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Dillman doubles in Derby Cup

Andrew Dillman (Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross) became the first rider in the UCI-sanctioned events at the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Derby City Cup weekend to sweep both days of racing, and the Louisville, Kentucky native once again won in convincing fashion in front of a hometown, partisan crowd.

Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant-Specialized) took the sprint for second from Curtis White (Clif Bar Development Team), who notched a podium finish in Louisville for the second straight day.

As happened on Saturday, the five-lap race's decisive selection occurred by the end of the second lap with four riders going clear: Dillman, Ortenblad, White plus his Clif Bar Development Team teammate Zane Godby. Canadian champion Yohan Patry was tantalizingly close while riding alone in fifth place, but he was unable to connect with the leaders.

Dillman soon dispatched of his rivals as he parlayed a slight gap through the deep sand pit into what would be a convincing margin of victory.

"We were having some trouble deciding who was going to pull so I just went," Dillman told Cyclingnews. "They were right on my wheel but I just kept going. Eventually they kind of faded off and I just went again.

"I know a lot of it is mental, so if I get a good gap I know in their heads they're thinking 'I don't know if I can do this'. Getting that initial state in their mind that they can't do it helps me."

Dillman continued to press his advantage throughout the 3.5km circuit, jumping out of turns, making quick work of the sand sections, and carving smooth lines through the technical sections.

Entering the final lap Dillman held a 20-second advantage over his chasers, who then began to play cat-and-mouse as they resigned themselves to racing for second.

While Dillman extended his lead en route to victory, Ortenblad and White dropped Godby in the race's endgame with the Californian edging the New Yorker for second place.

"Godby bobbled on the sandpit on the final lap and I passed him there," Ortenblad told Cyclingnews. "I was just sitting on Curtis's wheel, waiting to make the move. I knew if I could get my him ahead of the hills I could probably keep it. I got a little gap there and held it to the finish."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrew Dillman (USA) Bob's Red Mill0:42:11
2Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Cal-Giant Specialized0:00:13
3Curtis White (USA) CLIF BAR Junior Development0:00:15
4Zane Godby (USA) Clif Bar Development Team0:00:51
5Logan Owen (USA) Team Redline0:01:07
6Yohan Patry (Can) Ride With Rendall0:01:10
7Nate Morse (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:01:15
8Benjamin Perry (Can) TEAM CHCH0:01:41
9Sam Okeefe (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:01:42
10John Francisco (USA) Red Zone Juniors Cycling0:02:17
11Jordan Cullen (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team0:02:28
12Luke Haley (USA) Red Zone Cycling0:02:35
13Lionel Rocheleau (USA) Team Geargrinder0:02:38
14Forrest Conrad (USA) Team Pure Energy Cycling/ ProAi0:03:00
15Travis Monroe (USA) Hammer/CMG Racing Team0:03:10
16Zack Gould (USA) CLIF Bar Junior Development Cyc0:03:36
17Richard Cypress Gorry (USA) Whole Athlete-Specialized0:03:38
18Alex Howard (USA) Above Category Racing0:04:03
19Spencer Downing (USA) Clif Bar Development cross team0:04:17
20Nick Dietrich (USA) Red Zone Cycling0:04:20
21Stephen Bassett (USA) Bob's Red Mill CX p/b Stevens b0:05:25
22Zach Bender (USA) Team Specialized-Rising STARS p0:05:39
23Nathan Labecki (USA) Nova Cycle Sports Foundation In0:05:49
24Christopher Osborne (USA) IsCorp0:05:53
25Nolan Mcqueen (USA) Red Zone Cycling Team0:07:10
26 (-1 lap)Daniel Santos (USA) RedZone Cycling
27Andrew Bailey (USA) MSG Cyclocross
28 (-3 laps)Toby Rosen (USA) Capital Cycling Club/Peak Auto
DNFCasey Hildebrandt (USA) Polska
DNFRudyard Peterson (USA) Kinetic Systems

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.

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