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Compton opens 'cross season with Planet Bike Cup victory

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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) wins one for her title sponsor in Wisconsin.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) wins one for her title sponsor in Wisconsin. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob's Red Mill-Seven) on the pavement

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob's Red Mill-Seven) on the pavement (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) leading Amy Dombroski up the steps on the back side of the course.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) leading Amy Dombroski up the steps on the back side of the course. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) giving it maximum power on the flats.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) giving it maximum power on the flats. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) on the front row at the start.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) on the front row at the start. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) warming up on her trainer.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) warming up on her trainer. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) descending with about a five second lead.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) descending with about a five second lead. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) returning to action after an injury sustained at the mountain bike world championships.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) returning to action after an injury sustained at the mountain bike world championships. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elite women's podium (l-r): Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team), 3rd; Katie Compton (Planet Bike), 1st; Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), 2nd.

Elite women's podium (l-r): Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team), 3rd; Katie Compton (Planet Bike), 1st; Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), 2nd. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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USA Mountain Biking Champion Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding in 2nd place

USA Mountain Biking Champion Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding in 2nd place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) settling in to third position

Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) settling in to third position (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) on the pavement with one lap to go

Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) on the pavement with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) leading the race on the first lap

Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) leading the race on the first lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) riding in the top ten early in the race

Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) riding in the top ten early in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Sally Annis (Crossresults) and Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) beating Georgia Gould to the barriers

Sally Annis (Crossresults) and Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) beating Georgia Gould to the barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) running the barrier section

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) running the barrier section (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) on a run-up

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) on a run-up (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) running the hill

Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) running the hill (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) putting in a "most aggressive" race performance

Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) putting in a "most aggressive" race performance (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Robin Williams (Iowa City Cycling) hoofing it up one the climbs

Robin Williams (Iowa City Cycling) hoofing it up one the climbs (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Mountain biker Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) has no problem with the technical stuff

Mountain biker Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) has no problem with the technical stuff (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) riding like an assassin today

Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) riding like an assassin today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) having a solid race today

Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) having a solid race today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Ashley James's mother watching her daughter's first elite race

Ashley James's mother watching her daughter's first elite race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) coming off a second place performance at Cross Vegas

Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) coming off a second place performance at Cross Vegas (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Cycling)

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Cycling) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) is getting more hole shots than anyone

Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) is getting more hole shots than anyone (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Cycling) near the front of the race at the barriers

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Cycling) near the front of the race at the barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Sally Annis (Crossresults) is coming off a Verge series win last weekend

Sally Annis (Crossresults) is coming off a Verge series win last weekend (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) had a mediocre start but moved up quickly

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) had a mediocre start but moved up quickly (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) being marked by US Champion Katie Compton (Planet Bike)

Sue Butler (Hudz/Subaru) being marked by US Champion Katie Compton (Planet Bike) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Cycling) running the steps

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Cycling) running the steps (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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U-23 Champion Ashley James (Team Kenda) running the steps

U-23 Champion Ashley James (Team Kenda) running the steps (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Newcomer Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) is turning a lot of heads with her performances the past week

Newcomer Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) is turning a lot of heads with her performances the past week (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Holly Klug (Erie Cafe) running uphill

Holly Klug (Erie Cafe) running uphill (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rode away to a solo victory in front of a sponsor-filled audience at the Planet Bike Cup, round one of the US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross series held in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Saturday. The US national champion finished the race with a sizable lead on Luna Pro teammates Georgia Gould in second and Amy Dombroski in third.

“My knee didn’t hurt today,’ said Compton who tore a bursa on her kneecap several weeks ago. “I wasn’t feeling good but I know how to suffer and my knee didn’t hurt. I noticed that I was getting gaps on the turns and I just kept on top of that until the elastic band broke. Once I got a gap I just kept going with it.”

Compton’s victory earned her the early lead of the USGP series. However, she will not be attending all of the rounds and admitted that she is less interested in winning the series title and more interested in capturing the World title this season.

“I’m not going to do so much travel this year and I’m going to stay Stateside a little bit,” Compton said. “I’m still going to hit some World Cups and make sure I have enough UCI points for a good start at Worlds. I’m going to get some good training in, rest well and win some good races instead of just hoping for a podium at the start.”

A heavy-hitting front row rolled to the starting line that included defending champion Compton, despite her lingering knee injury keeping her from racing CrossVegas on Wednesday night. But after keeping a close eye on the injury Compton decided that it was healed enough to give the Planet Bike Cup a try.

“I was right on the edge of having the pain subside and I didn’t want to rush it,” Compton said. “It is such a long season and I want to do well at Worlds this year. I figured that I would wait and see how I felt this weekend. I was still on the fence about it but last night it felt good walking up and down the stairs so I thought it was a good sign to start today.”

Luna ladies round out the podium

Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) opened the first lap out front and set the pace for a long line of competitors behind. Compton assumed second wheel followed by Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro), Sally Annis (North East Bicycle Club) and Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing).

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro) got off to a slower than usual start and wrestled her way through the group. She headed the second large group that included former US road champion Meredith Miller and pro mountain biker Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant-Specialized) and Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill-Seven Cycles).

By the end of the second lap, Compton was riding away from her lead group companions through the technical turns. One lap later, Gould and Dombroski worked together in a two-up chase to try and reduce the time margin to Compton before it was too big to control. Gould eventually gained time on her teammate and rode in for second place.

“I was seven riders back when Katie attacked and I had to make my way through some riders,” Gould said. “I had a slow start and didn’t have the punch to move up and I was just riding my own pace. It would have been more ideal if I could have gotten it together a little earlier.

“Obviously you want to try to close down the gap and for a little bit we were,” she said. “The time was kind of staying the same and Amy kind of dropped off a little bit so I was just riding around by myself.”

Roughly 10 seconds behind Miller caught up to Butler and the pair worked to keep Gould and Dombroski in sight. Miller gained a small lead on the last lap securing fourth place ahead of Butler in fifth. Smith rolled in for sixth place.

Stetson-Lee earned herself the Most Aggressive rider award for her impressive leap from last place to seventh during the women’s 45-minute ‘cross race.

“I had my first Elite race in CrossVegas,” said 24-year-old Stetson-Lee. “I have no ranking so today I started on the last row. There were three rows and then I was by myself on the fourth row. My strong point was probably the technical parts because of my mountain bike background so with all the U-turns and stuff I found some good lines and was able to move up fast.”
 

Full Results
1Katherine Compton (USA) Planet Bike-Stevens Bikes0:37:13
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:24
3Amy Dombroski (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:44
4Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:00:53
5Susan Butler (USA) Hudz-Subaru0:01:10
6Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:01:28
7Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:01:39
8Katherine Sherwin (USA) Hudz-Subaru0:01:40
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:01:48
10Ashley James (USA) Team Kenda0:01:50
11Sally Annis (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:01:51
12Devon Haskell (USA) Bike Station Aptos0:03:00
13Robin Williams (USA) Mercy-Specialized0:03:18
14Carrie Cash Wootten (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation0:03:24
15Linda Sone (USA) Planet Bike0:03:25
16Holly Klug (USA) Pony Shoop0:03:28
17Kimberly Flynn (USA) Grace Law-Trek p/b Vantaggio0:03:38
18Anne Schwartz (USA) Flying Rhino Cycling Club0:03:53
19Meghan Korol (USA)0:04:00
20Nicole Borem (USA) DRT Racing0:05:31
21Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Team Plan C0:05:42
22Emma Bast (USA) Team Plan C0:05:49

 

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