American champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) captured a convincing win in the famous sands of rainy Koksijde, Belgium during the third round of the UCI's World Cup. The power from Compton proved lethal on the course utilised for the world championships in January as first chaser Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea) finished 1:27 in arrears of the winner.
Due to the distant sixth place result from Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Women) Compton's overall lead in the World Cup standings increases to 40 points over van Paassen, Harris and Helen Wyman (Kona), all tied at 130 points.
"It's looking good for the World Cup after this win. I love this course. There's not a lot of place to recover," Compton said.
British rider Helen Wyman grabbed the hole shot in Koksijde but she was quickly passed by Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP). Halfway through the opening lap Harris and Compton moved past the Belgian who – maybe caught by surprise – went over the handlebars in the dune drop that followed. In a long sand section Harris worked hard to stay on her bike while Compton opted for a long run. Compton moved to the lead and in the remaining metres to the first passage of the finish line she turned on the gas and gapped the rest of the field; Harris quickly trailed by 10 seconds.
"I got off to a good start and a smooth beginning of my race. Today I didn't have the technical skills for the sand so I muscled through it," Compton said.
Compton rode a clean second lap during the five-lap race, allowing her to increase her lead up to 40 seconds on Harris. "I tried to stay with her but with five laps to go I didn't want to blow up," Harris said. "I was happy to be on my own, actually, as I could choose my own lines."
Harris continued as the first chaser but she was marked by French rider Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (BHSR Suntour-Peisey Vallandry). "I hoped she would run out of gas and I rode my own pace," Harris said.
Behind the top three a group with Cant, Wyman and Sanne Van Paassen rode together at more than a minute from Compton before the halfway point.
Though Compton made a couple of mistakes in the following laps she was still much faster than the opposition and kept increasing her lead up to more than a minute at the finish. Harris rode comfortably to second place, her best result in the World Cup. Behind her Chainel started fading and she was eventually overtaken by Cant on the final lap. "I lost my rhythm," Chainel told Cyclingnews.
Wyman gapped Van Paassen in the final stages of the race to secure fifth place. While the rain was pouring down at the finish line a clearly disappointed van Paassen hurried to get back to her camper without giving a reaction.
|1||Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective||0:44:10|
|2||Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team||0:01:27|
|3||Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP||0:01:56|
|4||Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry||0:02:04|
|5||Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team||0:02:16|
|6||Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Team||0:02:33|
|7||Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus||0:02:54|
|8||Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Women Team||0:03:16|
|9||Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team|
|10||Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus||0:03:29|
|11||Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team||0:03:31|
|12||Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team||0:03:38|
|13||Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT||0:04:40|
|14||Arenda Grimberg (Ned) WV Het Stadion||0:04:49|
|15||Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCCMM||0:05:01|
|16||Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team||0:05:03|
|17||Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Women Team||0:05:27|
|18||Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams||0:05:41|
|19||Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele||0:06:10|
|20||Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)||0:06:34|
|21||Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept||0:06:49|
|22||Kim Van de Steene (Bel) Kon. VC T Meetjesland-Knesselare||0:07:48|
|23||Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team||0:08:25|
|24||Tereza Medvedova (Svk)||0:09:01|
|25||Hilde Quintens (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT||0:09:37|
|26||Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Team Pro Region Renfersa|
|27||Angelica Edvardsson (Swe)|
|28||Evy Kuijpers (Ned)|
|29||Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store|
|30||Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize Granville Team|
|31||Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco|
|32||Lana Verberne (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team|
|33||Lierni Lekuona Etxebeste (Spa)|
|34||Eva Colin (Fra) VC Ornans|
|1||Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective||170||pts|
|2||Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Women Team||130|
|3||Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team||130|
|4||Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team||130|
|5||Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm - BKCP||113|
|6||Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus||86|
|7||Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry||82|
|8||Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team||72|
|9||Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team||69|
|10||Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus||68|
|11||Arenda Grimberg (Ned) WV Het Stadion||49|
|12||Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCCMM||45|
|13||Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT||43|
|14||Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team||42|
|15||Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld||37|
|16||Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo||35|
|17||Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus||34|
|18||Vania Rossi (Ita)||34|
|19||Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team||33|
|20||Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams||31|
|21||Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele||29|
|22||Sabrina Schweizer (Ger) Rapha-Focus||27|
|23||Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Women Team||26|
|24||Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite||20|
|25||Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)||17|
|26||Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles||17|
|27||Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team||15|
|28||Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Women Team||14|
|29||Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto||13|
|30||Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store||12|
|31||Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)||11|
|32||Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept||11|
|33||Tereza Medvedova (Svk)||10|
|34||Kim Van de Steene (Bel) Kon. VC T Meetjesland-Knesselare||9|
|35||Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement||9|
|36||Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team||8|
|37||Hilde Quintens (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT||6|
|38||Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Team Pro Region Renfersa||5|
|39||Angelica Edvardsson (Swe)||4|
|40||Karla Stepanova (Cze)||4|
|41||Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco||4|
|42||Evy Kuijpers (Ned)||3|
|43||Nadja Heigl (Aut)||2|
|44||Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize Granville Team||1|
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