Compton solos to Koksijde World Cup victory

American beats Cant and Harris to extend series lead

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) TeamResult
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:43:32 
2Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP0:01:08 
3Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:22 
4Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:01:55 
5Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:56 
6Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing0:02:31 
7Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:42 
8Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny0:03:17 
9Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team0:03:25 
10Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team0:03:40 
11Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:03:42 
12Lucie Chainel (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:03:54 
13Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:04:07 
14Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams0:04:56 
15Laura Verdonschot (Bel) VZW Lotto-Ladiescycling0:05:05 
16Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team  
17Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:05:51 
18Marlene Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCC Morteau-Montbenoit0:05:55 
19Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:06:20 
20Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Up Cycling Team0:06:31 
21Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata0:06:58 
22Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) DRC De Mol0:07:09 
23Nikola Noskova (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec0:07:16 
24Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs MTB-Cube0:07:24 
25Katrien Thijs (Bel) Up Cycling Team0:07:31 
26Jessica Lambracht (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam0:07:42 
27Evy Kuijpers (Ned) RTC Buitenlust  
28Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer  
29Christine Vardaros (USA) Team Stevens  
30Lisa Heckmann (Ger) VC-Racingteam  
31Martina Kukulova (Cze) Stevens Bikes-Emilio Sport  
32Hannah Payton (GBr) Team CTC  
33Agnes Naumann (Ger) Saikls Crossteam  
34Liv-Susanne Bachmann (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam  
35Mercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa) Blue Motors Ponts  
Elite women World Cup standings after round 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective170 pts
2Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet - Fidea140 
3Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm - BKCP111 
4Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet - Fidea103 
5Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona90 
6Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Dncs / Pro 2012 Cycling Team78 
7Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren Kuota75 
8Sophie De Boer (Ned) Young Telenet - Fidea66 
9Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC64 
10Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team60 
11Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha - Focus57 
12Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny55 
13Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams52 
14Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) Vcc Morteau Montbenoit45 
15Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms - Specialized44 
16Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.Com42 
17Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team40 
18Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh - Clement36 
19Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3 - Twenty20 Cycling32 
20Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team28 
21Loes Sels (Bel) Dncs / Pro 2012 Cycling Team24 
22Nikola Noskova (Cze) KC Kooperativa Sg Jablonec24 
23Jessica Lambracht (Ger) Stevens - 1A - Crossteam23 
24Reza Hormes (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team20 
25Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Vzw Lotto - Ladiescycling20 
26Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti17 
27Nadja Heigl (Aut) Rlm Wien15 
28Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) Drc De Mol15 
29Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies14 
30Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs MTB / Cube14 
31Tereza Medvedova (Svk) ZP Sport13 
32Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Up Cycling Team13 
33Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team12 
34Lana Verberne (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team12 
35Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti12 
36Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata10 
37Karla Stepanova (Cze) Kona Cycling Point10 
38Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Panasonic Ladies9 
39Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Rtc Buitenlust8 
40Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Endura Lady Force7 
41Katrien Thijs (Bel) Up Cycling Team6 
42Lisa Heckmann (Ger) Vc - Racingteam6 
43Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Rtc Buitenlust4 
44Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Bioracer3 
45Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk) CK Epic Dohnany3 
46Esmee Oosterman (Ned) WRV De Peddelaars3 
47Christine Vardaros (USA) Stevens Cycling Team2 
48Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica2 
49Jana Czeczinkarova (Cze) Remerx - Merida Team Kolin1 


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