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.

Photo Gallery:

Full Results:

1Katherine COMPTONUSA3340:07:00
2Daphny VAN DEN BRANDNED3340:37:00
3Katerina NASHCZE3440:45:00
4Sanne VAN PAASSENNED2340:46:00
5Hanka KUPFERNAGELGER3741:16:00
6Helen WYMANGBR3041:31:00
7Christel FERRIER-BRUNEAUFRA3241:37:00
8Sanne CANTBEL2141:55:00
9Caroline MANIFRA2441:56:00
10Sophie DE BOERNED2142:14:00
11Arenda GRIMBERGNED3342:36:00
12Pavla HAVLIKOVACZE2842:39:00
13Sabrina SCHWEIZERGER2142:39:00
14Martina ZWICKGER2242:48:00
15Linda VAN RIJENNED2342:57:00
16Jasmin ACHERMANNSUI2242:59:00
17Reza HORMESNED4443:14:00
18Joyce VANDERBEKENBEL2743:15:00
19Amy DOMBROSKIUSA2443:19:00
20Susan BUTLERUSA4043:41:00
21Gabriella DAYGBR2743:48:00
22Ellen VAN LOYBEL3143:55:00
23Sabrina STULTIENSNED1843:57:00
24Nadia TRIQUET-CLAUDEFRA3343:57:00
25Nikki HARRISGBR2544:11:00
26Nancy BOBERBEL3644:18:00
27Jana KYPTOVACZE2644:23:00
28Nicole DE BIE – LEYTENBEL3644:25:00
29Daniela BRESCIANIITA2944:43:00
30Francesca CUCCINIELLOITA2745:13:00
31Tessa VAN NIEUWPOORTNED2045:17:00
32Stefania VECCHIOITA2145:17:00
33Jennifer SAGESSERSUI2146:44:00
35Lise-Marie HENZELINSUI20
36Nicoletta BRESCIANIITA25
37Nikoline HANSENDEN24



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