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USA Crits Speedweek - NE

USA, April 28-May 4, 2008

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Race 3 - May 1: Uptown Greenwood Pro Cycling Challenge,

Candelario due for a win

By Kirsten Robbins in Greenwood, South Carolina

Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast took advantage of having a full team of eight riders to carry sprinter Alex Candelario to the line in a commanding sprint victory ahead of Jonathan Cantwell (Jittery Joes) and Jake Keough (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology).

"We didn't let anything get more than ten seconds up the road," said Kelly Benefit Strategies assistant director Ken Mills. "We had a full team and we were looking for a field sprint and had a full team last night, no team had eight guys there. We wanted representation and to give Candelario the opportunity to sprint."

Attacks set off from the field early on in the pro men's ninety-minute criterium with teams looking for added break away exposure and stage victories. Kelly Benefit used their numbers to hold the field together and keep their winning sprinter feeling fresh for the finale. "Our big thing was to make sure he didn't have to do work because the last couple of nights he had to work a lot," said Mills. "The team did a great job covering attacks."

With fifteen laps to go a break of three riders snuck off the front and gained a maximum of twelve seconds. The green clad team set several riders to lead the peloton in chase that marked the beginning of an early lead out. "Our guys caught it back with four laps to go. We had Martin Gilbert, Keven LaCombe, Johnny Sundt and David Veilleux at the front left and they trashed themselves until the final turn. Candelario came across the line with five bike lengths to the next riders."

Pic continues Speed Week lead

Current US national criterium champion Tina Pic (Colavita/Sutter Home) continued to increase her overall Speed Week lead after capturing her second victory in the downtown Greenwood forty-lap criterium.

"My team-mate did an awesome job and worked so hard at the front of the criterium tonight," said Pic who leads the overall series points ahead of Laura VanGilder and Kelly Benjamin.

Multiple unsuccessful breakaways were reabsorbed into the peloton after teams Aaron's, Vanderkitten, Metro and Juice Plus vied for an opportunity at a stage win against some of the other heavy hitting teams like Colavita/Sutter Home and Cheerwine.

Seeing three laps to go, Cheerwine set up their notorious lead out train for sprinters Laura VanGilder and Kelly Benjamin. However, Pic overtook the pair on the uphill finish to the line.


1 Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif)    1.30.41
2 Jonathan Cantwell (Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling)              
3 Jake Keough (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)                     
4 David Guttenplan (TIME Pro Cycling)                        
5 Jeff Hopkins (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)                    
6 Mark Hekman (TOSHIBA-Santo presented by)                   
7 Adam Myerson (TIME Pro Cycling)                            
8 Matt Winstead (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)                   
9 Kyle Gritters (HealthNet presented by Maxx)                
10 Juan Forero (Colombian National Team)                     
11 Oscar Henao (Clinica Union)                               
12 Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif)           
13 Vladimir Kerkez (Black Sheep Cartel)                      
14 Emile Abraham (Team Type 1)                           0.04
15 John Murphy (HealthNet presented by Maxx)                 
16 Maxime Vives (CALYON PRO CYCLING TEAM)                    
17 Aldoino Ilesic (Black Sheep Cartel)                       
18 Seth Hansley (Locos)                                      
19 Michael Wolf (Clinica Union)                              
20 Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse)                      
21 Carlos Alzate (TOSHIBA-Santo presented by)                
22 Mike Stoop (TIME Pro Cycling)                             
23 Paul Martin (Texas Roadhouse)                             
24 Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing)                              
25 Rob White (ABD/GEARGRINDER Cycling)                       
26 Mathieu Roy (CALYON PRO CYCLING TEAM)                 0.07
27 Kirk Albers (Texas Roadhouse)                             
28 Eric Boily (                               
29 Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1)                              
30 Alex Bhogal (Jet Fuel)                                    
31 John Durango (TOSHIBA-Santo presented by)                 
32 Yosvany Falcon (TOSHIBA-Santo presented by)               
33 Ben King (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif)                 
34 Thomas Brown ( U23)                              
35 Christan Helmig (Metro Volkswagen)                        
36 Chris Scott (Locos)                                       
37 Casey Magner (                             
38 Ryan White (ABD/GEARGRINDER Cycling)                      
39 Eric Murphy (                              
40 Robbie King (Rite Aid)                                0.10
41 Andrew Armstrong (Matrix/RBM)                         0.12
42 Juan Arango (Colombian National Team)                 0.13
43 Josh England (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)               0.14
44 Shane Braley (Wheel and Sprocket)                     0.16
45 Tommy Nankervis (TOSHIBA-Santo presented by)              
46 Hector Pastorino (Herbalife/Bike America Racin)           
47 Richard (rich) Harper (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)      0.17
48 John Grant (Texas Roadhouse)                              
49 Peter Dawson (Rock Racing)                                
50 Mark Hinnen (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif)              
51 James (jim) Baldesare (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)          
52 Justin Beard                                              
53 Guido Palma (Rite Aid)                                0.18
54 Grant Potter (Herbalife/Bike America Racin)               
55 Eric Wohlberg (Symmetrics)                                
56 Jackie Simes (TIME Pro Cycling)                           
57 Dave Fuentes (Battley Harley-Davidson/Huds)               
58 Diego Garavito (AeroCat/ Latino Cycling Team)         0.19
59 Brian Buchholz (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif)           
60 Dirk Pohlman (Texas Roadhouse)                            
61 Daniele Defranceschi (Jet Fuel Coffee)                    
62 Joey Rosskopf ( U23)                             
63 Dylan O'Sullivan (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)           0.21
64 Sean Weddell (Team CarolinaTriathlon/Metro)               
65 Cleve Blackwell (                          
66 Jared Nieters (Haymarket Bicycles/Function)           0.23
67 Steven Gordon (Haymarket Bicycles/World Gy)           0.24
68 David Bozak (Velo United)                                 
69 Josh Carter (ABD/GEARGRINDER Cycling)                     
70 Whit Clifford (Locos)                                 0.25
71 Derrek Ivey (Jet Fuel)                                0.26
72 Jaime Gandara (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)                  
73 Matt Guse (CALYON PRO CYCLING TEAM)                       
74 Tyler Hawes (                        0.27
75 Leonardo Marquez (AeroCat/ Latino Cycling Team)           
76 Matt Hansley (Locos)                                  0.29
77 Matt Decanio (Haymarket Bicycles/Function)                
78 John Parks (Haymarket Bicycles/Function)                  
79 Sean Coleman (US Armed Forces)                            
80 Michael Norton (CALYON PRO CYCLING TEAM)              0.30
81 Jafer Beizer ( U23)                              
82 Bennet Van Der Genugte (Team Inferno Pro Cycling)     0.31
83 Gonzalo Escobar (Haymarket Bicycles/Function)             
84 Spencer Gaddy (Black Sheep Cartel)                        
85 Bobby Lea (Rite Aid)                                  0.34
86 Bill Elliston (Rite Aid)                                  
87 David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif)       0.35
88 John Puffer (Texas Roadhouse)                         0.41
89 Boyd Johnson (DLP Racing)                                 
90 Justin Williams (Rock Racing)                         0.42
91 Adam Branfman (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)              2.19
92 Emilio Asconeguy (AeroCat/ Latino Cycling Team)       2.42


1 Tina Pic (Colavita/Sutter Home)                        57.54
2 Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine Cycling)         
3 Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine Cycling)           
4 Shontell Gauthier (Colavita/Sutter Home)     
5 Anna Lang (Aaron's)                          
6 Nichole Wangsgard (Colavita/Sutter Home)     
7 Tiffany Cromwell (Colavita/Sutter Home)      
8 Holli Steelman (Juice Plus/NC cycling)       
9 Rebecca Larson (Aaron's)                     
10 Erica Allar (Aaron's)                       
11 Sarah Caravella (Team Tibco)                
12 Laura McCaughey (Juice Plus/NC cycling)     
13 Catherine Cheatley (Cheerwine Cycling)      
14 Jenny Trew (Vanderkitten Racing)            
15 Jennifer Wilson (Vanderkitten Racing)       
16 Melissa Sanborn (Vanderkitten Racing)       
17 Allyson Brandt (Cheerwine Cycling)          
18 Sherri Stedje (Hub Racing)                  
19 Shannon Koch (Metro)                        
20 Barnard Tamyra (Herbalife)                  
21 Catherine Powers (Aaron's)                  
22 Parks Iona Wynter (Colavita/Sutter Home)    
23 Gina Voci (Juice Plus/NC cycling)           
24 Meredith Miller (Aaron's)                   
25 Julie Bishop (Team Bents)                   
26 Morgan Patton (Team Type 1)                 
27 Ashley Anderson (Metro)                     
28 Nicole Bossie (Hincapie)                    
29 Kat Clark (Team Kenda Tire)                 
30 Leigh Valletti (Vanderkitten Racing)        
31 Amy Slater (BMW/Bianchi)                    
32 Anna Milkowski (Advil/ChapStick)            
33 Robin Farina (Cheerwine Cycling)            
34 Rachel Warner (Juice Plus/NC cycling)       
35 Elizabeth Hill Morse (Hub Racing)                      0.03
37 Monique Hanley (Team Type 1)                           0.09
One lap behind
38 Leeanne Manderson (Hub Racing)              
39 Christi-An Hansley (Team MedPlan)