The duo of Australian Hilton Clarke and Canadian Dominique Rollin, the only two riders from the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team present at the inaugural ING Direct Capital Criterium, waited until the final laps of the 85-lap crit in downtown Washington DC to make their move to come out on top of the podium. After avoiding a crash in the final lap, Clarke won the final sprint ahead of Freddie Rodriguez (Rock Racing). Rollin came in third.
Attack was the word of the day, and it seems that most moves and counter-moves included either a Garmin-Chipotle or Time Pro rider, but no breakaway managed to escape the field. The peloton was all together in the final laps as the Kelly Benefit/Medifast train started to organize for the sprint to the finish line, but the Toyota-United riders took advantage of the chaos to take home big money. Texas Roadhouse took the $2,500 team prize.
All photos copyright Mark Blacknell. Used with permission.