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Univest Grand Prix - 1.2
Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA, September 9, 2005
Milne, Navigators continue winning at Univest
by Mark Zalewski, North American Editor
The Navigators Insurance team kept their winning ways rolling this weekend with Shawn Milne winning another east coast race -- this time it was the one day UCI Univest Grand Prix. Milne, who won two stages of the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic and the Bank of America Invitational, solidified his ability to win races, breaking away in the finishing circuits with Fausto Marcelino Esparza Muņoz (Tecos-Alderfer Auction,) and beating him in a two-up sprint.
The race around the Pennsylvania farm country reminded Milne of European parcours. "It's a really nice course," said Milne. "Like Europe with small roads and up and down. The climbs were short but it wore everyone out."
The warm weather today combined with the rolling course kept the field mostly together out on the course with occiaisional attacks. But coming into the finishing circuits the field was together and the real racing began.
Multiple attacks quickly broke the tired field. "I got away with Davide Frattini (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Bernard [Van Ulden,]" said Milne. "But there was still a group about 1:40 up the road. When it got close I bridged across by myself. Frank Pipp (TargeTraining) attacked and stretched everyone out but I went with him. He pulled off and I kept going with a Tecos rider."
From there the race was down to two, with Toyota-United's Sean Sulluivan chasing hard in third. "Sean Sullivan was five seconds behind us the whole time," said Milne. "It was good because it kept us motivated. We both did a lot of work -- we agreed to work together to stay away. But I made sure he did a big pull before the finish."
The finish is a quick downhill into a small rise to the line, making for a fast sprint. "I was in my 11 going up the hill because you come in at 60kph!" Milne's strategy of putting the Tecos rider on the front before the downhill payed off, as he was able to come around at the bottom of the hill for the win.
With this win, Milne's stock rises to even higher levels, which is sure to have many teams knocking on his door. Though he would not say which, he did confirm interest from multiple teams for next year.
Milne also bettered a previous record today -- the time sitting in the anti-doping waiting for fluids to go through his system. "It was pretty hot -- I broke my record for sitting at USADA, 45 minutes at the Bank of America race to ninety minutes today!"
The racing continues tomorrow with a criterium in Doylestown.
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1 Shawn Milne (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team 4.15.17 2 Fausto Marcelino Muņoz (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction Esparza 0.01 3 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 0.11 4 Frank Pipp (USA) TARGETRAINING Cycling Team 0.57 5 Jhon Fredy Parra Celada (Col) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 6 Edward King (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team 0.58 7 Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 1.00 8 Mike Friedman (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 1.13 9 Jose Garcia (Mex) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 1.14 10 Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 11 Kevin Miller (Can) Fiordifrutta 12 Graham Howard (USA) Abercrombie & Fitch presented by Inferno 13 Peter Morse (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee 14 Matthew Cooke (USA) LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies 1.15 15 Fco. Javier Navarro (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction Matamoros 16 Dan Vaillencourt (USA) CCB-Volkswagen 17 Bruno Langlois (Can) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork 18 Kenneth Johnson (USA) LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies 1.16 19 Tom Zirbel (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team 4.30 20 Wojciech Kalemba (Pol) MBK-Doylestown Hospital-Poland 5.11 21 Philipp Mamos (Ger) Heinz von Heiden-Wolf Block 5.29 22 Stephan Loeffler (Ger) Sparkasse-Etta Maes Antiques 5.43 23 Alexander Boyd (USA) VMG Racing 24 Alexandre Lavallee (Can) Garneau-Optik 25 William Innes (USA) GS Lombardi Sports 26 Giusseppe Giuliano (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee 5.44 27 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Garneau-Optik 28 Eric Tremble (USA) Kenda/Raleigh 29 Nebojsa Jovanavic (SCG) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork 5.45 30 Bernardo Colex (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 6.33 31 Yosvany Falcon (USA) Abercrombie & Fitch presented by Inferno 7.03 32 Nick Waite (USA) LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies 33 Paul Ward (USA) Nature's Path presented by Fuji 7.04 34 Juan Haedo (Arg) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 7.34 35 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team 36 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines 37 Gerardo Castro (Uru) Nature's Path presented by Fuji 8.00 38 Dawid Krupa (Pol) MBK-Doylestown Hospital-Poland 39 Christopher Jones (USA) LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies 40 Esad Hasanovic (SCG) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork 8.01 41 Michael Cody (USA) Fiordifrutta 8.55 42 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team 43 Keith Miller (USA) GS Lombardi Sports 44 John Hayes (USA) CRCA/Sonkonnet Technology 45 Frederick Norton (USA) LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies 46 Jason Baer (USA) Kenda/Raleigh 47 Jamie Lamb (Can) Garneau-Optik 8.56 48 John Delong (USA) Rite Aid Pro Cycling 49 Ward Solar (USA) Nature's Path presented by Fuji 50 Chris Peck (USA) Fiordifrutta 51 Corey Burns (USA) Fiordifrutta 8.57 52 Dan Timmerman (USA) Fiordifrutta 53 Jamey Driscoll (USA) Fiordifrutta 54 Blake Caldwell (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 55 Dennis Pohl (Ger) Heinz von Heiden-Wolf Block
Men 2005 Melito Heredia (Dom) GS Gotham/Toga 2004 Stephane Bonsergent (Fra) France /Alderfer Auction Company 2003 Ted Huang (USA) Webcor Cycling Team 2002 Todd Herriott (USA) CRCA/Think Racing 2001 Not held 2000 Bert Dewaele (USA) Men 2005 Leeanne Manderson (USA) Hub Racing 2003 Ashley Kimmet (USA) Colavita Womens Elite Cycling Team 2002 Jeannie Longo (Fra) 2001 Not held 2000 Leigh Hobson (Can) Past winners by Mario Stiehl, www.world-of-cycling.com