Van Den Brand wins in Kalmthout

Dutchwoman claims her first World Cup win of the season

Daphny Van den Brand won the fourth round of the women's World Cup in the snow of Kalmthout, in the North of Belgium. Along with World Champion Marianne Vos, she left the rest of the field behind from the opening lap of the race.

The two Dutch women dominated most of the technical race, but in the final lap Vos faltered to give Van den Brand the lead. Despite a tight race until the finish Van den Brand held on to her advantage and grabbed her first big win of the season.

Katherine Compton entered the race as World Cup leader and freshly crowned US-champion, but she didn't have the best start on 'home soil'. A resident of Kalmthout when in Belgium, Compton was still 10 seconds behind Vos and Van den Brand by the time she had worked her way through the chaos of the field behind. A lap later, Compton was riding solo 20 seconds from the leaders, a margin that would only grow before the end of the race.

Compton held on to finish third, 35 seconds from winner Van den Brand. However, it was enough for the American to maintain a narrow advantage in the overall World Cup standings.

Behind the top-three, Belgian talent Sanne Cant battled hard with experienced Hanka Kupfernagel for fourth place. Cant appeared to have the better of the duel, but it was Kupfernagel who threw her wheel first over the line.

Briton Helen Wyman abandoned the race after four laps.

Results
1Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned)0:36:33 
2Marianne Vos (Ned)0:00:04 
3Katherine Compton (USA)0:00:35 
4Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger)0:01:20 
5Sanne Cant (Bel)  
6Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)0:01:37 
7Sanne Van Paassen (Ned)0:02:22 
8Caroline Mani (Fra)0:02:43 
9Linda Van Rijen (Ned)0:02:47 
10Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)0:02:59 
11Pavla Havlikova (Cze)0:03:12 
12Nikki Harris (Gbr)0:03:43 
13Gabriella Day (Gbr)0:03:46 
14Jasmin Achermann (Swi)0:03:49 
15Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra)0:04:00 
16Reza Hormes (Ned)0:04:09 
17Arenda Grimberg (Ned)0:04:13 
18Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)0:04:46 
19Sophie De Boer (Ned)0:04:48 
20Martina Zwick (Ger)0:04:49 
21Maureen Demaret Guichardot (Fra)0:04:50 
22Evelyn Staffler (Ita)0:04:51 
23Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)  
24Veronica Alessio (Ita)0:04:57 
25Eva Lechner (Ita)0:05:08 
26Nancy Bober (Bel)0:05:16 
27Rebecca Talen (Ned)0:05:21 
28Nicoletta Bresciani (Ita)  
29Nikoline Hansen (Den)0:05:54 
30Ellen Van Loy (Bel)0:06:27 
31Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)0:06:30 
32Susanne Juranek (Ger)0:06:32 
33Zuzana Pirzkallova (Cze)0:06:33 
34Sabrina Stultiens (Ned)0:06:35 
35Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel)0:06:44 
36Christine Vardaros (USA)0:06:46 
37Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)0:07:34 
38Daniela Bresciani (Ita)0:07:58 
39Suzie Godart (Lux) Fenixs0:08:12 
40 -1lapKatrien Thijs (Bel)  
41Ayako Toyooka (Jpn)  
42Camille Darcel (Fra)  
43Vicki Thomas (Can)  
44Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk)  
World Cup standings after round 4
1Katherine Compton (USA) Planet Bike210pts
2Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida200 
3Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank Ladies Cycling-Team - VVHP160 
4Sanne van Paassen (Ned) ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida148 
5Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)129 
6Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Itera-Stevens110 
7Sanne Cant (Bel) A.D.S. Selle Italia Guerciotti109 
8Pavla Havlikova (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec104 
9Caroline Mani (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope100 
10Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona-FSA72 
11Linda Van Rijen (Ned)69 
12Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra)68 
13Gabriella Day (GBr)65 
14Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) J&G Cycling Team62 
15Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)57 
16Nikki Harris (GBr) AVB Cycling Team43 
17Jana Kyptova (Cze) Johnson Controls AS MB41 
18Reza Hormes (Ned) Team ZZPR.nl-Destil-Merida39 
19Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)38 
20Sophie De Boer (Ned)38 
21Katrin Leumann (Swi) goldwurst-power Sputnik37 
22Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Team Ton Van Bemmelen Sports-Merida36 
23Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Chix35 
24Evelyn Staffler (Ita)31 
25Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spa)29 
26Saskia Elemans (Ned) Team Flexpoint29 
27Maureen Demaret Guichardot (Fra)27 
28Eva Lechner (Ita) C.S. Esercito - Colnago Cap26 
29Veronica Alessio (Ita) Team Colnago Arreghini24 
30Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Fischer-BMC20 
31Nancy Bober (Bel) Casa Verde Race Factory16 
32Susan Butler (USA) Monavie-Cannondale.com14 
33Martina Zwick (Ger)11 
34Camille Darcel (Fra) VC Dinannais11 
35Francesca Cucciniello (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti A.S.D.10 
36Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) Vélo Club Ornans8 
37Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rad-Union 1917 
38Suzie Godart (Lux) CCI Differdange7 
39Veerle Ingels (Bel) AVB Cycling Team6 
40Elke Riedl (Aut) Team Vorarlberg Corratec6 
41Nikoline Hansen (Den)6 
42Rebecca Talen (Ned)4 
43Stefania Vecchio (Ita) G.S.Cicli Fiorin Despar4 
44Nicoletta Bresciani (Ita) Team Colnago Cap Arreghini3 
45Birgit Hollmann (Ger) BRC Zugvogel Berlin3 
46Vicki Thomas (Can) Ottawa Cross3 
47Christine Vardaros (USA)2 
48Nicolle De Bie-Leyten (Bel) AVB - Cycling Team2 
49Ellen Van Loy (Bel)1 

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