Vincent Baestaens (CX Team Deschacht-Group Hens-Maes Containers) won the UCI C1 elite men's race under the lights on the opening day of Jingle Cross in Iowa City, Iowa, sweeping all three C1 races in which he has competed in the US this season.
Thijs Aerts (Baloise Trek Lions) edged Eric Brunner (Blue Competition Cycles p/b Build) at the line to take second place, and the American was third. Trailing for fourth was Anton Ferdinande (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal).
Baestaens was in chase mode for most of the 12-lap Musco Friday Night Frights – River Products Company Chris Lillig C1 race and said he "was just lucky today" so he could continue his US streak.
“I have lucky [bib] number seven today because the other two guys were stronger than me, but sometimes you need to have luck," said Baestaens. "I changed bikes with three laps to go, in my mind it was already over, then the other guy [Brunner] came to me and said 'push' so I kept pushing and saw they were doubting each other and I said I can close the gap. On the last lap, they crashed in front of me, and I came past them."
Brunner set the early pace before a slip of gears the second pass up the signature course climb, Mt Krumpit. He then joined Baestaens and Thijs Aerts to chase solo leader Ferdinande.
The American suffered a second mechanical on lap six that knocked him out of the lead group. Then Ferdinande slipped in a corner which allowed Aerts to catch on, with Brunner powering back to Baestaens in a fight for what looked like a bronze medal spot.
Baestaens made his move to join the leading duo on the final lap, where Aerts crashed on the Mt Krumpit climb and took down Ferdaninde and the Belgian surged ahead for the victory.
Friday's victory was also his fifth overall for the year, having swept C2 races at Rochester Cyclocross and Charm City Cross, which keeps him in a solid first-place position in the USCX Series, 30 points ahead of Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano) with three races to go. He will sit out the C2 contest on Saturday to focus on the third round of the World Cup series on Sunday.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Vincent Baestaens (Bel) CX TEAM DESCHACHT-GROUP HENS-CO||1:00:45|
|2||Thijs Aerts (Bel) BALOISE TREK LIONS||0:00:22|
|3||Eric Brunner (USA) Blue Competition Cycles p/b Bui|
|4||Anton Ferdinande (Bel) PAUWELS SAUZEN - BINGOAL||0:00:23|
|5||Michael Van den Ham (Can) Easton Giant CX||0:00:52|
|6||Gosse Van der Meer (Ned) *Bombdrike/Hunt||0:01:20|
|7||Brannan Fix (USA) Fix Racing||0:01:30|
|8||Andrew Dillman (USA) Rigd-Leitner||0:02:01|
|9||Lance Haidet (USA) L39ION of Los Angeles||0:02:16|
|10||Kerry Werner (USA) Kona Maxxis Shimano||0:02:48|
|11||Scott Mcgill (USA) Aevolo||0:02:57|
|12||Matt Leliveld (Can) Hardwood NextWave||0:03:00|
|13||Jacob Leblanc (USA) Competitive Edge Racing||0:03:12|
|14||Brian Matter (USA) Linear Sport Racing||0:03:13|
|15||Matteo Oppizzi (Swi) Cannondale-Iland||0:03:23|
|16||Lief Rodgers (Can) Giant Canada Off-Road Team||0:03:32|
|17||Michael Larson (USA) Red Kite Fund||0:03:35|
|18||Tommy Servetas (USA) Competitive Edge Racing||0:03:39|
|19||Ross Ellwood (USA) Alpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Silv||0:03:41|
|20||Mark Myles (USA) Be Real Sports|
|21||Andrew Giniat (USA) The Pony Shop p/b KPMG|
|22||Rory Jack (USA) The Pony Shop p/b KPMG|
|23||Casey Hildebrandt (USA) Donkey Label|
|24||Nick Carter (USA) NorthStar Development|
|25||Dylan Zakrajsek (USA) KCCX Elite Cyclocross Team|
|26||Terol Pursell (USA) Forever Endurance|
|27||Joseph Schmalz (USA) Steve Tilford Foundation Racing|
|28||Ian Mcdonald (USA) KCCX Elite Cyclocross Team|
|29||Mathieu Belanger Barrette (Can) BarreTendre|
|30||Hugo Brisebois (Can) Ride with Randall|
|31||Frederick Junge (USA) Broom Wagon Works|
|32||Vin Hludzinski (USA) Boulder Junior Cycling|
|33||Nicholas Lando (USA) Competitive Edge Racing|
|34||Nicholas Tabares (USA) ASU Devo Pro CX|
|35||Jack Tanner (USA)|
|36||Dillon Mcneill (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective|
|37||Seamus O'Connor-Walker (USA) Donkey Label|
|38||Finnegan O'Connor (USA) Comp Edge Racing|
|39||Jeremy Bloyd-Peshkin (USA) The Pony Shop p/b KPMG|
|40||Josh Bauer (USA) Angry Catfish - Endura|
|41||Dakota Olsen (USA)|
|42||Owen Brenneman (USA) CXHAIRS DEVO : TREK BIKES|
|43||Luke Arens (USA) Adapt Cycling|
|44||Michael Sanders (USA) Wahoo Fitness|
|45||Kevin Mcconnell (USA) Iowa City Cycling Club|
|46||Nicholas Lemke (USA) KUHL Cycling Team|
|47||Matthew Riley (USA) Linear Sport / Trek|
|48||Thomas Savage (USA)|
|49||Donald Morgan (USA) Pentabike Racing|
|DNF||Kyle Johnson (USA) J moneyz factory racing|
|DNF||Kaler Marshall (USA) Giant Bicycles/ HiFi Sound Elit|
|DNF||Lucas Stierwalt (USA) Alpha Bicycle Co.- Groove Silve|
|DNF||Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Walla Walla|
|DNF||Jules Van Kempen (USA)|
|DNF||Luke Feuerhelm (USA) Aether Racing|
|DNF||Jonathan Anderson (USA) KCCX Elite Cyclocross Team|
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