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Grotts distances WorldTour trio to claim third consecutive Leadville Trail 100 MTB win

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Pro Women's winner Rose Grant atop the podium

Pro Women's winner Rose Grant atop the podium
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Sarah Sturm (Specialized)

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Sarah Sturm (Specialized)

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Grotts gets a head up

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Howard Grotts (Specialized)

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Quinn Simmons shoots away for second

Quinn Simmons shoots away for second
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Quinn Simmons attacks Stetina and Morton to take second

Quinn Simmons attacks Stetina and Morton to take second
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Howard Grotts (Specialized) wins Leadville 100 for the third time

Howard Grotts (Specialized) wins Leadville 100 for the third time
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2018 US MTB national champion Howard Grotts took home his third consecutive win in the Leadville Trail 100 race on Saturday, attacking over the top of the final Powerline climb to put over three minutes into the chase group with three WorldTour riders Lachlan Morton, Alex Howes (EF Education First) and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo).

But it was the 17-year-old phenom Quinn Simmons who won the sprint for second ahead of Morton and Stetina.

Grotts completed the 103-mile race in a blazing fast, six hours, 19 minutes and 18 seconds.

"It just got down to a really small group on Columbine. When I got my gap I figured I just gotta roll with it," Grott said.

"The roadies were great. They know how to work on the flats, too, this time we really kept it rolling better which was nice so you get through it all faster. We didn’t actually save any time, but it definitely felt like it was faster.”

Rose Grant (Stan's No Tubes/Pivot) topped the women's field by over 18 minutes ahead of Sarah Sturm (Specialized), with Colombian Angela Parra in third.

Results

Pro Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized6:19:18
2Quinn Simmons (USA) Lux Cycling0:03:06
3Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First0:03:24
4Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:03:25
5Alex Howes0:07:46
6John Gaston (USA)0:08:53
7Alex Grant (USA)0:08:56
8Todd Wells (USA) Specialied0:09:37
9Luis Mejia (CRC)0:13:09
10Chad Hall (USA) Team California0:21:52
11Jeremiah Bishop0:27:59
12Payson McElveen0:34:30
13Ted King0:36:43
14Bryson Perry0:37:03
15Ricardo Estrada Ramirez0:45:25
16Scott Tietzel0:51:14
17Reid Beloni0:51:29
18Corey Stelljes0:53:22
19Nick Gould0:53:31
20Cristhian Ravelo0:54:03
21Jake Wells0:55:45
22Nicholas Jenkins1:00:49
23Ryan Steers1:04:28
24Jeff Bender1:05:59
25Andrew Clemence1:06:43

Pro Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rose Grant (USA) Stans NoTubes-Pivot7:36:06
2Sarah Sturm (USA) Specialized0:18:17
3Angela Parra (Col)0:19:50
4Nicole Valentine1:47:39
5Stacey Mulligan2:09:24
6Karla Cerna2:26:00
7Nicole Jorgenson2:35:05
8Sofia Chaverri3:49:15
9Cindy Copley4:30:31

 

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