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Blevins Third At Bonelli Park XC

Christopher Blevins earned his sixth straight podium finish Saturday by finishing third in the USA Cycling US Cup Bonelli Park Cross Country race.

Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team’s Christopher Blevins (second from right) finished third Saturday at the USA Cycling US Cup Bonelli Park Cross Country race. (Photo by Field Blevins.)

Riding for Specialized Racing, Blevins overcame a fifth-row start and quickly moved through the field to catch up to his Specialized teammate, Howard Grotts, and race leader Anton Cooper (Trek Factory Racing Team). The trio rapidly built a 45-second lead on their closest challenger nearly three laps into the eight-lap race.

But Blevins, who is in his first season with the Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team, said that is where his fast start and the stellar competition started taking its toll.

“I popped off those two partially because I knew I could not keep that pace up for several more laps and partly because I was tired,” Blevins said, chuckling. “Anton Cooper, who is from New Zealand, is phenomenal. He won the Under 23 worlds two years ago. And Grotts is the cross country national champion and was our U.S. Olympic representative at Rio last year.”

Riding his own pace on his Specialized S-Works Epic full suspension bike around the 4.1-kilometer course, Blevins finished 2:35 back of Cooper, who took the win 10 seconds ahead of Grotts.

Sunday, the 19-year-old from Durango, Colorado, will aim for his third US Cup Series victory when he starts the short track event. Last week, Blevins won both the cross country and the short track races at the Fontana City National Cup, the first event of the series.

About Axeon Hagens Berman
The Axeon Hagens Berman Cycling Team represents the next generation of professional cyclists. Founded in 2009 by former professional cyclist and Olympic bronze medalist Axel Merckx, we are cycling’s premier development program. Through our first eight seasons, we have advanced 21 riders to the WorldTour ranks. Axeon Hagens Berman team and staff work diligently to ensure our program remains the best. Through careful rider selection, instruction and guidance, we annually achieve winning results for a vibrant and original brand that represents the future of the sport. We give future stars their shot to ride against WorldTour teams and prove themselves. #PROVEIT

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