Nikki Brammeier managed eighth place at Azencross on Thursday. The British cyclocross champion was part of a trio riders that solidified on lap two of the five-lap race. Belgium cyclocross champion Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) soloed to victory in Loenhout.
“I didn’t expect any kind of result today,” said Brammeier. “I’ve trained through from Zolder to today, so I’m super tired.”
The opening lap saw Brammeier work her way from tenth place to fifth place before settling into her chase group with Pavla Havlikova (Kooperativa Cyclocross Team) and Maud Kaptheijns (Steylaerts). While an exciting battle emerged amongst the podium contenders in front of her, Brammeier produced a ride that reflected her current training programme.
“I gave everything I had but I didn’t have much in me after the last few days training,” said Brammeier. “Today was more about getting through the race and sticking to my plan.”
“The course today was super fast,” she added. “There was no room to take it easy. It was a race for suffering.”
Brammeier rode a clean and consistent race despite her fatigue. A frequent figure on the front of the group of three, Brammeier neither gained nor lost position or time as the race unfolded. She came second in the three-up sprint for seventh place.