Sunday, December 28, 2008

World Cup #7 Zolder, Belhium

On a  dry "road like" course within a car race track, the track sprinters flexed their muscles.

Track Olympic Champion Marianne Vos (Team DSB Bank) used the road like course, as she out raced her rivals.  No mistakes, plus a very fast track suited the track types.  

Going into the race, the field knew Olympic Champ Vos would be hard to beat if things came dow to a sprint.  That is was the case!

How dry was it? Some of the top guns even raced with slick tires, allowing for more speed over the dirt tires. Not what most of the gals from North America have been racing in.  Good thing Katie has track time and no question knows how to grab a-hand-full of drops and sprint!  

As we pointed out with all the travel and  jet lag,  dead legs will come and they hurt Katie Compton (Spike), so she was not 100%.  When you racing on the World Cup, ranking plays a huge role at the start line.  If you want a chance to be at the end of the race, you have to have a good start or a (hole shot).  

If you have low numbers on the World Cup, no matter where you live, no matter how fast your are, you start at the back of the field just like Georgia Gould (Luna) WN Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish.  Katie Compton did take a 4th in which is very impressive, given all the leg problems she has had.   

Georgia Gould worked her way to up to 10th, in which is a super effort.  The World Cup is on different level over what goes on in the states.  You have the fastest racers from each country!

North America did well, they had 4 cyclo-cross racers n the World Cup top ten!  Katie Compton 4th, Rachel Lloyd took 7th, Wendy Simms from Canada 9th and Georgia Gould 10th, and Sue Butler  was able to stay on the lead lap.  


1. Marianne Vos (Ned)                                                    42.22
2. Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger)                
3. Daphny Van Den Brand (Ned)      
4. Katie Compton (USA)                                                   0.01
5. Maryline Salvetat (Fra)                                                0.13
6. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra)                                   1.08
7. Rachel Lloyd (USA)                                                       1.20
8. Pavia Havlikova (Cze)                                                  1.26
9. Wendy Simss (Can)                                                       1.35
10. Georgia Gould (USA)                                                  1.37
30. Christine Vardaros (USA)                                          6.29
35. Sue Butler (USA)                                                          8.25

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