(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.
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.
Katerina Nash sprints to victory in the women's race at the 2014 Missoula XC. (photo by Tom Robertson)
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.