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September 11/14 11:23 am - Cross Vegas report and results

Posted by Editoress on 09/11/14

Belgian Champion Sven Nys claimed back-to-back victory at the Clif Bar CrossVegas on Wednesday evening. An enthusiastic crowd cheered as the 2013 World Champion accelerated away from a select lead group on the final lap. Dutch Champion Lars van der Haar, a three-time competitor at CrossVegas and winner of the 2011 edition was second. American Champion Jeremy Powers rounded off the podium.

“It was a tactical race. I wanted to wait until the last two or three laps before the end to do something special. A big group in the front [of the race] and it was always waiting, waiting but I felt myself really strong the whole race. I did a few accelerations to close the gap at the beginning of the race, and then I say okay if I can do this in the last lap, I can win if I don't make any mistakes. It went like I hoped and I'm really happy with a victory here, my second one. It's good for the motivation for the next races in Europe.” Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) stated.

Van der Haar (Shimano-Giant) added, “I know Sven pretty well, I know what he does, I know where he does it so I knew that I had to be in front before the barriers but he was still able to get across. Then he knew where my two worst corners were, and he took advantage of that.”

“I felt good enough to do something tonight, I just didn't know what.” Powers (Rapha-Focus) said. “It's good company to be with. It's a good ride, at this time of the year it's good for me.”

Tactics were at the forefront for the first major event of the cyclocross season. A few solo attacks were attempted in the early laps but no rider was able to stay away for long. Halfway through the race, a select group of 12 riders was at the front, testing and watching each other.

Van der Har explained, “In the middle of the race, I tried to close a gap, I saw that it was pretty easy to close the gap but it took a lot of energy so you had to be careful with your energy. Everyone was taking it a little bit calmer, seeing what everyone was capable of.”

The group shuffled and reformed until Nys put in his attack on the barriers. Powers concluded, “As soon as he went, boom boom over the barriers, he had five seconds. His technique obviously helped him there and then he rode away.”

American Meredith Miller sprinted ahead of Katerina Nash of he Czech Republic and American Champion Katie Compton to win the 2014 Clif Bar CrossVegas presented by Lazer.

“Helen (Wyman) (Kona Factory Racing) started fast,” stated Miller (Noosa Pro Cyclocross Team). “She is a very good starter but I know this race is a race of attrition. I knew that I had to just follow the right wheels. At one point, I had to jump across. Once I did I felt okay. I settled in and took a deep breath. I told myself to just stay with these awesome women.”

“The last sprint was the craziest part of the race. During the pre-ride, I told my friend that at the finish if you are not first you are last. I went into the sprint last. I kept trying to pass Katie. I almost took myself and her out. Being patient was the key because this grass takes it out of you. I waited to the very last minute to sprint.”

“I knew that I did not have the best legs today,” said Compton (Trek Factory Racing). “It’s a tactical race here. I was just waiting for the sprint. The last few turns we were all being aggressive and passing each other. I ended up leading in the last sprint. Meredith came around me like a rocket.”

The trio were joined by current World Mountain Bike Champion, Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), for most of the race. In the last lap Pendrel slipped on the wet grass and was quickly gapped by Miller, Nash, and Compton. She was unable to get back in the lead group. Miller, Nash (Luna Pro Team), and Compton stayed together for a bunch sprint to the finish.


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Results from Cross Vegas, held last night (September 10th) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Elite Women
1 Meredith Miller (USA) Pepper Palace Pro Cycling 40:01
2 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 40:01
3 Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Factory Racing 40:01
4 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 40:23
5 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 40:37
6 Rachel Lloyd (USA) California Giant Cycling 40:50
7 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh Clement 40:57
8 Amanda Nauman (USA) SDG-Bellwether p/b Krema Peanut 41:03
9 Erica Zaveta (USA) Amy D Racing 41:08
10 Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Rare Vos / Vandessel / Power Bar 41:14
11 Gabriella Durrin (GBr) Neon Velo Cycling Team 41:15
12 Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team 41:25
13 Courtenay McFadden (USA) Gecapital/American Classic 41:37
14 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Factory Off Road Team 41:48
15 Elle Anderson (USA) California Giant Cycling 41:54
16 Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) Luna Pro Team 41:56
17 Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Rapha-Focus 42:09
18 Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies 42:17
19 Jessica Cutler (USA) Fcs|Cycling: P/B Zngine + Mr. 42:25
20 Arley Kemmerer (USA) Pb2 Pro Cycling 42:35
21 Mical Dyck (Can) Stans NoTubes 43:02
22 Nina Baum (USA) Stan's NoTubes 43:06
23 Emily Kachorek (USA) Squid 43:08
24 Carolina Gimez (Arg) Vanderkitten Cx 43:50
25 Andi Zolton (USA) Nemesis Racing 44:16
26 Kristin Weber (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport 44:26
27 Diane Lee (GBr) 44:30
28 Sofia Gomez Villafane (USA) Ft Lewis Cycling 44:45
29 Beth Ann Orton (USA) Team S&M/Sellwood Cycle Repair 45:00
30 Rebecca Gross (USA) Vanderkitten Cx 45:16
31 Nicole Brandt (USA) Michelob Ultra - La Grange +21 45:22
32 Katie Arnold (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling Tea 45:43
33 Vicki Barclay (GBr) Stan's NoTubes 45:52
34 Suzie Godart (Lux) Team Differdange-Losch 46:04
35 Rachel Dobrozsi (USA) Red Zone Elite 46:08
36 Heidi Wood (USA) 333Fab CX Factory Team 46:14
37 Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback 46:20
38 Karen Hogan (USA) Team Kappius 47:08
39 Liz Barcheck (USA) Team Small Batch 47:08
40 Katherine Santos (USA) Red Zone Elite 47:18
41 Michelle Khare (USA) Dartmouth 47:19
42 Mackenzie Green (USA) Red Zone Elite 47:32
43 Julie Hunter (USA) Seavs/Haymarket p/b Van Dessel 47:55
44 Natalie Koncz (USA) Nemesis Racing 48:07
45 Meghan Korol (USA) Don Walker Cycles Racing 48:29
46 Jennifer Nordhem (USA) Hudson Furniture/Cycling Cross - 1 Lap
47 Shane Ferro (USA) Rockstar Games/Signature Cycles - 1 Lap
48 Kelly Chang (USA) Voler/Hrs/Stevens Creek BMW/Roc - 1 Lap
49 Gemma Kernich (Aus) Focus Bikes Australia/Port Adelaide - 2 Laps
50 Stace Cooper (USA) - 2 Laps
51 Sarah Lukas (USA) Quantum Mesa Cycles - 4 Laps
DNF Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona
DNF Ally Stacher (USA) Ally'S Bar
DNF Jenna Blandford (USA) Vo2
DNS Amy Bradley (Aus)
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-AA Drinks 1:03:17
2 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Development Team Giant-Shimano 1:03:21
3 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha Focus 1:03:29
4 Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 1:03:34
5 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Crelan-AA Drinks 1:03:36
6 Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 1:03:47
7 Allen Krughoff (USA) Noosa Professional Cyclocross 1:03:51
8 Shawn Milne (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport/ Yoga Glo 1:03:53
9 Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh Clement 1:03:53
10 Cameron Dodge (USA) Pure Energy/Scott Bikes 1:03:55
11 James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh Clement 1:03:59
12 Adam Craig (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 1:04:14
13 Jake Wells (USA) Stans NoTubes 1:04:26
14 Simon Zahner (Sui) EKZ Racing Team 1:04:31
15 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team 1:04:43
16 Jonathan Page (USA) Fuji/Spy 1:04:55
17 Lukas Winterberg (Sui) Mueller Landscaping / BH Bicycles 1:05:05
18 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 1:05:34
19 Craig Richey (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 1:05:38
20 Marcel Wildhaber (Sui) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team 1:05:38
21 Anthony Clark (USA) Jam/Ncc Squid Bikes 1:05:39
22 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b 1:06:05
23 Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott 3Rox Racing 1:06:12
24 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 1:06:12
25 Justin Lindine (USA) Redline / NBX 1:06:15
26 Mitchell Hoke (USA) The Pro'S Closet Cx 1:06:21
27 Jacob Sitler (USA) Seavs/Haymarket p/b Van Dessel 1:06:27
28 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 1:06:36
29 Lewis Gaffney (USA) American Classic Raleigh Pro CX 1:07:05
30 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Neon Velo Cycling Team 1:07:06
31 Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Team Clif Bar 1:07:19
32 Zach Mcdonald (USA) KCCX Elite Cyclocross Team
33 Kerry Werner (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:08:02
34 Adam Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart 1:08:02
35 Thomas Turner (USA) Team Jamis 1:08:02
36 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 1:08:31
37 Elliot Reinecke (USA) Focus Bikes 1:08:43
38 Cody Kaiser (USA) Langetwins/Specialized 1:08:56
39 Michael van den Ham (Can) Trek Red Truck P/B Mosaic Homes 1:09:55
40 Joshua Johnson (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 1:10:11
41 Tobin Ortenblad (USA) California Giant Berry Farms
42 Christopher Aitken (Aus) Focus Bikes Australia -2 Laps
43 Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross -2 Laps
44 Jared Nieters (USA) Seavs/Haymarket p/b Van Dessel -2 Laps
45 Garry Millburn (Aus) Attaquer -2 Laps
46 Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing -2 Laps
47 Mark McConnell (Can) Synergy Racing p/b Sri Importing -3 Laps
48 Tyler Coplea (USA) Velo Vie/ Hammer Nutrition -3 Laps
49 Brady Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar -3 Laps
50 Tom Chapman (Aus) Focus Bikes Australia -4 Laps
51 Jade Lean (Aus) Focus Bikes Australia CX Team -5 Laps
52 Alex Ryan (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team -5 Laps
53 Sean Dunlea (GBr) Neon Velo Cycling Team -5 Laps
DNF Mike Garrigan (Can) Van Dessel
DNF Hugo Robinson (GBr) Neon Velo Cycling Team



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