Carney takes rough and tumble criterium in Minnesota

Prime Alliance’s Jonas Carney won the Nature Valley criterium in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday after a controversial finish to the 90-minute event. Carney topped Navigators’ Franky Van Haesebroucke and U.S. Postal Service’s Robbie Ventura in the downtown event, the second race in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, part of the Touchstone Energy Classic which included the U.S. elite track nationals in Blaine, Minnesota. Sunday’s event came down to a field-sprint finish, with the Navigators train leading the way on the final lap. Heading into the final turn, Carney dove to the inside, touching off

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Prime Alliance’s Jonas Carney won the Nature Valley criterium in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday after a controversial finish to the 90-minute event. Carney topped Navigators’ Franky Van Haesebroucke and U.S. Postal Service’s Robbie Ventura in the downtown event, the second race in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, part of the Touchstone Energy Classic which included the U.S. elite track nationals in Blaine, Minnesota.

Sunday’s event came down to a field-sprint finish, with the Navigators train leading the way on the final lap. Heading into the final turn, Carney dove to the inside, touching off some contact with Navigators’ Todd Littlehales, the last leadout man for Van Haesebroucke. Some pushing and shoving ensued, but Carney emerged first, followed by Van Haesebroucke, Ventura and Littlehales. Navigators would lodge a protest, but Carney’s victory stood.

In the women’s race, Kim Davidge (Saturn) beat out road race winner Stephanie Hannos (VeriZon), with Shannon Hutchinson (Litespeed-Atlanta Velo) finishing third.

Results

Nature Valley Grand Prix road race

Pro,1,2 men 104 miles
1. Frank McCormack, Saturn, 4:05:15
2. Kirk O’Bee, Navigators, s.t.
3. Glen Mitchell, Navigators, at 3:07
4. Oscar Pineda, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist, at 3:32
5. Ivan Domiguez, Saturn, at 3:39

Pro,1-3 women 68 miles
1. Stephanie Hannos, Verizon, 3:15:03
2. Ashley Kimmet, Saturn, s.t.
3. Laura VanGilder, Verizon, at 0:34
4. Suzanne Sonye, Saturn
5. Andrea Hannos, Verizon

Nature Valley Grand Prix criterium, St. Paul

Pro,1,2 men 90 minutes
1. Jonas Carney, Prime Alliance, 1:28:59
2. Franky Van Haesbrouke, Navigators
3. Robbie Ventura, USPS
4. Todd Littlehales, Navigators
5. David McCook, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist, all s.t.

Pro,1-3 women 50 minutes
1. Kim Davidson, Saturn, 1:07:08
2. Stephanie Hannos, Verizon, at 0:04
3. Shannon Hutchinson, Litespeed-Atlanta Velo
4. Suzanne Sonye, Saturn
5. Laura Van Gilder, Verizon, all s.t.