Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 29, 2007)—After unprecedented success at the 2007 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in January in which U.S. athletes captured three silver medals, Americans continue to perform well in the early stages of the 2007-08 season. According to the latest edition of the UCI’s international rankings, Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Spike Shooter) is ranked number one in the world while her efforts in world-class events has the United States ranked second in the world behind The Netherlands.
In addition to scoring a second-place finish at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup opener in Kalmthout, Belgium on Oct. 21, Compton already has six victories to her credit this season in UCI-sanctioned events. With domestic victories at the Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cups #1 and #2, the Java Johnny’s Lionhearts’ ‘Cross, the Bio Wheels/United Dairy Farmers Cyclo-cross and the first two rounds of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross in Louisville, Ky. last weekend, Compton’s cumulative point total is 355 points. She currently leads The Netherlands’ Daphny Van den Brand by 55 points in the women’s rankings, 355-300.
In the women’s international standings, the U.S. is ranked second as a nation with 502 points behind the Netherlands (630). Factored into that point total is Compton’s 355 points as well as those of the next two ranked Americans – Kerry Barnholt (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joe’s-Van Dessel), ranked 18th in the world, and Anna Milkowski (New Haven, Conn.), ranked 21st.
The United States’ rise in the international cyclo-cross rankings can be attributed to two factors – both the United States’ improved performance in major international competitions and the number of internationally-sanctioned events in the U.S. For the 2007-08 season, the U.S. boasts 37 UCI-sanctioned events plus the USA Cycling National Cyclo-cross Championships, giving American athletes 38 opportunities to score points – more than any other nation in the world including traditional Northern European cyclo-cross hotbeds like Belgium and the Netherlands.
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