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White wins Gran Prix of Gloucester opener

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Emma White

Emma White
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The day 1 podium

The day 1 podium
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The women's race leaders

The women's race leaders
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Emma white

Emma white
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Emma White

Emma White
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Emma White

Emma White
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The day 1 podium

The day 1 podium
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Emma White (Cannondale) crossing the line in front of a massive cheering crowd

Emma White (Cannondale) crossing the line in front of a massive cheering crowd
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Brittlee Bowman (House Inndnokia) on the longest set of stairs

Brittlee Bowman (House Inndnokia) on the longest set of stairs
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Mocogep) did everything she could to win the race today

Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Mocogep) did everything she could to win the race today
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Former Gloucester winner/retire racer Lynne Bessette (100B7.com/Felt) came close to cracking the top 10.

Former Gloucester winner/retire racer Lynne Bessette (100B7.com/Felt) came close to cracking the top 10.
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Kaitie Keough (Cannondale) descending the switchbacks

Kaitie Keough (Cannondale) descending the switchbacks
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Courtenay McFadden (Pivot) making her final trip down the switchbacks

Courtenay McFadden (Pivot) making her final trip down the switchbacks
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Regina Legge (Trek) racing to a sixth place finish

Regina Legge (Trek) racing to a sixth place finish
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Laura Winberry riding in the top ten with two laps remaining

Laura Winberry riding in the top ten with two laps remaining
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Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) attempting to break away from White in the final moments of the race

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) attempting to break away from White in the final moments of the race
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Emma White (Cannondale) chasing Noble next to the ocean

Emma White (Cannondale) chasing Noble next to the ocean
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Emma White (Cannondale) takes the win at Gloucester

Emma White (Cannondale) takes the win at Gloucester
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Beth An nOrton (Team S&M CX) racing to a top 10 finish today

Beth An nOrton (Team S&M CX) racing to a top 10 finish today
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Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) chasing Ferrier Bruneau early in the race

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) chasing Ferrier Bruneau early in the race
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Allison Arensman (JA King) hammering out of the saddle on a small climb

Allison Arensman (JA King) hammering out of the saddle on a small climb
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Emma White (Cannondale) on the front row of the start

Emma White (Cannondale) on the front row of the start
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The Women’s start was a fairly even contest between White (Cannondale), Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Mocogep), and Noble (Aspire Racing)

The Women’s start was a fairly even contest between White (Cannondale), Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Mocogep), and Noble (Aspire Racing)
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Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) got off to a fast start

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) got off to a fast start
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The Women’s field passing the start-finish soon after the start

The Women’s field passing the start-finish soon after the start
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The battle between Emma White (Cannondale) and Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) was established early

The battle between Emma White (Cannondale) and Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) was established early
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Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) was always within twenty seconds of Compton

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) was always within twenty seconds of Compton
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Kaitie Keough (Cannondale) owned third place and was fast on the running climb

Kaitie Keough (Cannondale) owned third place and was fast on the running climb
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Crystal Antony (Maxxis Shimano) racing in fifth place

Crystal Antony (Maxxis Shimano) racing in fifth place
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Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano) on her way to a fourth place finish

Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano) on her way to a fourth place finish
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Rebecca Gross (KHS) seemed to be having a solid race

Rebecca Gross (KHS) seemed to be having a solid race
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Emma White (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) in action

Emma White (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) in action
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Emma White (Cannondale) pulled out a last lap victory over her long-time rival Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing), who had to settle for second place Saturday at the Gran Prix of Gloucester. A surprisingly strong Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Macogep) finished in third place.

Ferrier Bruneau led the race during the first lap and was clearly going for the win, but she could not drop White and Noble. Eventually Bruneau fell off the pace, leaving Noble and White to pummel each other for the remainder of the contest.

Chasing only about thirty seconds behind were Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano) and Julie Wright (TeamAverica). Retired pro and former Gloucester winner Lynne Bessette (100B7.com-Felt) raced for the first time in years and nearly cracked the top 10. 

“We were going back and forth," White said of her battle with Noble. "It was actually a super, super fun race. I would say it was fifty percent even work-wise. Inside two to go, Ellen really drilled it and gapped me and I really had to find that key in my head where I would catch her and pass her….and that’s what I did. By the time I did that she had used her last match, or had gotten down to her last few so I had a little bit of an advantage.”

Noble added, “It’s funny to be at Gloucester and going head to head with Emma because we’ve been doing this 2011 in the amateur Women’s field. I really felt like I had it, or it felt like I could have done it, and I felt really good on the course…I looked back and she was still there. She made an attack just after the run-up, and there was just a spit second where I hesitated to catch her, and that was enough for her to ride away with it."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma White (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com0:44:37
2Ellen Noble (USA) Aspire Racing0:00:16
3Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Can) SAS-Macogep0:00:34
4Crystal Anthony (USA) Maxxis-Shimano0:01:22
5Julie Wright (USA) Team Averica0:02:18
6Regina Legge (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:02:43
7Allison Arensman (USA) J.A. King0:03:10
8Beth An Norton (USA) Team S&M0:03:17
9Laura Winberry (USA) Speedvagen0:03:20
10Brittlee Bowman (USA) House Indnokia Healthsimplehuma0:03:48
11Lyne Bessette (Can) 100B7.comFELT0:03:53
12Erin Faccone (USA) Team Averica0:04:08
13Natalie Tapias (USA) JAM NCC0:04:20
14Taylor Kuyk-White (USA) Philadelphia Bike Expo0:04:25
15Jauron Vetter (USA) Mad Alchemy | Zanconato0:04:26
16Leslie Lupien (USA) Team Averica0:05:00
17Katie Carlson (USA) Ladies First pb Milton Caterpil0:05:05
18Sophie Russenberger (USA) DaH+?NGER0:05:25
19Andrea Cox (USA) Riverside Racing0:05:52
20Christin Reuter (USA) Mad Alchemy | Zanconato0:06:01
21Alix Norris (USA) Cowbell Racing pb World Bicycle0:06:36
22Magdeleine Vallieres Mill (Can) Club Cycliste de Sherbrooke0:06:45
23Kayla Brannen (USA) Cowbell Racing pb World Bicycle0:07:02
24Paige Williams (USA) Fuji Cross Crew0:07:04
25Natalie Forsythe (USA) Riverside Racing0:07:14
26Kathleen Wanat (USA) Bikes+Life0:07:22
27Alex Carlson (USA) Cycle-Smart0:07:26
28Meghan Owens (USA) UVM Cycling0:07:35
29Emily Molden (USA) Nantucket Velo0:08:04
30Elizabeth Lukowski (USA) Mad Alchemy | Zanconato0:09:20
-2 lapsJenyy Wojewoda (USA) pedalpowertraining.com
-2 lapsLydia Hausle (USA) Team Averica
-2 lapsSara Melikian (USA) pedalpowertraining.com
DNFMelissa Seib (USA) UVM Cycling
DNFHeather Richard (USA)
DNFCaitlin Dowd (USA)

 

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