Compton Rallies to Aigle World Cup Victory – Updated Photo Gallery, Report, Full Results

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Compton flew the stars and stripes to another World Cup victory © Mark Legg-Compton

Compton flew the stars and stripes to another World Cup victory © Mark Legg-Compton

Aigle, Switzerland – On a cool day among the snow-dusted mountains of the Alps, Katie Compton (Planet Bike) came from behind on a fast, challenging course to win the first UCI Cyclocross World Cup of the season in Aigle, Switzerland. Compton rode away from Dutch star Daphny van den Brand late in the race, taking victory ahead of a stacked field – though a field conspicuously missing the world champion, Marianne Vos, who’s sitting out the early season to focus on racing on the road and track. Czech (but California-based) Katerina Nash (Luna) finished third, while Sanne van Paassen (Brainwash), Hanka Kupfernagel (Itera) and Helen Wyman (Kona) rounded out the top six.

Despite the American’s decisive victory, the early race belonged to rising star Sanne van Paassen, who slipped through a hole on the left side of the field and grabbed the lead on the race’s first turn. Behind her, Germany’s Hanka Kupfernagel and Belgium’s Sanne Cant (BKCP-Powerplus) led the chase. Compton, meanwhile, had a slow start and found herself some 10 riders back during the first lap.

The young Sanne van Paasen finished fourth and continues to show great promise © Mark Legg-Compton

The young Sanne van Paasen finished fourth and continues to show great promise © Mark Legg-Compton

But van Paassen ceded the lead to Daphny van den Brand, who immediately launched an attack, looking to break up the long line of riders behind her. Van Paassen matched van Den Brand’s early surge, but crashed hard when she hit the tape on the descent from one of the course’s numerous short, steep hills, tumbling head over heels to the ground. Though the the 23 year-old Dutchwoman recovered quickly, the fall allowed van Den Brand to go clear, pulling Kupfernagel and Sanne Cant behind her.

Daphny ven den Brand rode consistently to claim second © Mark Legg-Compton

Daphny ven den Brand rode consistently to claim second © Mark Legg-Compton

Van Paassen, meanwhile, joined forces with Compton, Czech Pavla Havlikova and Britain’s Helen Wyman, starting the chase some 10 seconds back from the leaders. While van Den Brand began to stretch a lead over Kupfernagel and Cant up front, the group of four were closing from behind. Under the the pressure of van den Brand’s attack at the head of the race, and Compton’s surging chase, the race began to fracture, and by the late laps Compton and van den Brand rode together, some 10 seconds ahead of Kupfernagel and van Paassen.

Compton, attacking out of every one of the course’s tight turns, began to pull away from the Dutchwoman on the third of the race’s six laps, coming into the final lap alone, some 30 seconds clear of van den Brand, who, in turn, led chasers Katerina Nash and van Paassen. With a huge gap, Compton had plenty of time to savor her first World Cup win of the 2010-11 season, while Nash and Van Paassen sprinted for third some 45 seconds behind.

After the race, Compton told Cyclocross Magazine that she was thrilled with the results. “I’m super excited about the win,” she said, “I really needed that after a long tough season dealing with health issues. It felt great to win, and I just had a fun time racing today. My form is getting better and better. [I] still have plenty of room to improve, but I’m off to a great start.”

The media scrum around Compton © Mark Legg-Compton

The media scrum around Compton © Mark Legg-Compton

One place where the US national champion acknowledged she could use some work was in the early stages of the race. “My starts right now are a weak point and something I really need to work on,” she said afterwards. “I just didn’t have much get-up-and-go, so I had to work my way up to the front. Once I got there I just kept going.” Nonetheless, Compton said, the race from behind suited her, and she came away feeling great about her prospects for the season and looking forward to a return to Switzerland next year. “I loved having the first World Cup here,” she said. “It was a great venue and super beautiful. I can’t wait to come back next year!”

Americans Amy Dombroski (Luna) and Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) finished 19th and 20th, respectively. Stay tuned for more from Aigle and a personal report from Sue Butler.

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Full Results:

Rank Name Nat. Age* Result
1 Katherine COMPTON USA 33 40:07:00
2 Daphny VAN DEN BRAND NED 33 40:37:00
3 Katerina NASH CZE 34 40:45:00
4 Sanne VAN PAASSEN NED 23 40:46:00
5 Hanka KUPFERNAGEL GER 37 41:16:00
6 Helen WYMAN GBR 30 41:31:00
7 Christel FERRIER-BRUNEAU FRA 32 41:37:00
8 Sanne CANT BEL 21 41:55:00
9 Caroline MANI FRA 24 41:56:00
10 Sophie DE BOER NED 21 42:14:00
11 Arenda GRIMBERG NED 33 42:36:00
12 Pavla HAVLIKOVA CZE 28 42:39:00
13 Sabrina SCHWEIZER GER 21 42:39:00
14 Martina ZWICK GER 22 42:48:00
15 Linda VAN RIJEN NED 23 42:57:00
16 Jasmin ACHERMANN SUI 22 42:59:00
17 Reza HORMES NED 44 43:14:00
18 Joyce VANDERBEKEN BEL 27 43:15:00
19 Amy DOMBROSKI USA 24 43:19:00
20 Susan BUTLER USA 40 43:41:00
21 Gabriella DAY GBR 27 43:48:00
22 Ellen VAN LOY BEL 31 43:55:00
23 Sabrina STULTIENS NED 18 43:57:00
24 Nadia TRIQUET-CLAUDE FRA 33 43:57:00
25 Nikki HARRIS GBR 25 44:11:00
26 Nancy BOBER BEL 36 44:18:00
27 Jana KYPTOVA CZE 26 44:23:00
28 Nicole DE BIE – LEYTEN BEL 36 44:25:00
29 Daniela BRESCIANI ITA 29 44:43:00
30 Francesca CUCCINIELLO ITA 27 45:13:00
31 Tessa VAN NIEUWPOORT NED 20 45:17:00
32 Stefania VECCHIO ITA 21 45:17:00
33 Jennifer SAGESSER SUI 21 46:44:00
34 Gertie WILLEMS BEL 34
35 Lise-Marie HENZELIN SUI 20
36 Nicoletta BRESCIANI ITA 25
37 Nikoline HANSEN DEN 24
39 Lise MÜLLER SUI 22
40 Vicki THOMAS CAN 39



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