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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #5 2013

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December 26, 2013

December 26, Elite Women:

Compton strikes again in Zolder

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
December 26, 2013, 13:43 GMT,
Updated:
December 26, 2013, 20:26 GMT

American beats Vos and Cant

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) soloed to victory in the Heusden-Zolder round of the 'cross World Cup

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) soloed to victory in the Heusden-Zolder round of the 'cross World Cup

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For the second time in a less than a week American champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) beat world champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant) in World Cup races on Belgian soil. At today's dry, fast fifth round of the World Cup at the car racing circuit of Terlaemen in Zolder, the 35-year-old American overcame a bad start but coolly chased down and overtook the leading duo of Vos and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) halfway through the five-lap race.

After taking a moment to catch her breath, Compton went on the attack with first Cant then Vos unable to keep the pace. Compton would solo to her fourth straight World Cup win of the season, with Vos and Cant rounding out the podium in second and third respectively.

Compton, the defending World Cup champion, also extended her lead in this season's World Cup standings over British champion Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea), fourth on the day, to a huge gap of 65 points. Cant remains in third overall, 104 points in arrears.

It’s becoming a habit for Compton to get off to a slow start. Just like her start at the previous World Cup round in Namur last week, she had a lot of work to do after the first corners in Zolder. In front, Marianne Vos didn’t waste time and she powered away with Sanne Cant, while Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (BH-SR Suntour-KMC) quickly found out that their pace was too fast for her to keep up.

After the first of five laps the Vos/Cant duo had a lead of 16 seconds over Chainel. A few seconds later Compton was in hot pursuit of the French rider while Harris led a large group half a minute behind the two leaders. During the second lap Compton left Chainel behind and it quickly became obvious that Compton was going much faster than the leaders on the fast course. Halfway through the race Compton joined the leaders and she used her momentum to keep going. Cant was unable to keep up with Compton while Vos sat on the Belgian champion's wheel, needing some time as well to respond to Compton's attack. Nevertheless, the world champion came back in style and the duo of Compton and Vos hit the penultimate lap together with Cant trailing by a handful of seconds.

In the twisting corners of the forest around the car circuit Compton left Vos behind. The difference was made after a sharp corner with a short uphill section right after it where Compton simply overpowered Vos. The world champion had to shift back while World Cup leader Compton kept her pace steadily high in the closing two laps.

Compton would win by 20 seconds over Vos and 57 seconds over Cant while Harris prevailed in the tight battle for fourth place ahead of Chainel, 1:29 back.

With two World Cup rounds remaining Compton is firmly in control of the overall standings. If the American can maintain her 65-point advantage over Harris after the penultimate round in Rome, Italy on January 5 than her overall lead will be insurmountable, enabling Compton to skip the final round in Nommay, France, to focus on the world championship on February 1, 2014.

Full Results
1 Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:38:42  
2 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:00:20  
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP 0:00:57  
4 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:01:29  
5 Lucie Chainel (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC 0:01:31  
6 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:01:38  
7 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team 0:01:57  
8 Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:14  
9 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams    
10 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing 0:02:25  
11 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 0:02:27  
12 Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team 0:02:32  
13 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 0:02:37  
14 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 0:02:52  
15 Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha-Focus 0:03:07  
16 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo 0:03:17  
17 Yara Kastelijn (Ned) RTC Buitenlust 0:03:21  
18 Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:03:25  
19 Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling 0:03:31  
20 Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:03:38  
21 Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized 0:03:41  
22 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny 0:03:48  
23 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:03:51  
24 Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy 0:03:53  
25 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 0:04:02  
26 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 0:04:06  
27 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) VZW Lotto-Ladiescycling 0:04:14  
28 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 0:04:25  
29 Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized 0:04:42  
30 Courtenay McFadden (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster 0:04:43  
31 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) EBE Racing Team 0:04:51  
32 Marlene Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCC Morteau-Montbenoit 0:05:01  
33 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata 0:05:11  
34 Nikola Noskova (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec 0:05:12  
35 Agnes Naumann (Ger) Focus CX Ladies Team 0:05:13  
36 Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Team BMC Concept Store 0:05:15  
37 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Cycling Team Drogenboom 0:05:19  
38 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles 0:05:22  
39 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team 0:05:24  
40 Katrien Thijs (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team 0:05:28  
41 Jessica Lambracht (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam 0:05:31  
42 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs MTB-Cube 0:05:46  
43 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Panasonic Ladies 0:05:50  
44 Esmee Oosterman (Ned) WRV De Peddelaars 0:06:03  
45 Yvonne Fiedler (Ger) Maxxx-Solar Cycling 0:07:43  
46 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement 0:08:17  
47 Liv-Susanne Bachmann (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam  -1lap  
48 Jelena Eric (Srb) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team    
49 Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Cycles Prof    
50 Suzie Godart (Lux) Team Pratomagno Women    
DNF Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti    
World Cup standings after five rounds
1 Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 290 pts
2 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 225  
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP 186  
4 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 160  
5 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing 134  
6 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team 132  
7 Lucie Chainel (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC 123  
8 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 121  
9 Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team 94  
10 Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha-Focus 88  
11 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 87  
12 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams 85  
13 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny 82  
14 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 77  
15 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren Kuota 75  
16 Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized 73  
17 Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol 60  
18 Marlene Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCC Morteau-Montbenoit 55  
19 Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team 50  
20 Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team 48  
21 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement 48  
22 Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 45  
23 Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling 44  
24 Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 42  
25 Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant 35  
26 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 30  
27 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 27  
28 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) VZW Lotto-Ladiescycling 24  
29 Nikola Noskova (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec 24  
30 Jessica Lambracht (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam 23  
31 Yara Kastelijn (Ned) RTC Buitenlust 22  
32 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 22  
33 Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 17  
34 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo 15  
35 Nadja Heigl (Aut) RLM Wien 15  
36 Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) DRC De Mol 15  
37 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs MTB-Cube 14  
38 Tereza Medvedova (Svk) ZP Sport 13  
39 Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized 13  
40 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team 13  
41 Lana Verberne (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 12  
42 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Panasonic Ladies 12  
43 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata 10  
44 Karla Stepanova (Cze) Kona Cycling Point 10  
45 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles 8  
46 Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy 8  
47 Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Team BMC Concept Store 7  
48 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) EBE Racing Team 6  
49 Katrien Thijs (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team 6  
50 Lisa Heckmann (Ger) VC-Racingteam 6  
51 Evy Kuijpers (Ned) RTC Buitenlust 4  
52 Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer 3  
53 Janka Stevkova (Svk) CK Epic Dohnany 3  
54 Esmee Oosterman (Ned) WRV De Peddelaars 3  
55 Christine Vardaros (USA) Team Stevens 2  
56 Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica 2  
57 Courtenay McFadden (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster 1  
58 Jana Czeczinkarova (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin 1