The Canadian Raphaële Lemieux wins the Pink Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 11 in 2018

Raphaële Lemieux, who drives for Specialized Rocket Espresso, won Red Hook Crit Brooklyn # 11 on Saturday after making her debut on the series just a year ago.

Lemieux gave Canada its second win in any of the Red Hook Crit rounds in as many years. Last year, the 35-year-old Montreal optician won the Red Hook Crit London No. 3 after making her debut at the Brooklyn event, where she took a surprising fourth place.

Her win that year was dramatic with a bold solo attack with five laps to go, indicating her aggression in the final. But the movement didn’t stop and she was caught with one lap to go. Lemieux’s legs didn’t give in, instead she had the strength to sprint to victory.

Lemieux won ahead of Melanie Guedon and Margaux Vigie from France. In the men’s category, Filippo Fortin from Italy took the win ahead of Lemieux’s teammates Justin Williams and Alec Briggs. The men’s final was punctuated by heavy rain and wind which the women were able to avoid under the illuminated streets.

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