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Allar takes 10K sprint
By JoE Silva
Longtime criterium stalwart Frank Travieso (Championship Porsche) scored the biggest victory of his career Monday in Marietta, Georgia, by winning the 2009 edition of the US 100K Classic.
The Cuban-born rider leapt out of the slipstream of Team Type 1’s Aldo Ino Ilesic at the tail end of a blistering 90 kph downhill sprint just in time to come around the Slovenian and take his first NRC title. Jake Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies), who still holds the lead in the USA CRITS Series, was third.
“The first thing I have to say is thank you to Yosvany Falcon.” an elated Travieso told the crowd in attendance. “We’ve been looking for this big of a win the whole entire year. I’ve been doing this race for five years, so I feel really happy.”
Travieso was placed into an ideal striking position by Falcon, who had spent much of the latter part of the early morning event as part of a three-man breakaway along with Eric Murphy (Myogenesis) and Issac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis).
“I attacked with about four laps to go.” Falcon said. “(Frank) got in behind me and I brought him to the line as clean as I could. But a lot of people were pushing and he had to fight to get Aldo’s wheel.”
Due to the fact that the riders would be using significant portions of the metro Atlanta roadways, the race got under way while dawn was still breaking over the city. The peloton would do 10 laps of a hilly five-mile circuit before veering off for the final 1.5 miles of racing, which almost always results in a massive downhill sprint.
This year was no different, although at two points it did appear that two separate breakway trios might make their efforts stick.
The first to escape were Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis), Alan Tripp (Aerocat), and Geri Mewett (Hincapie Development). They took off about an hour into the race and stayed out for several laps, building a gap of a minute and 15 seconds. The hills began to take their toll, however, and just past midrace they were re-absorbed.
The counterattacks began almost immediately, and that was when Falcon, Murphy and Howe got away. Murphy, who in 2004 had been in one of the few successful breakaways at the US 100K classic (along with eventual winner George Hincapie), figured it was a good gamble.
“I saw Yosvany and Howe go and no one reacted.” Murphy said. “I knew if we could get a minute and a half or two minutes, no one would really get organized enough to catch us. Aerocat was at the front setting tempo, and once Yosvany went back, I thought Issac and I could hold them off.”
The Aerocat squad was furiously attempting to set up sprinter and previous 100K champion Emile Abraham, who, unlike many of the 132 starters, knew exactly how to negotiate the fast finish.
“I knew it was a dangerous breakaway.” Abraham said of his attempt to reprise his 2007 victory. “We really did a good chase, and the team worked excellent. Coming down into the sprint, I just got pushed out into the wind and didn’t get the draft that I normally would. Guys were switching left and right trying to position themselves, but that’s part of the game.”
Those nerves exhibited by the peloton resulted in at least one significant crash not too far before the final turn at Marietta’s famed “big chicken” billboard. But once the final turn was made it was a full-on effort to the line, with Ilesic jumping first and Travieso deftly grabbing his wheel.
“For me I was racing this for the first time and everyone said, ‘Wait for the chicken!’” Ilesic said about the setup for the final sprint. “When we went past the chicken, I knew it was still too far. I wanted to see what the other guys were doing, but suddenly I found myself in front and there was no more time to wait.
“Travieso got my wheel when I jumped and stayed behind me. But it was very fast. I had a 55 ring in the front and an 11 in the back and I could have used one more.”
For Travieso and Falcon the win was particularly sweet as both are freshly minted U.S. citizens, and were hoping to do well on their new home turf before the season expired and while contracts for 2010 were still being negotiated.
“It’s the best way to finish the (NRC) season, especially since Yosvany and I have been doing what we can to get to all of these big races.” Travieso said while celebrating his win. “We’re looking for a sponsor right now so it’s good to win in September. We’re talking with a couple of people in Miami (about supporting a program) but we have not finalized anything yet.”
By contrast the women’s event was a short 10km dash that saw a relentless pace throughout.
Team Tibco, perennial favorites in the women’s peloton, was only able to field two riders, yet still managed to give the other riders a hard time. Lauren Tamayo and Emma Rickards made the racing as hard as two against 37 could, but the presence of Robin Farina (ValueAct Capital) ensured that their work would not be completely cut and dried. The jousting resulted in an opportunity for a well-stocked BMW-Bianchi team to place sprinter Erica Allar in contention.
“I watched a couple of big moves that looked like potential breakaways.” Allar said later. “Robin was coming into the downhill finish with Emma and my teammate Tonya Lail reeled in all the stray riders, and then I got on Lauren when she jumped on the left-hand side down the hill.”
Allar learned from her mistake of 2008, when she jumped too early during her bid for the win and missed out on the podium entirely. This year, her timing was perfect.
“This time I was a little more patient and waited until the right time to start coming around Lauren and it worked out really well. It’s a really long finish and it kind of kicks up at the end so you have to be a little more patient than you would expect.”
Local rider Dana Martin finished third to round out the women’s podium.
- 1. Frank Travieso, Champion Porsche, 2:18:02
- 2. Aldo Ino Ilesic, Team Type 1, s.t.
- 3. Jake Keough, Kelly Benefit Strategies, s.t.
- 4. Yosvany Falcon, Champion Porsche, s.t.
- 5. Jonathan Clarke, Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team, s.t.
- 6. Tiago Depaula, Zmotion Racing, s.t.
- 7. Mark Hekman, Team Mountain Khakis, s.t.
- 8. Emile Abraham, Aerocat Cycling Team, s.t.
- 9. Karel Sumbal, Lindner Capital Advisor, s.t.
- 10. Eric Barlevav, Team Mountain Khakis, s.t.
- 11. Rob Giannini, Locos Grill And Pub, s.t.
- 12. Robert Binkley, Warp9bikes.com-Tristar, s.t.
- 13. Daniel Holt, Team Type 1, s.t.
- 14. Juan Pablo Dotti, Aerocat Cycling Team, s.t.
- 15. A.j. Meyer, Hincapie Development Team, s.t.
- 16. Garrett White, Ten Speed Drive-BH Bicycles, s.t.
- 17. Thomas Brown, Jittery Joe’s U25 Pb Kudzu.com, s.t.
- 18. Ty Magner, Hincapie Development Team, s.t.
- 19. Andy Lougher, Team Cycleworks p/b HDR, s.t.
- 20. Cesar Grajales, Rock Racing, s.t.
- 21. Sean Weddell, Globalbike p/b Catoma, s.t.
- 22. Brian Toone, Tria Market-Ivan Leonard Chev, s.t.
- 23. John Crow, Inland Construction, s.t.
- 24. Ben Faulk, Just Fresh-Clif Bar, s.t.
- 25. Hank Beaver, Pacesetter Steel Service, s.t.
- 26. Andrew Smith, s.t.
- 27. Gustavo Rullo, Team Coco’s, s.t.
- 28. Benjy Coil, Pacesetter Steel Service, s.t.
- 29. Bradley Spears, Krystal-Hincapie Elite Cycling, s.t.
- 30. Seth Hansley, Champion Porsche, s.t.
- 31. Benjamin Zawacki, Richmond Pro Cycling, s.t.
- 32. Chris Butler, Hincapie Development Team, s.t.
- 33. Joe Eldridge, Team Type 1, s.t.
- 34. Oscar Clark, Jittery Joe’s U25 p/b Kudzu.com, s.t.
- 35. Thomas Smith, Globalbike p/b Catoma, s.t.
- 36. David Forkner, Globalbike p/b Catoma, s.t.
- 37. Christian Parrett, Hincapie Development Team, s.t.
- 38. Matthew Howe, Inland Construction, s.t.
- 39. Andy Scarano, Myogenesis.com p/b United Health, s.t.
- 40. Andrew Crater, Team Wheel & Sprocket, s.t.
- 41. Carlos Calcirrada, Aerocat Cycling Team, s.t.
- 42. Chris (the Cat) Brown, Pacesetter Steel Service, s.t.
- 43. Benjamin Smith, Locos Grill And Pub, at 0:05
- 44. Emilio Asconeguy, Aerocat Cycling Team, s.t.
- 45. Scott Hilburn, Blue Factory Team, s.t.
- 46. Eduardo Avila, Avx, s.t.
- 47. Brad Harper, Hdr Pb Cycleworks, s.t.
- 48. Stuart Lamp, Tria Cycling-Donohoo Auto, s.t.
- 49. Michael Stone, Team United Healthcare, s.t.
- 50. Leonardo Martinez, Team Coco’s, s.t.
- 51. Andrew Erskine, Industry 9, s.t.
- 52. Winston David, Zmotion Racing, s.t.
- 53. Craig Mckinney, Globalbike p/b Catoma, s.t.
- 54. Eric Anderson, Reality Bikes, s.t.
- 55. Reid Peacock, Abercrombie & Fitch p/b Inferno, s.t.
- 56. Igor Rudalev, Myogenesis.com p/b United Health, s.t.
- 57. Stradford Helms, Hincapie Development Team, s.t.
- 58. Colin Rice, Volkswagon-Orlando Velo, s.t.
- 59. Michael Lanham, Auburn Flyers, s.t.
- 60. Geri Mewett, Hincapie-Gary Fisher, s.t.
- 61. Roy Simmons, Outspokin-strenflex, s.t.
- 62. Juan Carlos Arias, Aerocat Cycling Team, s.t.
- 63. Isaac Howe, Team Mountain Khakis, s.t.
- 64. Terry Duran, Blue Chip Racing, s.t.
- 65. Doug Pomeranz, Fulton Flyers FFCC, s.t.
- 66. Graham Foster, Barley’s Taproom Greenville, s.t.
- 67. Eric Murphy, Myogenesis.com p/b United Health, s.t.
- 68. Brendan Sullivan, Iron Data Racing, s.t.
- 69. Brady Rogers, Myogenesis.com p/b United Health, s.t.
- 70. Carl Soriano, Iron Data Racing, s.t.
- 71. Justin Eppenbrock, Chain Reaction, s.t.
- 72. Matt Mccarthy, Pacesetter Steel Service p/b Li, s.t.
- 73. Travis Hagner, Warp9bikes.com-Tristar, s.t.
- 74. Chris Chotas, Pacesetter Steel Service, s.t.
- 75. Will Mcginnis, Warp9bikes.com-Tristar, s.t.
- 76. Wes Parrish, Pacesetter Steel Servicei, s.t.
- 77. Jay Wansley, Outspokin-Strenflex, s.t.
- 78. Darren Comer, Pacesetter Steel Service, s.t.
- 79. Benjamin Bryant, Southern Crescent Cycling, s.t.
- 80. Troy Adams, Pacesetter Steel Service, s.t.
- 81. Joe Waters, Jittery Joe’s Coffee Development, s.t.
- 82. Artur Sagat, Reality Bikes, s.t.
- 83. Jered Gruber, Dlp Pro Cycling, s.t.
- 84. Brannon Amtower, Reality Bikes, s.t.
- 85. Mark Babcock, Jittery Joe’s Coffee Development, s.t.
- 86. Matthew Miller, University of Georgia, s.t.
- 87. Dustin Mealor, Iron Data Racing, at 0:21
- 88. Jeff Jones, Iron Data Racing, s.t.
- 89. Spencer Beamer, Team Mountain Khakis, at 0:27
- 90. Cleve Blackwell, United Healthcare, at 0:32
- 91. David Flynn, Hincapie-gary Fisher, at 0:35
- 92. Jason Sprouse, Industry 9, s.t.
- 93. Diego Garavito, Aerocat Cycling Team, at 0:43
- 94. Peter Stewart, Iron Data Racing, s.t.
- 95. Kurt Futral, Jittery Joe’s U25 p/b Kudzu.com, s.t.
- 96. Jake Andrews, Security Bank, s.t.
- 97. Eddie Hudspeth, Economy Honda, at 0:53
- 98. Edison Turner, Hincapie Development Team, s.t.
- 99. Andy Baker, Team Mountain Khakis, s.t.
- 100. Shawn Scott, Window Gang, at 1:18
- 101. Alan Tripp, Aerocat Cycling Team, at 1:54
- 102. Daniel Kirsten, Fly V Australia, s.t.
- 103. Richard Fuqua, Outspokin-Strenflex, at 2:11
- 104. Lee Showers, Avx, s.t.
- 105. Michael Burns, Reality Bikes, at 3:25
- 106. Jordy Wetzel, at 3:26
- 107. Joseph Bolton, Warp9bikes.com-Tristar, at 4:57
- 1. Erica Allar, Aarons Professional Women’s Cycling, 16:04
- 2. Lauren Tamayo, Team Tibco, s.t.
- 3. Dana Martin, s.t.
- 4. Robin Farina, ValueAct Capital Cycling Team, s.t.
- 5. Kirsten Davis, BMW-Bianchi, s.t.
- 6. Catherine Lodico, s.t.
- 7. Ann Turner, s.t.
- 8. Kitty Wickes, Team Cycleworks p/b Hdr, s.t.
- 9. Thea Kent, Colavita, s.t.
- 10. Zoe Frazier, Frazier Cycling, s.t.
- 11. Debbie Milne, Absolute Racing, s.t.
- 12. Jamie Dinkins, Motor Mile, s.t.
- 13. Mitzie Goldman, s.t.
- 14. Deb Whitmore, BMW-Bianchi, s.t.
- 15. Bing Bunch, Sorella Cycling, s.t.
- 16. Mary Pat Jones, Blue Competition Cycles, s.t.
- 17. Elizabeth Lee, Kudzu.com-FFCC, s.t.
- 18. Kimberly Flynn, Vantaggio-Specialized-SCV, s.t.
- 19. Kate Okenatez – Mahoney, NGCA-Team Cycleworks, s.t.
- 20. Nancy Jones, Team Medplan, s.t.
- 21. Rose Mauney, Fulton Flyers Women, s.t.
- 22. Tonya Lail, Bmw-Bianchi, s.t.
- 23. Emma Rickards, Team Tibco, at 0:04
- 24. Laura Bowles, Victory Cycling, at 0:08
- 25. Lisa Safstrom, Quantum Mechanics-APB, at 0:44
- 26. Katie Curtis, Medplan, at 0:47
- 27. Sarah Crawford, Sorella Cycling, at 1:24
- 28. Addy Albershardt, International Christian Cycling, at 1:26
- 29. Colleen Paine, Northstar-Boston Scientific, s.t.
- 30. Rebecca Hutchinson, Dream.believe.tri, at 1:32
- 31. Cassi Carmichael, Fulton Flyers Women, at 2:34
- 32. Ashley Norris, at 2:39
- 33. Melissa Goodman, Frazier Cycling, s.t.
- 34. Brittney Hartley, Frazier Cycling, s.t.
- 35. Nina Gummadi, Frazier Cycling, s.t.
- 36. Christi-An Hansley, Team Medplan, at 3:12
- 37. Jackie Blackwell, Team Medplan, at 4:17