Nash nails home win at last

Van Den Brand and Van Paassen battle for remaining podium places

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) finally won the World Cup round in Tabor, only 20km away from her town of birth, finishing with a handful of seconds over veteran Daphny van den Brand (AA Drink-Leontien.nl) and last year's World Cup winner Sanne van Paassen (Brainwash Wielerploeg).

The US-based rider checked out her opponents during the first laps and then slowly headed forward. In the final two laps Nash put her two Dutch rivals in trouble with some strong climbing. Due to the absence of leader Katie Compton (Rabobank - Giant-Offroad) it is Nash who becomes the new leader in the World Cup. It's her second ever victory in a World Cup round after winning in Roubaix last year.

Hanka Kupfernagel (Stevens) got off with the best start in Tabor, but it was British champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) who quickly took over the command during the first lap, but her pace didn't cause major damage behind her.

By the end of the opening lap the pace dropped back and on the line a group of eleven riders were together. Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France) made up for her bad start position by bridging up to this group right at the finish line.

Last year's World Cup winner Van Paassen started upping the pace during the second lap with Van den Brand marking her. Behind them Nash realized she had to move up as several women started losing ground. Only five women were left in front after two laps: Van Paassen, Van den Brand, Nash, Chainel-Lefevre and Kupfernagel. The latter lacked race rhythm and the German star dropped back after a fierce acceleration from Nash.

During the fourth lap Nash showed that she would do all she could to grab the win, and kept a furious pace at the front. Chainel was the next to crack but the two Dutch women, Van Paasseen and Van den Brand, were glued on Nash's wheel. Behind the three leaders Chainel rode alone in fourth place while Kupfernagel was caught back by local rider Pavla Havlikova (Telenet-Fidea).

In the final lap Nash once again unleashed her power on the uphill stretches in the Tabor city park. This time Van den Brand quickly dropped back and also Van Paassen cracked when she was unable to close the small gap on the Czech/American rider in front of her.

Eventually Nash managed to stay upright in the technical descent and she captured a glorious win in front of her home crowd.

Behind her Van Paassen clearly dug too deep to come back on Nash as Van den Brand easily got past her and grabbed second place at six seconds.

Chainel was fourth, and small Havlikova was extremely pleased with her fifth place just ahead of Kupfernagel. Sabrina Schweizer (Focus Mig Team) held off a disappointed Wyman and Sanne Cant (BKCP-Powerplus) for seventh place. Sophie de Boer (Telenet-Fidea) closed down the top ten in Tabor.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:39:59 
2Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Aa Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team0:00:06 
3Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg0:00:14 
4Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)0:00:42 
5Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Telenet - Fidea0:00:57 
6Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger)0:01:01 
7Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Focus Mig Team0:01:11 
8Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing0:01:19 
9Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx Veldritacademie0:01:22 
10Sophie De Boer (Ned) Telenet - Fidea0:01:31 
11Arenda Grimberg (Ned)0:01:37 
12Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg  
13Amy Dombroski (USA) Crankbrothers - The Race Club0:01:55 
14Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant Cycling0:01:59 
15Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)0:02:04 
16Gabriella Day (GBr)0:02:06 
17Nicole Duke (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com  
18Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill / Seven Cycles0:02:12 
19Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)0:02:18 
20Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita)0:02:19 
21Nikki Harris (GBr) Telenet - Fidea0:02:21 
22Ellen Van Loy (Bel)0:02:40 
23Tessa Van Nieuwpoort (Ned)0:02:45 
24Julie Krasniak (Fra) Team Rapha Focus0:03:05 
25Nikoline Hansen (Den)0:03:06 
26Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Skil - Koga0:03:25 
27Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams0:03:30 
28Hilde Quintens (Bel)0:03:31 
29Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel) Telenet - Fidea0:03:45 
30Vania Rossi (Ita)0:03:59 
31Katherine Sherwin (USA) Stan's No Tubes0:04:07 
32Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept0:05:11 
33Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco Cycling Team0:05:20 
34Dorota Warczyk (Pol)0:05:43 
35Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den)0:05:44 
36Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team0:05:45 
37Nikola Hlubinkova (Cze)0:06:17 
38Vicki Thomas (Can)0:06:53 
39Vendula Kuntova (Cze) Gt Czech Team0:07:57 
40 (-1 lap)Madara Furmane (Lat)  
41 (-2 laps)Laura Braziulyte (Ltu)  

Elite Women - World Cup standings after 2 rounds

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team105 pts
2Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg95 
3Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) Aa Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team90 
4Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)68 
5Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Telenet - Fidea61 
6Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing61 
7Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank - Giant Off-Road Team60 
8Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Focus Mig Team50 
9Amy Dombroski (USA) Crankbrothers - The Race Club48 
10Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx Veldritacademie44 
11Arenda Grimberg (Ned)36 
12Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant Cycling35 
13Nikki Harris (GBr) Telenet - Fidea34 
14Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg34 
15Sophie De Boer (Ned) Telenet - Fidea32 
16Nicole Duke (USA) Cannondale / Cyclocrossworld.Com31 
17Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger)30 
18Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)28 
19Gabriella Day (GBr)28 
20Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Skil - Koga24 
21Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill / Seven Cycles24 
22Ellen Van Loy (Bel)18 
23Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)15 
24Tessa Van Nieuwpoort (Ned)15 
25Jasmin Achermann (Swi)14 
26Nikoline Hansen (Den)14 
27Julie Krasniak (Fra) Team Rapha Focus13 
28Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita)11 
29Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel) Telenet - Fidea7 
30Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams4 
31Reza Hormes (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team4 
32Hilde Quintens (Bel)4 
33Katherine Sherwin (USA) Stan's No Tubes2 
34Vania Rossi (Ita)1 
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