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Haedo, Pic tops in Somerville

Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) won the 66th annual Tour of Somerville in style on Monday. The 26 year-old Argentian rider beat Jake Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Aldo Ino Ilesic (Team Type 1) to the line in a full-on field sprint to take the storied New Jersey criterium, the country's oldest bike race still in existence. With the win Haedo defended his victory from 2008 and joined a short list of riders to take the event in consecutive years.

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By Alexander Bremer

2009 Somerville: Haedo repeats.

2009 Somerville: Haedo repeats.

Photo: Alexander Bremer

Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) won the 66th annual Tour of Somerville in style on Monday. The 26 year-old Argentian rider beat Jake Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Aldo Ino Ilesic (Team Type 1) to the line in a full-on field sprint to take the storied New Jersey criterium, the country’s oldest bike race still in existence.

With the win Haedo defended his victory from 2008 and joined a short list of riders to take the event in consecutive years.

“This race was very important to me, especially since this was the second win in a row,” said Haedo through an interpreter. To the delight of the crowd he later added, in English, “The whole team was there, they were great.”

2009 Somerville: The women's podium.

2009 Somerville: The women’s podium.

Photo: Alexander Bremer

The Tour of Somerville is notorious for its high speeds, aggressive racing, and fast bunch finishes. Monday’s edition did not disappoint, as the riders flew around the 1.25 mile, 4-corner circuit. From the gun it was clear that the stronger teams were eager to make the race hard. Deep pro teams like Colavita, Team Type 1 and Team Mountain Khakis mixed it up with strong amateurs squads like CRCA-Empire p/b Northwave, IF-Lionette’s Market, and CCB Racing, constantly forming and reforming groups off the front. But as is usually the case on the fast, open streets of downtown Somerville, none of the breaks lasted very long before the hungry peloton reeled them back in.

Early primes dictated much of the action in the first half of the race, as many riders seemed keen on taking home some extra prize money. With about 25 laps to go the first serious move of the day formed off the front following a prime. Colavita, Team Type 1 and CRCA-Empire were represented, but the field behind was alert to the danger and shut the move down. Attacks were relentless in the laps that followed as the teams worked to create more favorable combinations up the road.

The race really heated up in the last 30 minutes as Colavita and Team Type 1 continued to pour on the gas, sending fresh legs up the road to test the peloton.

The final five laps were the fastest of the day.

“With five laps to go I had to take some wind to stay in position,” explained Keough after the race, “(My teammates) did a great job keeping me out of the wind towards the end.”

With five laps to go to it seemed that a breakaway might succeed. Team Type 1, Colavita and Jelly Belly Pro Cycling formed a three-man break, with five riders from various teams chasing behind. The peloton came past the finish line spread completely across the road with no teams taking up the chase right away. But the next time through the pack was strung out and right on the heels of the break.

On the last lap Team Type 1 took control of the field and lined things out. But coming down the home straight there was no doubt about who had taken the win. Haedo uncorked a powerful sprint, leaping to an early gap, and held off all challengers all the way to the line, with plenty of time to put his hands up and show off his sponsors.

Women’s pro race, 20 miles

Tina Mayolo-Pic (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) won the Tour of Somerville for the fourth time in her career on Monday. She had tough competition, narrowly beating Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci-Breakaway Racing) and Laura Van Gilder (High Gear Cyclery), both past winners, in a bunch sprint.

Like Haedo, Pic also defended her victory at Somerville from 2008 and joined an exclusive list ? she joined Karen Strong (’77, ’79, ’80, ’81) as only the second woman to have won the event four times. Pic also won the race in 2000 and 2006.

The women’s race was an all-out battle between a few strong teams: Colavita, Team Type 1, Verducci, and Cycling Australia. The race was especially hard fought between Colavita, a team based out of New Jersey, and Team Type 1 ? whose sponsor, Sanofi Aventus, was the title sponsor of the race and is locally based as well.

The women’s race was completed in under an hour and the women dictating the pace of the race never slowed at all. Colavita was especially assertive and showed they had control of the race dynamic. Riders went up the road early and often, and Colavita marked every move that tried to get up the road. As in the men’s race, despite the best efforts of the other teams there never seemed to be any real threat to the eventual field sprint, which seemed to be exactly what Colavita wanted.

And when it came to sprint, Colavita was there to support their ace. Coming up the finishing straight the riders faced a long false flat to the line. Colavita led the charge down the backstretch and delivered Pic to the home straight. Pic jumped early had held her sprint all the way to the line, taking the win by a bike length.

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Results

2009 Kugler-Anderson Memorial Tour of Somerville (Pro, 1)

1 – HAEDO, Lucas Sebastian, Colavita Sutter Home
2 – KEOUGH, Jake, Kelly Benefit Strategies
3 – ILESIC, Aldo Ino, Team Type 1
4 – BORRAJO, Alejandro, Colavita Sutter Home P/b Cooki
5 – VIVES, Maxime, Planet Energy
6 – HANSON, Kenneth, Team Type 1
7 – WAMSLEY, Kyle, Colavita Sutter Home P/b Cooki
8 – HOULE, Hugo, Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy
9 – PEREZ, Amaury, G.s. Mengoni
10 – JASKIEWICZ, Colin, Ccb Racing

2009 Mildred Kugler Women’s Open (Pro, 1, 2)

1 – PIC, Tina, Colavita Sutter Home P/b Cooki
2 – CLIFF-RYAN, Theresa, Verducci/breakaway Racing
3 – VAN GILDER, Laura, High Gear Watchung
4 – SANBORN, Melissa, Vanderkitten Racing
5 – MCCAUGHEY, Laura, Salamander Racing
6 – ALLAR, Erica, Na
7 – PETERSEN, Emma, Team Ultralink
8 – SEEHAFER, Kori, Team Type 1
9 – O’CONNOR, Brooke, Nebc/cycle Loft/devonshire Den
10 – POWERS, Alison, Team Type 1