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Wyman wins in Providence

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Helen Wyman (Kona) gets another New England victory

Helen Wyman (Kona) gets another New England victory
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The KMC flyover is new this year

The KMC flyover is new this year
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Helen Wyman (Kona) leading the race on lap four

Helen Wyman (Kona) leading the race on lap four
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) before crashing out of the race

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) before crashing out of the race
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) climbing

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) climbing
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Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale) riding in fourth place early in the contest

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale) riding in fourth place early in the contest
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) has been on fire this season

Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) has been on fire this season
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) hammering out of the saddle

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) hammering out of the saddle
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Caroline Mani (Rapha Focus) looking towards the pits

Caroline Mani (Rapha Focus) looking towards the pits
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Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise Cycling) ripping a descent

Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise Cycling) ripping a descent
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The chasers behind Wyman on lap two

The chasers behind Wyman on lap two
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) leading Antonneau and Miller

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) leading Antonneau and Miller
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Helen Wyman (Kona) alone on lap two

Helen Wyman (Kona) alone on lap two
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Lea Davison (Specialized)

Lea Davison (Specialized)
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The Harpoon Beer Garden was busy early in the day

The Harpoon Beer Garden was busy early in the day
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Julianna preparing drinks in the decorative coffee truck

Julianna preparing drinks in the decorative coffee truck
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A racer pushes her bike after her 10-12 race

A racer pushes her bike after her 10-12 race
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The Rapha Focus women warming up

The Rapha Focus women warming up
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) broke out the pink skinsuit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) broke out the pink skinsuit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Elite Women’'s front row

Elite Women’'s front row
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An uphill crash on the first lap

An uphill crash on the first lap
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Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) on top of the flyover

Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) on top of the flyover
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) on top of the flyover

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) on top of the flyover
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) working up a sweat during her warm-up

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) working up a sweat during her warm-up
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) riding in the top ten early in the race

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) riding in the top ten early in the race
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Helen Wyman (Kona) opened a lead almost immediately

Helen Wyman (Kona) opened a lead almost immediately
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) got off to a brilliant start

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) got off to a brilliant start
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Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale) had second place well in hand with one lap to go

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale) had second place well in hand with one lap to go
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Helen Wyman (Kona) on the flyover during her last lap

Helen Wyman (Kona) on the flyover during her last lap
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Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale) riding to an impressive second place

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale) riding to an impressive second place
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) sprinting for third place

Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) sprinting for third place
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Olympian Lea Davison (Specialized) leading former Olympian Mary McConneloug through some curves

Olympian Lea Davison (Specialized) leading former Olympian Mary McConneloug through some curves
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) leading Antonneau and Miller

Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) leading Antonneau and Miller
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The women's field negotiates a short descent

The women's field negotiates a short descent
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Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) warming up on a trainer

Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) warming up on a trainer
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Natasha Elliot (The Cyclery) before the race

Natasha Elliot (The Cyclery) before the race
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Helen Wyman (Kona) is coming off back-to-back wins in Gloucester

Helen Wyman (Kona) is coming off back-to-back wins in Gloucester
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USA U-23 Champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale) on the front row

USA U-23 Champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale) on the front row
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Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) take the hole shot in front of several strong road racers including Miller, Antonneau, and Van Gilder

Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) take the hole shot in front of several strong road racers including Miller, Antonneau, and Van Gilder
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Helen Wyman (Kona) alone on the front of the race

Helen Wyman (Kona) alone on the front of the race
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) was proficient at riding the uphill barriers

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) was proficient at riding the uphill barriers
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) running the barriers

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) running the barriers
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Racers warm up in front of the pavilion on the lake

Racers warm up in front of the pavilion on the lake
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In the Women’s race, Helen Wyman took her 8th win since arriving in the US this season. Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) finished 2nd, 34 seconds behind Wyman and CyclocrossWorld amateur rider Crystal Anthony sprinted to 3rd place another 15 seconds behind Antonneau.

Wyman proved nearly untouchable winning yet again after opening up a 30-second gap by the end of the first lap. Behind her, a large chase group of riders formed which included Kaitie Antonneau, Crystal Anthony, Meredith Miller (Cal Giant/Specialized), Rapha-Focus riders Gabby Day and Julie Krasniak, and Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst). Further back, Lea Davison (Specialized), Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) and Mary McConneloug (Team Kenda/Seven/NoTubes) fought to catch the chase group.

While Wyman rode alone off the front, at times as much as 50 seconds ahead, the action was happening in the chase group. Davison, Kemmerer, and McConneloug were able to catch the group and soon after the attacks started to fly. The first to fall from grace would be Gabby Day who would be resolved to chasing on her own for the rest of the day.

Over the course of the final three laps, the chase group was constantly shrinking and growing with Miller, Antonneau, Krasniak, and Davison pushing the pace. Kemmerer found herself gapped with three laps left and McConneloug and Anthony were dangling off the back with two laps to go.

Coming onto the finish stretch to take the bell lap, Antonneau attacked the group that once again contained McConneloug and Anthony. Immediately behind her, a crash ended Miller’s day and a small gap opened that would never be closed.

"I was leading through the last technical section and whoever was behind me made a mistake. I didn’t look back, I just pushed through the last couple corners and really hit it on the home stretch there," said Antonneau of her late-race attack. "I really had to dig that last lap because I didn’t think they were very far behind me."

Wyman came across the line alone for the win as she did during both Gran Prix of Gloucester races last weekend and Antonneau also came across the line alone to finish 2nd. 15 seconds later, Crystal Anthony surprised everyone by winning the four-person sprint for 3rd ahead of Davison, McConneloug, and Krasniak, just one lap after being dropped from the group.

"It was such a big group that once we got onto the windy sections no one was really hammering because everyone was trying to conserve," said Anthony. "I was off the back a couple of times and was able to fight back when they slowed a bit. I was surprised to be there at the end and I just saw an opening on the inside there at the end and just decided to go for it."

Wyman is optimistic heading back to Europe next week saying, "I’m riding stronger and other than that I’ve also got a few more skills, like today I rode the stairs three times! That’s something I’ve never done in the past, so I’m hoping the little bit of extra skills will give me a few extra seconds and maybe I can hold onto that lead group longer in the World Cups and maybe move back onto the podium."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team0:44:57
2Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:34
3Crystal Anthony (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:49
4Lea Davison (USA) Specialized
5Mary McConneloug (USA) Team Kenda/Seven/Notubes
6Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus
7Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:01:22
8Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:01:31
9Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:01:40
10Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom0:01:58
11Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:02:12
12Elle Anderson (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:02:22
13Nicole Thiemann (USA) Team CF0:02:39
14Amanda Carey (USA) Volkswagen Boise Cycling0:03:17
15Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:03:46
16Natasha Elliott (Can) The Cyclery0:03:54
17Sheila Vibert (USA) Sunapee Racing Team0:03:59
18Christina Birch (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria0:04:04
19Maghalie Rochette (Can) PowerWatts - Fit Time0:04:10
20Anna Barensfeld (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:04:14
21Brittlee Bowman (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:04:27
22Jenny Ives (USA) Favata TRT-Unovelo cross team0:04:34
23Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Silverbull targettraining
24Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:05:00
25Christina Tamilio (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:05:06
26Jamie Gilgen (USA) Kallisto/Wheels of Oakville0:05:15
27Stacey Barbossa (USA) Colavita/espnW NJ
28Kathleen Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:05:56
29Marian Jamison (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:06:13
30Kate Powlison (USA) The Service Course | World Bicycle Relief0:06:30
31Elizabeth Lukowski (USA) NYCross.com p/b VOmax
32Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge
33Kerry Litka (USA)0:06:31
34 (-1 lap)Vickie Monahan (USA) Expo Wheelmen0:06:46
35Jessica Kutz (USA) Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell
36Vanessa McCaffery (USA) Corning/NoTubes Race Team/Swan Cycles
37Molly Hurford (USA) Colavita/Espn-W
38 (-2 laps)Sarah Krzysiak (USA) Nycross.com p/b VOmax
39Emily Flynn (Can) Tommy & Lefebvre Cycling
40Patricia Dowd (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com
41Giulia Righi (Ita) Central Wheel

 

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