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Spartanburg Regional Criterium - NE
USA, May 1, 2009
Cantell flies to Spartanburg win
by Daniel Carruthers
Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) won the Spartanburg Regional Classic Friday, with a fine sprint win over Jake Keogh (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Canadian Andrew Pinfold (OUCH p/b Maxxis). This win showed that Fly V is settling in after taking a three-week break down-under and arriving in the USA last Thursday jetlagged. "We are hungry for more wins," said Cantwell, "and you will see us out there vying for them for the remainder of this series. We have a good team here, with some really good sprinters, and most of us are only just coming into form—not quite 100 percent yet."
It was an electrifying, fast-paced race from start to finish, with speeds averaging 29 mph. This blistering pace may have contributed to the big pile-up in the later stages, plus several other late crashes.
Cantwell described the last lap as stunningly fast and quite dangerous as "I was almost pressed up against the barriers on one of the turns, but managed to come through," he said. "The OUCH guys, Karl Menzies and Pinfold, were up front drilling it, and I just made it onto their wheels before corner three and blasted out of the final turn to pass Pinfold and take the win."
Keough, winner of three stages in the Vuelta Urugua last month was narrowly beaten to the line. "I was floating near the front with Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit) with 1.5 laps to go, and he attacked with me on his wheel. John Murphy (OUCH) came by, and I jumped on his wheel. Menzies and Pinfold came by on the downhill before turn three, with Cantwell sneaking through.
"Pinfold and I did not make it through, and I came by both of them after the final turn but ran out of road to catch Cantwell." Keogh also commented on the spills. "The crashes were not so bad near the front, but [I] did get my front wheel chopped, and most of my spokes were taken out!"
Mark Hekman (Mtn. Khakis) retained his overall series lead with Carlos Vargas moving up into second overall after earning fifth place on the night. Keogh moved up to third overall with his second place finish.
Miller overpowers women's field again
Team Tibco's Brooke Miller powered her way to another comfortable USA CRITS Speed Week victory, Friday, at the Spartanburg Regional Classic, after teammate Joanne Kiesanowski attacked on final lap with Miller slotted on her wheel. They rounded the final corner with a slight gap on the field, but Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom Racing) and Tina Pic (Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) also attacked and were closing fast. Seeing this, Miller jumped and held all the way to the line.
The first prime of the day went to Jennifer Reither (Vanderkitten) on lap two. Kiesanowski, a New Zealander, was seen driving hard on the front for several laps, including taking a prime on lap five.
Laura Van Gilder and Lauren Tamayo (Team Tibco) escaped for a few laps just after the half-way point with Carmen McNellis (Colavita/Sutter Home). Colavita singlehandedly drove hard on the front of the peloton to bring them back. After the catch was made, there was a brief respite before Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1) decided to attack, but Team TIBCO was not letting anything get away.
Despite a flurry of prime laps, no break could go free, and the inevitable field sprint was a chaotic dash for position going for the final couple of corners. TIBCO's Kiesanowski executed a brilliant attack just before the third corner, and Brooke Miller was able to use her draft to be piloted to the final corner. Kiesanowski, however, ran out of steam, and this prompted Miller to jump earlier than anticipated as Van Gilder and Pic were closing fast.
Miller said, "We wanted to race aggressively and try and get a break off. It was hard with the wind and nearly every one of the girls, including myself, was up the road at some point. Instead of just doing our standard lead-out, we wanted to attack late, which we did, but Lauren could not get away." Miller added,
"It was hectic, but we were OK with that. I found Jo [Kiesanowski] on the last lap and, as soon as I was on her wheel, she attacked hard into what was an amazing lead-out! She took me around the last corner with a big gap behind us. I thought and hoped she could take it to the line, but I saw LGV [Laura Van Gilder] and Tina attack and start to close, so I jumped to the line."
The current women's overall leader in the USA CRITS Speed Week Series is Tina Pic (Colavita), followed by Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Rebecca Larson (Jittery Joe's), Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1) and Brooke Miller (Team Tibco).
Pro Men 1 Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) 1.15.12 2 Jake Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 3 Andrew Pinfold (Ouch) 4 Mark Hekman (Mountain Khakis) 5 Carlos Vargas (Team Hotel San Jose) 6 Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) 7 Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1) 8 Joey Rosskopf (Jittery Joes U25 Presented By K) 9 Benjamin Baumgartner (Metro Vw) 10 Amaury Perez (Gs Mengoni Usa) 11 Karl Menzies (Ouch) 12 Ken Hanson (Team Type 1) 13 Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia) 14 Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder) 15 Rafael Meran (Gs Mengoni Usa) 16 Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Vw) 17 Daniel Estevez (Crca/ Foundation) 18 Evan Fader (Richmond Pro) 19 Thomas Brown (Jittery Joes U25 Presented By K) 20 Chris Scott (Locos) 21 Jeff Buckles (Richmond Pro) 22 Sean Sullivan (Team Hotel San Jose) 23 Casey Magner (Locos) 24 Jordan Heimer (Team Geargrinder) 25 Brendan Cornett (Richmond Pro) 26 Robert Giannini (Locos) 27 Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse) 28 David Forkner (Globalbike) 29 Frank Travieso (Champion Porsche Presented By R) 30 Yosvany Falcon (Champion Porsche Presented By R) 31 Lisban Quintero (Crca/ Foundation) 32 Grant Potter (Champion Porsche Presented By R) 33 Joe Collins (Locos) 34 Seth Hansley (Champion Porsche Presented By R) 35 Will Hoffarsh (Mountain Khakis) 36 Chris Schmidt (The Bike Rack Of Wash Dc) 37 Eric Murphy (Myogenesis) 38 Alder Martz (Dlp Racing) 39 Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 40 David Guttenplan (Mountain Khakis) 41 Craig Dodson (Richmond Pro) 42 Andrew Crater (Team Wheel & Sprocket) 43 Brad Messenger (Mock Orange Racing) 44 Diego Garavito (Aerocat Cycling Team) 45 Rob White (Team Geargrinder) 46 Adam Baskin (Ball Watch) 47 Zack Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 48 Robert Gunn (Fly V Australia) 49 Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis) 50 Jared Nieters (Haymarket/Function Drinks) 51 Heath Blackgrove (Team Hotel San Jose) 52 Jonny Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies) 53 Anthony Bennett (Jittery Joes U25 Presented By K) 54 Nick Housley (Myogenesis) 55 Karel Sumbal (Lindner Capital Advisor) 56 Boyd Johnson (Dlp) 57 Robert Binkley (Scv) 58 Scott Jackson (Richmond Pro) 59 Joshua Carter (Abd Cycling Team) 60 David Kemp (Fly V Australia) 61 John Murphy (Ouch) 62 Daniel Carruthers (Hansaton Hearing Systems) 63 Thomas Soladay (Mountain Khakis) 64 Andy Baker (Mountain Khakis) 65 Robert Mcconville (Aerocat Cycling Team) 66 Ryan Mele (Richmond Pro) 67 Andrew Gonzales (Metro Vw) 68 Matt Seagrave (Richmond Pro) 69 Lang Reynolds (Hagens Berman Llp Cycling Team) 70 Daniel Holt (Team Type 1) 71 Jafer Beizer (Jittery Joes U25 Presented By K) 72 Cooper Lange (Hagens-Berman Llp Cycling) 73 Joshua Alexander (Crca/ Foundation) 74 Alan Tripp (Aerocat-Latino Cycling) 75 Dirk Pohlmann (Texas Roadhouse) 76 Josh Whitmore (Globalbike) 77 Adam Myerson (Mountain Khakis) 78 Mat Stephens (Metro Vw) 79 Steven Gordon (Dlp Racing) 80 Cleve Blackwell (Myogenesis) 81 Billy Jones (Nova Is Corp) 82 Sam Silvey (Pacesetter Steel Service P/B Li) DSQ Emilio Ascoweovy (Aerocat Cycling Team) Pro Women 1 Brooke Miller (Team Tibco) 1.01.08 2 Laura Van Gilder (Mello Mushroom Racing) 3 Tina Pic (Colavita-Sutterhome) 4 Joanne Kiesanowski (Team Tibco) 5 Rebecca Larson (Jittery Joe's) 6 Lauren Tamayo (Team Tibco) 7 Samantha Schneider (Team Type 1) 8 Melissa Sanborn (Vanderkitten Racing) 9 Kristen Lasasso (Kristen Lasasso) 10 Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1) 11 Kirsten Davis (Bmw- Bianchi) 12 Tiffany Pezzulo (Dft P/B Treads) 13 Carrie Cash (Team Revolution) 14 Jennifer Rasmusson (Cyclelife Powered By Specialize) 15 Anna Mcloon (Altarum Women's Cycling Team) 16 Linsey Bradshaw-Sandoval (Dft P/B Treads) 17 Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing) 18 Kate Veronneau (Altarum Women's Cycling Team) 19 Elizabeth Hatch (Vanderkitten Racing) 20 Whitney Schultz (Metro Vw) 21 Ally Staples (Team Kenda) 22 Cinthia Lehner (Hincapie Development) 23 Sally Annis (Hub Racing) 24 Leigh Hopkins (Vanderkitten Racing) 25 Carmen Mcnellis (Colavita Sutter Home) 26 Christy Blakely (Bmw-Bianchi) 27 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing) 28 Tamyra Barnard (Team Kenda) 29 Julie Bishop (Revolution) 30 Verónica Leal (Team Type 1) 31 Christy Keely (Unattached) 32 Tonya Lail (Bmw/Bianchi) 33 Leslie Jennings (Cyclelife Powered By Specialize) 34 Sonja Evers (Cyclelife Powered By Specialize) 35 Emma Rickards (Team Tibco) 36 Nicole Jihnson (Team Kenda) 37 Jennifer Wilson (Vanderkitten Racing) 38 Meredith Miller (Team Tibco) 39 Kathryn Clark (Team Kenda) 40 Dale Tye (Altarum Women's Cycling Team) 41 Alison Rosenthal (Team Tibco) 42 Morgan Patton (Team Type 1) 43 Jennifer Reither (Vanderkitten Racing) 44 Kelly Benjamin (Colavita-Sutterhome) 45 Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing) 46 Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)
2008 Aldo Ilesic (USA) Black Sheep Cartel Tina Pic (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cookin