From the start, world number 1, US rider Katie Compton, powered away from the line, followed briefly by Helen Wyman until a mechanical problem forced Helen to run to the first pit. Effectively starting the race 30 seconds behind the last rider, it looked like a bad day for Wyman.
Teammate Gabby however had no such problems and surged into the top 10 from her 3rd row gridding and set about pursuing the leading riders. Up front, Katie was in a commanding position and never looked challenged on the muddy course. The big question behind her was if Daphny could hold onto 2nd with several riders chasing her down.
Helen, having changed her bike was back into her rhythm and set about cutting through the pack to get back to the top 10. At the end of lap 3 she had reached 11th and never gave up her pursuit and finished a fantastic 6th place.
Gabby Day continued to battle and ride with true class to finish 9th, only just beaten into 8th by 17 year old Belgian sensation Sanne Cant. Following her top 10 place at the recent Koppenberg Cross, Gabby showed she is a real contender for a top 10 place at the World Championships and will be looking to put pressure on Helen in the National Championships in January.
Katie Compton meanwhile took the win after a dominant performance, and will continue to lead the world ranking from Daphny van den Brand.
The Global Racing riders are now preparing for the next round of the Women’s World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium where they will be hoping to continue their good form.
1. Katie Compton (USA) Spike Shooter 40.04
2. Daphny van den Brand (Ned) ZZPR.nl 0.54
3. Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) 1.03
4. Birgit Hollmann (Ger) Team Getränke-Hoffmann 1.12
5. Pavia Havlikova (Cze) 1.35
6. Helen Wyman (GBr) Global Racing Team 1.44
7. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) 2.07
8. Sanne Cant (Bel) Guerciotti 2.31
9. Gabriella Day (GBr) Global Racing Team 2.38
10. Nadia Triquet (Fra)
11. Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Team Getränke-Hoffmann
12. Sanne Van Paasen (Ned)
13. Veerle Ingels (Bel) AVB/USspa Cycling Team
14. Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Team DSB Bank
15. Arenda Grimberg (Ned)
16. Katrien Pauwels (Bel) Empella Czech Team
17. Laurence Leboucher (Fra) Sarthe-Gasseau
18. Saskia Elemans (Ned) WV de Meteoor
19. Susanne Juranek (Ger) RSC Oldenburg 1965
20. Daniela Bresciani (Ita)
Wins also for Surrey Storm, Saracens Mavericks and team bath
photo Dan Vernon
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