Rochette wins elite women's crown at Pan-American championships

Maghalie Rochette (CX Fever Specialized) wins the 2018 Pan-American Cyclo-Cross Championships

Maghalie Rochette (Ten Speed Hero-Specialized) became the first Canadian - and first person not named Katie Compton - to win the elite women's Pan-American Cyclo-cross Championship Sunday in Canada. Rochette soloed to the win on a dry, fast course after US rider Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing CX) bobbled on the penultimate lap and opened the door for Rochette's victory. Four-time and defending Pan-American champion Compton skipped the race this year, choosing to remain in Europe as the UCI World Cup circuit begins to heat up there. That left a wide-open race for the elite women's field, and the race started quickly on the track in Midland, Ontario. The field was spread out over the first lap as the pecking order was quickly established, and Noble, this season's dominant rider, was soon at the head of affairs. Noble was followed in succession by Rochette and Kaitie Keough (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), establishing a ...

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