Wellens ousts Page once more in Sun Prairie

Former double world champion Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) ended his US cyclo-cross campaign with a convincing victory at the Planet Bike Cup day two, round two of the Exergy Cyclo-cross US Gran Prix in Sun Prairie. The Belgian ‘cross specialist' soloed to victory ahead of Jonathan Page (Planet Bike-Blue) in second and Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) in third.

"Wellens wasn’t feeling well at the beginning but I wanted to stay with him and Peeters and stay out of trouble from the very beginning," Page told Cyclingnews. "These are Wellens’ kind of condition so it is no surprise that he won. He was just that much better than both me and Ryan."

"I’m happy with second," he said. "Family and friends were out cheering and the people from Planet Bike. It was nice to be here in front of all of Madison, it is a great cycling community."

Wellens took the series lead following his victory ahead of previous day’s winner Trebon. However, he will not be contending the remaining events at the New Belgium Cup in Fort Collins, Derby City Cup in Louisville and Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend.

Cold, rain and mud gives Wellens the advantage in Sun Prairie

Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) took the hole shot onto the sloppy grass section at the start of the race. The Belgian was followed by Jonathan Page (Planet Bike-Blue) along with teammates Christian Heule, Jamey Driscol and Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) and Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), among others.

Wellens quickly moved into the race lead following a solo attack with four laps to go. His small but quick steps on the slick run up gave him an advantage over his competitors and he gained several more seconds ahead of chasers Trebon and Peeters.

Peeters was in a good position, with a teammate off the front, and forced Trebon to do much of the chasing. However, Trebon displayed his strength and managed to gain some time ahead of Peeters in pursuit of Wellens.

Peeters eventually fell off pace and was soon joined by chasers Page and Heule. Driscoll rode through the thick mud slightly further back in sixth position.

Page showed his strength in the mud and worked his way to the front of the chase group in pursuit of Wellens. The American was followed by rival Trebon. "It was drizzly during the race," Page said. "It made the course more wet and muddy."

The rain fell harder as the race progressed creating think, soupy mud sections and forcing riders into the mechanic’s pit twice per lap.

Noticeably absent from the last half of the race was Johnson, who pulled out following a crashing during the closing laps.

Wellens passed through the start-finish line with two laps to go and a 15 second gap ahead of the pair of chasers Trebon and Page. Trebon opened a small lead to Page through some of the muddy corners and powerful straightaways, riding in second place.

Wellens increased his lead to roughly 30 seconds on the final lap and looked to have the race win sewn up, barring crashes or mechanicals. The race for second place heated up between Trebon and Page who rode several seconds apart for much of the last lap.

On the last lap, Page took a clean bike and managed to maneuver passed Trebon for second place. Trebon slid out on the final run in to the finish line.

"I switched a bike and had a fresh set of tires," Page said. "I caught up and just kept the pressure on him. It was either him or I that was going to slide out at some point in the last off camber corners before the finish, and it was him. That was it really."

Riding in the top ten positions were Peeters, Heule, Driscoll, Powers, Troy Wells (Clif Bar) and Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) and Zac McDonald (Rapha-Focus).

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Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:59:42
2Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike/Blue Bicycles0:00:15
3Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS0:00:27
4Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:49
5Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c0:01:01
6James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c0:01:45
7Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale - Stoemper0:02:25
8Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis / Rocky Mountain0:02:32
9Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha/Focus0:02:51
10Troy Wells (USA) Team CLIF BAR0:03:01
11Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha/Focus0:03:05
12Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi/Shimano0:03:06
13Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder / Clif Bar0:04:02
14Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross0:04:56
15Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue B0:06:02
16Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Sp0:06:19
17Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:06:24
18Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Sp0:06:55
19Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:07:02
20Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Sp0:07:23
21Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) DCM-GB vorselaar0:07:33
22Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross0:07:46
23Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX/Fuji by Challenge Tire0:08:14
-1 LAPMitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif BarRow 23 - Cell 2
-2 LAPBradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeRow 24 - Cell 2
-2 LAPBryan Fawley (USA) ORBEA USARow 25 - Cell 2
-2 LAPMark Batty (Can) SpiderTech Powered By C10Row 26 - Cell 2
-2 LAPRyan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill CyclocrossRow 27 - Cell 2
-2 LAPSteve Tilford (USA) TradeWind Energy/Eriksen CyclesRow 28 - Cell 2
-2 LAPJoseph Schmalz (USA) KCCXRow 29 - Cell 2
-2 LAPIsaac Neff (USA)Row 30 - Cell 2
-2 LAPTravis Woodruff (USA) Trek-Boulder/MomentumEndurance.Row 31 - Cell 2
-2 LAPMike Sherer (USA) The Pony ShopRow 32 - Cell 2
-2 LAPTim Allen (USA) Feedback SportsRow 33 - Cell 2
-2 LAPPeter Glassford (Can) Trek CanadaRow 34 - Cell 2
-2 LAPJacob Lasley (USA) Team SoundponyRow 35 - Cell 2
-3 LAPMolly Cameron (USA) Metafilter-Portland Bicycle StuRow 36 - Cell 2
-3 LAPJay Strothman (USA) Rokkit racingRow 37 - Cell 2
-3 LAPJosh Johnson (USA) BikeReg.comRow 38 - Cell 2
-3 LAPMark Parmelee (USA) CycletherapyRow 39 - Cell 2
-3 LAPAdam Morka (Can) Trek CanadaRow 40 - Cell 2
-3 LAPMichael Hemme (USA) CHICAGO.CXRow 41 - Cell 2
-3 LAPEric Wondergem (USA) Hup UnitedRow 42 - Cell 2
-3 LAPAndrew Reardon (USA) Bob's Red Mill CyclocrossRow 43 - Cell 2
-3 LAPDaniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines/ACFSTORES.COMRow 44 - Cell 2
-3 LAPJeremiah Gantzer (USA) Double I CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
-4 LAPAdam Mills (USA)Row 46 - Cell 2
-4 LAPChris Mackay (USA) RealCyclist.comRow 47 - Cell 2
-4 LAPThomson Remo (USA) Team Wheel & SprocketRow 48 - Cell 2
-4 LAPRussell Stevenson (USA) RaleighRow 49 - Cell 2
-5 LAPSpencer Haugh (USA) Behind Bars/LGRRow 50 - Cell 2
DNFBrad Cole (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
DNFTimothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.cRow 52 - Cell 2
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Overall Results for USGP Series
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team)90pts
2Ryan Trebon (LTS)84Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rob Peeters (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team)60Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jonathan Page (Planet Bike/Blue Bicycles)50Row 3 - Cell 3
5James Driscoll (Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c)49Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jeremy Powers (Rapha/Focus)48Row 5 - Cell 3
7Christian Heule (Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c)43Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Clement)40Row 7 - Cell 3
9Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis / Rocky Mountain)31Row 8 - Cell 3
10Timothy Johnson (Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c)23Row 9 - Cell 3
11Troy Wells (Team CLIF BAR)21Row 10 - Cell 3
12Brian Matter (Gear Grinder / Clif Bar)20Row 11 - Cell 3
13Yannick Eckmann (Pearlizumi/Shimano)13Row 12 - Cell 3
14Zach Mcdonald (Rapha/Focus)10Row 13 - Cell 3
15Mark Batty (SpiderTech Powered By C10)8Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jake Wells (Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross)7Row 15 - Cell 3
17Bradley White (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Te)7Row 16 - Cell 3
18Tristan Schouten (Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue B)6Row 17 - Cell 3
19Mitchell Hoke (Team Clif Bar)6Row 18 - Cell 3
20Nicholas Weighall (California Giant Berry Farms/Sp)5Row 19 - Cell 3


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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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