American cyclo-cross champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) continued to dominate the racing in Europe, adding two more wins this weekend at the and the Vlaamse Druivenveldrit. For the elite men's races, Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) won his second race of the season at the Soudal Scheldecross on Saturday while Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) claimed another win on Sunday's Vlaamse Druivenveldrit.
By the second lap of the Soudal Scheldecross in Antwerp, Compton has escaped from the early four-rider lead group and took off for another solo win. Brit Nikki Harris (Young Telenet Fidea) took up the chase solo but had to settled for second. Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm – BKCP) took third ahead of American Amy Dombroski (Young Telenet Fidea).
“Cross racing is never easy. Today I felt a little better and I didn't make any silly mistakes”, Compton told vier.be, “I just wanted to have a good clean race and work on the technical parts and kind f push where I needed to.”
Second victory in two years for Compton at this race “I like it a lot. It's a good combination of the sand and the fast pedal sections and I like the bridge and some of the hard dirt parts, it's good, I enjoy it.”
The elite men's race came down to a two-man sprint with Pauwels crossing the line ahead of Nys. Halfway through the race, Pauwels put in a massive dig causing the lead group to whittle down to three riders, Pauwels, Nys and World champion Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus). The three were still together coming into the penultimate lap where Albert put his foot down in the sand leaving Nys and Pauwels to fight it out for the victory.
Compton did it again on the wet and slippery Vlaamse Druivenveldrit at Overijse, Belgium on Sunday where she soloed to claim her 15th victory of the season. Harris was once again a strong second crossing the line 20 seconds back. Cant was third, Ellen van Loy (Melbotech Prorace CT) fourth and Dombroski, fifth. Nys took control halfway through the elite men's race, never let go and went on to get his third consecutive win at Vlaamse Druivenveldrit. Albert was second, crossing the line 28 seconds later with Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) taking third.
In other races on Saturday, Enrico Franzoi won the Ciclocross del Ponte in Italy ahead of Twan Van den Brand and Vincent Baestaens. Jasmin Achermann won the elite women's race with Eva Lechner taking second and Sabrina Schweizer, third.
On Sunday, Francis Mourey won the Challenge de la France Cycliste #3 in Pont-Château with Matthieu Boulot second and John Gadret, third. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot won the elite women's race ahead of Marlène Morel-Petitgirard and Lucie Chainel-Lefevre. Simon Zahner won the Frankfurter Rad-Cross in Germany with Christoph Pfingsten taking second and Sascha Weber, third.
Pavla Havlikova won the Czech National Championships title. Martina Mikulaskova was second and Elena Vanckova, third. The elite men's title will be awarded later in January.