The Cox Charities Cycling Classic, in its seventh year and for the first time on the NRC, was held last Saturday June 28 in Providence RI. Kyle Wamsley (Colavita/Sutter Home) easily outsprinted his 2 breakaway companions and was easily able to celebrate victory by two bike lengths. Garrett Peltonen (Bissell) and Matt Johnson (CRCA/Empire Cycling) came in second and third respectively.
The race was aggressive from the start as primes were on the hook for most of the first 20 of the 50 laps around the 1-mile course. But everytime a move was made following the rush to the money line, a constant headwind that blew down the back straight along the Providence River would seem to set them back.
Finally about mid-way through, under the impetus of a $150 prime, a dozen from the 110-man field escaped, including Wamsley, Peltonen and Johnson. Toyota-United’s Ivan Stevic led the charge to try and bring them back and with 14 laps to go the field reeled them in. But experienced Johnson immediately counter-attacked and Wamsley and Peltonen jumped with the move.
The trio worked well together, the Colavita/Sutter Home team rode at the front of the field making it difficult for other teams to chase and the escapees made it to the finish line 24 seconds ahead of the field.
In the race press release, when asked if he was surprised at his podium placing, Johnson credited his wife’s presence at the race. He also revealed that he had just completed an 11 hour work shift the previous day.
photo courtesy of VelocityResults
- Photos Steve Hopkins Photography.
- 10-minute video taken by fan roaming around the course.
- Full results here