Another race, another win for Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) who once again solo’ed to the win on the second day of Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Derby City Cup. Some changes were brought to Sunday’s course, the uphill sandpit was made more difficult with a sloping, off-camber tilt to it, a new 180 before the Selle Italia runup was added and it was shorter. Still a very tough course at the Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, KY.
The race was fast from the get-go with three riders gunning for the holeshot. Meredith Miller (CalGiant) edged out Caroline Mani and Nicole Duke (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com) and took the front as the field sped on the dry course. Compton, Mani, Duke, Sue Butler (River City Bicycles), Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com) and the rest were single-filed behind her.
Still at the front, Miller bobbled and went down in the tricky uphill sandpit, causing chaos behind her for all, all but Compton.
“Sandpits are tough and it’s so easy to make mistakes, since I was following somebody in I made sure that I had an out in case something happened and sure enough, I needed an out. I was able to get around and I think that’s where I got a little bit of a gap. Just stayed on it and made them chase.” Compton explained.
Compton took the front and hit the gas, getting a small gap but Miller was not done. She got back on her bike and chased the US Cross Champion down. The shattered field caught Compton at the end of the first lap. But Compton was not done, she hit the gas again on the second lap, causing a split. Nash stuck to her as long as she could but was dropped. Soon a group of four was formed behind in a locked battle for second.
Compton continued to power cleanly through all the sections to solo to another win. Antonneau claimed a tight 2-up sprint to take second ahead of Nash. Nash remains in the USGP lead with 74 points on Compton. Barring disaster in the final two races in Bend, Oregon, Nash should claim the overall win. Miller is in third at 114 points down.
Compton will now be traveling to Europe to train and race the Koksijde World Cup, location of the 2012 World Championships. Compton’s next race on US soil will be Nationals in January.
On her last race in the United States, this season at least, French Champion Mani got caught up in course tape on the second lap. That was too much for Mani, who was racing with a sprained wrist sustained in Saturday’s race. She pulled out to stay safe.
Top 10 Results
1. Katie Compton (Rabobank) 44:44
2. Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c) 44:55
3. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) 44:55
4. Meredith Miller (California Giant Cycling) 45:03
5. Nicole Duke (Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c) 45:06
6. Chloe Forsman (Crankbrothers Race Club 11) 45:37
7. Laura Van gilder (C3 pb Mellow Mushroom) 45:49
8. Sue Butler (Hudz Subaru) 45:56
9. Teal Stetson-lee (California Giant Berry Farms/Sp) 46:07
10. Mical Dyck (Pro City Racing) 46:22