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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #6 2014

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January 5

January 05, Elite Women:

Compton beats Vos at Rome World Cup

By:
Brecht Decaluwé
Published:
January 05, 2014, 13:18 GMT,
Updated:
January 05, 2014, 16:58 GMT

American seals series in penultimate round

Katie Compton wins the World Cup in Rome

Katie Compton wins the World Cup in Rome

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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclo-cross Collective) won the sixth and penultimate round of the 2013-2014 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup at the fast but wet Capannelle race course in Rome, Italy. Thanks to her fifth World Cup victory of the season, Compton did more than enough to secure the overall World Cup title.

She rode most of the race in front together with world champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv Women Cycling Team) and then outpowered her halfway through the final lap to finish 24 seconds ahead of Vos. It's third time in a row that Compton has beaten Vos. Italian champion Eva Lechner (Centro Sportivo Esercito) pleased the few local spectators by taking her first podium spot of the season at the Ippodromo delle Capannelle.

"I'm happy with the way I rode, being able to attack in the end and carry it on," Compton said in the post-race interview. The 35-year-old American was delighted with her overall victory.

"This is great. It feels really good to be winning lately. I haven't won here before. I have good legs and that's always nice. It's exciting to win. I wasn't expecting the mud here in Rome."

Compton wasn't confident about whether or not Vos was in good form. "You never know how hard the other person is working. She was riding really well at the switchbacks and accelerating very well. I knew I was strong in the mud. It was hard in the power sections, because there's always a headwind. I didn't want to do too much work at the front."

Rain during the races in the youth categories turned the course into a wet but speedy affair in Rome. That changed when the women started in the afternoon although the wind was still a factor. Top favourites Compton and Vos both had a good start. They followed early leader Ellen Van Loy. Halfway through the first lap, Compton and Vos moved forward and everybody but Van Loy got dropped. By the end of the first lap, Van Loy faded, too.

During the second lap, Compton kept the pace high with Van Loy losing ground. On the long road back towards the grand stand, Van Loy clearly struggled with the crosswinds. The Belgian rider was caught by Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo-Liv Women Cycling Team) and Lechner early in the third lap at nearly half a minute back from the two leaders. European champion Helen Wyman (Kona) was a lone chaser 10 seconds further back.

Halfway through the third lap, the sun came out and Vos struggled for the first time to keep up with Compton, but she didn't crack. Early on in the final lap, Vos tried to turn things around. She attempted to catch Compton by surprise by taking the muddy inside of a corner while Compton made a wide turn to maintain her speed. The move was quickly neutralized.

Halfway through the final lap, when taking on the endless switchbacks, Compton gained ground on Vos. This time around, the world champion was unable to close the gap and Compton was gone. In the background, Lechner distanced Ferrand-Prevot towards a podium result on home soil. Compton had a lot of time to celebrate the victory. A mud-clad Vos finished second at 24 seconds. The small home crowd went wild when Lechner crossed the line in third place at 1:10 after Compton, having gotten rid of Ferrand-Prevot in the final lap.

British champion Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea) only managed a distant ninth place in Rome, but maintains her second place in the World Cup. Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) was fifth in Rome and is third overall with Vos on her heels. In three weeks' time, the final round of the World Cup will happen in Nommay, France.

Full Results

Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:36:45  
2 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:00:24  
3 Eva Lechner (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito 0:01:10  
4 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:01:24  
5 Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm - Bkcp 0:01:33  
6 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing 0:01:35  
7 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Young Telenet - Fidea 0:01:37  
8 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Kdl Cycling Team 0:01:42  
9 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet - Fidea 0:01:56  
10 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) Ec Stephanois 0:02:17  
11 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) 0:02:32  
12 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 0:02:35  
13 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 0:02:38  
14 Loes Sels (Bel) Young Telenet - Fidea 0:02:42  
15 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:03:01  
16 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) Tj Stadion Louny 0:03:04  
17 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Focus Xc Team 0:03:05  
18 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:03:10  
19 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet - Fidea 0:03:23  
20 Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0:04:08  
21 Chiara Teocchi (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 0:04:55  
22 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Panasonic Ladies 0:05:26  
23 Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Team Bmc Concept Store 0:05:41  
24 Alessia Bulleri (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale 0:05:57  
25 Giovanna Michieletto (Ita) Servetto Footon 0:07:19  
26 Suzie Godart (Lux) 0:07:25  
27 Martina Kukulova (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport 0:08:02  
28 Béatrice Godart (Lux) 0:09:15  
Elite women World Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 350  pts
2 Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet - Fidea 249  
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm - Bkcp 221  
4 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 210  
5 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing 164  
6 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Young Telenet - Fidea 160  
7 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) Ec Stephanois 145  
8 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet - Fidea 133  
9 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Kdl Cycling Team 120  
10 Eva Lechner (Ita) Centro Sportivo Esercito 105  
11 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Focus Xc Team 99  
12 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) Tj Stadion Louny 97  
13 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 96  
14 Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha - Focus 88  
15 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.Com 87  
16 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 75  
17 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) 75  
18 Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms - Specialized 73  
19 Loes Sels (Bel) Young Telenet - Fidea 65  
20 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 63  
21 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) Vcc Morteau Montbenoit 55  
22 Githa Michiels (Bel) 50  
23 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh - Clement 48  
24 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 46  
25 Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3 - Twenty20 Cycling 44  
26 Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies 42  
27 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) 35  
28 Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 28  
29 Reza Hormes (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 27  
30 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Vzw Lotto - Ladiescycling 24  
31 Nikola Noskova (Cze) Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec 24  
32 Jessica Lambracht (Ger) Stevens - 1A - Crossteam 23  
33 Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Rtc Buitenlust 22  
34 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team 22  
35 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Panasonic Ladies 21  
36 Nadja Heigl (Aut) Rlm Wien 15  
37 Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) Drc De Mol 15  
38 Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Team Bmc Concept Store 15  
39 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs Mtb / Cube 14  
40 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 13  
41 Tereza Medvedova (Svk) Zp Sport 13  
42 Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms - Specialized 13  
43 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team 13  
44 Lana Verberne (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team 12  
45 Chiara Teocchi (Ita) Tx Active Bianchi 10  
46 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team 10  
47 Karla Stepanova (Cze) Kona Cycling Point 10  
48 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill P/B Seven Cycles 8  
49 Nicole Duke (USA) Marin - Spy 8  
50 Alessia Bulleri (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Forestale 7  
51 Giovanna Michieletto (Ita) Servetto Footon 6  
52 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Ebe Racing Team 6  
53 Katrien Thijs (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team 6  
54 Lisa Heckmann (Ger) Vc - Racingteam 6  
55 Suzie Godart (Lux) 5  
56 Martina Kukulova (Cze) Stevens Bikes - Emilio Sport 4  
57 Evy Kuijpers (Ned) Rtc Buitenlust 4  
58 Béatrice Godart (Lux) 3  
59 Stephanie De Croock (Bel) 3  
60 Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk) Ck Epic Dohnany 3  
61 Esmee Oosterman (Ned) Wrv De Peddelaars 3  
62 Christine Vardaros (USA) Stevens Cycling Team 2  
63 Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk) Ck Banska Bystrica 2  
64 Courtenay Mcfadden (USA) Bicycle Blue Book - Hrs - Rock Lobster 1