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Vos storms to victory in Cyclo-cross World Championships

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USA Champion Katie Compton

USA Champion Katie Compton
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her sixth 'cross world title in Louisville, Kentucky

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her sixth 'cross world title in Louisville, Kentucky
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A special Louisville Slugger for a Louisville slugger.

A special Louisville Slugger for a Louisville slugger.
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Marianne Vos displays her running skills

Marianne Vos displays her running skills
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Marianne Vos wins the second of three gold medals for the Netherlands

Marianne Vos wins the second of three gold medals for the Netherlands
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Sanne Cant (Belgium)

Sanne Cant (Belgium)
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Marianne Vos extends her lead in the run up

Marianne Vos extends her lead in the run up
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her sixth 'cross world title in Louisville, Kentucky

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her sixth 'cross world title in Louisville, Kentucky
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Katerina Nash (CZE) lost third place to Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) after dropping a chain on the final pavement

Katerina Nash (CZE) lost third place to Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) after dropping a chain on the final pavement
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Katie Compton (USA) had to settle for 2nd place today

Katie Compton (USA) had to settle for 2nd place today
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Katie Compton (USA) riding the very long sand pit

Katie Compton (USA) riding the very long sand pit
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Georgia Gould (USA) running the Shimano steps

Georgia Gould (USA) running the Shimano steps
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Katerina Nash (CZE) straining to hold onto third place with one lap to go

Katerina Nash (CZE) straining to hold onto third place with one lap to go
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Gabby Day (GB)

Gabby Day (GB)
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Sane Cant (BEL) dismounting to run an off-camber section

Sane Cant (BEL) dismounting to run an off-camber section
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Katerina Nash (CZE) and Katie Compton (USA) nearly colliding for the second time in the race

Katerina Nash (CZE) and Katie Compton (USA) nearly colliding for the second time in the race
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It's a beautiful treat for fans to have Sven Nys win here on US soil.

It's a beautiful treat for fans to have Sven Nys win here on US soil.
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Katerina Nash (CZE) racing in third position on lap two

Katerina Nash (CZE) racing in third position on lap two
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Eva Lechner (ITA) and Sanne Van Paasen (NED) running the stairs

Eva Lechner (ITA) and Sanne Van Paasen (NED) running the stairs
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Marianne Vos (NED) running the limestone steps for the last time

Marianne Vos (NED) running the limestone steps for the last time
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Louisville cyclocross fans were out in big numbers today

Louisville cyclocross fans were out in big numbers today
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Sanne Cant (BEL) cornering in the snow

Sanne Cant (BEL) cornering in the snow
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Marianne Vos (NED) running the limestone steps

Marianne Vos (NED) running the limestone steps
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Jade Wilcoxson (USA) putting in a shocking performance

Jade Wilcoxson (USA) putting in a shocking performance
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Mical Dyck (CAN) seemed to be having a good race

Mical Dyck (CAN) seemed to be having a good race
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Katerina Nash (CZE) took control of 3rd place

Katerina Nash (CZE) took control of 3rd place
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Katie Compton (USA) shaking off slower riders after a poor start

Katie Compton (USA) shaking off slower riders after a poor start
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Sanne Van Paassen (NED) riding the sand in second place

Sanne Van Paassen (NED) riding the sand in second place
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Marianne Vos (NED) with a gap on lap two

Marianne Vos (NED) with a gap on lap two
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Katie Compton (USA) moved up to second place after a good deal of chasing

Katie Compton (USA) moved up to second place after a good deal of chasing
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Riders had no trouble with the long sand pit as the ground was frozen

Riders had no trouble with the long sand pit as the ground was frozen
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Katie Compton (USA) and Katerina Nash (CZE) locking horns

Katie Compton (USA) and Katerina Nash (CZE) locking horns
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Marianne Vos (NED) riding in second position

Marianne Vos (NED) riding in second position
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Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) leading at the first run-up

Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) leading at the first run-up
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Marianne Vos (NED) was in good position on lap one

Marianne Vos (NED) was in good position on lap one
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The Elite Women head off pavement for their 40-minute event

The Elite Women head off pavement for their 40-minute event
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Elite Women's start on River Road

Elite Women's start on River Road
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Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) takes the women's hole shot in Louisville

Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) takes the women's hole shot in Louisville
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Meredith Miller (USA) made a remarkable comeback after hand surgery mid-season

Meredith Miller (USA) made a remarkable comeback after hand surgery mid-season
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Helen Wyman (GB) always has a smile on her face

Helen Wyman (GB) always has a smile on her face
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USA Champion Katie Compton warming up

USA Champion Katie Compton warming up
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Kaitie Antonneau (USA) rode brilliantly today

Kaitie Antonneau (USA) rode brilliantly today
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Kaitie Antonneau (USA) on her way to the top ten ride

Kaitie Antonneau (USA) on her way to the top ten ride
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Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) chasing Nash at the Shimano run-up

Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (FRA) chasing Nash at the Shimano run-up
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USA Champion Katie Compton working her way to the front of the race

USA Champion Katie Compton working her way to the front of the race
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Marianne Vos (NED) seemed to have little trouble with the tricky conditions

Marianne Vos (NED) seemed to have little trouble with the tricky conditions
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Marianne Vos (NED) with a 30-second lead halfway through the race

Marianne Vos (NED) with a 30-second lead halfway through the race
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Emily Batty (CAN) running the limestone steps

Emily Batty (CAN) running the limestone steps
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USA Champion Katie Compton did not get off to a great start today

USA Champion Katie Compton did not get off to a great start today
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Katerina Nash (CZE) being chased by Katie Compton (USA)

Katerina Nash (CZE) being chased by Katie Compton (USA)
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Emily Batty (CAN) rounding a 180 turn

Emily Batty (CAN) rounding a 180 turn
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Amy Dombroski (USA) approaching the limestone steps

Amy Dombroski (USA) approaching the limestone steps
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Marianne Vos (NED) riding the snowy Louisville course

Marianne Vos (NED) riding the snowy Louisville course
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American women (L to R) Meredith Miller, Kaitie Antonneau, and Jade Wilcoxson

American women (L to R) Meredith Miller, Kaitie Antonneau, and Jade Wilcoxson
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World Cup Champion Katie Compton (USA) in hot pursuit of Marianne Vos (Netherlands).

World Cup Champion Katie Compton (USA) in hot pursuit of Marianne Vos (Netherlands).
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Top placing American, Tim Johnson, puts his right foot out to balance on a tricky turn.

Top placing American, Tim Johnson, puts his right foot out to balance on a tricky turn.
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Former silver medalist, Jonathan Page, riding in his comfort zone.

Former silver medalist, Jonathan Page, riding in his comfort zone.
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Swiss rider, Lukas Fluckeriger, shows he's determined to break into the top group.

Swiss rider, Lukas Fluckeriger, shows he's determined to break into the top group.
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Spain brought in a small contingency of riders and Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez still managed to place 23rd.

Spain brought in a small contingency of riders and Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez still managed to place 23rd.
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NYC's own Zoltan Pisza, riding for his home country Hungary hits one the many rollers.

NYC's own Zoltan Pisza, riding for his home country Hungary hits one the many rollers.
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Rounding the corner into a mechanical, Jonathan Page (USA) can't foresee the change in his luck.

Rounding the corner into a mechanical, Jonathan Page (USA) can't foresee the change in his luck.
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After destroying the competition, it's now between Belgiums- Klaas Vantornout looks back to try to read Sven Nys' thoughts.

After destroying the competition, it's now between Belgiums- Klaas Vantornout looks back to try to read Sven Nys' thoughts.
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Congratulations to the world champions: Klaas Vantornout (Belgium) wins 2nd place, Sven Nys (Belgium) takes 1st, Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) is third.

Congratulations to the world champions: Klaas Vantornout (Belgium) wins 2nd place, Sven Nys (Belgium) takes 1st, Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) is third.
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Marianne Vos continues her domination, winning five in row at the UCI 'cross world championships

Marianne Vos continues her domination, winning five in row at the UCI 'cross world championships
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Powerful, graceful, flawless - Marianne Vos reigned supreme for the fifth straight year, placing her sixth career elite women’s cyclo-cross world alongside her two road race rainbow jerseys and a pair of Olympic gold medals in Louisville, Kentucky.

American Katie Compton had a poor start, but chased valiantly to win the silver medal.

The battle for bronze looked to go to the Czech Republic for the second race in a row, but Katerina Nash heartbreakingly suffered chain problems in the sprint and was overtaken by Lucie Chainel-Lefevere for the bronze.

“A world championship is always special,” Vos said. “For me, the pressure is going up every year because everyone expects you to win. Of course, if you already won it five times, they think you can win it for the sixth time. They think it will be easy, but I was kind of nervous. The difficult moments were in the past two weeks.”

“This was a really good day. I had a good feeling from the beginning. In these conditions you have to keep concentrated from start to finish and make no mistakes. You need a special day to do that, but it helps to be in the lead so you can race your own race.”

Following the example of her compatriot Mathieu van der Poel who crushed the junior men’s field, Vos gave no mercy to her fellow elite women, although she waited until longer to make her move.

No other athlete in cycling history has dominated year round as Vos has, and it was no different in Louisville. Despite rapidly changing course conditions as the sun began to melt the morning’s snow, Vos was only in reach of the other racers on the first lap, but as soon as she had sized up her competition she shifted into another gear and motored away.

“Today during the race in the first lap, I felt a bit uncomfortable on the course because it had changed a bit due to the conditions,” Vos said. “From then on, I was in first place and held my own pace.”

For Compton, the return from her first lap technical problems was a matter of pride, and she said she considered her accomplishment “winning the silver” instead of simply coming second.

“I had a great race – getting second to Marianne isn’t too shabby,” she said.

In addition to an issue with her chain skipping that was solved by swapping bikes in the pits early on, Compton said her first lap was fraught with mistakes.

“I got stuck in traffic and I went from third spot to top ten maybe, and then I had to wait to pass. I just kept making silly mistakes and trying to get around where I shouldn’t have. After a couple laps I had to regroup, relax and refocus on being smoother. Then I started chasing people down, and it went from there.

“Luckily I’ve had lots of practice chasing on and recovering from crappy starts, so I figured what’s one more. I did what I could, it was thinking more about damage control.

“The thought of not winning a medal here was heartbreaking. There was no way in hell that was going to happen. I rode with a lot of heart – I did everything I could.”

Compton avoided a crash early in the last lap took down some of the back markers, including Americans Georgia Gould and Meredith Miller.

The first leading group emerged on the first half lap, with Vos hanging back with Chainel-Lefevere, with mountain bike specialist Eva Lechner (Italy), Christel Ferrier Bruneau (France) and Vos’s teammate Sanne van Paassen holding a gap over a large group with Compton, Nash, Cant and others.

Vos shredded the leading group with a blistering acceleration on the second lap as the sun came out and began to melt the top layer of the course. Quickly establishing her intentions, the Olympic road champion opened up an unbeatable gap.

By the end of the second lap Nash was surging forward to join Lechner and van Paasen, followed by Compton in fifth, while Chainel struggled on the runs and lost a few positions.

Compton recovered from her poor opening laps to chase her way up to the leading group, and by the midpoint had moved into a medal position. However, by the time she found van Paassen’s wheel and pushed past into second place, Vos already had more than a minute’s lead.

Compton quickly pulled away from the chase while van Paassen and Lechner’s earlier efforts took their toll. Although the American was superior from the other silver medal contenders, she continued to lose time on the Vos locomotive into the final lap.

Nash distanced the other chasers and looked set to secure the bronze, with Chainel leaving van Paasen behind for fourth, but a bobble by Nash on the last part of the course allowed Chainel to catch up.

Nash got back in front for the sprint, but had problems with her chain and had to dismount and run to the line, missing out on the medal to the Frenchwoman, but holding on for fourth just ahead of van Paassen and Lechner.

 

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Netherlands)0:43:00
2Katherine Compton (United States Of America)0:01:34
3Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France)0:02:10
4Katerina Nash (Czech Republic)0:02:12
5Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands)0:02:15
6Eva Lechner (Italy)0:02:17
7Jasmin Achermann (Switzerland)0:02:36
8Sabrina Stultiens (Netherlands)0:03:06
9Ellen Van Loy (Belgium)0:03:18
10Kaitlin Antonneau (United States Of America)0:03:19
11Amy Dombroski (United States Of America)0:03:26
12Annie Last (Great Britain)0:03:36
13Helen Wyman (Great Britain)0:04:02
14Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy)0:04:09
15Jade Wilcoxson (United States Of America)0:04:14
16Emily Batty (Canada)0:04:17
17Georgia Gould (United States Of America)0:04:24
18Sanne Cant (Belgium)0:04:26
19Mical Dyck (Canada)0:04:39
20Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic)0:04:46
21Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France)0:04:48
22Wendy Simms (Canada)0:04:56
23Francesca Cauz (Italy)0:05:07
24Pepper Harlton (Canada)0:05:22
25Gabriella Day (Great Britain)0:06:36
-1lapAyako Toyooka (Japan)
-1lapJulie Lafreniere (Canada)
-1lapGenevieve Whitson (New Zealand)
-1lapMartina Mikulaskova (Czech Republic)
-2lapsChika Fukumoto (Japan)
DNFMeredith Miller
DNSMadara Furmane

 

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