Vos strongest in Pontchâteau

Van Paassen takes over World Cup lead

Cyclo-cross world champion Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit) captured her first World Cup victory of the season in Pontchâteau, France. Hanka Kupfernagel was second at 24 seconds while Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Gauss) pleased the local fans with her third place finish.

World Cup leader Katherine Compton wasn't present in France and Sanne van Paassen (BrainWash) took over the white leader's jersey by finishing fourth in Pontchâteau.

Vos put the hammer down right from the start. Twenty-year-old Belgian champion Sanne Cant (BKCP-Powerplus) tried to keep up with Vos but quickly found out the long climbs didn't suit her capabilities. Only Ferrier-Bruneau and Kupfernagel had the necessary power to keep up with Vos and this trio had a 10-second gap over a chase group with Sophie de Boer (ZZPR.nl), Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Van Paassen.

Vos put her companions in trouble on the long climb during the second lap but she couldn't drop them. One lap later, however, only Kupfernagel was able to stay with the reigning 'cross world champion.

During the fifth of six laps the 23-year-old Dutchwoman dropped Kupfernagel on a long sloping climb and soloed to the victory 24 seconds ahead the German national champion. Local rider Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Gauss) dug deep to keep up with the leading duo during the first two laps but she did manage to stay alone in third place, holding off new World Cup leader Sanne van Paassen (BrainWash) a minute off the pace of Vos.

In the World Cup standings Van Paassen took advantage of the absence of both Compton and third-placed Dutch champion Daphny van den Brand (ZZPR.nl) to take over the lead. During next week's last World Cup round in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands, Van Paassen should be able to clinch the overall victory on home soil if she can finish within the top five, a feat she has accomplished all season long.

Full Results
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit0:37:49 
2Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Stevens Racing Team0:00:24 
3Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)0:00:52 
4Sanne van Paassen (Ned) BrainWash0:01:10 
5Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)0:01:12 
6Caroline Mani (Fra)  
7Sophie de Boer (Ned) ZZPR.nl0:01:14 
8Sanne Cant (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:02:12 
9Pavla Havlikova (Cze) APB Cycling Team0:02:20 
10Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) BrainWash0:02:48 
11Katrin Leumann (Swi)  
12Amy Dombroski (USA)0:03:05 
13Nikki Harris (GBr) APB Cycling Team0:03:06 
14Arenda Grimberg (Ned)0:03:09 
15Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Fischer-BMC  
16Gabriella Day (GBr) The ChainStay-RENNER0:03:13 
17Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona0:03:32 
18Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy0:03:41 
19Linda van Rijen (Ned)0:03:46 
20Ellen Van Loy (Bel)0:03:52 
21Martina Zwick (Ger)0:03:56 
22Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra)0:04:01 
23Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)0:04:38 
24Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team0:04:48 
25Bénédicte Herve (Fra)0:05:06 
26Camille Darcel (Fra)0:06:00 
27Aurélia Dupont (Fra) -1lap 
World Cup standings after round 6
1Sanne van Paassen (Ned) BrainWash270pts
2Katherine Compton (USA)240 
3Daphny van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl190 
4Sanne Cant (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus173 
5Pavla Havlikova (Cze) APB Cycling Team172 
6Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)167 
7Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit160 
8Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Stevens Racing Team148 
9Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona140 
10Sophie de Boer (Ned) ZZPR.nl137 
11Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team135 
12Caroline Mani (Fra)126 
13Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)108 
14Linda van Rijen (Ned)107 
15Sabrina Schweizer (Ger)101 
16Arenda Grimberg (Ned)100 
17Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Fischer-BMC97 
18Nikki Harris (GBr) APB Cycling Team94 
19Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) BrainWash93 
20Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra)67 
21Ellen Van Loy (Bel)62 
22Gabriella Day (GBr) The ChainStay-RENNER61 
23Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) ZZPR.nl49 
24Susan Butler (USA) Hudz-Subaru48 
25Amy Dombroski (USA)43 
26Martina Zwick (Ger)39 
27Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)39 
28Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team34 
29Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)28 
30Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)23 
31Jana Kyptova (Cze)22 
32Katrin Leumann (Swi)20 
33Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel) APB Cycling Team16 
34Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy13 
35Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Pro Team13 
36Tessa Van Nieuwpoort (Ned)12 
37Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles11 
38Nicoletta Bresciani (Ita)10 
39Daniela Bresciani (Ita)9 
40Gertie Willems (Bel)7 
41Bénédicte Herve (Fra)6 
42Camille Darcel (Fra)5 
43Helena van Leijen (Ned)5 
44Aurélia Dupont (Fra)4 
45Nikoline Hansen (Den)3 
46Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Hitec Products UCK3 
47Dorota Warczyk (Pol)2 
48Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team1 
49Francesca Cucciniello (Ita) Guerciotti1 
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