Vos solos to victory in Rome World Cup

Compton secures overall World Cup title with runner-up result

World champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant Team) won the penultimate cyclo-cross World Cup round in Rome, Italy on Sunday afternoon. Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) did more than enough at the hippodrome on the outskirts of Rome with her second place finish and claimed overall victory in the World Cup.

"I've got the rhythm going and can head with confidence to the championships," Vos said on Sporza.

World champion Vos had a good start and didn't lose time to set a fast pace. Compton got away well, too, and sat on Vos' wheel on a blistering fast Italian course. Halfway through the opening lap Compton took over pace-setting duties from Vos. Nobody was able to keep up with the duo at this early stage of the race. Although Compton needed just a top-15 result in Rome to secure overall victory in the World Cup she did take most of the initiative during the first half of the six-lap long race.

At the end of the fourth lap, Vos accelerated in a small, twisting sector just prior to the finish line. The world champion got a gap on Compton and didn't take her foot of the gas. Compton lost a handful of seconds and didn't manage to close the gap down.

In the following two laps Vos managed to keep going as fast as in the first half of the race while Compton shifted a gear back.

In the background the battle for third place was most interesting. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) rode alone in third between two groups. She was nearly a minute behind the leading duo and a handful of seconds ahead of a large chase group with Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP), Helen Wyman (Kona) and Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Liv/Giant Team). In the closing laps van Paassen did all she could to get back on the Czech rider but she fell short on the line.

Vos won by 24 seconds on Compton. Nash held off Van Paassen for third place at 1:08 from Vos. Cant and Wyman were fifth and sixth in Rome.

In two weeks the final World Cup round will be held in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. As it's mathematically impossible for anyone to supplant Compton at the top of the World Cup standings, she's likely to skip the race and stay in the USA to prepare for the world championships in Louisville, taking place February 2-3.

Full Results
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:39:38 
2Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:00:24 
3Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:01:08 
4Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:01:15 
5Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP0:01:22 
6Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team0:01:37 
7Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:01:46 
8Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry0:01:48 
9Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT0:02:02 
10Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol0:02:03 
11Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus0:02:05 
12Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team  
13Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams0:02:25 
14Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team0:02:28 
15Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus0:02:35 
16Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:55 
17Valentina Scandolara (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox0:03:09 
18Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:03:15 
19Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite0:03:32 
20Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele0:03:44 
21Francesca Cucciniello (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite0:03:51 
22Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:04:05 
23Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite0:04:33 
24Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:04:47 
25Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)0:05:24 
26Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto0:05:41 
27Suzie Godart (Lux) CCI Differdange0:05:42 
28Alessia Bulleri (Ita) -1lap 
29Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store  
30Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept -2laps 
DNFVania Rossi (Ita)  
World Cup standings after round 7
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective390pts
2Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team254 
3Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant250 
4Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team246 
5Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP217 
6Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry190 
7Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus188 
8Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant165 
9Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team157 
10Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team145 
11Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team135 
12Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus135 
13Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT135 
14Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant95 
15Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team94 
16Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus90 
17Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol87 
18Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams79 
19Arenda Grimberg (Ned) WV Het Stadion72 
20Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCCMM61 
21Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rapha-Focus61 
22Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld57 
23Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant55 
24Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)53 
25Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele52 
26Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team40 
27Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite39 
28Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo35 
29Vania Rossi (Ita)34 
30Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team33 
31Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles28 
32Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized22 
33Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement22 
34Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite21 
35Nicole Duke (USA) Raleigh-Clement19 
36Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)19 
37Kim Van de Steene (Bel) Kon. VC T Meetjesland-Knesselare19 
38Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team19 
39Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto18 
40Crystal Anthony (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com17 
41Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept17 
42Valentina Scandolara (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox14 
43Tereza Medvedova (Svk)14 
44Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store14 
45Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Team Pro Region Renfersa13 
46Francesca Cucciniello (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite10 
47Annie Last (GBr)10 
48Ayako Toyooka (Jpn)9 
49Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.de Team7 
50Hilde Quintens (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT6 
51Suzie Godart (Lux) CCI Differdange4 
52Angelica Edvardsson (Swe)4 
53Karla Stepanova (Cze)4 
54Evy Kuijpers (Ned)4 
55Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco4 
56Alessia Bulleri (Ita)3 
57Nadja Heigl (Aut)2 
58Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned)1 
59Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing1 
60Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize Granville Team1 

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