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June 28/08 5:38 am - Tour of Pennsylvania : Veilleux Wins Stage 5 and Takes over GC Lead

Posted by Editoress on 06/28/08

Veilleux takes Lead at Tour of Pennsylvania on Stage 5

Photos by Amy Smolens

Amy Smolens continues to provide excellent pre- and post-race interviews with the Canadian riders on the Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast. Today, David Veilleux won his second consecutive stage and took the overall race lead (and Yellow Jersey). His team mate Keven Lacombe finished second on the stage, after the two broke away at the end of the stage.

Amy Smolens: One second behind Christoff Van Heerden for the lead - is this the biggest one second of your life?

David Veilleux: (laughs) Yeah, kind of, sort of. But I'm pretty confident that we can pull something off to win the stage and take the second. It's going to be hard because Van Heerden is a strong rider and we'll have to surprise him.

AS: I saw your director Jonas Carney giving you the strategy talk here just a little while ago and he asked us not to record it for TV. What does he expect to happen in today's stage and what do you expect to happen?

DV: I think this race is going be really hard because there's still six, eight guys in main contention for the GC and within a minute. So yeah, it's important that we stay up front and the wind is going to be hard, so yeah, many things can still happen.

AS: So are you thinking that it's going to split but is he also giving you a Plan B if it comes down to a field sprint?

DV: Yeah, we have a Plan A, B and C (laughs,) of course. But yeah, I think it's going to come down to, the field is going to break into smaller pieces and we'll have to see at the end what we will do.

AS: And you're in good position to take back the sprint jersey with both you and Keven Lacombe only two points behind Van Heerden, too.

DV: Yeah, sure, we keep it a little bit in mind but our main focus today is the Yellow Jersey.


David Veilleux

Amy Smolens: So what was that great secret plan of Jonas and how did you execute it perfectly?

David Veilleux: (laughs) It was exactly this! We wanted to start the sprint 2 1/2 k from the finish line, (Jake) Keough in front, just going and then Keven and me trying to take pull the fastest we could. I knew we could pull this off because Keven has been riding great, I've been riding strong, so it was just according to plan, everything worked really well. It was a really suicidal move but with one second (down) you have to try everything! They wouldn't let me go (the rest of the race).

AS: Talk about the final circuit - we saw you with one lap to go and a small group was out front and then the next time we saw you it was you and Keven alone out there!

DV: It was just like the last stretch we had guys in front. And so at the end of the long stretch Keough just attacked, me and Keven on his wheel and we then just went from there and just surprised everyone and went as hard as we could. The finish, we were just going for the time.

AS: During the race, when Steven Van Vooren was out there in a break and his lead went up to 1:30 (he started the day 56 seconds behind the lead) in a late break did you ever doubt that you could make this work?

DV: A little bit. We were kind of afraid if he had too much time, but if he was within 50 seconds it was good, he wasn't a threat anymore for my GC so it was good.

AS: What does it mean to you to have won two stages and now have the Yellow Jersey in this race?

DV: It's just great, it's a great feeling. I think I have to thank all my team for doing the work, I couldn't have done this without them, so it's just been great teamwork this week.

AS: Every single day you guys have been on the podium, this really a culmination of a fantastic race for Kelly Benefit Strategies, isn't it?

DV: Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's good, it's just perfect.

AS: You have the Sprinter's Jersey now, too, but will you try to get it back to Keven in tomorrow's stage?

DV: Yeah, yeah, of course we'll try and have him finish with it.

AS: But he'll wear it tomorrow, since you're wearing the yellow one, right?

DV: Yeah, (laughs) but they don't have large for him, he doesn't want to ride with a medium!

Keven Lacombe Interview

Amy Smolens: Talk about the plan and the teamwork that helped David take the stage win, pick up the time he needed and take the Yellow Jersey here today.

Keven Lacombe: You knew a little bit the plan because at the beginning we tried to kind of do like a top secret thing! But yeah, our objective was just to win this race and the only way to do it was to do what we did. And everybody on the team worked on the same objective and David is leading with I think five seconds so it's really good for tomorrow.

AS: A stage win for you, two for David, and now the Yellow Jersey. How has the team come together so well?

KL: Yeah, I think it's just because we raced all the year together and Jonas, it's just the way he sets up everything. With Jonas, I know if we win the stage and I work for David then Jonas will be happy for that and after that it's going to come back and David will help me to do something (win a race.) It's just a team effort and everybody worked really well today and everyone worked for the same objective and everything worked well for us and right now David is the leader with five seconds.

AS: David also has the Sprinter's Jersey, too and since you're in second you should wear it during tomorrow's stage but David says it's too small for you.

KL: Yeah, I don't really like it because there's no large so I don't want to wear it (laughs!!)

Stage 5: Ligonier to Pittsburgh, 146km
1. David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit/Medifast 3:28:03
2. Keven Lacombe (Can) Kelly Benefit/Medifastat s.t.
3. Phil Gaimon (USA) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team0:06
4. Sheldon Deeney (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology
5. Dennis Luyt (Ned) Global Cycling
6. Mathias Kupke (Ger) Team Stadler
7. Steven Cullinan (USA) Waste Management/Racelab
8. Eric Schildge (USA) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team
9. Eric Riggs (USA) ZTeaM
10. Sven Forberger (Ger) Team Stadler
11. Alex Boyd (USA) Waste Management/Racelab
12. Bjorn Selander (USA) Waste Management/Racelab
13. David Nelson (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy
14. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Waste Management/Racelab
15. David Guttenplan (USA) TIME Pro Cycling
16. Daniel Holloway (USA) VMG/Felt
17. Cheyne Hoag (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology
18. Jacob Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit/Medifast
19. Mark Pozniak (Can) Team RACE Pro
20. Ryan Baumann (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology
21. Chad Beyer (USA) ZTeaM
22. Adrian Gerrits (USA) VRC: NOW-MS Society
23. Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) Konica Minolta
24. Peter Stetina (USA) VMG/Felt
25. Michael Chauner (USA) PA Lightning
26. Peter Salon (USA) VMG/Felt
27. Hayden Brooks (Aus) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team
28. Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy
29. Reid Pletcher (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized
30. Peter Rennie (NZl) VRC: NOW-MS Society
31. Max Jenkins (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized
32. Alex Howes (USA) VMG/Felt
33. Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties Cycling Team
34. Caleb Fairly (USA) VMG/Felt
35. James Driscoll (USA) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team
36. Stefano Barberi (Bra) ZTeaM
37. Sander Aardenburg (Ned) Global Cycling
38. Mark Batty (Can) Team RACE Pro
39. Gaston Aguero (Arg) Esco-Telefonicos Argentina
40. Travis Burandt (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology
41. Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) Team RACE Pro
42. Travis Allen (RSA) Konica Minolta
43. James Camut (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy
44. Nick Frey (USA) TIME Pro Cycling
45. Keir Plaice (Can) Team RACE Pro
46. Andrew Baker (USA) TIME Pro Cycling
47. Ben Showman (USA) PA Lightning
48. Michael Stoop (USA) TIME Pro Cycling
49. Benjamin King (USA) Kelly Benefit/Medifast
50. Herman Fouche (RSA) Konica Minolta
51. Vincent Roberge (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy
52. Turner Johnson (USA) Penn St Cancer/GPOA/Cannondale
53. Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) Konica Minolta
54. Eric Chrabot (USA) PA Lightning
55. Walker Savidge (USA) VMG/Felt
56. Pieter Seyffert (RSA) Konica Minolta
57. Tyler Dibble (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized
58. Jelmer Asjes (Ned) Global Cycling
59. Geert Dijkshoorn (Ned) Global Cyclingall s.t.
60. Jori Pol (Ned) Global Cycling1:24
61. Adam Farabaugh (USA) Penn St Cancer/GPOA/Cannondale1:46
62. Mohamed Aounseghir (Alg) Konica Minolta2:24
63. Clay Murfet (Aus) Kelly Benefit/Medifast
64. Ben Grieve-Johnson (Aus) Praties Cycling Team
65. Daniel Furmston (Aus) Praties Cycling Team
66. Chance Noble (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized
67. Taylor Brown (USA) PA Lightning
68. Toni Franke (Ger) Team Stadler
69. Aaron Pool (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academyall s.t.
70. Shawn Rosenthal (USA) ZTeaM2:50
71. Julian Martinez (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized4:57
72. Sean Mazich (USA) Waste Management/Racelab5:52
73. Erik Barlevav (USA) TIME Pro Cycling11:08
74. Peter Horn (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy16:40
75. Justin Brown (USA) Penn St Cancer/GPOA/Cannondale21:40
76. Marcos Santucho (Arg) Esco-Telefonicos Argentina28:18
77. Andrew Hunt (Can) Team RACE Pros.t.
78. Demis Aleman (Arg) Esco-Telefonicos Argentina30:20
79. Gustavo Borcard (Arg) Esco-Telefonicos Argentina
80. Joshua Wilson (Aus) Praties Cycling Team
81. Timothy Walker (Aus) Praties Cycling Team
82. Adam Thuss (Can) Team RACE Pro
83. Michael Kreutzburg (Ger) Team Stadler
84. Jackie Simes (USA) TIME Pro Cycling
85. Charles Marzot (USA) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team
86. Adam Branfman (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology
87. Jeff Salvitti (USA) PA Lightning
88. Christopher Ruhl (USA) PA Lightning
89. Nick Keough (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technologyall s.t.
DNF . Alex Welch (USA) VRC: NOW-MS Society
DNF . Nathaniel English (USA) ZTeaM
1. David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit/Medifast 14:43:24
2. Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) Konica Minoltaat 0:05
3. Stefano Barberi (Bra) ZTeaM0:11
4. Peter Stetina (USA) VMG/Felt0:15
5. Peter Salon (USA) VMG/Felt0:18
6. Dennis Luyt (Ned) Global Cycling0:26
7. Keven Lacombe (Can) Kelly Benefit/Medifast0:58
8. Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Acade 1:01
9. Adrian Gerrits (USA) VRC: NOW-MS Society1:14
10. Gaston Aguero (Arg) Esco-Telefonicos Argentina1:15
11. Alex Boyd (USA) Waste Management/Racelab1:16
12. Caleb Fairly (USA) VMG/Felt1:20
13. Max Jenkins (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized1:27
14. Phil Gaimon (USA) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team1:29
15. Keir Plaice (Can) Team RACE Pro2:32
16. Pieter Seyffert (RSA) Konica Minolta2:36
17. Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties Cycling Team3:03
18. Chad Beyer (USA) ZTeaM3:42
19. Sheldon Deeny (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology4:12
20. Alex Howes (USA) VMG/Felt4:19
21. Travis Burandt (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology4:32
22. Benjamin King (USA) Kelly Benefit/Medifast4:33
23. Herman Fouche (RSA) Konica Minolta4:36
24. Sven Forberger (Ger) Team Stadler4:36
25. Walker Savidge (USA) VMG/Felt4:37
26. Travis Allen (RSA) Konica Minolta4:38
27. James Driscoll (USA) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team4:39
28. Stevie Cullinan (USA) Waste Management/Racelab4:40
29. Ben Showman (USA) PA Lightning4:42
30. Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) Konica Minolta4:44
31. David Nelson (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Acade 4:45
32. Jacob Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit/Medifast4:46
33. Eric Riggs (USA) ZTeaM5:06
34. James Camut (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Acade 5:20
35. Reid Pletcher (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized7:13
36. Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) Team RACE Pro12:37
37. Mark Pozniak (Can) Team RACE Pro13:31
38. Cheyne Hoag (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology14:11
39. Aaron Pool (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Acade 17:28
40. Ryan Baumann (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology17:45
41. Geert Dijkshoorn (Ned) Global Cycling17:59
42. Shawn Rosenthal (USA) ZTeaM20:41
43. Sander Aardenburg (Ned) Global Cycling20:53
44. Michael Stoop (USA) TIME Pro Cycling21:07
45. Daniel Holloway (USA) VMG/Felt21:10
46. Mathias Kupke (Ger) Team Stadler21:20
47. Clay Murfet (Aus) Kelly Benefit/Medifast23:39
48. Hayden Brooks (Aus) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team27:56
49. Sean Mazich (USA) Waste Management/Racelab28:53
50. Mohamed Aounseghir (Alg) Konica Minolta28:55
51. Daniel Furmston (Aus) Praties Cycling Team30:14
52. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Waste Management/Racelab30:33
53. Tyler Dibble (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized30:33
54. Jori Pol (Ned) Global Cycling32:30
55. Joshua Wilson (Aus) Praties Cycling Team34:57
56. Andrew Baker (USA) TIME Pro Cycling35:02
57. Eric Chrabot (USA) PA Lightning35:09
58. Bjorn Selander (USA) Waste Management/Racelab35:11
59. Jelmer Asjes (Ned) Global Cycling35:16
60. Vincent Roberge (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Acade 35:19
61. Nick Frey (USA) TIME Pro Cycling36:11
62. David Guttenplan (USA) TIME Pro Cycling37:22
63. Chance Noble (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized38:04
64. Toni Franke (Ger) Team Stadler38:16
65. Charles Marzot (USA) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team38:55
66. Michael Chauner (USA) PA Lightning39:07
67. Eric Schildge (USA) Fiordifrutta Cycling Team39:37
68. Julian Martinez (USA) CA Giant Berry/Specialized41:21
69. Taylor Brown (USA) PA Lightning42:10
70. Ben Grieve-Johnson (Aus) Praties Cycling Team42:32
71. Peter Rennie (NZl) VRC: NOW-MS Society43:51
72. Erik Barlevav (USA) TIME Pro Cycling44:38
73. Mark Batty (Can) Team RACE Pro44:48
74. Turner Johnson (USA) Penn St Cancer/GPOA/Cannonda 46:22
75. Adam Farabaugh (USA) Penn St Cancer/GPOA/Cannonda 46:55
76. Nick Keough (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology48:45
77. Jeff Salvitti (USA) PA Lightning49:43
78. Peter Horn (USA) Johan Bruyneel Cycling Acade 50:54
79. Adam Thuss (Can) Team RACE Pro1:01:37
80. Justin Brown (USA) Penn St Cancer/GPOA/Cannonda 1:02:16
81. Marcos Santucho (Arg) Esco-Telefonicos Argentina1:07:55
82. Christopher Ruhl (USA) PA Lightning1:08:57
83. Michael Kreutzburg (Ger) Team Stadler1:09:45
84. Demis Aleman (Arg) Esco-Telefonicos Argentina1:09:51
85. Andrew Hunt (Can) Team RACE Pro1:17:42
86. Gustavo Borcard (Arg) Esco-Telefonicos Argentina1:19:06
87. Adam Branfman (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology1:19:48
88. Jackie Simes (USA) TIME Pro Cycling1:20:14
89. Timothy Walker (Aus) Praties Cycling Team 1:37:20

1. David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit/Medifast, 47pts
2. Keven Lacombe (Can) Kelly Benefit/Medifast, 44=
3.Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) Konica Minolta, 34
4. Sheldon Deeny (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet Technology, 24
5. Daniel Holloway (USA) VMG/Felt, 21

1. Peter Stetina (USA) VMG/Felt, 35pts
2.. Dylan Newell (Aus) Praties Cycling Team, 26
3 Nathaniel English (USA) ZTeaM, 10
4. Daniel Furmston (Aus) Praties Cycling Team, 9
5. Dennis Luyt (Ned) Global Cycling, 8


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