Bram­meier looks strong on way to World Cup podium

Nikki Bram­meier hopes for fur­ther tough races so she can show her strength, she tells Vern Pitt

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Nikki Bram­meier is hop­ing for con­tin­ued bad weather in Europe over the com­ing months af­ter bag­ging her first World Cup podium of the sea­son in Kok­si­jde on Sun­day.

Bram­meier was lead­ing at the end of the first of five laps through the sandy course in Bel­gium and was only nar­rowly beaten into sec­ond by Dutch­woman Denise Bet­sema, who took off from the highly se­lect front group on the fifth and fi­nal lap.

For­mer Bri­tish cham­pion Bram­meier had looked strong through­out the tough and tech­ni­cal race, of­ten be­ing the rider to close gaps and shut down at­tacks, in­clud­ing one by world cham­pion Sanne Cant.

Bram­meier said: “I’m su­per happy. It was my first tar­get race of the sea­son and the races this year have been su­per fast, more like cri­teri­ums, and Kok­si­jde is re­ally heavy go­ing whether it’s dry or not.”

She added: “We’ve only had one muddy race, most have been one bike. It’s been like cri­terium rac­ing, and those don’t seem to suit me.”

She said that she had “felt re­ally strong” for sev­eral weeks but that the fast races hadn’t played to her strengths and en­abled her to show what she was ca­pa­ble of.

The Mudi­i­ita rider switched coaches this year to work with Marc Lam­berts, who also coaches men’s cross world cham­pion Wout van Aert, which she said had been a key com­po­nent in her suc­cess. Bram­meier is tak­ing this week­end off from rac­ing as she trains and pre­pares. “I wanted to feel like I build through the sea­son and not peak too early. I’m feel­ing re­ally mo­ti­vated,” she said.

“Kok­si­jde was the first tar­get race and I’m look­ing to­wards races like Baal [GP Sven Nys], Over­i­jse [Druiv­en­cross] and the Na­tional and World Cham­pi­onships.”

Mean­while, in the un­der-23 men’s race Tom Pi­dock con­tin­ued his dom­i­na­tion of the World Cup com­pe­ti­tion, tak­ing a clear win, while ri­val Eli Iser­byt punc­tured. Fel­low Brit Ben Turner (Coren­don-cir­cus) also put in a strong per­for­mance, fin­ish­ing just off the podium in fourth place.

Bram­meier ex­celled on the sandy course in Kok­si­jde Tom Pid­cock’s World Cup dom­i­na­tion con­tin­ued in Bel­gium

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