Compton triumphs in Koksijde

US national champion Katie Compton (Planet Bike) won the third round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium with a dominant ride on the sandy course.

The American beat runner-up Daphny van den Brand ( by 2:27, with Sanne van Paassen (BrainWash) rounding out the top three 19 seconds later. For Compton it was her third victory in Koksijde, which will host the 2012 world championships. It's her second World Cup win of the season and her eighth career victory in the World Cup. However, due to Compton's absence in Plzen, Van den Brand is the new leader of the World Cup.

“I felt good and my skills were on,” Compton said after her win. “After my not so good start I was patient until I had the space to move up. I waited half a lap and then I went forward. It's easier to be leading on a hard course like this one. I kept thinking that I got to keep pushing,” Compton said.

Van Paassen tried hard to stay with Compton but after completing the opening lap the young Dutch woman trailed the US-champion by eight seconds. Hanka Kupfernagel (Itera-Stevens) and Daphny van den Brand ( were chasing together twenty seconds further back.

From there on Compton kept clocking lap times that were at least half a minute faster than her rivals. She simply outclassed the competition with an impressive combination of great skills on and off the bike, combined with sheer power. European champion Van den Brand was able to bridge across to Van Paassen but they kept losing time to Compton. Van Paassen needed to finish second to secure her leader's place in the World Cup but she ran out of gas. Van den Brand claimed second place and the World Cup leader's jersey but lost almost two and a half minutes to Compton after just 45 minutes of racing.

“More than two minutes, that's a lot,” Van den Brand said. “I wouldn't consider it to be a fair showing of our ability. During the first laps I felt cold and I couldn't do anything. I also couldn't click into my right pedal which was bothered me a lot. I had to pedal with one leg and hop off the bike much earlier than wanted on the dunes. I didn't have my day,” Van den Brand said.

Cant wins the battle for fourth

Almost a minute behind Van Paassen the battle for fourth place was contested between Kupfernagel, Sophie de Boer (, Pavla Havlikova, Christel Ferrier-Brunea and young Belgian champion Sanne Cant (BKCP-Powerplus). Eventually it was the Cant who emerged to take fourth.

“I went better through the sand as the race went on. In the last lap I led the group but crashed. I expected everybody to pass me but when I looked back they were still trailing me by 50 metres,” Cant said.

Kupfernagel won the sprint for fifth place ahead of De Boer. She told Cyclingnews she lacked race rhythm and stamina, especially since the race went well over the forty minutes.

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Full Results
1Katherine Compton (USA) Planet Bike-Stevens Bikes0:45:08
2Daphny van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl0:02:27
3Sanne van Paassen (Ned) BrainWash0:02:46
4Sanne Cant (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:03:21
5Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Itera-Stevens0:03:40
6Sophie de Boer (Ned) ZZPR.nl0:03:41
7Pavla Havlikova (Cze) APB Cycling Team0:03:48
8Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:03:51
9Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona0:04:04
10Sabrina Schweizer (Ger)0:04:34
11Linda van Rijen (Ned)0:05:04
12Nikki Harris (GBr) APB Cycling Team0:05:07
13Caroline Mani (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:05:27
14Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) ZZPR.nl0:05:36
15Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)0:05:53
16Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)0:06:18
17Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) BrainWash0:06:24
18Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:06:28
19Gabriella Day (GBr) The ChainStay-RENNER0:06:38
20Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Fischer-BMCRow 19 - Cell 2
21Arenda Grimberg (Ned)0:06:58
22Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel) APB Cycling Team0:07:33
23Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team0:07:52
24Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:07:56
25Martina Zwick (Ger)0:08:28
26Helena van Leijen (Ned)-1lap
27Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Ellen Van Loy (Bel)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Gertie Willems (Bel)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Daniela Bresciani (Ita)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team-2laps
32Nikoline Hansen (Den)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Nathalie Nijns (Bel)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Katrien Thijs (Bel) Edegem Bicycle Club V.Z.W.Row 33 - Cell 2
35Nicoletta Bresciani (Ita)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Hitec Products UCKRow 35 - Cell 2
37Vicki Thomas (Can) Disasterrecovery.ComRow 36 - Cell 2
DNFSuzie Godart (Lux) Fenixs-PetrogradetsRow 37 - Cell 2
DNFTessa Van Nieuwpoort (Ned)Row 38 - Cell 2
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World Cup standings after 3 rounds
1Daphny van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl150pts
2Sanne van Paassen (Ned) BrainWash145Row 1 - Cell 3
3Katherine Compton (USA) Planet Bike-Stevens Bikes120Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sanne Cant (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus94Row 3 - Cell 3
5Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team90Row 4 - Cell 3
6Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona89Row 5 - Cell 3
7Pavla Havlikova (Cze) APB Cycling Team87Row 6 - Cell 3
8Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope84Row 7 - Cell 3
9Sophie de Boer (Ned) ZZPR.nl78Row 8 - Cell 3
10Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Itera-Stevens70Row 9 - Cell 3
11Caroline Mani (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope66Row 10 - Cell 3
12Linda van Rijen (Ned)56Row 11 - Cell 3
13Arenda Grimberg (Ned)52Row 12 - Cell 3
14Sabrina Schweizer (Ger)51Row 13 - Cell 3
15Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) ZZPR.nl44Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Fischer-BMC42Row 15 - Cell 3
17Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) BrainWash41Row 16 - Cell 3
18Nikki Harris (GBr) APB Cycling Team40Row 17 - Cell 3
19Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)39Row 18 - Cell 3
20Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope34Row 19 - Cell 3
21Gabriella Day (GBr) The ChainStay-RENNER29Row 20 - Cell 3
22Susan Butler (USA) Hudz-Subaru28Row 21 - Cell 3
23Amy Dombroski (USA) Luna Pro Team24Row 22 - Cell 3
24Martina Zwick (Ger)23Row 23 - Cell 3
25Jana Kyptova (Cze)22Row 24 - Cell 3
26Ellen Van Loy (Bel)20Row 25 - Cell 3
27Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team19Row 26 - Cell 3
28Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)15Row 27 - Cell 3
29Nicole De Bie - Leyten (Bel) APB Cycling Team15Row 28 - Cell 3
30Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)13Row 29 - Cell 3
31Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)7Row 30 - Cell 3
32Gertie Willems (Bel)7Row 31 - Cell 3
33Helena van Leijen (Ned)5Row 32 - Cell 3
34Tessa Van Nieuwpoort (Ned)4Row 33 - Cell 3
35Daniela Bresciani (Ita)3Row 34 - Cell 3
36Dorota Warczyk (Pol)2Row 35 - Cell 3
37Christine Vardaros (USA) Baboco - Revor Cycling Team1Row 36 - Cell 3
38Francesca Cucciniello (Ita) Guerciotti1Row 37 - Cell 3


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