Grotts wins Missoula Pro XCT

Ettinger, Wells on podium

Howard Grotts (Specialized) won his second consecutive Missoula XC race, topping US national champion Stephen Ettinger (BMC) and his own teammate Todd Wells by  leaving behind the competition on the final lap.

A deep elite men’s field toed the line for the final event of the day. Keegan Swenson (Cannondale Factory Racing), Grotts, Ettinger, Max Plaxton (Sho-Air Cannondale Factory Racing), Todd Wells and Derek Zandstra (Scott 3 Rox Racing) hit out hard with a fast first lap and separated themselves from the field.

After the initial fireworks died down; Grotts and Ettinger broke off from the lead group to battle the rest of the race for the top spot. Zandstra, Wells and Leandre Bouchard (Cyclone) formed a chase group but never made contact with the leaders again with Plaxton and Swenson fading between the main field and the lead duo.

Grotts left Ettinger behind on the final lap, with the BMC rider holding on for second at 1:20. Wells soloed in for third only 10 seconds ahead of Zandstra.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Howard Grotts1:31:21 
2Stephen Ettinger0:01:20 
3Todd Wells0:02:05 
4Derek Zandstra0:02:15 
5Leandre Bouchard0:02:53 
6Hector Riveros0:03:23 
7Keegan Swenson0:03:25 
8Benjamine Sonntag0:04:23 
9Max Plaxton0:04:30 
10Alex Grant0:04:32 
11Rotem Ishay0:05:49 
12Geoff Kabush0:05:51 
13Russell Finsterwald0:06:58 
14Mitchell Hoke0:07:05 
15Raphael Gagne0:07:19 
16Richard Cypress Gorry0:07:31 
17Spencer Paxson0:08:09 
18Kerry Werner0:08:47 
19Mitchell Bailey0:09:12 
20Evan Mcneely0:09:32 
21Antione Caron0:09:38 
22Justin Lindine0:09:55 
23Sepp Kuss0:10:05 
24Cole Oberman0:10:35 
25Chris Baddick0:10:48 
26Casey Williams0:11:56 
27Troy Wells0:12:16 
28Cameron Jette0:12:29 
29James Driscoll0:12:48 
30Eric Thompson0:13:04 
31Peter Disera0:13:32 
32Menso De Jong0:13:46 
33Payson Mcelveen0:14:00 
34Chris Jackson0:14:14 
35Jason Sager0:14:17 
36Joseph Maloney0:15:03 
37Ernie Watenpaugh0:15:07 
38Adrian Retief  
39Thomas Sampson  
40Jason Siegle  
41Joseph Clemenzi  
42Mathieu Belanger Barrette  
43Kacey Campbell  
44Trevor De Ruise  
45Sam Chovan  
46John Curry  
47Joel Shehan  
48Matthew Turner  
49Elliot Reinecke  
50Kalan Beisel  
51Clint Muhlfeld  
52Craig Wohlschlaeger  
53Kristopher Holden  
54Eliel Anttila  
55Nick Thomas  
56Ben Parsons  
57Keith Omundson  


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