Singapore – Fly V Australia fast man Ben Kersten won the prestigious OCBC cycle Singapore criterium in emphatic fashion this past weekend.
The stakes were high with big money on the line with a cool $12,500 for the criterium winner. Amongst the 65-rider field, BISSELL, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Team Type 1 and Fly V Australia all lined up to compete in the 90-minute crit raced on a 2km circuit.
With a dangerous break hanging out front of the hard chasing peloton inside 5 laps to go, Ben’s teammates had to go into overdrive to reel the dangerous move in. Scott Law, Hayden Brooks and Pat Shaw provided the horsepower and with just 300 meters to go the dangerous move was neutralized.
Ben said, “It was looking touch and go in the last few laps but with a lap remaining I thought we had done enough to challenge for the sprint. I positioned myself well and once the break was caught I focused on the sprint. I went at 150 meters to go and had the speed to get there first.”
Team DS Henk Vogels commented, “The pressure was on us as we had arguably two of the best sprinters in the field with Kersten and Law. Law is a name to watch and at just 18 years of age has tremendous natural ability. Benny really impressed me with the confidence and condition he displayed today.”
Michele Merlo of Footon Servetto was second and took home $8K. In third was Angelo Furlan (Lampre).