Anna Kay battled to fifth place in the women’s under-23 race at the 2019 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships

Silver medallist at the national championships three weeks ago, Kay was prominent in the race from the word go.

Starting strongly, Kay managed to stay in contention over the first three laps in a large group of riders. It wasn’t until the final stages that the race started to split up with Kay still managing to retain her position to the leading group.

A leading Dutch trio of Alvarado, Nagengast and Van Der Heijden broke away with half a lap to, the latter taking the win on the line.

Kay was left amongst another two riders in the chasing group and left to sprint to the line for fourth position that went to Italy’s Persico, almost overhauling Alvarado in third only one second ahead of Kay in fifth on the line.

After the race, the rider from Gateshead said, “Yeah it was a bit like a road race, it kept on stringing out and then coming back together. I think on some of the straights I’d lose it, but you could always catch up on the long finishing straight, so it went really well.

“I’m so pleased I wanted top 5 or top 10, so to get fifth, I’m over the moon.” (Bron: British Cycling)