Tina Pic and Seba Haedo, both of Colavita/Sutter Home won the 65th annual Tour of Somerville, the oldest, continuous major bicycle race in the United States, in new Jersey today.
The name of the game was the lead out train.
The women raced aggressively on the 15-lap, 20-mile course of the ‘Kentucky Derby of Cycling’, but no breaks were allowed to go, and 67 riders came blasting in the last few laps. And the Colavita/Sutter Home set up their lead out train trying to control the speed, and even though it was a bit chaotic at the end, USA National Crit Champion Pic came through.
The overall USA Crits Speek week winner – and five-time U.S. national criterium champion – Pic outsprinted Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine) and Erica Allar (Aaron’s) to take her third win at Somerville. Lauren Franges (Tibco) came in fourth place.
Attacks fired from the beginning of the 36-lap, 50-mile men’s race, on the flat, four-corner course, hit with gusting winds. The Colavita/Sutter Home team survived all attacks and crashes, one crash with 30 laps and the other with 6 laps to go. But Colavita/Sutter Home didn’t flinch and set up their train to win the Tour of Somerville for the first time, as Sebastian Haedo crossed the line first with his teammate Kyle Walmsey, 2005 winner, in second and Jonathan Page (Battley Harley Davidson) was third.
Silver medalist at the 2007 World Cyclocross Championships, Page rides with the Battley Harley-Davidson team in select UCI and NRC events to prepare and train for his 2008-2009 UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross season.
Full results on usacycling.org