Anthony sweeps weekend's races

Jesse Anthony (Cal Giant-Specialized) put a stamp on the Granogue Cross Expo weekend when he won his second consecutive race on Sunday. The New Englander made up a 12 second deficit on the last lap to catch Valentin Scherz (Cyfac-Champion System) and won the two-man sprint to the line.

“It was cool to get a couple of race wins under my belt because I haven’t had any in the last few years,” Anthony said. “I’ve built some confidence and I’m feeling better. It is nice to get back on the podium and feel like I’m back in the mix.”

Scherz seemed to have the race win secured with one lap to go but was caught and passed by Anthony inside the last few hundred metres of the Elite men’s 60-minute race. Justin Lindine ( soloed in for third place.

“If Scherz is disappointed with his race today he shouldn’t be,” Anthony said. “He was so strong today and rode such a great race, a phenomenal race.”

The second day of racing treated the riders to a revised course on the Dupont Family Estate grounds. The circuit boasted the two ascents from the previous day however both climbs received a makeover to include newly taped switch-back sections. Instead of barriers, race organisers used a set of stairs for the riders to contest at the base of the second climb up to the Granogue Tower.

“It was a different course today with a lot of punchy, super slow sections and corners,” Anthony said. “It was choppy and I think it really suited Valentin. I think he rode quite a bit faster today than yesterday.”

Scherz took the hole-shot and lead the opening lap with Anthony and Lindine in tow. Anthony made an acceleration and gain five seconds, forcing Scherz and Lindine chase.

“Scherz held it really close and caught me three laps in,” Anthony said. “I was gassed, so I followed him for one lap and I had to back off. He was riding super strong today and too fast for me. I still had a good gap on Lindine so I put it in damage control and tried not to lose too much time. I backed off on the fourth lap and then settled into a nice rhythm. I wanted to keep Valentin close enough so that if he bobbled or anything I could catch up.”

Scherz lead the race by roughly 15 seconds for the following five laps. However Anthony turned up the chase in the final three laps and closed the gap to Scherz with 300 metres to the finish line.

“On the last lap I went full gas and laid it all on the line in the corners and the technical sections,” Anthony said. “I caught him on the run up at the end of the race. I forced him to lead out the sprint and I couldn’t come around him until 20 metres to go.”


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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jesse Anthony0:57:31
2Valentin Scherz (Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Justin Lindine ( / Joe's Garage / Scott)0:01:50
4Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart)0:02:27
5Adam McGrath (Feedback Sports/Van Dessel Cyclocross)0:02:28
6Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)0:02:31
8Jared Nieters (Haymarket / SEAVS)0:03:12
9Steve Fisher (Rad Racing NW / Hagens Berman LLP)0:03:27
10Weston Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Anthony Grand (Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution)0:04:03
12Bobby Lea (Van Dessel Factory Team)0:04:13
13Peter Bradshaw (Embrocation Cycling Journal)0:04:20
14Stephen Cummings (Haymarket Bicycles / SEAVS)0:04:42
15David Wilcox (PEDROS)0:05:06
16Adam Driscoll (Adventures For the Cure)0:05:45
17Timothy Rugg (Battley Harley-Davidson/Sonoma Restaurant/Teaism)0:05:49
18Michael Mihalik (Freddie Fu Cycling Team)Row 17 - Cell 2
19John Burns ( 18 - Cell 2
20Scott Frederick (Inland Construction)0:06:06
21Shaun Adamson (Cycle-Smart)0:06:19
23Dave Weaver (ALAN North America Cycling Team)0:06:53
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One lap behind
#Rider Name (Country) Team
24Stephen Pierce (Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames)
25Andrew Crooks (NYC Velo)
26Nathanael Wyatt (Carolina Fatz pb Industry Nine)
27Christopher Consorto (Louis Garneau)
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Two laps behind
#Rider Name (Country) Team
28Patrick Bradley (Rutgers University | Raleigh | Kim's Bike Shop)
29Mark Broadwater (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)
30Timothy Brown (Battley Harley-Davidson/Sonoma Restaurant/Teaism)
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Four laps behind
#Rider Name (Country) Team
31Kyle Peppo (Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks)
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Five laps behind
#Rider Name (Country) Team
32Matt Spohn (Cyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks)
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Six laps behind
#Rider Name (Country) Team
33David Sommerville (Cyfac-Champion System P/B Revolution Wheelworks)
DNFJerome Townsend ( / Joe's Garage / Scott)
DNFGreg Wittwer (ALAN North America Cycling Team)
DNFJoseph Dombrowski (Haymarket / SEAVS)
DNFZach Adams (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)
DNFAdam Szczepanski (Wissahickon)
DNSRyan Dewald (Haymarket / SEAVS)
DNSGuillaume Nelessen (Van Dessel Factory Team)
DNSJohn Minturn (AXA Equitable - CRCA)
DNSCallum Ingram (0)
DNSPeter Rubijono (Embrocation Cycling Journal)
DNSKyle Wamsley (BISSELL Pro Cycling)


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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.