Fluckiger wins second round of Trek USGP

Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Cycling) left the first day of the Planet Bike Cup knowing it was a race he could win. On the second day of racing Flückiger took an early lead and went head to head with Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) for the next 10 laps before taking his first US cyclo-cross victory. Trebon comfortably held on for second place, while Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) chased back on for third after a frustrating race, which required multiple visits to the pit in an attempt to dial in his tire pressure.

"It was a bit faster than yesterday," said Flückiger who was assailed by mistakes and mechanicals on Day 1. "It’s cool to always have a second chance in the US races. If it’s not working, you have a second chance on Sunday so I like it."

The dry Wisconsin summer provided a dry, slippery, bumpy course giving many riders, including second place Trebon, additional factors to contend with. "I was managing how my back felt, those last four laps," said Trebon who started to feel the impact of the course midway through the race on Saturday. "He [Flückiger] was making some small mistakes on the more grassy field turns, but he was ripping in through the woods. He’s got good skills, and just had a little bit more left in the tank than me at the end."

Powers took the hole shot at the start but quickly fell behind Flückiger and Page who led the early laps of the race. Page eventually faded back, but Flückiger pressed on and was joined by Trebon. The two would trade pulls for the next six laps testing each other’s skills and fitness across the Wisconsin prairie. Flückiger’s gains in the woods and technical areas were offset by Trebon’s flawless navigation on the grass and power sections.

The lead duo was chased by a splintered group of riders, which included Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus), Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), Page and Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cylcocrossworld). Jones looked especially strong as he chased from the third position and at one point threatened to close the gap on the lead pair bringing the gap down under 10 seconds. Jones started to tire in the closing laps of the race just as his teammate Jeremy Powers started to come on strong.

Powers, the previous day's winner, ran into difficulty early in the race as he attempted to dial in his tire pressure lap after lap. After several bike changes the pit crew discovered a faulty pressure gauge and gave Powers a tire manually inflated to 27 psi enabling him to start clocking faster lap times. "It’s the third day where we have had the mechanics, and it's only the fifth day of our season," said Powers after the race "To have something go wrong now like the mechanical issue with the pressure is going to get fixed and won't be a problem from here on out. We move forward from here. Third is still a nice 'consolation prize' if you will."

Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) overcame recent illness to take the U23 race over Yanni Eckmann (Cal Giant Cycling) and Evan McNeely (Specialized Canada.)

Flückiger will head back to Switzerland for a short break while the rest of the US cyclo-cross peloton descends on Gloucester, Massachusetts for the famed "New England Nationals."

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Full Results
1Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:59:54
2Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:09
3Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus0:00:21
4Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus0:00:38
5Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:01
6Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:01:15
7James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:17
8Jonathan Page (USA)0:01:56
9Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder0:02:05
10Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus0:02:14
11Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:02:21
12Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada0:02:23
13Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:32
14Matt Shriver (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:02:55
15Bryan Fawley (USA) Dallas Bike Works0:03:14
16Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo0:03:23
17Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes0:03:40
18Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar0:03:44
19Jake Wells (USA) No Tubes Elite Cross Team0:03:47
20Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team0:03:53
21Bradley White (USA) Moms in Tow Cyclocross0:03:55
22Isaac Neff (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:03:57
23Kevin Fish (USA) Super Squadra0:04:04
24Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony0:04:14
25Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Ritte Elite U23 Development Team0:04:19
26Shawn Milne (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:04:32
27Corey Stelljes (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:04:33
28Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:04:39
29Andy Reardon (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team0:04:47
30Mark Savery (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:04:56
31Sven Baumann (Ger) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:05:02
32Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt0:05:16
33Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:05:24
34Chad Hartley (USA) Kenda 5-hour Energy p/b GeargrinderRow 33 - Cell 2
35Will Black (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:05:28
36Paul Mumford (USA) Chicago Cuttin Crew0:05:32
37Craig Faulkner (USA) Crossniacs p/b Wesley0:05:46
38Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar0:05:51
39Joseph Maloney (USA) KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin0:05:59
40Mark Parmelee (USA) Cycletherapy / Specialized Racing0:06:06
41Scott Mclaughlin (USA)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Jason Siegle (USA) SDG/Felt p/b IRT WheelsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Christopher Cruise Bogedin (USA) Wolverine Elite Cyclocross TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Michael Hemme (USA) Rick Ross' Bag O MoneyRow 43 - Cell 2
45Adam York (USA) Cleveland Clinic Sports HealthRow 44 - Cell 2
46Andre Sutton (Can)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverine Racing Elite CXRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jesse Rients (USA) KUHLRow 47 - Cell 2
49Joshua Roeser (USA) Flat City CyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kenny Wehn (USA)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Dallas Fowler (USA) Kuhl MidwestRow 50 - Cell 2
52William Street (USA) Kuhl MTB-CX Team/ Velocity WheelsRow 51 - Cell 2
53Micah Moran (USA) Freewheel BikeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Ray Smith (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55David Reyes (USA) SRAM FactoryRow 54 - Cell 2
56Dan Teaters (USA) RACC p/b GeargrinderRow 55 - Cell 2
57Brandon Cross (USA) Cole SportRow 56 - Cell 2
58Oliver Vrambout (Bel) The Bikery du NordRow 57 - Cell 2
59Luke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Tom Burke (USA) Specialized MichiganRow 59 - Cell 2
61Mitch Nordahl (USA) Team Plan C p/b Challenge TiresRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Klug (USA)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFTroy Wells (USA) Team Clif BarRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFLukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH BikesRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFJeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFAllen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-ClementRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFBjorn Selander (USA)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Ajer (USA) GDVCRow 67 - Cell 2
DNSAnthony Viton (USA) BSM CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
DNSKevin McConnell (USA) Mercy-SpecializedRow 69 - Cell 2
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Elite men overall standings after round 2
1Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing84pts
2Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus84Row 1 - Cell 3
3Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld66Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld63Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus60Row 4 - Cell 3
6Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement49Row 5 - Cell 3
7James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld37Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jonathan Page (USA)37Row 7 - Cell 3
9Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder28Row 8 - Cell 3
10Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada19Row 9 - Cell 3
11Matt Shriver (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective19Row 10 - Cell 3
12Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized17Row 11 - Cell 3
13Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies16Row 12 - Cell 3
14Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus12Row 13 - Cell 3
15Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar9Row 14 - Cell 3
16Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes8Row 15 - Cell 3
17Bryan Fawley (USA) Dallas Bike Works7Row 16 - Cell 3
18Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes6Row 17 - Cell 3
19Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo5Row 18 - Cell 3
20Isaac Neff (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective5Row 19 - Cell 3
21Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar3Row 20 - Cell 3
22Corey Stelljes (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com3Row 21 - Cell 3
23Jake Wells (USA) No Tubes Elite Cross Team2Row 22 - Cell 3
24Shawn Milne (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com2Row 23 - Cell 3
25Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team1Row 24 - Cell 3
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U23 men overall standings after round 2
1Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada84pts
2Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized80Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized60Row 2 - Cell 3
4Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus50Row 3 - Cell 3
5Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverine Racing Elite CX31Row 4 - Cell 3
6Kevin Fish (USA) Super Squadra30Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Ritte Elite U23 Development Team30Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team26Row 7 - Cell 3
9Joseph Maloney (USA) KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin23Row 8 - Cell 3
10Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo23Row 9 - Cell 3
11Mark Parmelee (USA) Cycletherapy / Specialized Racing20Row 10 - Cell 3
12Luke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team20Row 11 - Cell 3
13Adam York (USA) Cleveland Clinic Sports Health17Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jesse Rients (USA) KUHL12Row 13 - Cell 3
15Tom Burke (USA) Specialized Michigan10Row 14 - Cell 3

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