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

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.

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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 CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:01:47
14Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven CyclesRow 13 - Cell 2
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.comRow 31 - Cell 2
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 LawRow 43 - Cell 2
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 CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Stephanie Thompson (USA) WD Racing -NYC Velo-3laps
53Heidi Wood (USA) Alki-RubiconRow 52 - Cell 2
54Kristine Church (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Human ZoomRow 53 - Cell 2
55Abigail Isolda (USA) p/b VOmaxRow 54 - Cell 2
56Patricia Dowd (USA) Cyclocrossworld.comRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jordan Dubé (USA)
58Cait Dooley (USA) Cuppow-Geekhouse BikesRow 57 - Cell 2

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