Gage Hecht takes big cyclo-cross win in Koksijde, Belgium on Saturday


Huge win for Gage Hecht in the junior men's race
It was a huge win for Gage Hecht in the junior men's race. Photo by Wouter Toelen
Koksijde, Belgium (November 22, 2014) – Round two of the 2014-2015 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup took place in Koksijde, Belgium on Saturday with elite women's and men's races, as well as non-world cup races for junior and U23 men.
Junior Men
Although it wasn't a part of the world cup, the junior men's event set the stage for a huge win for American Gage Hecht (Parker, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Company/Visit Subaru).The 16-year-old Hecht beat out three Belgian favorites for the win, crossing the line seven seconds ahead of second-place finisher Alessio Dhoore (BEL) and 15 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Stefano Museeuw (BEL). Also riding for Team USA Cycling, Gavin Haley (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling) was 11th, Cameron Beard (Bend, Ore./ Devo Team) was 13th, Spencer Petrov (Mason, Ohio/Element Cycles) was 14th, and Michael Owens (Richmond, Vt./ Devo Team) was 17th.
Elite Women

Katie had an off-day and finished in tenth.
Katie had an off-day and finished in tenth. Photo by Bart Hazen.
In the elite women's race, an off-day caused American strongwoman Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Cyclocross Collective) to finish a disappointing tenth. Completing the race nearly 2 minutes and 57 seconds off the pace, the American relinquished her overall world cup lead.
"That was a 'cut my losses' character building kind of day," she tweeted after the event. "Bad lungs and bad legs. But I finished. Oh, the highs and lows of bike racing!"
Also racing from the USA were Rachel Lloyd (Fairfax, Calif./California Giant Cycling) in 12th and Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) in 19th. The race was won by Belgian Sanne Cant.
Elite Men
The top American in the elite men's race was Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Rapha Focus) in 17th. He finished behind winner Woute Van Aert (BEL) and ahead of fellow Americans Jonathan Page (Northfield, NH/Fuji-Spyoptics) and Jeremy Durrin (Easthampton, Mass./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) who were 38th and 54th, respectively, in the 57-man event.
U23 Men
Also racing a non-world cup event as part of USA Cycling's National Development Program was a U23 men's squad of four. The top rider for Team USA Cycling was Ian McPherson (Boulder, Colo./The Pro's Closet CX) in 17th place while his teammates Liam Earl (Boise, Idaho), Grant Ellwood (Boulder, COlo./Boulder Cycle Sport Elite), and Maxx Chance (Boulder, Colo./The Pro’s Closet Cx) were 19th, 21st, and 23rd.
The UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup continues next weekend with round three in Milton Keynes, GBR. Click here for complete results and standings from the World Cup.

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