Cooper, Nash win US Cup Fontana round

Duo lead series standings after second round

Anton Cooper (Cannondale) soloed to victory in the second round of the US Cup Pro Series, beating Raphael Gagne, the winner of the opening round in Bonelli Park, to claim the series lead. Cooper's teammates Manuel Fumic and Marco Fontana were third and fourth, respectively.

“What a way to finish off this first part of the season,” Cooper said at the finish. “And after last week, it’s great to come away with the win. Having Manny and Marco on the podium with me makes it even better. Now, I head home and start ramping up for the World Cup.”

“Good job to Anton. He’s a super-tough guy,” said Gagne at the finish. “I felt stronger today than last week, so I’m real happy with my race. The course was great, I really liked it.”

Cooper took the hole shot for yet another strong start. Series leader Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) took over shortly afterward with Geoff Kabush (Scott 3 Rox) second wheel. Six riders would come together toward the end of the first lap: Gagne, Cooper, Kabush, Wells, Stephen Ettinger (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Fontana.

Tiberi, Fontana and teammate Manuel Fumic joined the lead group on the second time up the road climb, making a lead group of nine, chased by a courageous Max Plaxton (Sho-Air/Cannondale), who was battling a gruesome blister on his foot.

Cooper would be the first to put in a significant attack on the third lap. Gagne bridged back up, followed by Tiberi. On lap four, Tiberi dropped from this group as Cooper and Gagne pulled away on the rolling rocky section. The leaders showed no signs of tiring, as the fourth lap was the fastest to that point. The two leaders continued to pull away, followed by teammates Fumic and Fontana, with Tiberi, Wells and Mantecon each trying to chase back on.

The two leaders held their ground for the remainder of the race, with Fontana and Fumic solidifying their podium spots but content to let their young teammate fight it out for the win. Cooper’s decisive attack came midway through the last lap as he distanced himself on the final time up the asphalt climb. Cooper held and then extended his lead through the rolling and twisty singletrack to win by eleven seconds over Gagne, with Fumic and Fontana preceding Mantecon.

Nash capitalizes

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) took advantage of a mistake by Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) to win the HC round of the US Cup series, moving herself into the overall lead. The Czech rider got away when Batty crashed behind her on the fourth lap and never looked back.

“I was unaware of what was going on. I was up front and I got a gap so I assumed there was a problem,” Nash said. “I fully expected Emily to come back but once I got the gap I pinned it all the way until the end. I used my downhill skills and made gravity work for me.”

Batty, winner of the Bonelli Park round, was disappointed to miss out on what looked like a solid chance to repeat, but acknowledged she was outnumbered by teammates Nash, Georgia Gould and Catherine Pendrel.

“It was a total battle out there, trying to sit second wheel,” said Batty. “There were three of them so it would’ve been pretty disappointing if they didn’t get it.”

A fast start lap created a huge gap, which was driven by the Luna Pro Team as Pendrel, Nash and Gould, and Batty set the early pace. After the initial leveling off after the first climb, these front leaders left a large gap to Chloe Woodruff (Team Stan’s NoTubes-Niner) and Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance).

An easing on the second lap of five allowed Connors and Woodruff to rejoin the leaders on the day’s main climb, only for Pendrel to put in a vicious attack, forcing Batty to respond.

Seemingly trying to force Batty to chase, the end of the second lap saw Pendrel continuing her attacks on Batty, with teammate Gould holding on, with Woodruff and Nash chasing further back. Just like on the first lap, the lead group eased up on the climb, allowing the front group to grow back up to eight.

The next two laps resulted in the further solidifying of the front group. Lap three featured a selection made by Gould on the main descent with Batty and Pendrel. Nash clawed her way back to the front group at the end of the third lap only to take the lead of the race on the fourth time up the climb. Another fierce attack by Pendrel was chased down by Batty and you got the sense that the team tactics were taking their toll on the Canadian winner of round one. At the end of the fourth lap, Batty, who was sitting second behind Nash, had some trouble on one of the dusty drops and went down. The crash wasn’t enough to cause any serious damage, but it enabled Nash to get a gap big enough to defend until the finish.

Gould would take the sprint for second ahead of Batty and Pendrel, with Erin Huck (Scott 3 Rox) rounding out the podium just behind in fifth.

Full Results

Elite Men

#

Rider Name (Country) Team

Result

1

Anton Cooper (NZl) Cannondale Factory Racing

1:27:54

 

2

Raphael Gagne (Can)

0:00:12

 

3

Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing

0:01:01

 

4

Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing

0:01:02

 

5

Sergio Mantecon Gutierre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing Team

0:01:53

 

6

Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing

0:02:22

 

7

Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Frm Factory Racing Team

0:02:33

 

8

Max Plaxton (Can) Sho-Air/Cannondale

0:03:00

 

9

Adam Morka (Can)

0:03:14

 

10

Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing Team

0:03:19

 

11

Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing

0:03:31

 

12

Stephen Ettinger (USA) Team Sho-Air/Cannondale

0:04:25

 

13

Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Tld Race Team

0:04:52

 

14

Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing

0:04:53

 

15

Keegan Swenson (USA) Team Sho-Air/Cannondale

0:04:55

 

16

Leandre Bouchard (Can) Equipe Quebec/Cyclone D' Alm

0:04:55

 

17

Martin Loo (Est)

0:05:00

 

18

Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Team Clif Bar

0:06:04

 

19

Peter Disera (Can) Norco Factory Team

0:06:06

 

20

James Reid (RSA) Trek Recm

0:06:49

 

21

Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing

0:07:20

 

22

Kerry Werner (USA) Raleigh Clement Cycling Team

0:07:26

 

23

Jeremy Martin (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles/Equi

0:07:44

 

24

Alexandre Vialle (Can) Equipe Du Quebec

0:07:56

 

25

Evan Guthrie (Can) Norco Factory Team

0:08:22

 

26

Ricardo Alexandre Pscheidt (Bra)

0:08:22

 

27

Hector Fernan Riveros Paez (Col) Raleigh Clement Cycling Team

0:09:00

 

28

Cole Oberman (USA) Rare Disease Cycling

0:09:17

 

29

Alex Grant (USA) Ridebike/Sho-Air

0:09:25

 

30

Juan Jose Escarcega Salazar (Mex)

0:09:45

 

31

Richard Cypress Gorry (USA) Whole Athlete Specialized Cy

0:09:51

 

32

Julien Bourdevaire (Fra) Team Blackstar

0:10:12

 

33

Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing

0:10:22

 

34

Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing

0:10:33

 

35

Troy Wells (USA)

0:10:34

 

36

Mitchell Hoke (USA)

0:10:35

 

37

Barry Wicks (USA) Kona

0:10:59

 

38

Sepp Kuss (USA) Intermountain Live Well

0:11:00

 

39

Tom Sampson (USA) Vittoria/Yeti/Adigga Racing

0:11:38

 

40

Cole House (USA)

0:11:45

 

41

Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling

0:11:46

 

42

Rotem Ishay (Isr) Team Jamis Bikes

0:11:56

 

43

Ryan Woodall (USA) Team Top Gear/Felt Bicycles

0:12:40

 

44

Ryo Saito (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling

0:12:46

 

45

Christopher Hamlin (USA) Bicycle Express Racing

0:12:55

 

46

Dana Weber (USA) Stage

0:12:55

 

47

Felix Burke (Can) Equipe Du Quebec/Jo Velo P/B C

0:13:13

 

48

Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Bicycles

0:13:17

 

49

Quinn Moberg (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory Team

0:13:31

 

50

Kalan Beisel (USA) Giant Co-Factory

0:13:38

 

51

Emilien Barben (Swi)

0:14:41

 

52

Eric Bostrom (USA) Ridebike Alliance/Cannondale/

 

 

53

Mizrain Mora Rodriguez (Mex)

 

 

54

Menso De Jong (USA) Team Clif Bar Cylcing

 

 

55

Trevor Deruise (USA) Ktm Bikes Factory Racing

 

 

56

Jean-Louis Bourdevaire (Fra) Blackstar

 

 

57

Alex Wild (USA)

 

 

58

Ryan Standish (USA)

 

 

59

Joseph Maloney (USA) B&L Bicycle/Trek

 

 

60

Stephan Davoust (USA) Giant Southwest

 

 

61

William Melone (USA) Ata/Ridebikeralliance

 

 

62

Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona

 

 

63

Yuichi Onda (Jpn) Team Bh Racing

 

 

64

Jose Alfredo Pacheco (Mex) Buena Park Bicycles

 

 

65

Brodie Stringer (USA) Stringer Mtb Racing P/B Muscl

 

 

66

Noah Tautfest (USA) Bicycle Express/Kona

 

 

67

TJ Woodruff (USA) Momentum Endurance

 

 

68

Colin Osborn (USA) Giant Co-Factory

 

 

69

Gareth Feldstein (USA) Ojio Cannondale

 

 

70

Ryan Geiger (USA) Frm Factory Race Team

 

 

71

John Nobil (USA) Bear Valley Bikes

 

 

72

Brad Auen (USA) Midwest Mountain Project

 

 

73

Josh Brown (USA) Bountiful Bicycle P/B Nate Wa

 

 

74

Samuel Brehm (USA) Drt

 

 

75

Jon Slaughter (Can) Csajcc P/B Norco Lg

 

 

76

Cameron Wurf (Aus) Ridebiker Alliance

 

 

77

Thomas Gauthier (Can) Pivot Cycles-Ote

 

 

78

Ben Senkerik (USA) Team Extreme

 

 

79

Matthew Turner (USA) Summit/Competitive Cyclist

 

 

80

Liam Earl (USA) Team Corridori

 

 

81

Stephane Roch (Swi) Team Ninja

 

 

82

Roberto Rai Munoz Garza (Mex)

 

 

83

David Flaten (USA) Us Military Cycling/Air Force

 

 

84

Lucas Rowton (USA) Montrose Bike Shop

 

 

85

Nolan Brady (USA) Giant Co-Factory Offroad Tea

 

 

86

Scott Lynch (Can)

 

 

87

Gustavo Pedroza Sicaeros (Mex) Fuji Bikes Mexico

 

 

88

Tim Racette (USA)

 

 

89

Nick Fisher (USA) Destination Homes/Togs

 

 

90

Jt Toepel (USA) Groove Subaru Excel Sport

 

 

91

Nick Thomas (USA) Az Devo

 

 

92

Craig Wohlschlaeger (USA) Giant Co-Factory Off Road Ra

 

 

93

Jakub Valigura (Cze) 92Fifty/Elevated Legs

 

 

94

Michael Cockroft (USA) Incycle

 

 

95

Ian Wilkey (USA) Az Devo

 

 

96

Ryan Steers (USA) Pedalers Forks/10

 

 

97

Mahon Lamont (Can)

 

 

98

Nick Truitt (USA) Breck Bike Guides/Naturally F

 

 

99

Derek Hermon (USA) Bear Valley Bikes

 

 

100

Taylor Squillaci (USA) Get Out! New Mexico

 

 

101

Jesse Kelly (USA) Toasted Head Racing

 

 

102

Colby Pastore (USA) Santa Cruz X Fusion

 

 

103

Trey Jarno (Est) Bear Valley Bikes/Spy Optic

 

 

Elite Women

#

Rider Name (Country) Team

Result

1

Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team

1:27:40

 

2

Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team

0:00:09

 

3

Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing Team

0:00:09

 

4

Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team

0:00:10

 

5

Erin Huck (USA) Scott 3 Rox

0:00:34

 

6

Chloe Woodruff (USA) Team Stans Notubes-Niner

0:01:15

 

7

Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing

0:01:46

 

8

Sandra Walter (Can) Liv Cycling Canada

0:02:12

 

9

Larissa Connors (USA) Ridebiker Alliance

0:03:36

 

10

Lesley Paterson (USA) Scott Bikes

0:04:56

 

11

Rose Grant (USA) Stans Notubes Elite Women

0:05:32

 

12

Malene Degn (Den)

0:07:04

 

13

Andrea Waldis (Swi) Luna Pro Team

0:07:42

 

14

Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Factory Racing

0:08:11

 

15

Cindy Montambault (Can) Equipe Du Quebec/Cvm

0:08:12

 

16

Amy Beisel (USA) Liv/Giant Co-Factory

0:08:41

 

17

Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team

0:08:48

 

18

Haley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team

0:09:03

 

19

Frederique Trudel (Can) Equipe De Quebec/Specialized

0:09:10

 

20

Cheryl Sornson (USA) Rare Disease Cycling

0:09:16

 

21

Rebecca Beaumont (Can) Cyclone D'alma/Team Quebec

0:09:55

 

22

Evelyn Dong (USA) Team Sho-Air/Cannondale

0:10:24

 

23

Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh Clement Cycling Team

0:10:29

 

24

Alexis Skarda (USA)

0:11:12

 

25

Erin Alders (USA) Ol Republic/Sho-Air/Ridebiker

0:12:18

 

26

Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) Scott 3 Rox

0:12:20

 

27

Elyse Nieuwold (Can) Holiday Inn Express And Suite

0:12:35

 

28

Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr)

0:12:56

 

29

Nina Baum (USA) Stans No Tubes Women Elite T

0:14:20

 

30

Marine Lewis (Can)

0:15:20

 

31

Hannah Rae Finchamp (USA) Luna Pro Team

0:16:34

 

32

Elisa Otter (USA) Bicycle Express Racing

0:17:22

 

33

Megan Chinburg (USA)

0:17:23

 

34

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory Team

0:18:38

 

35

Kris Gross (USA) Team Ninja

0:18:39

 

36

Chloe Cross (Can) Team Whistler

0:18:46

 

37

Sioban Kelly (Can) Wo Wheels Epic Sports Perfo

0:18:51

 

38

Rachel Pageau (Can) Team Quebec/Devinci

0:19:40

 

39

Rosalie Auger (Can)

0:20:10

 

40

Sarah Lynch (Can) Two Wheel Racing

0:20:34

 

41

Sydney Fox (USA) Breck Bike Guides

 

 

42

Cayley Brooks (Can)

 

 

43

Nicole Tittensor (USA) Revolution Peak Fasteners

 

 

44

Katlyn Dundas (Can) Wolfpack Racing/Inception Cy

 

 

45

Meghan Korol (USA) Pisgah Tavern Elite Women Mt

 

 

46

Kaylee Blevins (USA) Stans Notubes Niner

 

 

47

Abbey Alexiades (USA) Liv/Giant Co-Factory Team

 

 

48

Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing

 

 

49

Evie Racette (USA)

 

 

Junior Men

#

Rider Name (Country) Team

Result

1

Simon Andreassen (Den) Team Webike-Dmk

1:11:50

 

2

Christopher Blevins (USA) Whole Athlete

0:02:25

 

3

Carson Beckett (USA) Whole Athlete/Specia

0:03:38

 

4

Tofor Lewis (USA) Folsom Bike Elite Te

0:04:08

 

5

Sean Fincham (Can) Team Bc

0:04:34

 

6

Jerry Dufour (USA) Team Mugshots/Coach

0:05:11

 

7

Daniel Johnson (USA) Team Blackstar

0:05:54

 

8

Cole Paton (USA) Arlberg Sports

0:06:11

 

9

Luke Di Marzo (Can) Cycling Bc

0:06:24

 

11

Paul Wright (NZl) Bike Wanaka

0:06:28

 

12

Hayden Sampson (USA) Scott/Enve Destinati

0:07:30

 

13

Jordan Pope (USA) Kuhl Devo

0:08:33

 

14

Nathan Barnett (USA) Bear Development Tea

0:08:36

 

15

Bryce Lewis (USA) Woodcreek Hs

0:08:45

 

16

Christian Husband (USA) Sc Velo/Monster Medi

0:09:01

 

18

Jorge Munoz (USA) Twin City Cyclery/Sa

0:09:40

 

19

Anders Johnson (USA) Whole Athlete/Specia

0:09:47

 

20

Kyle Legge (USA) Ojio/Np Bikes/Cannon

0:10:26

 

21

Steffen Andersen (USA) Santa Cruz Junior De

0:10:59

 

22

Zachary Calton (USA) Summit-Competitive C

0:11:03

 

23

Carson Benjamin (USA) Bear Development Tea

0:11:03

 

24

Jacob Sacket (USA) Summit-Competitive C

0:11:40

 

25

Austin Reith (Can) Cycling Bc

0:12:55

 

26

Matthew Behrens (USA) Summit-Competitive C

0:13:03

 

28

Daniel Fendler (USA) Summit-Competitive C

0:16:09

 

29

Guillermo Cervantes (Mex)

0:16:54

 

30

Adam Brown (USA) Summit-Competitive C

0:17:00

 

31

Ethan Toom (Can) Team Bc

0:20:51

 

DNF

Simon Caouette (Can) Cyclones

 

 

DNF

Soren Andersen (USA) Bear Development Tea

 

 

DNF

Michael Owens (USA) Bicycle Express

 

 

DNF

Jonathan Legge (USA) Ojio/Np Bikes/Cannon

 

 

Junior Women

#

Rider Name (Country) Team

Result

1

Haley Batten (USA) Whole Athlete/Specia

0:59:45

 

2

Kelsey Urban (USA) Whole Athlete Specia

0:01:49

 

3

Rachel Anders (USA) Summit-Competitive C

0:03:14

 

4

Cassie Ross (USA) Rad Racing Northwest

0:11:23

 

 

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