Five-time national champion Katie Compton (Spike Shooter) has continued her winning streak in Europe, winning the Nommay World Cup in France with a dominating late race attack. Georgia Gould, racing her first World Cup of the season, finished an impressive third.
After Dutch rider Saskia Elemans got the holeshot, Compton wasted no time in getting to the front, and with German Hanka Kupfernagel and Brit Helen Wyman in tow , put in the fastest lap of the day. [See our interview with Wyman in the upcoming Issue 5] Compton’s pace soon dropped Wyman, but could not shell Kupfernagel and the pair rode together for two more laps. With less than two to go, Compton put the pressure on the reigning world champion, gapping the German and giving her a six second lead going into the bell lap.
Behind, Gould overcame a slow start, and continued to move up after sitting in seventh just one lap into the race. Gould would put in a blistering third lap, moving up all the way to third in less than one lap’s time, and over the last three laps, the Luna rider would be the fastest woman of the day.
Up front, on the last lap, Compton continued her fast pace, while Kupfernagel faded, finishing nineteen seconds in arrears by the end. With Gould’s late race pace moving her up to third, the race was on for fourth, and Maryline Sylvetat, Dapny van den Brand, fast starter Helen Wyman, and Marianne Vos were engaged in a fierce battle for the remaining World Cup points. In the end, van den Brand beat Wyman to round out the top five.
North American riders had a strong showing, with Compton and Gould on the podium, and Rachel LLoyd in eighth, Canada’s Natash Elliot in 13th, compatriot Wendy Simms in 15th, Sue Butler in 22nd, and Christine Vardaros in 33rd.
With two Americans on the podium, there is more proof that the United States has one of the strongest women’s fields around. One interesting fact is that the new chip timing revelead that the Americans had the fastest lap times on every one of the five laps, with Gould “winning” lap three and Compton winning the other four. This bodes well for the Americans next year, when the UCI plans to offer a separate prize for the fastest lap of the race, similar to the GVA Trophy’s second lap prime.
We have the Compton’s race report and photos here.
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