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Americans Compton, Noble challenge Cant in Hamme

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Katie Compton (Trek) through the mud in Zeven

Katie Compton (Trek) through the mud in Zeven (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katie Compton (Trek) finished third in Zeven

Katie Compton (Trek) finished third in Zeven (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katie Compton (Trek) at Zeven World Cup

Katie Compton (Trek) at Zeven World Cup (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katie Compton (Trek) leading during lap 1

Katie Compton (Trek) leading during lap 1 (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Ellen Noble fights thick hillside muck.

Ellen Noble fights thick hillside muck. (Image credit: Kent Baumgardt)
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Courtenay McFadden (Pivot) riding in fourth position during lap one

Courtenay McFadden (Pivot) riding in fourth position during lap one (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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It was a muddy day at the Zeven World Cup

It was a muddy day at the Zeven World Cup (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Sanne Cant came out on top at the Flandriencross in Hamme on Sunday but not without a challenge from Americans Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) and Katie Compton (Trek), who led for much of the race before finishing second and third respectively.

Compton's performance bumped her up into the overall lead of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series.

"It's the first time I'm on top of this general classification. I used to miss several races because I was in the States," said Compton, who has recovered from being sick and returned to racing at the World Cup in Zeven on Saturday where she placed third.

"After my illness a few weeks ago, I am back in better shape. This is a nice course but I was still tired from yesterday."

The two Americans took the early lead in the women's short 39:09-minute race and excelled on the technically difficult and muddy course.

"It's my first podium in a European 'cross race," Noble said. "It's fun to ride in the front, but quite unnerving. I had to be careful not to get carried away in my enthusiasm, the fans here are great."

Cant, who had a slower start, says she was blinded by the sun throughout the first laps and found it hard to see the ruts or choose proper lines.

The world champion soon found her rhythm but it took until the final lap for Cant to completely close the 15-second deficit and then move ahead to take the win in what she called an "all or nothing" effort. She finished six seconds ahead of Noble, who raced across the line for second place ahead of Compton in third.

Compton is racing a full European schedule for the first time this season and her results have started to improve. In the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series, she won the opener in Ronse and then took second in the Oudenaarde round.

She struggled at the beginning of her World Cup campaign but seemed to have found her footing in Koksijde with a fifth place. Sickness prevented her from starting the fourth round of the series in Bogense but she bounced back to place third in Zeven on Saturday.

Following her third place in Hamme, Compton leads the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series with 3:02:42. She is 2:38 ahead of Helen Wyman (Kona) and 3:48 ahead of Nikki Brammeier (Boels-Dolmans).

DVV Verzekeringen Trofee series - Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katherine Compton (USA) Trek2:03:40
2Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team0:02:38
3Nikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:03:48
4Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Crelan-Charles0:04:29
5Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions0:05:01
6Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice0:08:07
7Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Steylaerts - Betfirst0:08:39
8Kim Van De Steene (Bel) Tarteletto - Isorex0:08:41
9Geert Hoeke (Ned)0:08:47
10Sanne Cant (Bel) Beobank-Corendon0:10:18
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.