Americans take silver, bronze on day 2 of Masters 'Cross Worlds
The morning featured the final seeding heats prior to the start of championship racing. In the men’s 35-39 race, Grant Berry (Durango, Colo./ Cycleution/Stevens Bikes) won heat one and Scott Frederick (Raleigh, N.C./Inland Construction) won heat 2. Randall Root (Sterling, Va./Evolution Cycling Club P/B Long & Foster) won heat one of the men’s 55-59 race while Jeff Townsend (Los Gatos, Calif./Plus 3 Network) took heat two. They will contest their final races later this weekend.
Championship racing began when the 30-34 men kicked off the first race for the rainbow jersey. In a race complicated by frozen, muddy ruts, wind and frigid temperatures, Belgian Sven Van Eyndt took the hole shot and was never far off the front of the field for the duration of the race.
Behind him Americans Thomas Turner (Canton, Ga./Jamis Factory Team) fought valiantly for the silver medal while Andy Reardon (Franklin, Tenn./Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross) fought off a hard-charging Spanish rider, Jose Dominguez, to hold on to the bronze medal. All top three riders were plagued by mechanicals and crashes.
On the last lap, Van Eyndt accelerated away from Turner and opened up a six-second gap that the American could not close down. Behind Turner the battle for the final podium spot was heating up. Reardon, who turned in the three fastest lap times of the day, had found himself on the front of the race before crashing and dropping 20 spots. After riding back up through the field Reardon was caught by Dominguez. The Spaniard went down in the sand and Reardon rode away clean to claim the final step on the podium.
2012 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships
January 13, 2012
1. Sven Van Eyndt (Belgium) 45:35
2. Thomas Turner (Canton, Ga./Jamis Factory Team) 45:38
3. Andrew Reardon (Franklin, Tenn./Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross) 46:06
4. Jose Dominguez (Spain) 46:40
5. Stephen Cummings (Pittsburgh, Pa./ C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 20/20 Cycling) 46:44
Full results and lap time reports are available here.
Racing resumes Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. when the women make their first appearance of this world championships as the 30-34 age group kick off the day’s competitions.
Admission to the races is free to the public with a $3 parking charge. For a complete race schedule and more information, visit www.louisville2013.com. You can also follow the event on Twitter at @Louisville2013 or by searching the hash tag #cxmasters2012.
Photo credits: Wil Mathews Photography
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