by Peloton Sports

Homecourt Advantage and A Hero’s Homecoming Win for Antonneau

The Elite Women put on a show Sunday for the UCI C1 race at Trek CXC Cup in Waterloo, Wisc., and the Wisconsin crowd was thrilled to see Racine-native Katie Antonneau of Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld grab the win. Antonneau, who entered the weekend as the current leader of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), took the victory in a time of 46 minutes and 18 seconds.

Antonneau delighted to take her second UCI C1 of the season, in front of her home state fans. Elite Women, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2. © Jeff Corcoran

Antonneau delighted to take her second UCI C1 of the season, in front of her home state fans. Elite Women, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2. © Jeff Corcoran

For the second day in a row, Ellen Noble (USA) of Aspire Racing claimed second place, 15 seconds back. French Cyclocross National Champion Caroline Mani of Raleigh-Clement was forced to pit and swap bikes but went on to finish third, 28 seconds in arrears.

“I got a lot of sleep yesterday, and I think I just needed to have a good night’s rest. Racing in the heat takes a lot out of you. And racing ’cross two days in a row takes a lot out of you,” said Antonneau, who finished eighth on Saturday in the UCI C2 Elite Women’s race in Waterloo. “So, it took me a bit longer to recover from last weekend (Rochester Cyclocross). So I know my finish is there and I just needed my head there.

“Today versus yesterday proved that if I am relaxed and just having fun, I can do well. So doing this race today and knowing how I should be, helps leading into the big two World Cups. And racing in front of my friends and family, having them all cheer for me really helped motivate me.”

“So I know my finish is there and I just needed my head there. Today versus yesterday proved that if I am relaxed and just having fun, I can do well.” -Kaitie Antonneau

Six women jumped to the early lead among the 29 riders in the six-lap course, with Mani driving at the front. She was joined by Antonneau, Noble, Ellen Van Loy (Belgium) of Telenet-Fidea, Courtenay McFadden (USA) of American Classic/Zones and Saturday’s winner Katie Compton (USA) of Trek Factory Racing. While the skies were clear and the course was dry, a small miscue by Mani caused her to crash on the back side of the course and relinquish her lead.

Caroline Mani leads Antonneau and the field up the steep run-up. Elite Women, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2. © Jeff Corcoran

Caroline Mani leads Antonneau and the field up the steep run-up. Elite Women, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2. © Jeff Corcoran

“Katie (Antonneau) passed me, probably with three laps to go. I made a mistake. I was maybe too confident. Sometimes you have to learn from your mistakes. I changed my line in the off camber. I don’t know why. Then I just flipped so hard. Then my handlebar ended up having my shifter all the way up, and it was impossible to ride properly. My saddle (shifted) to the wrong side. So I was just riding like a tourist, and it was a long way to the pit,” Mani explained about her crash in the middle of the race. “So Kaitie passed me and I ended up changing my bike. She was super strong. I couldn’t go at that time. She was smart enough to just attack me after doing a lot of work. And Ellen passed me too, so I said ’OK, I am done’. It was my fault. I cannot blame anybody.

“Katie (Antonneau) passed me, probably with three laps to go. I made a mistake. I was maybe too confident. Sometimes you have to learn from your mistakes. I changed my line in the off camber. I don’t know why. Then I just flipped so hard.” -Caroline Mani

Van Loy finished fourth for a second day in a row, and Day 1 winner Compton came in fifth overall after suffering what was reported to be a broken chain. McFadden was sixth. Noble was recognized for a second day as the top U23 women’s rider.She is the reigning U.S. National U23 Champion.

“I am really, really happy. This is really an exciting weekend leading up to the World Cups. I am super pleased and thankful for my team’s support this week and last week. It has made a huge difference,” said Noble about two second-place finishes in at the Trek CXC Cup, and the UCI World Cup races this week in Las Vegas, Nev. and Iowa City, Iowa. “I think today’s result was a testament to the fact that I have been trying to ride a little more intelligently, and conserve for some efforts at the end. So I tried to ride within myself for the first couple of laps, and then really let it go. I am really happy to come away with second after changing my race tactics a little bit.”

The Trek CXC Cup is the second of eight events for USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) in the country for 2016-17. Equal prize money is offered for men and women in the Elite categories both days. The event is hosted at the headquarters for Trek Bicycles in Waterloo, Wisc.

World Champ Wout van Aert Leads Belgian Dominance

It was an all-Belgian finish for the C1 Elite Men’s race. Wout Van Aert of Crelan-Vastgoedservice took his UCI world champion’s rainbow jersey to the top step of the podium and easily won the C1 Elite Men’s race at Sunday’s Trek CXC Cup in a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes, 41 seconds. Three Telenet-Fidea teammates crossed the line behind Van Aert, with Jim Aernouts (Belgium) in second, Quinten Hermans (Belgium) in third and Corne Van Kessel (Netherlands) in fourth. It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for Aernouts in Waterloo.

Wout van Aert looked to be on cruise control on Sunday. Elite Men, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2 © Jeff Corcoran

Wout van Aert looked to be on cruise control on Sunday. Elite Men, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2 © Jeff Corcoran

“Last week I did my first race (of the 2016-17 season) in Belgium [Brico Cross, see video and results here] and I was feeling good. Coming here is always a little bit of a surprise because you’re not sure how you deal with the jet lag and the long trip. After today, I am more confident for the next World Cup,” said Van Aert about taking the momentum of his win in Waterloo to Las Vegas for the start of the World Cup season. He won CrossVegas last year. “I had a good feeling on this course (in Waterloo), which was very tough. So the feeling is good and I hope to continue it for the season.”

The highest placed American in the 48-rider field was Stephen Hyde of Cannondale Cyclocrossworld, who entered the weekend second overall in the Pro CX men’s individual standings.

The Telenet - Fidea train did its best to overthrow the World Champ, but it was in vain. Elite Men, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2 © Jeff Corcoran

The Telenet – Fidea train did its best to overthrow the World Champ, but it was in vain. Elite Men, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2 © Jeff Corcoran

“Today was great. It was a really hard race. The course was fantastic. The guys here at Trek did an excellent job. They really brought up the caliber of the course for the caliber of the riders. I was really happy to be able to race well in front of the U.S. crowd, and in front of Cannondale and my sponsors,” said Hyde. He noted that it was tough to race against a big European team like Telenet-Fidea that brought seven strong riders to the U.S. race. “It’s not often I get mixed up against a [big] team [like Telenet-Fidea]. I had to think a little harder and try to play my cards right. I tried not to get yo-yo’d off the back, like they want to put whoever is in the group with them off the back. They tried it a few times, and I made the right efforts. It was good.”

“It was a really hard race. The course was fantastic. The guys here at Trek did an excellent job. They really brought up the caliber of the course for the caliber of the riders.” -Stephen Hyde

A significant crash on the first lap ended the day for American Jeremy Powers, who was leading the men’s individual standings for Pro CX. He did not finish the race. Saturday’s UCI C2 race winner Steve Chainel (France) of Cross Team by G4, finished sixth.

Jeremy Powers crashed and did not finish, but gave chase early in the race. Elite Men, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2 © Jeff Corcoran

Jeremy Powers crashed and did not finish, but gave chase early in the race. Elite Men, 2016 Trek CXC Cup Day 2 © Jeff Corcoran

American Tobin Ortenblad, who won the U.S. U23 National Championship title last year, finished 10th Sunday. Now 24, he did not factor in today’s U23 podium for the Elite men, which was won by Hermans.

“Man, it was rough. I was up in the front group for a while, then Wout decided to go for it. And it just started rubber banding and snapping into little groups. But I was pretty happy, I was up there with the Telenet guys. So that is the goal going into Vegas,” added American Tobin, who was fourth overall in the Pro CX Men’s standings. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this fast in my life. Every race I have done has been a top 10 so far, or a top five, so I’ve never placed like that before, so I am thrilled.”

Full results below. See a full photo gallery from the Trek CXC Cup Day 2 by Jeff Corcoran here, and see our ever-growing 2016 Trek CXC Cup coverage here.

Next on the race calendar for many of these riders will be a World Cup event at Cross Vegas on Sept. 21, which will open the World Cup series for the second consecutive year. This will be followed by Jingle Cross in Iowa City, Iowa, Sept. 24-26. This year Jingle Cross will host the Volkswagen UCI Elite C1 and C2 races on Friday and Sunday, and the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup races for Elite men and women will be on Saturday.

For more details on Trek CXC Cup visit http://trekcxccup.com. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit usacycling.org, and follow Pro CX all season on Twitter – @USACProCX.

2016 Trek CXC Cup UCI C1 Results - Sunday - Elite Women

PlaceBibRiderTeamCtryRacing AgeTimeGap
15ANTONNEAU KaitlinCannondale CyclocrossworldUSA2546:18
28NOBLE EllenAspire RacingUSA2246:3315
32MANI CarolineRaleigh ClementFRA3046:4628
44VAN LOY EllenTelenet-FideaBEL3746:5537
53COMPTON KatherineTrek Factory RacingUSA3947:371:19
610MCFADDEN CourtenayAmerican Classic/ZonesUSA3247:591:41
77ANTHONY CrystalMaxxis ShimanoUSA3748:272:09
812GILBERT SunnyVan DesselUSA3848:592:41
99ANDERSON ElleElle Anderson RacingUSA2949:062:48
1017FINCHAMP HannahLuna Pro TeamUSA2249:06s.t.
116MILLER AmandaBoulder Cycle Sport/ YogagloUSA3149:393:21
1218GROSS RebeccaKhsUSA3749:513:33
1320MERTZ NicoleNocoast Racing Powered By IntelUSA3050:043:46
1419BLANDFORD JennaWomen'S Project Pedal P/B Vo2USA3350:264:08
1513CHAINEL-LEFEVRE LucieCross Team By G4FRA3450:554:37
1614KOROL MeghanTeam HandmadeUSA3351:024:44
1721MOORE CatherineTrek Cyclocross CollectiveUSA4751:185:00
1834GUAGLIARDO SydneyPsimet RacingUSA3651:305:12
1915VESTAL CaitlynFeedback Sports RacingUSA3251:545:36
2033BARR MeganAngry CatfishUSA3052:396:21
2137WATSON AbbyThe AthleticUSA3352:526:34
2232WOOD Heidi333Fab Cx Factory TeamUSA3253:507:32
2316LARKIN MariaChicago Cuttin CrewIRL3054:558:37
2439PENTA MaryWomen'S Project Pedal P/B Vo2USA38@2Lap
2538ISERMANN KatiePsimet RacingUSA36@2Lap
2622MALARSKI AnyaJet CyclingUSA18@3Lap
DNF35ADAMS KennedyWomen'S Cx ProjectUSA18
DNF36BEATTY AlijahNorthstar DevelopmentUSA18
DNS11ROCHETTE MaghalieLuna Pro TeamCAN24

2016 Trek CXC Cup UCI C1 Results - Sunday - Elite Men

PlaceBibRiderTeamCtryRacing AgeTimeGap
11VAN AERT WoutCrelan-Vastgoedservice CyclingBEL231:07:41
212AERNOUTS JimTelenet-FideaBEL281:07:5413
36HERMANS QuintenTelenet-FideaBEL221:08:0726
48VAN KESSEL CorneTelenet-FideaNED261:08:1837
55HYDE StephenCannondale Cyclocross WorldUSA301:08:2039
610CHAINEL SteveCross Team By G4FRA341:08:3554
72MEEUSEN TomTelenet-FideaBEL291:08:521:11
814SOETE DaanTelenet-FideaBEL231:09:231:42
94AERTS ToonTelenet-FideaBEL241:09:492:08
1018ORTENBLAD TobinSanta Cruz Factory RacingUSA231:09:542:13
1113PEETERS RobCrelan-Vastgoedservice CyclingBEL321:10:022:21
129DRISCOLL JamesRaleigh/ClementUSA311:10:03s.t.
1319WERNER KerryKona CxUSA261:10:03s.t.
1423VAN DEN HAM MichaelTrek Red Truck P/B Mosaic HomesCAN251:10:03s.t.
1521DILLMAN AndrewCyclocross AllianceUSA231:10:433:02
1616LIVERMON TravisMaxxis ShimanoUSA291:10:443:03
1725ECKMANN YannickBoulder Cycle Sport/ YogagloUSA241:10:45s.t.
1820SUMMERHILL DanielMaxxis ShimanoUSA281:11:263:45
1926HAIDET LanceRaleigh/ClementUSA201:12:014:20
2017KRUGHOFF AllenBoulder Cycle Sport/ YogagloUSA331:12:254:44
2115VANDEKINDEREN JensKalas-H.Essers-NoffBEL241:12:304:49
227MERLIER TimCrelan-Vastgoedservice CyclingBEL251:12:485:07
2322WELLS TroyTeam Clif Bar CyclingUSA331:12:545:13
2430MARECAILLE AntoninAvc Aix En ProvenceFRA251:13:055:24
2528KAISER CodyLangetwins/Specialized TitleUSA251:14:306:49
2632HILDEBRANDT CaseyThe Underground ProjectUSA23@2Lap
2734SONNTAG BenjaminTeam Clif Bar CyclingGER37@2Lap
2854LEMKE NicholasKona/Hifi/Cycle-SmartUSA34@2Lap
2927MATTER BrianTeam WisconsinUSA39@2Lap
3024AITKEN ChristopherFocus Bikes AustraliaAUS23@3Lap
3152REYES DavidTen Speed HeroUSA33@3Lap
3258ACKERMANN MaxwellTrue Veterinary Care Cycling P/USA23@3Lap
3333MACKEY SkylerKccx Elite Cyclocross Team P/BUSA22@3Lap
3461DILGER ConnorAbove And Beyond Cancer P/B SchUSA23@4Lap
3556MCCONNELL KevinUniversity Of Iowa Heart And VaUSA36@4Lap
3657WIEBE JasonCountry CycleCAN24@4Lap
3748NEFF IsaacNeff Cycle ServiceUSA31@4Lap
3849STEIN TylerL5 RacingUSA29@4Lap
3931LASLEY JacobSpcx P/B R.K. BlackUSA40@5Lap
4051SUNDQUIST ChristianThe Hub Cycling TeamUSA25@5Lap
4150DUTCZAK MichaelThe Pony ShopUSA24@5Lap
4263THOMAS NickTrek Cyclocross CollectiveUSA23@5Lap
4353ANSEL DouglasTeam Wheel & SprocketUSA30@6Lap
4462ALVESTAD JosteinEmc2 / Elmhurst MastersUSA47@7Lap
DNF3POWERS JeremyAspire RacingUSA34
DNF55RUSS KyleBrazen Dropouts Cycling TeamUSA31
DNF29CHAPMAN TomFocus Bikes AustraliaAUS22
DNS11VAN AMERONGEN ThijsTelenet-FideaNED31