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November 24, Elite Women: Koksijde

Compton wins convincingly at Koksijde World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
November 24, 2012, 14:42 GMT,
Updated:
November 24, 2012, 15:22 GMT

American champion extends World Cup lead

World Cup leader Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) soloed to victory in Koksijde, Belgium, the World Cup's third round.

World Cup leader Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) soloed to victory in Koksijde, Belgium, the World Cup's third round.

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American champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) captured a convincing win in the famous sands of rainy Koksijde, Belgium during the third round of the UCI's World Cup. The power from Compton proved lethal on the course utilised for the world championships in January as first chaser Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea) finished 1:27 in arrears of the winner.

Due to the distant sixth place result from Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women) Compton's overall lead in the World Cup standings increases to 40 points over van Paassen, Harris and Helen Wyman (Kona), all tied at 130 points.

"It's looking good for the World Cup after this win. I love this course. There's not a lot of place to recover," Compton said.

British rider Helen Wyman grabbed the hole shot in Koksijde but she was quickly passed by Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP). Halfway through the opening lap Harris and Compton moved past the Belgian who – maybe caught by surprise – went over the handlebars in the dune drop that followed. In a long sand section Harris worked hard to stay on her bike while Compton opted for a long run. Compton moved to the lead and in the remaining metres to the first passage of the finish line she turned on the gas and gapped the rest of the field; Harris quickly trailed by 10 seconds.

"I got off to a good start and a smooth beginning of my race. Today I didn't have the technical skills for the sand so I muscled through it," Compton said.

Compton rode a clean second lap during the five-lap race, allowing her to increase her lead up to 40 seconds on Harris. "I tried to stay with her but with five laps to go I didn't want to blow up," Harris said. "I was happy to be on my own, actually, as I could choose my own lines."

Harris continued as the first chaser but she was marked by French rider Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (BHSR Suntour-Peisey Vallandry). "I hoped she would run out of gas and I rode my own pace," Harris said.

Behind the top three a group with Cant, Wyman and Sanne Van Paassen rode together at more than a minute from Compton before the halfway point.

Though Compton made a couple of mistakes in the following laps she was still much faster than the opposition and kept increasing her lead up to more than a minute at the finish. Harris rode comfortably to second place, her best result in the World Cup. Behind her Chainel started fading and she was eventually overtaken by Cant on the final lap. "I lost my rhythm," Chainel told Cyclingnews.

Wyman gapped Van Paassen in the final stages of the race to secure fifth place. While the rain was pouring down at the finish line a clearly disappointed van Paassen hurried to get back to her camper without giving a reaction.

Full Results
1 Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:44:10  
2 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:27  
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP 0:01:56  
4 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:02:04  
5 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team 0:02:16  
6 Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Team 0:02:33  
7 Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus 0:02:54  
8 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Women Team 0:03:16  
9 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team    
10 Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus 0:03:29  
11 Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:31  
12 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 0:03:38  
13 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT 0:04:40  
14 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) WV Het Stadion 0:04:49  
15 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCCMM 0:05:01  
16 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:05:03  
17 Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Women Team 0:05:27  
18 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams 0:05:41  
19 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele 0:06:10  
20 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 0:06:34  
21 Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept 0:06:49  
22 Kim Van de Steene (Bel) Kon. VC T Meetjesland-Knesselare 0:07:48  
23 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 0:08:25  
24 Tereza Medvedova (Svk) 0:09:01  
25 Hilde Quintens (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT 0:09:37  
26 Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Team Pro Region Renfersa    
27 Angelica Edvardsson (Swe)    
28 Evy Kuijpers (Ned)    
29 Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store    
30 Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize Granville Team    
31 Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco    
32 Lana Verberne (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team    
33 Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa)    
34 Eva Colin (Fra) VC Ornans    
World Cup standings after three rounds
1 Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 170 pts
2 Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Team 130  
3 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 130  
4 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team 130  
5 Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP 113  
6 Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus 86  
7 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 82  
8 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 72  
9 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 69  
10 Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus 68  
11 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) WV Het Stadion 49  
12 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCCMM 45  
13 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT 43  
14 Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 42  
15 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 37  
16 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo 35  
17 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus 34  
18 Vania Rossi (Ita) 34  
19 Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 33  
20 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams 31  
21 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele 29  
22 Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rapha-Focus 27  
23 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Women Team 26  
24 Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite 20  
25 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) 17  
26 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles 17  
27 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 15  
28 Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Women Team 14  
29 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto 13  
30 Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store 12  
31 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 11  
32 Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept 11  
33 Tereza Medvedova (Svk) 10  
34 Kim Van de Steene (Bel) Kon. VC T Meetjesland-Knesselare 9  
35 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement 9  
36 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 8  
37 Hilde Quintens (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT 6  
38 Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Team Pro Region Renfersa 5  
39 Angelica Edvardsson (Swe) 4  
40 Karla Stepanova (Cze) 4  
41 Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco 4  
42 Evy Kuijpers (Ned) 3  
43 Nadja Heigl (Aut) 2  
44 Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize Granville Team 1