Dutchwoman Marianne Vos (Rabobank) won the seventh round of the cyclocross World Cup in Rome on Sunday, topping American Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective).
With her second-place finish, Compton secured the World Cup overall title. She needed to finish 15th or better on Sunday and in doing so, Compton is the first American to win the World Cup overall in elite cyclocross.
U.S.-based Czech Katerina Nash (Luna) was third.
American Amy Dombroski (Telenet-Fidea) was 16th. After twice finishing 11th in World Cups this season, she needed a top-10 finish to automatically qualify for the U.S. world championships team.
Vos and Compton rode away from the field together on a winding course that Compton on Saturday described as “very U.S. style.”
“I had a good start. Katie passed me in the first lap and kept the pace really high,” Vos said. “Katie was really strong; I knew I couldn’t make any mistakes. I waited for a moment.”
But when world champion Vos attacked hard midway through the race, Compton had no response.
Nash rode in third for much of the race and held off a late surge from Vos’ Dutch teammate Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank) and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (BKCP-Powerplus).
The 2012-13 World Cup closes with the final stop in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, on January 20.