Hoogerheide was Amy Dombroski's best World Cup finish so far.© Bart Hazen

Hoogerheide was Amy Dombroski's best World Cup finish so far.© Bart Hazen

by Dan Seaton

Hoogerheide, Belgium – Just a week short of one year since she first put on the World Champion’s jersey in these same fields, Marianne Vos’s season came full circle when she stormed to victory in the final World Cup of the 2009-10 season. In her last week in the rainbow stripes—at least, this year’s edition—Vos pulled away from Daphny van den Brand and Sanne van Paassen midway through the 40-minute race and never looked back, showing that she remains on track for next week’s World Championships in Tabor with a 30-second victory.

Vos’ victory this year came in dramatically different conditions than her World Championship win last year, when she chased down Katie Compton on a fast, frozen course. This year the temperatures climbed towards the forties, while a combination of overnight rain and on-and-off drizzle during the day left the course coated in slippery mud. Additionally, the absence of Katie Compton, who was sidelined for the second week in a row by the leg cramps that have interrupted her racing occasionally over the past several years, meant that no one would have to chase the dominant American rider through the mud.

But there was drama almost right from the start line nonetheless when Czech National Champion Katerina Nash crashed dramatically during the first lap. Nash was catapulted over the bars, then forced to play a high speed game of Frogger with the rest of the women’s field in order to get back to her bike.

Katerina Nash finished fourth after her win in Roubaix.© Bart Hazen

Katerina Nash finished fourth after her win in Roubaix.© Bart Hazen

While Nash was trying to make her way back into the race, a trio of Dutch racers—Vos, van den Brand and van Paassen—managed to pull away to a ten second lead, chased by American Amy Dombroski and German Elizabeth Brandau. Up front, the leaders traded shots, but nothing stuck until Vos managed to open a small gap over the other two coming out of a sweeping, slippery off-camber turn in the middle of the third lap. Vos, sensing an opportunity, gritted her teeth and hit the gas, speeding through the muddy track to stretch her lead to nearly thirty seconds by the end of the next lap.

Behind her, van den Brand and van Paassen rode together, taking turns pushing the pace, but never really following through with a serious attack. Meanwhile, Nash had reached the front of the chase and began to pull away before German champion Hanka Kupfernagel closed the gap and made it a two-woman race for fourth place.

While Vos cruised to her third World Cup victory of the season, van den Brand, whose lead in the overall series standings was secure as long as she finished on the podium, eventually sat up, allowing her teammate van Paassen to take second, her best finish in a World Cup this season.

The second place finish was enough to move Van Paassen into third overall in the World Cup, bumping American Katie Compton, who watched the race from the sidelines near the pits, into fourth.

Nash, meanwhile, edged out Kupfernagel for fourth, ten seconds behind van den Brand. American Amy Dombroski faded slightly after her early action at the front of the chase group, but still managed ninth place, her best World Cup result this year. Other American results included Meredith Miller in 20th, Maureen Bruno-Roy in 23rd, and Christine Vardaros in 40th.

After the race, Vos told reporters that she was happy with her ride today and her prospects going into the World Championships next weekend in Tabor. “I was feeling good,” she said. “Now it is just before the World Championships, so it’s very important that you receive confirmation that your form is good.”

Despite her dominant performance today, Vos said that Worlds will be a wide open race. “For me, there are five favorites,” she told reporters. “They will certainly be looking at me, but Sunday is a new round with new opportunities.”

Compton, for her part, told Cyclocross Magazine that, while she was disappointed to miss a shot at the overall World Cup title, she was feeling optimistic about her chances in Tabor. “I’m starting to feel better, though I’m still not racing today,” said the American national champion. “But my legs are coming around, I think. Today I was able to move around without having the cramping sensation, so that’s a good sign. It usually takes a couple of days after that to feel good and be able to ride again.”

Stay tuned for much more from our chat with Katie Compton, as well as all the inside news out of Tabor, available all week on

Full Results

Rank Name Nat. Age* Result PaR PcR
1 Marianne VOS NED 23 39:55 300 300
2 Sanne VAN PAASSEN NED 22 40:28 260 260
3 Daphny VAN DEN BRAND NED 32 40:32 220 220
4 Katerina NASH CZE 33 40:42 190 190
5 Hanka KUPFERNAGEL GER 36 40:42 170 170
6 Eva LECHNER ITA 25 41:05 150 150
7 Caroline MANI FRA 23 41:17 140 140
8 Elisabeth BRANDAU GER 25 41:27 130 130
9 Amy DOMBROSKI USA 23 41:33 120 120
10 Christel FERRIER-BRUNEAU FRA 31 41:41 110 110
11 Reza HORMES NED 43 41:51 100 100
12 Sanne CANT BEL 20 41:51 90 90
13 Helen WYMAN GBR 29 41:53 80 80
14 Sophie DE BOER NED 20 42:03 75 75
15 Nikki HARRIS GBR 24 42:05 70 70
16 Annie LAST GBR 20 42:21 65 65
17 Pauline FERRAND PREVOT FRA 18 42:21 60 60
18 Pavla HAVLIKOVA CZE 27 42:21 57 57
19 Jana KYPTOVA CZE 25 43:01 54 54
20 Meredith MILLER USA 37 43:06 51 51
21 Linda VAN RIJEN NED 22 43:12 48 48
22 Gabriella DAY GBR 26 43:15 46 46
23 Maureen BRUNO ROY USA 35 43:15 44 44
24 Sabrina SCHWEIZER GER 20 43:26 42 42
25 Lucie CHAINEL-LEFEVRE FRA 27 43:35 40 40
26 Maureen GUICHARDOT FRA 26 43:50 38 38
27 Martina MIKULASKOVA CZE 17 44:09 36 36
28 Arenda GRIMBERG NED 32 44:09 34 34
29 Martina ZWICK GER 21 44:10 32 32
30 Katrin LEUMANN SUI 28 44:12 30 30
31 Nicole DE BIE – LEYTEN BEL 35 44:16 29 29
32 Sabrina STULTIENS NED 17 44:21 28 28
33 Susanne JURANEK GER 35 44:38 27 27
34 Ayako TOYOOKA JPN 30 44:45 26 26
35 Masami MORITA JPN 34 45:03 25 25
36 Joyce VANDERBEKEN BEL 26 45:58 24 24
37 Ellen VAN LOY BEL 30 46:11 23 23
38 Katrien VERMEIREN BEL 21 47:13 22 22
39 Iris OCKELOEN NED 18 47:30 21 21
40 Christine VARDAROS USA 41 47:39 20 20
41 Zuzana PIRZKALLOVA CZE 17 47:57 19 19
42 Jennifer SAGESSER SUI 20 48:12 18 18
43 Chika FUKUMOTO JPN 17 48:46 17 17
44 Katrien AERTS BEL 40 49:34 16 16
45 Michiko SHIMURA JPN 36 49:40 15 15
46 Vicki THOMAS CAN 38 49:50 14 14
47 Nikoline HANSEN DEN 23 51:20 13 13

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