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Compton cleans up in Mud Fund Derby City Cup

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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) asking the officials if she had one lap to go because that is what the lap card may have indicated. In fact, she had just won the race.

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) asking the officials if she had one lap to go because that is what the lap card may have indicated. In fact, she had just won the race.
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USA champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) off the front

USA champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) off the front
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Officials check the tire width of Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale)

Officials check the tire width of Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale)
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The Elite Women staging on a perfect day in Louisville

The Elite Women staging on a perfect day in Louisville
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) cutting up before the race

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) cutting up before the race
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The Elite Women head onto the grass after the start

The Elite Women head onto the grass after the start
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) leading on lap two

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) leading on lap two
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Emily Kachorek (#Getomoto) rounding a tight corner

Emily Kachorek (#Getomoto) rounding a tight corner
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Emily Kachorek (#Getomoto) rounding a tight corner

Emily Kachorek (#Getomoto) rounding a tight corner
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Rebecca Gross (Raleigh Clement) coming off the flyover

Rebecca Gross (Raleigh Clement) coming off the flyover
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) riding in the woods during lap four

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) riding in the woods during lap four
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) trying to keep Comton in sight

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) trying to keep Comton in sight
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) at the top of the stairs

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) at the top of the stairs
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) trying to keep Comton in sight

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) trying to keep Comton in sight
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) giving 100% at the steps

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) giving 100% at the steps
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Amanda Miller (Tibco) racing in the top ten

Amanda Miller (Tibco) racing in the top ten
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Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) has improved dramatically this season

Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) has improved dramatically this season
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) looking back at Nicole Duke with one lap to go

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) looking back at Nicole Duke with one lap to go
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Fellow roadies Emily Kachorek and Elle Anderson

Fellow roadies Emily Kachorek and Elle Anderson
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Longtime Tibco team-mates Amanda Miller and Meredith Miller had a happy reunion

Longtime Tibco team-mates Amanda Miller and Meredith Miller had a happy reunion
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Katherine Shields (Mock Orange Pro CX)

Katherine Shields (Mock Orange Pro CX)
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) wasted no time distancing herself from her rivals

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) wasted no time distancing herself from her rivals
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) was the only rider who made an attempt to match Compton

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) was the only rider who made an attempt to match Compton
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Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit) having a problem in the sand pit

Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit) having a problem in the sand pit
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Emily Kachorek (#Getomoto) rode the sand pit in practice but found herself having to run during the race

Emily Kachorek (#Getomoto) rode the sand pit in practice but found herself having to run during the race
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) with Nicole Duke on her wheel

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) with Nicole Duke on her wheel
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Niclole Duke (Marin Bikes/ Spy Optics) watching as Miller gets away

Niclole Duke (Marin Bikes/ Spy Optics) watching as Miller gets away
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Caroline Mani (Raliegh Clement) running the stairs in sixth place

Caroline Mani (Raliegh Clement) running the stairs in sixth place
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Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit) coming off the flyover

Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit) coming off the flyover
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Cyclocross fans and beer seem to go together

Cyclocross fans and beer seem to go together
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) alone at the front of the race

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) alone at the front of the race
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) owned third place once Anthony got away

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized) owned third place once Anthony got away
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Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/ Spy Optics) running the big sand pit

Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/ Spy Optics) running the big sand pit
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) riding very deep sand

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) riding very deep sand
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Bery Farms) stretching before the race

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Bery Farms) stretching before the race
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) being interviewed at the finsih

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collaborative) being interviewed at the finsih
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) easily fended off an early challenge from Elle Anderson (California Giant-Specialized) to win the first day of racing at the Derby City Cup. Crystal Anthony (Optum Health-Kelly Benefit) put in a late surge to take second over California Giant-Specialized's Meredith Miller. 

The Derby City Cup, held at the Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, KY, the site of the 2013 World Cyclocross Championships.

Crystal Anthony (Optum Health-Kelly Benefit) was the first into the hole-shot, but was quickly overtaken by Compton, who hit the long sand pit first with Anderson in tow. Anthony, Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized), and Nicole Duke (Spy-Marin) formed up into the primary chase group several seconds behind the leaders.

By the second lap, Compton had gapped Anderson and started to quickly build her lead. Compton made her initial gains in the long sandy section, and racked up a 10 second lead on Anderson, who could not match her skills.

"The course is more fun," Compton said of the route altered since the February Worlds. "I enjoyed it. It felt faster and flowier, and then the sand was harder to ride than it was for Worlds.

"I just wanted to attack through the sand because I have to race Koksjide in a couple of weeks, and I need to ride the sand well," Compton said. "It's a pure horsepower and technique thing. The faster you hit it the easier it is. I knew I had to go hard through there, and then if I can accelerate afterwards, that's really where to dig in."

With two laps to go Compton's lead had climbed to over 30 seconds, and the race for second place heated up. After her fast start Anderson started to fade, and was caught by Anthony and Miller. The trio bumped handlebars and wheels several times in the technical sections of the course, but Anderson had lost her fire. Anderson was dropped from the chase group, and the Miller and Anthony were left to focus on fighting for second place.

In the remaining laps Miller made a few bobbles in the sand, which enabled Anthony to get a small gap and push on for second place. "I messed up in the first sand section, and lost a couple places," Anthony said. "I just worked on fighting back after that. I was going so slow through the sand somebody hit my wheel and I got a little gap."

Miller, who finished a few seconds behind Anthony in third place, was disappointed in her own tactics. "I hit Crystal's wheels twice," said Miller. "I should have taken a different line, or left a little more of a gap. I should have actually gone through the sand first, honestly."

Elle Anderson held on for fourth place and Nicole Duke finished fifth.

The Derby City Cup continues on Sunday November 10th at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, KY. The women take the line at 3 PM EST and the men start at 4 PM EST

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:41:27
2Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:58
3Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:01:13
4Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:02:04
5Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy0:02:16
6Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:02:35
7Amanda Miller (USA)0:02:57
8Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:03:07
9Emily Kachorek (USA) #Ghetomoto0:03:26
10Allison Arensman (USA) Sophisticated Living p/b Bob's Red Mill0:04:20
11Mackenzie Woodring (USA)0:04:24
12Rebecca Gross (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:05:02
13Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:05:17
14Erica Zaveta (USA)0:05:22
15Meghan Korol (USA)0:05:26
16Chloe Dygert (USA)0:05:30
17Cinthia Lehner (USA)0:05:49
18Julie Hunter (USA) BikeBeat-VaAssetGroup0:05:57
19Carolina Gómez (Arg)0:06:01
20Katherine Santos (USA)
21Sierra Siebenlist (USA)
22Traci Rodosta (USA) Breakaway Velo
23Marne Smiley (USA)
24Geraldine Schulze (USA)
25Katherine Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team
26Cooper Ambjorn (USA)
27Mackenzie Green (USA)
28Katina Walker (USA) Crankskins.com
29Emily Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team
30Rachel Dobrozsi (USA)

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