Sarrou wins under 23 men's cross country World Cup in Windham

Jordan Sarrou (BH-Suntour-KMC) won the under 23 men's cross country World Cup in Windham, New York on Sunday. The French rider finished ahead of Anton Cooper (Cannondale Factory Racing) and Grant Ferguson ( Superior Brentjens).

"My race was good, and I took a lot of pleasure in it," said Sarrou to Cyclingnews. This is the first time I've come here to Windham to race."

After Martin Frey of Germany led out the start, Sarrou was all business, quickly moving to the front on the first lap and setting a blistering pace.

Initially, Victor Koretsky (BH-Suntour-KMC) and Cooper went with Sarrou, but Koretsky seemed to blow up and start dropping back through the chasers.

About halfway through lap 2, Sarrou got away from Cooper and both would ride alone in their respective races for the rest of the five-lap race.

Cooper soon found himself in no man's land.

"I was feeling my legs after the first few laps and I thought they would catch me, but then I started to feel better and they didn't catch me. I was able hold them off," said Cooper, who skipped last weekend's World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne after winning the elite men's race at the Commonwealth Games just a few days prior.

Behind Sarrou and Cooper, the race was for third place with Ferguson riding onto the final podium spot.

"There was a group of us. Then we started to split and I managed to get away on the descent," said Ferguson. "Then I just held on for the last lap." The British rider had finished third in a World Cup once before in South Africa earlier this season, thus he equaled his best result to date.

American Howard Grotts (Specialized) put in his second-best U23 World Cup ride to date to finish in fourth place. The course suited him well, and he seemed to get stronger and keep moving up as the laps ticked by.

"I had a good start in the top 10, but pretty quickly two guys got away and I just didn't have it. We had a huge group going for third place - seven of us going for it. We'd be all together, then blow apart, then come back together. I gave it everything I had in the last lap to try to gain a position and especially not to lose a position out there."

Grotts said he enjoyed the course with its big long uphill followed by a long descent. "It's a great course for me - I've always had good races here. They say it's an old school course, but this is what I grew up on racing in Colorado - one big climb and one big descent."

Michiel Van Der Heijden (Giant Pro XC Team) rounded out the top five.

Leandre Bouchard was the top Canadian finisher. "It went well, and I'm very happy to finish eighth. The gaps were close here, which is interesting considering the competitions that are upcoming."

In the World Cup standings, Sarrou leads by 480 points over van der Heijden with 420 points. Koretzky is in third with 274 points.

"I keep the leader's jersey going into the last World Cup, and I'm so happy," said Sarrou, who will race the final World Cup in his home nation of France.

Full Results

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Under 23 men cross country
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC1:13:53
2Anton Cooper (NZl) Cannondale Factory Racing0:00:41
3Grant Ferguson (GBr) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team0:01:00
4Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing XC0:01:15
5Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team0:01:26
6Julian Schelb (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:01:40
7Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Bikes Pro Team0:01:56
8Leandre Bouchard (Can)0:02:04
9Bart De Vocht (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling Team Vzw0:02:15
10Julien Trarieux (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team0:02:30
11James Reid (RSA)0:02:57
12Mitchell Bailey (Can)0:03:11
13Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team0:03:32
14Christian Pfäffle (Ger)0:03:42
15Jan Vastl (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna Specialized Junior MTB Team0:03:49
16Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing0:04:17
17Victor Koretzky (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC0:04:22
18Martin Frey (Ger)0:04:24
19Edvard Vea Iversen (Nor) Team Lillehammer Powered By Sport1 & Scott0:04:40
20Iain Paton (GBr)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Evan Mcneely (Can)0:05:08
22Michael Thompson (GBr)0:05:30
23Alexandre Vialle (Can)0:06:19
24Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:06:34
25Sepp Kuss (USA)0:07:19
26Frantisek Lami (Svk)0:07:43
27Andrey Fonseca (CRc)0:07:53
28Richard Cypress Gorry (USA)0:08:03
29Luke Vrouwenvelder (USA)0:08:09
30Chris Hamilton (Aus)0:09:02
31Didier Bats (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling Team Vzw0:09:34
32Luiz Cocuzzi (Bra)0:09:55
33Steven Noble (Can)0:10:02
34Guy Niv (Isr)0:10:16
35Kjell Van Den Boogert (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:10:36
36Jeroen Van Eck (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:10:42
37Ryan Standish (USA)Row 36 - Cell 2
38José Aurelio Hernandez (Mex)0:10:43
39Michael Sampson (USA)0:11:05
40Toki Sawada (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team0:11:55
41Emmanuel Boily (Can)0:12:03
42Madison Matthews (USA)0:13:17
43Levi Kurlander (USA)0:13:47
44Luis Camacho (CRc)0:14:31
-1lapOmer Shubi (Isr)Row 44 - Cell 2
-1lapMathew Waghorn (NZl)Row 45 - Cell 2
-1lapDavis Bentley (USA)Row 46 - Cell 2
-2lapsAlex Meucci (USA)Row 47 - Cell 2
-4lapsCasey Williams (USA)Row 48 - Cell 2
DNFGregor Raggl (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFJhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)Row 50 - Cell 2
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Under 23 men cross country World Cup standings with one round remaining
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jordan Sarrou (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC480pts
2Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team420Row 1 - Cell 3
3Victor Koretzky (Fra) BH-Suntour-KMC274Row 2 - Cell 3
4Julien Trarieux (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team182Row 3 - Cell 3
5Pablo Rodriguez Guede (Spa) MMR Bikes Pro Team175Row 4 - Cell 3
6Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing XC157Row 5 - Cell 3
7Grant Ferguson (GBr) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team144Row 6 - Cell 3
8Anton Cooper (NZl) Cannondale Factory Racing132Row 7 - Cell 3
9Leandre Bouchard (Can)116Row 8 - Cell 3
10James Reid (RSA)108Row 9 - Cell 3
11Julian Schelb (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team108Row 10 - Cell 3
12Samuel Gaze (NZl)103Row 11 - Cell 3
13Andri Frischknecht (Swi) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team93Row 12 - Cell 3
14Bart De Vocht (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling Team Vzw84Row 13 - Cell 3
15Jan Vastl (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna Specialized Junior MTB Team83Row 14 - Cell 3
16Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing72Row 15 - Cell 3
17Gregor Raggl (Aut) Ötztal Scott Racing Team59Row 16 - Cell 3
18Jeff Luyten (Bel) Versluys Team50Row 17 - Cell 3
19Didier Bats (Bel) Goeman Scott Cycling Team Vzw48Row 18 - Cell 3
20Cameron Ivory (Aus)47Row 19 - Cell 3
21Christian Pfäffle (Ger)45Row 20 - Cell 3
22Evan Mcneely (Can)37Row 21 - Cell 3
23Titouan Carod (Fra) Scott - La Clusaz30Row 22 - Cell 3
24Martin Frey (Ger)30Row 23 - Cell 3
25Mitchell Bailey (Can)25Row 24 - Cell 3
26Michael Crosbie (Aus)25Row 25 - Cell 3
27Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) Jbg - 2 Professional MTB Team22Row 26 - Cell 3
28Craig Oliver (NZl)22Row 27 - Cell 3
29Chris Hamilton (Aus)20Row 28 - Cell 3
30Iain Paton (GBr)19Row 29 - Cell 3
31Marvin Gruget (Fra) Look - Beaumes De Venise18Row 30 - Cell 3
32Kevin Panhuyzen (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team18Row 31 - Cell 3
33Edvard Vea Iversen (Nor) Team Lillehammer Powered By Sport1 & Scott18Row 32 - Cell 3
34Peteris Janevics (Lat) Dpa16Row 33 - Cell 3
35Raphael Gay (Fra) Creuse Oxygene Scott15Row 34 - Cell 3
36Tasman Nankervis (Aus)14Row 35 - Cell 3
37Ben Forbes (Aus)14Row 36 - Cell 3
38Florian Chenaux (Swi)12Row 37 - Cell 3
39Scott Bowden (Aus)12Row 38 - Cell 3
40Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita) Merida Italia Team10Row 39 - Cell 3
41Blake Polverino (Aus)10Row 40 - Cell 3
42Gioele Bertolini (Ita) Merida Italia Team9Row 41 - Cell 3
43Russell Nankervis (Aus)9Row 42 - Cell 3
44Toki Sawada (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team9Row 43 - Cell 3
45Kenta Gallagher (GBr) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team8Row 44 - Cell 3
46Ben Zwiehoff (Ger)8Row 45 - Cell 3
47Jeremy Martin (Can)8Row 46 - Cell 3
48Jhonnatan Botero Villegas (Col)7Row 47 - Cell 3
49Sondre Kristiansen (Nor)7Row 48 - Cell 3
50Arno Du Toit (RSA)7Row 49 - Cell 3
51Alexandre Vialle (Can)7Row 50 - Cell 3
52Ethan Kelly (Aus)6Row 51 - Cell 3
53Guilherme Gotardelo Muller (Bra)5Row 52 - Cell 3
54Steven James (GBr)5Row 53 - Cell 3
55Michael Thompson (GBr)4Row 54 - Cell 3
56Arnis Petersons (Lat)4Row 55 - Cell 3
57Brett Stokman (NZl)4Row 56 - Cell 3
58Gert Heyns (RSA)4Row 57 - Cell 3
59Sepp Kuss (USA)4Row 58 - Cell 3
60Mathew Waghorn (NZl)3Row 59 - Cell 3
61Ulisse Fieschi (Swi) Fischer-Bmc3Row 60 - Cell 3
62Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing2Row 61 - Cell 3
63Kjell Van Den Boogert (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team2Row 62 - Cell 3
64Alexander Meyland (Aus)2Row 63 - Cell 3
65Stefano Valdrighi (Ita) Merida Italia Team1Row 64 - Cell 3
66Robbert De Nijs (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team1Row 65 - Cell 3
67Kyle Ward (Aus)1Row 66 - Cell 3
68Krystof Bogar (Cze) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team1Row 67 - Cell 3


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