Van Gilder wins Cycle-Smart day two

Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers) used her tactical skills and years of road racing experience to outwit the competition in day two of the Cycle-Smart International UCI Elite Women's race this afternoon. Yesterday's winner, Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) crossed the line in second place, just ahead of the day's U23 winner, 16-year-old Emma White (

It was obvious from early on that the race would be decided in a sprint as a lead group of eight riders stayed together for many of the early laps. Van Gilder and Anthony traded turns at the front while Arley Kemmerer (C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.) and Maghalie Rochette ( stayed tucked in the bunch near White, who spent most of the day in third position.

On the last lap, Anthony tried to escape with a hard attack heading into the Raleigh Run-Up, but Van Gilder, Rochette, White, and Kemmerer were able to maintain contact. Van Gilder gained back the lead in the woods and held on until the finish, while White fought Anthony for second wheel heading into the tight corners before the finish. Anthony was able to hold her position and sprinted to the line a wheel length ahead of the youngster.

Rochette and Kemmerer rounded out the top five, with Rochette assuming the U23Shimano New England Pro Cyclocross Series leader's jersey.

"We saw the damage a small gap caused yesterday," said Van Gilder. "I was worried all the time I spent on the front would cost me today, but it ended up working out."

When asked about the final lap of racing, Emma White said, "It was aggressive. I tried to get 2nd wheel at the end there, but it didn't look like Crystal was going to let up. It was too risky for me," she continued to say, "so I stayed where I was. I'm still so happy with my result."


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laura Van Gilder (USA) Van Dessel P/B Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers0:41:14
2Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 1 - Cell 2
3Emma White (USA) Cyclocrossworld.Com0:00:01
4Maghalie Rochette (USA) Cyclocrossworld.Com0:00:02
5Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.Row 4 - Cell 2
6Natasha Elliott (Can) Rare Vos Racing/Stevens0:00:11
7Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Rare Vos Racing/Van Dessel0:00:12
8Amanda Carey (USA) Stan'S Notubes Elite0:00:15
9Jenny Ives (USA) Verge Sport-Test Pilot0:00:20
10Christina Birch (USA) Jam Fund / Ncc0:00:37
11Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.Com0:01:08
12Stacey Barbossa (USA) Nj/Ny Colavita Women'S Team0:01:13
13Nicole Pisani (USA) Healthy Kids Happy Kids0:01:32
14Lori Cooke (USA) Cycle Lodge0:01:33
15Brittlee Bowman (USA) House Industries - Richard Sachs - Rgm0:01:49
16Frances Morrison (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:01:54
17Ellen Noble (USA) Trek0:02:14
18Kathryn Cumming (USA) Team Yacht Club0:02:22
19Molly Hurford (USA) Nj/Ny Colavita Women'S Team0:02:23
20Stephanie Wetzel (USA) Paradise Racing0:02:25
21Victoria Gates (USA) Jam Fund / NccRow 20 - Cell 2
22Joanne Grogan (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com0:02:41
23Jessica Duppler (USA) Trek Portsmouth0:03:05
24Rebecca Fahringer (USA) Brown University0:03:22
25Melissa Lafleur (USA) Bonk! Support0:03:53
26Kerry Litka (USA) The Velo Resource0:04:20
27Bryna Blanchard (USA) North American Velo0:04:25
28Elizabeth White (USA) Uvm Cycling0:04:47
29Christine Fort (USA) Pedalpowertraining.Com0:05:03
30Shane Ferro (USA) Crca / Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles0:05:23
31Katrina Niez (USA) Central Wheel/ Ghcc0:05:34
32Stephanie Thompson (USA) Wd Racing / Nyc Velo0:05:36
33Abigail Isolda (USA) Nycross.Com P/B Vomax0:07:15
34Jordan Dube (USA) Keough Cyclocross P/B Felt Bicycle0:07:46

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