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Anthony claims gruelling Granogue Cross

Jesse Anthony (Cal Giant-Specialized) soloed to his first UCI win of the season at the Granogue Cross Expo held in Wilmington, Delaware. Justin Lindine (Bikereg.com) won a two-man sprint to the line for second place ahead of Adam McGrath (Feedback-VanDessel) in third.

“This is the first time I felt like a real bike racer this cross season,” said Anthony who recently completed in a lengthy road racing season. “I wasn’t planning on racing here this weekend because I was feeling tired. I took last weekend off and felt recovered enough in training to try to get a few more UCI points here. It is such a great event too.” The Granogue Cross course wrapped its way around the Dupont Estate grounds, offering two days of back-to-back racing on some of the toughest terrain in the country.

“There were lots of hills but it had a few less turns than in the past,” Anthony said. “There was a big hill, off camber corners, lots of woods and that really technical descent after the tower. I was able to ride the barriers going up the hill today and work on my bunny hopping.”

Anthony launched his winning move at the start of the second lap over a steep hill through the wooded single track on the first section of the circuit. He opened his lead further on the pavement leading into the steepest uphill topped by the Granogue Tower.

“Valentin took the hole shot and had a good start,” Anthony said. “He came with me and when we hit the pavement Lindine came with us and there were three of us at the front for a bit. I gave it a bit of gas part way through the second lap. From then on it was go, go go. I settled into a nice rhythm and held it all the way to the end.”

A chase group formed that included McGrath, Lindine and Swizerland’s Valentin Scherz (Cyfac-Champion System), who fell off Anthony’s quick pace in the opening laps. As Anthony rode in for the win, Lindine manoeuvred his way into a second place finish after he outpaced McGrath in a sprint to the line.

“The race seemed to flow really well this year,” Anthony said. “There were faster and more flowing corners and I really liked that because it was using more consistent power. The climbs were tough but I was able to ride them. I like this type of course and it was nice to finally get into a rhythm.”

The Granogue Cross Expo UCI C2 two-day event is a member of the Champion System Mid Atlantic Cyclo-cross (MAC) Series and attracted many of the talented east-coast ‘cross specialists. In previous years, it was a single day race traditionally followed by Wissahickon Cross.

Full Results
1Jesse Anthony (USA) California Giant-Specialized1:02:05
2Justin Lindine (USA) BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage / Scott0:01:25
3Adam Mcgrath (USA) Feedback Sports-Van Dessel0:01:37
4Valentin Scherz (Swi) Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks0:02:01
5Joe Dombroski (USA) Haymarket Bicycles-SEAVS0:02:13
6Weston Schempf (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:02:57
7Jerome Townsend (USA) BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage / Scott0:03:16
8Steve Fisher (USA) Rad Racing Nw-Hagens Berman Llp0:03:17
9Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket Bicycles-SEAVS0:03:19
10Joshua Dillon (USA) Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix0:03:40
11Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:03:41
12Adam Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart0:03:55
13Peter Bradshaw (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy0:04:27
14Greg Wittwer (USA) ALAN North America Cycling Team0:05:11
15Stephen Cummings (USA) Haymarket Bicycles-SEAVS0:06:06
16David Wilcox (USA) Pedro's Grassroots Cycling Club0:06:14
17Shaun Adamson (Can) Cycle-Smart0:06:37
18Michael Mihalik (USA) Freddie Fu Cycling Team
19Mark Broadwater (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
20John Burns (USA) Bikeman.com
21David Weaver (USA) ALAN North America Cycling Team
22Nathan Wyatt (USA) Carolina Fatz p/b Industry Nine
23Cary Fridrich (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
24Matt Spohn (USA) Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks
25Patrick Bradley (USA) Rutgers University-Raleigh-Kim's Bike Shop
26Zachary Adams (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
27Christopher Consorto (USA) Louis Garneau-Team TBB
28Andrew Crooks (USA) NYC Velo
29Stephen Pierce (USA) Cambridge Bicycle-Igleheart Frames
30Kyle Peppo (USA) Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks
31Callum Ingram (USA)
32Adam Szczepanski (USA) Wissahickon

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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