Sanne Cant had a rough go of it in her first trip to Iowa City last year during the World Cup, so a bit of redemption may be in order in 2017. The defending world champion leads a star-studded group of international riders to Iowa City for the second Jingle Cross World Cup.

For Cant to be the best in Iowa, she will have to not only conquer the slopes of Mt. Krumpit, but she will have to defeat defending champion Katie Compton, 2016 Day 3 winner Katerina Nash and a start list that includes 7 of the top 10 riders in the UCI rankings.

2016 Jingle Cross World Cup, Elite Women's podium: L to R: Caroline Mani, Katie Compton, Kaitie Antonneau. © D. Mable / Cyclocross Magazine

Katie Compton will have her hands full defending her 2016 Jingle Cross World Cup win. © D. Mable / Cyclocross Magazine

The rest of the American contingent will be headed up by Kaitie Keough and Ellen Noble, both of whom won last weekend in Rochester. A total of 17 Americans will be making the start at Jingle Cross. The second biggest contingent will be the seven-rider Canadian group led by Maghalie Rochette. Nikki Brammeier and Helen Wyman, who won Day 1 last year, will be racing for Great Britain, Kim Hurst will be making the trip from New Zealand and Chicago resident Maria Larkin will be racing for Ireland.

The full start list is below. Stay tuned to Cyclocross Magazine for full coverage of the Jingle Cross Festival and World Cup beginning on Friday.

Women's Start List - 2017 Jingle Cross World Cup

BibLastFirstNationalityUCI Rank
1CantSanneBel1
2Van LoyEllenBel6
3SelsLoesBel31
4FranckAliciaBel40
5ComptonKatieUSA4
6NobleEllenUSA8
7KeoughKaitieUSA15
8WhiteEmmaUSA19
9FahringerRebeccaUSA22
10McFaddenCourtenayUSA23
11AndersonEllenUSA26
12AnthonyCrystalUSA41
13GilbertSunnyUSA50
14KemmererArleyUSA51
15NaumanAmandaUSA54
16KachorekEmilyUSA64
17MaximenkoCassieUSA92
18WrightJulieUSA160
19MalikJenniferUSA181
20GrossRebeccaUSA183
21ArmanDanieleUSA236
22ManiCarolineFra9
23ChainelLucieFra56
24RochetteMaghalieCan24
25Ferrier BruneauChristelCan70
26WestRubyCan78
27ElliottNatashaCan114
28SiobhanKellyCan157
29LeonardEricaCan224
30WardEvelyneCan
31BrammeierNikkiGBr20
32WymanHelenGBr27
33CrumptonBethanyGBr104
34De BoerSophieNed3
35KaptheijnsMaudNed16
36NagengastFleurNed238
37LangvadAnnikaDen
38NashKaterinaCze2
39LechnerEvaIta12
40HurstKimNZl
41LarkinMariaIrl109
42Gomez VillafaneSofiaArg60