Anthony wins day 2 at Baystate Cyclo-cross

Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) improved on Saturday's third place finish at the Baystate Cyclo-cross Weekend by winning Sunday's UCI C2-ranked event after a hard fought battle with Arley Kemmerer (C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.). Saturday's winner, Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms – Specialized) took the third step on the podium in Sterling, MA.

The day's most decisive feature, a multi-stepped, off-camber hillside followed by a treacherous, off-camber descent, set the stage for most of the day on lap one. Anthony, who started the climb near the back of the field, emerged from the descent in the lead ahead of Kemmerer, Mo Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles), Amanda Carey (Stan's NoTubes Elite) and Ellen Noble (Trek). Anderson had led to the bottom of the climb but she suffered a mechanical which momentarily dropped her back to 20th place.

By the end of the second lap, Anthony and Kemmerer escaped from the rest of the leaders while Anderson, who had worked her way all the way back to the first chase group, worked with Bruno Roy to catch the duo.

Two laps later, the two leaders had extended their lead to nearly 30 seconds over Anderson who had disposed of Bruno Roy. They continued to trade punches, but each time one rider opened a gap, the other would close it.

Coming through the frozen ruts on the running track leading to the off-camber hillside for the last time, Kemmerer bobbled and lost a few crucial seconds to Anthony. Both riders made it up and over cleanly and Anthony kept the pace high enough to maintain her small lead all the way to the finish. Anderson crossed the line for third 24 seconds down on Anthony.

"Every race is different," said a mud-covered Kemmerer after the race. "The courses and weather are always different," she continued, adding, "anyone can win on any day and that's why I love cyclo-cross."

Trying to warm her painfully frozen hands, Anthony said of today's course and conditions, "It was like racing in Belgium, but without the travel. I loved it."

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Full Results
1Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:36:29
2Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling0:00:02
3Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:00:24
4Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:00:37
5Amanda Carey (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite0:01:06
6Jenny Ives (USA) Verge Sport-Test Pilot0:01:07
7Kate Northcott (USA) NESS0:01:32
8Elizabeth White (USA) UVM Cycling0:01:34
9Emma White (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:01:40
10Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:01:44
11Christina Birch (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:01:46
12Lori Cooke (USA) Cycle Lodge0:02:43
13Carol Jeane Sansome (USA) Grand Performance Cyclocross Team0:03:26
14Erica Yozell (USA) Bicycle Therapy-Melitta0:03:37
15Joanne Grogan (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:03:41
16Brittlee Bowman (USA) House Industries-Richard Sachs-RGM0:03:45
17Rebecca Fahringer (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:04:09
18Nicole Pisani (USA) Healthy Kids Happy KidsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Frances Morrison (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling0:04:23
20Emily Phillips (USA) Ladies First Racing0:06:18
21Molly Hurford (USA) Colavita0:06:31
22Bryna Blanchard (USA) North American Velo0:06:37
23Victoria Gates (USA) JAM Fund-NCC-1lap

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