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Nash repeats in CrossVegas

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Katerina Nash (Luna) takes her second consecutive win in the women's race.

Katerina Nash (Luna) takes her second consecutive win in the women's race.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) wins CrossVegas for the second year in a row.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) wins CrossVegas for the second year in a row.
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The hard racing took its toll tonight.

The hard racing took its toll tonight.
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Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) heading up the chasers.

Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) heading up the chasers.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) alone on the front of the race.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) alone on the front of the race.
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One of the uphill 180 degree turns.

One of the uphill 180 degree turns.
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Nicole Duke (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) recovering from a mishap at the barriers.

Nicole Duke (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) recovering from a mishap at the barriers.
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Lea Davison (Specialized) started at the back and passed dozens of racers to finish sixth.

Lea Davison (Specialized) started at the back and passed dozens of racers to finish sixth.
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry) running the barriers mid-race.

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry) running the barriers mid-race.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) just before she left the field for good.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) just before she left the field for good.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) racing over the barriers.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) racing over the barriers.
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Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) turned in the fastest lap of the night.

Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) turned in the fastest lap of the night.
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant Berry) riding in the second chase group.

Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant Berry) riding in the second chase group.
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Nicole Duke (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) running a 180-degree turn.

Nicole Duke (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) running a 180-degree turn.
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Women’s podium (L to R): Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) 3rd, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) 1st, Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) 2nd, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) 4th

Women’s podium (L to R): Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) 3rd, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) 1st, Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) 2nd, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) 4th
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Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) came out of the chase group to take second place.

Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) came out of the chase group to take second place.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) crossing the finish line.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) crossing the finish line.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) having no problem holding off the chasers with one lap to go.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) having no problem holding off the chasers with one lap to go.
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Marne Smiley (Bob’s Red Mill) on the run-up after the barriers.

Marne Smiley (Bob’s Red Mill) on the run-up after the barriers.
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Caroline Mani (CC Etupes) feeling the hurt put on by Nash.

Caroline Mani (CC Etupes) feeling the hurt put on by Nash.
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Andrea Smith (Ladiesfirst Racing)

Andrea Smith (Ladiesfirst Racing)
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry) found herself chasing all night.

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry) found herself chasing all night.
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Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) leading the chase group.

Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) leading the chase group.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) working with Nash.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) working with Nash.
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Specialized mountain biking teammates Lea Davison and Max Plaxton were planning to race at CrossVegas.

Specialized mountain biking teammates Lea Davison and Max Plaxton were planning to race at CrossVegas.
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Jelly Belly brought some non-pedal bikes to Vegas this week.

Jelly Belly brought some non-pedal bikes to Vegas this week.
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Allison Mann (Rock n’ Road Cyclery) with one of her new Specialized 'cross bikes.

Allison Mann (Rock n’ Road Cyclery) with one of her new Specialized 'cross bikes.
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CrossVegas defending champion Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) getting ready to race.

CrossVegas defending champion Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) getting ready to race.
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Mountain biking star Kelli Emmett (Team Giant).

Mountain biking star Kelli Emmett (Team Giant).
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California Giant Berry teammates Teal Stetson-Lee (L) and Meredith Miller (R).

California Giant Berry teammates Teal Stetson-Lee (L) and Meredith Miller (R).
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Nicole Duke wearing her Cannondale kit for the first time.

Nicole Duke wearing her Cannondale kit for the first time.
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Andrea Smith (Ladiesfirst Racing) on the front row.

Andrea Smith (Ladiesfirst Racing) on the front row.
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Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) waiting on the front row for the start.

Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) waiting on the front row for the start.
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The last thing that racers wanted to see was the powerful Luna squad go off the front of the race.

The last thing that racers wanted to see was the powerful Luna squad go off the front of the race.
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Caroline Mani (CC Etupes) chasing Gould.

Caroline Mani (CC Etupes) chasing Gould.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading on one of the run-ups.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading on one of the run-ups.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) positioned nicely near the front after the start loop.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) positioned nicely near the front after the start loop.
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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) leads after the short start loop.

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) leads after the short start loop.
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French champion Caroline Mani (CC Etupes) takes the hole shot.

French champion Caroline Mani (CC Etupes) takes the hole shot.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) is always a factor at CrossVegas.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) is always a factor at CrossVegas.
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The women get on the start line.

The women get on the start line.
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The women are off.

The women are off.
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Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized) was happy with the wet course tonight.

Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized) was happy with the wet course tonight.
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Katarina Nash (Luna Pro Team) claimed her second consecutive CrossVegas victory, opening her 2011-2012 cyclo-cross season with another dominating performance on an uncharacteristically soggy Las Vegas course.

Nash claimed the top spot by riding away from the field from the second lap, coming in a dozen seconds ahead of Amy Dombroski (Crankbrothers) and Kelli Emmett (Giant)

Heavy overnight rains turned the normally fast, dry grass into a spongy, power-sucking shag carpet that favoured the powerful Czech champion.

"The conditions out there today really felt like a cross race," said Nash "It was interesting to add the wet element. CrossVegas has really become the classic of cyclocross. It's great to win in front of so many enthusiastic people."

While Nash's Luna teammate Georgia Gould lit up the first lap, helping to separate the pair from a star-studded field by the start of the second lap, the American would fade from the front after a few ill-timed mistakes, leaving Nash to solo away to glory.

Gould was swept up by a hard-charging chase group led by Dombroski on the final lap and didn't have enough left in the tank for the four-rider sprint. She claimed fifth behind Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry/Specialized).

"Georgia and I were working together keeping the gap," Nash said. "Perhaps I was keeping a faster pace than Georgia could maintain today. Georgia and I didn't talk before the race. We have raced together enough times to know what to expect from each other. We did talk during the race though. We talked about working together to maintain a gap."

Dombroski said she was in a bad position when the Luna pair's winning move went away, but had good cooperation from her chase group companions.

"I realized that the two blueberries were riding away so I tried to bridge it myself and then everyone started working together. It was me, Kelli, I think Meredith was there. I thought we might catch them because they were right there but Katerina is fast."

Dombroski wasn't able to shake them in the final lap, but was able to take second in the sprint over Emmett after a concerted effort.

"I didn't know how close she was, I was just going as hard as I could."

"I was just watching everyone and seeing what their weakness were out there," commented Emmett. "I was really feeling good. I knew my fitness was good, It was just a matter of finding the right opportunity."

 

Full Results
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:37:42
2Amy Dombroski (USA) Crankbrothers Race Club0:00:12
3Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Bicycles0:00:13
4Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:00:17
5Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:20
6Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:01:38
7Chloe Forsman (USA) Momentum Endurance0:01:45
8Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club0:01:51
9Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) Cycling Team Vermeeren0:01:56
10Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:01:59
11Andrea Smith (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing0:02:01
12Nicole Duke (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:02:02
13Katheryn Mattis (USA) Bikes To Rwanda0:02:08
14Rebecca Blatt (USA) Team Kenda-Silverbull0:02:13
15Mical Dyck (Can) Pro City Racing0:02:30
16Rebecca Gross (USA) Velo Bella0:02:32
17Susan Butler (USA) River City Bicyles-Ridley0:02:33
18Katherine Sherwin (USA) Notubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:03:01
19Jennifer Gaertner (USA) Raleigh America0:03:06
20Allison Mann (USA) Rock n' Road Cyclery0:03:20
21Katy Curtis (Can) Cyclemeisters0:03:33
22Kari Studley (USA) Mercy Cycling0:03:36
23Caroline Mani (Fra) CC Etupes0:03:37
24Marne Smiley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross0:04:14
25Kelsy Bingham (USA) Roosters-Bikers Edge0:04:24
26Emily Shields (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley
27Meghan Korol (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross0:04:27
28Linda Sone (USA) Cycle-Smart
29Nina Baum (USA)0:04:28
30Katherine Shields (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:04:31
31Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports0:04:42
32Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Silverbull Centralwheel0:05:01
33Kate Scheider (USA)0:05:55
34Christina Probert (USA) The Team-Socalcross0:06:04
35Sage Wilderman (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory-Durango Devo0:06:26
36Kelly Benjamin (USA) KCCX-Fuji Elite p/b Challenge Tires0:06:40
37Jennifer Hill (USA) Rivet SG0:06:58
38Shannon Gibson (USA) Notubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:07:42
39Cristina Begy (USA) Gates Carbon Drive0:07:49
40Michele Bliss (USA) Justin's Cycling
41Michelle Melka (USA) Red Racing
42Megan Elliott (USA)
43Dorothy Wong (USA) The Team-Socalcross

 

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