Compton solos to World Cup victory

Van Den Brand outduels Ferrier-Bruneau for second

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rode away from the women's field to win the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup's opening round in Treviso, Italy. The 30-year-old Compton and former world champion Daphny Van Den Brand gapped the field on the opening lap, but the Dutch rider could not handle the furious tempo set by Compton and was dropped from the race lead on the second lap.

While Compton's seemingly effortless riding at the head of the race left little doubt as to who would occupy the top step of the podium, the battle for second and third became a battle between Van Den Brand and France's Christel Ferrier-Bruneau. The French rider made contact with Van Den Brand on the second lap and the duo traded attacks throughout the rest of the race, each unable to crack the other.

On the final lap Van Den Brand finally managed to get some distance between herself and Ferrier-Bruneau and crossed the finish line in second place, 28 seconds behind Compton. Ferrier-Bruneau finished third, six seconds after Van Den Brand. The Netherlands' Sanne Van Paassen finished alone in fourth, 55 seconds behind Compton while the Czech Republic's Pavla Havlikova would finish fifth, 15 seconds later.

Today's victory marks Compton's fifth career World Cup win and the first time an American has worn the World Cup leader's jersey. The reigning American 'cross champion will defend her World Cup led in Nommay, France on November 11, the second of seven women's World Cup rounds in the 2009-2010 season.

Results
1Katherine Compton (USA)0:37:37 
2Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned)0:00:28 
3Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)0:00:34 
4Sanne Van Paassen (Ned)0:00:55 
5Pavla Havlikova (Cze)0:01:10 
6Caroline Mani (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:01:26 
7Katrin Leumann (Swi)  
8Helen Wyman (GBr)0:01:46 
9Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:02:07 
10Sanne Cant (Bel)0:02:15 
11Eva Lechner (Ita) Gauss R.O.-Colnago0:02:23 
12Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra)0:02:24 
13Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)0:02:34 
14Jana Kyptova (Cze)0:02:36 
15Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spa)0:02:37 
16Veronica Alessio (Ita) Gauss R.O.-Colnago0:02:38 
17Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:03:05 
18Gabriella Day (GBr)0:03:13 
19Lucie Chainel Lefevre (Fra)0:03:23 
20Linda Van Rijen (Ned)0:03:41 
21Francesca Cucciniello (Ita)0:03:53 
22Camille Darcel (Fra)0:03:54 
23Evelyn Staffler (Ita)0:04:04 
24Suzie Godart (Lux) Fenixs0:04:10 
25Elke Riedl (Aut)0:04:23 
26Nancy Bober (Bel)0:04:49 
27Stefania Vecchio (Ita)0:05:01 
28Vicki Thomas (Can)0:05:14 
29Christine Vardaros (USA)0:05:51 
30Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel)0:06:54 
31Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk)0:07:05 
32Nikoline Hansen (Den)0:07:54 
33Lise Müller (Swi)0:08:45 
LappedElisabetta Borgia (Ita)  
World Cup standings after round 1
1Katherine Compton (USA)60pts
2Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned)50 
3Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)45 
4Sanne Van Paassen (Ned)40 
5Pavla Havlikova (Cze)35 
6Caroline Mani (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope30 
7Katrin Leumann (Swi)28 
8Helen Wyman (GBr)26 
9Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)24 
10Sanne Cant (Bel)22 
11Eva Lechner (Ita) Gauss R.O.-Colnago20 
12Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra)19 
13Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)18 
14Jana Kyptova (Cze)17 
15Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spa)16 
16Veronica Alessio (Ita) Gauss R.O.-Colnago15 
17Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint14 
18Gabriella Day (GBr)13 
19Lucie Chainel Lefevre (Fra)12 
20Linda Van Rijen (Ned)11 
21Francesca Cucciniello (Ita)10 
22Camille Darcel (Fra)9 
23Evelyn Staffler (Ita)8 
24Suzie Godart (Lux) Fenixs7 
25Elke Riedl (Aut)6 
26Nancy Bober (Bel)5 
27Stefania Vecchio (Ita)4 
28Vicki Thomas (Can)3 
29Christine Vardaros (USA)2 
30Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel)1 

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