Grotts earns U23 bronze on final day of UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4

  
  


(June 1, 2014) -- Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College/Specialized) recorded the best finish among U.S. competitors at Day 3 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4 in Albstadt, Germany, after placing third in the U23 men’s cross-country competition.
Howard Grotts finished third at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4.
Howard Grotts finished third at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4. (photo by Rob Jones)


Grotts’ time of 1:21:15 was just 36 seconds behind winner Jordan Sarrou (FRA). Michiel Van der Heijden (NED) finished second. Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./ Whole Athlete-Specialized) finished 105th, Sam Weber (Green Bay, Wis.) finished right behind at 106th and Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo./RMCF-Devo) placed 111th. Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) and Ryan Geiger (Flagstaff, Ariz./Tropix-FRM) also competed.
 
Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) finished 18th in 1:39:16 in the elite women’s competition. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA) stood atop the podium, while Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR) and Jolanda Neff (SUI) rounded out the top 3. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joe’s - VCGraphix.com) finished 26th, Evelyn Dong (Salt Lake City, Utah/Backcountry.com) took 30th and Erica Tingey (Salt Lake City, Utah/Team Jamis) placed 72ndChloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz.) also competed.
 
Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team) had the top elite men’s time among U.S. riders, finishing 21st in 1:34:29. Julien Absalon (FRA) completed the Day 3 French sweep when he took first in 1:29:24. Nino Schurter (SUI) and Stephane Tempier (FRA) placed second and third, respectively. Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC Project Dirt) finished 80th, and Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./ SRAM/Troy Lee Designs Racing) placed 81st.
 
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup heads to Fort William, Scotland, June 7-8, for downhill competition at 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #5. Stay tuned to www.usacycling.org for results and updates.
 
2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
May 30-June 1, 2014
Albstadt, Germany
 
FULL RESULTS PHOTO GALLERY

 
Georgia Gould finished 18th at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4.
Georgia Gould competes at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4. (photo by Rob Jones)
Men’s U23 Cross-Country
1. Jordan Sarrou (FRA)
2. Michiel Van der Heijden (NED)
3. Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College/Specialized)
105. Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./ Whole Athlete-Specialized)
106. Sam Weber (Green Bay, Wis.)
111. Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo./RMCF-Devo)
 
Women’s Elite Cross-Country
1. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA)
2. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR)
3. Jolanda Neff (SUI)
18. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team)
26. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joe’s - VCGraphix.com)
30. Evelyn Dong (Salt Lake City, Utah/Backcountry.com)
72. Erica Tingey (Salt Lake City, Utah/Team Jamis)
 
Men’s Elite Cross-Country
1. Julien Absalon (FRA)
2. Nino Schurter (SUI)
3. Stephane Tempier (FRA)
21. Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team)
80. Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC Project Dirt)
81. Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./ SRAM/Troy Lee Designs Racing)

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