No doubts about the outcome as Vos takes the win. © Thomas van Bracht
NOMMAY, FRANCE – Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv Women) took the win in the seventh and final installment of the 2013-2014 Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay, edging out Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) for third place in the overall standings.
The battle that everyone was hoping to watch didn’t materialize, as Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) dropped out in the second lap, reportedly after suffering an asthma attack.
This is the first time Compton has not been on the podium in this season’s World Cup campaign, bringing her five-in-a-row World Cup winning streak to an end. However, her points lead going into the final race guaranteed her the World Cup title.
“It’s not nice to see [Compton] having problems in this race, but she’ll be back next week,” said Vos, alluding to the much anticipated competition between the pair at the Cycocross World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, on February 1.
After a slip on the initial run-up, just seconds into the start, Vos moved to the front and immediately upped the pace. By the beginning of the second lap, Vos had created a 30 second gap over a chasing Compton and Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team).
With Compton dropping out of the race soon after, Wyman, the newly crowned British National Champion was left alone in second place, holding on to finish 1:33 behind Vos. Hovering around 15 seconds back, the Italian National Champion Eva Lechner (Centro Sportivo Esercito) put some distance on a battling Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) and Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea) to take third.
Cant moved ahead in the final lap to finish fourth, but it wasn’t enough to stay on the podium, dropping to fourth in the final standings, while Harris maintained her silver medal position for the series.
After sitting out some of the early season to recover from a minor back surgery, Vos finished second to Compton at World Cup events in Rome, Zolder and Namur, adding to the speculation that this might be the year for Compton to take the title. But Vos has continued to improve her strength in the lead-up to next week’s race. “It’s nice to win a race, and victory is always nice. It’s good for the confidence,” Vos added.
Check out coverage of the men’s race here, and a rundown of the American presence in Nommay here.
Elite Women UCI World Cup #7 - Cyclo-cross de Nommay Results
|6||Ellen VAN LOY||BEL||34||47:02:00||100||100|
|9||Sophie DE BOER||NED||24||47:53:00||70||70|
|10||Marlne MOREL PETITGIRARD||FRA||26||47:56:00||60||60|
|13||Alice Maria ARZUFFI||ITA||20||48:24:00||54||54|
|19||Thalita DE JONG||NED||21||48:49:00||42||42|
|22||Aida NUNO PALACIO||ESP||31||49:25:00||38||38|
|28||Asa Maria ERLANDSSON||SWE||40||50:48:00||32||32|
|30||Pauline FERRAND PREVOT||FRA||22||51:10:00||30||30|
|34||Margriet Helena KLOPPENBURG||DEN||26||51:53:00||26||26|