Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) came out the victor of the physical and chaotic Dana Point Grand Prix earlier today. Brothers Alejandro and Anibal Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) were a close second and third in the final bunch sprint.
The 90-minute crit, a NRC race for the men was aggressive from the start with some pushing and shoving but seemed to go according to the script that most expected. No moves had stuck and the whole UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis train was at the front in the final laps amping the speed for the field sprint. Then on the last corner before the start/finish line at the men were about to see four laps to go, a major crash split the field. Riders going down included last year’s winner Rahsaan Bahati (Bahati Foundation), Andy Jacques-Maynes and Kyle Wamsley (BISSELL), Eric Barlevav (UnitedHealthcare) and Roman Van Uden (Rubicon ORBEA).
Tempers escalated and the next time the peloton around, Bahati threw his sunglasses at a rider in the field. The sunglasses hit and damaged Andrew Pinfold (UnitedHealthcare)’s wheel.
The field continued racing with the UnitedHealthcare team regrouped at the front still in control of the field on the hunt for that illusive win. But it wasn’t to be as their train was swarmed on the final stretch coming to the last corner by the Borrajo brothers and Cantwell. Anibal led his brother Alejandro around the corner with Cantwell on their wheel.
Before the race started, the complete Bahati Foundation team came to the front of the field and a moment of silence was held in honor of their teammate Jorge Alvarado, who died while out on a training ride on Thursday after being struck by a car. Cantwell dedicated his win to Alvarado, his teammate in 2007 on Kahala-LaGrange.
Pinfold won the Dana Point Grand Prix Omnium with his eighth placed finish in the crit combined with his second place in Saturday’s time trial.
The women’s 55-minute crit also finished in a bunch sprint, with junior Kendall Ryan (Now-MS Society) outsprinting Maria Lechuga (Helen’s Cycles) and Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12), also a junior. Attacks were tried but again nothing stuck as the bigger teams were gunning for the field sprint.
Ryan also took the Omnium title.
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Men Top 10 (Complete results)
1. Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Austrailia) 1:29:49
2. Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home)
3. Anibal Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home)
4. Kenneth Hanson (Team Type 1) +00:01
5. Justin Williams (Trek Livestrong U23)
6. Jeremiah Wiscovitch (Williams Cycling p/b SC VELO)
7. Jacob Keough (UnitedHealthcare)
8. Andrew Pinfold (UnitedHealthcare) +00:02
9. James Williamson (Two Wheeler/Specialized)
10. Eric Marcotte (Team Pista Palace)
Women Top 10
1. Kendall Ryan (NOW-MS Society) 0:53:31
2. Maria Lechuga (Helen’s Cycles)
3. Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12)
4. Jennifer Weinbrecht (Herbalife LaGrange)
5. Anna Lang (Vanderkitten Racing presented b)
6. Jennifer Wilson (Vanderkitten Racing presented b) 0:00:01
7. Julia Lafranchise (NOW-MS Society)
8. Cara Bussell (TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racin)
9. Erika Graves (Vanderkitten)
10. Beatriz Rodriguez (Southern California Velo)