With the exception of the rain that plagued last year’s race, Saturday's 27th running of the Athens Twilight Criterium proved to be

By Joe Silva

With the exception of the rain that plagued last year’s race, Saturday’s 27th running of the Athens Twilight Criterium proved to be nearly a re-run of2005 edition.Under cool gray skies, the field of 20 teams kept up the traditionally fast pace associated with the .55 mile course throughout the evening.The initially prime-hungry pack saw a multiple rider pile-up by the third lap, and control of the race shifted hands often during the initialthird of the 80-lap event. But as things wound down towards the finish,both the Colavita-Sutter Home and Toyota-United Pro Cycling teams beganto aggressively fight for position.

It was only during the last half of the final lap that last year’s winner,Vassili Davidenko and his teammate Siro Campanagaro pulled the surpriseuphill move that brought the 36-year-old Russian his second consecutivewin.“Our strategy was basically to attack at the hill,” said Davidenko.“So Siro attacked and I was on his wheel and just before the last turnI was already on the front just going as hard as I can.”In the women’s race, Team Conex Train’s Jen McRae followed up her recentwin at the Belterra Circuit Race near Austin with an impressive sprintfinish to also make this her second Twilight victory.Athens Twilight Criterium
April 29, 2006
Men
1 Vassili Davidenko (Navigators)
2 J.J Haedo (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)
3 Gord Fraser (Health Net)
4 Brice Jones (Jelly Belly)
5 Viktor Rapinski (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines)
6 Trent Wilson (Jittery Joe’s)Womens
1 Jenn McCrae (Conex Train)
2 Tina Pic (Colavita Cooking Lite)
3 Shannon Hutchison (Aaron’s Furniture)
4 Kelly Benjamin (Diet Cheerwine)
5 Gina Grain (Colavita Cooking Lite)
 

Results

Athens Twilight Criterium
April 29, 2006
Men
1 Vassili Davidenko (Navigators)
2 J.J Haedo (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)
3 Gord Fraser (Health Net)
4 Brice Jones (Jelly Belly)
5 Viktor Rapinski (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home Wines)
6 Trent Wilson (Jittery Joe’s)Womens
1 Jenn McCrae (Conex Train)
2 Tina Pic (Colavita Cooking Lite)
3 Shannon Hutchison (Aaron’s Furniture)
4 Kelly Benjamin (Diet Cheerwine)
5 Gina Grain (Colavita Cooking Lite)