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Canada’s Rochette Wins Supercross Cup Day 1 Report, Results, Photos – Takes Over Series Lead

by pedalmag.com

November 19, 2016 (Sufferin, NY) – Canada’s newly minted national champ Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) added another big win to her resume taking the Elite Women’s victory on day one of the Supercross Cup UCI Weekend at Rockland Community College in Sufferin, NY, round #3 of the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross 2016 Series.

Rochette wins  ©  Chris McIntosh
With her victory Rochette takes over the Vittoria Series lead. Crystal Anthony (USA) Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross was second and Rebecca Fahringer (USA) Amy D Foundation was third.

New this year to the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle-Smart, Supercross Cup featured technical off-cambers mixed into a flowy grass track.

Elite Women's podium  ©  Vittoria Series
Coming into the weekend, Rochette was ranked 14th on the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) standings for elite women. Day one of Supercross Cup will make it her second C2 win on the Pro CX schedule.

Rochette established her lead early, taking charge of the pace from the beginning of the first lap. Rochette, Anthony, and Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D. Foundation) would establish significant gaps, leaving the rest of the field to duke it out for fourth place. The three would maintain their positions from lap one and remain there until the finish.

Rochette takes overall series lead  ©  Chris McIntosh
Rochette commented on the physical demands of the course. “It was super hilly and it was actually fun because there was a lot of off-cambers and the descents were super fast so that was pretty cool, but it was definitely hard. We were kind of battling each other but battling the course as well because it was so hilly and physically hard. It was more everyone for themselves. That’s why I didn’t hesitate at the first lap. I got a little gap on the steps and then I saw that I was alone and I just attacked after that because I thought like, it’s not windy and it’s so hilly that it’s not worth riding in a group so I just tried to get away from the front and ride as smooth as I can.”

Group racing would rule the day in the Elite Men’s C2 race, with Jack Kisseberth (JAM/NCC) overtaking Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) in a sprint finish as group tactics would come into play until the very final turns. Derrick St. John (Van Dessel p/b Hyperthreads) led the Canucks in the men’s race finishing 6th with Jeremy Martin (Focus CX Canada) 7t.

Elite Men's podium (l-r) White, Kisseberth, Livermon  ©  Chris McIntosh
After a great deal of back and forth between the leaders, including an impressive attack by Cooper Willsey (Furman University Cycling Team) in the final lap, but he couldn’t catch and pass Travis Livermon (Maxxis-Shimano) who finished third. Kisseberth would lead into the final turns, out-kicking White.

Kisseberth played it smart to hold on for his first UCI win. “That was the deepest I’ve gone in a race. My stomach was not doing too good and Curtis (White) was drilling it. (Travis) Livermon was drilling it. I didn’t think I was gonna hang for most of it but it worked out. Thank God the finish was after a downhill, because those guys were drilling it up the hills. The sprint into the finish is pretty short, so I knew after pit two if you’re leading that you’re gonna win the race. I knew I had a gap, I checked a little earlier and it was probably a couple seconds, five seconds, that’s all you need really.”

Second place White retains the Vittoria Series overall lead and currently sits third in the ProCX Men’s individual standings.

This is the fourth year for Supercross Cup in Rockland County, New York, and the first year at the new venue at Rockland Community College.

Results (brief )

Elite Women
1. Maghalie Rochette (Can) Clif Pro Team        45:45:00 
2. Crystal Anthony (USA) Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross 0:34
3. Rebecca Fahringer (USA) Amy D Foundation 1:28
4. Kathryn Cumming (USA) Jalapeno Cycling 1:51
5. Courtney Patton (USA) 1:58

7. Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau – Easton Cycling    2:16
20. Julie van der Hoop (Can) MIT Cycling Team p/b Thoughtfor    5:33

Elite Men
1. Jack Kisseberth (USA) JAM/NCC 1:01:14
2. Curtis White (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 0:01
3. Travis Livermon (USA) Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross 0:17
4. Cooper Willsey (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 0:27
5. Todd Wells (USA) SRAM-Troy Lee Designs Racing Team 0:31
6. Derrick St. John (Can) Van Dessel p/b Hyperthreads
7. Jeremy Martin (Can) Focus CX Canada 0:50

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