|Katie Compton topped the elite women's podium at the first UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup of the season.|
The Union Cycliste Internationale’s Cyclo-cross World Cup season started Sunday in Plzen, Czech Republic. The American elite women flexed their muscles, placing four riders within the top 14 and five riders in the top 20 finishers, including Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team) winning the race.
Compton, who won five World Cup races last season, completed the course in 40:37 to win by 18 seconds over Sanne Van Paassen (NED/Brainwash Wielerploeg).
Amy Dombroski(Boulder, Colo./Crankbrothers-The Race Club), who is only 24 years old, was only 1:22 behind Compton in sixth place. Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./California Giant Cycling) andNicole Duke (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) finished in 13th and 14th, respectively. Maureen Bruno Roy (Arlington, Mass./Bob’s Red Mill-Seven Cycles) finished 20th whileKatherine Sherwin (Heber City, Utah/Stan’s No Tubes) was 5:13 off Compton’s pace in 29th.Christine Vardaros (Wyckoff, N.J./Baboco Cycling Team) was the last American finisher, placing 32nd, 6:10 behind Compton.
In the elite men’s race, Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha Focus) registered the Americans’ best result, placing 10th, 1:26 behind the winner Sven Nys (BEL/Landbouwkrediet). Tim Johnson (Topsfield, Mass/Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Planet Bike) placed 20th and 21st, respectively. James Driscoll (Winooski, Vt./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) was 4:22 behind the leader in 44th.
The second of eight elite men’s World Cup contests is slated for next week in Tabor, Czech Republic. The women are also scheduled to race in Tabor next week as the second of seven World Cup competitions.
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
Oct. 16, 2011
Plzen, Czech Republic
1. Katherine Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team) 40:37
2. Sanne Van Paassen (NED/Brainwash Wielerploeg) +00:18
3. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) +00:27
4. Daphny Van Den Brand (NED/AA Drink-Leontien.NL Cycling Team) +00:43
5. Helen Wyman (GBR/Kona Factory Racing) +01:16
6. Amy Dombroski (Boulder, Colo./Crankbrothers-The Race Club) +01:22
13. Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./California Giant Cycling) +02:36
14. Nicole Duke (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) +02:44
20. Maureen Brno Roy (Arlington, Mass./Bob's Red Mill-Seven Cycles) +03:53
29. Katherine Sherwin (Heber City, Utah/Stan's No Tubes) +05:13
32. Christine Vardaros (Wyckoff, N.J./Baboco Cycling Team) +06:10
1. Sven Nys (BEL/Landbouwkrediet) 1:06:08
2. Kevin Pauwels (BEL/Sunweb-Revor) +00:00
3. Zdenek Stybar (CZE/Quickstep Cycling Team) +00:03
4. Francis Mourey (FRA/FDJ) +00:37
5. Klaas Vantornout (BEL/Sunweb-Revor) +00:38
10. Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha Focus) +01:26
20. Timothy Johnson (Topsfield, Mass./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) +02:08
21. Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Planet Bike) +02:12
44. James Driscoll (Winooski, Vt./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) +04:22
Article Source: usacycling.org