Sanne Cant

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Sanne Cant
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Cant won the gold medal at the 2014 Cyclo-cross European Championships
Personal information
Full name Sanne Cant
Born (1990-10-08) 8 October 1990 (age 26)
Antwerp, Belgium
Team information
Current team Enertherm-BKCP
Discipline Cyclo-cross
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2008 Guerciotti-Selle Italia
2009– Enertherm-BKCP
Major wins

Series wins

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup (2014-2015, 2015-2016)

One-day races

World Cyclo-cross Championships (2017)
European Cyclo-cross Championships
(2014, 2015)
National Cyclo-cross Championships
(2010–2017)

Sanne Cant (born 8 October 1990) is a Belgian racing cyclist. She participates mainly in cyclo-cross.

Career[edit]

Competing at youth level[edit]

In her youth Cant competed in both athletics and duathlon. In 2002, she started cycling, focusing mainly on cyclocross and mountain biking. In her first year as a cyclist she immediately won the provincial championship at the 12 years old. In 2003, she repeated this, as in 2004. In this latter year she scored her first major victory, becoming Belgian champion in the 14-year-old category. She then moved into the youth category, continuing her provincial title run, as well as its MTB title. For 2006, the expectations were high, winning another provincial title and her first national title.

First professional years[edit]

Her first professional year was the 2008-2009 season, riding for the Italian Guerciotti-Selle Italia team. Her first podium in a major competition came with 3rd place during the cyclo-cross from Gavere. A month later, she recorded her first victory in the race in Faè di Oderzo. From January 1, 2009, Cant signed with BKCP-Powerplus, the team of Niels Albert.

In preparation for the 2009-2010 season she rode various MTB races, again winning the Belgian championship. The subsequent cyclocross season started well for Cant. She was 4th in the Citadel Cross.[1] Later that season, she won the Belgian cyclo-cross championship.

For the summer season of 2010 Cant decided not to be restricted to mountain bike races and focussed solely on the road. Again, she won the Belgian national cyclo-cross championships.

During the summer of 2011 Cant signed a contract with the Young Telenet-Fidea team, despite the signed contract extension Cant at BKCP-Powerplus. In September 2013 she was awarded a fine of 30,000 euros from the UCI.[2] She rode consistently that season, with her best results being her two 2nd places in the Scheldecross and the Grapes Cross. In January 2012 she took a 3rd Belgian title as well as the bronze at the World Championships at home in Koksijde.

Breakthrough season[edit]

In preparation for the 2012-2013 season Cant decided to compete in mountain biking alongside road races. This cyclocross season saw Cant's breakthrough. She started with a number of victories, she won in Kalmthout and in Zonhoven. She continued her momentum and won in Leuven, Essen and Loenhout. During the Roubaix world cup race Cant fell heavily on a muddy descent with American racer Katherine Compton. Cant was taken to the hospital, where it turned out that she had no serious injuries. On January 13, she won her fourth consecutive Belgian championship. After the World championships Cant won several competitions such, Hoogstraten, Oostmalle and even the best in the general classification in the Bpost bank trophy.

Breakthrough confirmation[edit]

After the 2012-2013 season Cant combined road cycling with cyclo-cross. She finished 7th at the Belgian road championships and took silver for the second time at the Belgian mountain bike championships. Cant's winter began two weeks earlier than normal. She rode and won the Supercross Baden in Switzerland. Two weeks later she won the Grand Prix Neerpelt[3] then also won in Laarne. In November she won the Fair Cross Niel, the GP Hasselt and Cyclocross Asper-Gavere. In early 2014 she again became national champion for the fifth time in a row.

Career season[edit]

Her preparation for the winter of 2014-2015 contrasted to recent years. She started erratically, but in November she showcased her great form winning the Superprestiege of Zonhoven and her first European title.[4] She went on to record her first victory in the World Cup. A week later she won the Milton Keynes round. With this win, she was the first Belgian ever to lead the World Cup. She also led the UCI Rankings.[5] In January she extended her national title winning run.

The summer of 2015 began with Cant being selected to the national road team. Before the start of the 2015-2016 season Cant said she would contest fewer races with the aim of being fresher in the World championships. Her season started with a third place during the first World Cup round. This was followed by two victories in the Superprestige, where for the first time in its history, a final ranking overall classification for women would be decided. Her first big goal of the season was to defend the European Championship – a goal she was successful in.

Palmarès[edit]

2002–2003
1st Antwerp (province) Antwerp U13 Provincial Champion
2003–2004
1st Antwerp (province) Antwerp Junior Provincial Champion
2004–2005
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Junior MTB Championship
1st Antwerp (province) Antwerp Junior Provincial Champion
2005–2006
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Youth MTB Championship
1st Antwerp (province) Antwerp Youth Provincial Champion
2006–2007
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Youth MTB Championship
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Junior Cyclo-cross Championship
1st Antwerp (province) Antwerp Youth Provincial Champion
2007–2008
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Youth MTB Championship
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Junior Cyclo-cross Championship
1st Antwerp (province) Antwerp Youth Provincial Champion
1st Tubize Mountainbike
1st Langdorp Mountainbike
2008–2009
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Junior Cyclo-cross Championship
1st Faè di Oderzo
2009–2010
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Cyclo-cross Championship
2010–2011
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Cyclo-cross Championship
2011–2012
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Cyclo-cross Championship
1st Zonhoven Cyclo-cross
1st Leuven Cyclo-cross
1st Essen Cyclo-cross
1st Azencross
1st Kalmthout Cyclo-cross
2012–2013
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Cyclo-cross Championship
1st Baden Cyclo-cross
1st Niel Cyclo-cross
1st Hasselt Cyclo-cross
1st Gavere - Asper
1st Hoogstraten Cyclo-cross
1st Middelkerke Cyclo-cross
1st Oostmalle Cyclo-cross
1st Neerpelt Cyclo-cross
1st Kalmthout Cyclo-cross
1st Essen Cyclo-cross
1st Diegem Cyclo-cross
2013–2014
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Cyclo-cross Championship
1st Neerpelt Cyclo-cross
1st Gieten Cyclo-cross
1st Zonhoven Cyclo-cross
1st Gavere - Asper
1st Duinencross Koksijde
1st Milton Keynes
1st Scheldecross Antwerpen
1st Oostmalle Cyclo-cross
2014–2015
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Cyclo-cross Championship
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European Cyclo-cross Championship
1st Overall UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
1st Koksijde
1st Milton Keynes
Superprestige
1st Gieten
1st Zonhoven
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Gavere
1st Hoogstraten
BPost Bank Trophy
1st Bollekescross
1st Grand Prix van Hasselt
1st Krawatencross
1st Soudal GP Neerpelt
1st Soudal Classics – Jaarmarktcross Niel
1st Vlaamse Druivencross
1st Cyclocross van het Waasland
1st Cyclocross Otegem
1st Oostmalle Cyclo-cross
2nd World Cyclo-cross Championship
2015–2016
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Cyclo-cross Championship
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European Cyclo-cross Championship
1st Niel Jaarmarkt Cyclo-cross[6]
1st Grand Prix van Hasselt
1st Parkcross Maldegem
1st Eeklo
1st Oostmalle Cyclo-cross
1st Superprestige
1st Gieten
1st Zonhoven
1st Ruddervoorde
1st Gavere
1st Hoogstraten
1st Middelkerke
1st Overall UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
1st Koksijde
1st Heusden-Zolder
1st Lignières-en-Berry
1st BPost Bank Trophy
1st Essen
1st Scheldecross Antwerpen
1st Azencross Loenhout
1st Grand Prix Sven Nys
3rd World Cyclo-cross Championship
2016–2017
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Cyclo-cross Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Cyclo-cross Championship
Brico Cross
1st Geraardsbergen
1st Hulst
1st Superprestige
1st Gieten
1st Zonhoven
1st Gavere
1st Middelkerke
1st DVV Trofee
1st Flandriencross Hamme
1st Essen
1st Scheldecross Antwerpen
1st Azencross Loenhout
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
1st Zeven
1st Ardooie
1st Hasselt
1st Mol
1st Niel Jaarmarkt Cyclo-cross
1st Oostmalle Cyclo-cross
1st Sint-Niklaas

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