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Ferrier Bruneau wins Candian 'cross championships

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Podium: L to R - Maghalie Rochette, Christel Ferrier Bruneau, Mical Dyck

Podium: L to R - Maghalie Rochette, Christel Ferrier Bruneau, Mical Dyck
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Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) finishing 2nd

Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) finishing 2nd
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio) wins

Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio) wins
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Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) leading with Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio) chasing

Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) leading with Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio) chasing
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio)

Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio)
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Retired Olympian Lyne Bessette finished 6th

Retired Olympian Lyne Bessette finished 6th
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Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing)

Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing)
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Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) and Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio) quickly gap the field

Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) and Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio) quickly gap the field
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All together at the start

All together at the start
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Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) gets the holeshot at the beginning of the Elite women's race

Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) gets the holeshot at the beginning of the Elite women's race
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The Elite women's race at the Canadian Cyclo-cross championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, saw an upset on Saturday, when Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio) beat defending champion Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team).

Ferrier Bruneau is originally from France, where she has finished second three times at the French cyclo-cross championships, as well as winning a road title. However, she moved to Canada and took Canadian citizenship.

This was expected to be a battle between Ferrier Bruneau and Rochette, and the duo dropped the rest of the field on the first lap. Rochette led for much of the race, opening a gap on her rival mid-race. However, Ferrier Bruneau fought back and, with a lap and a half to go, counter-attacked. Rochette was unable to respond, and Ferrier Bruneau rode away to win by 38 seconds. Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing) of B.C. took the bronze medal.

"Maghalie is a really good rider," said Ferrier Bruneau, "but I have had some better results than her in the North american World Cups, so I knew I could do well. Maghalie was better on the technical sections and I lost a bit of time in a corner, but I stayed focussed and came back on the climb, and was able to get away. It's my first victory of the year in cyclo-cross, which is really nice."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Can)0:45:57
2Maghalie Rochette (Can)0:00:34
3Mical Dyck (Can)0:02:28
4Sandra Walter (Can)0:03:05
5Cindy Montambault (Can)0:03:13
6Lyne Bessette (Can)0:03:16
7Natasha Elliott (Can)0:04:34
8Shantel Koenig (Can)0:05:24
9Natascha Piciga (Can)0:06:15
10Ashley Barson (Can)0:06:40
11Lisa Holmgren (Can)0:06:45
12Jodi Wendland (Can)0:07:37
13Anna Schappert (Can)0:08:38
14Beatrice Le Sauteur (Can)0:08:53
15Andreanne Murdaca (Can)0:09:41
16Julie Vanderhoop (Can)0:11:28
17Laurence Bourque (Can)
18Genevieve Fradet Carlos (Can)
19Jill Messier (Can)
DNFMarilyne Proulx (Can)

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