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Luke Keough repeats sprint win over McNicholas

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Luke Keough timed his move perfectly for his 4th CSI victory.

Luke Keough timed his move perfectly for his 4th CSI victory.
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The U23 and Elite Series leader Luke Keough

The U23 and Elite Series leader Luke Keough
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The leaders' group heads up the climb while the chasers are still in the S-Turns at the bottom

The leaders' group heads up the climb while the chasers are still in the S-Turns at the bottom
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The Elite men chasing McNicholas at the start

The Elite men chasing McNicholas at the start
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Luke “Skywalker” Keough takes down the Evil Empire again

Luke “Skywalker” Keough takes down the Evil Empire again
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With the sun setting the leaders head up the climb with Myerson dangling off the back

With the sun setting the leaders head up the climb with Myerson dangling off the back
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Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) seemed to have a slight problem getting out of the sand on the last lap

Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) seemed to have a slight problem getting out of the sand on the last lap
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The leaders zig zag around the infield with two laps to go

The leaders zig zag around the infield with two laps to go
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Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) probably had his best 'cross race as a pro

Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) probably had his best 'cross race as a pro
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A chase group formed behind the leaders

A chase group formed behind the leaders
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The leaders had little trouble with the only steep climb

The leaders had little trouble with the only steep climb
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Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) leading Townsend and Lindine

Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) leading Townsend and Lindine
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Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) set a blistering pace at the front

Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) set a blistering pace at the front
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Having been shut out on Saturday Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) had a determined look about him today

Having been shut out on Saturday Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) had a determined look about him today
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Adam Myerson (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) rode with the leaders until the last lap

Adam Myerson (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) rode with the leaders until the last lap
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Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) went for the win with one lap to go but came up short

Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) went for the win with one lap to go but came up short
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Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund/ NCC) rode with the leaders early but then slipped back in the pack

Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund/ NCC) rode with the leaders early but then slipped back in the pack
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Riders round the gazebo mid-race

Riders round the gazebo mid-race
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Shawn Milne (Essex County Velo) rounding the gazebo

Shawn Milne (Essex County Velo) rounding the gazebo
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Luke Keough (Champion p/b Keough Cyclocross) seemed to never be further back than third

Luke Keough (Champion p/b Keough Cyclocross) seemed to never be further back than third
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Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) leading McNicholas around the gazebo

Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) leading McNicholas around the gazebo
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Luke Keough (Champion p/b Keough Cyclocross) marking McNicholas

Luke Keough (Champion p/b Keough Cyclocross) marking McNicholas
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Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) was smoking the course

Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) was smoking the course
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Keough (Champion Systems) riding the descent

Keough (Champion Systems) riding the descent
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Manny Goguen (BikeReg.com - Joe's Garage) riding to second place in the U-23 competition

Manny Goguen (BikeReg.com - Joe's Garage) riding to second place in the U-23 competition
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It was another pretty autumn day in Massachusetts

It was another pretty autumn day in Massachusetts
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Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) remounting his machine

Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) remounting his machine
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Lukas Muller (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) riding third wheel mid-race

Lukas Muller (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) riding third wheel mid-race
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Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) and Lindine may have had some contact coming into the sand pit for the last time

Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) and Lindine may have had some contact coming into the sand pit for the last time
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Jerome Townsend was racing to win today.

Jerome Townsend was racing to win today.
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Justin Lindine looks through the drop.

Justin Lindine looks through the drop.
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The leaders use a bermed corner.

The leaders use a bermed corner.
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Jerome Townsend was focused through the sand.

Jerome Townsend was focused through the sand.
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Justin Lindine drives out of the sand.

Justin Lindine drives out of the sand.
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Jerome Townsend gets brought back by Justin Lindine.

Jerome Townsend gets brought back by Justin Lindine.
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Luke Keough dragged the three to the leaders.

Luke Keough dragged the three to the leaders.
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Luke Keough gets an interview with Cyclocross Magazine and CyclingDirt after his win.

Luke Keough gets an interview with Cyclocross Magazine and CyclingDirt after his win.
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The U23 Podium (L to R): Manny Goguen, Luke Keough, Jeffrey Bahnson.

The U23 Podium (L to R): Manny Goguen, Luke Keough, Jeffrey Bahnson.
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Dylan McNicholas at the front up the climb.

Dylan McNicholas at the front up the climb.
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Greg Whitney powers through the sand.

Greg Whitney powers through the sand.
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The melee through the dogleg.

The melee through the dogleg.
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Three Richard Sachs riders together on the climb.

Three Richard Sachs riders together on the climb.
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McNicholas drives the pace.

McNicholas drives the pace.
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Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) on the front early.

Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) on the front early.
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Jeremy Durrin leads Adam Myerson.

Jeremy Durrin leads Adam Myerson.
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Lindine blasts through the barriers.

Lindine blasts through the barriers.
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McNicholas on the climb.

McNicholas on the climb.
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The climb.

The climb.
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McNicholas ahead of Lindine.

McNicholas ahead of Lindine.
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Myerson leans through a corner.

Myerson leans through a corner.
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The Elite Podium (L to R): Dylan McNicholas, Luke Keough, Jerome Townsend.

The Elite Podium (L to R): Dylan McNicholas, Luke Keough, Jerome Townsend.
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Luke Keough (Champion System-Keough Cylcocross) secured his second consecutive sprint victory of the weekend at Cycle Smart International Day 2 held at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) placed second in the sprint ahead of Jerome Townsend (SmartStop-MOB-Ridley) in third and Justin Lindine (BikeRed.com-Joe’s Garage)in fourth.

“I had a couple of bobbles early and the race started slower with a bigger group,” Keough told Cyclingnews. “There was some attacking but I stayed patient and played it safe. It came down to a sprint and I had the legs today. Last year I won both days, so it was nice to repeat here and get some results.”

The event marked round six of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclo-cross series. Keough’s double wins moved him into the overall series lead by two points ahead of the previous leader Lindine. The final rounds will take place at the NBX GP1 and GP2 held from December 3-4 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

“It’s exciting and I will be at the last event,” Keough said. “It’s been a good series so far and I would definitely like to cap it off with the overall win.”

“Luke took control of both the Under 23 and Elite series today,” Lindine told Cyclingnews. “I got sixth and fourth this weekend, so his total points ended up being more than mine after this weekend. I plan on going to the last races. It will be tough because Luke is a very good defensive rider and he knows what he has to do to be able to win the series. That puts more pressure than I wanted, but I will still try.”

A strong line up at the Cycle Smart International included Lindine along with Keough, McNicholas, Townsend and Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School). Also on the line was event promoter Adam Myerson (SmartStop-MOB-Ridley), Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund-NCC), Jared Nieters (Haymarket-Seavs Racing) and Josh Dillon (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs).

Race organizers revised the course slightly compared to the previous day with a double sand pit and one less run up. A lead group of top riders formed early in the race that included Lindine, McNicholas, Townsend, Winterberg, Keough and Myerson. Keough, notorious for a strong sprint, made a tactical decision not to work with the group and save his speed for the finish line.

“The race was much different today and I had a better race,” said Lindine who crashed and placed sixth yesterday. “I was able to be more of a factor today. Unfortunately sprinting is not my strong suit. I tried a million times to get away before the last lap. As a result of a lot of attacking it ended up being four of us in the final sprint.”

“Luke was not trying to get away because he can count on being able to win pretty much any sprint,” he said. “McNicholas and I were doing most of the attacking. It was a tactical finish because it was a short piece of pavement for the sprint, so the race for the pavement was in a technical section before the pavement. There was a lot of bumping and fighting for the last couple of corners.”

Myerson and Winterberg fell off pace during the closing laps resulting in a lead group of four riders heading to the finish line in a sprint for the top three places, won by Keough.

Full Results
1Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross1:00:47
2Dylan McNicholas (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:01
3Jerome Townsend (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:00:02
4Justin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.com-Joe's Garage0:00:03
5Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:00:07
6Adam Myerson (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:00:57
7Manny Goguen (USA) BikeReg.com - Joe's Garage0:01:06
8Joshua Dillon (USA) RGM Watches-Richard Sachs
9Christian Favata (USA) RGM Watches - Richard Sachs0:01:13
10Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket-Seavs Racing0:01:18
11Jeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC0:01:21
12Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:01:44
13Shawn Milne (USA) Essex County Velo - Driven by Mazda0:01:57
14Anthony Clark (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC0:02:01
15Matthew O'Keefe (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com
16Daniel Chabanov (USA) RGM Watches-Richard Sachs
17Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:02:02
18Eric Brungger (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:02:16
19Greg Whitney (USA) Ride Studio Café0:02:32
20Lukas Müller (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:02:33
21Synjen Marrocco (USA) Corner Cycle0:02:50
22Colin Reuter (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:02:52
23Thomas Sampson (USA)
24Jesse Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross0:02:58
25Patrick Bradley (USA) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:03:42
26Michael Wissell (USA) B2C2 - Boloco0:03:56
27David Wilcox (USA) Cycle-Smart0:03:58
28John Burns (USA) Burns Racing0:04:24
29Joshua Thornton (USA) GG Events LLC0:04:30
30Donny Green (USA) Cycle-Smart0:04:31
31Stephen Pierce (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:04:32
32Gunnar Bergey (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:04:33
33Zachary Semain (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:05:33
34Adam St. Germain (USA) NBX-Circle A Cycles0:05:54
35Tim Janson (USA) nycross.com0:06:03
36Peter Hagerty (USA) Team Plan C p/b Stevens0:07:02
37Ben Coleman (USA) UVM Cycling0:07:03
38Pierre Vanden Borre (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:07:07
39Ryan Kelly (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:07:41
40Evan Burkhart (USA) BikeReg.com-Cannondale-1lap
41Joshua Friedman (USA) New Haven Bicycling Club/The Devil's Gear Bike Shop
DNFNicholas Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
DNFMichael Rea (USA) UVM Cycling
DNFCary Fridrich (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal
DNFAdam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal
DNFGerald Adasavage (USA) Bicycle Therapy-Melitta
DNFRyan Dewald (USA) Haymarket-Seavs
DNFPatrick Goguen (USA) Team CF
DNFAustin Pferd (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com
DNFKevin Sweeney (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles

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