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Anderson sweeps Gran Prix of Gloucester

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Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) sweeping the Gran Prix of Gloucester and winning her fourth consecutive UCI race

Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) sweeping the Gran Prix of Gloucester and winning her fourth consecutive UCI race
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Call ups in progress on the Elite Women's start grid in Gloucester

Call ups in progress on the Elite Women's start grid in Gloucester
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) warming up with her music

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) warming up with her music
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Gabby Durrin (Rapha Focus) has become an excellent starter

Gabby Durrin (Rapha Focus) has become an excellent starter
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Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy Optics) getting off to an excellent start

Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy Optics) getting off to an excellent start
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The leaders battle each other and the clouds of dust

The leaders battle each other and the clouds of dust
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Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) taking control of the race

Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) taking control of the race
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Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) heading to the showers

Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) heading to the showers
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Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) with Helen Wyman glued to her wheel

Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) with Helen Wyman glued to her wheel
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Gabby Durrin (Rapha Focusd) putting in a fourth place ride

Gabby Durrin (Rapha Focusd) putting in a fourth place ride
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Nina Baum (Stan’'s NoTubes Women'’s Team)

Nina Baum (Stan’'s NoTubes Women'’s Team)
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Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) attempting to run away from Wyman

Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) attempting to run away from Wyman
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Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) hoofing it with Miller on her heels

Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) hoofing it with Miller on her heels
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Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) surprised even herself this weekend

Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) surprised even herself this weekend
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Mag Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) seemed quite serious about her warm-up today

Mag Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) seemed quite serious about her warm-up today
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.comd) warming up in the Cannondale tent

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.comd) warming up in the Cannondale tent
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) was hoping for a win today

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) was hoping for a win today
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) with the race lead at a small set of steps

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) with the race lead at a small set of steps
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries/Specialized) got off to a much better start today

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries/Specialized) got off to a much better start today
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Mag Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) found herself with the initial lead group today

Mag Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) found herself with the initial lead group today
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Natasha Elliot (Rare Vos Racing/Stevens) was uncharacteristically absent from the lead groups this weekend

Natasha Elliot (Rare Vos Racing/Stevens) was uncharacteristically absent from the lead groups this weekend
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) leading the race at the stairs

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) leading the race at the stairs
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Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy Optics) rode with the leaders for several laps

Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy Optics) rode with the leaders for several laps
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) racing with the leaders early in the contest

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) racing with the leaders early in the contest
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The leaders pass by the big rock that provides viewing of nearly the entire course

The leaders pass by the big rock that provides viewing of nearly the entire course
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Gabby Durrin (Raliegh Clement) on the front of the race with Helen Wyman close behind

Gabby Durrin (Raliegh Clement) on the front of the race with Helen Wyman close behind
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Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries /Specialized) seemed to be biding her time during the first few laps

Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries /Specialized) seemed to be biding her time during the first few laps
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Britlee Bowman (House Industries/Richard Sachs) running one of the sets of stairs

Britlee Bowman (House Industries/Richard Sachs) running one of the sets of stairs
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Elle Anderson (California Giant Berries/Specialized) must have felt like she was dreaming as she defeated European Champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) for the second day straight. Wyman rode a tactically smart race but was no match for Anderson on the pavement. She finished second on the day. Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries/Specialized) had a much better ride today, finishing third. Gabby Durrin (Rapha Focus), the early race aggressor, finished fourth. Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) had to settle for fifth.

While Durrin initially went to the front and drove the pace, Anderson moved to the lead within the first few laps, and could be seen towing as many as 10 riders around the track. Wyman would occasionally pass Anderson in sections where she felt faster, but would then slip back off the lead.

Wyman said, "I worked it out from yesterday and my plan was to sit second wheel the entire race. I think I probably did 90 percent of it and then occasionally I find it hard to just sit in. I'm not that kind of rider that attacks, goes hard, and that kind of thing. I was just working on staying second wheel and the occasional thing I thought I can do this faster so I would attack."

"On a course like this that's fast and it's just down to speed, and speed is something you don't necessarily work on at this time in the cross season. You might need it on ice but you don't necessarily need it for muddy October weather."

Anderson completed a storybook period of nine days. First she swept the UCI races in Wisconsin and then the Gloucester races this weekend. An accomplished road racer, she has obviously brought some excellent fitness into her cyclo-cross season.

Anderson was met at the finish line today by her father. Afterwards, she was nearly speechless but eventually talked about her victory, "It was great. It was fast. I wanted to break the group up so I put my head down and had no idea who would stay with me. I wanted to keep the group small."

When asked what these past two weeks have felt like, she said "It's pretty unbelievable actually. It's a pretty incredible feeling."

Full Results
1Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:38:14
2Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing0:00:06
3Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:00:21
4Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:00:23
5Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:24
6Laura Van Gilder (USA) Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom0:00:25
7Courtenay McFadden (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster0:00:27
8Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com0:00:33
9Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy0:00:39
10Maghalie Rochette (Can) Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:47
11Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:01:03
12Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling0:01:19
13Emma White (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:01:49
14Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:01:51
15Amanda Carey (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite0:01:58
16Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Rare Vos Racing0:02:01
17Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge0:02:07
18Christina Birch (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:02:11
19Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:02:19
20Natasha Elliott (Can) Rare Vos Racing-Stevens0:02:20
21Brittlee Bowman (USA) House Industries-Richard Sachs-RGM0:02:37
22Stacey Barbossa (USA) NJ/NY Colavita Women0:02:45
23Jamie Gilgen (Can) Infinit Canada-Cyclepower0:02:58
24Julie Hunter (USA) BikeBeat-VaAssetGroup0:03:04
25Lori Cooke (USA) Cycle Lodge0:03:06
26Carolina Gomezvillafane0:03:20
27Victoria Gates (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:03:27
28Rebecca Wellons (USA) Seaside Cycle0:03:32
29Jenny Ives (USA) Verge Sport-Test Pilot0:03:36
30Joanne Grogan (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:03:41
31Stephanie Wetzel (USA) Paradise Racing0:03:42
32Elizabeth White (USA) UVM Cycling0:03:44
33Melody Chase (USA) Raleigh Bicycles-Gus' Bike Shop0:04:07
34Frances Morrison (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling0:04:17
35Nina Baum (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's MTB Team0:04:40
36Molly Hurford (USA) Colavita0:04:45
37Jessica Duppler (USA) Trek Portsmouth0:04:49
38Nicole Pisani (USA) Healthy Kids Happy Kids0:04:54
39Kathryn Cumming (USA) Team Yacht Club0:05:01
40Jocelyn Mauldin (USA) NEBC p/b CycleLoft0:05:30
41Katrina Baumsteiger (USA) Team Rambuski Law0:05:42
42Vickie Monahan (USA) Rare Vos Racing0:06:06
43Avanell Schmitz (USA) BikeBeat-VaAssetGroup0:06:23
44Frederique Larose-Gingras (Can) Opus OGC0:06:53
45Katrina Niez (USA) Central Wheel-GHCC0:07:04
46Christine Fort (USA) Pedalpowertraining.com0:07:06
47Stephanie Thompson (USA) WD Racing -NYC Velo0:07:53
48Jordan Dubé (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com-1lap
DNFCaroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement
DNFCatherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com
DNFElizabeth Lukowski (USA) NYCross.com p/b VOmax
DNFMelissa Lafleur (USA) BONK! Support
DNFStacey Spencer (Can) Phillips Brewing Company-Code Performance
DNFDeirdre Smith (USA) B2C2 p/b Boloco
DNFKathryn Roszko (USA) BikeReg.com

 

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