After being boxed in on Friday night, Ken Hanson (Jelly Belly) was able to unleash his sprint to take a close win at the Brady Village Criterium, day 2 of the St Francis Tulsa Tough. Alejandro Borrajo took second with his brother and Jamis/Sutter Home teammate Anibal in third. Read what the three had to say after the race.
See race report: Hanson Nails The Sprint At Brady Village Crit
Ken Hanson (Jelly Belly p/b KENDA). “In the end we didn’t have enough guys to do a leadout train and so Mazich and Huffie kept it fast, steady and controlled and we got help from Fly V and Tyler Wren for a bit and just before one lap to go, Jamis/Sutter Home took over. So I got onto their wheel, Cantwell was on my wheel, it was just fast, single-file. Coming down the downhill, the last corner, even the guy in front is in the hardest gear he has, going forty miles an hour and so it’s easy to fight for position. Kersten and Cantwell came in on the inside of me and then I came around, sprinting and got the outside line, came onto the Borrajo brothers. I didn’t really got back in their draft, I took my whole line and just started my sprint, smooth and steady. Just in the last 50 meters, I think they faded a touch and I was still on top of it, in my 11 and was able to get them right at the line. It’s kind of a deceptively far finish, I think it’s maybe 300 meters, I was patient, waited for the right moment to go and it paid off. So yeah, I’m happy, really happy. Thank you to my team. ”
About his early attacks. “To test the field and see what the Borrajo brothers and Cantwell were going to do, and a t a race like this, you think about the omnium overall. I prefer on a course like this, typically to sprint out of a breakaway, I’m feeling that my fitness is really good, I’m confident with the good endurance to be in a breakaway a long time and still have a good sprint. That was I’d hope would happen yesterday and it didn’t work out. So I was mostly just testing the waters to see if a break would go, it was just too fast of a course, there were too many guys that were motivated to be in a breakaway as well. I did that, and after that I jut covered the dangerous guys, the Borrajo brothers, Cantwell, Luis Amaran, Ben Kersten, all the big fast guys I wouldn’t want up the road and not be with them. ”
Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis Sutter Home). The final was easy for us [his brother and himself], we had the train at the front. They took us to the last turn and I started to sprint, Anibal was on my wheel and Hanson passed me just before the line, I am sad about that.
Anibal Borrajo (Jamis Sutter Home). “The plan was like yesterday. We know that here we have a good leadout train, maybe the strongest leadout train and we tried to take advantage of that. We take the lead with two laps to go after Jelly Belly was pulling. Our teammates did beautiful work for us but Hanson is in really good shape, he got fourth in Philly and he passed us. It was so close. We are always fighting for the top position, we are happy about our season, maybe we need a victory but there are a lot of good sprinters in America, it’s not easy to win. But we are in good position for the overall, maybe tomorrow the circuit will suit us better because there is a short hill and we will see tomorrow. We need a pig panda for our niece coming next month.” (laughs)