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Trebon on top in Cincinnati 'cross

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale/ beat out teammate Tim Johnson, in a late race surge, to take the Cincy3 Devou Park race, the first day of racing at the Cincinnati International Cyclocross Festival. Trebon showed he meant business early in the race, grabbing the hole-shot, and then steadily powering his way over the hilly course, past Yannick Eckmann (California Giant-Specialized) and Johnson for his second UCI win of the season.

The hilly course, located across the river from Cincinnati, in Covington, Kentucky, was cited by several riders, including Trebon, Johnson, and Eckmann, as one of the hardest on the U.S. circuit. "I think it's the third or fourth time I've won out here. I like this course, I like this venue," said Trebon after the race. "It's hard, it's really hilly, and it's a good kind of cross racing. I felt comfortable. Some days you are good and some days you are not so good. Today I was good, and I'm glad I could take advantage of it."

Trebon, one of the fastest starters in the peloton, got to the front first and quickly settled in at the head of the race, trading turns pulling the pack with Allen Krugoff (Raleigh-Clement), Johnson, and Eckmann. A small group of seven riders, led by Krugoff and Johnson, emerged from the field and established a small gap after two laps. As the chase group, led by Raleigh-Clement teammates Ben Berden and Jamie Driscoll, were about to make contact with the lead group, Johnson, Eckmann, and Trebon attacked, forming the nucleus of the winning move.

With the race shattered, Trebon and Johnson started to go to work on Eckmann. "Tim attacked and I sat on Yannick," said Trebon. "We were getting caught from behind, and I just figured I could ride a faster pace, so I jumped Yannick on one of the hills and bridged to Tim."

With less than three laps of racing left, it was up to the teammates to battle it out. "I was pretty toast by the time he [Trebon] got up there, to say the least," said Johnson, who had to take a bike swap as Trebon closed in on him. "This kind of course plays to him [Trebon] very well. This is exactly what he likes. Big engine, big motor, big power, this is an ideal course for him."

Trebon rode with Johnson for a lap before powering away and soloing in for the win, while Johnson easily held on for second.

Despite suffering a flat early in the race, Jamie Driscoll, aided by Bed Berden, picked his way through the field to finish third. "I unfortunately did get a flat, and had to ride the back-side of the course with flat," said Driscoll. "Only on a course this slow and challenging can you get a flat and still come back to third place." Ben Berden followed Driscoll in to finish fourth, and Yannick Eckmann held on for fifth place.

Racing continues on Saturday November 2nd at the Cincinnati International Cyclocross Festival as riders head to the Cincy3 Kings Cross After Dark race at Kingswood Park in Mason, Ohio. Elite Women start at 7:00 PM EST and the Elite Men start at 8:10 PM EST.

Full Results
1Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com1:06:40
2Tim Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:33
3James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:01:12
4Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:01:14
5Yannick Eckmann (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:01:56
6Justin Lindine (USA) Redline-NBX0:02:19
7Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:02:43
8Kerry Werner (USA) MOB CX Team0:02:44
9Andrew Dillman (USA) Marian University Cycling0:03:45
10Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro CX Team0:04:04
11Rotem Ishay (Isr) Boo Bikes0:04:14
12Tristan Cowie (USA)0:05:19
13Lewis Gaffney (USA) American Classic Pro CX Team0:05:25
14Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:05:50
15Travis Livermon (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis0:06:09
16Joseph Maloney (USA) KS Energy Services-Team Wisconsin0:06:27
17Tom Burke (USA) Wolverine Sports Club0:06:42
18Joachim Parbo (Den) Cielo-Challenge-Bicyclista0:07:04
19Stephen Bassett (USA)
20Joshua Johnson (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:07:24
21Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:07:48
22Matthew Weeks (USA) WasLabs Cycling0:07:58
23Andrew Reardon (USA) Sophisticated Living-Bob's Red Mill
24Adam York (USA) Wolverine
25Mark Savery (USA) Midwest Cycling Community NE
26Andrew Messer (USA)
27Douglas Ansel (USA) Beverly Bike-Vee Pack
28Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar
29Ryan Gamm (USA)
30Tanner Hurst (USA) Be Real Sports-Grease Monkey
31Anthony Dust (USA) Dogfish Racing Team
32Zachary Carlson (USA) Marian University Cycling
33John Proppe (USA) Lake Effect Racing
34Raymond Smith (USA) Clarksville Schwinn Racing
35Zach Bender (USA) Marian University Cycling
36Jason Mott (USA) BioWheels/Reece-Campbell Racing

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