Sunday, January 18, 2009
DO I DARE SAY THESE THREE NAMES IN THE SAME BREATHE? KATIE COMPTON, ERWIN VERVECKEN AND SVEN NYS
USA NATIONAL CHAMPION COMPTON, A SHOT AT WORLDS JUST ON THE HORIZON....
I THINK SO, and I say it without reservation because at yesterday's UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Roubaix, France, there were two winners. Sven Nys happened to be third behind Erwin Vervecken who won ahead of Czech rider Zdenek Stybar, the other incredibly was Katie Compton (Spike Shooter). Two weeks out from the World Championships, Compton put the lumber to reigning world champ Hanka Kupfernagel by nine seconds and former champ Daphny Van den Brand by 42 seconds. Nine seconds is a large gap for a CX victory, and Katie seems to be right on target. Incredibly, Rachel Lloyd was seventh in this race. WHAT IS UP GURLYS? Do you think this may ignite a huge ball of fire under the currently behemoth growth of women's CX in this country? (just check the Portland race numbers). I mean this is hugely exciting for all CX fans in the USA.
Jonathan Page was the top Men's finisher in 30th place, followed by Trebon in 35th.
USA's National Champion Zach McDonald finished on the podge in third in the Junior's battle....nice work. Two names that you'll will be sure to hear in the future of the Juniors, Yannick Eckman and Jeff Bahnson, trust me.pic from cx mag