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June 08, Clarendon Cup: Arlington

Ilesic and Miller win Clarendon Cup

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Cycling News
Published:
June 09, 2013, 16:16 BST,
Updated:
June 10, 2013, 15:35 BST

Air Force Association Cycling Classic kicks off

Aldo Ilesic (UnitedHealthcare) rides in the break before his win.

Aldo Ilesic (UnitedHealthcare) rides in the break before his win.

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Overcast skies and light rain gave way to sunshine Saturday at the Air Force Association Cycling Classic's Clarendon Cup. UnitedHealthcare's Aldo Ino Ilesic held off Jamis-Hagens Berman riders Demis Aleman and Luis Amaran in the 100-kilometer elite men's race to cap an exciting day of racing, which saw Team TIBCO's Amanda Miller edge Pepper Palace Pro Cycling's Allison Arensman in an equally entertaining 50-kilometer elite women's race.

"We don't care who wins, as long as someone wins," Ilesic said of UnitedHealthcare's team effort.

While none of Ilesic's teammates joined him on the five-man podium, they were a big reason why he took home the Clarendon Cup. Ilesic was among the six-man breakaway that later grew to eight riders and lapped the field with 33 laps to go.

The technical demands of the one-kilometer course - the Clarendon Cup has been referred to as the 'Race of 500 Turns' - contributed to a crash in the final few laps, and UnitedHealtchare took advantage to capture its fourth consecutive win in the event.

"When they stepped on it, they stayed on it," race announcer Richard Fries said of the UnitedHealthcare riders' ability to position themselves to push Ilesic to the front. "The thing about this race is you think the riders can't go any faster, and then, with 10 laps to go, they start going so much faster. It's visible for the crowd. It was unreal speed."

Local rider Timothy Rugg, who finished sixth in the men's pro race, was awarded the Most Courageous Jersey. Rugg was one of three Kelly Benefit Strategies riders to finish the race.

The women's elite race nearly produced one of the greatest upsets in the Clarendon Cup's 16-year history. Arensman, 19, and Miller, 26, broke away from the pack midway through the 50-lap race and eventually lapped the field.

"This was Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed," Fries said of the showdown between the relative unknown (Arensman) and the experienced veteran (Miller). "Arensman was brilliant. She was opportunistic and took advantage of the TIBCO defense. It took all of Team TIBCO to fend her off in the sprint."

Miller ultimately edged Arensman by 0.08 seconds. Laura Van Gilder of Mellow Mushroom took third.

The Air Force Association Cycling Classic continues Sunday in Crystal City.

Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
2 Demis Aleman (Arg) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home    
3 Luis Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home    
4 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion Systems Pro Cycling    
5 Clay Murfet (Aus) SmartStop/Mountain Khakis    
6 Timothy Rugg (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lateral Stress Velo    
7 Danny Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
8 Emile Abraham (USA) Predator Carbon Repair    
9 Jake Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
10 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
11 Juan Jose Haedo (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home    
12 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Predator Carbon Repair    
13 Eric Workowski (USA) Chester County Cycling Foundation/Team Alliance Environmental    
14 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home    
15 Matthias Friedeman (Ger) Champion Systems Pro Cycling    
16 Ryan Dewald (USA) Team Skyline    
17 Gavriel Epstein (Can) Champion System p/b Stan's NoTubes    
18 Ryan Mele (USA) Stan's NoTubes P/b Proferrin    
19 Keck Baker (USA) Battley Ducati/Spokes Etc.    
20 Ricardo Escuela (Arg) Predator Carbon Repair    
21 Ryan McKinney (USA) DC Velo Limited/Clean Currents p/b Beyer Kia    
22 Sean Barrie (USA) Battley Ducati/Spokes Etc.    
23 John ShalekBriski (USA) US Military Cycling Team Fueled by FRS    
24 Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore Vita    
25 Daniel Holloway (USA) Amore Vita    
26 Shane Kline (USA) SmartStop/Mountain Khakis    
27 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion Systems Pro Cycling    
28 Frank Travieso (USA) SmartStop/Mountain Khakis    
29 Jonathan DAlba (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lateral Stress Velo    
30 Ricky Gargiulo (USA) BikeReg.com / Cannondale    
31 Patrick Raines (USA) Hearts Racing    
32 Isaac Howe (USA) SmartStop/Mountain Khakis    
33 Vieksturs Lukesevics (Lat) Amore Vita    
34 Janier Acevedo (Col) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home    
35 Ruben Companio (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home    
36 Zachary Felpel (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lateral Stress Velo    
37 Daniel Harm (USA) Stage 17-Cylance    
38 John Bergmann (USA) TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling    
39 Michael Chauner (USA) Garneau - Quebecor    
40 Berry Miller (USA) Firefighters Cycling Association    
41 Dion Smith (NZl) Predator Carbon Repair    
42 Donald Brew (USA) DC Velo Limited/Clean Currents p/b Beyer Kia    
43 Peter Custer (USA) Bayside Velo/Bike Doctor    
44 Ruud Gremers (Ned) Novo Nordisk    
45 Brett Kielick (USA) Breakaway/Vie 13    
46 Ryan Shebelsky (USA) Chester County Cycling Foundation/Team Alliance Environmental    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Amanda Miller (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top    
2 Allison Arensman (USA) Asheville Bicycle Racing Club/Pepper Palace Pro Cycling    
3 Laura Van Gilder (USA) aMellow Mushroom Racing p/b Shady Grove Fertility    
4 Joanne Kiesanows (NZl) Team TIBCO/ To the Top    
5 Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top    
6 Amy Cutler (USA) Riptide Cycling/Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell &Shebell    
7 Lindsay Bayer (USA) Colavita Racing Inc./Colavita-Fine Cooking    
8 Christy Keely (USA) Asheville Bicycle Racing Club/Pepper Palace Pro Cycling    
9 Colleen Gulick (USA) Team Kenda presented by RACC    
10 Lauren Tamayo (USA) Exergy TWENTY16    
11 Amy Phillips (USA) Hub Endurance    
13 Lauren Stephens (USA) Team TIBCO/ To the Top    
14 Sophie Williamson (NZl) Vanderkitten Women's Cycling Team    
15 Erin Silliman (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13    
16 Melanie Smath (Irl) Team TIBCO/ To the Top    
17 Dori Buckethal (USA) NCVC/United Healthcare    
18 Jenette Williams (USA) Jeff's Bike Shop    
19 Leah Guloien (USA) Colavita Racing Inc./Colavita-Fine Cooking    
20 Raquel Miller (USA) Farm Team Cycling/Farm Team Elite Women's Cycling Team    
21 Catherine Freck (USA) Syn-Fit Race Team    
22 Patricia Buerkle (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom/Peanut Butter & Co Human Zoom    
23 Julie Kuliecza (USA) Asheville Bicycle Racing Club/Pepper Palace Pro Cycling    
24 Cinthia Lehner (USA) Asheville Bicycle Racing Club/Pepper Palace Pro Cycling    
25 Sierra Siebenlist (USA) Team Indiebike    
26 Meredith Ehn (USA) Farm Team Cycling/Farm Team Elite Women's Cycling Team    
27 Arley Kemmerer (USA) aMellow Mushroom Racing p/b Shady Grove Fertility    
28 Dana Stryk (USA) Evolution Cycling    
29 Kelley Bethoney (USA) Evolution Cycling Club p/b Long & Foster    
30 Sara Tussey (USA) Veloshine