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Compton opens season with victory at Planet Bike Cup

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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) collecting another win in Sun Prairie

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) collecting another win in Sun Prairie
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Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus) recovering after the race

Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus) recovering after the race
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Mical Dyck (NoTubes) had a brilliant outing today

Mical Dyck (NoTubes) had a brilliant outing today
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French women Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) and Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) fight for the hole shot

French women Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) and Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) fight for the hole shot
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Elite Women’s start at the Trek USGP of Cyclocross Planet Bike Cup

Elite Women’s start at the Trek USGP of Cyclocross Planet Bike Cup
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USA champion Katie Compton and her signature Trek bike

USA champion Katie Compton and her signature Trek bike
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team)

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team)
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Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) was the youngest racer in the women’s field

Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) was the youngest racer in the women’s field
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Gabby Day (L) and Julie Krasniak at the autograph signing session on Friday night

Gabby Day (L) and Julie Krasniak at the autograph signing session on Friday night
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Women’s podium (L to R): Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), 2nd; Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team), 1st; Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus), 3rd

Women’s podium (L to R): Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), 2nd; Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team), 1st; Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus), 3rd
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) getting ready for a set of barriers

Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) getting ready for a set of barriers
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Rapha-Focus women riding together on lap two

Rapha-Focus women riding together on lap two
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Young Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) racing in the top fifteen

Young Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) racing in the top fifteen
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Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) on the long run-up

Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) on the long run-up
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Mical Dyck (NoTubes) battling Mo Bruno-Roy on the run-up

Mical Dyck (NoTubes) battling Mo Bruno-Roy on the run-up
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Olympian Georgia Gould being chased on foot by Gabby Day and Meredith Miller

Olympian Georgia Gould being chased on foot by Gabby Day and Meredith Miller
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) alone on the climb at the back of the course

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) alone on the climb at the back of the course
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Gabby Day leading her Rapha-Focus teammate Julie Krasniak through some S-turns on lap four

Gabby Day leading her Rapha-Focus teammate Julie Krasniak through some S-turns on lap four
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) rounding a tight corner

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) rounding a tight corner
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Linda Sone (Crossniaks p/b Wesley) with one lap to go

Linda Sone (Crossniaks p/b Wesley) with one lap to go
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Sixteen-year-old Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) in her first elite race

Sixteen-year-old Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) in her first elite race
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Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) climbing out of the saddle

Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) climbing out of the saddle
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Elite women making a 180-degree turn on lap one

Elite women making a 180-degree turn on lap one
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Elite women on lap one

Elite women on lap one
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) leading after contact with Nicole Duke (on the ground)

Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) leading after contact with Nicole Duke (on the ground)
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Elite women’s front row

Elite women’s front row
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Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus)

Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus)
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement)

Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement)
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team)

Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team)
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Mo Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven)

Mo Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven)
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) about to over take Krasniak

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) about to over take Krasniak
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US U-23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau chasing the leaders

US U-23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau chasing the leaders
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Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) on the run-up in sixth position

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) on the run-up in sixth position
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) staying on her bike on the steepest climb

Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) staying on her bike on the steepest climb
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) having a good outing today

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) having a good outing today
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Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus) and Meredith Miller running what Compton rode

Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus) and Meredith Miller running what Compton rode
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) riding the stairs and steep climb

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Race Team) riding the stairs and steep climb
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) got off to a bit slower than average start

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) got off to a bit slower than average start
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven) running the barriers on lap two

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven) running the barriers on lap two
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) racing in 5th position on lap one

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) racing in 5th position on lap one
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Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) with her coach Katie Compton before the race

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) with her coach Katie Compton before the race
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It was a successful day for Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle Corporation, based out of Waterloo, whose US Gran Prix of Cyclocross (USGP) sponsorship was sweetened with Katie Compton's (Trek Cyclocross Collective) first domestic win in her new Trek colors. The sponsorship issues that threatened the USGP earlier in the year seemed well in the past as Compton took a commanding lead of the women's race and left the rest of the field to battle for second. Georgia Gould (Luna), fresh off her Olympic and world championship success, took second and was followed by British rider Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus.)

For Compton the Trek program has brought a renewed energy to her racing. "The bikes are dialed in perfectly for me," said Compton before the race. "It's one of those things you get when you are a little kid, and you get that new bike at Christmas, and you are super-excited to ride. That's how I feel. I'm excited to ride my bike again."

After banging bars with other riders at the start on the hard and twisty course, Compton took matters into her own hands. "Sitting in the first half lap I kept running into people," Compton said after her race. "Through the turns I just wanted to pick my line and go. On the backside I figured I might as well put in an attack now to see what happens. I got a gap and just went with it."

For Gould, who medaled at both the Olympics and world championships this year, it has been a long, yet rewarding season. "I just finished my mountain bike season, where I had pretty good fitness for Olympics and world championships but I definitely don't hold myself to the same standard, so I'm riding out the fitness I had at the end of the season," said Gould. "It would have been great to take a break right after Worlds but I didn't want to skip CrossVegas and this because they are both really good races and it's important to support the best races we have in the US."

Gabby Day took the hole shot at the start of the women's race and traded the lead with teammate Julie Krasniak and Nicole Duke (Raleigh-Clement) before Compton made her attack on the hilly side of the course. Compton's move gave her the lead going into the second lap and gave her room to charge through the corners where she picked up time each lap. Compton steadily grew her lead to almost a minute by the end of the race and never looked to be threatened as she smoothly powered around the bends and turns of the Sun Prairie course on her new Trek set-up.

The remainder of the race was a battle for podium spots contended by Day, Krasniak, Gould, Teal Stetson Lee (Luna), Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms) and local favorite Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) After Compton separated from the group, Krasniak and Day worked to put some distance between themselves and the remainder of the pack but were brought back by Meredith Miller, who chased down the Rapha-Focus duo with Kaitlin Antonneau and Georgia Gould in tow.

Encouraged by a legion of fans inspired by her Olympic performance, and "#heckleme" campaign on Twitter, Gould attacked the chase group with two laps to go and managed to put 10 seconds on the group, which was splintered under her efforts. Krasniak and Miller would both bobble the last lap opening the door for Gabby day to take the remaining podium spot for third, her first major US result.

With the first day's C1 race out of the way the women will line up on Sunday for the second day of the Trek USGP of Cyclocross at 2:45 CDT in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Full Results
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Race Team0:41:30
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:54
3Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:01:01
4Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:01:11
5Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus0:01:21
6Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:33
7Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:01:48
8Mical Dyck (Can) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:02:20
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:02:21
10Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club0:02:57
11Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:02:58
12Nicole Duke (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:03:15
13Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:03:22
14Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:03:37
15Rebecca Gross (USA) KCCX0:04:05
16Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:04:18
17Jennifer Gaertner (USA) Motofish Racing0:04:29
18Marne Smiley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Racing0:04:39
19Linda Sone (USA) Crossniacs p/b Wesley Cycles0:04:49
20Sarah Huang (USA) Exergy TWENTY120:04:56
21Amber Markey (USA) My Wife, Inc0:05:05
22Brittany McConnell (USA) Mercy-Specialized0:05:07
23Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:05:08
24Robin Williams (USA) Mercy-Specialized0:05:48
25Ashley James (USA) KCCX0:05:57
26Shannon Gibson (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:06:46
27Corrie Osborne (USA) Team Extreme0:07:13
28Lindsay Zucco (USA) Team Bicycle Heaven-2laps
29Jeanne Fleck (USA) Velo Duluth - Twin Ports Cycler
DNFAlyssa Severn (USA) My Wife, Inc
DNSAbby Strigel (USA) Team Abyssa
DNSKimberly Thomas (USA) Fusion/LiveStrong
DNSCait Dooley (USA) Geekhouse Bikes

Overall standings after round 1
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Race Team50pts
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team40
3Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus34
4Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized30
5Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus26
6Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) Luna Pro Team23
7Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com20
8Mical Dyck (Can) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team17
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles14
10Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club12
11Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing10
12Nicole Duke (USA) Raleigh-Clement9
13Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement8
14Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel7
15Rebecca Gross (USA) KCCX6
16Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective5
17Jennifer Gaertner (USA) Motofish Racing4
18Marne Smiley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Racing3
19Linda Sone (USA) Crossniacs p/b Wesley Cycles2
20Sarah Huang (USA) Exergy TWENTY121

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