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Keough claims close win over McNicholas

Luke Keough (Champion System-Keough Cyclocross) nabbed a sprint victory at the UCI C2 Cycle Smart International held at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. He out-paced his two all-race breakaway companions Dylan McNicholas ( in second and Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) in third.

“It was nice to repeat,” Keough said. “It was a fast race but groups were selected right away, the three of us got away and we ended up in a sprint. For me, it was best to wait for the sprint. I took it from the last rider and won.”

The event marked round five of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclo-cross Series that is currently led by Justin Lindine (’s Garage). Lindine has dominated the New England and Mid-Atlantic cyclo-cross scenes this season. However, an untimely crash at the beginning of the race took him out of contention for the win.

Look Park’s terrain offered a perfect combination of hills, wooded single track and open grass sections. Some of the main features of the course included two steep run-ups, dual descents, a set of hurdles and rail road tracks.

“We used a steep run up in the woods and it was a great course, fast and dry which was perfect,” Keough said. “I was surprised there was not more snow, it dried up and was sunny all day.”

It was reported that Lindine slid out at the start and was forced to do much of the chasing but could not recover the time he lost to the race leaders. Keough, McNicholas and Winterberg separated themselves from the rest of the field early in the race and put forth a tactical battle to the finish line.

“I didn’t need to push it or attack during the race or anything,” Keough said. “I was confident sitting there and waiting for a sprint. The other two tried to attack me and they didn’t want it to come down to a sprint. I just tried to cover each one of them.”


Full results

1Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross1:01:00
2Dylan McNicholas (USA)
3Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:00:03
4Jeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC0:00:23
5Jerome Townsend (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:00:25
6Justin Lindine (USA)'s Garage0:00:26
7Adam Myerson (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:01:21
8Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket-Seavs Racing0:01:50
9Joshua Dillon (USA) RGM Watches-Richard Sachs
10Daniel Chabanov (USA) RGM Watches-Richard Sachs0:01:54
11Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
12Christian Favata (USA) RGM Watches - Richard Sachs0:01:55
13Anthony Clark (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC
14Ryan Dewald (USA) Haymarket-Seavs0:02:25
15Patrick Bradley (USA) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:02:26
16Lukas Müller (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:02:41
17Greg Whitney (USA) Ride Studio Café
18Synjen Marrocco (USA) Corner Cycle0:02:42
19Shawn Milne (USA) Essex County Velo - Driven by Mazda0:03:13
20David Wilcox (USA) Cycle-Smart0:03:18
21Colin Reuter (USA) p/b JRA Cycles0:03:32
22Bobby Bailey (USA) 1K2GO Sports0:03:33
23Manny Goguen (USA) - Joe's Garage0:03:42
24Kevin Sweeney (USA) p/b JRA Cycles0:04:06
25Jesse Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross0:04:15
26Michael Wissell (USA) B2C2 - Boloco0:04:28
27Thomas Sampson (USA)0:04:45
28Joshua Thornton (USA) GG Events LLC0:04:51
29Donny Green (USA) Cycle-Smart0:05:12
30Tim Janson (USA) nycross.com0:05:18
31Stephen Pierce (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:05:19
32John Burns (USA) Burns Racing0:05:20
33Austin Pferd (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:05:28
34Hunter Pronovost (USA) Cheshire Cycle Racing - CyclistsAreNotRockstars.com0:05:32
35Adam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal
36Cary Fridrich (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:05:35
37Zachary Semain (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:07:23
38Richard Bardwell (USA) Cycle-Smart0:07:25
39Ryan Kelly (USA) p/b JRA Cycles0:07:51
40Peter Hagerty (USA) Team Plan C p/b Stevens0:07:58
41Pierre Vanden Borre (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:08:01
42Michael Rea (USA) UVM Cycling-1lap
43Gunnar Bergey (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes-2laps
DNFCorey Collier (USA) Light Gives Heat-World Bicycle Relief-BOO
DNFEvan Burkhart (USA)
DNFAdam St. Germain (USA) NBX-Circle A Cycles
DNFBen Coleman (USA) UVM Cycling
DNFEric Brungger (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School
DNFLeonardo Sandoval (USA)
DNFMatthew O'Keefe (USA)
DNFNicholas Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
DNSPatrick Goguen (USA) Team CF
DNSJeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team

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