Vos Takes Seventh Cyclocross World Championship Title, Lechner and Wyman Round Out Podium – Worlds 2014 Full Report, Results, Gallery

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Vos makes it seven World Championships. © Thomas van Bracht

Vos makes it seven World Championships. © Thomas van Bracht590

A familiar script played out today on the muddy parcours of Hoogerheide, as Marianne Vos – powered in part by a fanatical home crowd – proved once again to be hands, head, and legs above the rest of the field, escaping from a strong Eva Lechner on the first lap and blitzing the course in her trademark solo fashion to take an incredible seventh World Cyclocross Title.

It was a disappointing day for America’s heroine, however, as Katie Compton first suffered a poor start, then a heart-wrenching tangle, the combination of which put her far in arrears of the leaders. Though she fought hard, and at one point looked to be back in podium contention, the effort – and perhaps a continuation of the breathing problems that saw her pull out of the final round of the World Cup last weekend – was too much, and she faded back to finish in ninth.

While Italy’s Eva Lechner valiantly hung on to silver, the battle of the day went to bronze, as Britain’s Helen Wyman and Belgium’s Sanne Cant traded blows for most of the race, with Cant showing superior technical skills and Wyman proving physically stronger. In the end, Wyman launched a last lap acceleration that Cant couldn’t quite follow, and though the Belgian clawed her way to within three seconds of the Brit, bronze belonged to Wyman.

Americans Kaitie Antonneau and Elle Anderson finished 13th and 15th, respectively, with Meredith Miller coming in at 25th. An early mechanical put Crystal Anthony unfortunately behind to finish in 30th.

Compton was very disappointed and didn’t want to talk much immediately after the race, but she told us, “I missed my pedal at the start then got stuck in traffic. Then Pavla Havlikova (Czech) got into a rut and fell in front of me and I t-boned her and our bikes got stuck and we couldn’t get them apart until the race has gone past us. Then I was just chasing and that caught up with me.”

As for the Brit that we called for a potential podium finish, “I went so hard on the first lap!” said Wyman. “I just died. I started to go back through the riders but I got a second wind at the end of the second lap so I started telling myself ‘You can do this.’ I saw Katie was struggling so I knew I had to stay with Sanne, and on the last lap I knew she made a mistake behind me. Then I said, all right, just hammer. I sprinted every corner in the last lap thinking ‘Don’t let her take it now!’ You can only ride as fast as you can ride. Thankfully, I recovered quick and I was able to come back. I tried not to let them get too far away because then you can inspire yourself to get closer in corners. Today just worked.”

“It was amazing from the first lap on!” said Vos after the race. “Amazing crowds, all the yelling and screaming my name. Of course that helps you, but you still have to push yourself. I was in the lead with Lechner, and I didn’t feel too good, but I tried to push on the run-up and see if I could get a gap. It’s a hard lap, so the gap can be early. I felt good all week so I knew I had a good chance but after the changing conditions we all were unsure, would I be strong enough? I’m really happy with this title, next will be road.”

Vos powering away at UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2014 Elite Women. © Thomas van Bracht

Vos powering away at UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2014 Elite Women. © Thomas van Bracht

Challenges to the Queen, Tragedy to the Hopeful

At the gun, Eva Lechner proved punchiest, taking the holeshot and leading the opening salvo ahead of Vos and France’s Lucie Chainel-Lefevre, as Compton became immediately swamped by the field, slotting in nearly twenty places back.

As the race began, so it finished: Wyman took over at the front, powering away and stringing out the field behind her, with Lechner and Marianne Vos the only two to follow closely, leaving Germany’s Hanka Kupfernagel, Belgian’s Elen van Loy and Britain’s Nikki Harris to chase behind.  While Vos looked content to stay where she was for the moment, Lechner and Wyman traded leads as the course, slick and muddy from the previous night’s rain, wound through the woods. At the first sharp climb, however, Vos showed she clearly was the racer to beat as she smoothly rode up what the rest had to dismount and run. Lechner followed, with Wyman on her tail, and though there would be some shuffling throughout the race, the podium was set.

Far more drama was happening behind, however, for the American racers. While attempting to make up ground from her poor start, Compton tangled with the Czech Republic’s Pavla Havlikova when Havlikova bobbled, and the camera focused on the most tragic moment of the race as the two fought desperately to untangle their handlebars as the field disappeared around them. At a loss, Compton could only shake her head, knowing the win was riding away from her.

Lechner taking control of the battle for silver at UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2014 Elite Women. © Thomas van Bracht

Lechner taking control of the battle for silver at UCI Cyclocross World Championships 2014 Elite Women. © Thomas van Bracht

Lechner Shows Chutzpah, Vos Shows Prowess, Compton Shows Tenacity

Back at the front, Lechner attempted to change the script by taking the lead back from Vos, a move that took the two away from Wyman, who would never regain contact with the lead. As the course closed into the final risers of the first lap, Vos decided that it was time to make her move, and accelerated hard over a sharp pitch, then driving hard, head down, on the finishing straight.

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smipypr
smipypr

Earlier today, my post seemed to dismiss and/or disrespect Katie Compton's result at the Worlds. Maybe I was being inarticulate, maybe I was a little bitter. I really dig Katie, her heart, and her attitude. Watching her race in Rome, she couldn't make a bad move. Marianne Vos couldn't either, but Katie's right moves stacked up better. That day. And really, that's bike racing. On any day, in any stage, there are always 10 riders, maybe 20, who can win. Cyclocross is different, in that the start is a key element. There is far less team play in 'cross, as well. 'Cross is a bit like tennis, too. The men tend to muscle it. Finesse is served sparingly, but convincingly. Women can muscle, too; don't misundertake me. When women talk about their races, afterward, they talk about smaller details. Different mentalities. Christine Vardaros, Maureen Bruno Roy, Caitlin Antonneau, and the late, great Amy Dobrowski, all have(had, sadly) different ways of relating training, preparation, and racing. OK, the men do, too. Women make the small moves, using, maybe, subtler tactics. Because Velo and Procycling focus on the men's game, we all benefit from the coverage in Cyclocross Magazine. Andrew Yee has assembled a great team, and the magazine has grown with each issue. Then again, what do I know? If I win that Raleigh frame, I'll probably never race it. If I meet any of the women I cited here, I'll just derp and keep walking. Well, try to get an autograph. Thus endeth the 

retrenchment.

Darcy Dorwart
Darcy Dorwart

Elle you did a GREAT job! I am so very proud to see your name in the top 20 in the WORLD! You are amazing!

Jer Walker
Jer Walker

Clearly Vos is the Beast and owns Compton. If Katie really were the best, she'd have a rainbow in her closet by now.

Jeff Bender
Jeff Bender

Cyclocross Magazine I tried your page this morning but it said uploader not available in your country so I went to procycling and watched the Sporza feed

Dennis Starkey
Dennis Starkey

She's not called KFC for no good reason. She's the best and a true badass! Anyone can have a bad day. My hat is off to KFC!

Andy Barram
Andy Barram

When ladies on the podium watch the same video we saw and see the strength and power of KF'nC they will be humbled and know they got lucky.

Jason Luther
Jason Luther

I just use the cyclingfans site and the link there always works for me.

Karl Kovach
Karl Kovach

I fumbled my way through hola to watch the Women's Elite race, flying the Canadian flag to get it. I've watched enough hockey to sing the Canadian National Anthem, oh Canada

Jon Suzuki
Jon Suzuki

Felt so bad for Katie, couldn't bring myself to watch the race! =(

Ed Warner
Ed Warner

Downloaded hola so I could watch this event. Works great! I just selected the US flag, I do believe that indicates that I am in the US but don't want to appear to be in the US....

Jamie Ellen
Jamie Ellen

One would think that USA Cycling would support those who have and are supporting them by insuring broadcast of the climax of a hard fought season of cycling in the fastest growing cycling niche in the united states. Cycling is supported nationally and it has been left up to a group that can not provide national coverage. Far many more people have internet service than those who subscribe to pay TV. You follow your favorite racers all season, go to races and cheer or jeer on the competitors and it turns into a National Embarrassment that LIVE coverage is failed to be delivered. I was so stoked and even set my alarm clock so I would be up in time to view the live coverage only to find out the events are blocked in the United States. Once again I am left in disappointment. Katie, You had an AWESOME season. We still love KFC and will continue to cheer you on. My heart breaks for you. Come home and hold your hear high.

ShaunaJayneSweet
ShaunaJayneSweet

I think there's been a consistent oversight in CX magazine's coverage of the women's elite competition - that began before the race started, and has continued through this recap and gallery. Arley Kemmerer, another American rider with an excellent season, strong showing at Nationals, and solid finish in this race has gone repeatedly without mention. To read the article, you would think that the US only sent a squad of five riders. Incomplete at best. Disappointing would be a more accurate characterization of the coverage.

Joe Saling
Joe Saling

Does anyone know what this costs to subscribe to? Also, does anyone have experience with hola extension? It is a free download and asks you to indicate a country. Do they want the country you are in (USA) or another country that does get the streaming? Or the country it is coming from?

Joe Saling
Joe Saling

Wow, Universal Sports. I watched it almost daily with all the winter sports, some cross and other good stuff. They are re-running each of the four title races each evening beginning Monday I think. I was looking forward to this even though I would have known how they went. Last night (Friday), when I punched in the numbers for US, the page came up that allowed me to subscribe! What shitty timing! I was under the impression US was part of my Verizon Fios package but was wrong.

ChantalVansantvoet
ChantalVansantvoet

Be pride of what you(ve done this season Katie. It is sour today because you deserve better but you are a champion in your sport, do never forget that!


Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

Joe, the UCI sold the rights to Universal Sports and it is an exclusive deal. We've inquired many times trying to bring cyclocross to the people no go.

Joe Saling
Joe Saling

Can anyone tell me why the UCI feed of these championships is not available in the US? There is more cross happening in some states here than in all of Europe. Did USAC forget to pay their dues?

Matt Fowler
Matt Fowler

Great season! Rest up, get healthy...

Fort James
Fort James

It is hard to be the fastest, most winningest elite woman all season long (2x World Cup champ) and come up short on the one day works championship race. Katie will be back.

Brent Topilko
Brent Topilko

This would suck beyond anything most of us can imagine.

Sean Wittmer
Sean Wittmer

Unfortunately, poor starts seem to be a pattern for Ms. Compton.

Bob Hellrich-Dawson
Bob Hellrich-Dawson

Yes, in all seriousness, Katie had a horrible day. Pure bad luck from the beginning. I really thought she'd have a podium place. She's a hell of a fighter.

Russell Clark
Russell Clark

who are these people mixing up all the homophones?

Toby Schmidt
Toby Schmidt

Heroin is different from heroine. You might want to edit that:-)

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