Wellens secures second win in Issaquah

Belgian continues successful US adventure

Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) nabbed a second win this weekend at the UCI C2 Rapha-Focus Gran Prix held at the Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington. The former double world champion out-paced his teammate Rob Peeters who placed second and Jonathan Page (Planet Bike-Blue) in third.

"Wellens mentioned that he has a big appreciation for the American riders who come over to Europe to race," said co-promoter Zac Daab. "Traveling and not having what you’re used to can be tough. It’s hard to race when you are abroad and I think he has more respect for US guys going over to Europe now."

Rapha-Focus Gran Prix, formerly known as Rad Racing, was held on at the same venue as the previous day’s StarCrossed p/b Stanley at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Washington.

The late-afternoon men’s race was held on a flat 2.8km circuit that included a built-in fly-over and a set of Rapha-Focus barriers close to the crowd’s expo area and beer garden. One of the most challenging aspects of the circuit was the number of corners and twist and turns positioned throughout each lap and a lengthy sand pit that forced riders to dismount and run.

"It rained through out the day and then on and off through the men’s race," Daab said. "The crowds were great both days and a lot of people were out at the beer garden. People liked the course and the lines were different because of the wet weather."

Wellens lined up as the man-to-beat having won the previous day’s StarCrossed ahead of Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) and Jonathan Page (Planet Bike-Blue). Other strong contenders included US National Champion Todd Wells (Specialized Racing), Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea), Ben Berden (Stoemper), Fabio Ursi (CS Esercito) and Zac McDonald (Rapha-Focus).

"Wellens was very aggressive and made it clear that he was going to work from the front of the race today," Daab said.

Wellens kicked of the 60-minute men’s race with a fast paced that resulted in a three-rider lead with Page and Peeters. The trio stayed together for much of the race. Wellens made his winning move during the last laps of the race and gained a sizable lead ahead of his chasing teammate Peeters and Page.

"Wellens was well ahead by about 20 seconds and then Peeters was holding off Page for most of the race," Daab said. "They were riding one, two and three for most of the race and it stayed that way until the end, that was how they finished. Todd Wells was chasing for fourth place but he ended up not being able to catch Page."

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea1:02:21 
2Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea0:00:26 
3Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike/Blue0:00:31 
4Todd Wells (USA) Team Specialized0:00:41 
5Ben Berden (Bel) USA197512250:01:01 
6Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain bicycles/Shimano0:01:06 
7Fabio Ursi (Ita) C.S.Esercito0:01:42 
8Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:02:43 
9Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:02:48 
10Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block - Sri Importing0:02:54 
11Craig Richey (Can) Renner Custom - Raleigh0:03:17 
12Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Strawberries0:03:30 
13Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles/Shimano0:03:50 
14Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue Bicycles0:04:12 
15Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant Strawberries0:04:36 
16Steve Fisher (USA) Revel Consulting / Rad Racing NW0:04:39 
17Scott Chapin (USA) Bay11/Hrs/Rocklobster0:04:42 
18Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS/Felt0:05:40 
19Kevin Noiles (Can) Sportique  
20Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona  
21Aaron Bradford (USA) Bay 11/Hrs/Rock Lobster  
22Kyle Mcgilvray (USA) Old Town Bicycle  
23Brennan Wodtli (USA)  
24Logan Wetzel (USA) Second Ascent  
25Nick Berry (Can) Mighty Riders  
26John Bailey (USA) Bailey Bikes  
27John Behrens (USA) Bailey Bikes  
28Ben Rathkamp (USA) Fanatik Bike Co.  
29Nathan Bannerman (USA) CyclocrossRacing.com P/b Blue Competition Cycles  
30Ryan Miller (USA) Pacific Power - Blue Sky  
31Derek Yarra (USA) IBIS/Buy-Cell  
32John Flack (USA) Olympia Orthopaedic Associates  
33Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cyclocross Team  
34Jesse Giordano (USA)  
35Aaron Mickels (USA) Cycling Northwest  
36Steven Hunter (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal  
37Alex Wentz (USA) Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing  
38Patrick Means (USA) Team S&M  
39Collin Samaan (USA) TBB  
40Chris Ellis (USA) Cycling Northwest  
41David Holden (USA) Team Type 1  
42Osan Poshard (USA) rock lobster  
DNFJake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team  
DNFGiancarlo Dalle Angelini (USA) Rio Blanco  
DNFAaron Tuckerman (USA) Corsa Concepts Cyclocross Team  
DNFBrue Syvertsen (USA) Team Marin  
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