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June 16/11 12:58 pm - Nature Valley GP: Stage 2 Men


Posted by Editoress on 06/16/11
 

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Sweeps Podium

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team controlled Wednesday's Stage 2 St. Paul Downtown Criterium from start to finish and topped it off with a sweep of the podium.

After a perfect leadout from his teammates that included yellow jersey owner Rory Sutherland, Jake Keough took the win, Hilton Clarke placed second and Robert Förster was third.

 

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“I think we've proven tonight that we're one unit, whether it's off the bike or on the course.” Keough said after his win. “The team is one unit, we do everything together. The dedication from the whole team is perfect. Each one of those guys is a specialist in what they do throughout the whole race to perfection.”

After rain fell earlier in the evening, welcomed glimpses of blue sky could be seen for the men's race in the entertainment district of Downtown Saint Paul on a flat, fast, six-corner course that featured brick sections around Rice Park and some of the most beautiful architecture in the Midwest.

Only three laps into the 40-lap race, Bernard Van Ulden (Jelly Belly presented by Kenda) and Carlos Alzate Escobar (Team Exergy) escaped the fast-moving peloton. One lap later, two more riders, Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) and Tyler Wren (Jamis/Sutter Home) joined to form a breakaway. The complete UnitedHealthcare team assumed position at the front of the field, with Jonny Clarke and Adrian Hegyvary keeping the pace high.

Lap after lap, it remained the same, with Keough's teammates always in control, holding the gap at a very manageable 20 seconds. Cooperation was not perfect in the break, but the four stayed mostly together for 31 laps of the 1.4-kilometer course. During this time, Alzate took top points in the intermediate sprint competition while Van Ulden, Wren and Candelario contested the intermediate time bonus.

With seven laps to go, the BISSELL Pro Cycling Team swarmed the UnitedHealthcare train to take over the front and the already fast pace was revved up even further, dooming the breakaway.

Keough took it in stride. “I just kind of called the guys to be really calm and to wait until the other guys burned their matches so we could go back around them," he said. "We're getting well drilled at this. We've been putting it to some good effect. Each one of the guys did a perfect effort at the end.”

One lap later, the blue train was back at the front while the sprinters jockeyed for position behind. The battle was on for controlling the front of the pack with the inevitable bunch sprint finish rapidly approaching. Every lap the speed ramped up until Sutherland took over with one lap to go.

“He's a vital part of our leadout as well,” Clarke said about having the yellow jersey pull at the front. “Adrian worked all day and he was second overall and Rory is leading the race but he's helping us win the stage. We're all helping each other all tour. The roles are reversed each day and we work as a team.”

Then it became a matter of executing the peel-off as practiced successfully in many previous races.

“The order we've been putting into the leadout train for the past few weeks has been Frosi (Förster), Hilton and then me and it's been working," Keough said. "We've been going 1-2-3 and we're just going to try to keep doing it."

Finishing fourth on the stage, Alzate took over the Wheaties FUEL Sprint jersey, while Van Ulden was awarded the Freewheel Bike Most Aggressive Rider jersey. Chad Haga (Team Rio Grande) will wear the green jersey as the Nature Valley Top Amateur and Joey Rosskopf (Team Type 1-Development), the white jersey for the TRIA Orthopaedic Center Best Young Rider.

After two stages, Sutherland remains in the lead with nine seconds on Hegyvary and Tom Zirbel (Jamis/Sutter Home). The defending champion also holds the Sports Beans King of the Hills jersey.

Thursday brings the Cannon Falls Road Race. The 67-mile course through gently rolling, but wide open farmlands, finishes with six laps on a circuit that includes a short, steep climb to the line. Even a gentle wind can tear the pack apart.

Keough says his team is ready to defend the yellow jersey. “I think tonight was a lot of bullets used so we need to make sure we're conservative and make sure we have the legs but the guys proved that they're strong and we're going to keep it up.”
Report by Lyne Lamoureux, Nature Valley Grand Prix

 

Stage 2 (June 15th): St Paul Downtown Criterium
1 Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 1:15:09
2 Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
3 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
4 Carlos Alzate Escobar (USA) Team Exergy
5 Kenneth Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
6 Alejandro Borrajo (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
7 Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
8 K Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling all s.t.
9 Eric Young (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:05
10 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
11 Luis Romero Amaran (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
12 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
13 Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth
14 Karl Menzies (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
15 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
16 Ben Kersten (Aus) V Australia
17 Andrew Guptill (USA) Jamis Sutter Home all s.t.
18 Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:09
19 Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth
20 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
21 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
22 Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth
23 Tom Zirbel (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
24 Daniel Holloway (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth
25 Chris Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
26 Benjamin Chaddock (Can) Team Exergy
27 Timothy Rugg (USA) NVGP Pro Ride
28 Andres Diaz Corrales (USA) Team Exergy
29 Thomas Brown (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop
30 Nic Frey (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
31 Daniel Holt (USA) Team Type 1-Development
32 Jeremy Vennell (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
33 Marsh Cooper (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth
34 Eric Schildge (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
35 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth
36 Christian Helmig (USA) Elbowz Racing
37 Adam Myerson (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop
38 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1-Development
39 Joseph Schmalz (USA) Elbowz Racing
40 Chad Haga (USA) Team Rio Grande all s.t.
41 Jay Thomson (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:16
42 Emerson Oronte (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
43 Chris Winn (USA) V Australia
44 Ty Magner (USA) Team Type 1-Development
45 Drew Christopher (USA) Team Rio Grande
46 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
47 Matthew Cooke (USA) Team Exergy all s.t.
48 Heath Blackgrove (USA) Elbowz Racing 0:19
49 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
50 Mac Brennan (USA) Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist
51 Jamey Driscoll (USA) Jamis Sutter Home
52 Alec Donahue (USA) NVGP Pro Ride
53 Travis Livermon (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop
54 Erik Hamilton (USA) Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist
55 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist
56 Freddie Rodriguez (USA) Team Exergy
57 Zachary Davies (USA) V Australia all s.t.
58 Ryan Knapp (USA) Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist 0:23
59 Brad Cole (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team
60 Jonathan Toftoy (USA) GrandStay Hotels both s.t.
61 Mat Stephens (USA) Elbowz Racing 0:25
62 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 1:43
63 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 1:53
64 Shadd Smith (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team 3:36
65 Adam Koble (USA) GrandStay Hotels s.t.
66 Will Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 3:50
67 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
68 Benjamin Zawacki (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop both s.t.
69 Ben Anderson (USA) GrandStay Hotels 4:03
70 Zack Allsion (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team 4:15
71 Adam Carr (USA) Penn Cycle s.t.
72 Quinn Keogh (USA) Team Exergy 4:34
73 Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth s.t.
74 Brandon Feehery (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 4:46
75 Jerome Townsend (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop s.t.
76 Trevor Connor (Can) Team Rio Grande 4:50
77 Stefan Rothe (USA) NVGP Pro Ride s.t.
78 Austin Stewart (USA) Elbowz Racing 5:44
79 Colton Jarisch (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team s.t.
80 Jason Donald (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth 11:39
81 Tucker Olander (USA) Penn Cycle 18:41
82 Scott Gray (USA) NVGP Pro Ride s.t.
83 Michael Woell (USA) GrandStay Hotels 18:46
84 Jens Brabbit (USA) GrandStay Hotels s.t.
85 Joshua Roeser (USA) Penn Cycle 22:10
86 Scott Tietzel (USA) Team Rio Grande s.t.
87 Micah Moran (USA) GrandStay Hotels 24:36
88 Dan Ajer (USA) Penn Cycle
89 Michael Dalterio (USA) Team Type 1-Development
90 Erik Slack (USA) Team Exergy
91 Kai Applequist (USA) Team Exergy
92 Tanner Putt (USA) Team Type 1-Development
93 Tyler Jewell (USA) Elbowz Racing
94 Adam Mills (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team
95 Brandon Krawczyk (USA) GrandStay Hotels
96 Nicholas Coil (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team
97 Ian Holt (USA) Team Rio Grande
98 Andrew Gonzales (USA) Elbowz Racing
99 Alastair Loutit (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
100 John Phillips (USA) Team Rio Grande
101 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Elbowz Racing
102 Stephen Mull (USA) NVGP Pro Ride all s.t.
DNF Chris Hillier (USA) Team Rio Grande
DNF Scott Law (USA) V Australia
DNF Jack Hinkens (USA) GrandStay Hotels
DNF Christopher Hall (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team
DNF Scott Simmons (USA) NVGP Pro Ride
DNF Andrew Mccullough (USA) Penn Cycle
 
GC
1 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 1:28:22
2 Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team at 0:09
3 Tom Zirbel (USA) Jamis Sutter Home s.t.
4 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:11
5 Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth 0:15
6 K Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:16
7 Andrew Guptill (USA) Jamis Sutter Home 0:17
8 Jeremy Vennell (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:24
9 Andres Diaz Corrales (USA) Team Exergy 0:27
10 Chris Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:30
11 Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:31
12 Joey Rosskopf (USA) Team Type 1-Development 0:34
13 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
14 Daniel Holloway (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth both s.t.
15 Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth 0:39
16 Jay Thomson (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:40
17 Marsh Cooper (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth s.t.
18 Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:41
19 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:42
20 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth s.t.
21 Alejandro Borrajo (USA) Jamis Sutter Home 0:44
22 Luis Romero Amaran (USA) Jamis Sutter Home 0:45
23 Eric Young (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:46
24 Chad Haga (USA) Team Rio Grande s.t.
25 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis Sutter Home 0:47
26 Carlos Alzate Escobar (USA) Team Exergy 0:48
27 Nic Frey (USA) Jamis Sutter Home 0:51
28 Benjamin Chaddock (Can) Team Exergy s.t.
29 Matthew Cooke (USA) Team Exergy 0:53
30 Emerson Oronte (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 0:54
31 Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth 0:54
32 Joseph Schmalz (USA) Elbowz Racing 0:55
33 Karl Menzies (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:59
34 Christian Helmig (USA) Elbowz Racing 1:01
35 Kenneth Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:02
36 Heath Blackgrove (USA) Elbowz Racing 1:05
37 Jamey Driscoll (USA) Jamis Sutter Home 1:06
38 Drew Christopher (USA) Team Rio Grande 1:08
39 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 1:10
40 Erik Hamilton (USA) Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist 1:13
41 Eric Schildge (USA) Jamis Sutter Home 1:14
42 Zachary Davies (USA) V Australia 1:16
43 Ben Kersten (Aus) V Australia 1:18
44 Chris Winn (USA) V Australia s.t.
45 Timothy Rugg (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 1:21
46 Freddie Rodriguez (USA) Team Exergy 1:23
47 Mac Brennan (USA) Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist 1:30
48 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 1:33
49 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
50 Ty Magner (USA) Team Type 1-Development both s.t.
51 Jonathan Toftoy (USA) GrandStay Hotels 1:41
52 Daniel Holt (USA) Team Type 1-Development 1:42
53 Ryan Knapp (USA) Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist 1:47
54 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist 1:49
55 Alec Donahue (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 1:52
56 Travis Livermon (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop s.t.
57 Thomas Brown (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop 1:54
58 Brad Cole (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team 2:02
59 Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 2:04
60 Adam Myerson (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop s.t.
61 Mat Stephens (USA) Elbowz Racing 2:07
62 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 2:30
63 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 3:01
64 Will Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 4:30
65 Adam Koble (USA) GrandStay Hotels s.t.
66 Benjamin Zawacki (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop 4:52
67 Shadd Smith (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team 5:12
68 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 5:22
69 Zack Allsion (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team 5:24
70 Quinn Keogh (USA) Team Exergy 5:33
71 Ben Anderson (USA) GrandStay Hotels s.t.
72 Stefan Rothe (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 5:41
73 Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth 5:43
74 Trevor Connor (Can) Team Rio Grande 5:52
75 Adam Carr (USA) Penn Cycle 5:59
76 Jerome Townsend (USA) Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop 6:55
77 Brandon Feehery (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 7:14
78 Colton Jarisch (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team 7:27
79 Austin Stewart (USA) Elbowz Racing 7:40
80 Jason Donald (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth 13:06
81 Tucker Olander (USA) Penn Cycle 20:16
82 Michael Woell (USA) GrandStay Hotels 20:19
83 Scott Gray (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 20:38
84 Jens Brabbit (USA) GrandStay Hotels 20:39
85 Scott Tietzel (USA) Team Rio Grande 23:09
86 Joshua Roeser (USA) Penn Cycle 23:42
87 Kai Applequist (USA) Team Exergy 25:34
88 Tanner Putt (USA) Team Type 1-Development s.t.
89 Logan Hutchings (NZl) Elbowz Racing 25:41
90 Alastair Loutit (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda s.t.
91 Stephen Mull (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 25:47
92 Ian Holt (USA) Team Rio Grande 25:56
93 Erik Slack (USA) Team Exergy 26:16
94 Andrew Gonzales (USA) Elbowz Racing 26:21
95 Brandon Krawczyk (USA) GrandStay Hotels 26:27
96 Michael Dalterio (USA) Team Type 1-Development 26:28
97 Micah Moran (USA) GrandStay Hotels 26:31
98 John Phillips (USA) Team Rio Grande 26:33
99 Tyler Jewell (USA) Elbowz Racing 26:51
100 Dan Ajer (USA) Penn Cycle 26:58
101 Nicholas Coil (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team 27:01
102 Adam Mills (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team 27:08/td>

 


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