Maghalie Rochette swaps Cyclo-cross Nationals for a World Cup podium

BESANCON FRANCE NOVEMBER 28 Maghalie Rochette of Canada crosses the finishing line celebrating second place during the 6th Besanon UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2021 Womens Elite CXWorldCup UCIcyclocrossWC on November 28 2021 in Besancon France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Maghalie Rochette (Specialized-Feedback Sports) celebrating second at the eighth round of the cyclo-cross World Cup at Besançon (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Maghalie Rochette (Specialized-Feedback Sports) found a big silver lining after the postponement of Canada’s Cyclo-cross National Championships due to massive floods, making a quick dash to race at Besançon instead where she took her first European Cyclo-cross World Cup podium.

The race for the national title, which Rochette has won three-times, had been scheduled to take place on the same weekend as the World Cup in France so the Canadian hadn’t even expected to be racing at Besançon, let alone fulfilling a long-held European goal.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.