Tour of PA – stage 1

Posted on 25. Jun, 2008 by in race

The first day of the Tour of Pennsylvania was a split-stage day, starting in the morning with a short 2.2-mile (3.5 km) prologue time trial, followed by an evening 25-mile criterium.

Steven Van Vooren (Johan Brunyeel Cycling Academy) set the fastest time of 4:18, 3 seconds faster than second place Keven Lacombe (Kelly Benefit/Medifast) and 4 seconds ahead of Christoff Van Heerden (Konica Minolta).

“It was a tail wind going out in to the descent and then there were some fast turns,” said prologue winner Steven Van Vooren in the official report. “A headwind down along the river was where I felt like I was going strong, pushing a big gear,” continued Van Vooren. “I conserved a little bit of energy for that last climb toward the finish and I hoped that that was enough for the win.”

Later that day, the current US national criterium champion, Daniel Holloway aka Dholla (VMG-Felt) lit up the final 200-meters in the Philly Criterium to win the sprint ahead of Jake Kough (Kelly Benefit/Medifast) and Christoff Van Heerden (Konica Minolta) after 25 laps of fast racing.


According to Olaf, “it was an amazing last 2 turns put in by Daniel Halloway to beat the Kelly’s Benefits sprint train.”

“My guys came together and put there heads down and stuck it out for me,” said Dholla in the official report. “They put everything into me and it feels really good that they believed in me that way.”

Van Vooren wears the leader’s jersey and Holloway grabbed the points jersey going into Stage 2, a flat 91-mile (146.4 km) course which takes riders through the heart of Amish country.

For more info, TourOfPa has good coverage, cyclingnews’s Kristen Robbins is covering the race (Velonews is not), and also reports in local news: philly.com, and post-gazette.com

And, the Versus one hour daily show: June 25-28 at 6PM ET and June 29 at 5:30PM ET.

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