Katie Compton wins the Cyclocross World Cup in Roubaix. © Joe Sales

Katie Compton wins the Cyclocross World Cup in Roubaix. © Joe Sales

by Bart Hazen of the Daily Peloton,
Photos by Joe Sales

American Katherine Compton impressed with an stellar one-woman show in Roubaix. Compton, who took her third World Cup victory of the season, won with a lead of nine seconds on World Champion and German Champion Hanka Kupfernagel. At 42 seconds Dutch Champion Daphny van den Brand completed the podium. Marianne Vos and home rider Christel Ferrier-Bruneau rounded off the top five.

Due to the rain the course in Roubaix was very tough and muddy. Hanka Kupfernagel and Marianne Vos had the best start followed by Daphny van den Brand. Compton had a slow start, missing the lead train and had to chase for one lap before she rejoined the break. She immediately took the initiative and put some pressure on the others. Due to her acceleration, both Dutch riders Vos and Van den Brand (crash) dropped off the break.

Compton powers through the sand pit, Photo by Joe Sales

Compton powers through the sand pit, Photo by Joe Sales

In the third lap of six Compton showed her strenght and easily got rid off Kupfernagel. Lap by lap she was increasing her lead and with three laps to go the gap was up to 17 seconds on La Hanka. Marianne Vos, Daphny van den Brand, Christel Ferrier Bruneau and Maryline Salvetat were following about 30 seconds down.

In the final two laps Compton made some small mistakes but it did not stop her from taking her third World Cup win of the season. Kupfernagel finished as second and Van den Brand as third. Earlier this season Compton won  the World Cups in Koksijde and Nommay. Due to her second place Kupfernagel secured her overall win in the World Cup.

With Rachel Lloyd the USA had another rider in the top 10. Lloyd finished as seventh 1:47 down on Compton. Wendy Simms was 15th, Sue Butler 26th, Natasha Eliott 34th, and Christine Vardaros 36th. Images and full results below.

Photos by Joe Sales:

Full Results:

PlaceBibRiderCountryTime
121COMPTON KatherineUSA0:41:48
21KUPFERNAGEL HankaGER+00:09
311VAN DEN BRAND DaphnyNED+00:42
414VOS MarianneNED+00:53
55FERRIER-BRUNEAU ChristelFRA+01:01
643WYMAN HelenGBR+01:37
722LLOYD RachelUSA+01:47
84SALVETAT MarylineFRA+01:51
97MANI CarolineFRA+01:59
1029CANT SanneBEL+02:06
1112VAN PAASSEN SanneNED+02:07
126TRIQUET-CLAUDE NadiaFRA+02:21
1318MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL MirjamNED+02:22
1413ELEMANS SaskiaNED+02:46
1540SIMMS WendyCAN+02:54
1646HAVLIKOVA PavlaCZE+03:08
1715HORMES RezaNED+03:48
1831VANDERBEKEN JoyceBEL+03:49
1917FRANCISSEN AbkeNED+04:02
2045HARRIS NikkiGBR+04:16
2150LEUMANN KatrinSUI+04:40
2230INGELS VeerleBEL+05:05
2316GRIMBERG ArendaNED+05:11
2444DAY GabriellaGBR+05:12
2554SCHWEIZER SabrinaGER+05:12
2623BUTLER SusanUSA+05:13
2727BRESCIANI DanielaITA+05:39
2826LECHNER EvaITA+05:40
2939OGISHIMA MikaJPN+05:43
3034DE BIE – LEYTEN NicoleBEL+05:45
312JURANEK SusanneGER+05:48
329DARCEL CamilleFRA+05:55
3348RIEDL ElkeAUT+05:59
3441ELLIOTT NatashaCAN+06:05
3553BRUCHMANN GesaGER+07:10
3624VARDAROS ChristineUSA+07:18
3733BOBER NancyBEL+07:30
3810LEFEVRE LucieFRA+07:36
3936PAUWELS KatrienBEL+07:49
4047KYPTOVA JanaCZE+08:10
4137LARNO PatsyBEL+08:16
4232WILLEMS GertieBEL-1LAP
4349MÜLLER LiseSUI-1LAP