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Rochester Omnium - 2.2

New York, USA, August 8-10, 2008

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Stage 1 - August 8: Time trial, 4.08 mi

Roth crosses 'the pond' to snag a victory

By Kirsten Robbins in Rochester, New York

The newly vamped Rochester Omnium not only attracted America's best, it also drew in a flock of Canadians from across the pond - Lake Ontario. Canada's Ryan Roth (Team Race Pro) was one such rider and proved his form with the fastest time trial of the day. The Ontario native took the victory ahead of the Toyota-United pair Dominique Rollin and Johnny Clarke.

"I put a lot of effort into my time trial this season," said Roth, who placed second in the Canadian national championships last month. "I think time trailing is an area of cycling that comes more natural to me and they really matter in a race like this one."

Omnium points will determine the overall champion of the stage race instead of time accumulation. There are points given to the top 20 riders of each stage, with Roth's victory earning him the early lead with 35 points, Rollin with 25 points and Clarke with 20 points.

Rollin and Clarke held the fast times for more than half of the event, until Roth flew in with an unexpected best time of 7'21". "I wasn't too surprised with Ryan's performance today," said Rollin. "He's always been a good time trialist and I had him picked for my top five list this morning."

Morning rain poured over the 6.4-kilometre course long enough to cause slight anxiousness amongst the field. But sunny skies opened up and dried the pavement before the 1:00 PM start time.

One-by-one the riders rode off the staging ramp to complete the flat, out and back circuit. Each rider faced a strong head wind on the way out, greeted with the windy push back to the finish line.

"I definitely felt like it was hardest going out into the wind," said Roth. "I could make up the most time there so I made the first half, to the turn around, my finish line.

"I don't think the course was too technical but I wanted to get through the corners safely - you can't make up too much time there but you can really lose a lot if you crash," he added of the two technical corners before the finish line.

Roth will wear the yellow jersey in tomorrow's 120-minute twilight criterium held in downtown Rochester. Team Race Pro may have its hands full controlling the sprint-hungry peloton.

"I think tomorrow is more suited to a team like Toyota-United and some of the other sprinting teams," said Roth. "I don't think my team will have to control the race. It's a fast race, it's short and it kind of controls itself."

Toyota-United sprinter Ivan Dominguez will be ready to jump on a stage win. His team-mate Hilton Clarke will no doubt want to take a third consecutive victory as well.

The team is up against sprinters like Emile Abraham (Team Type 1), Sebastian Haedo (Colavita/Sutter Home), David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit), Ricardo Escuela (Successful Living) and Tony Cruz (BMC).


1 Ryan Roth (Can) Team R.A.C.E. Pro                                           7.21 (51.2 km/h)
2 Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota United                                        0.02
3 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Toyota United                                         0.03
4 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast                      0.08
5 Charles Coyle (USA) Successful Living Pro Cycling Team                      0.11
6 Luis Amaran Romero (Cub) Colavita Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light    0.13
7 Brian Buchholz (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast                      0.13
8 Matthew Johnson (USA) Empire                                                0.13
9 Frank Travieso (Cub) Toshiba – Santo Pro Cycling                            0.13
10 Mark Hekman (USA) Toshiba – Santo Pro Cycling                              0.16
11 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast                      0.16
12 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing                                             0.16
13 Shawn Milne (USA) Team Type 1                                              0.16
14 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Toyota United                                          0.16
15 Francois Parisien (Can) Team R.A.C.E. Pro                                  0.18
16 Dan Timmerman (USA) Team R.A.C.E. Pro                                      0.21
17 Mark Walters (Can) Team R.A.C.E. Pro                                       0.23
18 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                       0.24
19 Charles Bryer (Can) Ciclo Werks                                            0.24
20 Ricardo Escuela (Arg) Successful Living Pro Cycling Team                   0.25
21 Charles Dionne (Can) Successful Living Pro Cycling Team                    0.25
22 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing                                           0.25
23 Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Team Rite Aid Pro Cycling                            0.26
24 Luca Damiani (USA) Colavita Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light         0.27
25 Bryson Bowers (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                                        0.28
26 Michael Grabinger (USA) Successful Living Pro Cycling Team                 0.28
27 Matt Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                              0.29
28 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota United                                         0.30
29 Daniel Vaillancourt (USA) Toshiba – Santo Pro Cycling                      0.31
30 Mike Mathis (USA) Empire                                                   0.33
31 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light      0.33
32 Charlie Vives (Can) Calyon Pro Cycling Team                                0.34
33 Michael Norton (USA) Calyon Pro Cycling Team                               0.35
34 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing                                               0.36
35 Matthew Bell (Can) Calyon Pro Cycling Team                                 0.37
36 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light      0.37
37 Eric Brownell (USA) Empire                                                 0.38
38 Henk Vogels (Aus) Toyota United                                            0.39
39 Richard Geng (Ger) Team Rite Aid Pro Cycling                               0.40
40 Alexander Brimer (USA) Empire                                              0.40
41 Yosvany Falcon (Cub) Toshiba – Santo Pro Cycling                           0.41
42 Lucas Haedo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light          0.41
43  Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing                                             0.42
44 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita Sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light         0.42
45 Jonathan Prosser (Can) Ciclo Werks                                         0.43
46 Mike Margarite (USA) Empire                                                0.43
47 Peter Morse (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                                          0.46
48 Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1                                            0.46
49 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) DLP Racing                                           0.47
50 Michael Sayers (USA) BMC Racing                                            0.48
51 Nathan Chown (Can) Handlebars Cycle Company                                0.48
52 Joe Eldridge (USA) Team Type 1                                             0.48
53 Erik Box (Can) Ciclo Werks                                                 0.49
54 Maxime Vives (Can) Calyon Pro Cycling Team                                 0.49
55 Sheldon Deeny (USA) Empire                                                 0.49
56 Robbie King (USA) Team Rite Aid Pro Cycling                                0.51
57 Derrick St-John (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                                      0.53
58 Adam Thuss (Can) Team R.A.C.E. Pro                                         0.53
59 Mark Pozniak (Can) Team R.A.C.E. Pro                                       0.54
60 Nathan Miller (USA) BMC Racing                                             0.55
61 Brandon Throop (Can) Mazur Coaching                                        0.56
62 Sal Scotto (USA) Sommerville Sports                                        0.57
63 Chris Saunders (Can) Handlebars Cycle Company                              0.59
64 Matt Dickenson (USA) Preferred Care Cycling                                1.00
65 Gan Zak (Can) Mazur Coaching                                               1.03
66 Justin Hines (Can) Handlebars Cycle Company                                1.04
67 Daniele Defranceschi (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                                 1.05
68 Guido Palma (Arg) Team Rite Aid Pro Cycling                                1.05
69 Kevin Hazzard (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                                        1.05
70 Jake Castor (USA) Preferred Care Cycling                                   1.06
71 Jason Skalski (USA) Handlebars Cycle Company                               1.06
72 Michael Luther (USA) Handlebars Cycle Company                              1.07
73 Mathieu Roy (Can) Calyon Pro Cycling Team                                  1.07
74 Tom Bencivengo (USA) Sommerville Sports                                    1.09
75 Ryan Nye (USA) Preferred Care Cycling                                      1.10
76 Alex Bhogal (Ger) Mazur Coaching                                           1.11
77 Joseph Coddington (USA) DLP Racing                                         1.12
78 Nathan Schnarr (Can) Ciclo Werks                                           1.13
79 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Toyota United                                          1.13
80 William Elliston (USA) Team Rite Aid Pro Cycling                           1.14
81 David Sommerville (USA) Sommerville Sports                                 1.16
82 Clay Murfert (Aus) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast                       1.17
83 Torsten Wambold (Ger) DLP Racing                                           1.24
84 Rob Wing (USA) Sommerville Sports                                          1.25
85 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Successful Living Pro Cycling Team                1.26
86 Jonathan Erdelye (USA) Team Rite Aid Pro Cycling                           1.28
87 Derrek Ivey (Can) Mazur Coaching                                           1.28
88 Jeff Zygo (USA) Preferred Care Cycling                                     1.30
89 Tom Dolan (USA) Sommerville Sports                                         1.31
90 David Byer (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee                                           1.32
91 Owen Nielsen (USA) DLP Racing                                              1.44
DNS  Boyd Johnson (USA) DLP Racing                                                
DNS  Chris Judy (USA) DLP Racing