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Tour of Virginia - NE

USA, April 24-29, 2007

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Stage 5 - April 27: Waynesboro to Staunton Road Race, 159.3km

Cantwell proves he can win over the long haul

Zapata retains GC, but Borrajo closing in

'Yeah!' Cantwell celebrates
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Jonathan Cantwell (Kahala-La Grange) of Australia throttled past the peloton for a last second win in the Tour of Virginia's 99-mile stage five road race from Waynesboro to Staunton today. It was Cantwell's second podium-worthy sprint this week; the Australian finished third in Wednesday's stage two criterium in Lynchburg.

Despite proving his mettle in stage two, Cantwell's win today seemed dubious from the get-go. He initially planned to help his teammate Jorge Alvarado improve in the general classification, but also admitted he wanted to save his legs for a shot at winning Saturday's criterium in Harrisonburg.

About halfway through the stage, Alvarado flatted, forcing Cantwell and his team to drop back to help, a move that expended precious energy as they clawed their way back to the peloton. It was a tough journey, but with almost the entire field bunched together near the finish, Cantwell dug deep for the win. "It was gnarly coming into the sprint," said Cantwell. "My team worked hard, and I'm glad to get the win for them."

27 year-old Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid Pro Cycling) of Argentina overcame a broken chain during the race, but still managed to finish with the same time as the stage winner.

Third placed on the stage Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada) said he was happy with his finish and his team's performance today, but was still frustrated by the fact that he and his team have had trouble finding the podium this week. "We're not getting worse," laughed Raby. "We're all capable of getting a stage. And sometimes you just need a little luck."

How it unfolded

A three-man break
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The stage began in Constitution Park in Waynesboro. Riders left in cool, drizzly weather, and downpours soaked the peloton for the first half of the race. But conditions gradually improved, finishing under partly sunny skies.

Despite being the third consecutive 100-plus mile stage of the week, today's rolling hills - and only one Cat-3 climb - offered riders a relative reprieve after two brutal days in the mountains. Still, the pace was hard, and there was the added bonus of a leg-sapping 100-metre climb to finish the stage on North Augusta Street on a hill above lovely downtown Staunton.

Eddie Hilger (Priority Health), Dan Timmerman (Firodifrutta Cycling Team), and Johny Sunndt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast) eyed a stage win and formed an early break. With about 50 km to go in the race, Hilger, Timmerman, and Sunndt held a 1'30 lead, but gradually faded under the tractor-beam pull of the peloton led by a Javier Zapata and his strong CAICO team bent on defending Zapata's GC jersey.

But with about 20km to go, the break's lead dropped to 20 seconds. With approximately 10km left, the break's lead dwindled to a mere seven seconds and continued to shrink as the finish line approached.

"I bridged with a rider from Rock Racing," said Josh Dillon (Fiordifrutta). Near the end, Dillon and Hilger tried to pull ahead of the lead group without success. Eventually the rest of the peloton absorbed the lead group, setting the stage for the sprinters to take control during in the race's final metres.


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1 Jonathan Cantwell (Kahala-La Grange)                            4.11.34
2 Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                               
3 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                                 
4 Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)                                      0.01
5 Eric Boily (Eva-Devinci)                                               
6 Mike Olheiser (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                               
7 Wendy Cruz (Caico)                                                 0.02
8 Russ Langley (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                    
9 Todd Henriksen (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                               
10 Ryan Baumann (Abd Cycling Team)                                   0.03
11 Amos Brumble (CCB/Volkswagen)                                         
12 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                        
13 Evan Fader (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                     
14 Pete Whitlock (Siegler/Axley Cycling Team)                            
15 Javier Zapata (Caico)                                                 
16 Brian Buchholz (UVA)                                                  
17 Matt White (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                                
18 Matt Winstead (Morepartnerincome.Com Development Team)            0.04
19 Christopher Jones (VMG Racing)                                        
20 Predrag Prokic (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                              
21 Ian Birlem (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                     
22 Mark Walters (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                            
23 Gavi Epstein (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                           
24 Jorge Alvarado (Kahala-La Grange)                                 0.05
25 Tom Soladay (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)            
26 Erik Lyman (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                        
27 Andrew Guptil (Colavita-Sutter Home)                                  
28 Mark Hardman (UVA)                                                    
29 Andrew Boone (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                                   
30 Buck Miller (Team Race)                                           0.06
31 Nick Friesen (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)           
32 Alex Hagman (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                                 
33 Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1 Monitored By Freestyle)               0.07
34 Jake Rytlewski (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                                 
35 Morgan Schmitt (Priority Health/Bissell)                              
36 Keck Baker (Siegler/Axley Cycling Team)                               
37 Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                           
38 Alejandro Cortes (Caico)                                          0.08
39 Aliaksahav Bieliakowski (CCB/Volkswagen)                              
40 Glenn Murray (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)           
41 Nick Waite (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                        
42 Carlos Mayoral (Kahala-La Grange)                                 0.09
43 Bain Foote (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                                 
44 Justin Spinelli (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                   
45 Joel Dion-Poitras (Eva-Devinci)                                       
46 Ben King (Morepartnerincome.Com Development Team)                 0.10
47 Jame Carney (Alliance Environmental)                                  
48 Alex Sharon (Abd Cycling Team)                                        
49 Jonathan Swain (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)         
50 Dan Cassidy (CCB/Volkswagen)                                          
51 Lisban Quintero (CRCA/Empire Cycling Team)                        0.11
52 Mason Haymes (Siegler/Axley Cycling Team)                             
53 Sean Barrie (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                    
54 Jared Gruber (Time Factory Development Squad)                         
55 Boyd Johnson (Alliance Environmental)                             0.12
56 Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita-Sutter Home)                            
57 Dominique Perras (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                  
58 Michael Dietrich (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                        
59 Rudolph Napolitano (Rock Racing)                                  0.13
60 Brian Butts (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                    
61 Adam Switters (Rock Racing)                                           
62 Jared Bunde (GS Mengoni)                                              
63 Alexander Gonzalez (Caico)                                            
64 John Loehner (CRCA/Empire Cycling Team)                           0.14
65 Dan Timmerman (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                           
66 Peter Hufanagel (Colavita-Sutter Home)                                
67 Jason Beerman (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                              0.15
68 Matthew Guse (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                      
69 Paul Koehn (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                                 
70 Jeff Buckles (Skinny Js)                                          0.16
71 Chirs Rozdilsky (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                           
72 Jake Hollenbach (CCB/Volkswagen)                                      
73 Adam Thuss (Team Race)                                            0.17
74 Toby Marzot (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                               
75 Ryan Belliveau (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                    
76 Chris Monteleone (Time Factory Development Squad)                     
77 Phil Gaimon (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                            
78 Dustin MacBernie (Team Race)                                          
79 Philllip Cortes (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                   
80 Graham Howard (Priority Health/Bissell)                           0.18
81 Jason Baer (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                                     
82 Adrian Gerrits (Kahala-La Grange)                                     
83 Mike Norton (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                                    
84 Joshua Dillon (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                         0.19
85 Yagor Buben (CCB/Volkswagen)                                          
86 Chris Kuhl (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                             
87 Mike Miller (Alliance Environmental)                                  
88 Phillip Robb (Siegler/Axley Cycling Team)                         0.20
89 Jeremiah Bishop (Skinny Js)                                           
90 Greg Reain (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                    0.21
91 Marcos Rios (Kahala-La Grange)                                    0.22
92 Ken Johnson (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                    
93 Jorge Martinez (Caico)                                            0.24
94 Agustin Font (Caico)                                                  
95 Eddy Hilger (Priority Health/Bissell)                             0.27
96 Scott Stewart (VMG Racing)                                        0.33
97 Stephen Kincaid (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                            0.35
98 Ryan Roth (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                     0.48
99 Jonny Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                   2.14
100 Kevin Soller (VMG Racing)                                       12.03
101 Martin Lechowicz (GS Mengoni)                                        
102 Joe Whitman (Alliance Environmental)                            15.44
DNF Ian Ayers (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                                     
DNF John Delong (Alliance Environmental)                                 
DNF Corey Burns (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                              
DNF Eugene Boronow (GS Mengoni)                                          
DNS Michael Sherry (CRCA/Empire Cycling Team)                            
DNS Mike Stoop (Siegler/Axley Cycling Team)                              
DNS Hayden Brooks (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                            
DNS Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing)                                       
General classification after stage 5
1 Javier Zapata (Caico)                                          14.22.51
2 Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                           0.12
3 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                     1.00
4 Christopher Jones (VMG Racing)                                     1.10
5 Mike Olheiser (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                           1.20
6 Alejandro Cortes (Caico)                                           1.32
7 Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita-Sutter Home)                         1.45
8 Andrew Guptil (Colavita-Sutter Home)                               2.00
9 Matt White (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                             2.44
10 Jake Rytlewski (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                                 
11 Dominique Perras (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)              2.47
12 Predrag Prokic (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                          2.57
13 Mark Walters (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                        3.01
14 Mark Hardman (UVA)                                                4.25
15 Eddy Hilger (Priority Health/Bissell)                             5.24
16 Dan Timmerman (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                       7.23
17 Andrew Boone (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                               7.29
18 Ryan Baumann (Abd Cycling Team)                                   7.30
19 Aliaksahav Bieliakowski (CCB/Volkswagen)                          8.49
20 Adam Switters (Rock Racing)                                       8.54
21 Jorge Alvarado (Kahala-La Grange)                                     
22 Nick Waite (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                    9.13
23 Toby Marzot (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                          10.53
24 Jeremiah Bishop (Skinny Js)                                      10.58
25 Jorge Martinez (Caico)                                           11.36
26 Keck Baker (Siegler/Axley Cycling Team)                          11.51
27 Jame Carney (Alliance Environmental)                             11.57
28 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                           12.11
29 Dustin MacBernie (Team Race)                                     12.14
30 Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)                                    12.23
31 Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1 Monitored By Freestyle)              12.26
32 Michael Dietrich (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                   12.27
33 Ken Johnson (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)               12.38
34 Alex Hagman (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                            12.44
35 Alex Sharon (Abd Cycling Team)                                   12.56
36 Rudolph Napolitano (Rock Racing)                                 12.57
37 Morgan Schmitt (Priority Health/Bissell)                         13.03
38 Chris Monteleone (Time Factory Development Squad)                     
39 Marcos Rios (Kahala-La Grange)                                   13.05
40 Justin Spinelli (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)              15.01
41 Brian Buchholz (UVA)                                             15.23
42 Dan Cassidy (CCB/Volkswagen)                                     15.37
43 Buck Miller (Team Race)                                          15.55
44 Nick Friesen (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)      17.18
45 Gavi Epstein (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                      17.36
46 Jeff Buckles (Skinny Js)                                         17.56
47 Todd Henriksen (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                         19.05
48 Pete Whitlock (Siegler/Axley Cycling Team)                       21.27
49 Carlos Mayoral (Kahala-La Grange)                                21.29
50 Phil Gaimon (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                       22.26
51 Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                      23.29
52 Jonathan Cantwell (Kahala-La Grange)                             24.32
53 Mike Norton (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                               24.40
54 Boyd Johnson (Alliance Environmental)                            25.04
55 Graham Howard (Priority Health/Bissell)                          26.06
56 Adrian Gerrits (Kahala-La Grange)                                28.08
57 Jared Gruber (Time Factory Development Squad)                    28.13
58 Scott Stewart (VMG Racing)                                       28.42
59 Joshua Dillon (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                        29.34
60 Alexander Gonzalez (Caico)                                       31.27
61 John Loehner (CRCA/Empire Cycling Team)                          32.05
62 Tom Soladay (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)       32.16
63 Bain Foote (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                            32.18
64 Matt Winstead (Morepartnerincome.Com Development Team)           32.19
65 Joel Dion-Poitras (Eva-Devinci)                                  32.31
66 Jonathan Swain (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)    37.38
67 Kevin Soller (VMG Racing)                                        38.37
68 Lisban Quintero (CRCA/Empire Cycling Team)                       39.28
69 Chris Kuhl (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                        39.30
70 Eric Boily (Eva-Devinci)                                         39.31
71 Chirs Rozdilsky (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                      39.40
72 Glenn Murray (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)      40.10
73 Matthew Guse (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                 40.12
74 Phillip Robb (Siegler/Axley Cycling Team)                        41.54
75 Jared Bunde (GS Mengoni)                                         42.18
76 Philllip Cortes (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)              42.25
77 Russ Langley (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)              42.37
78 Amos Brumble (CCB/Volkswagen)                                    43.50
79 Jake Hollenbach (CCB/Volkswagen)                                 44.09
80 Joe Whitman (Alliance Environmental)                             44.49
81 Stephen Kincaid (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                           44.58
82 Mike Miller (Alliance Environmental)                             46.43
83 Mason Haymes (Siegler/Axley Cycling Team)                        47.46
84 Yagor Buben (CCB/Volkswagen)                                     48.07
85 Ben King (Morepartnerincome.Com Development Team)                48.31
86 Jason Beerman (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                             48.36
87 Evan Fader (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                48.48
88 Ryan Belliveau (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)               48.53
89 Brian Butts (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)               49.20
90 Jason Baer (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                                49.33
91 Peter Hufanagel (Colavita-Sutter Home)                           50.03
92 Martin Lechowicz (GS Mengoni)                                    51.34
93 Agustin Font (Caico)                                             53.44
94 Wendy Cruz (Caico)                                               53.46
95 Ryan Roth (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                    55.10
96 Sean Barrie (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)               56.40
97 Jonny Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                  57.19
98 Ian Birlem (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                59.34
99 Adam Thuss (Team Race)                                         1.00.11
100 Greg Reain (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                1.01.31
101 Erik Lyman (Calyon/Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                1.05.50
102 Paul Koehn (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                         1.09.59