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Haidet wins RenoCross

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Lance Haidet (Donnelly Cycling) wins Reno Cross

Lance Haidet (Donnelly Cycling) wins Reno Cross
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Lance Haidet (Donnelly Cycling) leads the front group

Lance Haidet (Donnelly Cycling) leads the front group
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The men hit the barriers on the first lap

The men hit the barriers on the first lap
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Fans lined up along the barriers to watch the race come through

Fans lined up along the barriers to watch the race come through
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The lead group takes a tight corner

The lead group takes a tight corner
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The men get spread out along tonights course

The men get spread out along tonights course
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One of tonights dustier sections of the course

One of tonights dustier sections of the course
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Dust kicks up from the large mens field

Dust kicks up from the large mens field
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The mens field heads into the first turn

The mens field heads into the first turn
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The men leave the start line

The men leave the start line
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The top 5 in the mens race

The top 5 in the mens race
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Bjorn Selander (Donkey Label) running the barriers

Bjorn Selander (Donkey Label) running the barriers
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Stephan Davoust (Giant) leads Michael Van Den Ham (Garneau-Easton) through the barrier section

Stephan Davoust (Giant) leads Michael Van Den Ham (Garneau-Easton) through the barrier section
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Geoff Kabush (Yeti)

Geoff Kabush (Yeti)
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Riders ride up the steep side of the flyover

Riders ride up the steep side of the flyover
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar)

Troy Wells (Clif Bar)
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Allen Krughoff (Chocolove Specialized)

Allen Krughoff (Chocolove Specialized)
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Michael Van Den Ham (Garneau-Easton)

Michael Van Den Ham (Garneau-Easton)
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Lance Haidet (Donnelly Cycling) won the first UCI C1 cyclo-cross race of his career in RenoCross, attacking out of a leading group with Jamey Driscoll (Pivot Maxxis) and then leaving Driscoll behind to seal the victory. Bjorn Selander (Donkey Label) was third.

"First 'Cross win of the year. First C1 win ever. It feels awesome, I'm quite happy," Haidet said, adding that he is aiming to put in some good performances in the upcoming World Cups in Iowa and Wisconsin and then "Just try to hold the form through Pan Ams and through Nationals."

Haidet and Driscoll made a late move to leave behind a group of 10 riders who separated themselves from the bunch early in the race. The relatively high altitide in Reno turned the race into one of attrition, with riders putting in attacks then dropping back on the slow, windy sections.

"All day, it would get strung out when guys would go hard on the front, and then the slow grass and the headwind would just neutralize it. It was sort of a yo-yo all day," Haidet explained.

"When everyone would swarm, it would definitely get stressful, the fight for position was pretty gnarly sometimes. There were a couple of rubbing of wheels, and I think a couple of guys went down which is a bummer."

The crash came with three laps to go when Allen Krughoff tangled with Anthony Clark, causing Driscoll to lose contact briefly, then having to chase back on.

Driscoll sensed that with now only six riders in the lead group, riders were starting to struggle and he made his move with one lap to go.

"I took the lead a little early but I didn't start going full gas until maybe after the barriers, because I figured that people were less poppy, and if I was suffering, everyone else was also," Driscoll said. "Lance was the only one to stick to my wheel, he was in good position to have the legs and lungs to do it."

Haidet had picked his section of the course early in the race, and when it came to the section he felt best on toward the end of the lap, he made his move.

"I knew that I was riding the last section of the course pretty well, gave it from there to the finish and had just enough. It was good," Haidet said.

Behind, Selander, who had to chase back on after a first-lap crash, missed the winning move but managed to distance the rest of the group to take third.

"Those guys were riding really strong," Selander said of Haidet and Driscoll. "I almost made contact with them right before the finish on the backs tretch, but when you're going full gap and altitude is little, not affecting me too much but it definitely affected a little bit. And then I just held on to the finish.

"I'm happy. I haven't podiumed for a long time. Stoked, really stoked."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lance Haidet (USA)1:00:35
2James Driscoll (USA)0:00:02
3Bjorn Selander (USA)0:00:04
4Michael Van Den Ham (Can)0:00:08
5Anthony Clark (USA)0:00:10
6Stephan Davoust (USA)0:00:13
7Tobin Ortenblad (USA)0:00:24
8Geoff Kabush (Can)0:00:39
9Troy Wells (USA)0:00:48
10Cody Kaiser (USA)0:00:58
11Allen Krughoff (USA)0:01:40
12Carl Decker (USA)0:01:52
13Brannan Fix (USA)0:01:59
14Nicholas Beechan (USA)0:02:06
15Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA)0:02:39
16Tristan Uhl (USA)0:02:43
17Allan Schroeder (USA)0:02:44
18Mark Flis (USA)0:03:13
19Max Judelson (USA)0:03:40
20Benjamin Gomez Villafane (USA)0:04:02
21Jules Goguely (USA)0:04:08
22Molly Cameron (USA)0:04:13
23Russell Stevenson (USA)0:04:21
24Christian Husband (USA)0:04:28
25David Greif (USA)0:04:41
26Mark Severy (USA)0:04:56
27Sawyer Bosch (USA)0:04:58
28Tim Wollenberg (Ger)0:05:06
29Ryan Rinn (USA)0:05:25
30Noah Hayes (USA)0:06:15
31Brendan Lehman (USA)0:06:57
32Justin Thomas (USA)
33William Allen (USA)0:07:06
34Stephen Cochran (USA)0:07:12
35Lucas Strain (USA)0:07:19
36Oleksiy Ukhanov (Ukr)
37Timber Weiss (USA)
38Brad Nelson (USA)
39Aaron Bradford (USA)
40Anastasio Flores (USA)
41John Mundelius (USA)
42Marco Oberteicher (Ger)
43David Mcneal (USA)
44Gannon Myall (USA)
45William Youngman (USA)
46Clinton Claassen (USA)
47Steve Ouzounian (USA)
48Michael Potter (USA)
DNFDean Poshard (USA)
DNFJon Okenfuss (USA)
DNSJeremy Powers (USA)
DNSHector Fernando Riveros Paez (Col)
DNSMatthew Paez (USA)

 

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