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USA Crits Southeast Series - NE
USA, April 28-May 6, 2007
Race 2 - April 29: Roswell Criterium, 80/55 mins (M/W)
Rollin and Pic tops at Roswell
Kodak Gallery happy with two wins in one day
By Mark Zalewski & Kirsten Robbins in Roswell, Georgia
The Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada team finished the weekend with a pair of wins with Jesse Anthony winning the final stage at the Tour of Virginia and the young Canadian champion Dominique Rollin winning the Roswell Criterium with a strong solo effort on the final lap. The win in Roswell soothes the pain of just missing the top step the night before in a crash-filled finish to the Athens Twilight criterium.
"Last night we got a taste of it, but our two lead-out guys got caught in the four lap to go crash," said team director Robin Zellner. "It was strange with the Health Net lead-out crashing at the front of the race."
The Roswell race finish was markedly calmer thanks to a breakaway getting away in the second-half of the race. In the closing laps riders started attacking, including Athens runner-up Josh Thorton (Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada). "I felt good the whole race doing hard efforts, but I had not legs for a sprint after the crash last night - I didn't have the punch," said Rollin. "With three laps to go my teammate Josh was away with Kirk O'Bee (Health Net-Maxxis). As soon as we caught them with one lap to go I pulled off and had 200 metres on everybody and just time trialed on everybody."
"Dominque did a last ditch effort with a lap to go - and that's a long lap, a whole mile!" said Zellner. "The home stretch has to be at least 700 metres."
The two wins and a strong Tour of Virginia are a welcomed change to the team after being left out of the Tour de Georgia and Tour of California. "We've had some success, so I'm not terribly disappointed about Georgia," said Zellner. "We were more about California because it was our home state. But we're prepping these guys now - we're going to the Milk Ras in Ireland to get focused on Philly week and then going to Tour de Beauce with Mark Walters and Dominique as our Canadians."
Both Athens and Roswell are the first stops on the week-long Southeast portion of the USA Criterium Series, with Athens serving as the first race on the national USA Criterium Series schedule. A strong field of the top domestic teams is contesting these races. "Health Net and Jittery Joe's had full teams, and BMC has about five guys," said Zellner. "The only one missing is Toyota-United - it would have been good to have the whole family here, but it is still a full house!"
Pic does it again!
Under hot temperatures and strong winds Colavita Sutter Home's Tina Pic wound up her sprint out of the final corner to take the win over Sarah Caravalla (Aaron's) and Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine).
Back-to-back primes forced high speeds in the second race of the Southeast Crit Series. The 55 minute race was aggressive and many attacks were solidified over the climb on the backside of the circuit but wound up engulfed by the peloton after only a lap or two partly due to the strong winds and the effort of the riders.
Cheerwine drove the front of the field at the two laps to go mark for their notorious sprinter Laura Van Gilder, but Colavita/Sutter Home team director Jim Williams was pleased with his team's performance considering their reduced numbers. "We keyed off of Cheerwine's train because we didn't have the numbers today," Williams said. "Cheerwine did a good job of controlling the field in the end but we didn't have the numbers to challenge that so we were able to opportunistically steal a win."
Cheerwine's Laura Van Gilder started her sprint coming out of the final corner but was eventually taken over by Pic and Caravalla. "Once the field caught our teammate Katherine Scheatly my team was still fresh to contribute to the lead out," Van Gilder said. "On the course with the hill there was some reshuffling and we were able to maintain a good presence with all the girls there.
"The racing has been awesome by the women's field and really dynamic. There has been several smaller teams that have made a real presence and I have been really impressed by them," she added.
Criterium specialist Katherine Carroll (Aaron's) launched an attack over the last climb to contribute to the speed of the field, enabling her teammate Caravalla to jump on Pic's wheel before the final corner. Carroll held onto fourth place and the lead of the Southeast Crit Series omnium.
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Images by Trish Albert/www.southeasterncycling.com
Pro men 1 Dominique Rollin (Kodakgallery) 1.20.31 2 Cody Stevenson (Jittery Joe's) 3 Josh Thornton (Kodakgallery) 0.01 4 Yosvany Falcon (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 5 Jackson Stewart (BMC) 6 Davide Frattini (Colavita-Sutterhome) 7 Mark Hekman (Abercrombie & Fitch) 8 Kirk O'bee (HealthNet) 9 Oscar Henao (UCL) 10 Ken Hanson (BMC) 11 David Clinger (Rock Racing) 0.02 12 Adam Bergman (Colavita-Sutterhome) 13 Dusan Ganic (Successfulliving.com) 0.03 14 Matt Seagrave (Compliance Depot) 0.04 15 Christian Valenzuela (Successfulliving.com) 0.17 16 Dan Schmatz (BMC) 0.51 17 Karl Menzies (HealthNet) 18 Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing) 19 Chad Hartley (BMC) 20 Luca Damiani (Colavita-Sutterhome) 0.52 21 Adam Myerson (Nerac) 22 Chris Frederick (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 23 Dan Holt (Nerac) 24 Craig Dodson (Nature's Path ProAm) 25 Kevin Attkisson (Texas Roadhouse) 26 Chad Burdzilauskas (Cycle Science) 27 Jim Baldsare (Abercrombie & Fitch) 0.53 28 Jamile Danesh (Kodakgallery) 29 Brian Toone (Tria Market/Two Men & Truck) 30 Ryan Barnett (Myogenesis) 0.54 31 Guido Palma (Rite Aid) 32 Tim Henry (Jittery Joe's) 33 Ward Solar (Nature's Path ProAm) 34 Phil Wikoff (HealthCoach) 35 Marco Aledia (Abercrombie & Fitch) 36 Thomas Brown (Myogenesis Nutrition p/b Landma) 37 David Guttenplan (Sakonnet Technologies) 0.55 38 Seth Hansley (Loco's) 39 Emilio Asconeguy (UCL) 40 Casey Magner (Myogenesis) 41 Reid Peacock (Pacesetters Steel) 0.56 42 Mark Hinnen (Kelly Benefit Strategiesp/b Med) 43 Dirk Pohlmann (Scenic City Velo) 44 Oneil Samuels (Pacesetters Steel) 45 Randy Reichardt (HART) 46 Rich Harper (Abercrombie & Fitch) 0.57 47 Patrick Walsh (Nerac) 0.58 48 Gregory Coggin (Synergy Cycle) 49 Eric Murphy (Myogenesis) 50 Kyle Gritters (HealthNet) 51 Carlos Saavedra (UCL) 1.00 52 Keith Norris (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 1.02 53 Josh Carter (ABD Cycling Team) 54 Bobby Sweeting (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 1.03 55 Aidan Charles (Nerac) 56 John Grant (Texas Roadhouse) 1.04 57 Noah Metzler 1.06 58 Rudy Robaina (Cycle Science) 59 Curtis Gunn (Successfulliving.com) 60 Diego Garavito (UCL) 1.07 61 Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit Strategiesp/b Med) 1.08 62 David Wenger (HealthCoach) 63 Chris Scott (Loco's) 64 Marc Anderson (Loco's) 1.11 65 Alexandre Sebastian (Rite Aid) 66 Travis Hagner (Loco's) 67 Frank Travieso (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 1.13 68 Ricardo Escuela (Successfulliving.com) 1.33 69 Frank Pipp (HealthNet) Pro women 1 Tina Pic (Colavita) 2 Sarah Caravella (Aaron's) 3 Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine) 4 Katharine Carroll (Aaron's) 5 Holli Steelman (Juice Plus Cycling) 6 Christin Dekray (HT Naturals/Bicycle Spor Cyclin) 7 Shontelle Gauthier (Team Ultralink) 8 Gina Voci (Team Kenda Tire) 9 Mackenzie Dickey (Colavita) 10 katie weber (XPlane/Team Revolution/st louis) 11 Iona Wynter (Colavita ) 12 Laura Bowles (Advil Chapstick) 13 Taitt Sato (Oakland, CA) 14 Courtenay Brown (Oakland, CA) 15 Ally Brandt (HealthCoach) 16 Robin Farina (Targetraining) 17 Kele Murdin (Team Ultralink) 18 Julia Farell (Team Ultralink) 19 Catherine Cheatley (Cheerwine) 20 Sarah Uhl (Cheerwine) 21 Jennette Williams (Hub Racing) 22 Allison Carter (Team Kenda Tire) 23 Leigh Valletti (Targettraining) 24 Shannon Hutchinson-Krupat (Aaron's) 25 Mandy Lozanno (Targetraining) 26 Michelle Kiesanowski (Aaron's) 27 Anna Milkowski (Targetraining) 28 Tamyra Barnard (Team Kenda Tire) 29 Kim Sawyer (BMW/Bianchi) 30 Debbie Dust (Chicago, IL) 31 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing) 32 Heidi Goldberg (Team Kenda Tire) 33 Elizabeth Morse (HT Naturals/Bicycle Spor Cyclin) 34 Melissa Brown (Bolan Eclipse) 35 Shannon Koch (Compliance Depot) 36 Kathleen Billington (Targetraining) 37 Leslie Jennings (ABRT/Latitude) 38 Elisa Gagnon (Advil Chapstick) 39 (Unknown) 40 Kathryn Clark (Savannah, GA) 41 (Unknown) 42 Cari Higgins (America's Dairyland) 43 Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda Tire/Madison, WI) 44 Chrissy Ruiter (Cheerwine) 45 carrie cash (XPlane/Team Revolution/st louis) 46 Lee Farabaugh (Team Cycleworks p/b Lowe's Mort) 47 Catherine Powers (Aaron's) 48 Valeria Sanders (Team Kenda Tire) 49 Mara Miller (Advil Chapstick) 50 Kristin Robbins (Advil Chapstick) 51 Wendy Ulmer (ABRT/Latitude/Baltimore, MD) 52 Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine) 53 Christi-An Hansley (Team Kenda Tire)