Five riders – including three Americans – will represent Team Type 1 Saturday at the Glencoe Grand Prix, home to the AT&T USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championship in Glencoe, Ill.
Joe Eldridge, Ken Hanson and Shawn Milne will be vying to win the stars-and-stripes jersey that goes to the first American across the line at the end of the 62-mile (100 km) race. Teaming with them will be Aldo Ino Ilesic, winner of six stages at three different UCI races abroad, and Martijn Verschoor, who will join Eldridge as Team Type 1’s two riders with Type 1 diabetes in the race.
Ilesic figured prominently in a nearly race-long breakaway Saturday night at the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium in Charlotte. But when the original group of 12 escapees that included Ilesic reshuffled inside of 10 laps to go , the Slovenian was unable to latch on.
“They began attaching each other and another split happened,” Team Type 1 Director Sportif Vassili Davidenko said. “Aldo made a lot of efforts to stay with the first riders, but he was fighting alone and he simply ran out out of gas.”
Dan Holt, in sixth place, was Team Type 1’s top finisher in the 50-mile (80 km) race.
Hanson also has to be considered one of the favorites in Glencoe, which replaces Downers Grove after 24 years as the championship venue. He finished 10th last year and was the winner of the elite national criterium title in 2008. His three wins this season have all come in criteriums: Historic Roswell, Stage 5 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix and the San Rafael Twilight Criterium.
Davidenko said Team Type 1 hopes to continue the success it experienced last month with top 10 finishes at the Tour of Qinghai Lake and a pair of stage wins and second overall at the Tour do Rio.
“After China and Brazil, our guys lost some speed, but we have a week to get organized and be ready,” he said. “We’ll do our best with five riders in Glencoe.”