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Cyclo-Cross World Cup #3 - CDM

Pijnacker, Netherlands, November 11, 2007

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Race 2 - November 11: Elite women, 40 minutes

First ever World Cup win for Compton

By Brecht Decaluwé

Compton with the spoils of victory
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In only her third ever World Cup race, US rider Katie Compton has taken her first victory on the cyclo-cross World Cup circuit. The 29 year-old totally dominated the women's race where local Dutch riders had hoped to continue their domination from previous rounds.

Thirty-four women started in the second World Cup race of the season, and the big favourite for the win was newly crowned European champion Daphny Van Den Brand who had won the previous World Cup race in Kalmthout. Compton decided things would be different this time and dropped everybody including Van Den Brand on the first lap.

A chasing group gathered behind the American including Belgian Sanne Cant who had a good start, but the 17 year-old couldn't maintain her tempo and eventually finished eighth. While Compton worked hard to build her lead, a group of three women formed behind her. Van Den Brand and compatriot Rheza Hormes Ravenstein were joined by Birgit Hollmann and going into the final laps it was clear they would battle for second place.

Compton cruised along to grab her first ever World Cup win while Van Den Brand dropped her rivals to grab second place. The experienced Hormes Ravenstein improved throughout to hold off Hollmann and claim third place, accompanying her compatriot Van Den Brand on the podium.

Helen Wyman was fighting for fifth place with young Pavla Havlikova, but the Czech woman managed to stay ahead of the Briton in the end. Gabriella Day captured a good ninth place while Christine Vardaros finished as second American in 27th, almost seven minutes behind Compton.


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1 Katie Compton (USA) Spike Shooter                        40.04
2 Daphny van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl                        0.54
3 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned)                              1.03
4 Birgit Hollmann (Ger) Team Getränke-Hoffmann              1.12
5 Pavia Havlikova (Cze)                                     1.35
6 Helen Wyman (GBr)                                         1.44
7 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)                            2.07
8 Sanne Cant (Bel) ASD Selle Italia Guerciotti              2.31
9 Gabriella Day (GBr)                                       2.38
10 Nadia Triquet (Fra)                                      2.48
11 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Team Getränke-Hoffmann              3.02
12 Sanne Van Paasen (Ned)                                   3.16
13 Veerle Ingels (Bel) AVB/USspa Cycling Team               3.27
14 Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Team DSB Bank                      4.06
15 Arenda Grimberg (Ned)                                    4.15
16 Katrien Pauwels (Bel) Empella Czech Team
17 Laurence Leboucher (Fra) Sarthe-Gasseau                  4.23
18 Saskia Elemans (Ned) WV de Meteoor                       4.58
19 Susanne Juranek (Ger) RSC Oldenburg 1965                 5.40
20 Daniela Bresciani (Ita)                                  5.42
21 Abke Francissen (Ned) Team Brabant 2000                  5.45
22 Katrien Aerts (Bel) Benelux Team                         5.52
23 Elke Riedl (Ned) Restore Cycling
24 Ayako Toyooka (Jpn)                                      6.08
25 Mika Ogishima (Jpn) UWTC de Volharding                   6.25
26 Anja Nobus (Bel) Wielerclub Oostende Noordzee            6.32
27 Christine Vardaros (USA)                                 6.45
28 Veronica Alessio (Ita) Team Desenzanese Asd              7.06
29 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel)                                  7.51
30 Nicole Kampeter (Ger) RC Endspurt Herford                8.08
31 Perrine Philippe (Fra) US Domont Cyclisme                8.28
32 Anouk Kesseleer - Haarsma (Ned)                          9.18
33 Suzie Godart (Lux) Fenixs - HPB                         10.24
34 Gertie Willems (Bel) Wielerpromotieclub Jeugdteam       11.00

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