CrossVegas: Driscoll and Compton top them all

10,000 watch the action in Las Vegas

Almost 10,000 spectators filled Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas for the third edition of CrossVegas, as Jamey Driscoll and Katie Compton captured the men's and women's Elite titles.

With nine nations represented in the men’s race alone, CrossVegas was the largest international field of cyclo-cross racers ever assembled in the U.S. But the anticipated international battle of America versus the world never developed.

Driscoll captured the Elite Men's race in a final sprint to the line against breakaway companion Christopher Jones after the pair eluded chasers throughout the 60-minute race. The pair of Americans escaped from a group of favourites in the early minutes of the race.  

A chase group of six riders contested the final podium spot and American Jonathan Page took third.  

Three-time world champion Erwin Vervecken of Begium emerged as the strongest foreign rider with a fifth place finish in the largest cyclocross race in America, followed by Christian Heule of Switzerland, who suffered a last lap crash that ended his hopes of a podium place.  

U.S. National Champion and two-time CrossVegas winner Ryan Trebon finished sixth ending his hopes of remaining the only champion of event.

In a repeat of the 2008 CrossVegas podium, U.S. National Champion and the 2008 CrossVegas winner Katie Compton rolled away from the international field of women to build a lead of 89 seconds at the end of the 40-minute race. Czech rider Katerina Nash repeated her second place podium with Luna teammate Georgia Gould rounding out the third spot.

For a complete report with results and additional photos, visit Cyclingnews.com for the Men's and Women's races.

Elite Men's results

1James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com1:00:59 
2Christopher Jones (USA) Champion System0:00:04 
3Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike0:00:16 
4Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:17 
5Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Revor Cycling Team  
6Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona0:00:20 
7Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:00:25 
8Christian Heule (Swi) Rendementhypo Cycling Team0:00:35 
9Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:01:05 
10Ben Berden (Bel) Revor Cycling Team0:01:08

Elite Women's results

1Katherine Compton (USA) Planet Bike0:40:45 
2Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Chix0:00:59 
3Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Chix0:01:10 
4Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Bicycles0:01:14 
5Mary McConneloug (USA) Team KENDA/Seven/NoTubes0:02:17 
6Susan Butler (USA) Monavie-Cannondale.com0:02:20 
7Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona0:02:21 
8Alison Powers (USA) Team Fuji0:02:35 
9Amy Dombroski (USA) RGM Watches - Richard Sachs - Radix0:03:26 
10Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 Athletes Serving Athletes0:03:28 

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