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USA Crits Southeast Series - NE
USA, April 28-May 6, 2007
Race 4 - May 2: Walterboro Cycling Classic
Rollin home first
Walterboro hosted the fourth event of the South East Crit Series in another nighttime event. Canadian national champion Dominique Rollin (Kodak-Sierra Nevada) surprised the crowds again with his second win. Hot on Rollin's heals at the finish line was Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing) and Josh Thornton (Kodak-Sierra Nevada).
It was arguably the darkest event in the series with little lights on the backside of the circuit but it did not stop the field from barreling around it at full speed. There was a prime on every lap that kept the field in single-file, but no matter how fast the peleton pushed the pace riders were still able to make their break away attempts until four laps to go.
"I was nervous for the riders and safety is an issue here," Kodak-Sierra Nevada director Robins Zelner said. "There were no crashes though. I think it is because the race was so fast and single file that it didn't end up being dangerous for them."
Kodak-Sierra Nevada and Rock Racing battled at the front of the field with their lead out trains intact for a field sprint. Zelner commented that the final laps were a perfectly executed plan. "We had the lead out for about five laps to go and went back and forth with Rock Racing," he explained. "It was a drag race on the backside of the course and we tried to protect Dominique as best we could because he is so strong right now."
Coming around the final corner Bahati was able to squeeze in between Rollin and his teammate Thornton to take second place. It's Thornton's third time on the podium in the South East Series and is now the new leader. Rollin's second win has moved him into a close second place.
Quick Pic nicks victory
In the women's race Tina Pic (Colavita Sutter Home) over took the Cheerwine train in the final corner to take the win ahead of Laura VanGilder (Cheerwine) and Chantel Gauthier (Team Ultalink).
Primes on every lap kept the speeds fast enough to hold the field together for another field sprint to the finish. Attacks went on the backsides of the circuit but were brought back before the two quick corners before the finishing straight.
On the final lap Cheerwine lined up its cavalry to bring its sprinters Laura VanGilder and Kelly Benjamin home, but it lost several riders before the last corner and VanGilder found herself out front with Pic on her wheel. Third placed Gauthier is a former BMX national champion and came through the last corner on Pic's wheel to watch as she over took VanGilder at the line.
Team UltraLink developed this winter out of Toronto, Canada and has had a strong presence in the field and during the breaks.
Gauthier commented on the team's improvements on each day of the series and the learning curve of their new team.
"Today we tried to be more present in the breaks and go for primes," said Gauthier. "We have a small team here and the team is new and young. The last two laps were pretty fast and Cheerwine lead it out for the entire last lap. There were some TargetTraining girls in the middle. I just tried to stay on Tina's wheel on the long straight away on the backside."
The South East Crit Series will continue with the fifth event in Greenwood, South Carolina tomorrow afternoon.
Pro Men 1 Dominique Rollin (Kodakgallery) 1.12.02 2 Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing) 3 Josh Thornton (Kodakgallery) 0.00 4 Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing) 0.01 5 Ricardo Escuela (Successfulliving.com) 0.01 6 Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid) 0.02 7 Luca Damiani (Colavita-Sutterhome) 8 Frank Travieso (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 9 Cody Stevenson (Jittery Joe's) 0.02 10 Jackson Stewart (BMC) 0.03 11 Cody O'Reilly (Kodakgallery) 0.03 12 Ricardo Hernandez (unattached) 0.03 13 Johnny Sundt (Kelly Benefit) 0.03 14 Davide Frattini (Colavita-Sutterhome) 0.04 15 Frank Pipp (HealthNet) 0.04 16 Dan Holt (Nerac) 0.04 17 Mark Hekman (Abercrombie & Fitch) 0.04 18 Craig Dodson (Nature's Path ProAm) 19 Todd Wezefski (Nerac) 0.05 20 Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit) 0.05 21 Adam Myerson (Nerac) 0.05 22 Ward Solar (Nature's Path ProAm) 0.05 23 Palma Guido (Rite Aid) 0.05 24 Seth Hansley (Loco's) 0.05 25 Kyle Gritters (HealthNet) 0.06 26 Eric Murphy (Myogenesis) 0.06 27 Kent Hanson (BMC) 0.06 28 Phil Whikoff (HealthCoach) 29 Alexi Martinez (Successfulliving.com) 0.06 30 Patrick Walsh (Nerac) 0.08 31 Adam Bergman (Colavita-Sutterhome) 0.08 32 Clayton Barrows (Rite Aid) 33 Matt Seagrave (Compliance Depot) 0.08 34 Jesse Anthony (Kodakgallery) 0.09 35 Austine Carroll (Rock Racing) 0.09 36 Russell Downing (HealthNet) 0.09 37 Jamile Danesh (Kodakgallery) 0.09 38 Wesley Hartman (HART) 0.09 39 Jon Atkins (Myogenesis) 0.10 40 Charles Coyle (Successfulliving.com) 0.10 41 Shane Densmore (Compliance Depot) 0.10 42 David Clinger (Rock Racing) 0.11 43 Christian Valenzuela (Successfulliving.com) 0.11 44 Oscar Henao (UCL) 0.11 45 Kevin Attkisson (Texas Roadhouse) 0.12 46 Chris Frederick (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 0.12 47 Bill Elliston (Rite Aid) 48 Yosvany Falcon (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 49 Marco Aledia (Abercrombie & Fitch) 0.24 50 Cleve Blackwell (Myogenesis) 0.24 51 Casey Magner (Myogenesis) 0.26 52 Neil Coleman (Abercrombie & Fitch) 0.29 53 Keith Norris (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 0.30 54 Aidan Charles (Nerac) 0.31 55 John Grant (Texas Roadhouse) 0.33 56 Diego Garavito (UCL) 0.35 57 Dusan Ganic (Successfulliving.com) 0.36 58 Patrick Caro 0.39 59 Josh Carter 0.39 60 Boyd Johnson (Alliance Environmental/Hincapie) 0.43 61 Randy Reichardt (HART) 0.47 62 Curtis Gunn (Successfulliving.com) 0.54 63 Chris Scott (Loco's) 0.58 64 Matthew Hansley (Loco's) 65 David Wiswell (Nerac) 1.00 66 Leo Frayre Avalos 1.10 67 Eric Keim (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 1.17 68 Predrag Prokic (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork) 1.17 69 Tommy Nankervis (Jittery Joe's) 1.17 70 Oneil Samuels (Pacesetters Steel) 1.26 71 Sterling Magnell (Rock Racing) 1.40 72 Andrew Crater (Wheel and Sprocket) 1.43 73 David Wenger (HealthCoach) 1.43 74 David Fuentes 1.44 Pro Women 1 Tina Pic (Colavita) 57.00 2 Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine) 0.00 3 Shontelle Gauthier (Team Ultralink) 0.01 4 Sarah Uhl (Cheerwine) 0.01 5 Sarah Caravella (Aaron's) 0.02 6 Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine) 0.02 7 Katharine Carroll (Aaron's) 0.02 8 Mackenzie Dickey (Colavita) 9 Iona Wynter-Parks (Colavita) 0.02 10 Laura Bowles (Advil Chapstick) 11 Catherine Cheatley (Cheerwine) 0.02 13 Robin Farina (Targetraining) 0.03 14 Stacey Spencer (Colavita) 0.04 15 Holli Steelman (Juice Plus) 0.04 16 Kele Murdin (Team Ultralink) 0.04 17 Catherine Powers (Aaron's) 0.05 18 Jennette Williams (Hub Racing) 0.05 19 Shannon Koch (Compliance Depot) 20 Michelle Kiesanowski (Aaron's) 0.05 21 Elizabeth Morse-Hill (HT Natural) 0.05 22 Mandy Lozano (Targetraining) 0.06 23 Allison Carter (Team Kenda Tire) 0.06 24 Hadley Trotter (Harris Teeter Naturals) 0.07 25 Tara Ross (Advil Chapstick) 0.07 26 Cari Higgins (America's Dairyland) 0.07 27 Jennifer Bodine 0.08 28 Kim Sawyer (BMW-Bianchi) 0.08 30 Krystal Jeffs (Hub Racing) 0.10 31 Chrissy Ruiter (Cheerwine) 0.10 32 Julie Bishop (Bent's Cyclery) 0.10 33 Robin Kavan (Neptune/Dentwizard) 0.11 34 Kathleen Billington (Targetraining) 0.11 35 Elisa Gagnon (Advil Chapstick) 0.11 36 Kirsten Robbins (Advil Chapstick) 0.14 37 Leslie Jennings (ABRT/Latitude) 0.15 38 Melissa Petty (BMW-Bianchi) 0.16 39 Reem Jishi (Advil Chapstick) 0.16 40 Dale Tye (Hub Racing) 0.20 41 Nicole Bossie (Cycleworks) 0.22 42 Genevieve Gagnon 0.35 43 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing) 3.00 44 Christi-An Hansley (Team Kenda Tire) 5.00 45 Wendy Ulmer (ABRT/Latitude) 6.00 46 Michelle Hart (ABRT/Latitude) 9.00 47 Whitney Dehli 11.00