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Compton showed again why she is the No. 1 ranked female cyclocross race in the world. Cor Vos photo.

Compton Takes Two in Colorado!

30 October 2011

Rabobank-Giant rider Katie Compton strengthened her grip on her No. 1 world ranking with a pair of wins in her home state of Colorado this weekend. Compton, who won the first round of the World Cup in the Czech Republic two weeks ago, was again untouchable on her Giant TCX Advanced SL, winning back-to-back UCI events in Boulder, Colorado, on Saturday and Sunday.

In Saturday’s race, the C1-ranked Colorado Cross Classic, Compton distanced herself from the field early. A snowstorm the day before the race left the course soggy and wet, and Compton powered away on the second lap. In the end, she beat the second-place finisher Caroline Mani, the current French national champion, by 1:11.

Compton repeated her performance the following day, breaking away early to win the C1 Boulder Cup race.

“It is good for me to get more points so I can maintain my position at the front and it's good to win back-to-back days after skipping some early races,” Compton told Cyclingnews.com. “Winning always feels good but it's more fun when racing close to home.”

Meanwhile, while Compton was racing close to home in the U.S., some of her teammates were racing the second round of the Superprestige series in Zonhoven, Belgium. Bart Aernouts was in a tight battle for third place until he tangled with Tom Meeusen on a sandy descent and collided with the course barriers. Aernouts managed to recover and fight for an eighth-place finish in front of a huge crowd of more than 20,000 spectators.

In the Under-23 category, current U23 World Champion Lars van der Haar finished second, just 8 seconds behind Belgian winner Wietse Bosmans.