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Tour of Virginia - NE

USA, April 24-29, 2007

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Stage 7 - April 29: Charlottesville / Albemarle County Road Race, 160.9km

Colombian Zapata wins overall

Baumann dusts himself off from crash to win U-23

Javier Zapata (Caico)
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Javier Zapata (CAICO) of Columbia held off Argentina's Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid ProCycling) in today's final stage 7 to win the 2007 Tour of Virginia. After six days and approximately 475 miles of racing, Zapata logged the best total time of 18:54:18.

Zapata led the general classification for the first time when he won stage 3 in Covington, last Wednesday's brutal 100+ mile, mountain stage that blew apart the peloton, and shrunk the original starting field from 176 riders to 112. Zapata displayed his strength as a climber all week. In addition to the GC victory, Zapata took the mountains classification.

"I felt very well through the race, " said the Spanish-speaking Zapata through a translator."This is a very important win." Zapata was happy with his win and team CAICO's debut in the United States.

Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast) raced consistently all week, gradually gaining spots and working his way up the GC. Joining today's breakaway propelled Bowman to second overall, a little over a minute behind leader Zapata. Christopher Jones (VMG Racing) also benefited from the breakaway to take third in the GC, 1:12 back from Zapata.

How it unfolded

After a gruelling week, 101 remaining racers started stage 7, a 100-mile, course with rolling hills that finished in downtown Charlottesville . The course finished with three laps around a three mile circuit around downtown, before finishing on Market Street in the shadow of the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park.

The field starts stage 7
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Approximately ten racers broke away early in the race, at about the 40km mark. The break included Dan Bowman, Jesse Anthony, Kayle Leogrande, Mark Walters, and Priority Health's Eddy Hilger and Steve Howard, not to mention also Zapata in the yellow leader's jersey. Borrajo, who started the day in second on the GC, did not make it into the move.

"We had problems with our radio and never got word that Zapata was in the break," said Rite Aid's director Jonathan Wirsing as he explained how Borrajo was left out of the break. Although he started the day only seconds behind Zapata in the GC, Borrajo's failure to respond and catch the break cost him dearly and caused him to finish off the podium in fourth overall. By mile 68, the break held a 2:45 lead, and Borrajo's shot at the GC win slipped away.

The break showed no signs of slowing down as it approached downtown. With a 3:30 cut-off to make before the three final finishing circuits, there was a possibility that the bulk of racers would not even make it to the finish.

More rolling hills
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Unfortunately, coming into town for the first circuit, the police escort mistakenly led the breakaway down a wrong street before realising the error and guiding the break back to the race course. Riders involved described the journey as a one or two kilometre detour.

Eddy Hilger (Priority Health) had trailed the breakaway, but managed to stay on the correct course, which temporarily placed him ahead of the wayward break, and the rest of the field gained back much of the ground it had lost before the breakaway's detour.

Assessing the situation, race officials quickly made an on-the-fly decision and announced an extra lap for the break riders. After the stage, the Race Commission determined for results-purposes that the gap between the break and the main field was 2:15, which is the last legitimate split taken before the finish circuit fell apart. Order was restored, and the break finished in a sprint.

Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada) won the stage. "We kept rolling hard right from the start," said Anthony. "It was a great course."

Anthony said he was happy with his team's progress during the week. "None of us climbed as well as we hoped," said Anthony. "But we got better every day, and we finally got that stage win." Anthony said the break's detour caused some confusion, but in the end,"We knew what we were sprinting for."

Rite Aid works
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Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing) finished the stage second, in the same time as Anthony, his vigorous performance likely inspired by officials relegating him for an illegal move at the finish of yesterday's stage 6 criterium in Harrisonburg. Steve Howard (Priority Health) finished the stage third, same time. Howard said it was Priority Health's original intention to try to position Hilger for the stage win, but the team's strategy changed when Hilger appeared to be suffering from a long hard week of racing, including a stage 5 performance in which Hilger raced in the break for nearly the entire 100 miles.

"It's always harder than you expect it to be and this year was that much harder, especially with the big climb," said Tour of Virginia veteran Howard, referring to the long category-1 climb. "We don't have mountains like that back in Grand Rapids. A podium here is something to be proud about."

Borrajo missed the GC podium, but managed to unseat Jonathan Cantwell (Kahala-La Grange) to win the Sprint Jersey. Ryan Baumann (ABD Cycling Team) of Green Bay finished with the peloton, good enough for him to take home the Bicyclepowermeters.com U23 Jersey, after leading the U23 field since stage 3.

Stage 7 podium
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Baumann was involved in a crash early in today's race and will take home some road rash on his legs and arms as a memento for his efforts during this tough week of racing. With the help of his teammates, and the steely determination he displayed all week, the young Baumann hammered his way back to peloton. Baumann said his "legs were fried" at the finish, but the entire week was an amazing learning experience, especially in the mountains where he hopes to further improve his skills.

Baumann said he never expected to be in contention for a jersey and was incredibly nervous today. He said his director, Mike Ebert, had to remind him to keep taking "a few deep breaths."

Tempers flared further down the rankings to mar the end of stage 7. Jaime Carney (Alliance), John DeLong, Boyd Johnson, and Mark Hardman (UVA Composite) were disqualified from the event for fighting, pursuant to Penalty 30.1-Serious Agression, according to chief referee Beth Wrenn-Estes.

Photography

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Results

Note: Results still listed as unofficial at the time of posting.

1 Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                    3.13.11
2 Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)                                         
3 Graham Howard (Priority Health / Bissell)                             
4 Marcos Rios (Kahala-La Grange)                                        
5 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                        
6 Javier Zapata (Caico)                                                 
7 Christopher Jones (VMG Racing)                                        
8 Mark Walters (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                            
9 Eddy Hilger (Priority Health / Bissell)                           0.35
10 Mike Norton (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                               1.50
11 Jonny Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                      
12 Paul Koehn (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                                
13 Evan Fader (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                    
14 Kevin Soller (VMG Racing)                                            
15 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                           2.15
16 Jonathan Cantwell (Kahala-La Grange)                                 
17 Jame Carney (Alliance Environmental)                                 
18 Scott Stewart (VMG Racing)                                           
19 Predrag Prokic (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                             
20 Todd Henriksen (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                             
21 Aliaksahav Bieliakowski (CCB/Volkswagen)                             
22 Ben King (Morepartnerincome.Com Development Team Powered By)         
23 Rudolph Napolitano (Rock Racing)                                     
24 Lisban Quintero (CRCA/Empire Cycling Team)                           
25 Morgan Schmitt (Priority Health / Bissell)                           
26 Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                             
27 Dominique Perras ( Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                
28 Joel Dion-Poitras (Eva-Devinci)                                      
30 Brian Buchholz (UVA)                                                 
31 Alejandro Cortes (Caico)                                             
32 Jake Hollenbach (CCB/Volkswagen)                                     
33 Gavi Epstein (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                          
35 Chris Monteleone (Time Factory Development Squad)                    
36 Keck Baker (Siegler / Axley Cycling Team)                            
37 Michael Dietrich (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                       
38 Nick Friesen (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)          
39 Matt White (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                               
40 Ryan Roth (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                        
41 Matt Winstead (Morepartnerincome.Com Development Team Powered By)    
42 Pete Whitlock (Siegler / Axley Cycling Team)                         
43 Justin Spinelli (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                  
45 Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1 Monitored By Freestyle)                  
46 Mike Olheiser (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                             
47 Jake Rytlewski (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                                
48 Nick Waite (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                       
49 Andrew Boone (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                                  
50 Buck Miller (Team Race)                                              
51 Andrew Guptil (Colavita-Sutter Home)                                 
52 Dan Timmerman (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                          
53 Ken Johnson (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                   
54 Jorge Alvarado (Kahala-La Grange)                                    
55 Chirs Rozdilsky (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                          
56 Carlos Mayoral (Kahala-La Grange)                                    
57 Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita-Sutter Home)                           
58 Mason Haymes (Siegler / Axley Cycling Team)                          
59 Jeff Buckles (Skinny Js)                                             
60 Adrian Gerrits (Kahala-La Grange)                                    
61 John Loehner (CRCA/Empire Cycling Team)                              
62 Philllip Cortes (Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                
63 Joshua Dillon (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                            
64 Jason Baer (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                                    
65 Alex Sharon (Abd Cycling Team)                                       
66 Alexander Gonzalez (Caico)                                           
67 Toby Marzot (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                              
68 Corey Burns ( Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                             
69 Matthew Guse (Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                   
70 Peter Hufanagel (Colavita-Sutter Home)                               
72 Dan Cassidy (CCB/Volkswagen)                                         
73 Glenn Murray (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)          
74 Jorge Martinez (Caico)                                               
75 Mark Hardman (UVA)                                               2.17
77 Ian Birlem (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                5.38
78 Tom Soladay (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)           
79 Brian Butts (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)               5.39
80 Erik Lyman (Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                 5.42
81 Sean Barrie (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)               6.21
82 Wendy Cruz (Caico)                                               6.47
83 Martin Lechowicz (GS Mengoni)                                    7.11
84 Adam Thuss (Team Race)                                           8.15
85 Mike Miller (Alliance Environmental)                             8.27
86 Phillip Robb (Siegler / Axley Cycling Team)                      8.28
87 Yagor Buben (CCB/Volkswagen)                                    10.22
88 Ryan Baumann (Abd Cycling Team)                                      
89 Adam Switters (Rock Racing)                                          
91 Joe Whitman (Alliance Environmental)                                 
92 Russ Langley (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                  
93 Alex Hagman (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                                
94 Jared Gruber (Time Factory Development Squad)                        
95 Agustin Font ( Caico)                                                
96 Ryan Belliveau (Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                 
97 Amos Brumble (CCB/Volkswagen)                                        
98 Chris Kuhl (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                            
99 Phil Gaimon (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                           
100 Eric Boily (Eva-Devinci)                                            
101 Jared Bunde ( GS Mengoni)                                           
102 Nick Pakulla (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)         
103 Jason Beerman (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                                
104 Bain Foote (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                               

Final General Classification

1 Javier Zapata (Caico)                                              18.54.18
2 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                         1.04
3 Christopher Jones (VMG Racing)                                         1.12
4 Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                               2.24
5 Mark Walters (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                             3.03
6 Mike Olheiser (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                               3.38
7 Alejandro Cortes (Caico)                                               3.46
8 Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita-Sutter Home)                             3.58
9 Andrew Guptil (Colavita-Sutter Home)                                   4.17
10 Jake Rytlewski (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                                 5.01
11 Matt White (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                                5.02
12 Dominique Perras (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                  5.05
13 Predrag Prokic (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                              5.16
14 Eddy Hilger (Priority Health / Bissell)                               6.02
15 Dan Timmerman (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                           9.40
16 Andrew Boone (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                                   9.43
17 Aliaksahav Bieliakowski (CCB/Volkswagen)                             11.04
18 Jorge Alvarado (Kahala-La Grange)                                    11.10
19 Nick Waite (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                       11.30
20 Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)                                        12.38
21 Toby Marzot (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                              13.11
22 Marcos Rios (Kahala-La Grange)                                       13.22
23 Jorge Martinez (Caico)                                               13.54
24 Keck Baker (Siegler / Axley Cycling Team)                            14.06
25 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                               14.27
26 Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1 Monitored By Freestyle)                  14.44
27 Michael Dietrich (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                       14.45
28 Ken Johnson (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                   14.54
29 Alex Sharon (Abd Cycling Team)                                       15.13
30 Rudolph Napolitano (Rock Racing)                                     15.16
31 Morgan Schmitt (Priority Health / Bissell)                           15.18
32 Chris Monteleone (Time Factory Development Squad)                    15.21
33 Dustin MacBernie (Team Race)                                         16.54
34 Justin Spinelli (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                  17.16
35 Brian Buchholz (UVA)                                                 17.41
36 Dan Cassidy (CCB/Volkswagen)                                         17.54
37 Ryan Baumann (Abd Cycling Team)                                           
38 Buck Miller (Team Race)                                              18.12
39 Adam Switters (Rock Racing)                                          19.18
40 Gavi Epstein (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                          19.54
41 Jeff Buckles (Skinny Js)                                             20.14
42 Todd Henriksen (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                             21.23
43 Nick Friesen (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)          22.02
44 Alex Hagman (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                                23.09
45 Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                          23.15
46 Pete Whitlock (Siegler / Axley Cycling Team)                         23.46
47 Carlos Mayoral (Kahala-La Grange)                                    23.47
48 Graham Howard (Priority Health / Bissell)                            26.04
49 Mike Norton (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                                   26.34
50 Jonathan Cantwell (Kahala-La Grange)                                 26.41
51 Adrian Gerrits (Kahala-La Grange)                                    30.25
52 Joshua Dillon (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                            31.47
53 Phil Gaimon (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                           32.50
54 Scott Stewart (VMG Racing)                                           33.23
55 Alexander Gonzalez (Caico)                                           33.44
56 John Loehner (CRCA/Empire Cycling Team)                              34.22
57 Matt Winstead (Morepartnerincome.Com Development Team Powered By)    34.33
58 Joel Dion-Poitras (Eva-Devinci)                                      34.48
59 Tom Soladay (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)           37.57
60 Jared Gruber (Time Factory Development Squad)                        38.38
61 Lisban Quintero (CRCA/Empire Cycling Team)                           41.43
62 Chirs Rozdilsky (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                          41.55
63 Glenn Murray (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)          42.27
64 Matthew Guse (Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                   42.28
65 Kevin Soller (VMG Racing)                                            42.56
66 Philllip Cortes (Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                44.41
67 Bain Foote (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                                45.09
68 Jake Hollenbach (CCB/Volkswagen)                                     46.24
69 Nick Pakulla (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv Amateur Cycling)          48.01
70 Chris Kuhl (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25)                            49.51
71 Eric Boily (Eva-Devinci)                                             49.56
72 Mason Haymes (Siegler / Axley Cycling Team)                          50.04
73 Phillip Robb (Siegler / Axley Cycling Team)                          50.25
74 Evan Fader (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                    50.39
75 Ben King (Morepartnerincome.Com Development Team Powered By)         50.48
76 Jason Baer (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                                    51.47
77 Peter Hufanagel (Colavita-Sutter Home)                               52.21
78 Russ Langley (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                  52.58
79 Amos Brumble (CCB/Volkswagen)                                        54.13
80 Jared Bunde (GS Mengoni)                                             55.09
81 Corey Burns (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                              57.12
82 Brian Butts (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                   57.25
83 Joe Whitman (Alliance Environmental)                                 57.37
84 Mike Miller (Alliance Environmental)                                 57.38
85 Martin Lechowicz (GS Mengoni)                                        58.47
86 Jason Beerman (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                                 58.59
87 Jonny Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                      59.10
88 Ryan Belliveau (Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                 59.18
89 Ryan Roth (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                        59.49
90 Wendy Cruz (Caico)                                                 1.00.35
91 Yagor Buben (CCB/Volkswagen)                                       1.00.56
92 Sean Barrie (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                 1.03.01
93 Agustin Font (Caico)                                               1.04.08
94 Ian Birlem (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)                  1.05.14
95 Adam Thuss (Team Race)                                             1.08.27
96 Erik Lyman (Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cycling Team)                   1.11.32
97 Paul Koehn (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                              1.14.18
DSQ  Boyd Johnson (Alliance Environmental)                                   
DSQ  Mark Hardman (UVA)                                                      
DSQ  Jame Carney (Alliance Environmental)                                    
DSQ  John Delong (Alliance Environmental) 

Sprint Classification

1 Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                91 pts
2 Jonathan Cantwell (Kahala-La Grange)                    78
3 Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)             68
4 Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)                           53
5 Javier Zapata (Caico)                                   35
6 Wendy Cruz (Caico)                                      30
7 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)          19
8 Buck Miller (Team Race)                                 20
9 Graham Howard (Priority Health / Bissell)               18
10 Mike Olheiser (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)               18
11 Marcos Rios (Kahala-La Grange)                         14
12 Christopher Jones (VMG Racing)                         11
13 Rudolph Napolitano (Rock Racing)                       10
14 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                  9
15 Adam Switters (Rock Racing)                             8
16 Dominique Perras (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)    7
17 Andrew Guptil (Colavita-Sutter Home)                    5
18 Eric Boily (Eva-Devinci)                                5
19 Ryan Roth (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)           5
20 Matt White (Firodifrutta Cycling Team)                  5
21 Eddy Hilger (Priority Health / Bissell)                 5  
22 Scott Stewart (VMG Racing)                              3 
23 Ryan DeWald (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                      3
24 Adrian Gerrits (Kahala-La Grange)                       3
25 Mark Walters (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)              3
26 Russ Langley (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)     2
27 Alexander Gonzalez (Caico)                              2
28 Predrag Prokic (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                1
29 Morgan Schmitt (Priority Health / Bissell)              1  

Mountains Classification

1 Javier Zapata (Caico)                                   37 pts
2 Dan Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)          26
3 Alejandro Cortes (Caico)                                25
4 Jorge Martinez (Caico)                                  22
5 Russ Langley (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail)     15
6 Dominique Perras (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)    12
7 Morgan Schmitt ( Priority Health / Bissell)              9
8 Jake Rytlewski (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                    8
9 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)                   8
10 Mike Olheiser (Memphis Motorwerks/Carve)                7
11 Andrew Guptil (Colavita-Sutter Home)                    5
12 Eddy Hilger (Priority Health / Bissell)                 5
13 Predrag Prokic (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network)                4
14 Justin Spinelli (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)     3
15 Stephen Kincaid (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                  3
16 Christopher Jones (VMG Racing)                          3
17 Jonny Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)         2
18 Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                1
19 Dan Timmerman (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)             1

U23 Classification

1  Ryan Baumann (ABD Cycling Team)