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The Italian Amore & Vita Detweiler Hershey & Associates team put Philip Mamos into the leader’s jersey of the Univest Grand Prix on Friday with a victory in the stage-1 team time trial.
The TTT in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a first for the Univest GP, was two laps of a 3.8-mile course that featured several turns and a technical section near the end that included a short, steep climb.
The stage also featured less-than-stellar conditions, as a strong low pressure system brought rain and high winds. But Amore & Vita focused on the task at hand and took the victory in 16 minutes, 22 seconds, 12 seconds better than Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U23. Team Cyckelcity-Klehr Harrison took third spot at 13 seconds.
“Today was short but very hard,” said Mamos, who will wear the leader’s jersey into Saturday’s classic road race, the second stage of the UCI 2.2 Pro/Am event.
Caleb Fairly of Felt-Holwesko, who took the best U23 rider jersey, said the circuit was tough “but it was a very cool course.”
“I think we are looking good for tomorrow,” he added. “We have some very good climbers.”
The sprinters jersey went to Ukrainian national road champion Volodymyr Starchyk (Amore & Vita) while teammate Vladislav Borislov took the KOM jersey.
Saturday’s 100-mile road course features 60 miles of riding on the roller-coaster roads of Eastern Pennsylvania followed by 40 miles on a 3-mile circuit around Souderton. On Sunday the teams move to Doylestown for the Univest Grand Prix Criterium.