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December 23, Elite women: Namur

Compton crushes opposition at Namur 'Cross World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 23, 2012, 18:28 GMT,
Updated:
December 23, 2012, 20:08 GMT

Nash finishes in second, ahead of Vos in third

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) dominated the racing in Namur, with its muddy, sloping course. On a drizzling Sunday afternoon in Belgium, she collected her fourth World Cup win of the season. Compton now has an extremely comfortable lead of 80 points over Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women) in the World Cup standings.

"The technical parts were fun, although the off-camber section was tricky. I love this race," said Compton. "Things are looking really good for the World Cup. I might not have to go to Hoogerheide to get the overall win." To skip the final World Cup round in Hoogerheide, the US-champion must have a lead of at least 60 points after the next two World Cup rounds in Zolder and Rome.

During Sunday's race in Namur, the Colorado-based rider quickly gapped her rivals during a spectacular first lap. Halfway through the lap, Compton moved forward while mistakes were made behind her.

World champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Women), who was making her debut in the World Cup, twice dived into the mud, losing a lot of ground. "It was a tough 'cross, and it gets tougher if you see the mud from up close a couple of times," Vos said.

Vos' fumblings meant that after one lap, Compton led the race by a handful of seconds over Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Van Paassen. The latter woman lost contact with Nash as she seemed hesitant to tackle the steep, slippery drops.

Halfway through the race, Compton led Nash by 15 seconds while a group with Vos, Van Paassen, Helen Wyman (Kona) and Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea) trailed the leader by more than half a minute.

Things turned around during the third of four laps as Nash showed off her great technical skills on an off-camber descent. She was kick-stepping and sliding towards Compton. "I heard her coming on the run-up. I had to commit and had something extra for the final one and a half laps. I tried to keep it smooth from there," Compton said, describing how she quickly distanced Nash.

"She could sense me and had more left in her tank," Nash said. "I also flatted during the last lap, but I was already 10 seconds down on her. I told myself not to make more mistakes."

Behind them, Vos unleashed her power and gapped all of her rivals, seemingly securing third place. Vos was half a minute down on Nash, but she had the momentum to make up a lot of ground during the bell lap. "You can never count her out, but I tried to ride my own race," Nash said.

Eventually Vos had to focus on who was behind her rather than ahead of her as Wyman was on her heels. "I still need to get hold of the 'cross rhythm," Vos said.

Positions remained the same in the final lap, with Compton winning ahead of Nash and Vos. British champion Wyman was satisfied with her fourth place, well ahead of her compatriot Harris and Van Paassen.

The next round of the World Cup will be held in Zolder on Wednesday.

Full Results

Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:38:09  
2 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:00:28  
3 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Women Cycling Team 0:00:50  
4 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona 0:00:55  
5 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:24  
6 Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Cycling Team 0:01:51  
7 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 0:01:57  
8 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 0:02:41  
9 Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP 0:02:46  
10 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 0:02:48  
11 Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant / Specialized 0:03:23  
12 Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha - Focus 0:03:36  
13 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 0:03:51  
14 Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 0:03:59  
15 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha - Focus 0:04:05  
16 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 0:04:11  
17 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams 0:04:30  
18 Nicole Duke (USA) Raleigh - Clement    
19 Crystal Anthony (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com 0:04:47  
20 Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rapha - Focus 0:04:50  
21 Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha - Focus 0:04:53  
22 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Women Cycling Team 0:05:20  
23 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.com 0:05:23  
24 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill P/B Seven 0:05:28  
25 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) 0:05:43  
26 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 0:05:45  
27 Reza Hormes (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:06:22  
28 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 0:06:41  
29 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) 0:06:54  
30 Andrea Smith (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing 0:06:59  
31 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 0:07:12  
32 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh - Clement 0:07:34  
33 Genevieve Whitson (NZl) ASPTT Dijon - Bourgogne 0:07:45  
34 Marlene Petit (Fra) 0:07:59  
35 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 0:08:13  
36 Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) 0:08:16  
37 Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept 0:08:48  
38 Hilde Quintens (Bel) 0:08:54  
39 Eva Colin (Fra) 0:09:04  
40 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) 0:09:35  
-1lap Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den)    
-1lap Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco Cycling Team    
-1lap Katrien Thijs (Bel)    
-1lap Lana Verberne (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team    
-1lap Evy Kuijpers (Ned)    
-1lap Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
-1lap Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk)    
Elite women World Cup standings after five rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 290  pts
2 Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Cycling Team 210  
3 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 205  
4 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona 188  
5 Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha - Focus 150  
6 Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP 137  
7 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry 129  
8 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 126  
9 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 115  
10 Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha - Focus 108  
11 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 87  
12 Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 79  
13 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) 72  
14 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) 61  
15 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 50  
16 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 50  
17 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha - Focus 50  
18 Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rapha - Focus 50  
19 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Women Cycling Team 48  
20 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Women Cycling Team 45  
21 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.com 45  
22 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams 45  
23 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) 39  
24 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Rusvelo 35  
25 Vania Rossi (Ita) 34  
26 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Young Telenet - Fidea Cycling Team 33  
27 Reza Hormes (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 33  
28 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 32  
29 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 31  
30 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Women Cycling Team 29  
31 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill P/B Seven 24  
32 Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant / Specialized 20  
33 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 19  
34 Kim Van De Steene (Bel) 19  
35 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 19  
36 Tereza Medvedova (Svk) 14  
37 Nicole Duke (USA) Raleigh - Clement 13  
38 Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept 13  
39 Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) 13  
40 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto 13  
41 Crystal Anthony (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com 12  
42 Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) 12  
43 Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 9  
44 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh - Clement 9  
45 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 7  
46 Hilde Quintens (Bel) 6  
47 Angelica Edvardsson (Swe) 4  
48 Karla Stepanova (Cze) 4  
49 Evy Kuijpers (Ned) 4  
50 Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco Cycling Team 4  
51 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) 2  
52 Nadja Heigl (Aut) 2  
53 Andrea Smith (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing 1  
54 Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize-Granville Team 1