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Univest GP Criterium - NE
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA, September 9, 2006
Lademann holds off Munoz, McCormack and Friedman to win the Doylestown criterium
Courtesy Univest Grand Prix
Former national team pursuit champion, Christian Lademann (Sparkasse-Etta Maes Antiques), joined an early break with a group of so-called "big fellas" that included "The Businessman" Mark McCormack (Colavita-Sutter Home), Fausto Munoz (Tecos), and 2005 Doylestown Crit winner, Mike Friedman (TIAA-CREF). The break, which occurred roughly six laps into the 55-lap race, faltered at first as the group sorted out strategies on how to stay in front.
"We didn't really work together in the beginning," said Lademann, "we dropped somebody off who wasn't really involved in the sprints but it's better to have a bigger breakaway in the beginning because the teams back in the peloton are happy to have somebody ahead."
Lademann sustained a pace that forced the others to ride their own race rather than relying on support from their respective teams.
"Friedman and McCormack really want to go into the peloton where they would have support for the sprints and I was like 'Please don't!' because then I would have never made it."
Lademann, who withdrew after 60 miles in yesterday's race, felt confident and energized coming into today's crit.
"It was a hard day yesterday, you saw everybody really tired and you had to do yesterday's race to enter today's race. I kept some energy from yesterday, I really pushed it to win today and I did."
Floyd Landis, who grew up in nearby Lancaster County, was in the neighborhood and dropped by for a visit. Landis, who has never won a crit, detailed some of the tricky bits to racing a criterium.
"It's different than a road race because there's always those small circuits so there are a lot of turns and a lot of hard sprints out of those turns," said Landis. "So each time you take a corner you have to sprint and after two hours, it kind of wears on you. Ordinarily there's a sprint at the end with the whole field but occasionally a breakaway like this one will stay away until the end and it's a small group of people or one person who will win. Generally the speed stays high in the pack when there's a small breakaway because otherwise the breakaway gets a chance to lap the field and once they've lapped it, it's almost impossible to get rid of them again so they're guaranteed to win."
For the second day Mexican racer, Fausto Munoz, managed to get caught up in a crash but then managed to advance strong and fast enough to put him in second place two days in a row. A somewhat self-effacing Munoz acknowledged the pedigree of his competitors but took credit for his own prowess as well.
"I know that there are sprinters better than me," said Munoz. "I used to do tours, I climb well and sprint but not good enough like these guys. I'm glad to be on the podium and maybe race here again."
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1 Christian Lademann (Ger) Sparkasse-Etta Maes Antiques 1.36.49 2 Mark Mccormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home 3 Fausto Marcelino Esparza Muņoz (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 4 Mike Friedman (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 5 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home 0.11 6 Alejandro Acton (Arg) TARGETRAINING Cycling Team 0.12 7 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team 8 Sebastian Frey (Ger) Sparkasse-Etta Maes Antiques 9 Erik Lyman (Can) Calyon-Litespeed 10 Tomasz Le?Niak (Pol) MBK-Doylestown Hospital-Poland 11 Michael Cody (USA) Fiordifrutta 12 Hector Rangel Zimarrōn (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 13 Erek Riggs (USA) GS Lombardi Sports 14 Edward King (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team 15 Stephan Kincaid (USA) Nature's Path presented by Fuji 16 Jhon Fredy Parra Celada (Col) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 0.13 17 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Heinz von Heiden-Wolf Block 18 Wojciech Kalemba (Pol) MBK-Doylestown Hospital-Poland 19 Patrick Walsh (USA) CCB-Volkswagen 0.14 20 Jake Hollenbach (USA) CCB-Volkswagen 21 Paul Ward (USA) Nature's Path presented by Fuji 22 Mathieu Roy (Can) Garneau-Optik 23 Fco. Javier Matamoros Navarro (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 24 Bruno Langlois (Can) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork 0.15 25 Anthony Colby (USA) TARGETRAINING Cycling Team 26 Peter Morse (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee 0.16 27 Bobby Lea (USA) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 0.17 28 Eugene Boronow (USA) GS Mengoni 29 Bernardo Colex (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 30 Gavi Epstien (Can) GS Mengoni 0.18 31 Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 32 Phillipe Abbott (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee 33 Caleb Fairly (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology 34 Andrew Wyper (Aus) Heinz von Heiden-Wolf Block 0.19 35 Phil Cortes (Can) Garneau-Optik 36 Ryan Gamm (USA) Abercrombie & Fitch presented b 0.21 37 Blake Caldwell (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 38 Chad Hartley (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 0.22 39 Jerry Charles (USA) Pactimo/Jack Kane Bicycles 0.23 40 Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA) Kenda/Raleigh 0.24 41 Matthew Cooke (USA) LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies 42 Gerardo Castro (Uru) Nature's Path presented by Fuji 0.25 43 Ian Manning (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee 44 Jamey Driscoll (USA) Fiordifrutta 45 Hendrik Werner (Ger) Heinz von Heiden-Wolf Block 46 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Garneau-Optik 47 Dawid Krupa (Pol) MBK-Doylestown Hospital-Poland 0.28 48 Amos Brumble (USA) CCB-Volkswagen 0.36 49 Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 0.37 50 Stephan Loeffler (Ger) Sparkasse-Etta Maes Antiques 1.02 51 Mike Creed (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 1.03 Criterium points 1 Mike Friedman (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 35 pts 2 Christian Lademann (USA) Sparkasse-Etta Maes Antiques 15 3 Mark Mccormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines Cycling Team 10 4 Fausto Marcelino Esparza Muņoz (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 5 5 Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team 5 Overall points 1 Fausto Marcelino Esparza Muņoz (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 69 pts 2 Shawn Milne (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team 60 3 Mike Friedman (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 43 4 Christian Lademann (Ger) Sparkasse-Etta Maes Antiques 40 5 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 36 6 Jhon Fredy Parra Celada (Col) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 35 7 Edward King (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team 34 8 Frank Pipp (USA) TARGETRAINING Cycling Team 33 9 Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home 30 10 Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 24 11 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home 20 12 Jose Garcia (Mex) Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 18 13 Alejandro Acton (Arg) TARGETRAINING Cycling Team 18 14 Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-CREF 16 15 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Priority Health Cycling Team 16 16 Kevin Miller (Can) Fiordifrutta 15 17 Sebastian Frey (Ger) Sparkasse-Etta Maes Antiques 14 18 Graham Howard (USA) Abercrombie & Fitch presented by Inferno 14 19 Peter Morse (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee 13 20 Erik Layman (Can) Calyon-Litespeed 12 21 Matthew Cooke (USA) LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies 12 22 Tomasz Leniak (Pol) MBK-Doylestown Hospital-Poland 11 23 Fco. Javier Matamoros Navarro (Mex) TECOS-Alderfer Auction 11 24 Michael Cody (USA) Fiordifrutta 10 25 Dan Vaillencourt (USA) CCB-Volkswagen 10 26 Bruno Langlois (Can) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork 9 27 Hector Zimarron (Mex) TESCO-Alderfer Auction 9 28 Wojciech Kalemba (Pol) MBK-Doylestown Hospital-Poland 9 29 Kenneth Johnson (USA) LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies 8 30 Erek Riggs (USA) GS Lombardi Sports 8 31 Tom Zirbel (USA) Priority Health Cycling Team 7 32 Stephan Kincaid (USA) Nature's Path presented by Fuji 6 33 Philipp Mamos (Ger) Heinz von Heiden-Wolf Block 5 34 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Heinz von Heiden-Wolf Block 4 35 Stephan Loeffler (Ger) Sparkasse-Etta Maes Antiques 4 36 Alexander Boyd (USA) VMG Racing 3 37 Patrick Walsh (USA) CCB-Volkswagen 2 38 Alexandre Lavallee (Can) Garneau-Optik 2 39 Jake Hollenback (USA) CCB-Volkswagen 1 40 William Innes (USA) GS Lombardi Sports 1