Commerce Bank Triple Crown
USA, June 3-10, 2007
Results & report
Stage 2 - June 7: Reading Classic, 75 miles
Complete live report
Thank you for joining us for the 2007 Reading Classic; the second race in the
2007 Commerce Bank Triple Crown. We have manuevered the Cyclingnews live coverage
blimp into position above Reading, Pennsylvannia and have spectacular weather
in which to follow the race; clear skies, mild to warm temperatures, low humidity.
The men's race gets underway in about twenty minutes. The men race on a 12-kilometer
circuit in and around downtown. There is little elevation change in each lap,
two climbs that each gain only 40 meters in about one kilometer. In the final
three laps though, the course changes routes and sends the men up a climb that
gains a little more than 100-meters elevation in two kilometers with a couple
of steep picthes in the middle so we should see final selections made towards
the end of the race.
The women's race finished a short time ago. Ina Teutenberg (T-Moble) won a field
sprint ahead of Theresa Cliff-ryan (Verducci Breakaway Racing) and Laura Van
Gilder (Cheerwine). Two of Van Gilder's Cheerwine teammates led the final lap
in attempt to setup the team's key sprinter. Teutenberg marked Van Gilder and
was able to kick for the her second win in the Triple Crown.
One other note about the course - the finish is slightly uphill and extended
from last year to about 250 meters long. If the men's race does end in a bunch
sprint, the riders won't have an easy go of it as there is a breezy headwind
into the finish.
The riders are gathering at the start. Giro Maglia Rosa wearer and Cyclingnews
diarist Marco Pinitto is lining up although he wasn't on the original start
list for the race. He was originally scheduled to come over right after the
Giro and compete in all three Triple Crown races but said in
his diary "But the team let me go home for two days and I left only the
following Wednesday to ride the Commerce Bank races. Now, I am here and it's
nice to be calm and serene in Philadelphia, far away from the post-Giro climate."
13:59 EDT 121km/0km to go
And we're off.
There will be three intermediate sprints in the race; at 9, 7 and 5 laps to
go. There will be ten total laps.
Phil Cortes of Calyon-Litespeed is taking a quick dig and has 50-meters.
He is quickly pulled back. But three new riders take a chance on the first
downhill of the course.
They too are brought back. Which means the pace is high right from the start.
Our peloton reporter, Mark Zalewski, caught up with a couple of riders at the
start. T-Mobile's Aaron Olson, fresh from the Giro just like his teammate Marco
Pinotti, said he feels really good and want to make an impact in the race today.
"I feel better than I did last year after the Giro," he said. "Last year, I
had my tongue hanging out in this race."
There continues to be a lot of action at the front of the race, one rider after
another rolling to the front and testing the elasticity of the bunch. But so
far, things are under control and the group is all together.
Except for Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) who just flatted and had to take a
wheel off the back of the peloton.
Irish national champion David McCann (Colavita) is taking his chances and has
Again, immediately pulled back.
Aaron Olsen said he wants to be a
help. But to whom? T-Mobile has defending Reading champion Greg Henderson. Hendserson
says he's not sure about his chances to repeat his 2006 victory since he was
asked to prepare for early-season success (Quatar and Tour of California) and
is coming up on a much-needed break in racing. T-Mobile played Berhard Eisel
with great success in the first race of the series (Lancaster
Classic). Maybe Eisel has the green light again today. Maybe Pinotti will
take his Giro form to the front. Maybe Henderson. Man, they have a lot of angles
avaiable to them!
The average speed of the race in lap
one is 43 kilometers per hour.
Probably thanks to the sunny weather
and the international nature of the field, there are nice crowds at the key
spots on the course.
The riders are passing the start-finish
line and will have nine laps to go. They are sprinting for the first sprint
prime (Primium prizes not sprint points as listed earlier).
Michael Dietrich (Kodak Gallery) has
jumped in an attempt to grab the prime.
A break seems to be forming now. Alejandro
Cortez (Caico Cycling Team) bridged to Dietrich first. A group of five other
riders is attempting to join them.
14:20 EDT 14.1km/106.9km to go And the group
is all back together again.
Back to quotes from the start line:
former Canadian national champion Francois Parisien says his Slipstream teammates
are working for Danny Pate. "Danny really wants to win this race," he said.
Pate featured in a break late in the Lancaster race that setup Eisel for the
eventual win so he seems to have the legs for a late-lap surge.
On the second climb of the second
lap, teams Jelly Belly, Health Net and Kelly Benefit Strategies are working
the front and keeping the pace up. Setting up for a break? Keeping it together
for their chances in a sprint? I wonder.
Luca Damiani (Colavita) is taking
a try and has 100 meters on the field after the feed zone; about a 12-second
advantage. That's the second Colavita rider to try and pull a break out the
The Navigators team is chasing but
Damiani has ten seconds as the race passes through the start/finish line for
a second time. Keith Norris (AEG-Toshiba) has bridged.
Michale Blaudzun (CSC) and Clearan
Power (Navigators) are trying to bridge but they are pulling the field with
Them the BMC and Health Net teams
pulled the break back together. Nothing is getting away today. Maybe the riders
are worried about how short the race is and want things to be settled on the
final three laps (the ones with the extra elevation in them).
It shouldn't be surprising that the
pace is so high - this is a quality field. There are seven championship jerseys
in the race: Sergey Lagutin (Navigators) is the Uzbekistan national
champion. David McCann (Colavita) is the Irish national champion. Martin Gilbert
(Kelly Benefits Strategies) is the Pan-American champion. Domonique Rollin (Kodak
Gallery) is the Canadian national champion. Emile Abraham (Priority Health)
is national champion of Trinidad and Tobago. Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) is the
UCI America's Tour leader. Allan Johansen (CSC) in Denmark's national champion.
14:42 EDT 31km/90km to go The riders are coming
up on the start/finish line where they will have seven laps to go. There is
a prime sprint at the line for cash.
And the group is all together 500-meters
from the line so we (hopefully) will be seeing the first real sprint of the
A symmetrics rider is sprinting...
Christian Meier (Symmetrics) won the
prime. Javier de Jesus Zapata (Caico) took second and Wendy Cruz (Caico) took
third. The sneaky three also pulled themselves ten seconds ahead of the pack.
Kasper Klostergaard (CSC) bridged
while Cruz dropped back so we still have three away; twenty seconds ahead at
the top of the first climb.
14:49 EDT 36km/85km to go The trio have thirty
seconds advantage now.
There is a rider down in the field
- Nick Reistad (Jelly belly)
While we wait for word on the downed
rider, Jonathan Sundt (Kelly Benefits Strategies) is attempting to bridge to
the break and is dangling 40-seconds behind the leaders.
Reistad is back on his bike and rolling;
trying to get back in the peloton.
The field is a full minute behind
the break now as Ryan Dewald (Rite Aid) tries to bridge.
Of the rider's in the break, Christian
Meier was most active in Monday's Lancaster classic. He was part of an early
break but flatted and fell out of it. He then initiated the later break that
contained eventual winner Bernhard Eisel.
15:02 EDT 45km/76km to go The leaders have grown
their advantage to 1:10 as they pass the start/finish line. They have six laps
Dewald has come back to the peloton.
Sundt is holding on at 35 seconds; still hoping to get across to the three-man
break. But Klostergaard is doing the lion's share of pacemaking and keeping
the throttle all the way open at the front.
The feed zones are now open and the
riders in the break take fluid and food as they pass through it. The three have
been taking long pulls at the front of their small group.
15:12 EDT 52km/69km to go Sundt seems to have
sat up after the feed zone.
He's been trying to bridge for a while
and making no progress. He probably needs to save himself for the rest of the
Clayton Barrows (Rite Aid) has abandoned.
15:16 EDT 54km/67km to go The average speed of
the race is still relatively high; 26.1 mph (42 kph). The racers are averaging
The leaders are through the start/finish
line with five laps to go.
From the break, Meier took the final
sprint prime, followed by Klostergaard then Zapata. Once the race moves into
lap seven, the final two miles of the course change to include additional climbing.
A KOM prize is introduced for those three laps as well.
The teams of the peloton seem to be
cooperating nicely; the gap to the three leaders hasn't changes for a lap and
remains at 1:10.
Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid) is on
The leaders are one kilometer from
the start/finish line at which time they will have four laps to go (and one
lap until the course change and extra climbing). They are holding the gap at
1:15. BMC and Priority Health are setting pace at the front of the main pack.
There is an attack out of the main
group. Fourteen riders are chasing.
15:40 EDT 70km/51km to go The large chase group
was swallowed back into the main group. The intensity didn't erase the break's
margin and the three breakaway riders are still over a minute ahead of the peloton.
Emile Abraham (Priority Health) is
not discouraged though and is attempting to break from the main pack.
A new group is attempting to get away
from the peloton and bridge to the leaders. Mike Sayers (BMC), Michael Grabinger
(Successfulliving.com), Eric Wohlberg (Symmetrics), Kyle Gritters (Health Net/Maxxis),
Oleg Greshkin (Navigators).
But, no sooner do we type their names
than they get caught.
The break still has a one-minute lead.
With one kilometer to the start/finish
line, the leaders have 51-seconds advantage. There will be three laps to go
when they cross the line.
15:54 EDT 76km/45km to go Scott Ziwanski (Priority
Health) must have been involved in a tangle - he's abandoned with broken handelbars
- aparantly damaged in a crash.
And down they go agian - there has
been a crash in the peloton. a large group of riders are affected and they are
picking up and getting back on their bikes as quick as possible.
15:56 EDT 81km/40km to go Slipstream has put
four riders on the front of the field, no doubt looking to position Pate for
a jump in the final two laps. The gap to the three leaders is at 48 seconds.
Colavita has contributed riders to
The gap is coming down; at 25 seconds
now. The main group is within sight of the leaders on the road.
Through the feed zone (just before
the newly-added per-lap climb), the gap is down to 15 seconds.
Zapata is at the front of the break
on the climb. There are KOM points (5, 3, 1) for the first three riders in these
last three laps.
Navigators and T-Mobile are leading
Zapata is now alone as Meier and Klostergaard
start to slip backwards.
There is 1-kilometer remaining on
David O'Laughlin has slipped off the
front of the main pack on the climb but Zapata still leads the race.
16:03 EDT 85km/36km to go Klostergaard has been
caught by the peloton.
200-meters to the KOM and Zapata still
has the lead.
And he takes it. Gregorio Ladino (Tecos)
and Will Frischkorn (Slipstream) take the other available KOM points out of
the main pack.
With 1-kilometer to the start/finish,
Zapata is dangling off the front with a five second lead. The radce will have
only two laps to go once the riders cross the line.
David McCann (Colavita) has bridged
There has been another crash in the
peloton. Riders from AEG-Toshiba and Health Net/Maxxis are on the ground just
as Zapata is caught by the group.
Todd Henrickson (AEG-Toshiba) and
Karl Menzies are the downed riders.
And while they sort themselves out,
counter-attacks are starting at the front of the race. Michale Friedman (Slipstream)
and David O'Laughlin (Navigators) are away with David McCann (Colavita) right
on their heels.
They are immediately countered and
three new riders move seven seconds off the front.
BMC is working to bring it back.
And the race is all together again
leading into the second-to-last time up the big climb.
16:18 EDT 97km/24km to go The field is all sitting
up and riding together. In the crowd, there are some kids holding a sign that
says "throw tour bottles please!"
Teams CSC and Health Net/Maxxis are
setting pace. The race has almost made it to the feed zone. The climb begins
Alejandro Cortes attacked into the
feed zone and has a six-second lead. There are three riders chasing him.
Cortes was caught. And the small lead
group is attacking on the climb. First, Luke Roberts (CSC) attacked then Gregorio
Ladino (Tecos) countered and he is on his own with 200-meters to the KOM.
The KOM winners were Ladino, Domonique
Rollin (Kodak Gallery) and Neil Shirley (Jittery Joes). The group came back
together on the downhill.
16:28 EDT 103km/18km to go Rollin took advantage
of his position at the front of the pack though and made a quick jump. He has
a six-second lead.
The race has made it onto the bell
lap - passing the start/finish line, Rollin is still away and an attempt to
bridge to him failed. He has ten seconds.
The riders are on the first climb
of the last lap. Rollin is out of the saddle trying to keep his pace high. Caleb
Manion (Toyota United) is trying to bridge.
Cameron Evans (Symmetrics) is leading
Rollins has been absorbed. The front
of the peloton is stretched out.
16:35 EDT 108km/13km to go The group is all back
together and sitting up. Looks like we'll see a final-climb shootout or a bunch
The additional climbing has brought
the average speed of the race down slightly - to 41 kph as T-Mobile, Navigators,
Slipstream and Jelly Belly police the front of the group.
Eric Baumann (T-Mobile) is sitting
at the front setting pace.
The entire field is still together
into the feed zone for the final time. There's only the climb, a descent and
a wicked slightly uphill sprint into a headwind left to decide the race.
Frank Pipp is taking his chances and
has 25-meters on the field.
On the climb, Pipp is caught. Sergey
Lagutin (Navigators is giving it a go.
Cesar Grajales (Jelly Belly) rider
attacks. A Tecos rider goes.
Grajales has 50-meters and three riders
16:45 EDT 112km/9km to go The four are over the
top of the climb and the entire pack is coming together on the descent.
Grajales took the KOM followed by
Bernhard Eisel (T-Mobile) and John Parra(Tecos).
There are 2-kilometers to go in the
race (guess the race is shorter than published?). A group of fifteen are leading
the main peloton by ten seconds.
Navigators are leading the chase at
the 1km banner.
The lead group is caught at the final
The pack is winding up for a sprint
but a T-Mobile rider has jumped and has 25-meters.
Bernhard Eisel wins it on a flyer!
We're waiting to hear who was able
to nose out of the peloton for second and third. We'll post it here first then,
of course, check back on Cyclingnews for complete results, photos and a race
report from Reading.
Oleg Grishkin (Navigators) finished
Alejandro Borrajo (Rite Aid) finished
And that wraps it up. Thanks for tuning
it. Check back later for the full scoop. And tune in Sunday morning about 11am
EST for full live coverage of the third race in the 2007 Triple Crown; the Philadelphia
International Classic. Can Eisel go three-for-three?
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