Luke Keough repeats sprint win over McNicholas

Townsend on the podium in third

Luke Keough (Champion System-Keough Cylcocross) secured his second consecutive sprint victory of the weekend at Cycle Smart International Day 2 held at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) placed second in the sprint ahead of Jerome Townsend (SmartStop-MOB-Ridley) in third and Justin Lindine (BikeRed.com-Joe’s Garage)in fourth.

“I had a couple of bobbles early and the race started slower with a bigger group,” Keough told Cyclingnews. “There was some attacking but I stayed patient and played it safe. It came down to a sprint and I had the legs today. Last year I won both days, so it was nice to repeat here and get some results.”

The event marked round six of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclo-cross series. Keough’s double wins moved him into the overall series lead by two points ahead of the previous leader Lindine. The final rounds will take place at the NBX GP1 and GP2 held from December 3-4 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

“It’s exciting and I will be at the last event,” Keough said. “It’s been a good series so far and I would definitely like to cap it off with the overall win.”

“Luke took control of both the Under 23 and Elite series today,” Lindine told Cyclingnews. “I got sixth and fourth this weekend, so his total points ended up being more than mine after this weekend. I plan on going to the last races. It will be tough because Luke is a very good defensive rider and he knows what he has to do to be able to win the series. That puts more pressure than I wanted, but I will still try.”

A strong line up at the Cycle Smart International included Lindine along with Keough, McNicholas, Townsend and Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School). Also on the line was event promoter Adam Myerson (SmartStop-MOB-Ridley), Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund-NCC), Jared Nieters (Haymarket-Seavs Racing) and Josh Dillon (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs).

Race organizers revised the course slightly compared to the previous day with a double sand pit and one less run up. A lead group of top riders formed early in the race that included Lindine, McNicholas, Townsend, Winterberg, Keough and Myerson. Keough, notorious for a strong sprint, made a tactical decision not to work with the group and save his speed for the finish line.

“The race was much different today and I had a better race,” said Lindine who crashed and placed sixth yesterday. “I was able to be more of a factor today. Unfortunately sprinting is not my strong suit. I tried a million times to get away before the last lap. As a result of a lot of attacking it ended up being four of us in the final sprint.”

“Luke was not trying to get away because he can count on being able to win pretty much any sprint,” he said. “McNicholas and I were doing most of the attacking. It was a tactical finish because it was a short piece of pavement for the sprint, so the race for the pavement was in a technical section before the pavement. There was a lot of bumping and fighting for the last couple of corners.”

Myerson and Winterberg fell off pace during the closing laps resulting in a lead group of four riders heading to the finish line in a sprint for the top three places, won by Keough.

Full Results
1Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross1:00:47 
2Dylan McNicholas (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:01 
3Jerome Townsend (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:00:02 
4Justin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.com-Joe's Garage0:00:03 
5Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:00:07 
6Adam Myerson (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:00:57 
7Manny Goguen (USA) BikeReg.com - Joe's Garage0:01:06 
8Joshua Dillon (USA) RGM Watches-Richard Sachs  
9Christian Favata (USA) RGM Watches - Richard Sachs0:01:13 
10Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket-Seavs Racing0:01:18 
11Jeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC0:01:21 
12Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:01:44 
13Shawn Milne (USA) Essex County Velo - Driven by Mazda0:01:57 
14Anthony Clark (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC0:02:01 
15Matthew O'Keefe (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com  
16Daniel Chabanov (USA) RGM Watches-Richard Sachs  
17Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:02:02 
18Eric Brungger (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:02:16 
19Greg Whitney (USA) Ride Studio Café0:02:32 
20Lukas Müller (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:02:33 
21Synjen Marrocco (USA) Corner Cycle0:02:50 
22Colin Reuter (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:02:52 
23Thomas Sampson (USA)  
24Jesse Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross0:02:58 
25Patrick Bradley (USA) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:03:42 
26Michael Wissell (USA) B2C2 - Boloco0:03:56 
27David Wilcox (USA) Cycle-Smart0:03:58 
28John Burns (USA) Burns Racing0:04:24 
29Joshua Thornton (USA) GG Events LLC0:04:30 
30Donny Green (USA) Cycle-Smart0:04:31 
31Stephen Pierce (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:04:32 
32Gunnar Bergey (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:04:33 
33Zachary Semain (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:05:33 
34Adam St. Germain (USA) NBX-Circle A Cycles0:05:54 
35Tim Janson (USA) nycross.com0:06:03 
36Peter Hagerty (USA) Team Plan C p/b Stevens0:07:02 
37Ben Coleman (USA) UVM Cycling0:07:03 
38Pierre Vanden Borre (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:07:07 
39Ryan Kelly (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:07:41 
40Evan Burkhart (USA) BikeReg.com-Cannondale  -1lap 
41Joshua Friedman (USA) New Haven Bicycling Club/The Devil's Gear Bike Shop  
DNFNicholas Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross  
DNFMichael Rea (USA) UVM Cycling  
DNFCary Fridrich (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal  
DNFAdam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal  
DNFGerald Adasavage (USA) Bicycle Therapy-Melitta  
DNFRyan Dewald (USA) Haymarket-Seavs  
DNFPatrick Goguen (USA) Team CF  
DNFAustin Pferd (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com  
DNFKevin Sweeney (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles  
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