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October 21, Elite Women: Tabor

Van Paassen outsprints Compton in Tabor

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
October 21, 2012, 14:18 BST,
Updated:
October 21, 2012, 20:55 BST

British champion Wyman finishes 3rd

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) is too fast for Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) on the finishing straight.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) is too fast for Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) on the finishing straight.

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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) won the opening round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Tábor, Czech Republic with a sprint victory over U.S. champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective). British champion Helen Wyman (Kona) concluded a long ride in no man's land with a great third place result to round out the podium 36 seconds later.

"This is incredible for me. I hoped to win, but I thought a podium would be ok," van Paassen told Sporza. "It was a hard suffer-fest today. Katie is really good and it was a tough course. Especially the last half lap was really hard."

It wasn't just on the last lap that Compton put pressure on van Paassen, she tried to do so for most of the race but never managed to drop the 23-year-old Dutch rider.

"I constantly told myself: ‘Hold that wheel, hold that wheel. Boom, back to that wheel'. It was the only thing I thought about, getting back to that wheel and then over it. It succeeded," said van Paassen.

Early on Compton wasn't spotted near the front. She didn't have a great start and needed some time to get back up to van Paassen, who was leading together with Wyman and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP). Halfway through the second lap van Paassen hit the gas and Cant quickly dropped back. Compton went up and over Wyman and joined van Paassen in the lead late on the second lap. For the remainder of the race Wyman kept the two leaders in sight but she never managed to close the gap again. Heading into the fifth and final lap Wyman trailed Compton and van Paassen by 18 seconds, but the deficit would balloon on the final circuit.

Compton used her technical skills to gain a slight gap on a downhill into a tricky off-camber section late on the final lap, but van Paassen made contact with Compton just as they turned left onto the paved finishing straight. Compton led-out the sprint, but van Paassen came around the U.S. champion for the sprint victory.

Thirteen seconds after Wyman's third place finish, Cant won a hard-fought sprint for fourth place from Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea), Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Hitec Products – Mistral Home Cycling Team) and Jasmin Achermann (Rapha-Focus).

Pavla Havlikova (Telenet-Fidea), who set the early tempo in Tábor, was unable to keep up the high pace in front of the home crowds and ultimately finished eighth, one minute down on van Paassen.

American U23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) rode a steady race and finished ninth, well ahead of Gabriella Day (Rapha-Focus) who rounded out the top-10.

Full Results
1 Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Team 0:40:57  
2 Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective    
3 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team 0:00:36  
4 Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP 0:00:49  
5 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:00:50  
6 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team    
7 Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus 0:00:52  
8 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:00  
9 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:01:09  
10 Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus 0:01:25  
11 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus 0:01:31  
12 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT 0:01:38  
13 Vania Rossi (Ita) 0:01:39  
14 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) WV Het Stadion 0:01:41  
15 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry    
16 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) 0:01:42  
17 Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:48  
18 Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 0:02:41  
19 Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:51  
20 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCCMM 0:02:53  
21 Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rapha-Focus 0:03:00  
22 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles 0:03:27  
23 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto 0:03:47  
24 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams 0:03:50  
25 Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store 0:03:52  
26 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele 0:04:54  
27 Karla Stepanova (Cze) 0:04:56  
28 Tereza Medvedova (Svk) 0:05:10  
29 Nadja Heigl (Aut) 0:05:54  
30 Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco 0:06:20  
31 Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Team Pro Region Renfersa 0:06:36  
32 Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept 0:07:17  
Overall standings after round 1
1 Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Team 60 pts
2 Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 50  
3 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team 45  
4 Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP 40  
5 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 35  
6 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 30  
7 Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus 28  
8 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 26  
9 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 24  
10 Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus 22  
11 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus 20  
12 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT 19  
13 Vania Rossi (Ita) 18  
14 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) WV Het Stadion 17  
15 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 16  
16 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) 15  
17 Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 14  
18 Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 13  
19 Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 12  
20 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCCMM 11  
21 Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rapha-Focus 10  
22 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles 9  
23 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto 8  
24 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams 7  
25 Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store 6  
26 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele 5  
27 Karla Stepanova (Cze) 4  
28 Tereza Medvedova (Svk) 3  
29 Nadja Heigl (Aut) 2  
30 Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco 1