I felt that I could make it', relates field biker Sanne van Paassen. A mistake during gear changing caused the European title to be snatched from under her nose.
It wouldn't have been surprising at all if Van Paassen had clinched the EC title. This Master's student in Management Economics and Consumer Studies had already booked three victories in the first competitions of this season, and kept her place on the podium except for one fourth position. Furthermore, Van Paassen also led in the world cup standing and the Gazet van Antwerpen newspaper.
'I guess I have taken yet another step', Van Paassen says. This is because she put together her own team in summer. 'I have a group of people around me whom I like to work with, and they are good. Good guidance is very important.'
The Cyclo-cross European Championships took place on Sunday 7 November in Frankfurt am Main. Van Paassen is now setting her sights on the world championships which will be held at the end of January 2011.