Endurance: Zdenek Stybar

American Compton wins Zolder World Cup

December, 27, 2013
Katie ComptonDavid Stockman/AFP/Getty ImagesKatie Compton, center, now has back-to-back World Cup wins in Belgium.
American Katie Compton rode to a comeback victory at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, on Thursday.

Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) topped Dutch world champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank) and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) for her 20th career win on the top cyclocross circuit. With the victory, Compton extended her points lead in the World Cup before the final two stops, in Rome and Nommay, France. The World Cup closes Jan. 26 in Nommay.

Series leader Lars Van der Haar (Rabobank) won the men’s race ahead of Czech pair Martin Bina (Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) and Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

After a slow start on the Zolder track, Compton fought to come back on Vos. By the second lap, Compton led the race and rolled to a comfortable victory over the multiple-time world champ.

“I felt really good,” said Compton. “I mean, I really pushed hard. I pushed where I could, I mean, on the road sections I’m not going to go hard the whole time, so it’s a matter of do what I can and try to attack more on the technical sections where it’s hard to draft anyway.”

For Compton, it was the second time in a week she had beaten Vos in a World Cup. She topped also topped the reigning cyclocross and road world champion, who returned from a racing break earlier this month, in Namur, Belgium, on Sunday.

“Second is not too bad. It was as I expected,” said Vos. “Namur was hard, and it was no big surprise for me that I couldn't keep up with Katie. I thought today this course would suit me better and I felt already in the start that this race was better. But Katie was way too strong.

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