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C3-Athletes Serving Athletes sweep podium in Granogue

Laura van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) rode away with victory at the Granogue Cross Expo held in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday. The famed road sprinter outpaced her two teammates Deidre Winfield who placed second and Arley Kemmerer in third.

“It was a good race,” Van Gilder said. “Each of us wanted to win the race so we both kept the pressure on. Once we were together we were racing each other for the win. We didn’t want to compromise the victory today but we were very much racing each other on the last lap.”

The Granogue Cross course wrapped its way around the Dupont Estate grounds that offered a relentless amount of climbing and technical-off camber descending.

Van Gilder and her teammate Winfield gained a sizable lead ahead of thefield in the opening laps of the Elite women’s 45-minute race. The pair were chased by Ann D’Ambruso (LadiesFirst Racing), Kristin Gavin (Cystic Fibrosis), Rebecca Blatt (Silverbull) and Arley Kremmerer (C3-Athletes-Serving Athletes).

“It was a very good regional field with a very Mid Atlantic mix of riders,” said Van Gilder who is currently leading the Mid Atlantic Cyclo-cross (MAC) series. “I got the hole shot and really pushed the pace from the beginning. I decided that I was just going to go for it. I got a gap. Dee Dee caught up and passed me and put the gas on and the riders that followed her up ended up falling off pace.”

A broken chain forced Van Gilder into the pits for a bike change that resulted in her teammate Winfield gaining a nearly ten-second advantage. Van Gilder clawed her way back to her teammate’s wheel with one lap to go.

“I had to close that gap with about one and half laps to go,” Van Gilder said. “That was difficult because Dee Dee was really keeping the pressure on and taking the technical sections really well. I was able to get back to her on the last lap. We came around each other a few times.”

Winfield was the first to jump in the two-up sprint finale but she was passed by Van Gilder on the way to the line. The duo’s teammate Kremmerer soloed in for third place.

Full Results
1Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:35:54
2Deidre Winfield (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes
3Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:00:24
4Ann D'Ambruoso (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:00:34
5Rebecca Blatt (USA) Silverbull - Central Wheel0:00:46
6Kristin Gavin (USA) Team CF0:00:55
7Nikki Thiemann (USA) Team CF0:01:52
8Carolyn Popovic (USA) PAValleys.com0:02:07
9Katrina Dowidchuk (USA) Team TBB-Deep Blue
10Jennifer Maxwell (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Sterke Meiden0:02:26
11Erin Silliman (USA) ALAN North America Cycling Team
12Julie Kuliecza (USA) ALAN North America Cycling Team0:03:35
13Lenore Pipes (USA) The Wistar Institute0:03:47
14Lauri Webber (USA) Secret Henry's Team0:03:49
15Kristine Church (USA) Human Zoom-Pabst Blue Ribbon0:04:02
16Stacey Barbossa (USA) Montclair Cyclists0:04:44
17Elizabeth Harlow (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:04:51
18Lynda Maldonado (USA) Cannondale-Cadence Women's Racing0:04:56
19Lindsey Hillesheim (USA) Squadra Coppi0:05:50
20Andrea Luebbe (USA) Human Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon0:05:59
21Jessica Hayes Conroy (USA) North American Velo0:06:13
22Amy Cutler (USA) Team EPS-CSS p/b Brielle Cyclery0:06:18
23Kathrin Schumacher (USA) Guy's Racing0:06:57
24Kim Dubeck (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:07:32
25Beth Mason (USA) Verge Test Pilot0:08:08
26Nina Santiago (USA) Watchung Wheelmen

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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