After years of trying and winning the overall last year, Australian Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) finally won a race at Superweek on the last day, the Bravo Cucina Italiana Whitefish Bay Classic in Wisconsin. Along with his teammate Bernie Sulzberger, Cantwell was part of a break that lapped the field making it a drag race to the finish. APC Sprints winner Jay Thomson (Team MTN) was second with Andreas Muller (No Radunion) coming in third.
It was a role reversal today as Cantwell had been working for his teammate since the first race where Sulzberger picked up the yellow leader’s jersey.
“We lapped the field, everyone was still very anxious to win the bike race. Bernie has secured enough points to win the bike race, there was no way that I could catch second and there was no way that fourth could catch me so the overall positions were spoken for before the race. Bernie dedicated his day to me so I could get a win, we worked as a team since day one. ” said Cantwell.
The duo along with two other teammates earlier in the series defended the lead from day one, a new feat for Superweek.
“It was a great ending for us. Jonny has been leading me out since day one, I really wanted Jonny to win, he’s been my anchor man all week, we’ve been racing all year and normally I’m the one leading him out all the time and for these weeks, he’s repaid me and tonight I repaid him with his first Superweek win. It’s a great ending for Superweek. ” said overall winner Sulzberger
“He was very motivated and excited to work for me today, he led me out for the last lap basically, anyone that tried to attack in the last 10 laps wasn’t going away, he just chased everything down, that race probably could have broken up a lot more if he wasn’t there, he kept it all together. He led me out for a whole lap, it was just brilliant so dedicate my win to him.” continued Cantwell.
With the final race scheduled at the same time as the NRC Chicago Criterium, about 90 minutes away, it was a smaller field that started the 90km race on the flat 1.2km with 6 turns every lap.
“We’re very happy to be here, it’s certainly a shame that a lot of good guys went to Chicago because this organization does a good job for American cycling and also for us here, it’s a bit of a shame I think.” said Garmin-Slipstream Hans Dekkers.
While the overall classifications were set, the riders present were still looking for a win and raced hard.
A group of riders escaped the field with 61 kilometers to go and eventually lapped the field with 10 kilometers to go. The riders in the break included Cantwell and Sulzberger, Muller, Chun-Kai Feng (Exustar), Thomson, and his Team MTN teammates Ian McLead, Christoph and John Van Heerden, and the Garmin-Slipstream duo of Dekkers and Ricardo van der Velde.
Dekkers won another big prime, the $400 crowd prime with one lap to go. After the race, he laughed “it’s all about the money.”
In the final tally, Sulzberger wins the overall with 284 points. Dekkers was second at 44 points back and Cantwell finished third.
South African Thomson won the APC Sprints with 195 points with GearGrinder’s Robert White in second spot.
Finishing in tenth place overall, GearGrinder’s James Stemper won the Men’s Top US Amateur. “I’ve been moving up so next year, I’ll probably be in yellow” smiled Stemper after the race.
Complete results here
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