Sanne Cant fits for the Koppenbergcross today. The Belgian champion is struggling with her form. “I don’t think it would be a good idea to participate in these circumstances,” she says. “I should not seek out misery. I think I would benefit more from a few days of rest. ”
Those disappointing results, she had not seen them coming, Sanne Cant tells Het Laatste Nieuws. “I had a good summer. I had a good feeling in the races that I have ridden. Unlike in 2019. My tests in September were fine, I was confident at the start of the motocross season. ”
The only thing Cant can think of now is that she is dragging along the consequences of a number of crashes in the cyclocross in Gieten, almost three weeks ago. She fell there three times. “First I drove into the crush barriers, the second time I went over my handlebars and the third time I fell while getting off.”
“Koppenberg does not suit me”
After the cross, in which she rode to tenth place from the background after a fall in the start, the misery started: stiff and blocked muscles in the neck and the middle back. “Last week I thought I was done, but it was really bad in Ruddervoorde.” Cant therefore decided not to start in the Koppenbergcross. It’s a match that doesn’t suit her anyway. “I shouldn’t go looking for the misery myself either. I think a few days of rest will help me. ”
Last winter also did not go well for the three-time world champion. There is of course also a generation change. But Cant opposes that. “The level in the cross is certainly higher than a few years ago. A lot of good riders have joined, but it is not possible that 20th place is now my place ”, she protests. “Lucinda Brand is also 31. She finished third in Ruddervoorde. We were on the same level. ”
After her lesser 2019-2020 season, Cant switched coaches, fine-tuned her preparation and made a mental switch. “I commit myself to focus on the positive. I just want to have fun, not be concerned with the negatives all the time. And that works: I still like to train, and I am still ambitious. ” “But where am I in the hierarchy? I’m still a winner on Wikipedia. (laughs) When I read that, I know I was able to do something one day. When I think back to all those races I won, it all seems so long ago. I miss winning. ”
She does not give up. “I’m not going to win twenty more games a year, but I want to get back in that top five. But when, I wish I knew. ” In the meantime, criticism is swelling, also on social media. It touches her. “Recently I got a message on Facebook from someone who said I should quit. That really pissed me off. Because I will determine that myself. Hand on heart: I am still one hundred percent busy with my job. ”
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