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McGrath and Hanusova take short track at Mt. Snow

It may have come a day later than he would have liked, but Seamus McGrath (Haro-Lee Dungarees) finally won his first NORBA race, taking Sunday’s short track at Mount Snow. After finishing second to Roland Green (Trek-Volkswagen) in Saturday’s cross-country, McGrath left nothing to chance today, attacking breakaway compatriot Filip Meirhaghe (Specialized) with three laps to go, just as Green was about to bridge to the leading duo. McGrath kept his margin through to the finish, celebrating a win that was a long time coming only after checking to make sure Meihaghe was well in the rearview

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By Chris Milliman, Special to VeloNews.com

Photo: Chris Milliman

It may have come a day later than he would have liked, but Seamus McGrath (Haro-Lee Dungarees) finally won his first NORBA race, taking Sunday’s short track at Mount Snow.

After finishing second to Roland Green (Trek-Volkswagen) in Saturday’s cross-country, McGrath left nothing to chance today, attacking breakaway compatriot Filip Meirhaghe (Specialized) with three laps to go, just as Green was about to bridge to the leading duo. McGrath kept his margin through to the finish, celebrating a win that was a long time coming only after checking to make sure Meihaghe was well in the rearview mirror.

“I knew I was stronger,” said McGrath of his move with the 2002 World Cup champ. “A couple times I asked him to up the pace, and he said he couldn’t.”

Photo: Chris Milliman

“Seamus was so strong on the flats, it was hard to stay on,” said Meirhaghe, who admitted to fighting a cold over the weekend.

Luna’s Katerina Hanusova also claimed a first-ever NORBA win as she snuck off the front of a four-rider group with three laps to race. After a brisk race, with notable attacks by Chrissy Redden (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Mary McConneloug (Seven Cycles), Hanusova took advantage of a lull in the pace to open a small gap that she hammered open before anyone else could react.

“She just kind of rode away from us,” said Redden, “ and no one made a move to chase her until it was too late.”

Short Track
Pro Women
1. Katerina Hanusova, (CZE), Luna, 25:11.4
2. Susan Haywood, (USA), Trek-Volkswagen, 25:17.3
3. Chrissy Redden, (CAN), Subaru-Gary Fisher, 25:20.3
4. Mary McConneloug, (USA), Seven Cycles, 25:20.6
5. Jimena Florit, (ARG), RLX Ralph Lauren, 25:24.6
6. Willow Koerber, (USA), RLX Ralph Lauren, 25:34.0
7. Kiara Bisaro, (CAN), Gearsracing.com, 25:37.2
8. Alison Sydor, (CAN), Trek-Volkswagen, 25:46.3
9. Shonny Vanlandingham, (USA), Luna, 25:51.1
10. Dara Marks, (USA), SoBe-Cannondale, 25:56.1Pro Men
1. Seamus McGrath, (CAN), Haro-Lee Dungarees, 23:42.3
2. Filip Meirhaghe, (BEL), Specialized, 23:52.9
3. Roland Green, (CAN), Trek-Volkswagen, 23:57.0
4. Paul Rowney, (AUS), SoBe-Cannondale, 23:58.0
5. J. Horgan-Kobelski, (USA), RLX Ralph Lauren, 23:58.4
6. Adam Craig, (USA), Giant-Pearl Izumi, 24:00.9
7. Kashi Leuchs, (NZL), Maxxis-Trek, 24:03.6
8. Geoff Kabush, (CAN), Kona Clarks, 24:04.7
9. Chris Sheppard, (CAN), Haro-Lee Dungarees, 24:09.6
10. Jeff Hall, (USA), Salsa, 24:11.3
 

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