Pro XCT: Wells, Nash head into weekend with standings leads after Missoula XC

  
  


(June 27, 2014) -- Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) moved into the lead of the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) by virtue of a third-place finish on June 22 at the Missoula XC in Missoula, Mont., while the Czech Republic's Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) padded her lead in the women's standings with a victory in Missoula.

Men
Wells passed previous men's leader Geoff Kabush (CAN/Scott-3Rox Racing) in the Pro XCT men's standings after Kabush crossed the line in 12th place at the Missoula XC. Wells now tops the standings with 650 points, 35 points better than Kabush. Max Plaxton (CAN/Cannondale Factory Team) holds on to third place in the standings with 515 points after finishing ninth. Moving into the top five were Derek Zandstra (CAN/3-Rox Racing) and Benjamin Sonntag (Durango, Colo./Clif Bar) after placing fourth and eighth, respectively in Missoula. Zandstra now sits in fourth place with 440 points, while Sonntag holds down the fifth spot with 345 points.
 
The top four of the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group Pro Series standings men's standings after three of four races are Kabush with 94 points, Wells with 79, Plaxton with 69 and Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (ESP/Trek Factory Racing) with 57. Marco Aurelio Fontana (ITA/Cannondale Factory Racing) and Manuel Fumic (GER/Cannondale Factory Racing) are tied for fifth place with 53 points apiece. 

 
Katerina Nash sprints to victory in the women's race at the 2014 Missoula XC
Katerina Nash sprints to victory in the women's race at the 2014 Missoula XC. (photo by Tom Robertson)
Women
Nash's win in Missoula gives her a 300-point lead over her closest competitor in the Pro XCT women's standings with 950 points. Catherine Pendrel (CAN/Luna Pro Team) is next in line with 650 points. A second-place showing in Missoula vaulted Evelyn Dong (Salt Lake City, Utah/Backcountry.com) from fifth place to third place in the standings with 545 points.

Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) dropped one spot to fourth place with 500 points, while Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joe's-VCGraphix.com) entered the top five in fifth place with 450 points following a fourth-place finish at Missoula.
 
Heading into the final stop for the US Cup Pro Series this weekend in Colorado Springs, Nash leads the way in that series' standings with 107 points, trailed by Pendrel with 94, Batty with 82, Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) with 70 and Dong with 61.
 
Full results from Missoula XC


 
  USA Cycling Pro XCT Standings:

Men
1. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) — 650
2. Geoff Kabush (CAN/Scott-3Rox Racing) — 615
3. Max Plaxton (CAN/Cannondale Factory Team) — 515
4. Derek Zandstra (CAN/3-Rox Racing) — 440
5. Benjamin Sonntag (Durango, Colo./Clif Bar) — 345

Women
1. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) — 950
2. Catherine Pendrel (CAN/Luna Pro Team) — 650
3. Evelyn Dong (Salt Lake City, Utah/Backcountry.com) — 545
4. Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) — 500
5. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joe's-VCGraphix.com) — 450

Complete Pro XCT Standings

USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group Standings:

Men
1. Geoff Kabush (CAN/Scott-3Rox Racing) — 94
2. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) — 79
3. Max Plaxton (CAN/Cannondale Factory Team) — 69
4. Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (ESP/Trek Factory Racing) — 57
5. Marco Aurelio Fontana (ITA/Cannondale Factory Racing) — 53
5. Manuel Fumic (GER/Cannondale Factory Racing) — 53

Women
1. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) — 107
2. Catherine Pendrel (CAN/Luna Pro Team) — 94
3. Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) — 82
4. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) — 70
5. Evelyn Dong (Salt Lake City, Utah/Backcountry.com) — 61
   

The Pro XCT continues June 28, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the first champions will be crowned in the finale of the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group.
 
Watch the live stream of the US Cup Pro Series finale on Saturday, June 28.
 
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