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Downtown Walterboro Criterium - NE
USA, April 29, 2009
Miller, Travieso tops in Walterboro
by Daniel Carruthers
Frank Travieso (Champion Porsche) took his first victory of the USA Crits Speed Week series in the Downtown Walterboro Criterium Wednesday night. The Cuban escaped late in the race with Carlos Vargas (Team Hotel San Jose), then bested Vargas by a comfortable margin to nab the win.
"When I win a bike race, it is one of the best feelings ever and more so when my fiancée, Ashley Forgay, is there on the stage watching me win." Regarding his winning move, he added, "I saw Carlos go with 12 laps left, and he has been looking strong and consistent this series. I thought that would be the right move to be in, so I managed to jump on to his wheel, and we continued to put time on the chasers."
Travieso, representing his Miami based team Champion Porsche, has been searching for the elusive win all series. He has featured in many breakaways, but this was the first that succeeded.
Due to consistent placings in the top 10 so far this series, Vargas has jumped into third spot overall, and he is within striking distance of taking the overall series lead if he continues to do well. It is possible, with his star-studded team rallying around him, that Team Hotel San Jose will come out on the attack for the remainder of the series in the attempt to secure Vargas the top spot.
Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1) took the final podium spot slightly ahead of the charging peloton.
In the women's race, US road and criterium champion Brooke Miller once again cruised to victory, but this time her TIBCO team had to do a bit of last-minute change in tactics to deliver her to the win.
"The girls had to do some quick thinking and improvising at the end of the race," said team directeur sportif Jeff Corbett. "We had the train set up but they got swarmed by Colavita." This forced Meredith Miller to the front too early, "and she ran out of speed before we had planned," Corbett said.
Joanne Kiesanowski recognized the situation and took over. "Jo stepped up and delivered Brooke to the last corner with a daring dive to the inside of the Colavita train in corner three," Corbett explained. "She blasted out of corner four with Broke in tow and delivered her perfectly."
Miller put in her patented finishing burst to seal the win ahead of her Speed Week nemesis, Tina Pic (Colavita/Sutter Home), while Kiesanowski kept on pushing to earn a much-deserved third place.
Men 1 Frank Travieso (Champion Porsche) 1.25.23 2 Carlos Vargas (Team Hotel San Jose) 0.01 3 Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1) 0.08 4 Ken Hanson (Team Type 1) 0.09 5 Jake Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 6 John Murphy (Ouch) 7 Karl Menzies (Ouch) 8 Mark Hekman (Mountain Khakis) 0.10 9 Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) 10 Logan Loader (Mountain Khakis) 11 Thomas Soladay (Mountain Khakis) 12 Amaury Perez (Gs Mengoni Usa) 0.11 13 Rafael Meran (Gs Mengoni Usa) 14 Sean Sullivan (Team Hotel San Jose) 0.12 15 Adam Myerson (Mountain Khakis) 16 Kyle Wamsley (Colavita - Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 17 Joey Rosskopf (Jittery Joes U25) 18 Lisban Quintero (CRCA/ Foundation) 19 Thomas Brown (Jittery Joes U25) 20 Brendan Cornett (Richmond Pro) 21 Adrian Hegyvary (Hagens-Berman LLP Cycling) 22 Christian Helmig (Metro VW) 23 Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder) 0.13 24 Grant Potter (Champion Porsche) 25 Seth Hansley (Champion Porsche) 26 Sean Weddell (Globalbike) 27 Jordan Heimer (Team Geargrinder) 28 Alejandro Borrajo (Colavita - Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 29 Zack Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 30 Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) 0.14 31 Chris Schmidt (The Bike Rack Of Wash DC) 32 Tyler Hawes (Globalbike) 33 Craig Dodson (Richmond Pro) 34 Eric Murphy 35 Daniel Holt (Team Type 1) 0.15 36 Issac Howe (Mountain Khakis) 37 Yosvany Falcon (Champion Porsche) 38 Joe Collins (Locos) 39 Andrew Dahlheim (Metro VW) 40 Mat Stephens (Metro VW) 0.16 41 Barry Lee (Team Hotel San Jose) 42 Steven George (Fly V Australia) 0.18 43 Daniel Estevez (CRCA/ Foundation) 0.19 44 Lewis Almonte (CRCA/ Foundation) 45 Cooper Lange (Hagens-Berman LLP Cycling) 0.20 46 Ryan Mele (Richmond Pro) 47 Benjamin Baumgartner (Metro VW) 48 Charles Marzot (Mountain Khakis) 49 Rob White (Team Geargrinder) 50 Jonny Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 51 Evan Bybee (Metro VW) 0.21 52 Whit Clifford (Locos) 53 Scott Jackson (Richmond Pro) 54 Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit) 0.22 55 Lang Reynolds (Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team) 56 Samuels Oniel (Myogenesis) 57 Boyd Johnson (Dlp) 0.23 58 Matt Seagrave (Richmond Pro) 59 Andrew Gonzales (Metro VW) 60 Joshua Carter (Abd Cycling Team) 0.24 61 Jesse Anthony (Team Type 1) 62 Nick Reistad (Jelly Belly) 63 Aaron Johnson (Hagens Berman LLP) 64 Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia) 0.25 65 Jeremy Grimm (Panther/Rgf Pb Felt Bicycles) 66 Andrew Pinfold (Ouch) 0.26 67 David Kemp (Fly V Australia) 0.27 68 Jeff Buckles (Richmond Pro) 69 Andrew Crater (Team Wheel & Sprocket) 0.37 70 Heath Blackgrove (Team Hotel San Jose) 71 Luca Damiani (Colavita - Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 0.38 72 Curtis Gunn (Fly V Australia) 0.45 Women 1 Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO) 56.11 2 Tina Pic (Colavita - Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 3 Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO) 4 Erica Allar (Colavita - Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 0.01 5 Rebecca Larson (Jittery Joe's) 6 Lauren Tamayo (Team TIBCO) 7 Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) 8 Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1) 9 Tiffany Pezzulo (Dft p/b Treads) 0.02 10 Samantha Schneider (Team Type 1) 11 Anna Mcloon (Altarum Women's Cycling Team) 12 Kristen Lasasso 13 Melissa Sanborn (Vanderkitten Racing) 14 Caren Mcnellis (Colavita - Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 0.03 15 Kelly Benjamin (Colavita - Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 16 Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing) 17 Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing) 18 Laura Bowles (Vanderkitten Racing) 0.04 19 Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing) 20 Whitney Schultz (Metro VW) 21 Carrie Cash (Team Revolution) 22 Elizabeth Hatch (Vanderkitten Racing) 0.05 23 Nicole Johnson (Kenda Tire) 24 Jennifer Rasmusson (Cyclelife Powered By Specialized) 25 Sally Annis (Hub Racing) 26 Linsey Bradshaw-Sandoval (Dft p/b Treads) 0.07 27 Jennifer Reither (Vanderkitten Racing) 0.08 28 Tamyra Barnard (Team Kenda) 29 Verónica Leal (Team Type 1) 0.09 30 Sarah Caravella (Richmond Pro Cycling) 31 Kat Clark (Team Kenda) 0.11 32 Leslie Jennings (Cyclelife Powered By Specialized) 0.12 33 Virginia Perkins (Vanderkitten Racing) 0.13 34 Jennifer Wilson (Vanderkitten Racing) 35 Sara Zeigler (Cyclelife Powered By Specialized) 0.17 36 Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO) 0.18 37 Haley Beann (Vanderkitten Racing) 0.19 38 Emma Rickards (Team TIBCO) 0.20 39 Alison Rosenthal (Team TIBCO) 0.21 40 Dale Tye (Altarum Women's Cycling Team) 41 Nicole Wangsgard (Colavita - Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 0.30 42 Morgan Patton (Team Type 1) 0.39
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