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Kona Loves Cyclocross (by Kona Bikes) Including the always-fabulous Helen Wyman!

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"Trek Bicycle has signed its first professional cyclo-cross athlete by reaching a partnership agreement with American cyclo-cross phenom Katie Compton. With 12 World Cup wins, eight US National Championships, and three World Championship medals, Compton brings unparalleled knowledge and experience a new racing program aimed at growing Trek’s presence in the world of cyclo-cross. The US’ most successful cyclo-cross athlete, and fan-favorite powerhouse, will enter her 2012 racing campaign with the full backing of Trek’s dedicated Race Department. Compton will compete aboard the Trek Cronus and Ion cyclo-cross bikes along with a range of Bontrager components and apparel."

Trek Bicycle: The world’s best bikes for road, mountain, or town.

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With her hanging up her mountainbike, Compton has also confirmed that she will not be part of the United States team for the Olympic Games in London this summer. With the combination of cyclocross and mountainbike making her performances suffer, she explained that she was unlikely to make the team anyway.

“Our team hasn’t been named yet but they were looking at the WC rankings after first 4 races to select the team,” she said. “I was was too far down in those rankings to qualify and not riding well enough so Olympics wasn’t an issue for me. I think the team is named in June.”

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Katie Compton leaves Rabobank as Brainwash joins the team

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Daphny van den Brand - Oostmalle 2012 (by Cyclo-Cross.info)

A little video interview with Van den Brand after her final CX race.  Damn, I’ll miss her racing on road & mud - good luck for the future, Daphny!

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"The two wins that meant the most to me are the World Championships and the 2006 European Championships that were held in Huijbergen [The Netherlands]. That year I had problems with my knee and had to be operated on over the summer. I was three months out of training and then I came back to win this race. It was an emotional day for me."

What also meant a lot to her was the impact she was able to make on behalf of women in cyclo-cross. Over more than a decade, she has been one of the leaders in pushing key organizations such as UCI to give women more opportunities such as the women’s inaugural World Championships in 2000. She has also been instrumental in raising the payout – both start and prize money – from GVA Trofee, World Cup and World Championship events.

"I can only hope that the girls racing now can pick up where I left off and continue to speak their mind to improve the situation. When you don’t say anything, nothing can change – or worse yet, maybe it can get worse."

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Van Den Brand Retires After 25 Years | Cyclingnews.com

Really nice interview with and profile on Daphny van den Brand, as she retires - celebrating not just her great wins, but also her work off the bike and the impact she has had on pushing cyclocross to recognise women - and even allow them to race in the first place!

Daphny’s such an amazing champion, and a great ambassador for CX.  I’ll really miss her, now she’s retired - no more plaits at the front of the race! - but wish her massive good luck - and a houseful of kids, like she’s planning - in whatever she does next!

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GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Podium, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
1.   Daphny van den Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, 0:43:292.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank, s.t.3.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 01:484.   Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx VeldritAcademie, + 01:505.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:126.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 02:407.   Arenda Grimberg (Ned) + 03:078.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 03:149.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet Fidea, + 03:1610. Joyce Vanderbecken (Bel) + 04:07
Race report & full results
It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so  apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style  plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!
More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Podium, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

1.   Daphny van den Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, 0:43:29
2.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank, s.t.
3.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 01:48
4.   Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx VeldritAcademie, + 01:50
5.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:12
6.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 02:40
7.   Arenda Grimberg (Ned) + 03:07
8.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 03:14
9.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet Fidea, + 03:16
10. Joyce Vanderbecken (Bel) + 04:07

Race report & full results

It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!

More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

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GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: In Daphny van den Brand’s final CX race, she beats Marianne Vos in the sprint for the finish, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so  apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style  plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!
More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: In Daphny van den Brand’s final CX race, she beats Marianne Vos in the sprint for the finish, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!

More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

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GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Marianne Vos in Daphny-style braids!, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so  apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style  plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!
More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Marianne Vos in Daphny-style braids!, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!

More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

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GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Pavla Havlikova, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!
More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Pavla Havlikova, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!

More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

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CX Middlekerke (by jef cleemput)

The last Superprestige of the season, won by Daphny van den Brand

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Caubergcross 2012 women’s race, by dvangaveren

Penultimate CX of the season - waaaaaa!

1.  Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank
2.  Daphny van den Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl
3.  Nikki Harris (GBr) Telenet Fidea
4.  Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash
5.  Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona

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Superprestige Middelkerke 2012: Women’s Podium (l-r): Nikki Harris, Daphny Van Den Brand and Pavla Havlikova, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
1.   Daphny van den Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, 0:39:25   2.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Telenet-Fidea, + 00:08   3.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Telenet-Fidea, + 00:13   4.   Arenda Grimberg (Ned) + 01:08   5.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 01:28   6.   Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team, + 01:53   7.   Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Cycling Team Vermeeren, + 02:06   8.   Nikoline Hansen (Den) Bov CC-Denmark, + 02:21   9.   Amy Dombroski (USA) Crankbrothers, + 02:33   10. Nicole de Bie-Leyten (Bel) Telenet-Fidea, + 03:35 
Full results & race report
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Superprestige Middelkerke 2012: Women’s Podium (l-r): Nikki Harris, Daphny Van Den Brand and Pavla Havlikova, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

1.   Daphny van den Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, 0:39:25  
2.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Telenet-Fidea, + 00:08  
3.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Telenet-Fidea, + 00:13  
4.   Arenda Grimberg (Ned) + 01:08  
5.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 01:28  
6.   Nancy Bober (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team, + 01:53  
7.   Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Cycling Team Vermeeren, + 02:06  
8.   Nikoline Hansen (Den) Bov CC-Denmark, + 02:21  
9.   Amy Dombroski (USA) Crankbrothers, + 02:33  
10. Nicole de Bie-Leyten (Bel) Telenet-Fidea, + 03:35 

Full results & race report

More photos of the rage on Cyclingnews

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Superprestige Middelkerke 2012: Daphny Van Den Brand (AA Drink - Leontien.nl) Shoulders Her Bike Through A Sand Section, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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