Cares and Blasi take over US Pro XCT lead

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) TeamResult
1Colin Cares (USA) Kenda/Felt240 pts
2Max Plaxton (Can) Specialized Racing200 
3Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory200 
4Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox190 
5Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing180 
6Ignacio Torres (Mex) Turbo170 
6Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing170 
8Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek160 
9Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing150 
10Adam Craig (USA) Giant Rabo Bank140 
10Emmanuel Valencia (Mex) Turbo140 
12Ryan Woodall (USA) Top Gear Bicycles/Mtfmx.Com140 
13Kerry Werner (USA) BMC Mountainbike Development Team Usa138 
14Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek130 
15Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru-Trek130 
16Brendon Davids (RSA) Sho-Air/Specialized125 
17Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M120 
18Menso De  Jong (USA) Santa Cruz Bicycles115 
19Antoine Caron (Can) Subway-Genetik100 
20Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing90 
20Jason Sager (USA) Team Jamis90 
22Tj Woodruff (USA) Momtentum Endurance Arizona Cyclist86 
23Rotem Ishay (Isr) Team Jamis85 
24Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing70 
25Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Team55 
26Peter Glassford (Can) Momentum Endurance50 
27Evan Guthrie (Can) Team Canada45 
28Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona40 
29Victor Alber (USA) Super Cool Bike Shop/American Classic35 
30Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized30 
30Jeremy Martin (Can)30 
32Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada28 
33Ben Bostrom (USA) Sho-Air/Specialized27 
34Payson Mcelveen (USA) Rock Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo24 
35Macky Franklin (USA) Orbea Tuff Shed23 
36Bryan Alders (USA) Epic Pro Cycling Team22 
37Seamus Powell (USA) Giant-Mid Atlantic Mtb Team20 
37Dana Weber (USA) Pro Bike Supply20 
39Zachary Valdez (USA) Whole Athlete-Specialized19 
40Cody Canning (Can) Trek Red Truck P/B Mosaic Homes16 
41Tyson Wagler (Can) Scott-3Roxracing13 
42Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda-Felt12 
43Kalan Beisel (USA) Orbea Tuff Shed11 
44Bryan Fawley (USA) Orbea Tuff Shed10 
45Matt Gordon (USA) Team Cycle Progression9 
46Robert Marion (USA) American Classic/Xpedo P/B Max7 
47Brennan Wodtli (USA)6 
48Blake Harlan (USA) Ya Gotta Giv'r3 
Elite women standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zephanie Blasi (USA) Wxc World Racing240 pts
3Erin Huck (USA) Tokyo Joes200 
2Catherine Pendrel (Can) Team Luna Chix200 
4Judy Freeman (USA) Crankbrothers Race Club190 
5Monique Mata (USA) Sho-Air/Specialized180 
6Erica Tingey (USA) Kuhl/Rocky Mountain175 
7Katie Compton (USA) Giant Rabobank Team170 
7Allison Mann (USA) Sho-Air/Specialized170 
9Mariske Strauss (RSA) Pepper Palace.Spin-Tech Training170 
10Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team160 
11Sarah Kaufman (USA) Stan's No Tube Elite Women's Team160 
12Lea Davidson (USA) Specialized Racing150 
13Jamie Busch (USA)140 
13Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru/Trek140 
15Emily Batty (Can) Subaru-Trek130 
15Andreanne Pichette (Can) Opus-Ogc/Equipe Quebec130 
17Sage Wilderman (USA) Kenda/Felt125 
18Chloe Woodruff (USA) Crankbrothers Race Club 11120 
19Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing110 
20Daniela Chavz (Mex)100 
20Jennifer Smith (NZl) Trek/Vw100 
22Cayley Brooks (Can)60 
23Vicky Barclay (USA) Stans No Tubes Women50 
24Lisa Uranga (USA) Pacc45 
25Christina Gokey-­-Smith (USA) Colonels/Sho-Air40 
25Valerie Maunier (Can)40 
27Meghan Korol (USA) Pepper Palace.Spin-Tech Training35 
28Liz Carrington (USA) Bear Valley Bikes30 
28Haley Smith (Can) Team Canada30 
30Melanie Long (USA) Tough Girl/ Scott28 
31Andreane Lanthier  Nadea (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory20 
32Anna Fortner (USA) The Team-Socalcross15 
33Kaila Hart (USA) No Tubes Elite Women12 
34Caeli Barron (Can) Cynergy Racing9 
35Alicia  Rose Pastore (USA) BMC MTB Development Stans No Tubes7 
36Vanessa Humic (USA)5 
Team standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Subaru-Trek55 pts
2Kenda/Felt  Pro  MTB  Team51 
3Team  Luna  Chix46 
4BMC  MTB  Development  Team46 
5Specialized  Racing45 
6Orbea-Tuff Shed9 
7Giant  Factory  Off‐Road  Team  
8Honey  Stinger‐Bontrager  Off-Road  

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