Posted by Editoress on 05/5/08
US Air Force Cycling Classic May 4th, Crystal City VA
Organization press release
Twenty-five year old Sebastian Haedo (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home) took first place today in the 2008 U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic Mens Pro Race in an exhilarating sprint to the finish in the last seconds of the three hour and twenty-seven minute race.
Relatively unknown on the pro circuit, Haedos surprising win came over last years winner Kyle Wamsley (Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home) and other pre-race favorites. Wamsley took second place, and Alex Candelario (Kelly Bennefit Strategies/Medifast) took third, with Andrew Randell (Symmetrics) ahead of all three medalists until the final fifty meters. Randell was named Most Aggressive Rider of the day.
The 12 lap race took place on an extremely challenging 12.5 kilometer course, with a difficult chicane and many sharp turns. There was no patron during the race, keeping spectators on edge as the cyclists neared the finish line. Only about half the competitors completed the entire race, less than most events.
Prior to the thrilling Mens Pro Race, the day began with the Crystal Ride, an open ride for cyclists of all levels; Military Academy Races; and the ever-popular Kids Race. The Academy races pitted the U.S. Air Force Cycling Team against the U.S. Naval Academy and Military Academy at West Point Cycling Teams. The Air Force won the Team Time Trials, while the U.S. Military Academy at West Point won the sprint competitions. However, based on total points, the U.S. Naval Academy Cycling Team won overall.
All money raised through the U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic will go to Saul Raisins Raisin Hope fund, which raises money for people who have suffered Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In conjunction with the U.S. Air Force, the funds raised will benefit troops who have suffered TBI while serving the nation overseas.
The day was a huge success, said Rob Laybourn, Event Director and President of Arlington Sports, Inc. You could not have asked for better weather in Crystal City, and we had a great turnout for the nail-biting end of the Mens race. It is always gratifying to raise money for such a worthy cause.
The U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic grew out of 2007s Crystal City Classic and promises to be a premier destination for professional and amateur racers alike in years to come.
Note: Andrew Randell was Most Aggressive Rider and Symmetrics won the Team GC.
|1. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light||3:27:41|
|2. Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light|
|3. Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast||both at s.t.|
|4. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics||0:01|
|5. Francois Parisien (Can) Symmetrics||0:02|
|6. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics|
|7. Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics||both s.t.|
|8. John Fredy Parra (Col) Toshiba-Santo Pro Cycling p/b Herbalife||0:03|
|9. Thomas Soladay (USA) Time Pro Cycling||0:04|
|10. Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1||0:05|
|11. Erik Barlevav (USA) Time Pro Cycling||0:06|
|12. Mele Ryan (USA) Richmond Pro Cycling||s.t.|
|13. John Durango (Col) Toshiba-Santo Pro Cycling p/b Herbalife||0:07|
|14. Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) Toshiba-Santo Pro Cycling p/b Herbalife|
|15. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics||both s.t.|
|16. Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Toshiba-Santo Pro Cycling p/b Herbalife||0:08|
|17. Mark Walters (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro||s.t.|
|18. Ryan Roth (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro||0:10|
|19. Dan Timmerman (USA) Team R.A.C.E Pro||s.t.|
|20. Anibal Andres Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light||0:12|
|21. Esteban Jukich (Uru) Richmond Pro Cycling||0:13|
|22. Boyd Johnson (USA) DLP Racing||s.t.|
|23. Dustin Macburnie (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro||0:23|
|24. Nick Frey (USA) Time Pro Cycling||s.t.|
|25. Buck Miller (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro||0:26|
|26. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1||0:28|
|27. Chuck Hutcheson (USA) Battley Harley Davidson||0:29|
|28. Gerardo Castro (Uru) Richmond Pro Cycling||0:35|
|29. Glen Alan Chadwick (NZl) Team Type 1||0:36|
|30. Daniel Ramsey (USA) Time Pro Cycling||s.t.|
|31. Robert Lea (USA) Rite Aid Pro Cycling||0:4|
|32. Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light|
|33. Andy Baker (USA) Time Pro Cycling||both s.t.|
|34. Thad Dulin (USA) DLP Racing||0:43|
|35. Martin Gilbert (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast||0:54|
|36. Daniel Vaillancourt (USA) Toshiba-Santo Pro Cycling p/b Herbalife||1:05|
|37. Jonathan Sundt (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast||1:31|
|38. Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1||1:49|
|39. Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1|
|40. Benjamin Brooks (Aus) Team Type 1||all s.t.|
|41. Benjamin King (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast||2:07|
|42. Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light||2:16|
|43. Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast||2:44|
|44. Keven Lacombe (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast||s.t.|
|45. Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro||2:52|
|46. David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast|
|all others DNF|
|2. Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light||at 0:07|
|3. Toshiba-Santo Pro Cycling p/b Herbalife||0:12|
|4. Team R.A.C.E Pro||0:23|
|5. Time Pro Cycling||0:28|
|6. Richmond Pro Cycling||0:49|
|7. Team Type 1||1:04|
|8. Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast||2:20|
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