Wells, Byberg ride to victory in US Pro XCT opener

Specialized riders lead cross country series standings after one round

The 2010 USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) kicked off on Saturday with the US Cup in Fontana, California. With high winds and sand storms, the first of the Pro XCT's five UCI-inscripted events was heated as the world's top mountain bikers competed for valuable UCI points. With the first of five Pro XCT events complete, Todd Wells and Lene Byberg, both of Team Specialized, have taken the early leads.

Wells won the elite men's race ahead of Canadians Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) and Max Plaxton (Sho-Air / Specialized). Australian Sid Taberlay (Sho-Air / Specialized) was fourth while USA Cycling Development Program alum Sam Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher) rounded out the top five.

On the women's side of competition, Norwegian Byberg won her first big American race ahead of proven endurance racer Pua Sawicki (OkoleStuff.com), who has switched her focus from endurance to cross country events this season in hopes of representing the US at the World Championships in Quebec in August. Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) took third while Kelli Emmett (Giant) was fourth, and Allison Mann (Rock N Road) made her first national-level podium, taking fifth.

Standings are below. See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the weekend's cross country, super d and short track racing in Fontana.

Men's US Pro XCT Standings after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Todd Wells (USA) Specialized120 pts
2Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain100 
3Max Plaxton (Can) Sho-Air-Specialized90 
4Sid Taberlay (Aus) Sho-Air-Specialized80 
5Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher75 
Women's US Pro XCT Standings after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized120 pts
2Pua Sawicki (USA) OkoleStuff.com100 
3Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher90 
4Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant80 
5Allison Mann (USA) Rock N Road75 

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