The man is hot right now. Jonathan Cantwell of Fly V Australia racked up another win at the Presbyterian Hospital Criterium in Charlotte on Saturday night. He called it last week when he said, after winning his first of two stages at the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove, “I’m in good form, I feel great, had a little luck on my my side coming into the sprint. It’s pretty hard to beat me if everything goes right.”
With the help of his leadout man Alessandro Bazzana, Cantwell won the sprint out of a fractured field in the 50-mile crit ahead of Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) and Paddy Bevin (BISSELL).
That makes it six wins in a row in mass-start stages/races for the 28-year old Australian – the final three races at the Point Premium Root Beer International Cycling Classic Superweek Pro Tour, two stages at Elk Grove, and the win in Charlotte. And add two more victories with the overall at Superweek and at Elk Grove. And that makes it quite the payday for the last two weekends, with $33,000 and $12,500 respectively!
The Colavita/Baci squad came out on top of another bunch sprint in the fast and aggressive 60-minute women’s race. After the final turn on the 8-corner 1.3-mile course, Theresa Cliff-Ryan turned on the power to go around riders for the win. Riding solo, Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) was 2nd and Jo Kiesanowski (TIBCO/To The Top) 3rd.
“Everything was together on the last lap,” Kiesanowski said. “Coming into the last set of turns, Sam (Schneider) came around me and I grabbed her wheel. She went hard through the turns and was still in first position coming out of the last one when she dropped me off. Unfortunately, the finishing straight is 350 meters long, and it’s a bit too far for me to hold the sprint. It was a bit crazy in the finish, and some of our other girls got boxed in.”
Cliff-Ryan can now add the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Crit to its list of wins this year which includes the Tour of Somerville, USA Crits Speedweek, Redlands Cycling Classic Criterium. And a check for $7,500.
“It was a fun race,” Kiesanowski added. “The crowds in Charlotte were huge, and the atmosphere was fantastic. It’s great to be on the podium at a race like this.”
Top 10 Men Results
1. Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) 1:52:55
2. Jacob Keough (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) st
3. Patrick Bevin (BISSELL Pro Cycling)
4. Luis Amaran (Jamis Sutter Homes p/b Colavita) +0:00:01
5. Alessandro Bazzana (Fly V Australia)
6. Daniel Holt (Team Type 1)
7. Lisban Quintero (CRCA/Foundation)
8. Luca Damiani (KENDA Pro Cycling presented by)
9. Tyler Wren (Jamis Sutter Homes p/b Colavita) +0:00:04
10. Mark Hekman (Team Mountain Khakis Fueled by)
Top 10 Women Results
1. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team) 0:55:40
2. Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) +0:00:01
3. Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO)
4. Catherine Cheatley (Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team)
5. Erica Allar (Unattached)
6. Sinead Miller (Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12)
7. Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12)
8. Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO)
9. Carrie Cash-Wootten (Team Vera Bradley Foundation)
10. Carmen Small (Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team)