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June 28, Elite men cross country:

Wells wins Colorado Springs US Cup

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Cycling News
Published:
June 29, 2014, 15:38 BST,
Updated:
June 29, 2014, 17:23 BST

Kabush claims series title

Todd Wells (Specialized) takes a dominant win during the men's elite cross country race.

Todd Wells (Specialized) takes a dominant win during the men's elite cross country race.

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Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) won the final round of the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday afternoon. In the final series standings, Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox) won the series title belt.

After a fast start, it was Colombian Colorado Springs local Hector Fernando Rivero who emerged first out of the tricky climb and bombed the downhill, followed by another local in Russel Finsterwald (SRAM/Troy Lee Design), Keegan Swenson and Max Plaxton (both Cannondale Factory Racing), and Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing). These five were quickly joined by another five to form a 10-man lead group that would stay together for most of the first lap.

Swenson, Finsterwald and Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory Racing) then got a gap, with Plaxton, series leader Geoff Kabush (Scott 3 Rox Racing), Mitchell Hoke (The Pro’s Closet/Stan’s), and Kabush bringing up the chase group. Plaxton would be first to make contact until Wells took the lead to force the pace on lap two.

The surprise of the early moves was that series leader Kabush had missed out on the lead group in the early laps.

On lap three, Wells and Finsterwald pressed on to gain a lead and were subsequently joined by Plaxton and Gagne, all riders who either live at altitude or were recently at altitude in preparation for the Colorado Springs finale. The next time through, the two again forced a move, with Plaxton finally forced to chase it down. Plaxton had to this point been content to stay just off the third wheel, but when the move went, he was forced to come around fellow Canadian Gagne to pull it back.

Finally, Wells attacked hard on a false flat to go off alone. At the start of last lap, Wells flew through the start/finish in his best aero position with a minute lead. Plaxton and Finsterwald were left to chase in vain, as Wells showed no signs of tiring.

"I got a small separation on the fourth or fifth lap, and I was hoping Finsty would come back but I think it took a bit too much out of him," said Wells. "I knew Kabush needed to finish 11th or worse and he doesn’t finish 11th on even his worst day."

Finsterwald said, "I had high ambitions here as this course is only 30 minutes from my house. The goal was just to be at the front and push it hard to put pressure on everyone. Todd hit it super hard and I just had nothing in the tank to go with him."

With the Specialized riders clearly out front and headed toward the victory, Kabush seemed to have found another gear, steadily working his way up to give the calculators and spreadsheets a rest. The Canadian clawed his way past rider after rider to eventually take second with a sprint to the line with Gagne. Plaxton would finish in fourth, making it a very Canadian podium with riders in second, third and fourth. Filling out the day’s podium was Finsterwald who rode a gutsy race.

The day’s result would be the final standing of the top two overall, with Kabush (121 points) taking the overall win of series, just 12 points in front of Wells (109 points). Plaxton took third (92 points), Zandstra fourth (69 points) and Sho-Air / Cannondale’s Jeremiah Bishop rounded out the podium in fifth (62 points).

Kabush said, "I felt pretty steady but not super so I was being conservative for a few laps but by the middle of the race I felt stronger and stronger. I was surprised the gap got out to over a minute but I knew I could keep those guys in sight and I’d be ok."

"I'm really excited for my Scott 3 Rox Racing Team to take home the belt for this first US Cup. It’s great to see the excitement building for cross country racing here in the US, and I’m also excited to take home this title. It’s definitely great to take home a big check as well, so big thanks to Scott Tedro for putting all of this together."

Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory 1:29:53  
2 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing 0:00:21  
3 Raphael Gagne (Can) 0:00:22  
4 Max Plaxton (Can) Cannodale Factory 0:01:04  
5 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Troy Lee Design 0:01:28  
6 Mitchell Hoke (USA) The Pros Closet 0:01:53  
7 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing 0:01:59  
8 Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory 0:02:24  
9 Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing 0:02:44  
10 Rotem Ishay (Isr) Team Jamis Bikes 0:03:57  
11 Sepp Kuss (USA) BMC Project Dirt 0:04:08  
12 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:04:17  
13 Hector Fern Riveros (Col) 0:04:29  
14 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale 0:04:57  
15 Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Stans No Tubes Elite 0:05:23  
16 Antoine Caron (Can) Specialized Racing 0:06:25  
17 Mitch Bailey (Can) 0:06:37  
18 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocross 0:06:43  
19 Adam Morka (Can) Wfp Coaching/Trek 0:07:03  
20 Chris Baddick (GBr) The Gear Movement 0:07:07  
21 Kerry Werner (USA) BMC Project Dirt 0:07:26  
22 Alex Grant (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale 0:07:36  
23 Justin Lindine (USA) Team Redline 0:08:03  
24 Tom Sampson (USA) Adigga Racing 0:08:21  
25 Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:10:09  
26 Casey Williams (USA) Whole Athlete 0:10:38  
27 Joseph Maloney (USA) Ks Energy Services 0:10:53  
28 Kalan Beisel (USA) Giant-Tuff Shed 0:11:03  
29 Elliot Reinecke (USA) Focus Bikes 0:11:08  
30 Bryan Alders (USA) Marin Bikes Factory 0:11:09  
31 Richard Cyp Gorry (USA) Whole Athlete 0:11:10  
32 Menso De Jong (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:11:42  
33 Cameron Chambers (USA) Ethos Racing 0:11:50  
34 Jason Siegle (USA) Sdg/Felt 0:12:13  
35 Ryan Woodall (USA) The Pros Closet 0:12:15  
36 Adrain Retief (NZl) 0:16:29  
-1lap Samuel Chovan (USA) Honey Stinger    
-1lap Stephan Davoust (USA) San Juan Cycles    
-1lap Kacey Campbell (USA)    
-1lap Christhian Ravelo-Avila (Col) Colorado Bike    
-1lap Trevor Deruise (USA) Audi/Specialized    
-1lap Levi Kurlander (USA) Fort Lewis College    
-1lap Ryan Geiger (USA) Topix-Frm Factory    
-1lap Shawn Milne (USA) Keoughp/B Felt    
-1lap Ryan Petry (USA) Tribe Multisport    
-1lap Alexandre Vialle (Can) Espresso Sport    
-1lap Alex Pond (USA) Steamboat Velo    
-1lap Joseph Clemenzi (USA) Sports Garage    
-1lap Garet Steinmetz (USA) Ethos Racing    
-1lap Cole Oberman (USA) Rare Disease Cycling    
-2laps Randy Flores (USA) High Desert Bicycles    
-2laps Ryan Standish (USA)    
-2laps Matthew Turner (USA) Summit Utah Devo    
-2laps Belanger Barre Mathieu (Can) Opus/Ogc    
-2laps Gareth Feldstein (USA) Muscle Milk    
-2laps Jaime Miranda (Mex) Niner Mexico-Bike    
-2laps Jason Hanson (USA)    
-2laps Mason Shea (USA)    
-2laps David Flaten (USA) Giant Northeast Pro    
-2laps Graham Ruhmann (USA)    
-2laps Wohlschlaeger Craig (USA) Giant Bicycle    
-3laps Cody Lacosta (USA) High Gear/Cannondale    
-3laps Nick Thomas (USA) Az Devo    
DNF Payson Mcelveen (USA) Usa U23    
DNS Colin Osborn (USA) Honey Stinger    
DNS Ryan Trebon (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale    
DNS Brodie Stringer (USA) Team Baghouse    
Elite men final US Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Geoff Kabush (Scott 3 Rox Racing) 121  pts
2 Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) 109  
3 Max Plaxton (Cannodale Factory Team) 92  
4 Derek Zandstra (Scott 3 Rox Racing) 69  
5 Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) 62  
6 Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory) 61  
7 Sergio Mantecon Gutie (Trek Factory Racing Team) 57  
8 Russell Finsterwald (Sram/Troy Lee Designs Race) 56  
9 Benjamin Sonntag (Stans No Tubes Elite Racing) 53  
10 Marco Aurelio Fontan (Cannondale Factory Racing) 53  
11 Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing) 53  
12 Alex Grant (Sho-Air/Cannondale) 50  
13 Hector Fernando Rive 48  
14 Cameron Jette (Scott-3 Rox Racing) 45  
15 Keegan Swenson (Cannondale Factory Racing) 44  
16 Mitchell Hoke (The Pros Closet/Stans No Tubes) 38  
17 Adam Morka (Wfp Coaching/Trek Bikes) 38  
18 Spencer Paxson (Kona) 38  
19 Troy Wells (Team Clif Bar) 37  
20 Payson Mcelveen (Usa U23) 35  
21 Rotem Ishay (Team Jamis Bikes) 33  
22 Sepp Kuss (BMC Project Dirt) 30  
23 Daniel Mcconnell (Trek Factory Racing Team) 30  
24 Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team) 29  
25 Emil Lindgren (Giant Pro Xc Team) 26  
26 Kerry Werner (BMC Project Dirt) 25  
27 Kris Sneddon (Kona) 25  
28 Casey Williams (Whole Athlete/Specialized) 23  
29 Chris Baddick (The Gear Movement/Epic Pro) 21  
30 Sam Schultz (Sho-Air/Cannondale) 21  
31 Antoine Caron (Specialized Racing Canada) 20  
32 Ryan Woodall (The Pros Closet/Stans No Tubes) 20  
33 Joseph Maloney (Ks Energy Services) 20  
34 David Flaten (Giant Northeast Pro Team) 20  
35 Gareth Feldstein (Muscle Milk) 20  
36 Kalan Beisel (Giant-Tuff Shed) 20  
37 Braden Kappius (Team Clif Bar) 20  
38 Tom Sampson (Adigga Racing) 20  
39 Elliot Reinecke (Focus Bikes/Velo Hanger) 20  
40 Cole Oberman (Rare Disease Cycling) 20  
41 Craig Wohlschlaeger (Giant Bicycle) 20  
42 Bryan Alders (Marin Bikes Factory Team) 20  
43 Menso De Jong (Team Clif Bar Cylcing) 20  
44 Ryan Geiger (Topix-Frm Factory Race Team) 20  
45 Carl Decker (Giant Factory Team) 20  
46 Jason Sager (Backcountry.Com) 19  
47 Anton Cooper (Cannondale Factory Racing) 19  
48 James Reid (Trek Racing South Africa) 17  
49 Alexandre Vialle (Espresso Sport) 15  
50 Jason Siegle (Sdg/Felt) 15  
51 Matthew Turner (Summit Utah Devo) 15  
52 Miguel Valadez Ortiz (Bear Valley Bikes) 15  
53 Michael Hosey (Marin Factory) 15  
54 Tristan Uhl (787 Racing) 15  
55 Alex Wild (Trail Head Racing) 15  
56 Dan Wolf (Old Line Velo) 15  
57 Tj Woodruff (Backcountry.Com) 15  
58 William Melone (Riverside Racing) 15  
59 Ernest Watenpaugh 15  
60 Rocky Gingg (Momentum Endurance) 15  
61 Mitch Bailey 14  
62 Ryan Trebon (Sho-Air/Cannondale) 14  
63 Jeremy Martin 11  
64 Garet Steinmetz (Ethos Racing) 10  
65 Cody Lacosta (High Gear/Cannondale) 10  
66 Joseph Clemenzi (Sports Garage Cycling) 10  
67 Mason Shea 10  
68 Ryan Standish 10  
69 Stephan Davoust (San Juan Cycles/Steamworks) 10  
70 Levi Kurlander (Fort Lewis College) 10  
71 Colin Osborn (Honey Stinger/Bontrager) 10  
72 Brodie Stringer (Team Baghouse) 10  
73 Skyler Taylor (Bear Development Team) 10  
74 Madison Matthews (Toasted Head Racing/Gu Energy) 10  
75 Pete Macleod (Barfly) 10  
76 Drew Edsall (Pros Closet/Stans No Tubes) 10  
77 Stephane Roch (Swami's/Skliz) 10  
78 Joel Titius (Socal Endurance) 10  
79 Hal Helbock (Cytomax Khs) 10  
80 Evan Guthrie (Norco Factory Team) 10  
81 Eliel Anttila (Uc Berkeley) 10  
82 Anthony Stein 10  
83 Noah Tautfest (Bicycle Express/Kona) 10  
84 Peter Glassford (Trek Canada) 10  
85 Christopher Hamlin 10  
86 Julien Bourdevaire (Team Blackstar) 10  
87 Trey Jarno (Bear Valley Bikes) 10  
88 Sean Donovan (Khs/Cytomax/Esi) 10  
89 Patrick Chartrand (Rocky Mountain Factory Team) 10  
90 David (Tinker) Juarez (Sho-Air/Cannondale) 10  
91 Tyler Johnson 10  
92 Marc-Antoine Nadon (Scott 3 Rox Racing) 10  
93 Jett Chandler (Doug Chandler Performance) 10  
94 Barry Wicks 10  
95 John Nobil (Bear Valley Bikes) 10  
96 Quinn Moberg (Rocky Mountain Factory Team) 10  
97 Charles Jenkins (Khs/Cytomax/Esi) 10  
98 Christopher Wieczore (Total Cyclist) 10  
99 Jakub Valigura (92Fifty' Cyclery) 10  
100 James Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.) 8  
101 Richard Cypress Gorr (Whole Athlete Specialized) 5  
102 Shawn Milne (Keoughp/B Felt) 5  
103 Samuel Chovan (Honey Stinger/Bontrager) 5  
104 Jason Hanson 5  
105 Trevor Deruise (Audi/Specialized) 5  
106 Mathieu Belanger Barr (Opus/Ogc) 5  
107 Graham Ruhmann 5  
108 Raphael Campbell 5  
109 Jaime Miranda (Niner Mexico-Bikes & More) 5  
110 Randy Flores (High Desert Bicycles Team) 5  
111 Alex Pond (Steamboat Velo) 5  
112 Cameron Chambers (Ethos Racing) 5  
113 Adrain Retief 5  
114 Ryan Petry (Tribe Multisport) 5  
115 Justin Lindine (Team Redline) 5  
116 Christhian Ravelo-Avil (Colorado Bike Service/Santa) 5  
117 Nick Thomas (Az Devo) 5  
118 Jack Hinkens (BMC Mtb Development Team Us) 5  
119 Jordan Kahlenberg (Giant Mid-Atlantic) 5  
120 Ignacio Torres (Turbo Bicycles) 5  
121 Keck Baker 5  
122 Carson Lange 5  
123 Brian Barrow 5  
124 Brady Stewart 5  
125 David Vaughn 5  
126 Timothy Rugg 5  
127 Martin Cox (Endurancefac) 5  
128 Alex Muecci 5  
129 Andrew Dahlheim 5  
130 Steve Tilford 5  
131 Marco Antonio Escarc (Alu Bike-Krbo Cycling Team) 5  
132 Jose Escarcega (Alu Bike-Krbo Cycling Team) 5  
133 Lucas Newcomb (Bear Development Team) 5  
134 Aaron Oakes (Bicycle Express) 5  
135 Jarred Jordan 5  
136 Sergio Hernandez (Incyle-Predator Components) 5  
137 Juan Carlos Nunez Gal 5  
138 David Pinedo (Ellin Cycling Team) 5  
139 Michael Broderick (Kenda/Stans No Tubes) 5  
140 Ryan Cook 5  
141 Garnet Vertican (Bear Valley Bikes) 5  
142 Evan Mcneely (Norco Factory Team) 5  
143 Cody Kaiser (Muscle Milk/Specialized) 5  
144 Stuart Gonzalez (Bear Valley Bikes) 5  
145 Bryan Horsley 5  
146 Connor Bell (Rocktown Racing) 5  
147 William Curtis (Team Santa Cruz-X Fusion) 5  
148 Christopher Kelly (Evergreen Cycling) 5  
149 Cody Cupp 5  
150 Bryson Perry (Dna Cycling) 5  
151 Anibal Valadez (Ellin Cycling Team) 5  
152 Miguel Ramos (Bh/Smith Optics) 5