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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #3 2013

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November 23, 2013

November 23, Elite Women:

Compton solos to Koksijde World Cup victory

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
November 23, 2013, 13:21 GMT,
Updated:
November 23, 2013, 17:46 GMT

American beats Cant and Harris to extend series lead

Katie Compton celebrates a win in round three of the 'cross World Cup in Koksijde

Katie Compton celebrates a win in round three of the 'cross World Cup in Koksijde

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US champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) did what she had to do at the third World Cup round of the season amid the dunes of Koksijde, Belgium. In sunny weather conditions, Compton rode away from her rivals halfway through the first lap and never looked back. It’s the second World Cup win of the season for Compton and she extends her lead in the overall standings to thirty points over Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea), who placed third on Saturday afternoon.

Compton didn’t arrive at the North Sea coast with a perfect mindset and she admitted that she’d expected the opposition to be stronger. “I did. I got a gap and tried to maintain my rhythm. The gap kept growing, In the US, Katerina Nash is giving me a hard time. She’s making me work for it. Too bad she and Marianne Vos are not here. I like to chase,” Compton smiled. It was a strange sensation to take such an easy win considering that she didn’t feel comfortable on the bike. “It was running more than riding; it was heavy sand. I was lacking power. I felt clumsy out there. I was tired,” a jet-lagged Compton said.

Things looked different at the very beginning. As the race got underway there was no sign of Compton at the front. Dutch rider Sabine Stultiens (Rabo Women) took a great start and gapped European champion Helen Wyman (Kona). “I always have a good start but she went really hard. I wanted to go fast but not that fast,” Wyman said.

In the background Compton was in eighth place. She started moving up and most of the time, that worked out fine. When trying to pass Harris on a technical drop, however, things went a little awkwardly. “I rode into her but didn’t intend to do that,” Compton admitted. A little later, Compton overtook Wyman too, while Stultiens faded back.

Suddenly Compton, Wyman and Harris were leading the race. After the Herygers-dune Wyman was no longer able to hold the wheel. “Helen didn’t go as fast as she should’ve gone. Katie was gone,” Harris said. Both British women failed to come back while Compton increased her gap on the section in between the sand sections.

From there, Compton kept increasing her lead up to a massive one-minute advantage. Behind her, Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP), Stultiens and Sophie de Boer (Young Telenet-Fidea) joined the chase group. Halfway through the second lap, Cant accelerated. Wyman lost her wheel and Harris wasn’t able to make up for that lost ground. Wyman went from leading the chase to trying to chase back on. “I went too hard in the first two laps. I hoped to get a gap and then recover but that didn’t work out. You’ve got to try,” Wyman said.

The small gap between Cant and Harris remained relatively stable for the remainder of the race. “I was hoping she made a mistake but that didn’t happen. It’s not bad because now I’ve been on the podium in every World Cup round,” Harris said.

For her part, Cant wasn’t too worried about a comeback from Harris. “I had things under control. In the sand I tried to gain some seconds. Too bad I didn’t win but someone was clearly stronger today. I should be pleased because it’s my best-ever World Cup result,” Cant said.

The next World Cup round is held in Namur, Belgium on December 22 with Compton defending her comfortable lead. “I’ll try to hold it. I don’t want to deal with jet-lag again so we’re staying here. I’ll do the Scheldecross, Overijse, Mallorca, then the World Cup rounds and the Christmas races,” Compton said.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:43:32  
2 Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP 0:01:08  
3 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:22  
4 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:01:55  
5 Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:56  
6 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing 0:02:31  
7 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:42  
8 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny 0:03:17  
9 Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team 0:03:25  
10 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team 0:03:40  
11 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:03:42  
12 Lucie Chainel (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC 0:03:54  
13 Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha-Focus 0:04:07  
14 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams 0:04:56  
15 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) VZW Lotto-Ladiescycling 0:05:05  
16 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team    
17 Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:05:51  
18 Marlene Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCC Morteau-Montbenoit 0:05:55  
19 Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:06:20  
20 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Up Cycling Team 0:06:31  
21 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata 0:06:58  
22 Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) DRC De Mol 0:07:09  
23 Nikola Noskova (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec 0:07:16  
24 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs MTB-Cube 0:07:24  
25 Katrien Thijs (Bel) Up Cycling Team 0:07:31  
26 Jessica Lambracht (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam 0:07:42  
27 Evy Kuijpers (Ned) RTC Buitenlust    
28 Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer    
29 Christine Vardaros (USA) Team Stevens    
30 Lisa Heckmann (Ger) VC-Racingteam    
31 Martina Kukulova (Cze) Stevens Bikes-Emilio Sport    
32 Hannah Payton (GBr) Team CTC    
33 Agnes Naumann (Ger) Saikls Crossteam    
34 Liv-Susanne Bachmann (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam    
35 Mercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa) Blue Motors Ponts    
Elite women World Cup standings after round 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 170  pts
2 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet - Fidea 140  
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm - BKCP 111  
4 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet - Fidea 103  
5 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona 90  
6 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Dncs / Pro 2012 Cycling Team 78  
7 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren Kuota 75  
8 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Young Telenet - Fidea 66  
9 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC 64  
10 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team 60  
11 Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha - Focus 57  
12 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny 55  
13 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams 52  
14 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) Vcc Morteau Montbenoit 45  
15 Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms - Specialized 44  
16 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.Com 42  
17 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team 40  
18 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh - Clement 36  
19 Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3 - Twenty20 Cycling 32  
20 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 28  
21 Loes Sels (Bel) Dncs / Pro 2012 Cycling Team 24  
22 Nikola Noskova (Cze) KC Kooperativa Sg Jablonec 24  
23 Jessica Lambracht (Ger) Stevens - 1A - Crossteam 23  
24 Reza Hormes (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 20  
25 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Vzw Lotto - Ladiescycling 20  
26 Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 17  
27 Nadja Heigl (Aut) Rlm Wien 15  
28 Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) Drc De Mol 15  
29 Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies 14  
30 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs MTB / Cube 14  
31 Tereza Medvedova (Svk) ZP Sport 13  
32 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Up Cycling Team 13  
33 Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 12  
34 Lana Verberne (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 12  
35 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 12  
36 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata 10  
37 Karla Stepanova (Cze) Kona Cycling Point 10  
38 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Panasonic Ladies 9  
39 Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Rtc Buitenlust 8  
40 Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Endura Lady Force 7  
41 Katrien Thijs (Bel) Up Cycling Team 6  
42 Lisa Heckmann (Ger) Vc - Racingteam 6  
43 Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Rtc Buitenlust 4  
44 Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Bioracer 3  
45 Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk) CK Epic Dohnany 3  
46 Esmee Oosterman (Ned) WRV De Peddelaars 3  
47 Christine Vardaros (USA) Stevens Cycling Team 2  
48 Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 2  
49 Jana Czeczinkarova (Cze) Remerx - Merida Team Kolin 1