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Gallery: Christel Ferrier-Bruneau goes head-to-head with Maghalie Rochette in Sherbrooke

Exciting battle ends with with veteran taking the win ahead of the defending champion.

Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (SAS-Macogep) is relatively new to the Canadian cycling scene but the experienced veteran rode a calculated race to win the championship title. After two French national road titles on the rode in 2009 and 2011, Ferrier-Bruneau took her first national cyclocross championship title and denied Maghalie Rochette (Clif Bar Team) the title defense.

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Mid-race it looked like Rochette was in place to defend her title with a seven-second gap to Ferrier-Bruneau. The 38-year-old who is making a return to elite racing in 2017, came storming back to take the lead. Ferrier-Bruneay who now calls Granby, Que. home rode strong in the final laps and extended her lead on to 34-seconds over Rochette by the line.

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Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing) was unable to keep pace with the leaders but was a step ahead of the rest of the challengers and finished on the third step of the podium. Sandra Walter (Liv Cycling Canada) was fourth. Ruby West (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) rode a confident race to take the under-23 women’s title.