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Olympic team members prove why they made the cut at cross country nationals

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jul. 8, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM EDT

The U23 men and women also showed strong performances over the weekend. Russell Finsterwald (Trek Subaru) won the menʼs cross country race, finishing 52 seconds ahead of second-place Howard Grotts (Fort Lewis College). Skyler Trujillo (Niner Stans Ergon) finished third, 5:36 back from Grotts.

“I wanted to put as much pressure on Grotts as I could,” Finsterwald told USA Cycling after the race. “He would catch me at the top of each climb. I was able to come around him somewhere on the descent and open it up a bit. He made me work for it. That was not easy.”

On the womenʼs side, Lauren Catlin (Durango Devo) dominated the cross country event, coming back from a bobble early in the race to take the national title. Deidre York (The Gear Movement-Epic Pro Cycle) finished 1:21 back from Catlin, earning second, while defending national champion Jill Behlen (Tokyo Joeʼs-Whole Foods-Primal) took third.

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