Jonathan Page: silver.
Katie Compton: silver.
And Danny Summerhill: silver.
That’s right. The Americans showed their faces in all the races at the cyclocross world championships in Hooglede-Gits, Belgium, taking surprising 2nd places in the elite men’s, elite women’s and junior races.
Coming back from a badly separated shoulder this fall, Page dueled with defending world champion Erwin Vervecken of Belgium in the closing laps. Vervecken beat him by taking a better line at a key moment. Read about it at Velonews and Cyclingnews.
American champion Katie Compton powered her way through the field from a bad starting position into the lead group. At one point two Frenchwomen, determined to drop her, got away, but she fought back, catching one and closing hard on the other when the finish line came too soon. Read more at Velonews and Cyclingnews.
Virginian Deidre Winfield rode to a quite respectable 32nd place – not too shabby considering she’s new to cross and is also a new mom. Look for her next year.
This is the best performance ever by Americans in the cyclocross worlds. I wonder if the mainstream media will pick up on it. Maybe the New York Times will. My guess is the Pilot won’t, but I plan to go in today and suggest it to one of the sports wire editors.