On the Cauberg hill in Valkenburg, the first World Cup of the season on European soil, Ellen showed some good legs. Together with Sophie de Boer she hit the front early, pushing the pace. When Thalita de Jong hit the front group she applied some pressure and reduced the race to six leaders in the first lap. Unfortunately Ellen slid out on an off-camber and she was no longer able to go with the leading group. She succeeded in holding off Mani and secured sixth place. Picture: Bart Raeymaekers