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American success in Asia

By:
Brecht Decaluwé in Compiègne, France
Published:
April 12, 2009, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:07 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, April 12, 2009

The American Continental team Kelly Benefit Strategies continued its overseas success story this...

The American Continental team Kelly Benefit Strategies continued its overseas success story this week with an overall victory in the Tour of Thailand. Andrew Bajadali took the lead on stage five from his teammate Jacob Erker, and held onto the 28 second advantage over Phuchong Sai-Udomsin (Royal Thai Air Force) on the sixth and final stage, a 76km circuit race in Udon Thani.

Performance Director Jonas Carney employed the aggressive tactics that have been the team's staple throughout the grueling six day race. Carney sent the team out to the front early and controlled the action for much of the day.

In addition to Bajadali's first place finish, Erker finished fourth overall, Zach Bell sixth and Dan Bowman seventh, giving the KBS team an impressive four of the top ten places in the general classification. The KBS team also won the team classification and finished second on points.

"We are happy with out success here in Thailand," says Jonas Carney, Performance Director. "Winning the overall GC at a UCI stage race is a big accomplishment for our team, especially since we just started our season. I didn't expect that we'd be so strong so soon."

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