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International Cycling Classic - Superweek - NE

USA, July 11-27, 2008

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Stage 4 - July 14: Richton Park Criterium

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By Mark Zalewski in Richton Park, Illinois

Local midwest amateur Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse)
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With three days of professional men's racing in the books the Superweek series has had a different race winner for every race. That trend continued today in the fourth race as local midwest amateur Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse) out-sprinted the other seven riders in the breakaway that lapped the field to take the win.

The win was a nice surprise as Burdzilauskas had not even planned on racing today. "I decided this morning while I was at work - my team-mates called me and asked if I wanted to come do this race," he said.

Burdzilauskas was not in the initial move, but was part of multiple bridging groups that made the initial break of three into an eight rider move.

"I was just out in front bridging with these guys, and the one from Virgin Blue, Bernard Sulzberger, was just drilling it," he said. "I was just holding on for dear life because I knew if I got around I had teammates to drive me to the front."

Once the break lapped the field, strategies changed. Kelly Benefits Strategies-Medifast took control of the front as they had riders in the break. With one lap to go it was all green and gold of Kelly Benefits on the front - but not far behind were the Texas Roadhouse riders waiting to crash the party.

The early break
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"Kelly was just lining it up on the last lap," said Burdzilauskas. "[John] Puffer pulled me around and then [Adam] Bergman rode me around the Kelly guys through the last turn. Then I just took the inside line on the curving finish."

Back in the main field, series leader Sterling Magnell and points leader Rahsaan Bahati, both of Rock Racing, had to ride with targets on their back all day. But such is the life of a race leader.

"It was tricky racing actually because all those guys were following me around all day," said Magnell. "As soon as I would try to get across one of them would be on me, so I would just sit up. It was frustrating so I just went to the back and marked the guys I had to worry about. I don't like to race that way, it isn't any fun, but it's what you have to do with the race lead."

In the first women's pro race of the series, Verducci Breakaway took control by winning the intermediate sprints and the race, thereby taking the overall leader's jersey as well. Kacey Manderfield won all of the intermediate sprints while her team-mate Teresa Cliff-Ryan took the stage victory - despite being outnumbered by eight Hub Racing riders.

Teresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci-Breakaway),
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"My girls took over on the last lap," she said. "Jess pulled through and Kacey took me into the last corner, then I went from there."

Cliff-Ryan had been out of the racing scene since the beginning of June when she broke her left hand during Philly Week. "I was real nervous coming into the race because I broke my hand in Reading and this was my first race back," she added. "But it was the perfect course for it, with nice open turns and not many bumps. But it was hard to move up because there were a lot of curves."

The women's series lasts through this Sunday and should be hotly contested with a few teams having multiple riders. But Verducci-Breakaway as all the cards for now. "I'll be going for the overall and hopefully get Kacey in the sprints," she said.


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Elite men
1 Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse)                         
2 Bernard Sulzberger (Virgin Blue Cycling Team)                
3 Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)             
4 Daniel Holt (Team Type 1)                                    
5 Zach Watson (ABD/Geargrinder)                                
6 Jonathan Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)           
7 Richard England (Bissell)                                    
8 (unknown rider)                                              
9 Jonathan Cantwell (Jittery Joe's)                            
10 Sterling Magnell (Rock Racing)                              
11 Chad Hartley (The Jittery Joes Pro Cycling Team)            
12 Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing)                                
13 Markus Weinberg (Kahala-LaGrange)                           
14 Emile Abraham (Team Type 1)                                 
15 Victor Ayala (Kahala-LaGrange)                              
16 Aram Dellalian (Bearclaw)                                   
17 Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)         
18 Adrian Gerrits (Kahala-LaGrange)                            
19 Justin Williams (Rock Racing)                               
20 Carlos Vargas (txTough/Hotel San Jose/RGM)                  
21 Derek Laan (Turin/Barker+Nestor)                            
22 Justin Kerr (Liquid Cycling)                                
23 James Stemper (velo trocadero cycling)                      
24 Todd Yezefski (Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's)           
25 (unknown rider)                                             
26 Cheyne Hoag (Sakonnet Technology)                           
27 Tommy Nankervis (Australia)                                 
28 Max Taam (Snowmass Village, CO)                             
29 Michael Chauner (Pennsylvania Lightning)                    
30 Taylor Brown (Pennsylvania Lightning)                       
31 (unknown rider)                                             
32 Jake Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)             
33 Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse)                              
34 Daniel Carruthers (Hansaton Hearing Systems)                
35 Mike Sherer (Alderfer Bergen)                               
36 Eric Chrabot (Pennsylvania Lightning)                       
37 Thomas Brown ( U-23)                               
38 Jerome Townsend (Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's)         
39 Joey Rosskopf ( U-23)                              
40 Ryan Wohlrabe (Bicycle Heaven)                              
41 Jim Flora (City Cyclery)                                    
42 Barry Lee (txTough/Hotel San Jose/RGM)                      
43 Kris Koke (Liquid Cycling)                                  
44 Zachary Davies (RockyMounts~Izze Racing)                    
45 John Bergmann (BPG / Montano Velo)                          
46 Thacker Reeves (Matrix/Richardson Bike Mart)                
47 (unknown rider)                                             
48 Isaac Neff (Alderfer Bergen)                                
49 Griffith Moore (Virgin Blue Cycling Team)                   
50 Thomas Clark (Great Dane)                                   
51 Matthew Hansley (Locos)                                     
52 Andrew Armstrong (Matrix / RBM)                             
53 Brian Buchholz (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)          
54 Adam Branfman (Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's)           
55 Christopher Uberti (Turin/Barker+Nestor)                    
56 Tyler Jewell (txTough/Hotel San Jose/RGM)                   
57 Ronnie Strange (Jet Fuel Coffee)                            
58 Chris Keane (Preferred Alliance Cycling Team)               
59 Tom Gosselin (Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's)            
60 Josh Carter (ABD/Geargrinder)                               
61 John Meyers (ABD/Geargrinder)                               
62 Frank Rowley (City Cyclery)                                 
63 Matt Seagrave (Kahala-LaGrange)                             
64 John Puffer (Texas Roadhouse)                               
65 Aaron Beardsley (Wells Fargo Racing)                        
66 Salvatore Scotto DiVetta (Sommerville Sports World Team)    
67 (unknown rider)                                             
68 Scott Jackson (DLP Racing)                                  
69 Greg Christian (Turin/Barker+Nestor)                        
70 Craig Streit (Procon / 1st National Bank of)                
71 John Tzinberg (Liquid Cycling)                              
72 Chris Ruhl (PA Lightning)                                   
73 Greg Campbell (Virgin Blue Cycling Team)                    
Elite women
1 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci/Breakaway)                      
2 Skye-Lee Armstrong (Bicycle John's Serious Cycling)          
3 Cari Higgins (Americas Dairyland)                            
4 Samantha Schneider (Mesa Cycles)                             
5 Jenette Williams (HPC Powered by Altarum)                    
6 Lorena Candrian (HPC Powered by Altarum)                     
7 Brooke O'Connor (Hub Racing)                                 
8 Sydney Brown (Team Revolution)                               
9 Tiffany Pezzulo (Squadra Velocita)                           
10 Carrie Cash (Team Revolution)                               
11 Kacey Manderfield (Verducci/Breakaway)                      
12 Christi-An Hansley (Team Med Plan)                          
13 Amy McGuire (Team Kenda Tire)                               
14 Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)                           
15 Lisa Jellett (Verducci/Breakaway)                           
16 Debbie Dust (Team Kenda Tire)                               
17 Louise Turner (Morris Trucking Velo)                        
18 Starla Teddergreen (Dolce Vita)                             
19 Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda Tire)                         
20 Sherri Stedje (Hub Racing)                                  
21 Kate Ross (Americas Dairyland)                              
22 Jennifer Rasmusson (HPC Powered by Altarum)                 
23 Trish Black (Morgan Stanley/Specialized/24HR)               
24 Clare Vlahapoulos (Americas Dairyland)                      
25 Susan Hefler (HPC Powered by Altarum)                       
26 Genevieve Whitson (HPC Powered by Altarum)                  
27 Jessica Prinner (ABD Cycling Team)                          
28 Sandy Hyra (Squadra Velocita)                               
29 Christine Roettger (Team Revolution)                        
30 Dale Tye (Hub Racing)                                       
31 Kristen Meshberg (Flatlandia Cycling Team)                  
32 Liz Leyden (Hub Racing)                                     
33 Whitney Schultz (Tough/Hotel San Jose/RGM)                  
34 Anne Guzman (Team Kenda Tire)                               
35 Kendi Thomas (Team Revolution)                              
36 Michele Bote (HPC Powered by Altarum)                       
37 Leeanne Manderson (Hub Racing)                              
38 Megan Myrick (Squadra Velocita)                             
39 Lori Barrett (Tough/Hotel San Jose/RGM)