Nash wins again in Las Vegas

Czech rider scores her fourth CrossVegas win and takes the early World Cup lead

Katerina Nash and her Luna Pro teammates had the UCI World Cup CrossVegas in a stranglehold Wednesday night in Nevada, putting Nash and Catherine Pendrel in the lead group of four before Nash set out on her own to take the win and the first World Cup leader’s jersey.

“I’ve been racing here a lot, and practice makes perfect,” said Nash, who has won the race four times now. “I think I only won because I’ve raced here the most.”

Dry, but windy, weather at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in southwest Las Vegas meant there was no mud for riders to deal with, but they had plenty of challenges on the thick grass track that slowed even the fastest World Cup contenders.

Nash joined Pendrel, Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol), Sanne van Passen (Boels Dolmans) and 2014-15 World Cup winner Sanne Cant in a five-rider group that formed on the second lap of the scheduled 45-minut race.

Lechner did the lion’s share of the work to make the split happen, and then Pendrel joined in while Cant and Nash waited.

US champion Katie Compton picked up the chase, and as she started closing down the gap Cant and Lechner picked up the pace up front. The effort proved too much for Van Passen, who lost contact with the lead group, leaving four at the front.

Compton and Luna’s Georgia Gould briefly made contact with the leaders, but they got back on terms with the leaders just as they hit a section with several successive climbs, and the pair was quickly off the pace and back to chasing

From there it was all Nash, who didn’t appear to attack the group when she made her winning move, rather she just slowly opened up a spilt.

“I didn’t make a very decisive move,” Nash said. “I just kind of went ahead. Suddenly somebody said, ‘You’ve got a gap.’ And at that point I went for it.”

Pendrel, who had done a lot of work early in the group, lost contact and drifted back with Cant to Gould, who had ridden away from Compton.

Nash easily powered away for the win, 15 seconds ahead of Lechner. Cant Gould and Pendrel approached the line together 38 seconds alter with Cant winning the sprint for third.

The Belgian rider said she was happy with third place in her first race of the season.

“The track was really heavy,” Cant said. “In Belgium it’s not so heavy. For the first race of this year it was really hard.

“I tried but [Nash] was stronger uphill. She did the World Championships mountain bike two weeks ago, I think, so her shape is really good. She was stronger today, but I think I have to grow in the coming weeks, and she is on her best now.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:49:17 
2Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:00:15 
3Sanne Cant (Bel)0:00:38 
4Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team  
5Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team  
6Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:00:50 
7Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:51 
8Meredith Miller (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling P/B The Happy Tooth0:00:54 
9Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team0:00:55 
10Amanda Miller (USA)0:01:01 
11Katherine Compton (USA)0:01:20 
12Ellen Van Loy (Bel)0:01:31 
13Courtenay Mcfadden (USA)0:01:40 
14Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team0:01:43 
15Caroline Mani (Fra)0:01:47 
16Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty 16 P/B Sho-Air0:01:49 
17Sunny Gilbert (USA)0:02:09 
18Rachel Lloyd (USA)0:02:22 
19Ellen Noble (USA)0:02:27 
20Loes Sels (Bel)0:02:33 
21Erica Zaveta (USA) Bmw P/B Happy Tooth Dental0:02:56 
22Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa) Lointek Team0:03:03 
23Lisa Jacobs (Aus)0:03:09 
24Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)0:03:21 
25Sophie De Boer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:03:22 
26Carolina Gomez (Arg)0:03:25 
27Hannah Payton (GBr)0:03:34 
28Mical Dyck (Can)0:03:46 
29Cassandra Maximenko (USA)0:03:50 
30Arley Kemmerer (USA)0:04:11 
31Jessica Cutler (USA)0:04:16 
32Gabriella Durrin (GBr)0:04:24 
33Sidney Mcgill (Can)0:04:54 
34Natasha Elliott (Can)0:05:44 
35Laura Verdonschot (Bel)0:06:02 
36Laurel Rathbun (USA)0:06:11 
37Anna Schappert (Can)0:06:18 
38Amira Mellor (GBr)0:07:19 
39Ashley Barson (Can)0:07:23 
40Siobhan Kelly (Can)0:08:05 
41Maria Larkin (Irl)-1 Lap 
42Suzie Godart (Lux)-1 Lap 
43Josie Simpson (Aus)-1 Lap 
44Beatrice Godart (Lux)-1 Lap 
45Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den)-3 Laps 
World Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team60 pts
2Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol50 
3Sanne Cant (Bel)45 
4Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team40 
5Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team35 
6Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team30 
7Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies28 
8Meredith Miller (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling P/B The Happy Tooth26 
9Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team24 
10Amanda Miller (USA)22 
11Katherine Compton (USA)20 
12Ellen Van Loy (Bel)19 
13Courtenay Mcfadden (USA)18 
14Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team17 
15Caroline Mani (Fra)16 
16Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty 16 P/B Sho-Air15 
17Sunny Gilbert (USA)14 
18Rachel Lloyd (USA)13 
19Ellen Noble (USA)12 
20Loes Sels (Bel)11 
21Erica Zaveta (USA) Bmw P/B Happy Tooth Dental10 
22Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa) Lointek Team9 
23Lisa Jacobs (Aus)8 
24Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)7 
25De Sophie Boer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team6 
26Carolina Gomez (Arg)5 
27Hannah Payton (GBr)4 
28Mical Dyck (Can)3 
29Cassandra Maximenko (USA)2 
30Arley Kemmerer (USA)1 

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