Katie Compton was dominant and should be the favorite at Worlds. © Bart Hazen

Katie Compton was dominant and should be the favorite at Worlds. © Bart Hazen

At the final World Cup in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands, today, Katie Compton (Planet Bike) showed she is in form for the World Championships in St. Wendel next weekend. The seven-time US National Champion won in solo fashion after a bobble by Hanka Kupfernagel (Stevens), which also blocked Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit), allowed the American to create a gap that, from that point forward, only got larger. Compton soloed to the win, with Kupfernagel taking second over Vos, followed by Sanne van Paassen (Brainwash) and Katerina Nash (Luna), respectively.

Just as in the men’s race, it was the reigning world champ, Vos, who was the early aggressor, and only Kupfernagel could match the early speeds. France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, who’s shown great form in recent weeks, led the pursuit, with Compton, Sanne Cant (BKCP-Powerplus) and van Paassen clawing their way back.

Further accelerations by the lead duo left Compton trailing just behind solo, with the other chasers succumbing to the efforts. On the third lap Compton caught the leaders and moved into the lead, when Kupfernagel slid in a corner and gave the American champ all the breathing room she’d need. When Vos got back on terms, she chased with her full fury, but would fade and subsequently be caught and dropped by the Kupfernagel.

Czech national champ Nash battled van Paassen for fourth before a crash late in the race left the Luna rider in fifth. Either way, van Paassen would have taken the World Cup overall title, but finishing one position further back would have halved her 10-point spread over Compton.

Meredith Miller leads Sophie de Boer, Nikki Harris and Amy Dombroski

Meredith Miller leads Sophie de Boer, Nikki Harris and Amy Dombroski. © Bart Hazen

British National Champion Helen Wyman crossed the line in eighth place. Among the other Americans, Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized) took a solid 12th and vindicated herself after a difficult European race swing in December, Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) took 18th, Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) 25th, and 19 year-old Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) raced her first-ever World Cup to 31st place. Christine Vardaros (Baboco) pulled out due to a nagging injury sustained earlier in the season. Canadian Natasha Elliott finished just behind Butler in 26th.

Compton uncharacteristically struggled with the muddy conditions early in the race, and was thankful to have a good gap towards the end as a bobble in the rutted conditions would cost her a handful of seconds on the final lap. Even with that room for improvement, she was able to cross the line all alone with 18 seconds to spare to claim the solo win.

The Hoogerheide World Cup Podium: Hanka Kupfernagel, Katie Compton, Marianne Vos

The Hoogerheide World Cup Podium: Hanka Kupfernagel, Katie Compton, Marianne Vos. © Bart Hazen

Sanne van Paassen’s result was enough to secure her lead in the overall World Cup standings, with Compton taking second in the series ahead of Marianne Vos, despite both of those riders skipping a significant portion of the races. Compton missed two World Cups, but won all five of the races she entered and finished just 10 points behind the young Dutch woman. Vos skipped three races, but her podium position today moved her from seventh up to third in the overall. Van Paassen, for her part, took the World Cup win in Plzen, Czech Republic, and was rewarded for her consistency during the season as she was a regular in the top four.

Stay tuned for a full report.

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Nos Women’s Hoogerheide Video:
The cool Dutch video below spends a little time with the home town Dutch faves Vos and van Paassen, but has some great footage of Compton talking about overcoming her health issues and maturing as a rider to become the favorite for next week’s World Championships.

Full Results:

1Katherine COMPTONUSA3340:59:00
2Hanka KUPFERNAGELGER3741:17:00
3Marianne VOSNED2441:30:00
4Sanne VAN PAASSENNED2341:50:00
5Katerina NASHCZE3442:00:00
6Sanne CANTBEL2142:13:00
7Pauline FERRAND PREVOTFRA1942:17:00
8Helen WYMANGBR3042:36:00
9Sophie DE BOERNED2142:50:00
10Sabine SPITZGER4043:01:00
11Christel FERRIER-BRUNEAUFRA3243:05:00
12Meredith MILLERUSA3843:09:00
13Sabrina STULTIENSNED1843:11:00
14Jasmin ACHERMANNSUI2243:14:00
15Sabrina SCHWEIZERGER2143:23:00
16Pavla HAVLIKOVACZE2843:35:00
17Caroline MANIFRA2443:52:00
18Amy DOMBROSKIUSA2444:01:00
19Reza HORMESNED4444:03:00
20Nikki HARRISGBR2544:11:00
21Katrin LEUMANNSUI2944:29:00
22Elisabeth BRANDAUGER2644:48:00
23Martina ZWICKGER2245:12:00
24Linda VAN RIJENNED2345:24:00
25Susan BUTLERUSA4045:25:00
26Natasha ELLIOTTCAN3345:25:00
27Nancy BOBERBEL3645:42:00
28Gabriella DAYGBR2745:49:00
29Christine MAJERUSLUX2445:49:00
30Martina MIKULASKOVACZE1846:05:00
31Kaitlin ANTONNEAUUSA1946:14:00
32Arenda GRIMBERGNED3346:33:00
33Nicole DE BIE – LEYTENBEL3647:02:00
34Ayako TOYOOKAJPN3147:11:00
35Aida NUNO PALACIOESP2847:15:00
36Nikoline HANSENDEN2447:16:00
37Gertie WILLEMSBEL3447:20:00
38Tessa VAN NIEUWPOORTNED2047:23:00
39Ellen VAN LOYBEL3147:25:00
40Lucia GONZALEZ BLANCOESP2147:30:00
41Hilde QUINTENSBEL4747:33:00
42Lana VERBERNENED1947:40:00
43Elke RIEDLAUT4047:46:00
44Nathalie NIJNSBEL1847:47:00
45Katrien AERTSBEL4147:50:00
46Margriet Helena KLOPPENBURGDEN2348:26:00
47Annefleur KALVENHAARNED1749:08:00