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Commerce Bank Triple Crown
USA, June 4-11, 2006
Race 1 - June 4: Tom Bamford Lancaster Classic, 91 miles/ 25 miles
Stewart turns lead-out into win, Teutenberg ready for repeat
KodakGallery-Sierra Nevada stands up in Lancaster
By Mark Zalewski, North American editor in Lancaster, PA
The first leg of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown was held on the fast and undulating circuit of Lancaster. And as in previous editions the high speeds were evident in the attrition rate -- with almost eighty percent of the field not finishing. But unlike in previous editions, or in previous races this year, Jackson Stewart of the KodakGallery-Sierra Nevada team surprised everyone, leading the final sprint from almost the entire last kilometer to take the win.
"I was going to lead-out Martin Gilbert, but I just hit it a little too hard which caused a gap and I decided to let the gap go," Stewart told Cyclingnews as he celebrated with his teammates. "I looked back once and thought, 'Whoa, I'm gonna make it!!!' I was stoked. I hit it way too hard but I was excited to get it!"
The win is clearly the biggest for the team as the celebration among riders and staff went on well after the awards ceremony. "this is the biggest win since the inception of this team, from Ofoto-Lombardi to now KodakGallery-Sierra Nevada," said team director Robin Zellner. "This is a stepping stone for us, and for Jackson especially. He's gotten two second places in NRC races this year and has just been on himself -- upset that he couldn't get that elusive win. He was the lead-out, but had the speed and sometimes that happens -- sometimes the lead-out guy wins!"
Trying to close the gap behind Stewart was one of the race favourites, Juan Jose Haedo (Toyota-United Pro). "In the end I was in sixth position and that gap went," Haedo said. "I was coming really fast, and I don't know if I would have made it with a longer finish, but it would have been close. My rear wheel was slamming so hard in the final straight. I hit a bump and my wheel jumped so high! I almost crashed!"
Also closing was Navigators Insurance's Sergey Lagutin, who was also very aggressive in the final laps launching multiple attacks that shook-up the remaining forty-rider field. "I just felt good today," Lagutin shrugged. "I felt good in the breakaway but the Toyota-United team was strong -- they have a lot of strong riders. But I will feel good for the next races."
How it unfolded
The racing went fast from the gun, with attacks coming and breaks trying desperately to organise. None seemed to be to everybody's liking, with riders not taking equal pulls and the field easily reeling things in. Occasionally, a break of four or five would assemble with the best intentions, gain half a minute, but then lose it on the climb in the feed zone. The field would make the catch on the bottom of the hill along the river, and the scenario would repeat.
The undulation of the course, with many short but steep sections kept the riders on high alert, adding mental fatigue to their already physical tiredness. "We lost about half our team," Stewart said. "It is just hard to stay on. There are so many gaps and attacks, gaps and attacks -- you just suffer all day. I'm not that good at staying up front like I should -- like yesterday's crit, sitting too far back. When I am hurting I don't think right. But I managed to close the gaps today."
One break did form on the seventh lap with a good combination of riders, including Tony Cruz (Toyota-United Pro), Kirk O'Bee (Health Net), Jonathan Page (Colavita-Sutter Home), Caleb Manion (Jelly Belly), Scott Zwizanski (KodakGallery-Sierra Nevada), Mark Walters (Navigators Insurance) and Mike Friedman (TIAA-CREF).
The group found a rhythm and quickly built a lead of a minute with short and equal pulls; but with six laps remaining the success of the break would depend on that gap growing much more. Nonetheless, many teams were happy to have a rider up the road so that they could finally give a rest to their sprinters. "We had Tony in the break so it was a perfect ride," said Heado.
Even though the break had a good combination of top teams, the shrinking field found it easier and easier to move more efficiently. With less than three to go the field dug into the break on the feed zone climb and eventually made the catch in the usual spot at the bottom. From there it was game on and back to the repeated attacks from Lagutin and Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators), Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United Pro), and a hose of other riders.
Some breaks worked for short times, but again the arguing within the breaks doomed their success. "With the last breaks we were on the front trying to keep it together," said Haedo. On the final lap it was Lagutin again trying solo. With three kilometers to go he was caught and the small field assembled for the sprint. However, it was not the usual Health Net-Maxxis or Toyota-United Pro train on the front, but the yellow helmets of three Kodak riders on the downhill leading up to the final turn at 250 meters.
"That race was pretty much won on the downhill, coming out of the turn," said Zellner. "Scottie [Zwizanski] is riding unbelievable now. Two years ago he was on top of his game when he had that accident. It's really taken him two years to get back to that point."
"Scott was also in the break today -- he is riding like an animal!" said Stewart. "He was in the breaks in every race this week, can still attack at the end and can still lead us out in the end."
Stewart was riding behind Zwizanski, ready to take over and escort Gilbert through the final turn. But when Zwizanski swung off and Stewart went, no other rider came around. "This was different [for us], leading out Gilbert," Stewart explained. "He has a great sprint and I thought if anything we have to take it out from the front. So Scottie and I just took it, I got a gap and just went. It could have turned out differently -- I was really hurting in the end!"
Robin Zellner is eager to get to Reading for Thursday's race because he wants to show that this was not just a flash in the pan. "We are going to go out fighting now. I think these guys will be motived a lot by this. You'll be seeing us a lot the rest of this week!"
You can follow the entire Commerce Bank Triple Crown live on Cyclingnews. Join us on Thursday for the new race in Reading, and on Sunday for the women's Liberty Classic and Philadelphia International.
Teutenberg makes easy work in Lancaster
For the first time in the history of the Philly week series, a professional women's criterium series is joining the men's races in both Lancaster and Reading, giving the women who race the Liberty Classic a warm-up and the domestic pros a chance to race with some international riders. One of those internationals was Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile) who, with the help of two teammates, lit-up the streets with an impressive sprint win.
The surprise of the day was the tactics of the Colavita-Cooking Light team, who used their start sprinter Tina Pic as a decoy to set-up their other sprinter Gina Grain. So any rider fighting for Tina's wheel found herself on the fuzzy end of the lollipop. "It was a long sprint and I didn't realize that Tina was working for Gina," said third place Laura Van Gilder (TEAm Lipton).
"Colavita did a really good lead out for Gina [Grain]," said Teutenberg. "I was lucky that I was on Gina's wheel. I waited for her to jump but she didn't so I went first with about 120m to go."
"The sprint is tricky because it is bumpy and downhill," said Gina Grain (Colavita-Cooking Light). "So you can't go too early and lead the person out behind you or too late and miss it, like any sprint only amplified! I knew Ina was right behind me -- the sprint really happened in the last 100 meters. Tina was a decoy and started the lead-out really early. She ramped it up really well."
A lot of breaks formed in the race, with many top riders. At one point early in the race, Teutenberg and Van Gilder found themselves off the front looking at each other. "I was thinking about that, but it was pretty animated overall behind us."
A bigger break contained Teutenberg's T-Mobile teammate Kim Anderson, who's presence meant that Teutenberg and teammate Mari Holden could relax in the field. "It was good because we had Kim in the break so I could wait till the sprint."
Also in the break was Aaron's Corporate Furnishing's Hellen Kelly, who easily was the most aggressive on the day. "I had good legs today," she said. "I was surprised because I finished third at Tour of Montreal. The break was working with Laura Van Gilder and Lauren Franges doing a lot of work. But the break stopped working because their were two Colavita girls attacking us. So I felt it best to attack the break because I don't have a chance sprinting against Tina or Laura."
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Men 1 Jackson Stewart (USA) Kodak Sierra Nevada 3.09.20 2 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Toyota-United 3 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance 4 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators Insurance 5 Richard Faltus (Cze) Sparkasse 6 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA CREF 7 Emile Abraham (Tri) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork 8 Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly 9 Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home 10 Ben Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance 11 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance 12 Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's 13 Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 14 Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Net-Maxxis 15 Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Sparkasse 16 Tony Cruz (USA) Toyota-United 17 James Perry (RSA) Barloworld 18 Martin Gilbert (Can) Kodak Sierra Nevada 19 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita-Sutter Home 20 Taylor Tolleson (USA) TIAA CREF 21 Andrew Guptill (USA) TargeTraining 22 Mike Friedman (USA) TIAA CREF 23 Facci Mauro (Ita) Barloworld 24 Caleb Manion (Aus) Jelly Belly 25 Robbie King (USA) Priority Health 26 Frank Pipp (USA) TargeTraining 27 Christian Valenzuela (Mex) Team Monex 28 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Toyota-United 29 Ivan Stevic (SCG) Toyota-United 30 Emanuel Suarez (USA) Team Monex 31 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 32 Chris Wherry (USA) Toyota-United 33 Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team CSC 0.10 34 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Toyota-United 35 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Toyota-United 0.16 36 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC 37 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance 38 Karl Menzies (Aus) Health Net-Maxxis 39 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kodak Sierra Nevada 0.28 40 Jose Garcia (Mex) Toyota-United 1.21 41 Brent Brookwalter (USA) Priority Health 42 Diego Montoya (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 1.25 43 Francisco Colorado (Col) Colombia Es Pasion 2.16 44 Jonathan Page (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home 45 Francois Parisien (Can) TIAA CREF 46 Jeff Louder (USA) Health Net-Maxxis 47 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home 48 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Barloworld 49 Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly 3.05 50 Eric Keim (USA) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork 51 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC 9.02 DNF Aleajandro Acton (Arg) TargeTraining DNF Jason Allen (NZl) Kodak Sierra Nevada DNF Marc Anderson (USA) Jittery Joe's DNF Jesse Anthony (USA) Kodak Sierra Nevada DNF Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita-Sutter Home DNF Rahsaan Bahati (USA) TIAA CREF DNF Andrew Bajadali (USA) Jelly Belly DNF Spencer Beamer (USA) VMG DNF Zach Bell (Can) Rite Aid DNF Zach Bolian (USA) VMG DNF Giosue Bonomi (Ita) Barloworld DNF Brooke Boocock (Can) Calyon-Litespeed DNF Alexander Boyd (USA) VMG DNF Gabriel Brizuela (Arg) Colavita-Sutter Home DNF Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld DNF Glen Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance DNF Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld DNF John Delong (USA) Rite Aid DNF Ryan Dewald (USA) Rite Aid DNF Michael Dietrick (USA) Kodak Sierra Nevada DNF Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) Calyon-Litespeed DNF Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's DNF Glenn Fant (USA) Team Monex DNF Tom Flammang (Lux) Sparkasse DNF Chris Frederick (USA) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork DNF Sebastian Frey (Ger) Sparkasse DNF Eneas Freyre (USA) TargeTraining DNF Hayden Godfrey (NZl) Team Monex DNF Dan Greenfield (USA) TargeTraining DNF Kyle Gritters (USA) Health Net-Maxxis DNF Hoyt Halvorson (USA) Nerac.com DNF Jon Hamblen (USA) Nerac.com DNF John Hanson (USA) Nerac.com DNF Chad Hartley (USA) TIAA CREF DNF Wes Hartman (USA) TargeTraining DNF Peter Hatton (Aus) Jittery Joe's DNF Todd Henriksen (USA) VMG DNF Christoph Herby (USA) Rite Aid DNF Todd Herriott (USA) Colavita-Sutter Home DNF Daniel Holt (USA) Nerac.com DNF Timo Honstein (Ger) Sparkasse DNF Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Netherlands National Team - Altipower DNF Jeffrey Hopkins (Aus) Jittery Joe's DNF Brad Huff (USA) TIAA CREF DNF Brian Jensen (Den) Jelly Belly DNF Tim Johnson (USA) Health Net-Maxxis DNF Brice Jones (USA) Jelly Belly DNF Michael Jones (USA) Health Net-Maxxis DNF Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's DNF Edward King (USA) Priority Health DNF Frank Kwanten (Ned) Netherlands National Team - Altipower DNF Christian Ladermann (Ger) Sparkasse DNF Russell Langley (USA) Rite Aid DNF Bruno Langlois (Can) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork DNF Viktor Laza (SCG) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork DNF Stefan Loffler (Ger) Sparkasse DNF Erick Lyman (Can) Calyon-Litespeed DNF Dustin Macburnie (Can) TargeTraining DNF Ian Macgregor (USA) TIAA CREF DNF Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion DNF Lars Michailsen (Den) Team CSC DNF Nathan Miller (USA) Team Monex DNF Shawn Milne (USA) Navigators Insurance DNF Glen Mitchell (NZl) Priority Health DNF Hugh Moran (USA) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork DNF Adam Myerson (USA) Nerac.com DNF Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Priority Health DNF Mike Norton (USA) Nerac.com DNF Kirk O'Bee (USA) Health Net-Maxxis DNF David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators Insurance DNF Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC DNF Peter Penzell (USA) Rite Aid DNF Dominique Perras (Can) Kodak Sierra Nevada DNF Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Calyon-Litespeed DNF Thijs Poelstra (Ned) Netherlands National Team - Altipower DNF Prokic Predrag (SCG) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork DNF Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Colavita-Sutter Home DNF Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly DNF Matty Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly DNF Rudy Robaina (USA) VMG DNF Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC DNF David Robinson (USA) Kodak Sierra Nevada DNF Gerardo Rodriguez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion DNF Alexis Rojas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion DNF Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Priority Health DNF Jairo Salas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion DNF Michael Sayers (USA) Health Net-Maxxis DNF Brian Sheedy (USA) Priority Health DNF Neil Shirley (USA) Jittery Joe's DNF Matt Shriver (USA) TargeTraining DNF Ger Soepenberg (Ned) Netherlands National Team - Altipower DNF Tom Southam (GBr) Barloworld DNF Justin Spinelli (USA) Nerac.com DNF Yovanny Torres (Col) Colombia Es Pasion DNF Frank Travieso (Cub) AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork DNF Brad Viera (USA) Rite Aid DNF Devon Vigus (USA) Team Monex DNF Charly Vives (Can) Calyon-Litespeed DNF Maxim Vives (Can) Calyon-Litespeed DNF Frank Wierstra (Ned) Netherlands National Team - Altipower DNF Jon Wirsing (USA) Rite Aid DNF Peter Woestenberg (Ned) Netherlands National Team - Altipower DNF Phillip Wong (USA) Jittery Joe's DNF Todd Yezefski (USA) Nerac.com DNF Taylor Zachary (USA) VMG DNF Tom Zirbel (USA) Priority Health Women 1 Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile Pro Cycling Team) 54.21 2 Gina Grain (Colavita Cooking Light) 3 Laura Van Gilder (Team Lipton) 4 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway Racing) 5 Shannon Hutchison-Krupat (Aaron's) 6 Brenda Lyons (Victory Brewing Cycling Team) 7 Laura Yoisten (Victory Brewing Cycling Team) 8 Annette Beutler (Aaron's) 9 Tina Pic (Colavita Cooking Light) 10 Lara Kroepsch (Team Lipton) 11 Rachel Heal (Victory Brewing Cycling Team) 12 Rebecca Larson (Tri State Velo Amoroso) 13 Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine) 14 Mackenzie Dickey (Aaron's) 15 Katharine Carroll (Victory Brewing Cycling Team) 16 Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing Cycling Team) 17 Emma Nelson (Advil-Chapstick) 18 Sarah Caravella (Team Lipton) 19 Catherine Powers (Aaron's) 20 Helen Kelly (Aaron's) 21 Beth Leasure (Team Spirit Cycling) 22 Iona Wynter (Colavita Cooking Light) 23 Courtenay Brown (McGuire Pro Cycling) 24 Clara Beaerd (McGuire Pro Cycling) 25 Rebecca Wellons (Gearworks/Spin Arts) 26 Mara Miller (Advil-Chapstick) 27 Charm Breon (Cheerwine) 28 Megan Esmonde (Travelgirl Magazine) 29 Laura Bowles (Victory Brewing Cycling Team) 30 Alison Fischer (East Coast Velo) 31 Michele Bote (Hub Racing) 32 Sima Trapp (Colavita Cooking Light) 33 Brooke O'Connor (Hub Racing) 34 Kim Geist (Victory Brewing Cycling Team) 35 Lisa Jellett (Verducci Breakaway Racing) 36 Kathleen Billington (Advil-Chapstick) 37 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing) 38 Liz Young (Hub Racing) 39 Elizabeth Morse Hill (Team Fuji/Bolt Brothers) 40 Katie Lambden (Team Lipton) 41 Candice Blickem (Aaron's) 42 Becky Broeder (Hub Racing) 43 Janet Olney (ADG-Joe's Bike Shop) 44 Kathryn Clark (Team Fuji/Bolt Brothers) 45 Amity Elliot (ADG-Joe's Bike Shop) 46 Monique Hein (Monstr Health Cycling) 47 Heather Labance (Advil-Chapstick) 48 Sarah Tillotson (Colavita Cooking Light) 49 Mari Holden (T-Mobile Pro Cycling Team) 50 Kimberly Anderson (T-Mobile Pro Cycling Team) 51 Meshy Holt (Colavita Cooking Light) 1.34 DNF Lisa Vible (ADG-Joe's Bike Shop) DNF Reem Jishi (Advil-Chapstick) DNF Lenore Imhof (Colavita Cooking Light) DNF Cory Bemis (Hub Racing) DNF Jessie McKinney (Hub Racing) DNF Nikki Raspa (Hub Racing) DNF Rebeca Jones (Hub Racing) DNF Anna Webb (Karl Strauss/SDBC) DNF Jacqueline Paull (Team Alliance Environmental) DNF Donna Kerby (Team Fuji/Bolt Brothers) DNF Christina Becker (T-Mobile Pro Cycling Team) DNF Judith Arndt (T-Mobile Pro Cycling Team) DNF Caroline Hacker (Tri State Velo Amoroso) DNF Lynda Maldonado (Tri State Velo Amoroso) DNF Beth Mason (U.S. Armed Forces) DNF Diane Castor (Velo Bella-Kona) DNF Marcie Massaro (Velo Bella-Kona) DNF Nonnie Howard (Verducci Breakaway Racing) DNF Tara Walhart (Verducci Breakaway Racing) DNF Tricia Carnila (Verducci Breakaway Racing) DNF Chrissy Ruiter (Victory Brewing Cycling Team)