Having taken the decision to focus her season on the World Championships at the end of January, Helen has only just got into the stride of cyclo-cross training having taken part in the road Worlds at the end of September.
Despite the second row start, Helen let the race after only 500 metres and was powering away from the field through the drizzle that had started shortly before the race got under way. However this rain was to cause Helen as few problems on the very technical decent and forced her to change her tyre selection after the first lap. This cost Helen a few places and at the same times, defending champion Daphny van den Brand took over the lead of the race in her usual aggressive style.
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Meanwhile, Gabby Day who had had a promising start to her race being well in the top 20, had taken a serious fall and had to abandon the race.
Helen was now left with the prospect of the race long battle to regain the lead riders and gave 100% to get back, however she had to settle for 7th place behind winner Daphny, who took her 3rd title in a row.
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The Global Racing Riders now move on to Pijnaker for the 2nd round of the Women’s World Cup where both riders will be looking for good performances on a very familiar circuit.
In the next few weeks, Global Racing will be announcing its new sponsors and new team line-up for 2008 it what looks to be a very exciting set-up.
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