Pro XCT: Wells moves into series lead with bronze at Sea Otter

  
  


Olympians, world, and national champions dig in for a long, hot battle during the Sea Otter Classic women’s cross-country event. (photo by Sean Cope/Sea Otter Classic)
Olympians, world, and national champions dig in for a long, hot battle during the Sea Otter Classic women’s cross-country event. (photo by Sean Cope/Sea Otter Classic)
Todd Wells
(Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) claimed the top spot in the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT) men's standings with his performance at the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic p/b SRAM, while Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Crankbrothers Race Club 11) maintained a firm grasp on the women's lead.
 
Men
Wells was the top American rider at the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic p/b SRAM on Sunday in Monterey, Calif., reaching the podium in third place. The bronze medal gives Wells 655 points for the season and moves him 10 points ahead of previous leader Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./SHO-Air-Cannondale) in the Pro XCT men's standings. Bishop finished in 11th place in Monterey.
 
Benjamin Sonntag (Durango, Colo./American Interbanc) held on to third place in the standings with 333 points after an 18th-place finish, while Ryan Woodall (Ocala, Fla./Top Gear Bicycles) leapfrogged the idle Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Trek Factory Racing) to move into fourth place with 285 points. Schultz sits in fifth place with 280 points.
 
Women
The top of the Pro XCT women's standings remained largely unchanged as the first six riders in the standings all placed in the top 20 at the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic p/b SRAM. Woodruff, Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) and Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) all finished within a minute of each other in Monterey, with Batty placing eighth, Davison ninth and Woodruff 10th to maintain their top-three places in the standings.
 
Woodruff now leads with 505 points, followed by Batty (445) and Davison (410). Annie Last (GBR/Trek Factory Racing) kept pace in fourth place with a 13th-place finish on Sunday to give her 375 points. The only shakeup at the top of the standings was Erica Tingey (Salt Lake City, Utah/Jamis) emerging from a tie with Judy Freeman (Littleton, Colo./Crankbrothers Race Club) to claim sole possession of fifth place with 325 points. Tingey crossed the line in 16th place at the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic p/b SRAM while Freeman was more than two minutes back in 20th position.
 
Team
With another strong performance in Monterey, Specialized Racing has pulled to within 10 points of leader Trek Factory Racing in the Pro XCT team standings. With five races remaining on the calendar, Trek Factory Racing holds a slim 1095-1085 lead over Specialized Racing. Sho-Air-Cannondale sits in third place with 901 points, followed by Kenda-Felt in fourth place with 401 points and Kona now cracking the top five with 283 points.

Full results from the 2013 Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic
 
  USA Cycling Pro XCT Standings:

Men
1. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) —655
2. Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./SHO-Air-Cannondale) — 645
3. Benjamin Sonntag (Durango, Colo./American Interbanc) -- 333
4. Ryan Woodall (Ocala, Fla./Top Gear Bicycles) — 285
5. Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Trek Factory Racing) — 280

Women
1. Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Crankbrothers Race Club 11) — 505
2. Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) — 445
3. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) -- 410
4. Annie Last (GBR/Trek Factory Racing) — 375
5. Erica Tingey (Salt Lake City, Utah/Jamis) — 325

Team
1. Trek Factory Racing — 1095
2. Specialized Racing — 1085
3. Sho-Air-Cannondale — 901
4. Kenda-Felt -- 401
5. Kona — 283
   

For complete standings, visit the Pro XCT's official webpage at usacycling.org/proxct.

The Pro XCT now moves east for the fifth stop on the calendar at the Bump 'N Grind on Sunday, June 2, in Birmingham, Ala.
 
 
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