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Rochester 'cross victory for Kaitlin Antonneau

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b went to the front with two laps remaining and powered her way to victory on the new Genesee Valley Park course. Emma White (Cannondale) moved into second place during the closing laps to earn second place. Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport) rounded out the podium in third place.

The inaugural racing at Genesee Valley Park took place in brutally hot and humid conditions that affected the race outcome. Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) had been leading the race when she began to feel the effects of the heat. While she finished the race, she was taken to hospital with apparent heat stroke.

Ellen Nobel (Aspire Racing) commented, "The heat really got to me today and I had to dial it back for a lap or two.

For the first part of the race, Antonneau, Miller, Caroline Mani (Raliegh Clement), Rochette, Nobel, and White were all in the mix. Unfortunately Mani tangled with a tree and clogged her cassette with debris. Rochette suffered a puncture due to a nail but was able to remain in contention.

Anntonneau made a move with two laps remaining and passed a suffering Rochette. From there she appeared to sail into victory, but was so spent at the finish that she could barely raise her hand in victory.

The new course at Genesee Valley Park was fast, had less climbing than the previous course at Ellison Park, had long stretches on grasse, but also had many more technical features including steep run-ups and twisty wooded singletrack.

Nobel weighed in on the course. "I think the changes over last year were really good ones. Kudos to the promoter. I know it was really a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it. I think this course is far and away more fun than last year."

Anntoneau said, "It was a really hard course because it was all power and so much pedaling. Last year suited me a little bit better, but this is really good practice for Vegas."

Not known for her power riding, Antonneau commented, "I have been trying really hard to work on my weaknesses with my coach Kristen (Armstrong). Hopefully things will go well."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale pb
2Emma White (Cannondale p/b
3Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)0:00:25
4Maghalie Rochette (LUNA Pro Team)0:00:31
5Rebecca Fahringer0:00:58
6Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement)0:01:35
7Amanda Nauman (SDG - Muscle Monster)0:01:47
8Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano pro cyclocross)0:01:50
9Cristel Ferrier (SAS-Macogep-Acquisio p/b Mazda)0:01:52
10Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing)0:02:24
11Courtenay McFadden0:02:30
12Jena Greaser0:02:39
13Natasha Elliott (Garneau - Easton Cycling)0:03:35
14Julie Wright (Team Averica)0:03:50
15Ashley Barson (Focus CX Team Canada)0:04:03
16Sofia Gomez Villafane (TenSpeed Hero)0:04:49
17Kathleen Lysakowski (Joe's Garage CX p/b BikeReg)0:05:14
18Rachel Rubino (Fearless Femme Racing)0:05:39
19Ruby West (Cannondale p/b
20Arley Kemmerer (Fearless Femme Racing)0:06:14
21Caitlin C. Bernstein (Vive La Tarte)0:06:49
22Jen Malik (Women's CX Project)0:07:06
23Shannon Mallory (NW Women's CX Project)0:07:17
24Kennedy Adams (Women's CX Project)0:07:28
25Erin Faccone (Team Averica)0:09:06
26Siobhan Kelly (To Wheels Epic Sports)0:09:58
27Rhys May (JAM fund)
28Melissa Presnell (SEAVS/Haymarket)
29Natalie Tapias (JAM / NCC)
30Mackenzie Green (Women's CX Project)
31Jessica Snyder
DNFElle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing)
DNSCassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel/Atom Composites/ISM)

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