Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team director Jonas Carney is delighted with his rider's efforts at last week's Nature Valley Grand Prix. The team left the event with a stage victory on the final day and the American tour's young rider jersey,
Second year pro David Veilleux took victory on the event's final stage, and rode several blocks past the finish line celebrating after the success. The 20 year-old Canadian also claimed the best young rider's jersey for the NVGP.
"This is a big - and well deserved win - for David," said Carney. "We've been working on a win all week with Alex Candelario's second place in Cannon Falls, and all of our guys have been aggressive in every stage. We knew when we added David to the roster at the end of last year that he was going to do great things and it's very rewarding to see that happening."
Veilluex came from behind on the final stage with a surprise sprint to pass Rory Sutherland (Healthnet-Maxxis), the overall winner, and Ricardo Escuela (Successful Living). Veilleux won the Best Young Rider jersey after a stellar result in Friday's stage three time trial and has been on a roll ever since his win at the Kelly Cup in Baltimore three weeks ago.
"I am thrilled with our performance at the NVGP," added Carney. "All of our riders rode their guts out for the team this week. They knew it was important to perform in front of all our hometown sponsors and they came through. Winning a stage, the U23 competition, and finishing second on team GC shows that we are one of the strongest teams in the US. We've had an incredible run over the last seven weeks, and I expect it to continue at the Tour de Nez and the Tour of Pennsylvania."