Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) began her season by winning the 2014/2015 Elite Women’s cyclocross World Cup race in Valkenburg today, with her usual dominant style.
Despite needing an early bike change, the American rider managed to make a come back during the finale to win today’s 45 minute race ahead of Britain’s Helen Wyman and Sophie De Boer of the Netherlands by 25 seconds.
Meanwhile, Ellie Anderson finished in fifth – further showing the strength in depth of the USA women’s team.
“It was a chaotic, busy start. I was in the top ten but then had to have a bike change. I was on a good day but it made my job hard. After the first couple of laps I felt better and fortunately it all came together.”
“I never panicked. People know I don’t start well. I’m more comfortable settling in, riding my best and then picking up girls as a take my time.”
Today’s victory, gives Compton the lead in the World Cup standings, with sixty points.
“It’s always good to win the first one,” she said. “I was feeling good and better than last year. Now I’ve got to stay consistent, travel well and continue racing well.”
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