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Millkowski wins over Wellons

Milkowski charges over the top
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The elite women's category of the Verge New England series has been dominated this season by Lyne Bessette (Cyclocrossworld.com). This week, Anna Milkowski (Kona-Velo Bella) ruled while Bessette raced in Europe. After Amy Wallace (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches) took the hole shot, Milkowski and Rebecca Wellons (Ridley) took over on the run-up and spent two laps working together to open a gap while throwing in brief attacks. Milkowski appeared to have more power, and was able to match Wellons on the technical sections.

But Milkowski avoided pulling Wellons around the course and waited for an opening.

Two laps in, she got the chance when the two bumped wheels coming out of an off camber left-hand turn. The brief collision forced Wellons to put a foot down and Milkowski got a gap she never relinquished, setting off on a long-time trial that was almost Bessette-like.

Wellons, who said after that she was feeling run-down from a long season, kept Milkowski within sight but was never able to close the gap. Wallace spent almost the entire race in No Man's Land, finishing a strong third.

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Elite women
1 Anna Milkowski (Velo Bella-Kona)                                    36.28
2 Rebecca Wellons (Ridley Factory Team)                                0.15
3 Amy Wallace (RGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS)                            1.17
4 Cris Rothfuss (NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental)                    1.48
5 Karen Potter (Zancanato/MTB-Mind.com)                                1.51
6 Kathy Sarvary (Gearworks/Spin Arts Cycling Team)                     1.52
7 Melanie Swartz (Velo Bella - Kona)                                       
8 Sally Annis (NEBC/CycleLoft/Devonshire Dental)                       2.06
9 Sara Cushman (Gear Works/Spin Arts)                                  2.28
10 Perri Mertens (Cambridge Bicycle/Igleheart Frames)                  3.07
11 Erin Duggan (Ridley Factory Team)                                   3.27
12 Stephanie White (VELABELLA-KONA)                                    3.31
13 Megan Bilodeau (HUP United)                                         3.46
14 Susan Maclean (Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team)                   4.06
15 Hannah Kirshner (Circle A Cylocross/the Hub)                        4.39
16 Brenda Bahnson (Independent Fabrication)                            4.49
17 Beth Mason (C3SOLLAY.COM)                                           7.00
18 Laura Jensen (Benidorm/Eastern Bloc Cycling Club)                   7.55