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Nash solos to victory on Providence Cyclo-cross Festival opening day

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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) follows up her CrossVegas victory with a win in Providence

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) follows up her CrossVegas victory with a win in Providence
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Molly Hurford (Nj/Ny Colavita Women’s Team) at the finish

Molly Hurford (Nj/Ny Colavita Women’s Team) at the finish
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) leading lap three at the barriers

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) leading lap three at the barriers
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Mag Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) riding in the top ten early in the race

Mag Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) riding in the top ten early in the race
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com)

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com)
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European champion Helen Wyman (Kona) leading early in the race

European champion Helen Wyman (Kona) leading early in the race
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Elle Anderson (CalGiant Berry Farm) riding ahead of Nash on lap two

Elle Anderson (CalGiant Berry Farm) riding ahead of Nash on lap two
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) chasing Nash

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) chasing Nash
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading at the flyover

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading at the flyover
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Courtney McFadden (Bicycle Bluebook/Hrs/Rock Lobster) has been near the front all season

Courtney McFadden (Bicycle Bluebook/Hrs/Rock Lobster) has been near the front all season
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/ Seven) mounting her bike at the barriers

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/ Seven) mounting her bike at the barriers
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Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) racing in the top twenty

Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross Collective) racing in the top twenty
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Nash, Anderson, and Compton passing by the enormous crowd

Nash, Anderson, and Compton passing by the enormous crowd
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Legendary announcer Dick Ring joins Paul Nixon during the women’s race

Legendary announcer Dick Ring joins Paul Nixon during the women’s race
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Courtney McFadden (Bicycle Bluebook/Hrs/Rock Lobster) having a great race

Courtney McFadden (Bicycle Bluebook/Hrs/Rock Lobster) having a great race
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Nicole Duke (Marin Bicycles/ Spy Optics) was initially part of the lead group but fell of their pace

Nicole Duke (Marin Bicycles/ Spy Optics) was initially part of the lead group but fell of their pace
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Elle Anderson (CalGiant Berry Farms) in second place behind Nash

Elle Anderson (CalGiant Berry Farms) in second place behind Nash
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) running a set of stairs with the race lead

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) running a set of stairs with the race lead
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) stumbles while on the front of the race

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) stumbles while on the front of the race
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Meredith Miller (CalGiant Berry Farm) chasing the leaders

Meredith Miller (CalGiant Berry Farm) chasing the leaders
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Gabby Durrin (Rapha Focus) was part of the chasers today

Gabby Durrin (Rapha Focus) was part of the chasers today
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Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Stragies) leading the group chasing the leaders

Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Stragies) leading the group chasing the leaders
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) leading Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) leading Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)
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NoTubes teammates (L to R) Vicki Barclay, Amanda Carey, and Shannon Gibson

NoTubes teammates (L to R) Vicki Barclay, Amanda Carey, and Shannon Gibson
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) answers questions from kids while warming up

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) answers questions from kids while warming up
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A typical cyclo-cross fan and her dog

A typical cyclo-cross fan and her dog
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Riders take a lap to honor Amy Dombroski

Riders take a lap to honor Amy Dombroski
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The Elite Women line up for a tribute lap to Amy Dombroski who was tragically killed this week in Belgium

The Elite Women line up for a tribute lap to Amy Dombroski who was tragically killed this week in Belgium
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CalGiant teammates Meridith Miller and Elle Anderson

CalGiant teammates Meridith Miller and Elle Anderson
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)
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USA Champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)

USA Champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) at the start

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) at the start
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) leading on lap one

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) leading on lap one
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) leading at the flyover

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) leading at the flyover
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) dropped the hammer and forced a split on lap four

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) dropped the hammer and forced a split on lap four
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Amanda Carey (NoTubes) on one of the run-ups

Amanda Carey (NoTubes) on one of the run-ups
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda NoTubes) at the end of the lead group

Mary McConneloug (Kenda NoTubes) at the end of the lead group
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) racing in fourth position on lap three

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) racing in fourth position on lap three
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) chasing Compton

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) chasing Compton
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) leading on lap three

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) leading on lap three
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda NoTubes) looking ferocious as usual

Mary McConneloug (Kenda NoTubes) looking ferocious as usual
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Vicki Barclay (NoTubes) descending the flyover

Vicki Barclay (NoTubes) descending the flyover
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Behind the Barriers star Ellen Noble

Behind the Barriers star Ellen Noble
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) won the women's race at the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival, attacking out of a breakaway group to take the win. Elle Anderson (California Giant/Specialized) was second, with Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) third.

The three women attacked almost immediately after the start. Meredith Miller (California Giant/Specialized) and Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) gave chase but could never catch the leading trio. Nash, of the Czech Republic, attacked again out of the group, forcing the two Americans to work together in pursuit of the Luna rider. While Nash crashed late in the race, she nonetheless had enough of a buffer to maintain her lead and solo in for the victory.

Compton had come into the race as the top favourite. She is a nine-time US champion, who is successful in both European and US races. It was her first 'cross race of the season as well as her first appearance at the Roger Williams Park since the US nationals in 2005 and 2006, where she took the title both times. Nash won recently at CrossVegas, and Anderson was coming off a four-race win streak having swept the weekend races at the Trek Cyclocross Collective Cup followed by the Gran Prix of Gloucester.

Full Results
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:43:24
2Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:00:07
3Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:00:09
4Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:00:55
5Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:06
6Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy0:01:11
7Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:01:14
8Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing0:01:30
9Mary McConneloug (USA) Team Kenda-Stan's NoTubes0:01:36
10Courtenay McFadden (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster0:01:42
11Laura Van Gilder (USA) Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom0:01:46
12Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling
13Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:01:47
14Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles
15Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com0:02:01
16Natasha Elliott (Can) Rare Vos Racing-Stevens0:02:41
17Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Rare Vos Racing0:02:56
18Maghalie Rochette (Can) Cyclocrossworld.com0:03:14
19Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:03:19
20Amanda Carey (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite0:03:22
21Carolina Gomez Villafane (Arg) Team Rambuski Law0:03:29
22Emma White (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:03:47
23Stacey Barbossa (USA) NJ/NY Colavita Women0:03:50
24Jenny Ives (USA) Verge Sport-Test Pilot0:03:58
25Kate Northcott (USA) Beam Team Racing0:04:10
26Brittlee Bowman (USA) House Industries-Richard Sachs-RGM0:04:21
27Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:04:28
28Christina Birch (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:04:33
29Frances Morrison (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling0:04:56
30Stephanie Wetzel (USA) Paradise Racing0:05:08
31Jamie Gilgen (Can) Infinit Canada-Cyclepower0:05:10
32Joanne Grogan (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com
33Lori Cooke (USA) Cycle Lodge0:05:13
34Jessica Duppler (USA) Trek Portsmouth0:05:25
35Kathryn Cumming (USA) Team Yacht Club0:05:41
36Lauren Dagostino (USA) NJ/NY Colavita Women0:05:49
37Molly Hurford (USA) Colavita0:05:50
38Nicole Pisani (USA) Healthy Kids Happy Kids0:06:01
39Vickie Monahan (USA) Rare Vos Racing0:06:03
40Vicki Barclay (USA) Stan's NoTubes Women's Elite Team0:06:08
41Victoria Gates (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:06:09
42Jessica Kutz (USA) Team EPS-CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell0:06:20
43Allison Arensman (USA) Sophisticated Living p/b Bob's Red Mill0:06:22
44Katrina Baumsteiger (USA) Team Rambuski Law
45Rebecca Wellons (USA) Seaside Cycle0:06:34
46Melody Chase (USA) Raleigh Bicycles-Gus' Bike Shop0:06:37
47Kerry Litka (USA) The Velo Resource0:06:48
48Erin Mascelli (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom0:06:59
49Shannon Gibson (USA) NoTubes Elite CX0:07:03
50Melissa Lafleur (USA) BONK! Support-2laps
51Amy Breyla (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling
52Stephanie Thompson (USA) WD Racing -NYC Velo-3laps
53Heidi Wood (USA) Alki-Rubicon
54Kristine Church (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom
55Abigail Isolda (USA) NYCross.com p/b VOmax
56Patricia Dowd (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com
57Jordan Dubé (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com-4laps
58Cait Dooley (USA) Cuppow-Geekhouse Bikes

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