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Vos Wins in Rome, Compton Secures World Cup Overall Title

US Champion, and World Cup leader Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) only needed a 15th place finish or better to secure the World Cup title. Even with one stop left in the series, she decided today was going to be the day.

As the race opened, World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant Team) took to the front and set a blistering pace on the fast Italian course. Compton was able to catch her wheel, and the pair of champions left the field behind them. The two took turns on the front, but it was Compton that set the pace for most of the first half of the race.

The battle for third raged  as Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) tried to bridge to the leading duo. Midway through the race though, she was almost a minute behind, but only a handful of seconds ahead of the chase group that included Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP), Helen Wyman (Kona), and Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank Liv/Giant Team).

Going into the 5th lap, Vos made a move and left Compton reeling. The Dutchwoman was able to gain a few seconds, and did not look back. Vos crossed the finish line 24 seconds ahead of Compton, and 1:08 in front of Nash, who was able to hold off a charging Van Paassen.

With the second place finish, Compton leads Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) by 136 points. Even with a win, Harris will not be able to overtake Compton. The US Champion will elect to miss the final round of the World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, to prepare for the upcoming World Championships in Louisville, KY on February 2-3.

Full Results

  1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant                                                                         0:39:38
  2. Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective                                                        0:00:24
  3. Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team                                                                                     0:01:08
  4. Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant                                                                0:01:15
  5. Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm – BKCP                                                   0:01:22
  6. Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team                                                                            0:01:37
  7. Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant                                                                    0:01:46
  8. Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry                             0:01:48
  9. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Melbotech Prorace CT                                                                        0:02:02
  10. Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol                                                                                        0:02:03
  11. Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus                                                                                           0:02:05
  12. Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team
  13. Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams                                                              0:02:25
  14. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products – Mistral Home Cycling Team   0:02:28
  15. Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus                                                                                0:02:35
  16. Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team                                     0:02:55
  17. Valentina Scandolara (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox                                                      0:03:09
  18. Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team                                       0:03:15
  19. Elena Valentini (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite                                                            0:03:32
  20. Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Wielerteam Decock Sportivo Moorsele                         0:03:44
  21. Francesca Cucciniello (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite                                              0:03:51
  22. Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus                                                                                          0:04:05
  23. Alice Arzuffi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti-Elite                                                                 0:04:33
  24. Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team                                  0:04:47
  25. Martina Mikulaskova (Cze)                                                                                                      0:05:24
  26. Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo – Servetto                                                                 0:05:41
  27. Suzie Godart (Lux) CCI Differdange                                                                                     0:05:42
  28. Alessia Bulleri (Ita)                                                                                                                      -1lap
  29. Margriet Kloppenburg (Den) BMC Concept Store
  30. Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept                                                                                     -2laps
  31. Vania Rossi (Ita)                                                                                                                            DNF

World Cup standings after round 7

  1. Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective                                                       390 pts
  2. Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team                                             254
  3. Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant                                                               250
  4. Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team                                                                          246
  5. Sanne Cant (Bel) Veldritacademie Enertherm – BKCP                                                  217
  6. Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry                            190
  7. Jasmin Achermann (Swi) Rapha-Focus                                                                                188
  8. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant                                                                           165
  9. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Hitec Products – Mistral Home Cycling Team   157
  10. Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team                                        145

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