pressure on the front of the race and tried to stretch out a lead through the second pit area.  Meanwhile, Achermann was in close pursuit and Helen was still picking her way through the field, to get back in contention.  

 

Towards the end of the first lap, Helen had just make contact with Havlikova when they approached a water filled ditch.  This time it was the Czech rider that was to make an error and this allow Helen to attack on the road section as they passed through the finish area. This attack was to prove enough to put clear space between Helen and the rest of the field and Helen never looked back.  The action was all behind Helen as the Swiss Champion pursued and passed Havlikova on her way to taking second place.

 

Helen Wyman wins Cyclo-Cross del Ponte in Fae de Oderzo

 

After the race Helen told us ‘after the last 10 days of heavy training at the Mpire Cycling Centre, I really didn’t know how my legs would feel today.  I wanted to come here and defend the win from last year, but I could rest going into the race.  Thankfully, I never had an issue at all.  I guess the guys at CNP Professional really know what they are talking about when they said I wouldn’t be having bad leg days.’  She continued, ‘When I made the mistake on the first lap, I didn’t panic, but I did think Havlikova was going very very fast.  I just tried to come back nice and slow. Now I’m back in training for a few more days in Italy before I go to Wetzikon.  I won there last year and I’m really looking forward to racing against Hanka.  Fingers crossed I can get the result I want.’

 

Result

1 Helen Wyman (GBr)    
2 Jasmin Achermann (Swi)    
3 Pavla Havlikova (Cze)    
4 Stefania Vecchio (Ita)    
5 Francesca Cucciniello (Ita)    
6 Daniela Bresciani (Ita)    
7 Elena Valentini (Ita)    
8 Vania Rossi (Ita)    
9 Aline Parsy (Fra)    
10 Nicoletta Bresciani (Ita)    
11 Ilenia Lazzaro (Ita)    
12 Veronica Alessio (Ita)    
13 Valentina Dal Bon (Ita)    
14 Francesca Cauz (Ita)    
15 Elena Spadaccia (Ita

 

 

You can follow helen at www.helenwyman.com

 

 

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