US Cyclo-cross Championships - CN
Providence, RI, USA, December 15-17, 2006
Results & report
Race 7 - December 16: U-23 Men
Complete live report
Riders are out on the course warming
up for the U23 race.
The under 23 men are now staging.
We've got about five minutes until the start.
The start finish staging area is a
gradual sloping uphill, 200m from the start. Riders are lined up by their UCI
points this year. They stage 12 wide per row, with five rows deep here in the
U23 field. That's not too big. Yesterday in some of the masters' races, there
were 12 or 13 rows of riders. There are 130 riders signed up for the elite men's
race later today, so that will be a big field.
We are two minutes until the start.
One favorites for today is Jamie Driscoll,
winner of USGP series this year. Other favorites are Jessie Anthony and Bjorn
Selander is a first-year U23 rider,
recently moved up from the junior ranks.
The U23 have started!
Joey Thompson and Jesse Anthony are
hitting it hard off the line.
Anthony is leading with Selander and
Thompson on his wheel.
Selander is now leading.
Selander, Anthony, Thompson, and Driscoll
are staying at the front on this first lap.
In this field, Selander has the third
highest number of UCI points, a remarkable accomplishment for a first year under
23 making the transition from the junior ranks.
Anthony arrives at the top of the
hill first. About ten guys are off the front. But it's still anyone's race.
Cowbells are ringing around the course.
Anthony is driving the group along
with Selander. Others are hurting to stay on.
They'll soon finish the first lap.
Interestingly, there are still ten riders in contention, which is unusual. No
one is dominating yet.
This race is clearly faster than the
rest of the races so far today.
Anthony has gone clear off the front
by about 20 bike lengths.
Now they're all back together again,
with a group of 9 riders.
No one is giving up here. No one is
letting anyone get off the front. They're on lap #2 right now. The group of
nine is still all together with a gap to the rest. There is no clear leader
It's still a gorgeous day here with
50 to 55 degrees and some wind.
Anthony and Driscoll are pulling away
right now. Thompson is chasing.
Anthony is a six-time national champion.
He's been largely unbeatable at nationals, except last year, he was defeated
by Troy Wells in the U23 race.
Anthony hasn't had the best season
this year, but he is riding strong today.
Apparently, there are some sections
of the course with glass on them. That increases the odds of a flat.
Anthony and Driscoll have about 50
bike lengths advantage on the rest at the moment.
4 laps to go now.
They are on a world cup pace right
now. If this is any indication of what the elite men's race will be like, we'll
be seeing some even faster racing later today.
Going into 4 to go: Jesse Anthony
(Team Clifbar) and Jamie Driscoll (FiordiFruitta) are 10 sec ahead of chase
group with five riders: Nicolas Weithall (Alan Factory Team), Chance Noble (California
Giant Strawberries/Specialized), Joey Thompson (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory),
Bjorn Selander (Alan Factory team), Morgan Schmidt (Hagens-Berman Cycling).
That group has 20 seconds over the rest of the field.
Next time they come through, they'll
get 3 to go.
Anthony has gone off the front. Driscoll
is dropping off.
We'll see if Driscoll can respond
Anthony has been racing long and strong
all season long on the road.
Jesse Anthony is maintaining his lead--he's
still off the front solo. Driscoll is in second, still digging deep.
Anthony is gasping for air, but riding
in a high gear. Driscoll looks a little more comfortable at the same pace. So
based on how the riders look, it's too early to say if Anthony can hold it.
With 3 to go: Jesse Anthony (Team
Clifbar) ahead of Jamie Driscoll (FiordiFruitta) by 5 seconds. Chase group is
10 seconds behind Driscoll: Nicolas Weithall (Alan Factory Team), Chance Noble
(California Giant Strawberries/Specialized), Bjorn Selander (Alan Factory team),
Morgan Schmidt (Hagens-Berman Cycling).
Schmidt is working his way off the
front of the 4 man chase group behind Driscoll.
Schmidt is in third at the moment.
Anthony and Driscoll are still in 1st and 2nd.
Next time, Anthony leads through the
finish, he'll get two laps to go.
With 2 to go: Jesse Anthony (Team
Clifbar) led Jamie Driscoll (FiordiFruitta). At 25 secon is Morgan Schmidt (Hagens-Berman
Cycling). At 30 sec is Chance Noble (California Giant Strawberries/Specialized)
and Bjorn Selander (Alan Factory team). Nicolas Weithall (Alan Factory Team)
Anthony is looking more secure now
in his lead. Driscoll is more obviously suffering now.
Schmidt (3rd) is coming on strong.
Noble is faltering while Selander is starting to close in on Schmidt.
Next time they come through the finish,
they'll get one lap to go.
Anthony is out of the saddle out of
the U-turn...he's looking good and extending his lead.
Driscoll has been caught by Schmidt,
who is riding very strong now. Now Schmidt is in 2nd and Driscoll is in 3rd.
Driscoll is faltering. We're not sure
if he has a mechanical problem.
Jesse Anthony is off the front and
will soon be getting the bell with 1 to go.
Selander is attacking Driscoll now.
Driscoll may have gone too hard to
Looks like Anthony has got the race
assuming no mechanicals or crashes. He's got 28 seconds with one to go.
He's followed by Morgan Schmidt (Hagens-Berman
Cycling) and two seconds behind him : Jamie Driscoll (FiordiFruitta) and Bjorn
Selander (Alan Factory team).
Driscoll is recovering some. So we
may be shaping up for a three-way sprint for second.
Selander, Schmidt, and Driscoll are
all together now, riding in that order.
Selander is doing everything he can
to drop the other two. Driscoll is hanging on tough, last in that group of three.
Of the group of 3 following Anthony,
Schmidt is looking the strongest on this final lap of the men's U23 race.
Selander is making a huge attack.
Schmidt is counter attacking.
Driscoll can't hang.
Anthony is being very careful to not
make mistakes or celebrate too soon. He's got to keep it together until the
Crowds are six-deep at the fences
around parts of the course.
The final sprint is into the wind
and up hill--the battle will be for second.
Schmidt is on the attack. Driscoll
is hanging on just barely. Selander is still there, too, in the chase group
The group for second is sprinting
for the run-up.
Here comes Jesse Anthony for the win!
He crosses the finish line alone, with a convincing lead.
Schmidt attacks to the finish and
Selander takes 3rd, followed by Driscoll
One more podium spot...it goes to
Chance Noble in 5th.
To summarize, the top five were:
1. Jesse Anthony (Team Clifbar) leads
2. Morgan Schmidt (Hagens-Berman
3. Bjorn Selander (Alan Factory team)
4. Jamie Driscoll
5. Chance Noble (California Giant Strawberries/Specialized)
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