1. Home » News » Road » Sevilla wins in Reading

Sevilla wins in Reading

By Jason Sumner

2008 Reading Classic: Sevilla wins

2008 Reading Classic: Sevilla wins

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

It’s not that his team’s Redlands Classic victory meant nothing, or that no one was paying attention to its prologue podium sweep at the Tour of Colombia. But clearly Oscar Sevilla’s win at Thursday’s Reading Classic was just a little sweeter for the Spaniard and his Rock Racing squad.

Heretofore better known for flashy team kit, outlandish team boss Michael Ball, and a major run-in with the Tour of California organizers, on this day Rock Racing was simply the best team in a field that included four Tour de France-bound squads and all the top U.S.-based outfits.

The final accounting at the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling’s second round had Sevilla soloing across the finish at the end of a 75-mile race that lasted 2:47:11. Team High Road youngster Edval Hagen was next through, six seconds back, with 2007 Reading and Triple Crown series winner Bernard Eisel (High Road) leading the bunch home another three seconds in arrears.

2008 Reading Classic:Huge men's peloton heads for the start/finish line.

2008 Reading Classic:Huge men’s peloton heads for the start/finish line.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

“This is big for sure,” said Rock Racing team director Mariano Friedick, who watched Sevilla launch a last lap, solo attack out of a three-rider break to take his improbable — and immensely impressive — triumph. “I think this overshadows all that other stuff people talk about. We are trying to make our mark and today we were able to do that. No matter what other people may think, we are just a bike racing team trying to win bike races.”

The team’s biggest win to date came together late in the eighth lap of a 10-lap race, that started with seven trips around the mostly flat, main 6.77-mile Reading circuit, and then finished with three extended turns that included the short, but punchy climb up nearby Mt. Penn. It was late on that eighth lap that Sevilla, and Team Type I riders Moises Aldape and Valeriy Kobzarenko bridged across to Tecos-Trek’s Bernardo Solex, who had gone away alone minutes earlier.

2008 Reading Classic:Will Frischkorn and Jeremy Vennell head up the climb.

2008 Reading Classic:Will Frischkorn and Jeremy Vennell head up the climb.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

2008 Reading Classic: Bernardo Colex wins the 2nd KOM.

2008 Reading Classic: Bernardo Colex wins the 2nd KOM.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

The final foursome crossed the crowd-lined start/finish line together, then headed out for the final lap, desperately trying to hold off a hard-charging main field. Four soon become two, with Solex and Aldape fading. Finally Kobzarenko cracked under Sevilla’s blistering uphill pace.

“Aldape and Kobzarenko told me the same thing — Sevilla was just too strong,” explained Team Type I director Ed Beamon. “When they started up the climb the last time, he was really on top of his gear. That put everyone else on the rivet and they all got popped.”

Sevilla, meanwhile, looked fighting fit, rising out of his saddle on several occasions as he powered up and over the switch-backing climb. From there is was a mad dash to the finish, with the field closing in quickly behind him.

2008 Reading Classic: The chase is led by Tim Johnson and Jackson Stewart.

2008 Reading Classic: The chase is led by Tim Johnson and Jackson Stewart.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

“Initially my plan was just trying to get the other teams nervous and set it up for Freddy,” said Sevilla, alluding to his team’s designated sprinter, American Fred Rodriguez. “But the race was very fast all day, so I knew the other’s legs would not be so fresh.”

The triumph pushed the diminutive climbing specialist into a tie atop the overall Triple Crown standings with Ukrainian Yuri Metlushenko who won the series’ opening round Lehigh Valley Classic race Tuesday in Allentown.

Sevilla, Metlushenko and the rest of this near-200-rider field are all vying for a piece of the $93,500 prize purse that includes a $10,000 bonus for the series winner.

“I never looked back until only 500 meters were left,” said Sevilla, who was one of dozens of riders implicated in the ongoing Spanish Operacion Puerto doping affair, but has never been sanctioned. “It was a very hard day.”

Much of that pain resulted from a 17-rider break that nearly blew the race apart on the first of three trips up Mt. Penn. The move included a star-studded cast with the likes of Rory Sutherland (Health Net-Maxxis), Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United), Svein Tuft (Symmetrics), Sevilla and Eisel, who won the opening two rounds of the 2007 Triple Crown on his way to the overall title.

2008 Reading Classic: Toyota's Ivan Stevic on the descent into downtown Reading.

2008 Reading Classic: Toyota’s Ivan Stevic on the descent into downtown Reading.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

But with so many heavy hitters up front, and no one willing to completely cooperate, the big break was doomed.

“I think it was just a little too big,” explained Will Frischkorn (Slipstream-Chipotle), who also made the failed move. “Pretty much every team had at least one if not two of their top guys there, so no one was really committed to driving it. You looked around and said, ‘Yeah this is quality.’ But no one was truly motivated to work. Everybody had good guys, so they were all looking at each other saying, ‘I’m not going to do it.’”

No sooner had the initially promising move been pulled back, Solex took off, at least guaranteeing himself some last-lap TV time. In fact the entire race was skillfully broadcast live by an unaffiliated Allentown-based WFMZ.

But Sevilla wasn’t about to let his Mexican rival steal the spotlight, attacking again moments after the big break was caught.

“He flicked me,” joked Eisel. “I was talking with Oscar at three to go and said we should try again at one to go, but he went with two left. I think all the other teams were just a little cooked and couldn’t mount the kind of chase you needed to bring four motivated guys back. Sevilla did it just perfect. He went when nobody expected it and got it done.”

2008 Reading Classic:Sevilla celebrates on the podium.

2008 Reading Classic:Sevilla celebrates on the podium.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

The Triple Crown’s 25-team field now gets two days off before reconvening for the Philadelphia International Championship at 9 a.m. Sunday. Celebrating its 24th running, this epic 156-mile affair begins and ends on Philadelphia’s famed Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

In between riders will face 10 laps of the 14.4-mile primary circuit that includes the infamous Manayunk Wall, with its always-raucous fans and precipitous grades that exceed 17 percent. Those 10 long laps are followed by three testing finishing circuits up and over Lemon Hill before the 2008 champion is crowned.

That will likely be a sprinter, but on Thursday it was all about a cherub-faced Spanish climber.

“I want to go back for sure,” answered Sevilla, when asked if he hopes to someday return to the sport’s highest level in Europe. “But right now I will enjoy the moment here. Maybe one day we will take Rock Racing to that level.”

Photo Gallery

Results

Reading Classic Results:
1. Oscar Sevilla, Rock Racing in 47:11.0
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Team High Road in 47:17.0
3. Bernhard Eisel, Team High Road in 47:20.0
4. Frank Pipp, Health NEt p/b Maxxis
5. Brad Huff, Jelly Belly
6. Eric Baumann, Team Sparkasse
7. Anibal Borrajo, Colavita-Sutter Home
8. Franois Parisien, Team RACE Pro
9. Antonio Cruz, BMC Racing
10. Alex Candelario, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
11. Fred Rodriguez, Rock Racing
12. Ciaran Power, Pezula Racing
13. Dominique Rollin, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
14. Martijn Maaskant, Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
15. Greg Henderson, Team High Road
16. Ricardo Escuela, Team Successfulliving
17. Alejandro Borrajo, Colavita-Sutter Home
18. Ben Brooks, Team Type 1
19. Fredy Parra, John Toshiba – Santo p/b Herbalife
20. Svein Tuft, Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
21. Matt Wilson, Team Type 1
22. Yosvany Falcon, Toshiba – Santo p/b Herbalife
23. Danilo Wyss, BMC Racing
24. Matti Breschel, Team CSC
25. Luis Macias, Tecos – Trek
26. Taylor Tolleson, BMC Racing
27. Kirk O’bee, Health NEt p/b Maxxis
28. Roger Hammond, Team High Road
29. Phil Zajicek, Health NEt p/b Maxxis
30. Edward King, Bissell Pro Cycling Team
31. Cameron Evans, Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
32. Tyler Wren, Colavita-Sutter Home
33. Rory Sutherland, Health NEt p/b Maxxis
34. William Frischkorn, Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
35. Amaran Romero, Luis Colavita-Sutter Home
36. Vicente Reynes Mimo, Team High Road
37. Andrew Bajadali, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
38. Davide Frattini, Colavita-Sutter Home
39. Predrag Prokic, Toshiba – Santo p/b Herbalife
40. Michael Stevenson, Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc
41. Christian Meier, Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
42. Jeffrey Louder, BMC Racing
43. Glen Chadwick, Team Type 1
44. Eric Wohlberg, Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
45. Enrico Franzoi, Liquigas
46. Jonny Clarke, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
47. Hugo Pena, Victor Rock Racing
48. Micheal Grabinger, Team Successfulliving
49. Jacob Erker, Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
50. Soren Nissen, Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc
51. Benjamin Jacques-maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling Team
52. Francisco Matamoros, Tecos – Trek
53. Caleb Manion, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team in 47:34.0
54. Kasper Klostergaard, Team CSC
55. Thaddeus Dulin, DLP Racing in 47:37.0
56. Claudio Corioni, Liquigas
57. Moises Aldape, Team Type 1
58. Carlos Oyarzun, Tecos – Trek
59. Valeriy Kobzarenko, Team Type 1
60. Lasse Bochman, Team CSC
61. Aaron Olson, Bissell Pro Cycling Team in 47:54.0
62. Dustin Macburnie, Team RACE Pro
63. Jared Barrilleaux, Jittery Joe\’s
64. Jacob Rytlewski, Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
65. Andr Steensen, Team CSC
66. Miguel Martinez, Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc
67. Gregorio Ladino, Tecos – Trek
68. Dan Bowman, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
69. Andreas Schillinger , Team Sparkasse
70. Robbie King, Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe in 48:10.0
71. Jackson Stewart, BMC Racing
72. Daniel Ramsey, TIME Pro Cycling in 48:23.0
73. Yuri Metlushenko, Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc
74. Andrew Randell, Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
75. Ryan Roth, Team RACE Pro
76. Graziano Gasparre, Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc
77. Maciej Bodnar, Liquigas
78. Tommy Nankervis, DLP Racing
79. Brian Jensen, Team Successfulliving
80. Cameron Jennings, Pezula Racing
81. Mark Hekman, Toshiba – Santo p/b Herbalife in 48:44.0
82. Martin Kohler, BMC Racing
83. Brad White, Team Successfulliving
84. Aaron Tuckerman, Jelly Belly
85. Omar Cervantes, Tecos – Trek
86. Doug Ollerenshaw, Rock Racing
87. Jonn Murphy, Health NEt p/b Maxxis
88. Jason Mccartney, Team CSC
89. Matthew Rice, Jelly Belly
90. Andrew Talansky, Toshiba – Santo p/b Herbalife in 49:02.0
91. Jeremiah Wiscovitch, Rock Racing
92. John Devine, Team High Road
93. Servais Knaven, Team High Road
94. Lars Wackernagel , Team Sparkasse
95. Mark Walters, Team RACE Pro
96. Michael Friedman, Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O in 49:14.0
97. Fabio Calabria, Team Type 1
98. Steven Cozza, Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
99. Bernardo Colex, Tecos – Trek
100. Jeremy Vennell, Bissell Pro Cycling Team in 49:20.0
101. Blake Caldwell, Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O in 49:27.0
102. Florencio Ramos Torres, Tecos – Trek in 49:47.0
103. Ivan Santaromita, Liquigas
104. Jonathan Mumford, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif in 50:23.0
105. Michael Lange, Jelly Belly in 50:31.0
106. Richard England, Bissell Pro Cycling Team in 50:53.0
107. Jeremy Powers, Jelly Belly in 51:30.0
108. Matthew Goss, Team CSC in 52:01.0
109. Darren Lapthorne, Team Sparkasse
110. Tyler Farrar, Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
111. Cody Stevenson, Jittery Joe\’s
112. Michael Creed, Rock Racing in 53:21.0
113. Andrew Pinfold, Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
114. Ben Kneller, Jittery Joe\’s in 53:50.0
115. Justin Spinelli, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif in 53:55.0
DNF. Alberto Curtolo, Liquigas
DNF. Darren Lill, BMC Racing
DNF. Michael Sayers, BMC Racing
DNF. Magnus Backstedt, Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
DNF. Jason Donald, Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O
DNF. Phil Cortes, Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc
DNF. Garrett Peltonen, Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNF. Scott Zwizanski, Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNF. Joao Correia, Bissell Pro Cycling Team
DNF. Lucas Haedo, Colavita-Sutter Home
DNF. Luca Damiani, Colavita-Sutter Home
DNF. Andrew Guptill, Colavita-Sutter Home
DNF. Spencer Beamer, DLP Racing
DNF. Joseph Coddington, DLP Racing
DNF. Charles Pendry, DLP Racing
DNF. Scott Jackson, DLP Racing
DNF. Boyd Johnson, DLP Racing
DNF. Owen Nielsen, DLP Racing
DNF. Tim Johnson, Health NEt p/b Maxxis
DNF. Karl Menzies, Health NEt p/b Maxxis
DNF. Matt Crane, Health NEt p/b Maxxis
DNF. Nicholas Sanderson, Jelly Belly
DNF. Bernard Van Ulden, Jelly Belly
DNF. Nicholas Reistad, Jelly Belly
DNF. Chad Hartley, Jittery Joe\’s
DNF. Neil Shirley, Jittery Joe\’s
DNF. Matt Shriver, Jittery Joe\’s
DNF. Evan Elken, Jittery Joe\’s
DNF. Ryan Sullivan, Jittery Joe\’s
DNF. Benjamin King, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
DNF. Keven Lacombe, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
DNF. Jonathan Sundt, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif
DNF. David O’loughlin, Pezula Racing
DNF. Morgan Fox, Pezula Racing
DNF. Martyn Irvine, Pezula Racing
DNF. William Connolly, Pezula Racing
DNF. Clayton Barrows, Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF. Jonathan Erdelyi, Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF. Richard Geng, Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF. Stephen Kincaid, Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF. Guido Palma, Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF. Bobby Lea, Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe
DNF. Rahsaan Bahati, Rock Racing
DNF. Tyler Hamilton, Rock Racing
DNF. Zachary Bell, Symmetrics Professional Cyclin
DNF. Dan Timmerman, Team RACE Pro
DNF. Buck Miller, Kevin Team RACE Pro
DNF. Mark Batty, Team RACE Pro
DNF. Eric Robertson, Team RACE Pro
DNF. Philipp Mamos, Team Sparkasse
DNF. Tilo Schler , Team Sparkasse
DNF. Sebastian Frey , Team Sparkasse
DNF. Charles Dionne, Team Successfulliving
DNF. Curtis Gunn, Team Successfulliving
DNF. Alessandro Bazzana, Team Successfulliving
DNF. Christian Valenzuela, Team Successfulliving
DNF. Christopher Jones, Team Type 1
DNF. Ian Macgregor, Team Type 1
DNF. Lui Guitierrez, Tecos – Trek
DNF. Nick Frey , TIME Pro Cycling
DNF. Erik Barlevav, TIME Pro Cycling
DNF. Adam Myerson, TIME Pro Cycling
DNF. Andrew Baker, TIME Pro Cycling
DNF. Thomas Soladay, TIME Pro Cycling
DNF. Michael Stoop, TIME Pro Cycling
DNF. David Guttenplan, TIME Pro Cycling
DNF. Frank Travieso, Toshiba – Santo p/b Herbalife
DNF. Daniel Vaillancourt, Toshiba – Santo p/b Herbalife
DNF. John Durango, Toshiba – Santo p/b Herbalife
DNF. Heath Blackgrove, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
DNF. Ivan Dominguez, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
DNF. Ivan Stevic, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
DNF. Hendricus Vogels, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
DNF. Christopher Wherry, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
.
.

Related Articles