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Buchanan defends rainbow jersey in elite women's four cross

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Caroline Buchanan (Australia)

Caroline Buchanan (Australia) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Caroline Buchanan (Australia) on her way to winning her second four cross world title.

Caroline Buchanan (Australia) on her way to winning her second four cross world title. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Katy Curd (Great Britain)

Katy Curd (Great Britain) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Caroline Buchanan (Australia) on her way to successfully defending her world championship title in four cross

Caroline Buchanan (Australia) on her way to successfully defending her world championship title in four cross (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Fionn Griffiths (Great Britain) and Anne Laplante (Canada)

Fionn Griffiths (Great Britain) and Anne Laplante (Canada) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Jana Horakova (Czech Republic) rides to a podium place

Jana Horakova (Czech Republic) rides to a podium place (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Katy Curd (Great Britain) rides to fourth place.

Katy Curd (Great Britain) rides to fourth place. (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Four cross elite women's podium: Jana Horakova (Czech Republic), Caroline Buchanan (Australia), Romana Labounkova (Czech Republic)

Four cross elite women's podium: Jana Horakova (Czech Republic), Caroline Buchanan (Australia), Romana Labounkova (Czech Republic) (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Racing under the lights in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada, Australia's Caroline Buchanan defended her world championship title in the elite women's four cross on Friday night. She held off the charge from two Czech challengers: Jana Horakova and Romana Labounkova. Katy Curd (Great Britain) finished fourth.

Buchanan qualified fastest and appeared to easily breeze through the rounds all the way to the finals.

"This year's win feels just as good," said Buchanan. "I still got butterflies in my stomach beforehand. Last year I had more home crowd support, and I knew the track wouldn't be as good for me this year, so I had to get out in front and then I knew I'd be ok."

Buchanan, still only 19, figured out that she had to get to the rock garden first to ensure a win. A tenacious Horakova pushed Buchanan all the way to the line in the finals.

"For me, I saw the chance at the rock garden," said Horakova, "but then I had to chose the second lane on the rocky section, so Caroline was in front of me. I was hoping in the last corner that it was still possible."

The track didn't have much passing, and the start proved very important.

Labounkova and Horakova made a happy pair of Czech riders on the podium. "It's always good when we both have medals," said Labounkova. The Czechs have been a powerhouse in both elite men's and women's racing all season.

Katy Curd (Great Britain) finished fourth in her first time racing four cross at Worlds. "It was a sick fast track. You were coming into some of the corners and it was hard to see with this limited light. Though that was the same for everyone."

World Cup overall champion Anita Molcik was eliminated in the semi-finals after getting passed and being unable to find a line back around.

Full Results

Big Final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Caroline Buchanan (Australia)
2Jana Horakova (Czech Republic)
3Romana Labounkova (Czech Republic)
4Katy Curd (Great Britain)

Small Final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
5Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Brazil)
6Anita Molcik (Austria)
7Sarsha Huntington (Australia)
8Fionn Griffiths (Great Britain)

1/4 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) Team
9Anne Laplante (Canada)
10Anneke Beerten (Netherlands)
11Neza Knez (Slovenia)
12Lucia Oetjen (Switzerland)
13Joanna Petterson (South Africa)
14Steffi Marth (Germany)
15Angelika Hohenwarter (Austria)
16Neven Steinmetz (United States Of America)

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