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August 17/09 9:05 am - U.S. National Criterium Championship

Posted by Editoress on 08/17/09

John Murphy of the OUCH Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis will wear the stars and stripes jersey of the U.S. National Criterium Champion for the next 12 months.


Murphy took advantage of exceptional work by his four teammates and succeeded in avoiding several crashes – including one by his own lead-out, Karl Menzies with less than half a kilometer remaining in the race – to cross the line as first American to take the national champion’s jersey.

“The team executed really well,” Murphy said. “We were a little shorthanded compared to the other main teams, but the guys rode today like they believed I could do it, and I did it.”

There were plenty of contributions from all four of his OUCH Presented by Maxxis teammates to help put Murphy in position to take the jersey. With a little more than two-thirds of the 61-lap race done, a dangerous three-rider group was up the road. Roman Kilun and Bobby Lea went to the front, and just those two riders rotating through brought back the break with five laps to go.

“From that point, Kelley Benefits took over the front and had seven guys lined up,” Murphy said. “Me, Karl and Pinner (Andrew Pinfold) were together right behind them. Then the last four guys in their train sat up and let the front three get a gap. Karl immediately took me up to them.”

The OUCH Presented by Maxxis duo was also joined by several other riders, including 2008 crit champion Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing), previous champion Tony Cruz (BMC) and Ben Kersten (Fly-V Australia), as well as Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakis).

With half a lap to go, Menzies was on the front working to deliver Murphy to the final corner first. But with 0.4 km to go, he slid out on a slick turn, the result of intermittent rains that had caused the start of the race to be delayed twice.

“Over the top of the last climb, Karl took over,” Murphy said. “When he crashed I barely missed going over him, by maybe a few millimeters. I tagged back on the group and with two turns to go, I took the inside line to move up. On the final corner, Bahati and Cruz came around me but Bahati overcooked it and crashed. I went through the turn at a good speed. Kersten came inside me and I thought he had good momentum going into the finish sprint, and I thought if he could keep that up it would be tough. I just went for it from there. I got close, and the outright win would’ve been great, but I’m really happy to get the jersey.”

OUCH Pro Cycling Team press release

USPRO National Criterium (August 16th)
1 Ben Kersten (Aus) Fly-V Australia 2:24:29
2 John Murphy (USA) Ouch Presented by Maxxis
3 Tony Cruz (USA) BMC
4 Jake Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
5 Adam Myerson (USA) Mountain Khakis p/b EPNO
6 Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Kenda Pro Cyling p/b Spinergy
7 Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
8 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) BISSELL
9 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
10 Ken Hanson (USA) Team Type 1
11 Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies
12 Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies
13 Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home
14 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home
15 Luis Amaran (Cub) Colavita Sutter Home
16 Chad Burdzilauskas (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy
17 Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly
18 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1
19 Roman Kilun (USA) Ouch Presented by Maxxis
20 Isaac Howe (USA) Mountain Khakis p/b EPNO
21 Mike Creed (USA) Team Type 1
22 Rahsaan Bahati (USA) Rock Racing
23 Luca Damiani (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home
24 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita Sutter Home
25 Brad Huff (USA) Jelly Belly
26 Aldo Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 all s.t.
Elite Women's National Criterium (August 16th)
1 Tina Pic (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light 1:19:00.
2 Brooke Miller (USA) Team TIBCO
3 Shelley Olds (USA) PROMAN Hit Squad
4 Jennifer McRae (USA) Team Type 1
5 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing Po
6 Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom
7 Erica Allar (USA) BMW-Bianchi
8 Sinead Miller (USA) None
9 Christina Smith (USA) veloforma
10 Jennifer Purcell (USA) Team Hotel San Jose
11 Lauren Tamayo (USA) Team TIBCO
12 Rebecca Lawson (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team
13 Debbie Dust (USA) PACT/Dishnetwork
14 Kirsten Davis (USA) BMW-Bianchi
15 Kacey Manderfield (USA) Team Lip Smacker
16 Hilary Billington (USA) Team Lip Smacker
17 Rebecca Wellons (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire D
18 Robin Farina (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team
19 Devon Haskell (USA) Team BH
20 Jackie Kurth (USA) Team Kenda
21 Amanda Miller (USA) Team Lip Smacker
22 Leigh Hopkins (USA) VanderKitten Racing
23 Alison Powers (USA) Team Type 1
24 Kori Seehafer (USA) Team Type 1
25 Kristen Meshberg (USA) BH USA
26 Kristin Wentworth (USA) Team Kenda
27 Samantha Schneider (USA) Team Type 1
28 Melissa Sanborn (USA) VanderKitten Racing
29 Carrie Cash (USA) Team Revolution
30 Tiffany Pezzulo (USA) DFT p/b Treads
31 Elizabeth Morse Hill (USA) Hub Racing
32 Jenette Williams (USA) Altarum Women's Cycling Team
33 Sheba Farrin (USA) Hub Racing
34 Jessica Prinner (USA) ABD
35 Kristen LaSasso (USA) Mellow Mushroom
36 Jennifer Wilson (USA) VanderKitten Racing
37 Lisa Jellett (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing Po
38 Katharine Carroll (USA) Team TIBCO
39 Amy McGuire (USA) Hub Racing
40 Martina Patella (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team all s.t.


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