Rochette wins elite women's crown at Pan-American championships

Noble bobbles on penultimate lap and finishes second

Maghalie Rochette (Ten Speed Hero-Specialized) became the first Canadian - and first person not named Katie Compton - to win the elite women's Pan-American Cyclo-cross Championship Sunday in Canada. Rochette soloed to the win on a dry, fast course after US rider Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing CX) bobbled on the penultimate lap and opened the door for Rochette's victory.

Four-time and defending Pan-American champion Compton skipped the race this year, choosing to remain in Europe as the UCI World Cup circuit begins to heat up there.

That left a wide-open race for the elite women's field, and the race started quickly on the track in Midland, Ontario. The field was spread out over the first lap as the pecking order was quickly established, and Noble, this season's dominant rider, was soon at the head of affairs.

Noble was followed in succession by Rochette and Kaitie Keough (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), establishing a three-rider group off the front that would race for the win.

Keough started to fade from the lead group, and Noble led Rochette across the start/finish with two laps remaining. Rochette opened a small gap on the ensuing lap, but Noble clawed her way back. A bobble, fall and mechanical issues slowed Noble before the sand section, and Rochette pressed the pace from there.

Rochette started the final lap with about 15 seconds on Noble, and the chase was on for the title. Noble pulled back some Rochette's gap, but the Canadian hung on for the historic win.

"Today I was all about being clear and clean and not making any mistakes," Rochette said after the win.

"I was definitely expecting a race with those two girls [Ellen Noble and Kaitlin Keough]; that's how it's been all season. Unfortunately, Katie Compton, the defending champion wasn't here; it would have been a different race with her.

"I got a gap with about two lap to go, and only Ellen got back to me," Rochette continued. "She tried to go around me on the inside, and she hit both me and a pole, and crashed. That gave me a little bit of room, and I pushed it to open the gap a bit more.

"It's very special to win this; I think it is my biggest win so far. I think the best thing today was to have all Canadian fans; they were on fire! To win the title in front of the home crowd is pretty cool.

Noble confirmed how her crash was the turning point: "I rode into Maghalie and flipped over, going into one [lap] to go. She got 10 seconds and that was it. I tried, but 10 seconds on this course is a lot. I felt like I could have won it, and I got impatient."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maghalie Rochette (Canada)0:42:29 
2Ellen Noble (United States Of America)0:00:14 
3Kaitlin Keough (United States Of America)0:00:40 
4Courtenay Mcfadden (United States Of America)0:01:11 
5Jenn Jackson (Canada)0:01:26 
6Samantha Runnels (United States Of America)0:01:30 
7Catharine Pendrel (Canada)0:01:40 
8Rebecca Fahringer (United States Of America)0:01:46 
9Sandra Walter (Canada)0:01:52 
10Erica Zaveta (United States Of America)0:02:49 
11Sarah Sturm (United States Of America)0:03:46 
12Emily Werner (United States Of America)0:03:49 
13Laurel Rathbun (United States Of America)0:03:51 
14Jennifer Malik (United States Of America)0:03:56 
15Raylyn Nuss (United States Of America)0:04:00 
16Natasha Elliott (Canada)0:04:42 
17Lisa Holmgren (Canada)0:05:08 
18Corey Coogan Cisek (United States Of America)0:05:25 
19Anna Schappert (Canada)0:05:39 
20Helena Coney (Canada)0:05:56 
21Natascha Piciga (Canada)0:06:11 
22Natalie Tapias (United States Of America)0:06:22 
23Shantel Koenig (Canada)0:06:23 
24Chelsea Weidinger (United States Of America)0:07:42 
25Alana Heise (Canada)0:14:53 
-1 LapSiobhan Kelly (Canada)  
-2 LapsCarolyn Smith (Canada)  
-2 LapsJill Messier (Canada)  
-2 LapsEvelyn Sifton (Canada)  

 

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