Nash Wins Again while Wellens Crushes at Day Two of the Exergy USGP of Cyclocross p/b Greenware
(September 25, 2011) Sun Prairie, WI. After a dry, fast conditions kicked off the first day of racing at the Exergy US Grand Prix of Cyclocross presented by Greenware, day two of the Planet Bike Cup brought a decidedly different day of racing, as heavy rains fell over Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, creating muddy conditions that would become a major factor in the elite races late in the day.
After a full day of amateur racing in heavy rain, the women were the first elite group to take to the course, just as clouds began to clear and the sun came out. French champion Caroline Mani took the Avid Shorty Ultimate Holeshot off of the line, but the Luna Chix duo of day one winner Katerina Nash and teammate Georgia Gould quickly moved to the front to control the race.
Just one lap in, Nash had pulled away from the rest of the field, with Gould riding alone behind her, keeping a close eye on the hard charging field. The muddy conditions caused the field to string out, as Nicole Duke ( Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) found herself alone in third with two laps to go.
Neither Duke nor Gould would be able to close the gaps, leaving Nash to solo to victory, with Gould coming in second and Duke in third. With back to back victories at the Planet Bike Cup, Nash wears the Exergy leader's jersey as the series moves to Fort Collins for the New Belgium Cup on October 8-9.
As the men took to the course, the Belgian duo of Bart Wellens and Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) quickly made themselves at home on the front, with Peeters taking the Avid Shorty Ultimate Holeshot before being joined on the front by Wellens, leaving the chase group that included Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt), Jonathan Page (Planet Bike/Blue Bicycles), and Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com teammates Christian Heule and Jamie Driscoll.
As Peeters faded, only Trebon and Page were able to give chase to Wellens while he continued to put time into the American duo. With both bike and body covered in mud, Wellens soloed to victory, leaving Trebon and Page to battle for the second spot on the podium. After a late race bobble by Trebon, Page made his move on the final lap, securing second place while Trebon, yesterday's winner, would have to settle for third. His victory today put Wellens in the Series Leader's JerseyTop Ten Women:
- Katerina Nash, LUNA
- Georgia Gould, LUN
- Nicole Duke, Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com
- Mo Bruno Roy, Bob's Red Mill
- Caroline Mani
- Kathy Sherwin, Stan's No Tubes Elite Cylcocross
- Meredith Miller, California Giant Cycling
- Kaitlin Antonneau, Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com
- Pepper Harlton, Juventus Cycling Club
- Teal Stetson-Lee, California Giant Cycling
Series Leader: Katerina Nash
AVID Shorty Ultimate Holeshot: Caroline Mani
Top Ten Men:
- Bart Wellens, Telenet-Fidea
- Jonathan Page, Planet Bike / Blue Bicycles
- Ryan Trebon, LTS
- Rob Peeters, Telenet-Fidea
- Christian Heule, Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com
- Jamey Driscoll, Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com
- Ben Berden, Ops Ale- Stoemper
- Geoff Kabush, Team Maxxis / Rocky Mountain
- Jeremy Powers, Rapha-Focus
- Troy Wells, CLIF Bar
Series Leader: Bart Wellens
AVID Shorty Ultimate Holeshot: Rob Peeters
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