Commerce Bank Triple Crown
USA, June 4-11, 2006
Results & report
Race 2 - June 8: Reading Classic, 75 miles
Live Commentary by Kristy Scrymgeour with additional reporting from Mark
Complete live report
Welcome back to East coast USA from
where we bring you the second race of the Triple Crown Series. Today’s race
is on a new course and takes place in the Pennsylvanian town of Reading. Again
the women have just finished a criterium over a two mile course in Reading and
the men are signing in ready to start. The course is a relative unknown to the
riders but officials say it is very technical with lots of turns on narrow roads.
The guys will race thirteen laps of a loop of just under 11km with the last
lap adding an extra loop over a difficult one mile climb.
talked the winner of Race 1, which was held in Lancaster on Sunday. Jackson
Stewart from Kodak Sierra Nevada was the man that day. He took a surprise win
whilst trying to lead out his team mate. He opened up a gap in the last kilometer
and managed to hold off the chase of the sprinters for the win. Kodak Gallery
will now be working for Stewart to try and get him some more points in the Series.
The rider with the most points after the race this coming Sunday will take home
a new Mercury car.
The race is now underway and we already
have attacks. A Targetraining rider has opened up a slight gap on the field
already for the first attack of the day. It doesn't look like he'll last long
The first Targetraining rider was
caught as they reached a tough right turn and we have a counter. It's another
Targetraining rider, Aleajandro Acton away now. He has opened up quite a big
lead and has about 12 seconds already.
Apparently a lot of the schools in
town are shut down today for the race. Acton has been caught and there is a
counter attack as the road kicks up at the feed zone on the edge of Constitution
Park. Five riders have a slight advantage on the field but they're all just
looking at each other.
The small group off the front has
increased to eight now with another small group trying to bridge. It's likely
we'll see counter after counter here until a group gets away. The Kodak Gallery
Sierra Nevada team will be on the lookout to try to keep things close. They
seem to think the race will eventually come down to the last climb on the last
lap and Stewart was telling us before the start that they're aim is to have
three of their guys over the climb so that they ahve horsepower for the sprint.
14:14 EDT 10.7km/109.3km to go
One lap down now
and the group off the front is about 20 riders but they only have seven seconds
on the field at this point. One rider is attacking the break, which is just
about to be reeled in by the bunch. The solo rider is Irish National Champion
David O'Loughlin (Navigators). He powers over the hill but now he sits up. There
is a beautiful old church at the top of the hill with an equally old cemetary
next to it. It's very pretty.
O'Loughlin has been caught and three
riders counter on the downhill towards the really hard right turn. There was
a little bit of rain at the start of the race but the streets are drying up
now. The three riders didn't go anywhere. TIAA Cref rider Rasaan Bahati is on
the front of the field as one of his teammates attacks on the other side of
14:19 EDT 16.5km/103.5km to go
It's Brad Huff
(TIAA CREF) off the front. He has had some practice at long breakaways as he
was in the 80km breakaway at the CSC Invitational last weekend. Now he has about
15 seconds and he's solo. The field has not reacted as off yet. They are spread
across the road letting him go. He has 18 seconds as he takes a left hand turn
to go down a steep hill to a tunnel under the railway tracks.
Huff now has 24 seconds on the field
as he heads to the feed zone. He is out of the saddle on this 8% gradient. He
looks good but I'm sure he wishes he had someone else with him.
Christian Valenzuela (Monex) is trying
to bridge to Huff. The field is responding and it's strung out. A group of six
have a slight advantage on the field and the gap between Huff and the field
is down to about 15 seconds again after that piece of action.
14:28 EDT 22km/98km to go
Huff is still away
as he goes through the finish line after the seconds lap. He is holding a gap
but sits up a little to wait for a small group to join him. Five riders reach
him but they all seem to be sitting up a little bit on this climb up to the
It's all back together now on this
climb and we have some more counter attacks but nothing strong enough to open
up a gap. It's getting warm now and you might like to know that the church is
not actually a church. At a closer look it is just a huge gated entry to the
cemetary. Quite impressive.
On the downhill now and there is another
attack. It looks like Hugh Moran (Aerospace Engineering). He has a small gap
but it looks like it will get caught.
Gruppo Compatto again now and waiting
for another attack. The pace is pretty fast. Sunday's race was so tough that
only 50 riders actually finished.
Another attack now. It's Brian
Jensen (Jelly Belly) and Rasaan Bahati (TIAA CREF) and Kyle Wamsley (Colavita)
but they have been caught again. The bunch is now on the climb up through feed
zone and it's all together again.
We have a couple of riders attacking
on the descent now. The speeds are so high on this descent now that they will
get caught pretty soon.
14:44 EDT 34km/86km to go
David O'Laughlin has
attacked again but he is getting caught on the climb to the cemetary on the
third lap of the day.
John Hamblen (Nerac.com) has attacked
on the crest of the hill at the cemetary, but again the field is too fast on
this descent that he won't be able to hold the lead. He now has a rider with
him but the bunch is right on their heels.
Chad Hartley (TIAA CREF) is attacking
now. A Kodak rider covers the break bringing the field up with him and it's
all back together again. They are on a small incline before the very fast downhill
to the railway. Another rider is slightly off the front but not going anywhere.
A lot of people have been asking about
the women's race. Because the first two women's races of the series are criterium's
we have not been doing a live report, but we will of course be doing a live
of the women's report on Sunday. Today Katharine Carroll of Victory Brewing
Cycling Team attacked mid way into the race and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg bridged
across. Carroll managed to catch her wheel and the pair gradually increased
their lead over the field each lap. Teutenberg led into the final corner and
went wide and Carroll wasn't able to hold her wheel. Teutenberg took her second
win of the Triple Crown with Carroll taking second. Rochelle Gilmore won the
sprint for third place.
Back to the men's race and we have
another rider away. He has 100m on the field as he goes through the feed zone.
This is the first lap that feeding is allowed.
14:58 EDT 40.5km/79.5km to go
The solo rider
is Francisco Colorado (Colombian National Team). Another rider is bridging to
him. It's Christian Valenzuela (Monex).
Back in the field Dan Schmatz
(Kodak) and Erick Lyman (Canton Litespeed) have been involved in a crash.
Bad luck for Schmatz as he just started
racing again last week after being hit by a car at Tour de Georgia.
Francisco Colorado and Christian Valenzuela
have 22 seconds now. There is a bridging rider now in between the break and
the bunch. Peter Hatton (Jittery Joe's) is the rider in the middle.
15:05 EDT 50km/70km to go
A few other riders
also tried to bridge to the group but now all of the break riders have been
caught by the field. A Monex rider Devon Vigus has a flat tyre.
a counter attack but it's not going anywhere. The field is moving quickly now.
It's all strung out with 50km of racing completed.
15:11 EDT 53.6km/66.4km to go
The pace has slowed
down a little after that onslaught of attacks. The Colombian Team is getting
a lot of support from the Colombian community here in Reading. There is a Colombian
sandwich shop called the Colombiano and there is a big crowd outside it watching
the race. This has prompted an attack by one of the Colombian National Team
riders. It's Jairo Salas and he now has a 20 second lead on the field as he
heads towards the start/finish. He'll see six laps to go when he gets there.
A Targetraining rider is trying to bridging up but the gap is coming down.
The last kilometer of the race consists
of lots of turns and narrow roads. If it ends up as a full bunch sprint it could
be a little dicey.
Hugh Moran (AEG) is trying to bridge to Salas
and the Targetraining rider. He is getting them on the climb but the field is
also very close.
15:21 EDT 60km/60km to go
We have a break of
20 riders now led by a Jelly Belly rider. They have a ten second lead. It looks
like this one could go away.
The break actually doesn't look all
that organised yet but the field is not reacting either so the gap is still
going up. Two Jelly Belly riders are driving the break as they enter the feed
15:27 EDT 65km/55km to go
The gap is 35 seconds
and growing. There is a rider bridging in the middle as they come up towards
the finish line to see five laps remaining. Two Targetraining guys are up at
the front of the break now. It's getting more organised now. They're all single
file doing long pulls as they reach the start/finish.
A Navigators rider has attacked the
break now. Perhaps he's trying to thin this out. He looks back to see if anyone
is going to come with him. A TIAA CREF rider is bridging up to him. They have
about a six second gap to the rest of the break.
They hit the cemetary climb again.
A Health Net rider pulls through. Six riders have a small gap on the rest of
the break now but it's closing again.
Two riders have countered that and
countered off the break. They have a good 12 seconds on the rest of the break
now. It's a Jelly Belly rider with a Navigators guy.
Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators) and
Andy Bajadali (Jelly Belly) are the two riders off the front of the break. Kobzarenko
was very active in the Lancaster race too. They have over 20 seconds on the
rest of the break now. They are taking pretty even turns and nicely establishing
The riders in the rest of the break
are Heath Blackgrove, Tony Cruz and JJ Haedo (Toyota United), Gord Fraser and
Kyle Gritters (Health Net), Jonathan Page, Todd Herriott (Colavta), Yovanny
Torres (Colombian National Team), Lars Michaelsen (CSC), Kirk Albers and Matty
Rice (Jelly Belly), Robbie King (Priority Health) and Bill Elliston (Targetraining).
Chad Hartley and Mike Friedman (TIAA
CREF) are also in the main break.
The two leaders however are really
powering away here. The latest time gap is 37 seconds on the rest of the break.
That time through the finish line
they saw four laps to go.
15:50 EDT 80km/40km to go
The field is coming
down on the main break group now as they go through the tunnel. It will be caught
soon leaving only Kobzarenko and Bajadali up the road. A shame for Toyota and
Health Net who both had their sprinters in that break.
Kobzarenko and Bajadali are coming
up to the feed zone again and continue to increase their lead to the peloton.
It's 45 seconds now. The course has so many turns in it that the field can't
see the two breakaway riders which gives the break a slight advantage.
The two lead riders are working well
together taking even pulls as they go though the plethera of turns before the
finish. They keep looking back to see if the bunch is behind them but it's not.
They will see three laps to go when they go through the start finish. That is
two regular laps and then the last lap which starts the same but when they reach
the top of the feed zone they'll take a right turn instead of a left and head
up a steep switchback climb which is about a mile long before heading down to
16:03 EDT 88km/32km to go
At the finish line
the gap is 1'05". These guys are really opening it up. Still a long way to go
but they're looking good so far.
Back in the bunch, a group of seven
riders has attacked. In the group is Tony Cruz again with his Toyota United
teammate Ivan Stevic, Diego Montoya (Colombian National Team), Frank Kwanten
(Dutch National Team), Robbie King (Priority Health), Matt Shriver (Targetraining)
and Rahsaan Bahati (TIAA CREF).
16:04 EDT 91km/29km to go
The group of seven
have now been caught again by the bunch as the lead pair continues to make up
Back in the feed zone now. Kobzarenko
and Andy Bajadali still look good with their gap up at 1'20" now. They are taking
about 30 second turns.
Back in the field Ivan Stevic (Toyota United)
just had a wheel change due to a flat tyre. He's back in the field again.
Almost another lap down now. When they get to the finish they'll see two laps
Back in the field Wilson Marentes
(Colombian National Team) has attacked and is in between the leaders and the
bunch. The Colombian's have been very active today.
16:15 EDT 99km/21km to go
Marentes has been caught
again however so it's now just Kobzarenko and Bajadali out there with a gap
Two laps to go now. One normal lap
and then the abnormal one with the tough climb in it. At the very bottom of
the descent after the final climb, there is a very sharp turn that could be
16:23 EDT 104km/16km to go
The lead guys still
look really good taking their even 30 second pulls. They are on the steep descent
towards the railway tunnel. Their gap is 1'15". Their two team directors are
chatting out the window of their team cars behind.
doesn't seem to be a very determined chase behind.
We're getting close to the feed zone
again on the penultimate lap. This is the last change the riders will get to
grab a feed. The gap has dropped slightly to 1'05".
The peloton is really going to have
to jack up the speed to bring these guys back. They still have enough time but
they'll have to get organised pretty soon.
16:30 EDT 108km/12km to go
One lap to go now.
The crowds are pretty good at the finish line for a week day. The gap is now
coming down now. The CSC team have some riders on the front. The sky is starting
to get a little dark now too. Looks like they'll just finish this race before
the rain comes.
The latest time gap is 30 seconds.
The chase is certainly on and it's unlikely these guys will make it but they're
certainly going to try.
16:33 EDT 111km/9km to go
The leaders are on
the cemetary climb. They're both out of the saddle going over the top. They
don't seem to be pushing the pace down the hill though. They're taking a drink.
I think they know it's over for them.
Kobzarenko seems a little more interested
in keeping this break out there. He's probably trying to make sure they don't
get caught until the climb to prevent counters when they get caught. They have
Davidenko and Ben Brooks as sprinters.
16:37 EDT 114km/6km to go
The field can see the
lead riders now which will motivate them. It's not single file in the chase
yet but it's not slow either. Kobzarenko and Bajadali are back into a rhythm
and taking even pulls again. They keep looking around expecting the peloton
to come up to them at any moment. They do still have 22 seconds.
The riders in the break are taking
the hard right, the field is coming up on them. It's only about 12 seconds now.
Toyota has riders on the front in the chase. It's all over. They're shaking
As they get caught as they get to
the feed zone now. There's no feeding. They make a hard turn at the top onto
a very steep 180 degree turn and it immediately kicks up. On the front of the
field are Navigator's and Toyota riders.
Lagutin (Navigators) is attacking.
Nobody is going with him. He's attacking hard. CSC has riders on the front.
It reaches about 12% here.
Lagutin has a 12 second gap already.
It's smooth road with lots of trees and very twisty. He's back in the saddle
climbing. He looks back to see where the group is. It kicks up harder here.
A CSC rider is bridging up to him.
Lagutin still has a gap. If he has
it over the top, he could very well take this because it's fast and twisty to
Three riders bridged to Lagutin at
the top. It's very fast downhill now and very technical.
They are still on the downhill. With
Lagutin is Chris Wherry (Toyota).
Danny Pate (TIAA Cref) is also up
there as is Facci Mauro (Barloworld). They are all looking at each other. It
has been shattered on this climb.
16:47 EDT 119.5km/0.5km to go
Riders are joining
them. It's a group of 12 riders. A CSC rider is attacking with only 500m to
Wherry is leading out the sprint with
250m to go and they come up to the final turn. Health Net is up there. It looks
like the Health Net rider is going to take this. It's Greg Henderson taking
Taking second place was Lagutin with
Danny Pate (TIAA CREF) taking third place.
Thanks for tuning in. Full results,
report and photos will be posted shortly and we'll be back on Sunday for the
1 Greg Henderson (NZl) Health Net p/b Maxxis
2 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators
3 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA CREF
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