Berden outsprints Johnson to win day 2 in Providence

With yesterday's C1 winner, Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), choosing to withdraw from Sunday's race at the last minute due to illness, it was anyone's race to win.

In his teammate's absence, Zach McDonald capitalized on the day's slippery conditions and immediately opened a 15-second gap on a chase group that included Cannondale p/b teammates Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon, Raleigh-Clement teammates Ben Berden and Jamey Driscoll, Cal Giant Berry Farms - Specialized teammates Yannick Eckmann and Tobin Ortenblad, Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/NCC), Lukas Winterberg (Muller Landscape - BH Bikes), Evan McNeely (Norco Factory Team), and Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory Team).

With 5 laps remaining in the race, McDonald held the same lead but a hard effort by Berden with Johnson in tow closed the gap within a half lap and the two immediately disposed of the Rapha-Focus rider who then ended his race with a crash on the backside of the course.

Further behind, Trebon sat on the chase group that now only contained Gagne, Winterberg, and Hyde while the gap to Berden and Johnson grew to nearly 30 seconds.

Two laps later, Gagne attacked on the steps after a flat tire put Trebon out of the chase group. Winterberg also suffered a mechanical, dropping his chain and ending his chances of finishing with the group.

At the front, Johnson and Berden traded punches with neither rider succeeding in dispatching the other. Johnson continued trying to dispose of Berden before the finishing asphalt stretch, hoping not to sprint against the Belgian, but he was unable to do so.

Johnson led Berden to the final stretch of pavement, choosing to sprint up the inside of the sweeping left but Berden sprinted around the outside to take the win. Gagne was able to hold off a hard-charging Trebon for 3rd place, 41 seconds behind the two leaders while Hyde rounded out the top five.

"With two laps to go, Tim dropped his chain after the stairs and I attacked him," said Berden. "He was able to get back to me pretty quickly, so I knew neither of us was going to escape. I have a pretty good sprint, so I just saved myself for the final 200 meters."


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Full Results
1Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement1:00:48
2Tim Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.comRow 1 - Cell 2
3Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory Team0:00:41
4Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:48
5Stephen Hyde (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:00:52
6Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Muller Landscape-BH Bikes0:00:56
7Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:02
8James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:01:07
9Evan McNeely (Can) Norco Factory Team0:01:08
10Shawn Milne (USA) Keough Cyclocross0:01:41
11Yannick Eckmann (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:01:55
12Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:02:02
13Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:02:12
14Anthony Clark (USA) JAM Fund-NCC0:02:15
15Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:02:39
16Jerome Townsend (USA)'s Garage0:02:40
17Christian Favata (USA) TRT Bicycles p/b Stan's NoTubes0:02:42
18Cameron Dodge (USA) Team Skyline-Scott Bikes0:02:45
19Derrick St. John (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery0:02:59
20Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona BicyclesRow 19 - Cell 2
21Adam Myerson (USA) Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis0:03:03
22Curtis White (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:03:36
23Sam O'Keefe (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:03:42
24Tim Allen (USA) Feedback Sports - Foundry Cycles0:03:45
25Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:03:48
26Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Team Clif Bar0:03:50
27Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart0:03:54
28Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:03:55
29Edwin Bull (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:04:05
30Jesse Keough (USA) Keough Cyclocross0:04:18
31Cole Oberman (USA) Breakawaybikes.com0:04:27
32Adam St. Germain (USA) ENGVT-Specialized0:04:42
33Mike Garrigan (Can) Van Dessel0:04:58
34Craig Richey (Can) VOmax-SponsorConnected.com0:04:59
35Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro CX Team0:05:08
36Mitchell Hoke (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:05:33
37Daniel Chabanov (USA) House Industries-Richard Sachs-RGM0:05:53
38Manny Goguen (USA) RACE CF-3laps
39Nate Morse (USA) Cyclocrossworld.comRow 38 - Cell 2
40Joshua Dillon (USA)'s GarageRow 39 - Cell 2
41Craig Etheridge (USA) Raleigh-Clement-Hodala!Row 40 - Cell 2
42Evan Huff (USA) Crossresults.comRow 41 - Cell 2
43Matthew Means (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.Row 42 - Cell 2
44Sean Pantellere (USA) STAMPEDE! p/b Budd Bike WorksRow 43 - Cell 2
45Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Evan Murphy (USA) NYC Velo p/b The CannibalRow 45 - Cell 2
47Brendan Rhim (USA) KMS-Start House Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Spencer Downing (USA) Horizon OrganicRow 47 - Cell 2
49Christopher Hamlin (USA) Bicycle Express-Kona BikesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Isaac Howe (USA)-4laps
51Colin Dunlap (USA) Hutches HD-Bend DentalRow 50 - Cell 2
52William Elliston (USA) Van Dessel Factory TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Andrew Lysaght (USA) CUPPOW-Geekhouse-B2C2Row 52 - Cell 2
54Kevin Sweeney (USA) CUPPOW-Geekhouse-B2C2Row 53 - Cell 2
55Chris Field (USA) Essex County VeloRow 54 - Cell 2
56Thierry Laliberte (Can) Xprezo - BorsaoRow 55 - Cell 2
57Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt-5laps
58Evan Cooper (USA) Hudson Furniture CyclocrossRow 57 - Cell 2
59Aaron Oakes (USA) NYCross-VomaxRow 58 - Cell 2
60Adam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation-Gaulzetti CicliRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kurt Belhumeur (USA) Stampede!Row 60 - Cell 2
62Andrew Loaiza (USA) RMRCRow 61 - Cell 2
63Charles Schubert (USA) GPM SportRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jesse Quagliaroli (USA) ExpowheelmenRow 63 - Cell 2
65John Hanson (USA) Soco Unity p/b NBX & CoxRow 64 - Cell 2
66Joseph Near (USA) Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ian Schon (USA) CUPPOW-Geekhouse-B2C2Row 66 - Cell 2
68John Burns (USA) Burns RacingRow 67 - Cell 2
69Tyler Stein (USA) Fond du Lac-Oshkosh CycleryRow 68 - Cell 2
70Joseph O'Brien-Applegate (USA) Bicycle Roots Bike ShopRow 69 - Cell 2

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