Nash claims convincing win at Namur World Cup

Vos takes second on return to cyclo-cross action

In the autumn of her career, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) managed to beat all of the best in a top-notch starting field and grab her third-ever World Cup victory in Namur, Belgium.

The 37 year-old Czech champion won the fourth World Cup round alone ahead of world champion Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) and US and Pan-American champion Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team).

World Cup leader Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) struggled on the demanding course and could only manage sixth place, barely holding on to her white jersey of World Cup leader by just one point over Compton.

“I just felt really good, especially in the second half of the race. I was running strong and riding really well. I’m just happy. I’m really surprised because you don’t really know how you do until you compare with the European racers, as this was my first European race,” Nash said.

Former World Cup leader Sophie de Boer (Kalas-NNOF) had the best start but possibly felt the effort from yesterday’s win in Essen in her legs as she quickly faded. Compton and Sabine Stultiens (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) missed their start, meanwhile.

Italian champion Eva Lechner (Rusvelo) took over the command in front but she had no answer ready when Vos accelerated. Halfway through the opening lap, Nash worked her way through the chase group on the hilly course. Neither Lechner nor French riders Lucie Chainel-Lefevre and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot were able to hold her wheel and Nash was soon riding solo in second place.

“I started further back today so I had to be patient and make it through the traffic. I kind of had the feeling Marianne would take off as she usually does. I stayed calm and I could see her,” Nash said.

Vos had a small lead on Nash after the opening lap and that gap grew up to 22 seconds halfway the second lap as Nash slipped away and landed into the netting at the side of the course on a left hand corner. But Nash was riding faster over the slopes of the Namur citadel than Vos, and half a lap later the gap was back down to 16 seconds.

Behind, Compton passed Lechner, Ferrand-Prévot and Chainel, and was riding alone in third place by the end of the second lap.

Halfway through the race, Nash was able to bridge up to Vos, who was now struggling to maintain her fast starting pace. “Suddenly halfway through the race she was coming closer and closer to me. I was slowly creeping up to her,” Nash said. The duo hit the penultimate lap together, with Compton trailing by 25 seconds. The next group was one minute down on the leaders, and comprised of Ellen Van Loy (Young Telenet-Fidea) and Ferrand-Prévot, who had distanced Lechner, Chainel and Sanne Cant.

In front, Nash was clearly having the upper hand in her duel with Vos. She took the lead while Vos struggled to hold her wheel. “By riding a hard pace I managed to distance her. At that moment I didn’t hesitate,” Nash said. When Vos was gapped on a tough muddy section she rode into the netting and lost even more time, and Nash quickly created a lead of half a minute over Vos.

Compton was matching Vos’ pace but unable to make any inroads, while in the background Ferrand-Prévot crashed hard on one of the steep descents. The French champion was overtaken by Van Loy, Lechner and Chainel, and suddenly found herself in seventh place, just ahead of Cant.

Out in front, Nash made no mistakes as she worked her way towards a well-deserved victory, high-fiving with the crowd as she crossed the finish line. In 2009 she won the World Cup round in Roubaix and two years later the World Cup round in Tabor. In Namur, she found a course that suited her MTB background.

“It’s great to come here and win straight away. I was riding Shimano disc brakes and on courses like this I know I can take the descents at high speed because I know I can stop at the bottom. That’s the technique I carry over from MTB technique,” Nash said. She added that she will be riding more European races with an eye on the Tabor world championships, in her home country. “It’s the first kind of event where I can compare with the rest of the world. It’ll give me a lot of confidence and I’m excited to carry on throughout January,” Nash said.

World champion Vos waved to the spectators in Namur when she finished as runner-up, 34 seconds behind Nash. Compton was third at 1:07 from the Czech winner, who resides in the USA. A late crash from Ellen Van Loy couldn’t prevent her from taking fourth place at 1:47, while Ferrand-Prévot was fifth.

Sanne Cant rode a strong final lap and passed Chainel-Lefevre and Lechner to take sixth place and the World Cup points necessary to hold on to her white jersey. British champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) was not on her favourite course in Namur, and finished ninth, ahead of Stultiens who completed the top 10 in Namur. De Boer finished on a distant thirteenth place.

On December 26, the riders will tackle the World Cup's fifth round in Zolder, Belgium.



#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:44:15 
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:34 
3Katherin Compton (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:01:07 
4Ellen Van Looy (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:01:47 
5Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:01:52 
6Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP0:02:07 
7Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)0:02:16 
8Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:02:21 
9Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team0:02:33 
10Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:02:38 
11Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:03:11 
12Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)0:03:58 
13Sophie De Boer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:01 
14Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team0:04:30 
15Jolien Verschueren (Bel)0:04:33 
16Pavla Havlikova (Cze)0:04:41 
17Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld0:04:59 
18Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:05:24 
19Loes Sels (Bel)0:05:33 
20Erica Zaveta (USA)0:05:36 
21Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team0:05:37 
22Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling0:05:52 
23Jessica Lambracht (Ger)0:06:03 
24Aida Nuno (Spa) Lointek0:06:24 
25Nadja Heigl (Aut)0:06:32 
26Arley Kemmerer (USA)0:06:39 
27Katrien Thijs (Bel)0:06:47 
28Gabriella Durrin (GBr)0:06:56 
29Amira Mellor (GBr)0:07:21 
30Marlene Petit (Fra)0:07:27 
31Elena Valentini (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana  
32Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:07:38 
33Caroline Mani (Fra)0:07:40 
34Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi)0:07:44 
35Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)0:08:07 
36Laura Verdonschot (Bel)0:08:19 
37Mercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa)0:08:26 
38Reza Hormes (Ned)0:08:50 
39Lisa Heckmann (Ger)0:09:39 
40Milena Landtwing (Swi)- 1 lap 
41Laura Perry (Fra)- 1 lap 
42Nikola Noskova (Cze)- 1 lap 
43Hannah Payton (GBr)- 1 lap 
44Olivia Hottinger (Swi)- 1 lap 
45Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)- 1 lap 
46Cecile Delaire (Fra)- 1 lap 
47Eva Colin (Fra)- 1 lap 
48Vendula Kuntova (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin- 1 lap 
49Lizzy Witlox (Ned)- 1 lap 
50Denisa Lukesova (Cze)- 1 lap 
51Maud Kaptheijns (Ned)- 1 lap 
52Elizabeth White (USA)- 1 lap 
53Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den)- 2 laps 
54Denisa Minarikova-Svecova (Cze)- 2 laps 
World Cup Standings after Round 4:
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP178 pts
2Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Factory Racing177 
3Ellen Van Loy (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team146 
4Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team124 
5Sophie De Boer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team123 
6Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)122 
7Nikki Harris (GBr) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team110 
8Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team92 
9Pavla Havlikova (Cze)86 
10Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)84 
11Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team67 
12Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team60 
13Jolien Verschueren (Bel)56 
14Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team54 
15Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team50 
16Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team50 
17Caroline Mani (Fra)46 
18Aida Nuno (Spa) Lointek45 
19Rachel Lloyd (USA)43 
20Kaitlin Antonneau (USA)42 
21Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team35 
22Elle Anderson (USA)35 
23Crystal Anthony (USA)35 
24Gabriella Durrin (GBr)32 
25Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)27 
26Eva Lechner (Ita) Rusvelo26 
27Arley Kemmerer (USA)25 
28Laura Perry (Fra)23 
29Loes Sels (Bel)23 
30Reza Hormes (Ned)23 
31Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi)21 
32Laura Verdonschot (Bel)21 
33Meredith Miller (USA)19 
34Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Astana Bepink Womens Team17 
35Marlene Petit (Fra)17 
36Nikola Noskova (Cze)14 
37Lizzy Witlox (Ned)14 
38Nadja Heigl (Aut)13 
39Erica Zaveta (USA)11 
40Stephanie Vaxillaire (Fra)11 
41Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)11 
42Juliette Labous (Fra)10 
43Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team10 
44Katrien Thijs (Bel)9 
45Jessica Lambracht (Ger)8 
46Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team7 
47Amira Mellor (GBr)7 
48Lisa Heckmann (Ger)6 
49Elena Valentini (Ita) BTC City Ljubljana6 
50Adela Carter (GBr)3 
51Vendula Kuntova (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin3 
52Hannah Payton (GBr)2 
53Mercedes Pacios Pujado (Spa)1 


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