Werner wins Charm City opener

07 October 2018 05:25
Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano) grabbed the top spot fr the elite men Saturday at the Charm City Cross in Baltimore, Maryland. It didn’t take the elite men very long to launch a five-man group at the front and string out the rest of the 41-rider field. “I took the holeshot and led the first lap,” said Werner, who finished just off the podium in fourth place at last year’s C1 in Baltimore. “Honestly, I thought I could get away from these guys a little quicker. I thought pushing the pace on some of these corners would have shattered the field a little sooner. I reckon it did. There were five of us that basically stayed away.”ADVERTISEMENT Along with Werner, the pistons in the lead included Curtis White (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), Matthieu Boulo (Team Pays de Dinan), Matthew van den Ham (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions), and Jamey Driscoll. Trailing in sixth was Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing). There were multiple moves and bike changes. With two to go, Werner moved to the front and picked up the pace. White would not be able to stay in touch with the leaders, leaving four to continue to set the pace. “It was a bit of a chess match,” noted Werner about the race. “Van den Ham was riding pretty strong. When you see Jamie Driscoll at the front of the race, towards the end, you always have to check yourself. And then the Frenchman (Boulo), he had some very solid World Cups, so it was wide open. He was riding into the flyover every lap, and he was doing damage for sure. That was really wrecking me.” You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News