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Blevins completes elite sweep at U.S. Pro Cup

Blevins wins Saturday’s cross-country race to go 3-3 in Fayetteville
After scoring wins Thursday, pictured, and Friday at the U.S. Pro Cup in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Christopher Blevins turned around and won Saturday’s elite men’s cross-country race as well. (Courtesy Specialized Factory Racing)

Christopher Blevins of Specialized Factory Racing capped off the Moosejaw U.S. Pro Cup by winning the men’s elite cross-country race Saturday, giving him three wins in three days in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Blevins also won Thursday’s cross-country race and Friday’s short-track cross-country race.

Saturday, another Durangoan, Riley Amos, was Blevins’ biggest competitor. Blevins, however, ended up winning the seven-lap race by over a minute in 1 hour, 16 minutes and 14 seconds. Amos of Trek Factory Racing finished second in 1:17:19.

Stephan Davoust of Giant Factory Off Road Team finished 14th in 1:19:51, and Ivan Sippy of Team Durango Segment 28 placed 31st in 1:22:42.

Cody Cupp of Fezzari Bicycles-Kenda Tires placed 33rd in 1:23:32, Cobe Freeburn of Bear National Team placed 44th in 1:26:53, and Toby Hassett of WE Development finished 60th out of 94 cyclists after completing five laps in 1:14:36.

Savilia Blunk of Orange Seal Off-Road Team won Thursday’s elite women’s cross-country race. On Saturday, Blunk finished third after six laps in 1:15:35, 28 seconds behind the winner, Sofia Gomez Villafane of Specialized Off-Road.

Ruth Holcomb of Bear National Team cracked the top 10, placing 10th out of 44 bikers in 1:19:27. Madelyn Roberson of Team Durango Segment 28 finished 13th in 1:21:46. Michaela Thompson of Team Durango Segment 28 crossed 20th in 1:24:59.

In the junior women 17-18 race, Bailey Cioppa of Bear National Team placed third in the five-lap race in 1:05:44, less than a minute behind the winner, Ava Holmgren of Stimulus Orbea. Cioppa also won Thursday’s junior race.

Finishing right behind Cioppa was another Durango rider, Lauren Aggeler of Team Durango Segment 28. She finished fourth in 1:06:41.

Emmett McManus of Durango Devo finished 47th in the Cat 1 men 15-16 race in 1:12:38.