Beijing-bound Alejandro Borrajo (Colavita/Sutter Home) continued his winning form that started with the At&T Downtown Austin Crit and the two races part of the Crossroads Classic, by taking the 5th annual Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Part of a 9-man break established in the last 15 laps of the 50-mile race, Borrajo outsprinted Frank Pipp (Health Net-Maxxis) and Emile Abraham (Team Type 1) for the win and for the $12,500 prize money.
Borrajo’s teammate Kyle Wamsley attacked the break in the final two laps but was brought back by Shawn Milne (Team Type 1) and the nine riders came to the finish line together for the final sprint.
Attacks were furious in the women’s 25-mile criterium from the get-go and no break stuck until Aaron’s Kat Caroll jumped for a prime and just kept on going. She soloed away to victory and took home the $7,500 check for the winner. Tibco’s Brooke Miller outsprinted Tina Pic (Colavita/Sutter Home) for second place.
With only 3 events left in the USA Crits Series, the top step is still up for grabs. With his twelfth place finish, Yosvany Falcon (Toshiba-Santo) is the new leader of the series, but
less than 300 points separate him and his teammate Mark Hekman in fifth place. Sandwiched between them are Adam Myerson (Time PRO Cycling) Frank Travieso (Toshiba-Santo) and Seth Hansley (Loco).
On the women’s side, after finishing in tenth place Cheerwine’s Kelly Benjamin is now in the lead with a 16-point advantage over Jennifer Wilson (Vanderkitten). Taitt Sato (ValueAct Capital) is in third place.
Final two laps of the men’s race, courtesy of Rockhillbikes.com: