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Van Paassen outsprints Compton in Tabor

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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Team) outsprinted Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) to win the first World Cup race of the season.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Team) outsprinted Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) to win the first World Cup race of the season.
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) comes around Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) in the finishing straight.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) comes around Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) in the finishing straight.
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The thrill of victory for Sanne van Paassen and the agony of defeat for Katie Compton.

The thrill of victory for Sanne van Paassen and the agony of defeat for Katie Compton.
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Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP) leads out the sprint for fourth place.

Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP) leads out the sprint for fourth place.
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Runner-up Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)

Runner-up Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) outsprinted US champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) to win the first round of the World Cup.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) outsprinted US champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) to win the first round of the World Cup.
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) catches some air.

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) catches some air.
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Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP) won the sprint for fourth place.

Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP) won the sprint for fourth place.
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Belgium's Joyce Vanderbeken

Belgium's Joyce Vanderbeken
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US U23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) cracked the top-10 with a solid 9th place performance.

US U23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) cracked the top-10 with a solid 9th place performance.
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Sanne van Paassen and Katie Compton rode away from the field.

Sanne van Paassen and Katie Compton rode away from the field.
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Belgian champion Sanne Cant takes the sprint for fourth place.

Belgian champion Sanne Cant takes the sprint for fourth place.
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Sanne van Paassen powers over a short rise with Katie Compton on her wheel.

Sanne van Paassen powers over a short rise with Katie Compton on her wheel.
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Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP)

Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP)
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Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP) took the sprint for fourth place.

Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP) took the sprint for fourth place.
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British champion Helen Wyman (Kona) finished third in Tabor.

British champion Helen Wyman (Kona) finished third in Tabor.
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Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP)

Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP)
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Sanne van Paassen won the opening round of the World Cup.

Sanne van Paassen won the opening round of the World Cup.
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) and Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) in the lead.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) and Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) in the lead.
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The elite women's podium in Tabor (L-R): Katie Compton, Sanne van Paassen, and Helen Wyman

The elite women's podium in Tabor (L-R): Katie Compton, Sanne van Paassen, and Helen Wyman
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World Cup leader Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling)

World Cup leader Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling)
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Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) leads the chase.

Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) leads the chase.
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Sanne van Paassen leads Katie Compton over one of many undulations on the Tabor parcours.

Sanne van Paassen leads Katie Compton over one of many undulations on the Tabor parcours.
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) on the podium after winning the first World Cup of the season.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) on the podium after winning the first World Cup of the season.
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) pumps her fist in the air after outsprinting Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) for the victory in Tabor.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) pumps her fist in the air after outsprinting Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) for the victory in Tabor.
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Sanne van Paassen leads Katie Compton in the opening round of the World Cup.

Sanne van Paassen leads Katie Compton in the opening round of the World Cup.
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Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) en route to a fifth place finish in Tabor.

Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) en route to a fifth place finish in Tabor.
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Katie Compton led-out the sprint put couldn't hold off the charge of Sanne van Paassen.

Katie Compton led-out the sprint put couldn't hold off the charge of Sanne van Paassen.
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) is too fast for Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) on the finishing straight.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) is too fast for Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) on the finishing straight.
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A beaming Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) after winning the opening round of the World Cup.

A beaming Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) after winning the opening round of the World Cup.
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) on the top step of the podium.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) on the top step of the podium.
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) in the World Cup leader's jersey.

Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) in the World Cup leader's jersey.
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An ecstatic Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) has won the first round of the World Cup.

An ecstatic Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) has won the first round of the World Cup.
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Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women Cycling) won the opening round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Tábor, Czech Republic with a sprint victory over U.S. champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective). British champion Helen Wyman (Kona) concluded a long ride in no man's land with a great third place result to round out the podium 36 seconds later.

"This is incredible for me. I hoped to win, but I thought a podium would be ok," van Paassen told Sporza. "It was a hard suffer-fest today. Katie is really good and it was a tough course. Especially the last half lap was really hard."

It wasn't just on the last lap that Compton put pressure on van Paassen, she tried to do so for most of the race but never managed to drop the 23-year-old Dutch rider.

"I constantly told myself: ‘Hold that wheel, hold that wheel. Boom, back to that wheel'. It was the only thing I thought about, getting back to that wheel and then over it. It succeeded," said van Paassen.

Early on Compton wasn't spotted near the front. She didn't have a great start and needed some time to get back up to van Paassen, who was leading together with Wyman and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP). Halfway through the second lap van Paassen hit the gas and Cant quickly dropped back. Compton went up and over Wyman and joined van Paassen in the lead late on the second lap. For the remainder of the race Wyman kept the two leaders in sight but she never managed to close the gap again. Heading into the fifth and final lap Wyman trailed Compton and van Paassen by 18 seconds, but the deficit would balloon on the final circuit.

Compton used her technical skills to gain a slight gap on a downhill into a tricky off-camber section late on the final lap, but van Paassen made contact with Compton just as they turned left onto the paved finishing straight. Compton led-out the sprint, but van Paassen came around the U.S. champion for the sprint victory.

Thirteen seconds after Wyman's third place finish, Cant won a hard-fought sprint for fourth place from Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea), Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Hitec Products – Mistral Home Cycling Team) and Jasmin Achermann (Rapha-Focus).

Pavla Havlikova (Telenet-Fidea), who set the early tempo in Tábor, was unable to keep up the high pace in front of the home crowds and ultimately finished eighth, one minute down on van Paassen.

American U23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) rode a steady race and finished ninth, well ahead of Gabriella Day (Rapha-Focus) who rounded out the top-10.

Full Results
1Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Team0:40:57
2Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective
3Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team0:00:36
4Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP0:00:49
5Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:00:50
6Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
7Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus0:00:52
8Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:00
9Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:09
10Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:01:25
11Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus0:01:31
12Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT0:01:38
13Vania Rossi (Ita)0:01:39
14Arenda Grimberg (Ned) WV Het Stadion0:01:41
15Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry
16Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)0:01:42
17Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:48
18Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite0:02:41
19Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:51
20Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCCMM0:02:53
21Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rapha-Focus0:03:00
22Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:03:27
23Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto0:03:47
24Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams0:03:50
25Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store0:03:52
26Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele0:04:54
27Karla Stepanova (Cze)0:04:56
28Tereza Medvedova (Svk)0:05:10
29Nadja Heigl (Aut)0:05:54
30Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco0:06:20
31Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Team Pro Region Renfersa0:06:36
32Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept0:07:17

Overall standings after round 1
1Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Team60pts
2Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective50
3Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team45
4Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP40
5Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team35
6Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team30
7Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus28
8Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team26
9Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld24
10Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus22
11Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus20
12Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT19
13Vania Rossi (Ita)18
14Arenda Grimberg (Ned) WV Het Stadion17
15Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry16
16Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)15
17Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team14
18Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite13
19Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team12
20Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCCMM11
21Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rapha-Focus10
22Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles9
23Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto8
24Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams7
25Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store6
26Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele5
27Karla Stepanova (Cze)4
28Tereza Medvedova (Svk)3
29Nadja Heigl (Aut)2
30Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco1

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