Compton strikes again in Zolder

For the second time in a less than a week American champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) beat world champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant) in World Cup races on Belgian soil. At today's dry, fast fifth round of the World Cup at the car racing circuit of Terlaemen in Zolder, the 35-year-old American overcame a bad start but coolly chased down and overtook the leading duo of Vos and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) halfway through the five-lap race.

After taking a moment to catch her breath, Compton went on the attack with first Cant then Vos unable to keep the pace. Compton would solo to her fourth straight World Cup win of the season, with Vos and Cant rounding out the podium in second and third respectively.

Compton, the defending World Cup champion, also extended her lead in this season's World Cup standings over British champion Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea), fourth on the day, to a huge gap of 65 points. Cant remains in third overall, 104 points in arrears.

It’s becoming a habit for Compton to get off to a slow start. Just like her start at the previous World Cup round in Namur last week, she had a lot of work to do after the first corners in Zolder. In front, Marianne Vos didn’t waste time and she powered away with Sanne Cant, while Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (BH-SR Suntour-KMC) quickly found out that their pace was too fast for her to keep up.

After the first of five laps the Vos/Cant duo had a lead of 16 seconds over Chainel. A few seconds later Compton was in hot pursuit of the French rider while Harris led a large group half a minute behind the two leaders. During the second lap Compton left Chainel behind and it quickly became obvious that Compton was going much faster than the leaders on the fast course. Halfway through the race Compton joined the leaders and she used her momentum to keep going. Cant was unable to keep up with Compton while Vos sat on the Belgian champion's wheel, needing some time as well to respond to Compton's attack. Nevertheless, the world champion came back in style and the duo of Compton and Vos hit the penultimate lap together with Cant trailing by a handful of seconds.

In the twisting corners of the forest around the car circuit Compton left Vos behind. The difference was made after a sharp corner with a short uphill section right after it where Compton simply overpowered Vos. The world champion had to shift back while World Cup leader Compton kept her pace steadily high in the closing two laps.

Compton would win by 20 seconds over Vos and 57 seconds over Cant while Harris prevailed in the tight battle for fourth place ahead of Chainel, 1:29 back.

With two World Cup rounds remaining Compton is firmly in control of the overall standings. If the American can maintain her 65-point advantage over Harris after the penultimate round in Rome, Italy on January 5 than her overall lead will be insurmountable, enabling Compton to skip the final round in Nommay, France, to focus on the world championship on February 1, 2014.

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Full Results
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:38:42
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:00:20
3Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP0:00:57
4Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:29
5Lucie Chainel (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:01:31
6Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:01:38
7Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team0:01:57
8Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:14
9Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant DealerteamsRow 8 - Cell 2
10Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing0:02:25
11Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:02:27
12Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team0:02:32
13Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:37
14Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:02:52
15Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:03:07
16Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo0:03:17
17Yara Kastelijn (Ned) RTC Buitenlust0:03:21
18Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:03:25
19Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling0:03:31
20Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:38
21Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:03:41
22Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny0:03:48
23Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:03:51
24Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy0:03:53
25Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team0:04:02
26Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti0:04:06
27Laura Verdonschot (Bel) VZW Lotto-Ladiescycling0:04:14
28Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team0:04:25
29Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:04:42
30Courtenay McFadden (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster0:04:43
31Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) EBE Racing Team0:04:51
32Marlene Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCC Morteau-Montbenoit0:05:01
33Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata0:05:11
34Nikola Noskova (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec0:05:12
35Agnes Naumann (Ger) Focus CX Ladies Team0:05:13
36Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Team BMC Concept Store0:05:15
37Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Cycling Team Drogenboom0:05:19
38Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:05:22
39Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team0:05:24
40Katrien Thijs (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team0:05:28
41Jessica Lambracht (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam0:05:31
42Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs MTB-Cube0:05:46
43Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Panasonic Ladies0:05:50
44Esmee Oosterman (Ned) WRV De Peddelaars0:06:03
45Yvonne Fiedler (Ger) Maxxx-Solar Cycling0:07:43
46Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:08:17
47Liv-Susanne Bachmann (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam-1lap
48Jelena Eric (Srb) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi) Cycles ProfRow 48 - Cell 2
50Suzie Godart (Lux) Team Pratomagno WomenRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFElena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia-GuerciottiRow 50 - Cell 2
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World Cup standings after five rounds
1Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective290pts
2Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team225Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP186Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant160Row 3 - Cell 3
5Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing134Row 4 - Cell 3
6Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team132Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lucie Chainel (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC123Row 6 - Cell 3
8Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team121Row 7 - Cell 3
9Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team94Row 8 - Cell 3
10Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha-Focus88Row 9 - Cell 3
11Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com87Row 10 - Cell 3
12Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams85Row 11 - Cell 3
13Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny82Row 12 - Cell 3
14Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant77Row 13 - Cell 3
15Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren Kuota75Row 14 - Cell 3
16Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized73Row 15 - Cell 3
17Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol60Row 16 - Cell 3
18Marlene Morel Petitgirard (Fra) VCC Morteau-Montbenoit55Row 17 - Cell 3
19Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team50Row 18 - Cell 3
20Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team48Row 19 - Cell 3
21Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement48Row 20 - Cell 3
22Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team45Row 21 - Cell 3
23Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling44Row 22 - Cell 3
24Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies42Row 23 - Cell 3
25Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant35Row 24 - Cell 3
26Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti30Row 25 - Cell 3
27Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team27Row 26 - Cell 3
28Laura Verdonschot (Bel) VZW Lotto-Ladiescycling24Row 27 - Cell 3
29Nikola Noskova (Cze) KC Kooperativa SG Jablonec24Row 28 - Cell 3
30Jessica Lambracht (Ger) Stevens-1A-Crossteam23Row 29 - Cell 3
31Yara Kastelijn (Ned) RTC Buitenlust22Row 30 - Cell 3
32Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant22Row 31 - Cell 3
33Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti17Row 32 - Cell 3
34Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo15Row 33 - Cell 3
35Nadja Heigl (Aut) RLM Wien15Row 34 - Cell 3
36Lotte Eikelenboom (Ned) DRC De Mol15Row 35 - Cell 3
37Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs MTB-Cube14Row 36 - Cell 3
38Tereza Medvedova (Svk) ZP Sport13Row 37 - Cell 3
39Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized13Row 38 - Cell 3
40Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team13Row 39 - Cell 3
41Lana Verberne (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team12Row 40 - Cell 3
42Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Panasonic Ladies12Row 41 - Cell 3
43Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata10Row 42 - Cell 3
44Karla Stepanova (Cze) Kona Cycling Point10Row 43 - Cell 3
45Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles8Row 44 - Cell 3
46Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy8Row 45 - Cell 3
47Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den) Team BMC Concept Store7Row 46 - Cell 3
48Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) EBE Racing Team6Row 47 - Cell 3
49Katrien Thijs (Bel) Kleur Op Maat Cycling Team6Row 48 - Cell 3
50Lisa Heckmann (Ger) VC-Racingteam6Row 49 - Cell 3
51Evy Kuijpers (Ned) RTC Buitenlust4Row 50 - Cell 3
52Stephanie De Croock (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Bioracer3Row 51 - Cell 3
53Janka Stevkova (Svk) CK Epic Dohnany3Row 52 - Cell 3
54Esmee Oosterman (Ned) WRV De Peddelaars3Row 53 - Cell 3
55Christine Vardaros (USA) Team Stevens2Row 54 - Cell 3
56Zuzana Vojtasova (Svk) CK Banska Bystrica2Row 55 - Cell 3
57Courtenay McFadden (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster1Row 56 - Cell 3
58Jana Czeczinkarova (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin1Row 57 - Cell 3

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