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Back-to-back wins for Compton at Planet Bike Cup

Katie Compton (Trek Collective) scored her second consecutive victory of the weekend at Day 2 of Planet Bike Cup in Sun Prairie Wisconsin. Compton fought off an early challenge from Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus), who stayed close to Compton in the early laps of the race. Compton turned on the afterburners on lap three and started to put distance on her rivals consistently the next following laps. After a slow start Gould (Luna) passed Krasniak on the final lap for second place, leaving the final podium spot for the French national.

"It was a lot faster and there were a lot less turns today, so it was just full gas from the start." said Compton who faced an early challenge from Krasniak and Gabby Day. "The Rapha girls got off really strong. I rode the run up and I got a little gap there, and decided to keep the pressure on and make them chase."

Gould’s day was not quite as smooth as Compton’s. "I don't have that super zippy attack, punch it out of every corner. I'm definitely not blaming my start. Katie is ready for World Cups. Her season is just starting, and she's fast, fast," said Georgia Gould who batted back from a rocky start to pass the main chase group of Miller, Day, and Krasniak. "My strength is more riding hard and steady. I didn't want to leave it down to ‘just sit with these guys and sprint at the end.’ If anybody noticed my fantastic roadie tactics at CrossVegas, well, I might need a little bit of tutoring in that department. "

Compton took charge early in the first lap but was closely marked by Rapha-Focus teammates Krasniak and Day. Krasniak would hold on longer than Day but once the women hit the hill on the third lap Krasniak, who recently relocated to Portland from her native France, could no longer match Compton's pace. "I think I turn my legs as fast," said Krasniak who lost Compton on the steep hill before the start/finish, "But three speeds up."

After losing contact with Compton, Krasniak and Day formed short lived chase group with Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Strawberries) and Nicole Duke (Raleigh-Clement). Duke lost contact after falling for the second day in a row, as Krasniak continuously attacked the group in an effort to get away from Miller and the hard charging Gould. By the fifth lap Compton had stretched her lead to over 30", and while Miller fell off the pace from the chasers, Gould continued her heroic effort to close the gap to Krasniak.

On the final lap, Gould turned in one of the most exciting performances of the day when she overtook Krasniak before the closing section of the course. Krasniak held on for third place followed by Day (4th) and Miller (5th.)

Compton headed to the podium wearing a "WISCOMPTON" hat made for her by the Trek marketing team. When asked, Compton could not recall losing a cyclo-cross event in Wisconsin the past several years, showing that her dominance of US cyclo-cross and sense of humor go hand in hand.

Most of the women's pro field heads to New England for the C1 & C2 events in Gloucester, MA next week except for Katie Compton who is signed up for the Madison at the US Elite Track Nationals with Cari Higgins in Los Angeles on Sunday September 30th.

Full Results
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:39:56
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:36
3Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus0:00:45
4Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:00:47
5Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:01:16
6Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:21
7Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club0:01:38
8Mical Dyck (Can) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:02:05
9Nicole Duke (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:02:11
10Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:02:14
11Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:02:19
12Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:02:23
13Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:02:41
14Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:02:53
15Marne Smiley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Racing0:03:10
16Rebecca Gross (USA) KCCX0:03:35
17Abby Strigel (USA) Team Abyssa0:03:39
18Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:03:51
19Jennifer Gaertner (USA) Motofish Racing
20Amber Markey (USA) My Wife, Inc0:03:56
21Linda Sone (USA) Crossniacs p/b Wesley Cycles0:04:34
22Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:04:57
23Corrie Osborne (USA) Team Extreme0:05:58
24Jeanne Fleck (USA) Velo Duluth - Twin Ports Cycler0:06:04
25Robin Williams (USA) Mercy-Specialized0:06:12
26Shannon Gibson (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:06:14
27Elizabeth So (USA) Les Petites Victoires0:06:35
28Lindsay Zucco (USA) Team Bicycle Heaven0:06:41
DNFCait Dooley (USA) Geekhouse Bikes
DNFAshley James (USA) KCCX
DNFAlyssa Severn (USA) My Wife, Inc
DNSBrittany McConnell (USA) Mercy-Specialized

Overall standings after round 2
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective100pts
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team80
3Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus64
4Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus60
5Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized56
6Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) Luna Pro Team46
7Mical Dyck (Can) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team34
8Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club32
9Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld32
10Nicole Duke (USA) Raleigh-Clement23
11Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles22
12Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing19
13Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement18
14Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel14
15Rebecca Gross (USA) KCCX11
16Marne Smiley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Racing9
17Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective8
18Jennifer Gaertner (USA) Motofish Racing6
19Abby Strigel (USA) Team Abyssa4
20Linda Sone (USA) Crossniacs p/b Wesley Cycles2
21Amber Markey (USA) My Wife, Inc1
22Sarah Huang (USA) Exergy TWENTY121

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