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Frischkorn aims to defend at Univest Grand Prix

Garmin-Chipotle’s Will Frischkorn returns to Souderton, Pennsylvania, this weekend to defend his title at the Univest Grand Prix, lining up against a top field of domestic and international teams in a race that has grown to be one of the country’s largest. The weekend features Saturday’s tough 100-mile road race, which courses through the rolling countryside of Bucks and Montgomery counties before the uphill finish in Souderton, and continues on Sunday with the fast, tactical Univest Criterium of Doylestown.

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Garmin-Chipotle’s Will Frischkorn returns to Souderton, Pennsylvania, this weekend to defend his title at the Univest Grand Prix, lining up against a top field of domestic and international teams in a race that has grown to be one of the country’s largest.

The weekend features Saturday’s tough 100-mile road race, which courses through the rolling countryside of Bucks and Montgomery counties before the uphill finish in Souderton, and continues on Sunday with the fast, tactical Univest Criterium of Doylestown.

Frischkorn took the 2007 title in impressive style and returns with a strong Garmin team that includes Tour of Georgia winner Tom Danielson. Fresh off an impressive Tour de France debut, Frischkorn and Garmin will face off against a solid field that includes the Polish-registered Amore e Vita-McDonalds team with Ukrainian Yury Metlushenko, who won an exciting photo-finish in the Lehigh Valley Classic and was second overall in the 2008 Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling; Canadian Martin Gilbert and his Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast team that won the inaugural Tour of Pennsylvania for 25-and-under pros, and the always-exciting Mexican Tecos team. Team Type 1 will come straight from the 2008 Tour of Ireland and will be led by Olympian Moises Aldape of Mexico.

Other teams on the start list for the Univest Grand Prix include Team Sparkasse from Germany, Team Cykelcity.se from Stockholm, Jittery Joe’s of Athens, Georgia, and the Jet Fuel Coffee team of Canada.

“This is a true North American pro classic that always attracts the best cycling talent on the continent, and they will compete against some of the best racers from around the world,” said race director John Eustice. “And it’s not just Garmin-Chipotle who will make the road race very tough. Look for Tecos, Team Type 1 and the Italians to be in there stirring up the action.”

Sunday’s race is likely to go to the true sprinters, and Metlushenko could be the one to watch in that event,”said Eustice. “These rosters are really impressive and we are going to have a couple of very exciting bicycle races,” he added.

Directed by retired pro Jonathan Vaughters, Garmin-Chipotle made its first appearances in both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France this year. Frischkorn turned in an outstanding performance in his first Tour, taking second place in the third stage, and working tirelessly for team leader Christian Vande Velde, who eventually finished fifth overall.