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Huff wins in Windy City

With Sunday's Chicago Criterium dishing out $2,800 in primes, Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) said it felt like a field sprint on every lap, but the Midwestern sprinter saved himself for when it counted, successfully launching a flier from more than a kilometer out to take victory and a $5,000 pay day. "Guys are jockeying for position, guys are being aggressive. I was like, 'Good lord, can everyone just calm down? We still have 30 laps!'"

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2009 Chicago Criterium: Numainville needed no help winning the sprint.

2009 Chicago Criterium: Numainville needed no help winning the sprint.

Photo: Courtesy Team Kenda

With Sunday’s Chicago Criterium dishing out $2,800 in primes, Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) said it felt like a field sprint on every lap, but the Midwestern sprinter saved himself for when it counted, successfully launching a flier from more than a kilometer out to take victory and a $5,000 pay day.

“Guys are jockeying for position, guys are being aggressive. I was like, ‘Good lord, can everyone just calm down? We still have 30 laps!'”

Huff said he had hoped to help lead out former TIAA-CREF teammate Mike Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream) on the final lap of the 80-kilometer race, but his friend held back when the Jelly Belly star punched it out of the second of four turns.

“I hit it with everything I had, and Friedman, he said ‘Not now,’ and I just kept going. I just buried myself over each rise. Lucky enough that was enough to hold off (Karl) Menzies (OUCH-Maxxis) and Hilton Clarke (Fuji-Servetto).”

Friedman was first to jump out of the final corner, 200 meters from the finish line, but Clarke and Menzies won the drag race for the lower steps of the podium, finishing second and third, respectively.

Huff said he has tried similar moves in the past, but usually he gets swallowed up. “It’s not very often that a sprinter gets to post for a race. It was awesome.”

Fan favorite Chris Horner (Astana), excluded from the day’s celebration in Paris, skipped the Cascade Cycling Classic to support sponsor SRAM in its hometown. Horner finished midpack, narrowly avoiding a last-lap pileup that took out 2008 winner Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse). “I didn’t crash. It’s all good.”

Riding alone and seemingly with a turqoise-and-yellow target on his back, Horner said he had been counting on heat or wind to take a toll on the 185-strong field. He got neither.

“You couldn’t ask for a better day to go out and ride your bike, but it’s a bad day to race your bike if you’re a climber. Give me some heat, some wind — give me something!

Horner said he hadn’t watched the final two stages of the Tour de France because his hotel didn’t get Versus.

With 10 laps of the 1.1-mile course to go, the race’s only serious move came together when five riders, including Friedman, built more than a 20-second lead. Sensing the threat, Kelly Benefit Strategies quickly sent seven riders to the front, and the break was caught within two laps.

From there on, the famous Kelly train took control, maintaining a high tempo but apparently running out of gas by the final lap, letting OUCH take over.

Clarke, who after some American racing returns to Europe on Monday, said he was surprised that Kelly, by far the strongest squad in attendance, didn’t assert itself more. Like fellow Euro riders Horner and Friedman, Clarke was riding solo.

“I just had to hope it was a field sprint, and Kelly, with the numbers, really I thought they should have been on the attack, but they wanted a field sprint, and I was happy with that, because I can’t do too much chasing out there on my own.”

Numainville practices cork removal

Until Sunday, Canadian Joelle Numainville (Team Kenda) had never opened a bottle of Champagne. After winning Sunday’s women’s race at the Chicago Criterium, the 21-year-old may want to practice.

Unable to uncork her podium bottle, Numainville needed the veteran expertise of second place Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) to help pop the top and demonstrate how to properly spray the audience.

The youngster showed greater deftness on the road, exiting the final corner in sixth wheel but waiting until the last moment to jump around the other sprinters for the win.

“I knew it was really important to be in the top three in the last corner, and I wasn’t,” Numainville said. “I waited until 50 meters to go to jump, because the wind was a front wind.”

Fewer than 40 riders started the race, and with five riders Team Kenda was the only squad that could take full advantage of team tactics. “It makes it really easier to win,” Numainville said. “The team did an awesome job. They covered attacks and were really aggressive.

Van Gilder led out of the last corner and came just short of victory.

“Last lap, Karla Kingsley (Sugar CRM) was keeping it pretty fast,” Van Gilder said. “Coming out of the final corner, I probably didn’t read it as well as I should have, in hindsight, and Joelle is obviously fast. I was just hoping to hold her off to the line, but today wasn’t the day to do it.”

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Results

Men’s results | Women’s results

  • 1. Huff Brad Team Redlands in 1:42:39
  • 2. Clarke Hilton Fuji-Servetto at 0:00:00
  • 3. Menzies Karl Ouch at 0:00:00
  • 4. Friedman Michael Mike Friedman at 0:00:00
  • 5. Burdzilauskas Chad Kenda Pro Cycling at 0:00:00
  • 6. Keough Jake Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:00:00
  • 7. Candelario Alex Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:00:00
  • 8. Abraham Emile Latino Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 9. Bourlebar Eric Mtn Khalkis at 0:00:00
  • 10. Veilleux David Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:00:00
  • 11. Wren Tyler Colavita/sutter Home at 0:00:00
  • 12. falcon yosvany Champion Porsche at 0:00:00
  • 13. Hekman Mark Mark Hekman at 0:00:00
  • 14. Tilford Steve Tradewind Energy/the Trek Stor at 0:00:00
  • 15. Howard Graham Bissell Pro Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 16. Frey Nick Ciclismo Racing at 0:00:00
  • 17. Deeny Sheldon Bissell Pro Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 18. Myerson Adam Team Mountain Khakis at 0:00:00
  • 19. Godfrey Hayden None at 0:00:00
  • 20. Horner Chris Astarr at 0:00:00
  • 21. Sullivan Sean Sean Sullivan at 0:00:00
  • 22. Blackgrove Heath Team Hotel San Jose at 0:00:00
  • 23. Hartley Chad Team Gear Grinder at 0:00:00
  • 24. Crater Andy Wheel & Sprocket at 0:00:00
  • 25. Hernandez Sergio Rock Racing at 0:00:00
  • 26. Martin Paul Panther/rgf at 0:00:00
  • 27. Bennette Nick Project Cycling/metlife Cycling at 0:00:00
  • 28. england josh None at 0:00:00
  • 29. Henry Timothy Dlp Racing at 0:00:00
  • 30. Lowetz Jason Team Bearclaw at 0:00:00
  • 31. Zmolik Dan Empire Cycling Team P/b North at 0:00:00
  • 32. Cagle Chad Mercy Cycling at 0:00:00
  • 33. Renkema Ben Kenda Pro Cycling at 0:00:00
  • 34. Attkisson Kevin Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 35. Kincaid Stephan Empire Cycling Team P/b North at 0:00:00
  • 36. Ayala Victor Kahala-Lagrange at 0:00:00
  • 37. Gutterpla David Mtn Khalkis at 0:00:00
  • 38. Cornelius Brian Landis/trek at 0:00:00
  • 39. Winn Chris Rmcef/westside at 0:00:00
  • 40. Hall Chris Tradewind Energy/the Trek Stor at 0:00:00
  • 41. Farabaugh Adam Empire Cycling Team P/b North at 0:00:00
  • 42. Sachs David Vision Quest Coaching at 0:00:00
  • 43. Lionberg Dan Team Rio Grande at 0:00:00
  • 44. Metz Sean Acache at 0:00:00
  • 45. Ajer Dan at 0:00:00
  • 46. Alvarado Jorge Kahala-Lagrange at 0:00:00
  • 47. Boba Tomasz Wdt/ Allvoi at 0:00:00
  • 48. Atkin Jonathan Team Latino at 0:00:00
  • 49. Reichardt Randy Natural Grdlers/xp Co at 0:00:00
  • 50. Luzaddor Weston Nuvo at 0:00:00
  • 51. Berger Kevin Wheel & Sprocket at 0:00:00
  • 52. Coil Nick Tradewind Energy/the Trek Stor at 0:00:00
  • 53. Kukolla Joe Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 54. Fasse Patrick Bicycle Heaven Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 55. Fleming Ryan Project Cycling/metlife Cycling at 0:00:00
  • 56. Flora Jim Jim Flora at 0:00:00
  • 57. Nowak Will Alderfer Bergen at 0:00:00
  • 58. Lawrence Daniel Dogfish Racing at 0:00:00
  • 59. Hamilton Erik Nuvo-Cultural Trail at 0:00:00
  • 60. Rowley John Indiana Regional Medical Center at 0:00:00
  • 61. Roberge Vince Panther/ Rgf P/b Felt Bicycles at 0:00:00
  • 62. Parra Delfine Pyoc/ Higher Gear at 0:00:00
  • 63. Kam Danny Team Bearclaw at 0:00:00
  • 64. McNally Patrick Team Ms Racing at 0:00:00
  • 65. Frayre Leo Leo Frayre at 0:00:00
  • 66. Lea Bobby Ouch at 0:00:00
  • 67. Harrison Paul Nature Valley/penn Cycle at 0:00:00
  • 68. Strittmatter Peter Peter Strittmatter at 0:00:00
  • 69. Dapkus John Bicycle Heaven Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 70. Delo Ken Bicycle Heaven at 0:00:00
  • 71. Rytlewski Jacob (Jake) Kenda Pro Cycling at 0:00:00
  • 72. Antonuk Alan Essex Brass at 0:00:00
  • 73. Doughty Thomas Amgen/giant Masters at 0:00:00
  • 74. Wherry Chris Chris Wherry at 0:00:00
  • 75. Rowley Frank South Chicago Wheelmen at 0:00:00
  • 76. Campbell Dan Panther / Rgf Pb Felt at 0:00:00
  • 77. Carter Josh Abd Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 78. Workman Daniel Ciclismo Racing at 0:00:00
  • 79. Garavito Diego Latino Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 80. Hubbell Aaron Nuvo Cultural Trail at 0:00:00
  • 81. Meyers John Abd Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 82. Mead Bryce Team Redlands at 0:00:00
  • 83. White Garrett Ten Speed Drive at 0:00:00
  • 84. Laan Derek Panther/rgf Pb Felt Bicycles at 0:00:00
  • 85. Ramsey Daniel Team Mountain Khakis Pb-Epn at 0:00:00
  • 86. Shirley Neil Kelly Benefit Strategies at 0:00:00
  • 87. Fawley Bryan Park Place Dealership at 0:00:00
  • 88. van der Genugten Benn Kenda Pro Cycling at 0:00:00
  • 89. Moyer David Xxx Racing – Atheletico at 0:00:00
  • 90. Strange Ronnie Team Hotel San Jose at 0:00:00
  • 91. Macedon Michael Vision Quest Coaching at 0:00:00
  • 92. Kerr Andrew Redline Racing at 0:00:00
  • 93. Lister Andrew Dogfish Racing at 0:00:00
  • 94. Saunders Casey Dogfish Racing at 0:00:00
  • 95. Wiecek Eric Get A Grip at 0:00:00
  • 96. Heagnui Michael Vision Quest Coaching at 0:00:00
  • 97. Christian Gregory Panther/rgf Pb Felt at 0:00:00
  • 98. Calcirrada Carlos Latino Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 99. Warren Randy Xxx Racing-Athletico at 0:00:00
  • 100. Murphy John Ouch at 0:00:00
  • 101. Zenthoefer Chris Tulsa Tough Racing at 0:00:00
  • 102. Richter Christopher Heroes Foundation at 0:00:00
  • 103. Clark Andrew Panther/ Rgf at 0:00:00
  • 104. Telleton Mike Team Bearclaw at 0:00:00
  • 105. Moskal Andy Panther/rgf Solutions Pb Felt B at 0:00:00
  • 106. Welch Matt Burnham Racing at 0:00:00
  • 107. Daley Andrew Burnham Racing at 0:00:00
  • 108. Graham Derek Derek Graham at 0:00:00
  • 109. Grimm Jeremy Panther/rgf Solutions Pb Felt B at 0:00:00
  • 110. Stewart Brett Alderfer Bergen at 0:00:00
  • 111. Lemieux Pat Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 112. Dotti Juan Pablo Latino Cycling Team at 0:00:00
  • 113. Smith Howard No at 0:00:00
  • 114. Allen Jason None at 0:00:00
  • 115. Aledia Marco Kenda Pro Cycling at 0:00:00
  • 116. Asconeguy Emilio Latino Cycling Team at 0:00:00

Women’s results | Men’s results

  • 1. Joelle Numainville Team Kenda in 0:50:10
  • 2. Laura Van Gilder Mellow Mushroom at 0:00:00
  • 3. Sarah Caravella Alan at 0:00:00
  • 4. Mary-Ellen Ash Sugarcrm at 0:00:00
  • 5. Carrie Cash Team Revolution at 0:00:00
  • 6. Kristen Meshberg Team Bh Usa at 0:00:00
  • 7. Sheba Farrin Hub Racing at 0:00:00
  • 8. Debbie Dust Pact/dishnetwork at 0:00:00
  • 9. Amy Maguire Hub Racing at 0:00:00
  • 10. Karla Kingsley Sugar Crm at 0:00:00
  • 11. Stephanie Breslin Team Abundance at 0:00:00
  • 12. Megan Elliot at 0:00:00
  • 13. Catherine Walberg Team Kenda at 0:00:00
  • 14. Gina Voci Juice Plus at 0:00:00
  • 15. Kate Ross Lipsmacker at 0:00:00
  • 16. Bmw- Bianchi at 0:00:00
  • 17. Rachel Byus Hotel San Jose at 0:00:00
  • 18. Annie Meyer Bhusa at 0:00:00
  • 19. Heidi Sarna Xxx Racing- Athletico at 0:00:00
  • 20. Christi-an Hansley Team Medplan at 0:00:00
  • 21. Laura Melendez West Priority Health at 0:00:00
  • 22. Kristin Roettger Team Revolution at 0:00:00
  • 23. Gwen Erffmeyer Inglis Dft P/b Treads at 0:00:00
  • 24. Jessica Hill Ms Racing at 0:00:00
  • 25. Sarah Maguire West Priority Health at 0:00:00
  • 26. Erin Hetzel Alderter Berger at 0:00:00
  • 27. Ashley Sams Team Kenda at 0:00:00
  • 28. Kristin Wentworth Team Kenda at 0:00:00
  • 29. Francine Haas Alberto’s at 0:00:00
  • 30. Julie Kuliecza Alan at 0:00:00
  • 31. Bianca Bergman Spbrc at 0:00:00
  • 32. Christy Keely Team Kenda at 0:00:00
  • 33. Madeliene Peissant Bhusa at 0:00:00
  • 34. Kate Mahoney Cycle Hdr at 0:00:00
  • 35. Jennifer Greenberg Unattached at 0:00:00