Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

Werner and Mani take early leads in US Pro CX Calendar

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Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano) and Carolyn Mani (Van Dessel Factory Team) have the early leads in the 2018 USA Cycling Pro Cyclocross Calendar after the first two weekends of racing in Virginia and New York starting on Labor Day weekend.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge GO Cross Race in Roanoke featured two UCI C2 races on September 1 and 2, while the 11th annual Rochester Cyclocross in New York hosted the first of seven US Pro CX C1 races on Saturday, September 8, and a C2 race on Sunday, September 9.

With 186 series points, Werner took the early lead for elite men with consecutive victories in Roanoke and two podiums in Rochester, where he finished second on Saturday and third on Sunday.

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US champion Stephen Hyde (Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld) missed Virginia but won both days in Rochester and is currently third the standings, Hyde is 10 points behind 2017 series winner Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label Racing), who has 160 points based on two podiums in Roanoke and a podium and seventh-place finish in Rochester. Jack Kisseberth (Garneau-EastonI is currently fourth with 115 points, followed by Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle Co-Groove Subaru) with 83.

In the women’s rankings, Mani has a four-point lead over Crystal Anthony (LIV Cycling) and 17 over Maghalie Rochette (CXFever-Specialized). Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing) is 37 points off Mani’s pace, followed by Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano), another five points in arrears.

Mani took the early lead with first and second in Virginia, then followed it up with two fourth-place finishes in Rochester. Anthony is breathing down Mani’s neck with third and first in Roanoke, then third place and eighth in Rochester. Rochette missed Roanoke, but her consecutive wins the following weekend in Rochester lifted her to third in the series standings.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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