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Tour de Delta - NE

Canada, July 11-13, 2008

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Stage 2 - July 12: Lehigh Cement Criterium, 36 km/54 km (W/M)

Evans, Benjamin claim fast-paced wins

Cam Evans (Symmetrics Cycling) rolled over the line
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Lost bags turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Symmetrics Cam Evans. Evans original plans to race down at the Cascade Classic hit a snag when an lost his luggage on the way back from the Canadian Championships on Monday, making it too tight to get down to Oregon by Wednesday.

Instead Evans stayed home in nearby Tsawwassen and got into a three-rider break at the Lehigh Cement Criterium, using help from Symmetrics Pro Cycling team-mate (and Canadian Olympian) Zach Bell to win a sprint out of the final turn and take the second-stage of the Tour de Delta.

“The airline lost my bags but it worked out for the best,” said Evans, who also beat out Bell and Matt Shriver of Jittery Joes Pro Cycling to win a huge $2,060 Crowd Prime with four laps left. “I’m the hometown guy so it’s got a special place in my heart to win, especially the crit. Everyone comes out to watch and it’s not too often I get to race at home, so it’s really nice.”

After an hour of 900-metre laps through the streets of Ladner, Shriver didn’t stand much of a chance against two Symmetrics riders, especially when one is Evans, the 2007 Canadian Road Race champion, and the other is a Beijing-bound Bell, also defending Tour de Delta champion.

“You do the best you can when you have an Olympic sprinter and a national champion,” Shriver of Pocatello, Idaho, said after holding on to second place. “I just played it as smart as I could and there wasn’t much I could do. I tried to jump out but I was just trying to hang on there.”

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Bell’s third-place finish, combined with his fifth place result in the Brenco Prologue on Friday night, gave him the overall leader’s jersey heading into the White Spot Road Race on Sunday morning, and a chance to defend his Tour de Delta overall title for the locally based Symmetrics squad. On Saturday though, he was clearly working for Evans, the hometown boy.

“It’s always good to win in your hometown and I was fortunate enough last year to have all the guys work for me and I was able to take the crit, so I’m happy to work for Cam,” said Bell. “It wasn’t really a question once we got in the move. We talked about it and I said `yeah I’ll work for you to the end here bud’. The ma thing is we wanted to keep the leader’s jersey among the team and we’re the hometown guys so we want to race really well here.”

For Bell, it also helped him get ready for the track in Beijing. “Absolutely,” he said. “It’s an hour-long race and that’s one of the reasons I was out there and real active and putting in the big efforts because that’s the kind of thing I’m going to be doing when I’m racing in Beijing. So I come to these races ready for that effort for sure.”

Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine Pro Cycling) cruised in ahead
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Cheerwine Pro Cycling’s Kelly Benjamin of Kansas City, Missouri, also took advantage of some help from team-mate Sarah Bamberger to win the 36-minute women’s race, beating Australian Ruth Corset (Jazz Apple), who also won the Prologue Friday and will wear the leader’s jersey on Sunday. Langley’s Lisa Howard of Giant Bicycles/Team Whistler was third, while Bamberger dropped off in the final lap after leading out for Benjamin.

“It was kind of a blur,” said Benjamin. “Ruth went and she’s so strong, she really put in a great attack. My team-mate was right on her, but I happened to be right on Sarah so I just followed wheels and then realized we had a big gap. Ruth pretty much drove it all the way and then Sarah took over and gave me an excellent lead up.”

Corset came from behind in the final lap to catch a three-rider break and keep her spot atop the overall standing, which bodes well going into the road race for the self-professed climber, who expressed surprise at her strong showing for a second-straight race after winning the Prologue.

“Yes I am looking forward to tomorrow. Tonight was a surprise, I certainly didn’t expect it,” said Corset. “I was waiting or the right moment to go at the end and my team-mates did a real good job throughout the race.”

Corset is part of the Jazz Apple development team led by New Zealand cycling legend – and two-time Olympian – Susy Pryde. At 31, Corset is the oldest member on a young team, but the former tri-athlete only took up competitive cycling three years ago, leaving her daughters, aged four and six, in Australia with her husband for her first taste of international racing. She already won the Mt. Hamilton Road Race in San Jose on May 25.


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1 Cam Evans (Symmetrics Cycling)                             1.02.31
2 Matt Shriver (Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling)                      0.01
3 Zach Bell (Symmetrics Cycling)                                0.03
4 Andrew Pinfold (Symmetrics Cycling)                           0.42
5 Cody Stevenson (Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling)                        
6 Svein Tuft (Symmetrics Cycling)                                   
7 Ryan Anderson (Symmetrics Cycling)                            0.43
8 Mike Sayers (BMC Pro Cycling Team)                                
9 Tim Sherstobitoff (Total Restoration Cycling Team)                
10 Maxime Vives (Calyon Pro Cycling Team)                           
11 Kirk O'bee (Health Net Pro Cycling Team)                         
12 Tyler Trace (TREK Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic)                   
13 Sean Mazich (Team Waste Management)                              
14 Scott Laliberte (Campione-Ratcliff Racing Team)              0.44
15 Tom Last (Kinesis UK)                                            
16 Eric Wohlberg (Symmetrics Cycling)                               
17 Evan Elken (Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling)                           
18 Mark Macdonald (Team H&R Block)                                  
19 Maurice Worsfold (Glotman Simpson Racing)                        
20 Jared Barrilleaux (Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling)                    
21 Kiel Reijnen (Team Waste Management)                         0.45
22 Jon Parrish (Team Waste Management)                              
23 Grant Van Horn (Team Waste Management)                           
24 Mathieu Roy (Calyon Pro Cycling Team)                        0.46
25 Josh James (Kinesis UK)                                          
26 Marcel Aarden (Kona-Adobe)                                       
27 Chris Worsfold (Glotman Simpson Racing)                          
28 Guy Biggar (Escape Velocity / DEVO)                          0.47
29 Kyle Ward (Team Waste Management)                                
30 John Perkins (Glotman Simpson Racing)                            
31 Dave Brooks (TREK Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic)                   
32 Jacob Erker (Symmetrics Cycling)                                 
33 Shaun Adamson (Juventus)                                         
34 Francois Parisien (Team RACE Pro)                            0.48
35 Chris Squire (La Bicicletta)                                     
36 Dan Skinner (Total Restoration Cycling Team)                     
37 Owen Harrison (Total Restoration Cycling Team)                   
38 Aaron Schooler (Team H&R Block)                              0.49
39 Matthew Cottrell (Team Aviawest)                                 
40 Scott Zwizanski (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                       
41 Ron Jensen (Team Waste Management)                               
42 Garrett Peltonen (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                      
43 John Meehan (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                       0.50
44 Ryan Taylor (Campione-Ratcliff Racing Team)                      
45 Jeff Bolstad (Team H&R Block)                                    
46 Stevie Cullinan (Team Waste Management)                          
47 Jason Fluckiger (repswest)                                   0.51
48 Rob Britton (TREK Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic)                   
49 Christian Meier (Symmetrics Cycling)                             
50 Cory Forrest (Total Restoration Cycling Team)                    
51 Jonathan Gormick (Kona-Adobe)                                    
52 Evan Flater (Team Aviawest)                                      
53 Mathew Bell (Calyon Pro Cycling Team)                        0.52
54 Chris Devries (Team H&R Block)                                   
55 Dave Vukets (TREK Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic)                   
56 Matt Potma (Kona-Adobe)                                          
57 Shawn Goulet (Kona-Adobe)                                        
58 Paul Beard (Escape Velocity)                                     
59 Alistair Howard (Kona-Adobe)                                 0.53
60 Mike Norton (Calyon Pro Cycling Team)                            
61 Brett Boniface (Campione-Ratcliff Racing Team)                   
62 Jonathan Page (Escape Velocity)                                  
63 Trevor Haaheim (Total Restoration Cycling Team)              0.54
64 Trent Wilson (Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling)                     0.55
65 Anthony Steenbergen (Team H&R Block)                             
66 Brad Kerr (Total Restoration Cycling Team)                       
67 Nathan Macdonald (TREK Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic)              
68 Kevin Noiles (TREK Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic)                  
69 Matthew Guse (Calyon Pro Cycling Team)                       0.56
70 Jeff Ain (Escape Velocity)                                       
71 Jesse James Collins (Bicisport Gruppo Sportivo Campione)         
72 Devon Vigus (California Giant/Specialized)                   0.57
73 Tim Henry (Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling)                            
74 Nic Hamilton (Team Aviawest)                                     
75 Joe Wessel (Kelowna Cycle Opus sd23)                             
76 Ben Chaddock (Team Whistler)                                     
77 Dana Williams (TNA/Shape Properties)                             
78 Sebastian Salas (Campione-Ratcliff Racing Team)                  
79 Jamie Sparling (TREK Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic)                
DNF Attila Hajdu (La Bicicletta)                                    
DNF Dan Macdonald (Kona-Adobe)                                      
DNF Chris Reid (Kona-Adobe)                                         
DNF Shane Savage (Mighty Cycling)                                   
DNF Michael Rothengatter (Escape Velocity)                          
DNF Owen Sturgess (Escape Velocity)                                 
DNF John Tolkamp (Escape Velocity)                                  
DNF Chris Mcneil (Team H&R Block)                                   
DNF Kurtis Vallee (Team Aviawest)                                   
DNF Russell Stead (La Bicicletta)                                   
DNF David Gillam (Cycle Solutions)                                  
DNF Julian Base (Campione-Ratcliff Racing Team)                     
DNF Jonathan Cheung (Independent)                                   
DNF Chris Reynolds (Campione-Ratcliff Racing Team)                  
DNF Frederic Bussieres (Team Aviawest)                              
1 Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine Pro Cycling)                       41.29
2 Ruth Corset (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)                             
3 Lisa Howard (Giant Bicycles/Team Whistler Canada)                 
4 Sarah Bamberger (Cheerwine Pro Cycling)                       0.02
5 Sarah Stewart (Total Restoration Cycling Team)                0.09
6 Lauren Ellis (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)                            
7 Malindills Maclean (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)                  0.10
8 Steph Roorda (Giant Bicycles/Team Whistler Canada)                
9 Heather Kay (ERTC/Revolution Cycle)                               
10 Gillian Moody (Total Restoration Cycling Team)                   
11 Jenny Trew (Giant Bicycles/Team Whistler Canada)                 
12 Marie-Claude Gagnon (Glotman Simpson)                            
13 Lisa Dorian (Chicks Cycling Club)                            0.11
14 Jennifer Schulz (Total Restoration Cycling Team)                 
15 Karen Watson (Glotman Simpson)                                   
16 Morgan Schneidler (Wines of Washington)                      0.12
17 Laura Brown (Giant Bicycles/Team Whistler Canada)                
18 Jaymie Mcgowan (Oak Bay Bikes)                                   
19 Heather Lamson (Giant Bicycles/Team Whistler Canada)             
20 Monica Nelson (Total Restoration Cycling Team)                   
21 Alyssa Weninger (Sask/BCW)                                   0.13
22 Kelsey Miller (Wedgewood Cycling Team)                           
23 Rachel Canning (Escape Velocity / DEVO)                          
24 Susannah Pryde (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)                         
25 Taitt Sato (ValueAct Capital)                                0.14
26 Kristine Brynjolfson (Team Coastal)                              
27 Jessica Hannah (Giant Bicycles/Team Whistler Canada)             
28 Fiona Macleod (TREK Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic)             0.33
29 Hannah Banks (ValueAct Capital)                                  
30 Moriah Macgregor (Giant Bicycles/Team Whistler Canada)           
31 Gina Kavesh (Wines of Washington)                                
32 Chelsea Bilsbarrow (Giant Bicycles/Team Whistler Canada)         
33 Leslie Vice (Glotman Simpson)                                    
34 Shoshauna Laxson (Team Whistler)                                 
35 Sarah Mcmillan (Chicks Cycling Club)                             
36 Jennifer Tabbernor (Team Whistler)                               
37 Margaret Pugh (Chicks Cycling Club)                              
DNF Sonja Heilmeier (Chicks Cycling Club)                           
DNF Dana Lis (Chicks Cycling Club)                                  
DNF Sarah Nathan (Chicks Cycling Club)                              
DNF Bonnie Catlin (Chicks Cycling Club)                             
DNF Clara Hungr (Chicks Cycling Club)                               
DNF Jennifer Kohm (Glotman Simpson)