Fly V Australia go 1-2 at Boise. The race was animated from the very beginning at the 6th stop of the USA CRITS Series, the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium on Saturday. With riders hunting for early primes in the 90-minute race, the pace was high. Three break attempts were made but nothing stuck. The first break probably had the best chance of sticking with five motivated riders in Daniel Ramsey (Williams Racing p/b SC Velo), Alexi Martinez (Adageo Energy), NRC Leader Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home p/b Colavita), Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) and Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1).
A 3-rider counter-attack was made as soon as the break was reeled in with Andres Diaz (Team Exergy) and Ryan Parnes (Yahoo! Cycling) and Amaran going again. The trio was joined by a 9-man chase group but it was all back together with around 30 minutes of racing left. A third break was established a few moments later, however, the 11-man group was caught within 10 laps to go and it was time for the bunch sprint.
The sprint had the major players lined up, with Fly V Australia taking most of the responsibility of controlling the field and line up their fast men. With 2 laps to go, Jamis/Sutter Home p/b Colavita took over the battle to control the front but Ben Kersten and Jonathan Cantwell came around to take the win and second spot ahead of Anibal Borrajo (Jamis-Sutter Home).
Clayton Barrows (AXA Equitable) still leads the USA CRITS Series with 1166 points. Isaac Howe (Mt Khakis f/b Jittery Joe’s) keeps the Maxxis Best Young Rider Jersey (as well as his 2nd place overall standing), while Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) still wears the Sportsbase Online Lap Leader Jersey.
Next race in the USA CRITS Series, for both men and women, is the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational in Charlotte, NC on August 7 2010.
Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium Top 10
1. Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia)
2. Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia)
3. Anibal Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home p/b Colavita)
4 Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis)
5 Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home p/b Colavita)
6 Kenneth Hanson (Team Type 1)
7 Isaac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis fueled by Jittery Joe’s)
8 Clayton Barrows (AXA Equitable Cycling Team)
9 Lisban Quintero (CRCA/Foundation)
10 Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
USA CRITS Overall presented by Champion System
1. Clayton Barrows (AXA Equitable), 1166 points
2. Isaac Howe (Mountain Khakis fueled by Jittery Joe’s), 1140 points
3. Neil Bezdek (Mountain Khakis fueled by Jittery Joe’s), 899 points
Numainville, Tuft Top Tour de White Rock. Newly crowned Canadian Road Champion Joëlle Numainville (Webcor) and multi-time and reigning Canadian Time Trial Champion Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions) took top honors at the second and last race of BC Superweek, the 31st annual Tour de White Rock.
The 3-day event started off with the Homelife Realty Hill Climb on Friday where the riders tackle steep 700-metre ascent up a 16 per cent grade to the top Buena Vista Avenue. And to make it even harder, the top 5 from the first heat go back to the bottom for a winner-take-all drag race back up the hill.
Second fastest in the first heat, Canadian Road Champion Will Routley (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) survived a late attack by last year’s overall winner Andrew Pinfold (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) to take the win. Shawn Bunnin (Total Restoration) edged out Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) for third. Also second in the first heat, Jessica Hannah (Total Restoration) pulled away from Numainville for the win with Lauren Roschen (Westwood Cycle) taking second ahead of Numainville.
The racing continued on Saturday with the Maximum Collision Criterium raced on a 1-kilometer course. Tuft was part of an early three-man breakaway that grew to five riders 22 laps into the 60-lap race through the streets of White Rock. Tuft took off to win a crowd prime on the next lap and never looked back, building a 20-second lead on the peloton in just five laps. Tuft’s teammate Chris Meier in his F Cancer kit, and Jamie Sparling (Total Restoration) gave chase but never caught Tuft, who lapped the field with 13 laps left and grabbed a $920 crowd prime before cruising to victory. Sparling was second, Meier third.
Numainville dominated the women’s race, winning five of six prime laps. She then won the final sprint for the victory less than a second ahead of both Andrea Bunnin, a rider on the local dEVo development team, and Leah Kirchmann (Trek Red Truck racing). Kirchmann won the Canadian Criterium championship in a sprint at the Tour de Delta last weekend.
Tuft sat back in the peloton for the 134-kilometer Peace Arch News Road Race on Sunday while Meier jumped into an early 3-man break with Routley and Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit).
The Canadian TT Champ then bridged up to the break on the last of 11 big 10.1-km laps. But the attacks quickly broke up the group in the final 6 small 3.8-km laps. After Anderson was dropped, Tuft took off with a lap and a half left to take the win ahead of Routley and Meier.
Once again, Numainville came out on top of the women’s race, winning the bunch sprint ahead of Kirchmann and Heather Kay (United Cycle). For the 80-km race, the women stayed together, with occasional breakaway attempts always reeled in quickly. Numainville, racing solo, was often a part of the chases, making sure none of the local squads with a numbers advantage could get too far ahead.
Tuft won the overall omnium with 29 points, followed by Routley in second place and Hamilton in third. Numainville won with 35 points ahead of Kirchmann and Amy Dearden (Keller Rohrback).