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Cares and Blasi take over US Pro XCT lead

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March 13, 2012, 16:11 GMT,
March 13, 2012, 16:10 GMT
MTB News & Racing Round-up, Tuesday, March 13, 2012
US Pro XCT #2: Bonelli Park
Colin Cares of Kenda/Felt took 2nd place

Colin Cares of Kenda/Felt took 2nd place

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Standings posted after round 2 in Bonelli Park

Colin Cares (Kenda-Felt) and Zephanie Blasi (WXC World Racing) took over the USA Cycling US Pro Cross Country Tour lead after finishing second in last weekend's US Cup Triple Crown - Bonelli Park. Both riders move into the top spots after combining silver with a 13th-place finish in last week's Mellow Johnny's Classic.

With his absence Max Plaxton (Specialized Racing) fell into a points deadlock with Raphael Gagne (Rocky MTN Factory), but retained second place due to his victory at Mellow Johnny's. A similar scenario on the women's side shows Catharine Pendrel (Team Luna Chix) holding on to second place in the US Pro XCT standings over Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe's).

The Subaru-Trek squad and the Kenda/Felt Pro MTB Team moved into one and two on the team standings respectively after a strong showing at Bonelli.

The second of five 2012 events on the US Pro XCT, Bonelli saw a host of new faces at the front of the pack, and first time winners in both fields with the absence of many of last week's top 10 riders opting to prepare for the upcoming World Cup next weekend in South Africa. In the women’s race, local Allison Mann (Sho-Air-Specialized) made the best of home track knowledge and rode away to a convincing solo win to earn the first US Pro XCT victory of her career. Behind Mann, a see-saw battle finally broke apart late in the five-lap race with Blasi racing ahead for silver. Huck, Jamie Busch and Andreanne Pichette (Opus-OGC-Equipe Queb) who was the first U23 women's rider on the day, rounded out the top five.

In the elite men's race, nearly 70 men rolled to the line to do battle in the heat of the unseasonably warm day. Mexico's Ignacio Torres (Turbo) grabbed the bull by the horns leading the first lap. In pursuit was Torres’ teammate Emmanuel Valencia, chased by Cannondale's Alex Grant, Sho-Air/Specialized's Brendon Davids and Cares. Davids was the first to make a mistake, as a dropped chain late into lap one put the young rider back outside the top 10. Meanwhile, Torres began to extend his lead pushing a furious pace.

On the third of six laps, riders began to spread as the hot weather and technical course took its toll. Meanwhile Torres quietly extended his lead, looking comfortable and cruising to a 20-second victory and his first US Pro XCT win. Cares followed in second, followed by a surging Gagne, Valencia and young Kerry Werner (BMC MTB Dev. Team), who rounded out the top five, and earned the title of top U23 rider.

See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the Bonelli Park US Pro XCT round.

US Pro XCT Standings after two rounds

Elite men standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Colin Cares (USA) Kenda/Felt 240  pts
2 Max Plaxton (Can) Specialized Racing 200  
3 Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory 200  
4 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox 190  
5 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 180  
6 Ignacio Torres (Mex) Turbo 170  
6 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing 170  
8 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek 160  
9 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 150  
10 Adam Craig (USA) Giant Rabo Bank 140  
10 Emmanuel Valencia (Mex) Turbo 140  
12 Ryan Woodall (USA) Top Gear Bicycles/Mtfmx.Com 140  
13 Kerry Werner (USA) BMC Mountainbike Development Team Usa 138  
14 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek 130  
15 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru-Trek 130  
16 Brendon Davids (RSA) Sho-Air/Specialized 125  
17 Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M 120  
18 Menso De  Jong (USA) Santa Cruz Bicycles 115  
19 Antoine Caron (Can) Subway-Genetik 100  
20 Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 90  
20 Jason Sager (USA) Team Jamis 90  
22 Tj Woodruff (USA) Momtentum Endurance Arizona Cyclist 86  
23 Rotem Ishay (Isr) Team Jamis 85  
24 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing 70  
25 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Team 55  
26 Peter Glassford (Can) Momentum Endurance 50  
27 Evan Guthrie (Can) Team Canada 45  
28 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona 40  
29 Victor Alber (USA) Super Cool Bike Shop/American Classic 35  
30 Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized 30  
30 Jeremy Martin (Can) 30  
32 Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada 28  
33 Ben Bostrom (USA) Sho-Air/Specialized 27  
34 Payson Mcelveen (USA) Rock Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo 24  
35 Macky Franklin (USA) Orbea Tuff Shed 23  
36 Bryan Alders (USA) Epic Pro Cycling Team 22  
37 Seamus Powell (USA) Giant-Mid Atlantic Mtb Team 20  
37 Dana Weber (USA) Pro Bike Supply 20  
39 Zachary Valdez (USA) Whole Athlete-Specialized 19  
40 Cody Canning (Can) Trek Red Truck P/B Mosaic Homes 16  
41 Tyson Wagler (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 13  
42 Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda-Felt 12  
43 Kalan Beisel (USA) Orbea Tuff Shed 11  
44 Bryan Fawley (USA) Orbea Tuff Shed 10  
45 Matt Gordon (USA) Team Cycle Progression 9  
46 Robert Marion (USA) American Classic/Xpedo P/B Max 7  
47 Brennan Wodtli (USA) 6  
48 Blake Harlan (USA) Ya Gotta Giv'r 3  
Elite women standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Wxc World Racing 240  pts
3 Erin Huck (USA) Tokyo Joes 200  
2 Catherine Pendrel (Can) Team Luna Chix 200  
4 Judy Freeman (USA) Crankbrothers Race Club 190  
5 Monique Mata (USA) Sho-Air/Specialized 180  
6 Erica Tingey (USA) Kuhl/Rocky Mountain 175  
7 Katie Compton (USA) Giant Rabobank Team 170  
7 Allison Mann (USA) Sho-Air/Specialized 170  
9 Mariske Strauss (RSA) Pepper Palace.Spin-Tech Training 170  
10 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 160  
11 Sarah Kaufman (USA) Stan's No Tube Elite Women's Team 160  
12 Lea Davidson (USA) Specialized Racing 150  
13 Jamie Busch (USA) 140  
13 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru/Trek 140  
15 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru-Trek 130  
15 Andreanne Pichette (Can) Opus-Ogc/Equipe Quebec 130  
17 Sage Wilderman (USA) Kenda/Felt 125  
18 Chloe Woodruff (USA) Crankbrothers Race Club 11 120  
19 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing 110  
20 Daniela Chavz (Mex) 100  
20 Jennifer Smith (NZl) Trek/Vw 100  
22 Cayley Brooks (Can) 60  
23 Vicky Barclay (USA) Stans No Tubes Women 50  
24 Lisa Uranga (USA) Pacc 45  
25 Christina Gokey-­-Smith (USA) Colonels/Sho-Air 40  
25 Valerie Maunier (Can) 40  
27 Meghan Korol (USA) Pepper Palace.Spin-Tech Training 35  
28 Liz Carrington (USA) Bear Valley Bikes 30  
28 Haley Smith (Can) Team Canada 30  
30 Melanie Long (USA) Tough Girl/ Scott 28  
31 Andreane Lanthier  Nadea (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory 20  
32 Anna Fortner (USA) The Team-Socalcross 15  
33 Kaila Hart (USA) No Tubes Elite Women 12  
34 Caeli Barron (Can) Cynergy Racing 9  
35 Alicia  Rose Pastore (USA) BMC MTB Development Stans No Tubes 7  
36 Vanessa Humic (USA) 5  
Team standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Subaru-Trek 55  pts
2 Kenda/Felt  Pro  MTB  Team 51  
3 Team  Luna  Chix 46  
4 BMC  MTB  Development  Team 46  
5 Specialized  Racing 45  
6 Orbea-Tuff Shed 9  
7 Giant  Factory  Off‐Road  Team    
8 Honey  Stinger‐Bontrager  Off-Road    

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