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Van Vooren wins Tour of Pennsylvania prologue

Steven Van Vooren (Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy) won the kickoff to the inaugural American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Vooren took stage 1a, a 3.51km prologue time trial in Philadelphia, in four minutes and 18 seconds. Keven LaCombe (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast) was second at three seconds back with Christoff Van Heerden (KON-Konica Minolta Continental) third at four seconds.

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Steven Van Vooren (Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy) won the kickoff to the inaugural American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Vooren took stage 1a, a 3.51km prologue time trial in Philadelphia, in four minutes and 18 seconds. Keven LaCombe (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast) was second at three seconds back with Christoff Van Heerden (KON-Konica Minolta Continental) third at four seconds.

The mostly flat course started outside Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park before taking the 120 riders along the Memorial Hall concourse and looping back around to Martin Luther King Drive for the finish.

“It was a tail wind going out in to the descent and then there were some fast turns,” said Van Vooren. “A headwind down along the river was where I felt like I was going strong, pushing a big gear. I conserved a little bit of energy for that last climb toward the finish and I hoped that that was enough for the win.”

Van Vooren will wear the yellow leader’s jersey in stage 1B’s 48km criterium on the path paved 250 years ago by Gen. John Forbes and the young George Washington’s Forbes Expedition.

The six-day, 450-mile Tour of Pennsylvania will parallel the Forbes Trail (Highway 30), the first road paved to the western border of Pennsylvania, before concluding Sunday in Pittsburgh. Its 20 teams are composed of six riders each, ages 18 to 24, from the United States, Argentina, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Ireland, Netherlands and South Africa.

The newly minted race leader called the Tour of Pennsylvania a good opportunity to test his legs against a group of riders of his age group and ability.

“It’s really important for sponsors and for myself personally,” said Van Vooren. “This is a big race, a UCI 2.2 ranking, and great for gaining UCI points. The field is strong and the stages are difficult so I think doing well here means a lot to bigger teams who are looking for younger riders.”

Results

Tour of Pennsylvania: Stage 1A

1. Steven Van Vooren, Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy, 3.51km in 4:18

2. Keven Lacombe, Kelly Benefit-Medifast, at 0:03
3. Christoff Van Heerden, Konica Minolta, at 0:04
4. David Veilleux, Kelly Benefit-Medifast, at 0:05
5. Dylan Newell, Praties Cycling Team, at 0:07
6. Ryan Baumann, Sakonnet Technology, at 0:08
7. Andrew Baker, TIME Pro Cycling, at 0:09
8. Michael Stoop, TIME Pro Cycling, at 0:09
9. Stefano Barberi, ZTeaM, at 0:10
10. Daniel Holloway, VMG-Felt, at 0:12
11. Pieter Seyffert, Konica Minolta, at 0:12
12. Nathaniel English, ZTeaM, at 0:13
13. Adrian Gerrits, VRC: NOW-MS Society, at 0:13
14. Caleb Fairly, VMG-Felt, at 0:13
15. Nick Frey, TIME Pro Cycling, at 0:13
16. Herman Fouche, Konica Minolta, at 0:14
17. Gustavo Borcard, Esco-Telefonicos Argentina, at 0:14
18. Sven Forberger, Team Stadler, at 0:14
19. Gaston Aguero, Esco-Telefonicos Argentina, at 0:14
20. Peter Stetina, VMG-Felt, at 0:14
21. Aaron Pool, Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy, at 0:14
22. Michael Chauner, PA Lightning, at 0:14
23. Mark Pozniak, Team RACE Pro, at 0:15
24. Kiel Reijnen, Waste Management-Racelab, at 0:15
25. Walker Savidge, VMG-Felt, at 0:15
26. Alex Boyd, Waste Management-Racelab, at 0:15
27. Josh Lipka, Fiordifrutta Cycling Team, at 0:16
28. Travis Allen, Konica Minolta, at 0:16
29. Tyler Dibble, CA Giant Berry-Specialized, at 0:16
30. James Driscoll, Fiordifrutta Cycling Team, at 0:17
31. Nick Keough, Sakonnet Technology, at 0:17
32. Peter Salon, VMG-Felt, at 0:17
33. Chance Noble, CA Giant Berry-Specialized, at 0:18
34. Stevie Cullinan, Waste Management-Racelab, at 0:18
35. Travis Burandt, Sakonnet Technology, at 0:18
36. Eric Schildge, Fiordifrutta Cycling Team, at 0:18
37. Demis Aleman, Esco-Telefonicos Argentina, at 0:18
38. David Guttenplan, TIME Pro Cycling, at 0:18
39. Bjorn Selander, Waste Management-Racelab, at 0:18
40. Daniel Furmston, Praties Cycling Team, at 0:19
41. Reid Pletcher, CA Giant Berry-Specialized, at 0:19
42. Alex Welch, VRC: NOW-MS Society, at 0:20
43. Peter Rennie, VRC: NOW-MS Society, at 0:20
44. Benjamin King, Kelly Benefit-Medifast, at 0:20
45. Ben Showman, PA Lightning, at 0:20
46. Ben Grieve-johnson, Praties Cycling Team, at 0:20
47. Chad Beyer, ZTeaM, at 0:20
48. Sheldon Deeny, Sakonnet Technology, at 0:20
49. Shawn Rosenthal, ZTeaM, at 0:20
50. Cheyne Hoag, Sakonnet Technology, at 0:20
51. Joshua Wilson, Praties Cycling Team, at 0:21
52. Jackie Simes, TIME Pro Cycling, at 0:21
53. Sander Aardenburg, Global Cycling, at 0:21
54. Adam Thuss, Team RACE Pro, at 0:21
55. Keir Plaice, Team RACE Pro, at 0:21
56. Mathias Kupke, Team Stadler, at 0:22
57. Geert Dijkshoorn, Global Cycling, at 0:22
58. Phil Gaimon, Fiordifrutta Cycling Team, at 0:22
59. Erik Barlevav, TIME Pro Cycling, at 0:22
60. Hayden Brooks, Fiordifrutta Cycling Team, at 0:22
61. Justin Laue, ZTeaM, at 0:22
62. Alex Howes, VMG-Felt, at 0:23
63. Jelmer Asjes, Global Cycling, at 0:23
64. Clay Murfet, Kelly Benefit-Medifast, at 0:23
65. David Nelson, Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy, at 0:23
66. Jacob Keough, Kelly Benefit-Medifast, at 0:24
67. Sean Mazich, Waste Management-Racelab, at 0:24
68. Mark Batty, Team RACE Pro, at 0:24
69. James Camut, Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy, at 0:24
70. Marcos Santucho, Esco-Telefonicos Argentina, at 0:24
71. Adam Farabaugh, Penn St Cancer-GPOA-Cannondale, at 0:25
72. Turner Johnson, Penn St Cancer-GPOA-Cannondale, at 0:25
73. Timothy Walker, Praties Cycling Team, at 0:25
74. Nick Martinez, VRC: NOW-MS Society, at 0:25
75. Dennis Luyt, Global Cycling, at 0:25
76. John Parish, Waste Management-Racelab, at 0:26
77. Christopher Kuhl, Penn St Cancer-GPOA-Cannondale, at 0:26
78. Vincent Roberge, Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy, at 0:26
79. Mohamed Aounseghir, Konica Minolta, at 0:26
80. Andrew Hunt, Team RACE Pro, at 0:26
81. Max Jenkins, CA Giant Berry-Specialized, at 0:26
82. Leandro Bottaso, Esco-Telefonicos Argentina, at 0:27
83. Joel Dion-poitras, Team RACE Pro, at 0:27
84. Mathijs Timmer, Global Cycling, at 0:27
85. Eric Riggs, ZTeaM, at 0:27
86. Jori Pol, Global Cycling, at 0:29
87. Adam Branfman, Sakonnet Technology, at 0:30
88. Brett Jacoby, Penn St Cancer-GPOA-Cannondale, at 0:31
89. Christopher Ruhl, PA Lightning, at 0:31
90. Chris Steffanoni, VRC: NOW-MS Society, at 0:31
91. Charles Marzot, Fiordifrutta Cycling Team, at 0:32
92. Eric Losak, VRC: NOW-MS Society, at 0:32
93. Elliot Gaunt, Penn St Cancer-GPOA-Cannondale, at 0:33
94. Taylor Brown, PA Lightning, at 0:33
95. Toni Franke, Team Stadler, at 0:34
96. Peter Horn, Johan Bruyneel Cycling Academy, at 0:34
97. Nicholas Agate, CA Giant Berry-Specialized, at 0:38
98. Mark Hinnen, Kelly Benefit-Medifast, at 0:38
99. Jeff Salvitti, PA Lightning, at 0:40
100. Justin Brown, Penn St Cancer-GPOA-Cannondale, at 0:40
101. Eric Chrabot, PA Lightning, at 0:42
102. Julian Martinez, CA Giant Berry-Specialized, at 0:43