DCCX: Werner wins again, Williams dethrones Kemmerer

Midatlantic local Carla Williams (Joe’s Bike Shop) won her first UCI race of the season Sunday at DCCX, and Kerry Werner (Kona) swept the weekend with his second win in as many days.

Williams avoided an early crash on the second lap of the fast, dusty track at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.

“It worked out well for me because I didn’t get caught in the crash and I was able to get around it,” said Williams, who is primarily an endurance mountain bike racer. “I think Arley [Kemmerer] got a little caught up but was able to get around fairly quickly. That’s how we got into the lead of the race.”

Kemmerer, who won Saturday’s DCCX race, bridged up to Williams a lap later. However, the Fearless Femme rider was stymied by mechanical issues.

“I either had a slow leak or I lost air from the heat. My back tire was super low, it was just losing air as the race went on. I thought I could finish with that but it was bad, I was dinging the rim on everything,” said Kemmerer.

Her pit bike also had a mechanical issue, which gave Williams the advantage she needed to win the day. Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel-Atom) finished third behidn Kemmerer.

Women’s top-10 results

  • 1. Carla Williams, JOE’S BIKE SHOP RACING, 45:57
  • 2. Arley Kemmerer, FEARLESS FEMME RACING, 46:39
  • 3. Cassandra Maximenko, VAN DESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITE, 47:03
  • 4. Allison Arensman, J.A. KING P/B BRC, 47:20
  • 5. Jennifer Malik, AMERICAN CLASSIC PRO CX, 47:26
  • 6. Lily Williams, PONY SHOP CX TEAM, 47:37
  • 7. Laura Van Gilder, MELLOW MUSHROOM/VAN DESSEL, 47:44
  • 8. Rachel Rubino, FEARLESS FEMME RACING,47:51
  • 9. Rebecca Gross, ZERO D RACING, 47:58
  • 10. Alexandra Burton, POINT S RACING, 48:08

Elite men’s race

Kerry Werner used DCCX’s sand to escape the lead group in day two. Photo: Bruce Buckley Photo

Werner also had difficulties with his bike on Sunday, but he was able to battle back to win ahead of Squid’s Anthony Clark.

“I flatted, maybe 45 seconds to one minute after the pit,” Werner said. “It could have been a worst time but by the time I got back around to the pit, they had just passed me and I got into the pit so I latched back onto the back of the chase group, and sat in, re-grouped. I could sit back there and watch the guys cracking where they were weak.”

After his mechanical on the fourth lap, Werner attacked with two laps to go.

“Nobody was riding the little u-turns in the sandy section,” he said. “All the other guys in the front group were running it and I knew that their legs wouldn’t feel quite as snappy after that, so they’d run that and then have to run the barriers. I felt this lull and there was a good bit of pedaling after that so I figured I’d capitalize on that section of the course.”

USA Cycling’s ProCX calendar continues October 28 and 39 at the Highland Park Cyclocross in Jamesburg, New Jersey, and the Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival. The Cincinnati race is the third of four weekends in the Sho-Air US Cup-CX series.

Women’s full results

  • 1. Carla Williams, JOE’S BIKE SHOP RACING, 45:57
  • 2. Arley Kemmerer, FEARLESS FEMME RACING, 46:39
  • 3. Cassandra Maximenko, VAN DESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITE, 47:03
  • 4. Allison Arensman, J.A. KING P/B BRC, 47:20
  • 5. Jennifer Malik, AMERICAN CLASSIC PRO CX, 47:26
  • 6. Lily Williams, PONY SHOP CX TEAM, 47:37
  • 7. Laura Van Gilder, MELLOW MUSHROOM/VAN DESSEL, 47:44
  • 8. Rachel Rubino, FEARLESS FEMME RACING,47:51
  • 9. Rebecca Gross, ZERO D RACING, 47:58
  • 10. Alexandra Burton, POINT S RACING, 48:08
  • 11. Brittlee Bowman, HOUSE IND – NOKIA HEALTH – SIMPLEHUMAN, 48:31
  • 12. Julie Hunter, SEAVS/HAYMARKET, 48:43
  • 13. Julie Kuliecza, ALL-CITY/BLACK HAND, 49:00
  • 14. Avanell Scales, XXCX P/B STARLIGHT APPAREL, 49:13
  • 15. Elisabeth Sheldon, CROSSHAIRS CYCLING, 49:16
  • 16. Erica Zaveta, EASTON GARNEAU, 49:42.976
  • 17. Kathryn Cumming, 49:50
  • 18. Victoria Barclay, STAN’S KENDA WOMEN, 50:01
  • 19. Nicole Dorinzi, PRO MOUNTAIN OUTFITTER, 50:09
  • 20. Gabriella Sterne, VANDERKITTEN ENTOURAGE RACING, 50:10
  • 21. Philicia Marion, AMERIAN CLASSIC PRO CX, 50:35
  • 22. Chelsea Weidinger, 51:05
  • 23. Taryn Mudge, FEARLESS FEMME RACING,51:28
  • 24. Alexandra Campbellforte, VANDERKITTEN ENTOURAGE RACING, 52:08
  • 25. Karen Talleymead, SEAVS/HAYMARKET, 52:09
  • 26. Elisabeth Reinkordt, TEAM LASER CATS/LASER CATS FELINE ALL-STARS, 52:41
  • 27. Alex Carlson, CYCLE-SMART, 53:09
  • 28. Lindsey Crifasi, TEAM STICKY FINGERS
  • 29. Barb Blakley, CRCA/KRUISCX
  • 31. Tess Cunningham, PARADISE GARAGE RACING
  • 32. Hannah Bauer, J.A. KING P/B BRC
  • 33. Lisa Jancy

Men’s full results

  • 1. Kerry Werner, KONA FATORY TEAM, 1:01:09
  • 2. Anthony Clark, SQUID BIKES, 1:01:25
  • 3. Tristan Cowie, TRIPLE OAKS RACING, 1:01:26
  • 4. Travis Livermon, MAXXIS SHIMANO, 1:02:21
  • 5. Bjorn Selander, 1:02:51
  • 6. Justin Lindine, APEX/NBX/HYPERTHREADS, 1:02:57
  • 7. Merwin Davis, CYCLE-SMART, 1:03:21
  • 8. Byron Rice, STORM RACING TEAM, 1:03:21
  • 9. Patrick Collins, MINUTEMEN ROAD CLUB, 1:03:50
  • 10. Jordan Snyder, BICYCLEREALTOR/ERO VERGE SPORT, 1:04:12
  • 11. Tyler Cloutier, TRANSITION LIFECARE P/B GARNEAU-EASTON, 1:04:14
  • 12. Kevin Bouchard-Hall, WRENEGADE SPORTS/TEAM PLACID PLANET, 1:05:10
  • 13. Christopher Rabadi, 1:05:10
  • 14. Jordan Villella, CYCLE-SMART, 1:05:23
  • 15. Lucas Livermon, CRANK ARM CYCLING, 1:05:40
  • 16. Thomas Borner, NOVACARE, 1:05:53
  • 17. Jared Nieters, SEAVS/HAYMARKET, 1:06:28
  • 18. Trevor Raab, 1:06:35
  • 19. Andrew Wulfkuhle, 717 CYCLING P/B RSI PANELS, 1:06:36
  • 20. Jeremy Burkhardt, C3-TWENTY 20 BICYCLE CO., 1:07:04
  • 21. Daniel Chabanov, HOUSE IND.-NOKIA HEALTH-SIMPLEHUMAN, 1:07:18
  • 22. Andrew Giniat, PONY SHOP CX TEAM
  • 23. George Schulz, VAN DESSEL FACTORY TEAM
  • 24. Scott Myers
  • 25. Molly Cameron, PORTLAND BICYCLE STUDIO
  • 26. Andrew Loaiza, CYCLEPATH PDX
  • 27. Samuel Kieffer, RED KITE COACHING
  • 28. Andrew Bailey, CYCLEWORKS

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Quick-Step to build sprint train for Gaviria

GUILIN, China (VN) — Team Quick-Step Floors will go to work over the next two months to make sure Fernando Gaviria develops into the strongest sprinter possible in 2018.

The 23-year-old Colombian has in his sights Milano-Sanremo, a debut in the monument cobbled classics, and Tour de France stages. The Belgian WorldTour team, which is losing Marcel Kittel to Katusha-Alpecin for next year, wants to be ready to deliver its improving sprint star to victory.

“We are going to work on the train in December when we meet for our camp and see how we can improve it for Fernando,” sport director Davide Bramati told VeloNews.

“Don’t forget that we signed Elia Viviani. We are going to make men available for him, a lead-out man and men ahead of him. In December we are going to work it all out and make sure they are supported for their goals.”

Bramati saw off his rider for the fifth stage of the Tour of Guangxi on Monday. Gaviria counts 13 wins so far this season with the stage race still running and his last appearance of 2017. The South China race ends Tuesday in Guilin.

Kittel has 14 victories, including five stages in the Tour de France. However, the team lacked enough money in its budget to keep all of its stars going into 2018.

Daniel Martin, who placed sixth in the Tour de France, is leaving for UAE Emirates. Kittel’s signing with Katusha will replace outgoing sprinter Alexander Kristoff on the Swiss-registered team.

Next year, Quick-Step will throw its weight behind Bob Jungels in stage races and Gaviria for the sprints. Italian Elia Viviani will join from Sky to sprint for victories when Gaviria is taking a break or when he’s at other races. Gaviria will skip the Giro d’Italia in 2018, where he won four times this year, and will race the Amgen Tour of California and the Tour de Suisse ahead of the Tour.

Quick-Step is structuring its team to be ready. It signed Kristoff’s long-time helper Michael Morkov and new professional Fabio Jakobsen.

“We are thinking about Fernando’s team, for sure. The last man will be Max Richeze. We’ve hired some men like Morkov, we’ll see where we’re going to fit him in,” Bramati added.

“We will see how the train changes. We’ll work on it this winter. I’ll work on it with sport directors Tom Steels, Wilfried Peeters, and Brian Holm. We’ll see what the best solution is. We also have Fabio Sabatini, who was working for Kittel.”

Gaviria is also working to be ready for what he calls “an important season.” After a short break back in Colombia, he aims to start 2018 stronger with a consistent off-season of training.

“He came to us when he was young, he’s still young, but he’s gaining much experience,” Bramati said. “He’s improved quickly. He’s realized what he’s doing. The 2018 season will be an important year for him.”

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2018 Vuelta likely to start with Málaga TT

We know the Tour de France route for next year, and we also know the 2018 Giro d’Italia will begin with three stages in Israel.

Details of the 2018 Vuelta a España are starting to bubble up, with the official route presentation still months away.

Media reports in Spain suggest the Vuelta will begin with an individual time trial, a first for the Spanish grand tour since 2009.

Since then, the season’s third grand tour has opened with a team time trial. In August, the Vuelta began in Nimes, France, in just its third international start, with a TTT that took in the French city’s most amazing Roman sites.

The Spanish daily Sur reported that the individual time trial in Málaga will kick off the Vuelta on August 25, one week later than usual as much of the 2018 racing calendar is making room for soccer’s World Cup in June and early July.

The course will start in front of the city’s Pompidou museum and will end in the historic city center, the paper reported. The Vuelta’s last individual time trial start came in 2009, with retired star Fabio Cancellara taking the honors in Assen, Netherlands.

The Spanish website Ciclo 21 reports that the Vuelta presentation will be January 13 in Estepona, along Spain’s Costa del Sol.

Other rumors for the route include several stages in Andalucía before sweeping north, with likely stops in the Cantabrian Mountains in Spain’s Basque Country before ending in Madrid.

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California fires cool, but Stetina remains concerned

NONGLA, China (VN) — Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) helps his teammates in the Tour of Guangxi this week in South China, but his thoughts remain with those suffering at home in the California fires.

Stetina climbed off his red Trek bike after stage four, looked at the blood on his elbow from a crash before the summit finish, and shrugged. He took his telephone to call his wife to wish her a happy birthday and, above all, to hear how their neighbors and friends were recovering.

The fires that have swept through Napa and Sonoma Counties over the last two weeks have killed around 42 people. Many remain hospitalized or, like former professional Levi Leipheimer, homeless.

“It was an extreme situation,” Stetina told VeloNews. “You heard helicopters overhead, you heard sirens going up and down the streets, propane tanks blowing up. It sounded like bombs.

“One officer said he saw a horse galloping down the street in a ball of fire. It was like Armageddon. It was really a desperate situation.”

Stetina just returned home from a long European season that included two grand tours, a first for him, as the fires began to burn in earnest. One race, China’s new Tour of Guangxi, remained. Cycling, however, sat low on his list.

“I landed from Europe and while I was on the international flight the fire started. You land and it happens so fast as the entire city had already lost major infrastructure. Luckily, my wife told me that she and the dogs were OK. They were holding the fire line about a mile from our house.”

Stetina would not leave the home at any time without his dogs and any essential items in case fire jumped to his neighborhood and forced residents out.

“It was moving so fast so you don’t know. We went into a holding pattern, having the bags by the door. You couldn’t go anywhere without the dogs or bags because you wouldn’t know if you’d go home.

“We were living hour by hour. You are not sure if you’re going to have a home at any giving moment, so cycling was really the last thing on my mind.”

Even if Stetina wanted to train, he could not because the air quality would cause breathing problems.

“You’d walk outside and just wipe ash off your shirt. You’re not thinking about cycling. All your friends are losing their homes and there’s people burning alive. You are hearing these horror stories.

“I know many people who lost their homes, but no one I know died luckily. We’ve lost 7,000 structures in Sonoma County, around 20% of our city has been evacuated.”

Once the situation somewhat stabilized for Stetina and his wife, he went to Lake Tahoe to train. He told Tek-Segafredo he could attend the final race on the WorldTour calendar, the Tour of Guangxi. The week-long race ends Tuesday.

“It’s a weird feeling. You feel guilty that you go up to the mountains so you can work, breathe good air and train just because I had this race. And you feel guilty that you’re OK and still have your house,” he added.

“I literally decided the morning before my flight to China that it looked like the chances of fire had lessened. It looked like it was safe to leave and my wife was in a safe situation so I had to come back to work. But if we lost our home there was no way I was going to leave my wife and come to China for a race.”

Workers are due to contain the Northern California fires by Wednesday. The race continues in South China, but Stetina wonders how he can help once back on the ground.

“Once the fire is done, the rebuilding starts. In my offseason, I’ll get my hands dirty for sure,” he said.

“Whether it’s fundraising, leading rides, that kind of thing I can do. Being somewhat of a public figure, not a huge one, you can do more by raising awareness and helping fundraise than shoveling debris.”

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Koksijde: van de Poel in a class of his own

After crashing out of the lead group the day before at the Telenet Superprestige in Boom, Belgium, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) demonstrated he is in a class of his own on Sunday. The Dutchman led start to finish, as he did at the first two world cup races, to triumph at the third Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup on Sunday in Koksijde, Belgium.

After riding most of the race alone in second, Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) suffered a mechanical on the penultimate lap, which allowed Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) to bridge to him. He then missed the entrance to pit and turned around on course to go back to the entrance. The move was legal because he had not yet passed the exit of the pit.

Van Aert’s debacle with pitting also allowed Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea) back into the fray.

After seemingly being off the podium, van der Haar was able to bridge to and then attack Sweeck to capture the second position. Van Aert was able to re-pass Sweeck to salvage the podium and finish third.

Top 10

  • 1. Mathieu Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:02:41
  • 2. Lars Van Der Haar, (NED) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:03:20
  • 3. Wout Van Aert, (BEL) CRELAN-CHARLES, 1:03:31
  • 4. Laurens Sweeck, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:03:56
  • 5. David Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:04:10
  • 6. Daan Soete, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:11
  • 7. Quinten Hermans, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:28
  • 8. Michael Vanthourenhout, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:04:41
  • 9. Vincent Baestaens, (BEL), 1:04:53

The third stop of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup visited the hallowed sand dunes of Koksijde. Riders were happy conditions were suitable to race, though it was a bit chilly, as last year a monstrous wind storm whipped-up overnight and made conditions impossible, forcing the organizers to cancel the event.

After the first sand run-up, it appeared a duel may unfold on the dunes of Koksijde. Van der Poel and van Aert had launched out the gate, separating themselves from the pack early. European champion Toon Aerts had managed to join them as well, but he was dispatched on the second lap.

Van Aert was unable to match the pace of van der Poel through the sand sections and thus the Dutchman slipped away. The world champion trailed the world cup leader by seven seconds at the end of lap two with Sweeck and van der Haar teaming up to lead the chase.

The chasing duo would make the junction to van Aert on the third of nine laps and the trio would be stuck together for some time. Halfway through the race van der Poel’s advantage had grown to 40 seconds and there seemed to be no hope for the trio having a chance at victory.

However, a van Aert attack on the sixth lap shattered the group. All of the sudden the chasing trio was no longer a group, but three individual riders with van Aert leading, followed by Sweeck, and then van der Haar.

Van Aert, also the Belgian national champion, came charging down the finishing straight into three laps to go. He shed 10 seconds off van der Poel’s lead that lap and with the way he was riding it appeared the victory was not of the question. Nevertheless, van der Poel would put down the power and produce one of his fastest laps of the race on the very next lap, ending the possibility of van Aert bridging the gap.

With two laps to go, van Aert was comfortably in second with Sweeck holding down the third spot and van der Haar desperately trying to bridge to have a shot at a podium place.

Suddenly, disaster struck van Aert. His gears jammed and he was forced to run with the bike. He stopped briefly and unblocked his gears, but this allowed Sweeck to pass him. His foul luck was not over though, as he missed the entrance to the pit and was forced to quickly backtrack. A commissaire watched the incident occur and made sure it was legal, which it was.

Van der Haar was also able to get by and then finally made the junction to Sweeck. He quickly attacked Sweeck to move into second position, a spot that seemed almost unimaginable less than two minutes before.

Van Aert isn’t a two-time world champion for nothing and he was able to keep his cool and move back past Sweeck for the final podium position.

The white and red of van der Poel’s world cup leader jersey didn’t appear to have any dirt on it at all, evident of a flawless race. He calmly zipped up his jersey and stuck a finger to the sky as he crossed the line. He is undefeated through the first three rounds of the world cup this year and seems well on his way to capturing the overall title for the first time.

Van der Haar held off van Aert for second with the world champion reduced to the third spot after hi late mechanical. Sweeck came home in fourth.

The Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup continues on November 19 in Bogense, Denmark, a first-time host venue.

Full results

  • 1. Mathieu Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:02:41
  • 2. Lars Van Der Haar, (NED) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:03:20
  • 3. Wout Van Aert, (BEL) CRELAN-CHARLES, 1:03:31
  • 4. Laurens Sweeck, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:03:56
  • 5. David Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:04:10
  • 6. Daan Soete, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:11
  • 7. Quinten Hermans, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:28
  • 8. Michael Vanthourenhout, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:04:41
  • 9. Vincent Baestaens, (BEL), 1:04:53
  • 11. Toon Aerts, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:05:08
  • 12. Kevin Pauwels, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:05:17
  • 13. Dieter Vanthourenhout, (BEL) MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:05:54
  • 14. Corne Van Kessel, (NED) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:06:15
  • 15. Philipp Walsleben, (GER) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:06:28
  • 16. Diether Sweeck, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:06:28
  • 17. Gianni Vermeersch, (BEL) STEYLAERTS-BETFIRST, 1:06:29
  • 18. Wietse Bosmans, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:06:32
  • 19. Klaas Vantornout, (BEL) MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:06:51
  • 20. Tom Meeusen, (BEL) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:06:59
  • 21. Yorben Van Tichelt, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:07:20
  • 22. Tim Merlier, (BEL) CRELAN-CHARLES, 1:07:28
  • 23. Jim Aernouts, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:07:32
  • 24. Steve Chainel, (FRA) TEAM CHAZAL CANYON, 1:07:37
  • 25. Marcel Meisen, (GER) STEYLAERTS-BETFIRST, 1:08:07
  • 26. Nicolas Cleppe, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:08:16
  • 27. Twan Van Den Brand, (NED), 1:08:25
  • 28. Simon Zahner, (SUI), 1:08:27
  • 29. Michael BoroŠ, (CZE) PAUWELS SAUZEN-VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:08:27
  • 30. Kevin Suarez Fernandez, (ESP), 1:08:38
  • 31. Ian Field, (GBR), 1:08:56
  • 32. Felipe Orts Lloret, (ESP) GINESTAR-DELIKIA, 1:09:04
  • 33. Fabien Canal, (FRA), 1:09:14
  • 34. Gosse Van Der Meer, (NED) TARTELETTO-ISOREX, 1:09:22
  • 35. Gioele Bertolini, (ITA), 1:09:25
  • 36. Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga IbaÑez, (ESP), 1:09:28
  • 37. Stan Godrie, (NED) CRELAN-CHARLES, 1:10:01
  • 38. Matthieu Boulo, (FRA)
  • 39. Alois Falenta, (FRA)
  • 40. Severin SÄgesser, (SUI)
  • 41. Thijs Van Amerongen, (NED)
  • 42. Nicolas Samparisi, (ITA)
  • 43. Anthonin Didier, (FRA)
  • 44. Lorenzo Samparisi, (ITA)
  • 45. Jeremy Durrin, (USA)
  • 46. Andrew Juiliano, (USA)
  • 47. Glenn Kinning, (IRL)
  • 48. Yu Takenouchi, (JPN)
  • 49. Yannick Mayer, (GER)

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