Niels Albert (KBCP-Powerplus) and Katie Compton (Trek) triumphed in the Koksijde round of the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup on Saturday in Belgium.
Belgian Albert crossed the line some half a minute ahead of chasing duo Francis Mourey (FDJ) and Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) in sunny weather on the notoriously sandy course. World champion Sven Nys (Crelan KDL) came home a couple of seconds later for fourth.
Briton Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) came in 28th spot. Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) leads the World Cup standings overall with a slim two-point lead over Walsleben.
Compton took an equally convincing win in the women’s race earlier in the day, putting over a minute’s gap into second-placed Sanne Cant (Enertherm) with British cyclo-cross national champion Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) in third at 1-22. Fellow Brits Helen Wyman (Kona) came sixth, with Gabriella Durrin (Rapha-Focus) in 13th.
Compton leads the women’s World Cup standings, with Harris in second spot and Wyman in fifth.
British rider Daniel Tulett won the ‘newcomers’ race, sprinting ahead of Belgian champion Alessio Dhoore, a result which the Hargoves rider called a ‘dream come true’.
Women’s winner and World Cup leader Katie Compton
Katie Compton wins
American Jonathan Page
Niels Abert tops the podium