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Hughes solos to victory, earns second Panamerican gold

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Clara Hughes (Canada) celebrates her victory.

Clara Hughes (Canada) celebrates her victory.
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Ouch! Race ended for a couple of the PanAm hopefuls.

Ouch! Race ended for a couple of the PanAm hopefuls.
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The group began to break up toward the finish.

The group began to break up toward the finish.
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To the winner go the spoils.

To the winner go the spoils.
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Chilean Gonzalo Garrido.

Chilean Gonzalo Garrido.
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Chilean Gonzalo Garrido attacks.

Chilean Gonzalo Garrido attacks.
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Columbian Felipe Laverde.

Columbian Felipe Laverde.
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Even the commisaire got himself a prize.

Even the commisaire got himself a prize.
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Three of the key protagonists.

Three of the key protagonists.
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Bunch pass under an arch.

Bunch pass under an arch.
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An escape group lead by Ivan Casas.

An escape group lead by Ivan Casas.
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An escape group.

An escape group.
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The group is together.

The group is together.
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Ivan Casas was another of the Columbians to try and get away.

Ivan Casas was another of the Columbians to try and get away.
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Janiera looked strong on the stage.

Janiera looked strong on the stage.
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The future looks promising with these three.

The future looks promising with these three.
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The Columbians were looking good on the stage.

The Columbians were looking good on the stage.
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A Brazillian winner isn't all that common and Panizo knows this all too well.

A Brazillian winner isn't all that common and Panizo knows this all too well.
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Men's Podium.

Men's Podium.
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One of the many escape groups.

One of the many escape groups.
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Alvaro Argiro (Argentina)

Alvaro Argiro (Argentina)
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Yennier Lopez and Sergio Henao.

Yennier Lopez and Sergio Henao.
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Valentian Scandolara, Elena Cecchini and Maria Giulia Canfalonieri made up the Italian women's road race podium

Valentian Scandolara, Elena Cecchini and Maria Giulia Canfalonieri made up the Italian women's road race podium
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Gregory Panizo crosses the line to win the Pan American championships.

Gregory Panizo crosses the line to win the Pan American championships.
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The U/23 podium.

The U/23 podium.
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Riders from Argentina await the start of the road race.

Riders from Argentina await the start of the road race.
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Valeria Muller (Argentina)

Valeria Muller (Argentina)
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Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) wins the sprint for third place.

Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) wins the sprint for third place.
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Women's road race podium (l-r): Evelyn Garcia, Clara Hughes, Theresa Cliff-Ryan

Women's road race podium (l-r): Evelyn Garcia, Clara Hughes, Theresa Cliff-Ryan
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Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) and Clara Hughes (Canada) on the attack.

Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) and Clara Hughes (Canada) on the attack.
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The winning break of Clara Hughes (Canada) and Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador).

The winning break of Clara Hughes (Canada) and Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador).
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Evelyn Stevens (USA) sets the pace on a climb.

Evelyn Stevens (USA) sets the pace on a climb.
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The women's peloton contests the 96km road race.

The women's peloton contests the 96km road race.
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Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) on the podium.

Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) on the podium.
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Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) wins the silver medal in the women's road race.

Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) wins the silver medal in the women's road race.
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Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador)

Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador)
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The decivise breakaway was comprised of Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) and Clara Hughes (Canada).

The decivise breakaway was comprised of Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) and Clara Hughes (Canada).
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Clara Hughes (Canada)

Clara Hughes (Canada)
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Clara Hughes (Canada) en route to victory in the women's road race.

Clara Hughes (Canada) en route to victory in the women's road race.
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Valeria Muller (Argentina)

Valeria Muller (Argentina)
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Clara Hughes (Canada) continued her run of success after returning to cycling with a dominating performance in the Panamerican Championship road race. Following up on her gold medal performance in the time trial on Friday, Hughes earned her second gold medal with a solo victory in the 96km road race. Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) claimed the silver medal 1:18 later while Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) took the field sprint for bronze 6:53 behind Hughes.

Hughes and Garcia formed the race's decisive break and rode away from the peloton on a difficult parcours. Hughes eventually dispatched of Garcia to win alone.

"It was an epic day...We had a plan as a team to win the road race today and I am so proud of this victory for Canada," said Hughes.

"It was hot, hilly and gruelling, and I was cramping up really badly halfway through the race. I ate and drank as much as I could to make the cramps go away and kept thinking 'you can't lose this race for the team!'. It gave me a lot of strength and motivation knowing my teammates were working hard behind.

"It was a team victory and I'm satisfied but exhausted. I've never cramped up in a race and had to go through that kind of pain."

Vincent Jourdain, head coach of the Canadian Road Cycling Team, was effusive about his team's performance. "The strategy was to put pressure immediately and isolate the Americans," said Jourdain. "Clara quickly broke away from the peloton with a girl from El Salvador, and gave an incredible effort throughout the race in front.

"We reached our objective here, securing two additional spot for the World Championships."

Elite women - Brief results
1Clara Hughes (Canada)2:23:56
2Evelyn García (El Salvador)0:01:18
3Theresa Cliff-Ryan (United States of America)0:06:53
4Joelle Numainville (Canada)
5Lilibeth Chacón (Venezuela)
6Denise Ramsden (Canada)
7Flavia Olliveira (Brazil)
8Heather Logan-Sprenger (Canada)
9Daniely García (Venezuela)
10Leah Kirchmann (Canada)

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gregorlry Panizo (Brasil)4:03:55
2Gonzalo Garrido (Chile)
3Luis Felipe Laverde (Colombia)0:00:02
4Carlos Julián Quintero (Colombia)0:01:15
5Luis Fernando Macías (México)0:01:16
6Renato Seabra (Brasil)
7Iván Mauricio Casas (Colombia)0:01:18
8Janier Acevedo (Colombia)0:01:19
9Arnold Alcolea (Cuba)0:03:37
10Byron Guama (Ecuador)

U/23 Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gideoni Monteiro (Brasil)4:09:37
2Josue Moyano (Argentina)0:02:41
3Arnold Olavarria (Chile )
4Uri Marntins (México)
5Pedro Amauri Palma (Chile)

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