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September 23, Elite men:

Fluckiger wins second round of Trek USGP

By:
Ted Burns
Published:
September 24, 2012, 2:17 BST,
Updated:
September 25, 2012, 17:56 BST

Trebon and Powers round out podium

Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Team) takes his first cyclo-cross win in the United States

Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Team) takes his first cyclo-cross win in the United States

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Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Cycling) left the first day of the Planet Bike Cup knowing it was a race he could win. On the second day of racing Flückiger took an early lead and went head to head with Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) for the next 10 laps before taking his first US cyclo-cross victory. Trebon comfortably held on for second place, while Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) chased back on for third after a frustrating race, which required multiple visits to the pit in an attempt to dial in his tire pressure.

"It was a bit faster than yesterday," said Flückiger who was assailed by mistakes and mechanicals on Day 1. "It’s cool to always have a second chance in the US races. If it’s not working, you have a second chance on Sunday so I like it."

The dry Wisconsin summer provided a dry, slippery, bumpy course giving many riders, including second place Trebon, additional factors to contend with. "I was managing how my back felt, those last four laps," said Trebon who started to feel the impact of the course midway through the race on Saturday. "He [Flückiger] was making some small mistakes on the more grassy field turns, but he was ripping in through the woods. He’s got good skills, and just had a little bit more left in the tank than me at the end."

Powers took the hole shot at the start but quickly fell behind Flückiger and Page who led the early laps of the race. Page eventually faded back, but Flückiger pressed on and was joined by Trebon. The two would trade pulls for the next six laps testing each other’s skills and fitness across the Wisconsin prairie. Flückiger’s gains in the woods and technical areas were offset by Trebon’s flawless navigation on the grass and power sections.

The lead duo was chased by a splintered group of riders, which included Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus), Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), Page and Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cylcocrossworld). Jones looked especially strong as he chased from the third position and at one point threatened to close the gap on the lead pair bringing the gap down under 10 seconds. Jones started to tire in the closing laps of the race just as his teammate Jeremy Powers started to come on strong.

Powers, the previous day's winner, ran into difficulty early in the race as he attempted to dial in his tire pressure lap after lap. After several bike changes the pit crew discovered a faulty pressure gauge and gave Powers a tire manually inflated to 27 psi enabling him to start clocking faster lap times. "It’s the third day where we have had the mechanics, and it's only the fifth day of our season," said Powers after the race "To have something go wrong now like the mechanical issue with the pressure is going to get fixed and won't be a problem from here on out. We move forward from here. Third is still a nice 'consolation prize' if you will."

Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) overcame recent illness to take the U23 race over Yanni Eckmann (Cal Giant Cycling) and Evan McNeely (Specialized Canada.)

Flückiger will head back to Switzerland for a short break while the rest of the US cyclo-cross peloton descends on Gloucester, Massachusetts for the famed "New England Nationals."

Full Results
1 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:59:54  
2 Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:00:09  
3 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:00:21  
4 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:00:38  
5 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:01:01  
6 Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement 0:01:15  
7 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:01:17  
8 Jonathan Page (USA) 0:01:56  
9 Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder 0:02:05  
10 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:02:14  
11 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:02:21  
12 Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada 0:02:23  
13 Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:02:32  
14 Matt Shriver (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:02:55  
15 Bryan Fawley (USA) Dallas Bike Works 0:03:14  
16 Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo 0:03:23  
17 Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes 0:03:40  
18 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:03:44  
19 Jake Wells (USA) No Tubes Elite Cross Team 0:03:47  
20 Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team 0:03:53  
21 Bradley White (USA) Moms in Tow Cyclocross 0:03:55  
22 Isaac Neff (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:03:57  
23 Kevin Fish (USA) Super Squadra 0:04:04  
24 Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony 0:04:14  
25 Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Ritte Elite U23 Development Team 0:04:19  
26 Shawn Milne (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com 0:04:32  
27 Corey Stelljes (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com 0:04:33  
28 Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com 0:04:39  
29 Andy Reardon (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team 0:04:47  
30 Mark Savery (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:04:56  
31 Sven Baumann (Ger) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:05:02  
32 Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt 0:05:16  
33 Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:05:24  
34 Chad Hartley (USA) Kenda 5-hour Energy p/b Geargrinder    
35 Will Black (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:05:28  
36 Paul Mumford (USA) Chicago Cuttin Crew 0:05:32  
37 Craig Faulkner (USA) Crossniacs p/b Wesley 0:05:46  
38 Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:05:51  
39 Joseph Maloney (USA) KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin 0:05:59  
40 Mark Parmelee (USA) Cycletherapy / Specialized Racing 0:06:06  
41 Scott Mclaughlin (USA)    
42 Jason Siegle (USA) SDG/Felt p/b IRT Wheels    
43 Christopher Cruise Bogedin (USA) Wolverine Elite Cyclocross Team    
44 Michael Hemme (USA) Rick Ross' Bag O Money    
45 Adam York (USA) Cleveland Clinic Sports Health    
46 Andre Sutton (Can)    
47 Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverine Racing Elite CX    
48 Jesse Rients (USA) KUHL    
49 Joshua Roeser (USA) Flat City Cycling    
50 Kenny Wehn (USA)    
51 Dallas Fowler (USA) Kuhl Midwest    
52 William Street (USA) Kuhl MTB-CX Team/ Velocity Wheels    
53 Micah Moran (USA) Freewheel Bike    
54 Ray Smith (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team    
55 David Reyes (USA) SRAM Factory    
56 Dan Teaters (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder    
57 Brandon Cross (USA) Cole Sport    
58 Oliver Vrambout (Bel) The Bikery du Nord    
59 Luke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team    
60 Tom Burke (USA) Specialized Michigan    
61 Mitch Nordahl (USA) Team Plan C p/b Challenge Tires    
DNF Kevin Klug (USA)    
DNF Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar    
DNF Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes    
DNF Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team    
DNF Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement    
DNF Bjorn Selander (USA)    
DNF Daniel Ajer (USA) GDVC    
DNS Anthony Viton (USA) BSM Cycling    
DNS Kevin McConnell (USA) Mercy-Specialized    
Elite men overall standings after round 2
1 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 84 pts
2 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 84  
3 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 66  
4 Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 63  
5 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus 60  
6 Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement 49  
7 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 37  
8 Jonathan Page (USA) 37  
9 Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder 28  
10 Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada 19  
11 Matt Shriver (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 19  
12 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 17  
13 Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 16  
14 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus 12  
15 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 9  
16 Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes 8  
17 Bryan Fawley (USA) Dallas Bike Works 7  
18 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes 6  
19 Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo 5  
20 Isaac Neff (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 5  
21 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar 3  
22 Corey Stelljes (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com 3  
23 Jake Wells (USA) No Tubes Elite Cross Team 2  
24 Shawn Milne (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com 2  
25 Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team 1  
U23 men overall standings after round 2
1 Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada 84 pts
2 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 80  
3 Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 60  
4 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus 50  
5 Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverine Racing Elite CX 31  
6 Kevin Fish (USA) Super Squadra 30  
7 Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Ritte Elite U23 Development Team 30  
8 Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 26  
9 Joseph Maloney (USA) KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin 23  
10 Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo 23  
11 Mark Parmelee (USA) Cycletherapy / Specialized Racing 20  
12 Luke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team 20  
13 Adam York (USA) Cleveland Clinic Sports Health 17  
14 Jesse Rients (USA) KUHL 12  
15 Tom Burke (USA) Specialized Michigan 10