Plzen@Patrick Cyclo Cross World Cup 2011/12

Patrick UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup: Compton and Nys take a win in Plzen


US-champion Katherine Compton (Rabobank - Giant Off-road Team) and the Cyclo-cross legend from Belgium Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) won the first round of the 2011-2012 Patrick UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Plzen, Czech Republic.

Tactical final

In the Elite Men's category Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep Cycling Team) was in the lead going into the last stairway of the final lap just 23 steps before the final corners with Sven Nys and local contender Kevin Pauwels (Telenet Fidea) close on his heels. Nys made a tactical move immediately after the stairway slipping into a narrow gap between a tree and Stybar. It gave him an advantage for the final sprint and allowed him to take the World Cup victory in Plzen, his 44th World Cup win. Pauwels sprinted past a disappointed Stybar, who settled for third in front of his home crowd.

Compton holds off Van Paassen and Nash

British Champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) showed her form, leading the pack from the outset in the Women's race on the slightly wet and very fast course in Plzen.
However an acceleration from Compton during the second lap put Wyman in trouble. And from the third lap Compton kept extending her lead with home rider Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) battling with Sanne Van Paassen (Brainwash Wielerploeg) for second position. Nash kept gaining ground on Van Paassen but her run ended when she crashed at the end of the penultimate lap. Van Paassen was able to pass Nash who didn't get back in the rhythm right away. Defending World Cup winner Van Paassen grabbed second place behind an impressive Compton. Nash settled for third place.

The 2011-2012 Patrick UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup stays in the Czech Republic next week, moving to Tabor where the youth categories Men Juniors and Men U23 kick off their World Cup season."

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