Compton returns to winning ways

Katerina Nash may have gotten the better of Katie Compton on day one, but the second round of the USGP of Cyclo-cross New Belgium cup was all Compton.

The US champion displayed a bit more of the spark which has made her such a dominant force in cyclo-cross, bouncing back from the previous day's defeat to claim her eighth win of the season and her first victory since the World Cup in Aigle, Switzerland in October.

Nash, on the other hand, lacked some power and was unable to hold the pace of Compton, coming in second ahead of her teammate Georgia Gould.

"It felt a lot better than yesterday - it definitely hurt a lot, but it felt good to win today," said Compton. "I come into every race wanting to win and do my best. I was a little disappointed yesterday about the mistakes I made technically, and I wanted to feel better, have better legs and be smoother."

Now residing near Boulder, Compton was pleased to be pushed to her limits without having to endure the long hours of travel to Europe to find hard racing.

"I'm so excited to have the competition in the US," Compton said. "Katerina and I always throw down in the World Cups, so it's good competition an hour from home, and you can't beat that."

Compton bides her time

Compton let others take the lead early on the first lap, with Maureen Bruno Roy (Seven Cycles) taking the hole shot and eventual third place finisher Georgia Gould hitting out hard to take the lead shortly thereafter.

Compton took over the lead mid-way through the first lap, but a bad line on a slippery descent brought the Planet Bike rider to a near halt, allowing Gould to shoot by on the inside and reclaim the lead. That move, however, provided Compton with a bit of knowledge that would benefit her later on.

"[Georgia] took a better line, and when she passed me I realised that was the better line," Compton explained. "It was good because I knew to take that line on the rest of the laps.

"It's hard to tell because sometimes you can dial it in during the pre-ride and another race gets on the course and lines change. You kind of look for the best line each lap."

Gould, the USGP series leader, kept the pressure on but her time up front would be limited, as a stumble over the barriers pushed her back into third behind her teammate Nash.

"I tripped on the barriers and then it took me a little bit to get going because the section after it was really bumpy," Gould said.

Despite the stumble she said her performance was improved over the previous day.

"I was riding much better today technically, but I just didn't have the legs. I didn't have the little extra, but I tried my best - it's all you can do."

Nash, who was the more technically proficient rider on the previous day, could not close down the seven-second gap to Compton on the much faster course.

The pair held its distance steady until two laps to go when Compton finally cracked the 10-second barrier and ensured that she would get her revenge on the Czech champion.

"I knew Katerina and Georgia were right behind me," said Compton. "I was definitely taking one lap at a time today, just trying to be smoother. I tried to put the pressure on where I could, and recover on the downhills.

"I tried to just stay within myself and make sure I had some gas in the tank in case Katerina caught or if I made mistakes. Luckily I was able to keep it smooth and maintain that gap."

Nash conceded that, "Katie had a very strong race, I think I rode really strong, but I just wasn't as good as Katie today," adding that she preferred the muddier conditions on Saturday: "I like it sloppier - today it was still very challenging course, but I made a few small mistakes."

Nash held on for second, while Gould powered to the line minutes ahead of the next chase group, led home by Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry-Specialized).

Miller had been fighting a close battle with the other Luna team rider, Amy Dombroski, but managed to unhinge her in the final few hundred metres.

"We were trading pulls and I thought maybe I could get her in the last couple power sections. I was actually surprised I had gapped her because she is riding super strong and I knew it would be hard to drop her," said Miller.

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Full Results
1Katherine Compton (USA) Planet Bike-Stevens Bikes0:39:08
2Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:00:15
3Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:15
4Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:02:44
5Amy Dombroski (USA) Luna Pro Team0:02:56
6Nicole Duke (USA) Hudz-Subaru0:03:37
7Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:03:46
8Katherine Sherwin (USA) Hudz-Subaru0:03:50
9Amanda Miller (USA) Hudz-SubaruRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alice Pennington (USA) Team S&M0:03:57
11Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:04:20
12Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda-Felt0:04:22
13Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com0:04:50
14Barbara Howe (USA) Ibis And The Danger Twins0:05:10
15Lisa Curry (USA) GAS/Intrinsik0:05:41
16Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus0:05:43
17Lisa Strong (USA) Hudz-Subaru0:06:53
18Kristal Boni (USA) Blue Sky Velo0:07:11
19Megan Taylor (USA) COMotion Sports0:07:15
20Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Team Plan C0:07:57
21Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports-1lap
22Becca Blay (USA)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Nina Baum (USA) CannondaleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Carrie Cash Wootten (USA) Team Vera Bradley FoundationRow 23 - Cell 2
25Lauri Webber (USA) Secret Henry's TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Kristine Church (USA) Human Zoom-Pabst Blue RibbonRow 25 - Cell 2
27Shannon Gibson (USA) Velobella- EllsworthRow 26 - Cell 2
28Katy Curtis (Can) CMC/Bow CycleRow 27 - Cell 2
29Lora Heckman (USA)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Kate Scheider (USA) Mafia RacingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Amanda Schaper (USA) SDG Factory Team-2laps
32Catherine Johnson (USA) Rocky Mounts/ IzzeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Lynn Bush (USA) Tough Girl / SCOTTRow 32 - Cell 2
34Deirdre Garvey (USA) Louisville Cyclery-3laps
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Elite women US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross standings after six rounds
1Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team248pts
2Katherine Compton (USA) Planet Bike-Stevens Bikes190Row 1 - Cell 3
3Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant-Specialized169Row 2 - Cell 3
4Katherine Sherwin (USA) Hudz-Subaru110Row 3 - Cell 3
5Amy Dombroski (USA) Luna Pro Team107Row 4 - Cell 3
6Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team90Row 5 - Cell 3
7Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes86Row 6 - Cell 3
8Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com81Row 7 - Cell 3
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles79Row 8 - Cell 3
10Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant-Specialized77Row 9 - Cell 3
11Nicole Duke (USA) Hudz-Subaru72Row 10 - Cell 3
12Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy70Row 11 - Cell 3
13Susan Butler (USA) Hudz-Subaru60Row 12 - Cell 3
14Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus42Row 13 - Cell 3
15Ashley James (USA) Team Kenda41Row 14 - Cell 3
16Amanda Miller (USA) Hudz-Subaru40Row 15 - Cell 3
17Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda-Felt38Row 16 - Cell 3
18Alice Pennington (USA) Team S&M35Row 17 - Cell 3
19Sally Annis (USA) p/b JRA Cycles33Row 18 - Cell 3
20Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing33Row 19 - Cell 3
21Linda Sone (USA) Planet Bike30Row 20 - Cell 3
22Lisa Strong (USA) Hudz-Subaru19Row 21 - Cell 3
23Kimberly Flynn (USA) Grace Law-Trek p/b Vantaggio19Row 22 - Cell 3
24Barbara Howe (USA) Ibis And The Danger Twins17Row 23 - Cell 3
25Devon Haskell (USA) Bike Station Aptos17Row 24 - Cell 3
26Robin Williams (USA) Mercy-Specialized17Row 25 - Cell 3
27Carrie Cash Wootten (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation16Row 26 - Cell 3
28Jennifer Maxwell (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Sterke Meiden14Row 27 - Cell 3
29Katy Curtis (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle12Row 28 - Cell 3
30Holly Klug (USA) Pony Shoop10Row 29 - Cell 3
31Nicole Borem (USA) DRT Racing9Row 30 - Cell 3
32Lisa Curry (USA) GAS/Intrinsik8Row 31 - Cell 3
33Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Team Plan C6Row 32 - Cell 3
34Anne Schwartz (USA) Flying Rhino Cycling Club6Row 33 - Cell 3
35Marne Smiley (USA) Scott/Ollett Coaching6Row 34 - Cell 3
36Shannon Gibson (USA) Velobella- Ellsworth4Row 35 - Cell 3
37Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports4Row 36 - Cell 3
38Kristal Boni (USA) Blue Sky Velo3Row 37 - Cell 3
39Miranda Long (USA) Team Pg-133Row 38 - Cell 3
40Megan Taylor (USA) COMotion Sports2Row 39 - Cell 3
41Meghan Korol (USA)2Row 40 - Cell 3
42Erin Silliman (USA) ALAN North America Cycling Team1Row 41 - Cell 3

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