2019 Cyclo-Cross European Championships

Kastelijn celebrates gold as Italy cheers for Lechner’s silver

The Dutch grabbed the gold medal at the 2019 UEC European Cyclo-cross Championships in Silvelle: second place for Eva Lechner in the Women Elite category ahead Dutch Worst. Cant sixth, Arzuffi seventh

First, unbeatable, Yara Kastelijn; second Eva Lechner: the Dutch Team monopolized the Women races at the 2019 UEC European Cyclo-cross Championships in Silvelle, whilst Italy celebrated the first medal of this edition thanks to Eva Lechner.

The South Tyrolean confirmed her feeling with the Silvelle course, finishing in second, after conquering the 2017 edition of the Italian National Championships. Lechner was preceded on the finish line by Kastelijn, whilst the defending champion Annamarie Worst placed third. Fifth place for the World Champion Sanne Cant, after a disappointing performance. Sixth place for Italy’s Alice Arzuffi.

Kastelijn, Lechner and Worst started in the best way, gaining considerable advantage after the first lap, whilst Arzuffi missed the train for the medals owing to a difficult start. Kastelijn stepped up the pace, outdistancing her compatriot Worst, as Lechner, third after lap 1, conquered the second place overtaking the defending champion in lap 2.

The Italian rider tried to close the gap in the second part of the race, but Kastelijn soloed over the finish line, leveraging on her magic moment.

Photo: Giacomo Podetti