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Tour of Pennsylvania - 2.2
USA, June 24-29, 2008
By Kirsten Robbins
The inaugural American Eagle Outfitters’ Tour of Pennsylvania, presented by Highmark Healthy High 5 will commence on Tuesday June 24 in Philadelphia showcasing 120 international cyclists under the age of 25.
The seven-staged event is set to travel along the State’s southern border from east to west before entering Sunday’s grand finale in downtown Pittsburgh.
The international start list will field riders from five continents including national teams from Germany, Argentina, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Netherlands and Russia.
The two US professional espoir teams Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast and Time Pro Cycling will undoubtedly put on a show after experiencing early season success against the American professional squads.
Finally, nine US elite amateur espoir teams are ready to add their strength to the bulk of the peloton such as Waste Management, Fiordifrutta, Sakonnet Technology, VMG-Felt and California Giant Berry are just a few that will experience success amongst the international field.
The Tour of Pennsylvania not only provides challenging competition for the espoir category, but a snap shot of history for the foreign riders as the scheduled route follows the Forbes Trail.
"This is the same route George Washington and John Forbes used 250 years ago," said Jerry Casale, chief operating officer of Tour of PA, LLC, the company hired by Pittsburgh 250 to run this first-year event.
"Along the way we’ll pass through a lot of the places that were founded that same year - Bedford, Ligonier, Latrobe. They are all celebrating their 250th and that was a very important aspect of designing this course."
Riders will start the tour with a double day in downtown Philadelphia with a 3.5 kilometre time trial followed by a 50 kilometer criterium and neither of which are expected to form significant separations on the general classification. However, the opening day will reveal the early leaders in both the overall GC and sprinter competitions.
Stage two’s 146 kilometer race is expected to shake things a bit with the start of the KOM competition. The race will start in Downingtown, following HWY 30 and ending in Carlisle.
A race of attrition will kick in during stage three’s 168 kilometres beginning in Camp Hill and head out toward Bedford where the riders must climb two mountain passes.
Stage four’s 100 kilometre ‘queen stage’ will surely put pressure on the GC riders as the peloton will start at the base of the Allegheny Mountains in Bedford and pass two decisive climbs before descending onto the finishing streets in Latrobe.
The peloton’s tired legs will be given a rest during stage five’s relatively flat 146-kilometre race beginning in Ligonier and ending in Pittsburgh, providing the sprinters with a chance to join the race.
Downtown Pittsburgh will host the final stage six criterium, an 80 kilometer flat and fast circuit that will reveal the overall Tour of Pennsylvania winner.
Esco-Telefonicos Argentina Praties Cycling Team 1 Gaston Aguero (Arg) 11 Joshua Wilson (Aus) 2 Leandro Bottaso (Arg) 12 Dylan Newell (Aus) 3 Demis Aleman (Arg) 13 Timothy Walker (Aus) 4 Marcos Santucho (Arg) 14 Ben Grieve-Johnson (Aus) 5 Gustavo Borcard (Arg) 15 Daniel Furmston (Aus) 16 Bradley Norton (Aus) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy Team RACE Pro 21 Vincent Roberge (USA) 31 Keir Plaice (Can) 22 Peter Horn (USA) 32 Andrew Hunt (Can) 23 David Nelson (USA) 33 Mark Batty (Can) 24 Aaron Pool (USA) 34 Adam Thuss (Can) 25 James Camut (USA) 35 Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) 26 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) 36 Mark Pozniak (Can) Team Stadler Global Cycling 41 Toni Franke (Ger) 51 Jori Pol (Ned) 42 Michael Kreutzburg (Ger) 52 Geert Dijkshoorn (Ned) 43 Sven Forberger (Ger) 53 Jelmer Asjes (Ned) 44 Mathias Kupke (Ger) 54 Mathijs Timmer (Ned) 55 Dennis Luyt (Ned) 56 Sander Aardenburg (Ned) Konica Minolta Continental Cycling Team Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast Pro Cycling 61 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) 71 David Veilleux (Can) 62 Travis Allen (RSA) 72 Benjamin King (USA) 63 Pieter Seyffert (RSA) 73 Jacob Keough (USA) 64 Herman Fouche (RSA) 74 Keven Lacombe (Can) 65 Christo Van Heerden (RSA) 75 Clay Murfet (Aus) 66 Mohamed Aounseghir (Alg) 76 Mark Hinnen (Can) TIME Pro Cycling Team Waste Management/Racelab U23 81 Michael Stoop (USA) 91 Sean Mazich (USA) 82 Erik Barlevav (USA) 92 Stevie Cullinan (USA) 83 David Guttenplan (USA) 93 John Parish (USA) 84 Andrew Baker (USA) 94 Alex Boyd (USA) 85 Jackie Simes (USA) 95 Bjorn Selander (USA) 86 Nick Frey (USA) 96 Kiel Reijnen (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized Team VRC: NOW-MS Society 101 Chance Noble (USA) 111 Chris Steffanoni (Aus) 102 Julian Martinez (USA) 112 Alex Welch (USA) 103 Max Jenkins (USA) 113 Nick Martinez (USA) 104 Nicholas Agate (USA) 114 Peter Rennie (NZl) 105 Reid Pletcher (USA) 115 Adrian Gerrits (USA) 106 Tyler Dibble (USA) 116 Eric Losak (USA) ZTeaM VMG/Felt 121 Stefano Barberi (Bra) 131 Alex Howes (USA) 122 Chad Beyer (USA) 132 Caleb Fairly (USA) 123 Nathaniel English (USA) 133 Daniel Holloway (USA) 124 Justin Laue (USA) 134 Peter Salon (USA) 125 Eric Riggs (USA) 135 Walker Savidge (USA) 126 Shawn Rosenthal (USA) 136 Peter Stetina (USA) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team Sakonnet Technology U25 Team 141 Charles Marzot (USA) 151 Adam Branfman (USA) 142 Hayden Brooks (Aus) 152 Cheyne Hoag (USA) 143 Josh Lipka (USA) 153 Nick Keough (USA) 144 Phil Gaimon (USA) 154 Travis Burandt (USA) 145 James Driscoll (USA) 155 Sheldon Deeny (USA) 146 Eric Schildge (USA) 156 Ryan Baumann (USA) PA Lightning Penn St Cancer Inst-GPOA-Cannondale 161 Eric Chrabot (USA) 171 Brett Jacoby (USA) 162 Jeff Salvitti (USA) 172 Adam Farabaugh (USA) 163 Christopher Ruhl (USA) 173 Justin Brown (USA) 164 Taylor Brown (USA) 174 Turner Johnson (USA) 165 Michael Chauner (USA) 175 Elliot Gaunt (USA) 166 Ben Showman (USA) 176 Christopher Kuhl (USA)