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  1. Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) ran away with the race for a second day in a row for his fourth ProCX victory at the Noho CX in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Sunday.

    White, the newly crowned Pan-American champion, quickly separated himself from the front group to ride solo at the front. Behind him, Cannondale teammates Spencer Petrov and Sam Noel, along with Voler/Clif/HRS/Rock Lobster's Max Judelson, lined up behind Jack Kisseberth (Garneau Easton p/b Transitions) in the chase group.

    "Early on, Spencer Petrov, Sam Noel and I were racing as a team, it felt like. We made the front selection again, trying to close up the front. I got a gap on the steep ride up and slowly was growing that throughout the rest of the race," said White.

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    "Sam is doing amazingly right now," added Petrov. "He's having such great rides. And Jack... You know, it's three on one in that situation. The first few laps, it was cat and mouse. It was a hard race yesterday so no one really wanted to play all their cards early in the day, so it was a little bit of playing around, and a few new people were there."

    One lap later, the chase group was down to three riders after Judelson fell off the pace. Playing the team card, Noel and Petrov worked together to drop Kisseberth, who'd finished third on Saturday.

    "After that, Curtis got away," added Petrov. "I can't and I don't have to do anything when he's out front. So there were a few laps of just playing with Jack, and Sam gave it some good gas, and then I gave it some good gas, and that's how we dropped Jack. From three and a half or three to go, it was just me and Sam out there."

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  2. Courtenay McFadden (Pivot-Maxxis p/b Stans-DNA Cycling) rode solo to victory in the elite women's field at on day 2 of the NohoCX in Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Sunday, claiming her first UCI and ProCX victory this season.

    A group of four separated themselves early from the 42-racer field, and joining McFadden in the lead group were Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano), Caroline Nolan (Voler / Easton / HRS / Rock Lobster), and Crystal Anthony (Liv Cycling).

    McFadden escaped the group after a crash behind her in the woods on the upper deck of the course in the second lap. Although she'd not planned to attack so early in the race, McFadden took full advantage.

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    "It was kind of unintentional," McFadden explained. "I wanted to sit in a little bit more today, so I was trying to do that for the first couple of laps. I think it was me, Caroline and maybe Becca, and we were kind of yo-yoing back and forth, but I realised that I was a little bit quicker through the woods.

    "So I went around Caroline after that first section, before the first downhill, and she ended up sliding out on some gravel and so I just pinned it from there. I was, like, 'Well, I've got to go because that's the opportunity to hit it,' and so I did."

    Behind McFadden, Fahringer and Nolan had to spend a few seconds to regroup following the mistake. The pair worked together in the chase group for the next two laps. 

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  3. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won the third round of the Superprestige Trophy in Gavere, leading from the gun after attacking on the opening lap. Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) took second place, 24 seconds back, while Wout van Aert (Cibel-Cebon) was third at 36 seconds.

    From the very start of the race Van der Poel was up front. The Dutchman attacked hard and early, with Aerts the only man able to keep up. The early show of strength from the duo would foreshadow the final result, while Van Aert took some time to separate himself from the chase group.

    The remainder of the race was marked by two battles – one between Van der Poel and Aerts, and later on between Van Aert and Aerts. The Telenet man lost the first but won the second to seal the second step of the podium behind a dominant Van der Poel, while Van Aert would have to console himself with third.

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    Further back, the new U23 European champion Tom Pidcock (TP Racing) took fourth place. It’s his best finish in series, which this year combined the U23 and senior races. Last season the Brit triumphed here in the U23 race.

    How it happened

    Mathieu van der Poel led things out from the start, almost immediately going on the offensive, with only Aerts able to follow the pace set by the European champion. Further back, Van Aert and Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice) formed a chase group.

    At the end of the first lap, the gap back to the Van Aert-Sweeck duo was already 16 seconds. It was too much for Van Aert, who went on the attack to leave Sweeck behind on lap two. The Belgian began to slowly but surely close the gap to the leaders, while Van der Poel nipped up the inside of Aerts on a downhill section to launch again and lead solo.

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  4. Alice Maria Arzuffi (Steylaerts-777.be) won the third round of the Superprestige Ladies Trophy at Gavere, going solo for over half the race to take her first win of the season. A well-paced effort saw Nikki Brammeier (Mudiita Pro Team) finish second 17 seconds down, while 38 seconds back Sanne Cant (Iko-Beobank) took third place, just ahead of Annemarie Worst (Steylaerts-777.be).

    In the early stages of the race it was Cant and Worst who dominated proceedings, but after the surge of the first two laps, it seemed as though they had gone out too fast, with Arzuffi bridging a 17-second gap before going on the attack herself.

    At the midway point of the race, the Italian was away for good, and all that remained was the battle for the other podium places. Brammeier's late surge interrupted what looked to be a Cant-Worst battle, with the Brit saving her effort for the closing laps as Cant outsprinted Worst for third.

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    "One of my season goals was to get some podium places at the Superprestige races," Arzuffi said after the race. "Today it's my first Superprestige victory and I'm very happy.

    "I have to thank the team because if it were not for them I probably wouldn't have managed to get this far."

    How it happened

    World champion Sanne Cant (Iko-Beobank) led things out from the start, going out fast. Midway through the opening lap it was newly-crowned European champion Worst who went on the offensive, stretching out the lead group with Cant, Arzuffi and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Corendon-Circus) chasing one by one.

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  5. Maghalie Rochette (CX Fever Specialized) won her second title in less than a week, when she took the Canadian Elite women's cyclo-cross championship on Saturday, in Peterborough, Ontario, after previously winning the Pan American title.

    After snow and rain the previous day, riders woke to sun and bitterly cold winds on race day, taking the windchill value to -8C, with blowing snow squalls thrown in for good measure.

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    "It was cold out there," agreed Rochette, "but it was perfect for the Canadian national championships. It is a challenge riding in the cold - it's difficult for the breathing and you tighten up... you just have to keep pushing hard because that is the only thing that will warm you up. The track was muddy, but it was so cold that it was starting to freeze; some turns were slippery mud, some were icy... it was a challenge all race."

    Rochette took the lead in the first kilometre and never looked back, eventually winning by over a minute. Behind, mountain bikers Jenn Jackson (AWI Racing p/b The Crank and Sprocket) and Sandra Walter (Liv Cycling Canada) battled for silver all race, with Jackson eventually pulling clear in the final lap.

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