Erwin Vervecken took his only win of his American tour. © Amy Dykema

Erwin Vervecken took his only win of his American tour. © Amy Dykema

Erwin Vervecken (Revor-Baboco) finally scored his win on American soil that he had been searching for since getting to the States ahead of Wednesday’s Cross Vegas by taking home a hard-fought victory at the second day of the Planet Bike Cup in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Clear skies gave way to rain just as the pro men hit the field, giving what was a blazingly fast course a new degree of technicality. Vervecken picked the perfect opportunity to attack on the final lap to beat American Champion Ryan Trebon (Kona) and Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) who rolled both of his tires and crashed on the final lap to fall out of contention for the victory.

Vervecken never looked the strongest rider on the course, as he was consistently seen lagging off the rear end of the leading group of three that included Page and Trebon. While it may have been tactical, luring his companions into a false sense of security, Vervecken’s tenacity may have ruled the day, as his years of experience, and complete knowledge of his body’s limits allowed him to fight back from every acceleration that Page and Trebon threw at him and come around for victory when it mattered most.

For the second straight day, it was Bissel’s Andy Jacques-Maynes who stormed to the holeshot as the field took off from the starting gun. Jacques-Maynes was quickly replaced by Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld), who was out to defend his USGP leader’s jersey and victory from the previous day, and Jonathan Page at the front. Page moved up even more, and before long, was out in front. Page had pulled Canadian rider Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) along for the ride, and the two quickly built up a lead over a chase group including Powers, Trebon, Christian Heule (Rendementhypo) and Vervecken. In the chase group, the pace of Trebon and Vervecken tore through Powers and Heule, as the two slid back away from the front. Page too was setting a fast tempo, too fast for Kabush who had been hanging on for all he was worth.

Page was the strongest going into last lap. © Amy Dykema

Page was the strongest going into last lap. © Amy Dykema

Once rid of Kabush, Page pushed forward to try and extend his lead. Behind, Vervecken and Trebon took turns attacking each other, and soon they were on the wheel of Kabush. Not content to just grab Kabush’s wheel, they passed through him and set their sights on Page. Trebon was the man responsible for bringing Page back, as his accelerations looked to be gapping Vervecken little by little. As the race went on, and as Trebon’s moves brought Page back into the fold, Vervecken looked the weakest of the three riders, and did not look to figure into the winning move.

Behind, Kabush was fighting to hold off Powers, who had been riding in no-man’s land for much of the race. After falling back quite a bit, Christian Heule had picked up Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld) for company, and the two were closing in on Powers, who looked far off his form from the prior day. Powers eventually sat up to wait for Driscoll and Heule, allowing Kabush to safely ride to fourth place. Driscoll made a number of attempts to soften up the Swiss Champion, so that Powers could grab as many points as possible towards a USGP series defense. Heule would not be beaten however, as he narrowly managed to out sprint Powers to the line to take home fifth place. The finish line camera showed that it was not much more than the depth of a deep dish carbon wheel that separated Powers from Heule’s fifth place.

Vervecken assumed the lead in the USGP series with his win over Page (Left) and Trebon (Right). © Amy Dykema

Vervecken assumed the lead in the USGP series with his win over Page (Left) and Trebon (Right). © Amy Dykema

Up front, Trebon, Page and Vervecken were all square as they entered the final lap. Seeming to sense that they were not going to rid themselves of Vervecken, as he’d been clawing his way back after every attack, the three started to play cat and mouse. Disaster struck for Page with not more than half a lap to go, when both his tires came unglued, and Page hit the turf, losing touch with the lead group and with all chance at a win. Quickly, Page rolled his tires back on and rode his way to the pits, losing out on the win, but not the podium, as he was able to hold off Kabush for third. Vervecken siezed the opportunity and attacked the fading Trebon, taking enough of a gap into the final turns to hold off the American Champion. Trebon would settle for second as Page took a disappointing third place. Kabush almost got up to Page for fourth as Heule out sprinted Powers for fifth, leaving Driscoll to roll across in seventh. Eighth place went to Planet Bike’s Tristan Schouten, who had a career day in fighting off Barry Wicks (Kona), who finished ninth. Rounding out the top ten was Chris Jones. Cal Giant’s Chance Noble was the top rated Espoir in the race, for the second day in a row, and held on to his leader’s jersey he earned on Saturday.

Full results below.

Full Results:

Men’s Results
placebibriderteamcountryUCI points
11VERVECKEN Erwin Team Revor-Baboco-BEL 50
23TREBON Ryan KONA USA 40
35PAGE Jonathan Planet Bike USA 34
411KABUSH Geoff Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain CAN 30
52HEULE Christian Rendementhypo Cycling SUI 26
66POWERS Jeremy Cannondale / USA 23
77DRISCOLL Jamey Cannondale / USA 20
854SCHOUTEN Tristan Planet Bike USA 17
913WICKS Barry Kona USA 14
1017JONES Christopher Team Champion System USA 12
1116LALONDE Mark Planet Bike USA 10
1220VAN NUFFEL Tim Rendement-Hypo Cycling BEL 9
1312WEIGHALL Nicholas Rad Racing NW USA 8
1415MATTER Brian Team Geargrinder USA 7
1523NOBLE Chance California Giant-Specialized USA 6
1634HACKWORTHY Dave Bianchi/Grand Performance USA 5
1760BLACK Will Moots USA 4
1856SCHMALZ Joseph KCCX/Verge USA 3
1959FAWLEY Bryan Park Place Dealerships USA 2
2033LALONDE James Planet Bike USA 1
2119MCGRATH Adam Thule/Van Dessel USA
2258BERGMAN Adam Texas Roadhouse Cycling USA
2328KNAPP Ryan BikeReg.Com USA
2444KERSTING Mitchell Rapid Transit Racing USA
2529SKERRITT Shannon Vanilla Bicycles USA
2625ROBINSON Justin California Giant Berry USA
2730HULICK Kevin The Vanilla Workshop -USA
2855WOODRUFF Travis Pioneer Racing USA
2931SIEGLE Jason Bear Valley Bikes USA
3061HINKENS Jack Ridley team USA
3149ROESSINGH Jordan ISCorp Cycling Team/Nova USA
3242BLACKWELDER Mark Gentle Lovers USA
3341POPPER Ben HRS / Rock Lobster USA
3426SHERER Mike Alderfer Bergen USA
3510ANTHONY Jesse Team Jamis Bikes USA
3662LOWETZ Jason Team Bearclaw USA
3757KENDALL Robert Barbasol USA
3822FRY Kyle MCOR CAN
3943KLUG Kevin Courage Cycles Inc USA
4032RIENTS Jesse Nature Valley/Penn Cycle USA
4153REARDON Andrew Starbrite Carwash / MOAB USA
4247VONBOKEL Logan Mesa Cycles Racing Team USA
4350LENZI Luca The Pony Shop USA
4435HANSON Lyle Great Dane Velo Club USA
4548LEMIEUX Pat Texas Roadhouse Cycling USA
4645EDWARDS Zachary DRT Racing USA
4738ALLEN Matthew behind bars/ lgr USA
4836HAUGH Spencer Behind Bars/LGR USA
4951STREET William Sisu Custom Cycles USA
5037HOLMES James Unattached USA
DNF 8WELLS Troy Team Clif Bar USA
DNF 9JACQUES-Andy Bissell Pro Cycling USA
DNS 18SELANDER Bjorn Ridley Factory Team USA
DNF 21CAMERON Molly Portland Bicycle Studio USA