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by Mark Zalewski
December 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trek-Segafredo convinced Tour de France win is still within Contador’s reach; With an eye to the future, Mollema targets Giro and commits to Contador in 2017 Tour; Bart Wellens on transition to managing a team; Stijn Vandenbergh ready for Roubaix; Rob Peeters out with flu; George Bennett diagnosed with mononucleosis; Matthew Busche announces retirement; Wegmann retires after 15 seasons; Matteo Tosatto on retirement: ‘I will not beg for a contract’; Compton, Hyde win USA Cycling Pro CX titles; Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 route announced; Cyclist attempting to cycle around Britain abandons attempt; Practice the post-up before winning.
Katie Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek-Panache) and Stephen Hyde (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) have both won the USA Cycling Pro CX series.
Katie Compton, 2016 UCI World Cup CX race in Iowa City, Iowa. Photo: Wil Matthews.
Compton came into the series with strong results at the CrossVegas and Jinglecross world cup races. The current and multiple-time national champion began the Pro CX series with a pair of wins at the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival, putting her into the top-five. She then jumped to the top of the standings a week later at Charm City Cross with two more wins.
Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) gave her a challenge with her results at the Gran Prix of Gloucester, but Compton put the Pro CX title out of reach with four wins and three second-place finishes to close out the year. Compton had eight wins to finish 80 points ahead of second-place finisher Emma White (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld). Crystal Anthony (Maxxis Shimano) finished in third.
Stephen Hyde began the series with podium finishes at Rochester Cyclocross to open the year. He then took the series lead the following the Trek CXC Cup, and never looked back. Hyde had six wins and two second-place finishes with another three top-10 results to build a dominant 742-point total, more than 100 points ahead of the field.
Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) and Curtis White (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) finished second and third.