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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #8 2011

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January 23, 2011

January 23, Elite Women:

Compton top in Hoogerheide

Brecht Decaluwé
January 23, 2011, 13:43 GMT,
January 24, 2011, 15:12 GMT

Van Paassen takes World Cup overall victory

Katie Compton takes the win in Hoogerheide.

Katie Compton takes the win in Hoogerheide.

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US champion Katie Compton (Planetbike) captured her fifth World Cup win of the season in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands. One week ahead of the world championships Compton gave the opposition a blow by accelerating away halfway the race. The overall win in the World Cup went to Sanne van Paassen (Brainwash), as Compton skipped two World Cup rounds.

Despite missing out on the overall win, Compton was pleased with her result on Sunday afternoon. “I didn't have a good start and early on my timing was off. For some reason I'm getting good at relaxing during the race and choosing to go when I want to go. Once alone in front I felt good although I made some mistakes during the last lap,” Compton told Cyclingnews.

While Compton was still struggling to get the right sensations on the bike, Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit) wasn't wasting time in front. Vos powered away on the muddy course with Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) showing top form as she quickly took over the lead from the world champion. The duo was marked first by Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) and then also by Compton and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (BKCP-Powerplus). Another acceleration from Vos and Kupfernagel put the rest of the group in difficulty. Van Paassen and Cant quickly lost ground while Compton remained a short distance behind the two leaders during the second lap. Soon after tackling the start-finish line, Compton bridged back up to the two leaders and a little later she even took the lead. Behind her, Kupfernagel struggled on a slippery corner and the German champion rode into the fences. It offered Compton a small gap which she quickly developed into a lead of ten seconds.

It took a while before Vos got past Kupfernagel, but then the world champion opened up the gas in an effort to get back to the US champion. “When Compton accelerated I was in the clinch with Hanka. Eventually I tried to close the gap on Katie but I quickly found out that I was at my limit. I felt good though,” Vos said.

By showing great technical skills in the muddy sections, Compton was able to open up the gap towards a comfortable 20 seconds with only one lap remaining. Kupfernagel bridged back up to Vos and the two would focus on second place rather than the win in Hoogerheide. Meanwhile, Compton rode on to her first win in Hoogerheide, despite making some mistakes in the final lap. “I hit a rut wrong, went wide and hit a barrier which probably explained why I lost five seconds,” Compton said.

Kupfernagel went on to drop Vos on the final lap and powered towards a morale-boosting second place one week ahead of the world championships on home soil. “I had a very strong day. I think Vos got a mental knock when I caught back up to her and that's probably why she couldn't follow me,” Kupfernagel said.

Nevertheless, Vos climbed from seventh to third place in the overall classification of the World Cup. “I'm surprised that I feature on the podium despite skipping the first three World Cup rounds,” Vos said.

Almost a minute behind winner Compton, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Sanne Van Paassen were battling for the remaining places in the top 5. A late crash from Nash decided the positions. In finishing fourth Van Paassen, maintained ten of her pre-race 30-point margin. “I'm very proud to win the World Cup but today I wasn't feeling great and I'm still feeling a bit sick,” Van Paassen said, referring to the illness that she has struggled with since the national championships two weeks ago. “I hope next week will be better.”

Nash quickly left the finish area as she was feeling nauseous. The US-based Nash flew across the pond only two days ago and said before the race that she hadn't slept a lot the night before. Cant, Ferrand-Prevot, Helen Wyman (Kona), Sophie de Boer ( and Sabine Spitz (Central Pro Team) claimed the remaining top 10 placings.


Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Katherine Compton (USA) 0:40:59  
2 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) 0:00:18  
3 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:31  
4 Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) 0:00:51  
5 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:01:01  
6 Sanne Cant (Bel) 0:01:14  
7 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) 0:01:18  
8 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona 0:01:37  
9 Sophie De Boer (Ned) 0:01:51  
10 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Pro Team 0:02:02  
11 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Gauss 0:02:06  
12 Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant/Specialized 0:02:10  
13 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) 0:02:12  
14 Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Fischer-BMC 0:02:15  
15 Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) 0:02:24  
16 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 0:02:36  
17 Caroline Mani (Fra) 0:02:53  
18 Amy Dombroski (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:03:02  
19 Reza Hormes (Ned) 0:03:04  
20 Nikki Harris (GBr) 0:03:12  
21 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 0:03:30  
22 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 0:03:49  
23 Martina Zwick (Ger) 0:04:13  
24 Linda Van Rijen (Ned) 0:04:25  
25 Susan Butler (USA) 0:04:26  
26 Natasha Elliott (Can)    
27 Nancy Bober (Bel) 0:04:43  
28 Gabriella Day (GBr) 0:04:50  
29 Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion    
30 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) 0:05:06  
31 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) 0:05:15  
32 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) 0:05:34  
33 Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel) 0:06:03  
34 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) 0:06:12  
35 Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa) 0:06:16  
36 Nikoline Hansen (Den) 0:06:17  
37 Gertie Willems (Bel) 0:06:21  
38 Tessa Van Nieuwpoort (Ned) 0:06:24  
39 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 0:06:26  
40 Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek 0:06:31  
41 Hilde Quintens (Bel) 0:06:34  
42 Lana Verberne (Ned) 0:06:41  
43 Elke Riedl (Aut) 0:06:47  
44 Nathalie Nijns (Bel) 0:06:48  
45 Katrien Aerts (Bel) 0:06:51  
46 Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) 0:07:27  
47 Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) 0:08:09  
Final World Cup standings
1 Sanne van Paassen (Ned) BrainWash 310 pts
2 Katherine Compton (USA) 300  
3 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 205  
4 Sanne Cant (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus 203  
5 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 198  
6 Daphny van den Brand (Ned) 190  
7 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) 187  
8 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) APB Cycling Team 187  
9 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 170  
10 Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona 166  
11 Sophie de Boer (Ned) 161  
12 Caroline Mani (Fra) 140  
13 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) 136  
14 Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) 117  
15 Linda van Rijen (Ned) 114  
16 Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Fischer-BMC 114  
17 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) BrainWash 111  
18 Nikki Harris (GBr) APB Cycling Team 105  
19 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) 100  
20 Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra) 67  
21 Gabriella Day (GBr) The ChainStay-RENNER 64  
22 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 62  
23 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) 61  
24 Amy Dombroski (USA) 56  
25 Susan Butler (USA) Hudz-Subaru 54  
26 Martina Zwick (Ger) 47  
27 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 39  
28 Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team 38  
29 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 37  
30 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Pro Team 35  
31 Katrin Leumann (Swi) 30  
32 Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) 24  
33 Jana Kyptova (Cze) 22  
34 Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant-Specialized 19  
35 Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy 18  
36 Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel) APB Cycling Team 16  
37 Tessa Van Nieuwpoort (Ned) 12  
38 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles 11  
39 Nicoletta Bresciani (Ita) 10  
40 Daniela Bresciani (Ita) 9  
41 Gertie Willems (Bel) 7  
42 Bénédicte Herve (Fra) 6  
43 Camille Darcel (Fra) 5  
44 Helena van Leijen (Ned) 5  
45 Aurélia Dupont (Fra) 4  
46 Nikoline Hansen (Den) 3  
47 Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Hitec Products UCK 3  
48 Christine Majerus (Lux) Esgl 93 - GSD Gestion 2  
49 Dorota Warczyk (Pol) 2  
50 Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team 1  
51 Francesca Cucciniello (Ita) Guerciotti 1