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From the Pit: Cyclocross world champion Sanne Cant’s Stevens Super Prestige

Sanne Cant's bike gets rainbow touches

Sanne Cant’s Super Prestige is ride that befits a world champion.

Reigning World Champion Sanne Cant returned to her winning ways at the Waterloo UCI cyclocross World Cup. After a rough start with a few small mistakes in the first lap, Cant asserted herself, methodically slicing through the field into the lead, leaving others to battle for minor podium placings. Cant’s implement of choice is this Dura Ace equipped Stevens Super Prestige.

Cant has been at the top of the sport for several seasons already, winning everything there is to win, with one glaring exception. The rainbow jersey had eluded her despite many close calls, until the 2017 world championships in January where Cant finally managed to get rid of the albatross around her neck. Befitting her world champion status, her Stevens Super Prestige is bedecked with rainbow stripes throughout. Her signature also adorns the frame and her custom saddles, all of which are replicated across her spare bikes.

Drivetrain duties are handled by Shimano’s superb Dura Ace 9170 Di2 and hydraulic disc group, including custom pro only cross gearing chain ring. For the shoot, I was accompanied by Cant’s father (and manager). When I asked him what gearing was on the rings, he replied curtly “it’s secret.” He wouldn’t let me count it right there either!

Cant went down hard on her primary bike during the Friday C2 race, with a bent derailleur hanger among the casualties. Since that bike was awaiting attention from the mechanic, the bike featured here is one of her spare bikes, identical save for the tires, with FMB Slalom on the spare bike, while the faster rolling FMB Sprint 2 are glued to the wheels on her primary bike.