Breaking News: Powerhouse Stevens Team to Unite Compton, Kupfernagel and Van Nieuwpoort
Compton and Kupfernagel, here finishing 1-2 in January, 2009 Roubaix World Cup, will be teaming up this year © Joe Sales
Cyclocross Magazine has just learned of a new powerhouse team which will bring together six-time American national champ and multiple-time World Cup winner Katie Compton with three-time world champion Hanka Kupfernagel of Germany and young up-and-coming Dutchwoman Tessa van Nieuwpoort. Kupfernagel finished second at Worlds the past two seasons, while Compton took the silver in 2007 and the bronze in 2009. Kupfernagel has also won the overall World Cup title twice, in 2006/2007 and 2008/2009. As teammates, their one-two punch could prove dominant during the 2010/2011 World Cup season.
Van Nieuwpoort will be the team’s wild card – a knee injury took the 18 year-old rider out for the majority of the season, but she has shown good form on the road this past year. She did snag an eighth place in the Elite field in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, in September, 2009, before injury derailed her season.
Both Compton, who rode for Planet Bike last year, and Kupfernagel were aboard Stevens bikes last year. Now the company has upped their support to become title sponsor for the new squad. Check out our look at the new 2011 Stevens cyclocross lineup.
Stay tune to cxmagazine.com for more info as it becomes available!