Nikki Harris rode to third place in Superprestige Hoogstraten on Sunday. The British champion finished behind European champion Sanne Cant and Sophie de Boer following a muddy last lap battle for the second step of the podium. It’s Harris’ second podium appearance of the weekend. She finished in second place in Sint Niklaas on Saturday in the final Bpost Bank Trofee race of the season.
"It was the opposite to yesterday where I got stronger every lap,” said Harris post-race. “Today I felt good in the first few laps and faded towards the end. There were more off- and on-the-bike sections then there were riding sections. I did quite a lot the first couple of laps and then just died a bit towards the end.”
By mid-race, the front group had split, and Cant had established an advantage over Harris and De Boer that she would maintain until the finish. Harris led De Boer across the line for the start of the bell lap, and the duo looked evenly matched until De Boer dislodged Harris in the final minutes of the race.
'Sophie didn’t really attack me,” said Harris. “She came past me, and I messed up in some muddy section, and that’s how she got her gap. I think it was me being tired and making mistakes.”
Yesterday Harris was happy with her ride and her result. Today?
'I’m happy enough with the weekend overall,” said Harris. “I don’t feel pressure at all to podium. I race every race the best that I can, and if my best is a podium or fighting for the win, then that’s what it is.”
Harris continues her post-World Championships ‘cross season with Middlekerke next weekend.