Cant beats Compton in Zolder

Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) won the fifth round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on a sunny Saturday afternoon. With a cutting attack halfway through the final lap, Cant climbed away from Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective). Thanks to her second World Cup victory, Cant takes over the lead in the World Cup standings from Italian champion Eva Lechner (Colnago SudTirol) who finished eighth at the dry, fast course on the former F1 racing circuit.

“I had a better feeling in the uphill than Katie. I gave my all at the last climb," Cant said. "I’m happy I could win. I’m happy that I managed to get to the top each lap. It was getting increasingly trampled. The asphalt just ahead of it is hard, too. It’s a tough combination.”

A tumultuous start didn't favour Cant. The start lights malfunctioned, and the riders were forced to turn back to their start position. Ten minutes later than anticipated, a whist-blown start got the pack underway. “I was maybe in 10th position. There was a lot of wind and in front of me they fell down so I couldn't go to the front,” Cant said. British champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) also had a difficult start, riding outside the top-15.

World Cup leader Lechner took the hole shot, and without Cant on her wheel she set a fast pace. That pace wasn't quick enough for Ellen Van Loy (Young Telenet-Fidea) who took over the command halfway through the opening lap. After a bumpy descent in which Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale) crashed, Cant was moving up. Van Loy and Cant were the only riders able to stay on their bike on the steep climb near the end of the lap. Van Loy kept the pace high and powered towards the finish with Cant, Lechner and Sabina Stultiens (Team Liv-Plantur) on her wheel. The four leaders had a lead of eight seconds on chasers Pavla Havlikova (MRM-Avalon), Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea), Sophie de Boer (Kalas-NNOF) and Compton.

During the second lap Compton moved up until she took over the lead position from Van Loy, while Lechner was losing ground. First she had to set foot on the ground at the off-camber climb and then she went over the handlebars on a steep drop. After two laps of racing Compton, Cant and Van Loy were leading the race with a gap of 15 seconds over Havlikova, Stultiens, Harris and Lechner. Van Loy was struggling at the back of this lead group.

At the final steep climb of the course Cant had a much smoother ride and she briefly distanced Compton; a running Van Loy lost a lot of ground. Cant reached the finish line with a small gap over Compton. Although the US champion came back, it was clear that Cant had a strong card to play in the final lap.

Compton kept going flat out and it appeared that Cant began to struggle to keep up during the first half of the penultimate lap, but during the final lap Compton seemed to ease up a little, allowing Van Loy to bridge back up. Instead of waiting for the final steep climb Cant moved ahead of Compton just before the off-camber climb. She climbed better and gapped Compton. At the final steep climb Cant extended her lead, powering solo towards the victory. When crossing the line Cant was clearly pleased with the way she captured the victory. A fist in the air from Compton showed that she wasn't disappointed with her second place. Third-placed Van Loy captured her first-ever World Cup podium spot, narrowly holding of De Jong. Mani confirmed her strong second place at the World Cup round in Namur with a fifth place in Zolder, finishing first of a large group.

In the World Cup standings Cant now holds 222 points. She takes the white jersey back from Lechner and has a bonus of 17 points over the Italian champion. Compton is third with 173 points.

The penultimate World Cup round is held next month in Lignières-en-Berry, France on January 17, 2016.

Full results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sanne Cant (Bel)0:45:02
2Katherine Compton (USA)0:00:07
3Ellen Van Loy (Bel)0:00:24
4Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team0:00:27
5Caroline Mani (Fra)0:00:48
6Pavla Havlikova (Cze)0:00:50
7Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:52
8Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:00:53
9Sophie De Boer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:55
10Nikki Harris (GBr)0:01:04
11Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team0:01:10
12Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team0:01:32
13Chiara Teocchi (Ita) Bianchi I.Idro Drain0:01:38
14Loes Sels (Bel)0:01:43
15Maud Kaptheijns (Ned)0:01:52
16Jolien Verschueren (Bel)0:02:00
17Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:02:14
18Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker0:02:21
19Juliette Labous (Fra)0:02:26
20Nikola Noskova (Cze)0:02:28
21Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata0:02:29
22Femke Van Den Driessche (Bel)0:02:36
23Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team0:02:40
24Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa) Lointek Team0:02:52
25Meredith Miller (USA)0:03:05
26Nadja Heigl (Aut)0:03:14
27Amanda Miller (USA)0:03:22
28Courtenay Mcfadden (USA)0:03:25
29Emma White (USA)0:03:29
30Lisa Jacobs (Aus)0:03:30
31Ellen Noble (USA)0:03:37
32Hannah Payton (GBr)0:03:39
33Mical Dyck (Can)0:03:50
34Esmee Oosterman (Ned)0:03:55
35Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)0:03:58
36Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:00
37Laura Verdonschot (Bel)0:04:07
38Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team0:04:08
39Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi)0:04:09
40Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:10
41Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)0:04:24
42Maelle Grossetete (Fra)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Evita Muzic (Fra)0:04:29
44Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)0:04:31
45Laure Bouteloup (Fra)0:04:32
46Fleur Nagengast (Ned)0:04:36
47Marlene Petit (Fra)0:04:58
48Audrey Menut (Fra) Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret0:05:02
49Amira Mellor (GBr)0:05:38
50Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den)0:05:43
51Stefanie Paul (Ger)0:05:45
52Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)0:06:14
53Denisa Lukesova (Cze)0:06:21
54Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)0:06:45
55Irene Trabazo Bragado (Spa)0:06:59
56Anna Schappert (Can)0:07:03
57Denisa Minarikova-Svecova (Cze)0:07:26
58Edie Antonia Rees (Lux)0:07:56
59Elena Valentini (Ita) Team Vitalogic Astrokalb Nö Radunion0:08:37
60Angelica Edvardsson (Swe)0:09:21
61Yvonne Fiedler (Ger)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Natalie Redmond (Aus)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Monica Carrascosa (Spa)Row 62 - Cell 2
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Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sanne Cant (Bel)222pts
2Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol205Row 1 - Cell 3
3Katherine Compton (USA)173Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nikki Harris (GBr)162Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ellen Van Loy (Bel)155Row 4 - Cell 3
6Pavla Havlikova (Cze)135Row 5 - Cell 3
7Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team118Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team108Row 7 - Cell 3
9Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Twenty16 - Ridebiker102Row 8 - Cell 3
10Caroline Mani (Fra)101Row 9 - Cell 3
11Sophie De Boer (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team95Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jolien Verschueren (Bel)82Row 11 - Cell 3
13Loes Sels (Bel)79Row 12 - Cell 3
14Maud Kaptheijns (Ned)73Row 13 - Cell 3
15Amanda Miller (USA)72Row 14 - Cell 3
16Katerina Nash (Cze)60Row 15 - Cell 3
17Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team58Row 16 - Cell 3
18Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies49Row 17 - Cell 3
19Femke Van Den Driessche (Bel)49Row 18 - Cell 3
20Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa) Lointek Team47Row 19 - Cell 3
21Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata47Row 20 - Cell 3
22Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Team Liv-Plantur43Row 21 - Cell 3
23Ellen Noble (USA)42Row 22 - Cell 3
24Georgia Gould (USA)40Row 23 - Cell 3
25Catharine Pendrel (Can)35Row 24 - Cell 3
26Meredith Miller (USA)32Row 25 - Cell 3
27Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team30Row 26 - Cell 3
28Chiara Teocchi (Ita) Bianchi I.Idro Drain25Row 27 - Cell 3
29Hannah Payton (GBr)25Row 28 - Cell 3
30Maghalie Rochette (Can)24Row 29 - Cell 3
31Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)22Row 30 - Cell 3
32Courtenay Mcfadden (USA)21Row 31 - Cell 3
33Nikola Noskova (Cze)21Row 32 - Cell 3
34Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek Team20Row 33 - Cell 3
35Laura Verdonschot (Bel)18Row 34 - Cell 3
36Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)17Row 35 - Cell 3
37Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)14Row 36 - Cell 3
38Bethany Crumpton (GBr)14Row 37 - Cell 3
39Sunny Gilbert (USA)14Row 38 - Cell 3
40Nadja Heigl (Aut)14Row 39 - Cell 3
41Jana Czeczinkarova (Cze)13Row 40 - Cell 3
42Rachel Lloyd (USA)13Row 41 - Cell 3
43Juliette Labous (Fra)12Row 42 - Cell 3
44Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)12Row 43 - Cell 3
45Jessica Lambracht (Ger)12Row 44 - Cell 3
46Emma White (USA)12Row 45 - Cell 3
47Maelle Grossetete (Fra)11Row 46 - Cell 3
48Lise-Marie Henzelin (Swi)10Row 47 - Cell 3
49Erica Zaveta (USA)10Row 48 - Cell 3
50Lisa Jacobs (Aus)9Row 49 - Cell 3
51Esmee Oosterman (Ned)8Row 50 - Cell 3
52Lizzy Witlox (Ned)8Row 51 - Cell 3
53Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team7Row 52 - Cell 3
54Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)7Row 53 - Cell 3
55Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra)7Row 54 - Cell 3
56Marlene Petit (Fra)6Row 55 - Cell 3
57Yara Kastelijn (Ned)5Row 56 - Cell 3
58Carolina Gomez (Arg)5Row 57 - Cell 3
59Amira Mellor (GBr)4Row 58 - Cell 3
60Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Den)3Row 59 - Cell 3
61Mical Dyck (Can)3Row 60 - Cell 3
62Inge Van Der Heijden (Ned)3Row 61 - Cell 3
63Marlene Morel Petitgirard (Fra)2Row 62 - Cell 3
64Cassandra Maximenko (USA)2Row 63 - Cell 3
65Laure Bouteloup (Fra)1Row 64 - Cell 3
66Olivia Hottinger (Swi)1Row 65 - Cell 3
67Arley Kemmerer (USA)1Row 66 - Cell 3

 

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