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Haedo, Teutenberg claim Charlotte crit

With one lap to go in the $125,000 Bank of America Invitational in Charlotte, North Carolina, Health Net-Maxxis looked well in control of the race. The crowd, packed six deep along the course, roared with enthusiasm as the green train barreled down the back straight. But lurking behind them, the Colavita-Sutter Home sprinters waited to pounce.

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By Ian Dille

Tearin' it up at twilight

Tearin’ it up at twilight

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

With one lap to go in the $125,000 Bank of America Invitational in Charlotte, North Carolina, Health Net-Maxxis looked well in control of the race. The crowd, packed six deep along the course, roared with enthusiasm as the green train barreled down the back straight. But lurking behind them, the Colavita-Sutter Home sprinters waited to pounce.

“Coming out of the last turn, I just hit it,” said Colavita leadout man Mark McCormack. His teammate, Juan Jose Haedo, did the rest. When he came across the line alone, his hands into the air and a big smile on his face, Haedo said he felt like “I had $25,000 in my pocket!” Greg Henderson and Gord Fraser, both of Health Net-Maxxis, came in just behind him.

McCormack led it out . . .

McCormack led it out . . .

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

“Colavita were a bit stronger than us today,” Henderson said. “But you can’t be too disappointed with second and third.”

With a series of $1000 and $500 primes up for grabs in the 50-mile race, the motivation to get off the front was high, but the 2km, dumbbell-shaped loop, with eight turns and a long, slightly uphill run to the finis., didn’t lend itself to breakaways.

The main antagonists of the day, Advantage Benefits-Endeavor and Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada teams, tried hard to animate the race but no escapee ever gained more than 15 seconds. After they either won the prime or ran out of juice, the field simply swallowed them up.

“It’s pretty hard to stay away when the speed is over 50 kilometers an hour,” said Henderson.

In the women’s race, Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile) beat Tina Mayolo-Pic (Quark) and Nicole Freedman (Ford-Basis) to the line. Mayolo-Pic’s team looked to be in control coming into the finish, but coming out of the last corner the three riders were neck and neck.

A crash neutralized the women's crit early on

A crash neutralized the women’s crit early on

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

“It was a drag race in the last 200 meters,” Teutenberg said afterward.

Pic added: “Yeah, Ina said she had trouble getting around me, but I think she was just being nice.”

A bad crash involving Gina Grain (Victory Brewing) and rider Rosy McCall (Fuji), neutralized the race after only 10 minutes. Grain, who was taken off the course in an ambulance, was conscious and listed in stable condition. After the delay, race officials decided to restart the field with 10 laps to go to the finish.

A break including Teutenberg, Laura Van Gilder (Quark), Amy Moore (Victory Brewing) and Shannon Hutchinson (Aaron’s-L5 Flyers), briefly slipped off the front with three laps to go. But the Ford-Basis squad quickly reeled them in, setting up Freedman for the bunch sprint.

When asked what she was going to do with the $12,500 she won for first place, Teutenberg said she would “split it with my teammates” and then “go on a holiday.”

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Results

Bank of America Invitational
Men

1. Juan Jose Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home), 1:51:16
2. Greg Henderson (Health Net-Maxxis), same time
3. Gord Fraser (Health Net-Maxxis), s.t.
4. Ivan Stevic (Aerospace Engineering VMG), s.t.
5. Hilton Clarke (Navigators Insurance), s.t.
6. Mark McCormack (Colavita Sutter Home), s.t.
7. Kyle Wamsley (Snow Valley-Seal On), s.t.
8. Vassili Davidenko (Navigators Insurance), s.t.
9. Emile Abraham (Monex), s.t.
10. David Richter (Subway), s.t.

Women
1. Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile), 1:02:00
2. Tina Mayolo-Pic (Quark), s.t.
3. Nicole Freedman (Ford-Basis), s.t.
4. Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing), s.t.
5. Jen McRae (Team Diabetic), s.t.
6. Amy Moore (Victory Brewing), s.t.
7. Magen Long (The Bicycle Store), s.t.
8. Sue Palmer-Komar (Colavita-Cooking Light), s.t.
9. Shannon Hutchinson (Aaron’s-L5 Flyers), s.t.
10. Katie Mactier (T-Mobile), s.t.