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Van Paassen led for much of the race in Roubaix. Cor Vos photo.

Van Paassen Podiums at Roubaix

December 3, 2012

Giant cyclocross rider Sanne van Paassen remains second overall in UCI Cyclocross World Cup standings after a podium finish in Sunday's elite women's race in Roubaix, France. The 24-year-old Dutch rider rode her Giant TCX to second place on the famed Roubaix velodrome, where the Paris-Roubaix spring classic also finishes each year.

In an exciting race on a fast course that saw several crashes among the top contenders, van Paassen remained near the front of the action. She led solo for much of the race until she was finally caught during the final lap by the day’s eventual winner, World Cup leader Katie Compton. Van Paassen ended up finishing 8 seconds behind Compton to secure her second-place overall standing after four World Cup races.

Afterward, van Paassen said she was pleased with her performance, which made up for a disappointing sixth-place ride at the previous World Cup.

"Last weekend I had problems with my pedals" she said. "Today I showed myself that I can still do it."

In elite men’s racing, two-time Under-23 World Champion Lars van der Haar continued his solid rookie season in the pro ranks, finishing fifth. The young Rabobank-Giant rider battled among the world’s best in a chase group and outsprinted a five-man group at the finish to take the fifth-place points on his TCX Advanced SL. Van der Haar is now fifth overall in the series.

The UCI World Cup cyclocross series continues December 23 in Namur, Belgium.