Clarke beats Kiwi Godfrey

Caravella takes surprise women's win

Hilton Clarke (Fuji-Servetto) took a convincing win in the Kenosha criterium. The ProTour rider lapped the field with three other strong riders, Hayden Godfrey (Subway-Avanti), Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing) and Bradley Andrew (Gourmetfein).

Karl Menzies (OUCH), drove the pace higher to ensure the bunch was relatively strung out, but this did not deter in-form Clarke from taking the sprint in his first appearance at the 2009 Superweek. Clarke was able to maneuver himself through the pack on his own in the final stages and showed why he is one of the most successful criterium riders in the US.

“There were quite a few Aussies in the field, some are going for the overall and I was going for the stage win, so we just all looked after each other and got the result we all wanted,” said Clarke

Hayden Godfey, the Omnium Track World Champion, was a close second ahead of Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing).

A good carnival crowd was present lining all around the course and it was game on from lap one when a flurry of attacks flew up the road. Early on, there was a large breakaway that was hovering out the front with riders dotted in-between. This put a lot of pressure on the bunch so the pace was kept high and when the threatening breakaway was caught, a counter-attack by Hilton Clarke (Fuji-Servetto) and the three others disappeared up the road while the peloton was still breathing hard from the effort.

According to Clarke, initially the break was not difficult, but when “I heard we had 20 seconds up on the field, I started pulling a lot harder than the other three to get the lap, because I had no teammates”. They lapped the field in good time and were able to settle into the field to recover for the final sprint.

After the breakaway lapped the field, there was a dangerous breakaway of a dozen or so riders up the road. According to Godfrey (Subway-Avanti) “we had help from Karl Menzies, Jonny Clarke (Hilton’s brother) and my two teammates Josh England and Jason Allen all chasing very hard on the front to bring back the break.”

After 60km into the criterium, it started to rain and threatened to cause havoc in the field. As soon as the first rain-drops fell, the pace shot up dramatically and it was single-file for more than a dozen laps as riders were trying to cause splits in the field and ensure themselves to be in the front in-case crashes happened. Since it was quite slippery, about half the field dropped out at this point.

Godfrey commenting on the final laps, “the last five laps there were two things going on, you have guys racing for the overall and other guys who have not been here for the series gunning for the stage win. It was quite sketchy and dangerous those last few laps on this kind of course but it finally cleaned up and was single file. I was ten wheels back and used too much energy to get onto Hilton’s wheel so I was pretty much a passenger down the finishing straight to finish a bike length behind Hilton.”

The Subway-Avanti team had three riders, all from New Zealand, take part in the Kenosha criterium and they are here to compete well on the United States criterium circuit. “The Superweek races have been excellent, I’m just getting back on the top of the game now, preparing for the upcoming Tour of Elk Grove and for the Track World Champs. I really enjoyed the course tonight, fun race, really fast course and an awesome crowd,” Godfrey said. He further expounded, “The crowd support for our team since we arrived in the US has been phenomenal, people identify with the Subway brand and this has been great to spur on our performances.”

Jay Thompson (Team MTN) further extends his lead over closest rival Robert White (Team Geargrinder) and has all but secured his APC Nutrition Red Jersey, provided he finishes the final day at Whitefish.

Sulzberger (Fly V Australia), who has been wearing yellow since day one, finished comfortably with 7th position behind team-mate Cantwell and Hans Dekkers (Garmin Slipstream) to keep extending his lead. “I will be glad when the series is over and be able to rest, I have not been able to afford days off when I am wearing yellow so there has been some pressure to perform each day. Jonny (Cantwell) has been my anchor man this series so far and has guided me many times to the finish.”

Results
Elite men
1Hilton Clarke (Fuji-Servetto)  
2Hayden Godfrey (Subway-Avanti)  
3Sergio Hernandez (ROCK RACING)  
4Andrew Bradley (Gourmetfein)  
5Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)  
6Hans Dekkers (GARMIN SLIPSTREAM PRO-TOUR)  
7Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)  
8Andreas Muller (No Radunion)  
9Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)  
10Victor Ayala (Kahala La-Grange)  
11Chris Uberti (PANTHER/RGF SOLUTIONS PB FELT)  
12Josh England (Subway- Avanti)  
13Bryan Fawley (Dallas Metal Fab / Park Place Dealerships)  
14Nick Bennette (MetLife Cycling)  
15Logan Garey (Team Rio Grande)  
16Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)  
17Mike Tettleton (TEAM BEARCLAW)  
18Dan Lionberg (Team Rio Grande)  
19Christopher Hall (TradeWind Energy / Trek Stores)  
20Jay Thomson (Team MTN)  
21Kevin Attkisson (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)  
22Wei-Cheng Lee (TEAM EXUSTAR TAIWAN)  
23Timothy Hargrave (TEAM TYPE 1)  
24Juan Van Heerden (Team MTN)  
25Josh Gillingham  
26Cory Hickman (PROJECT 5 RACING)  
27Brian Cornelius (LANDIS/TREK)  
28Robert White (Team Geargrinder)  
29Karl Menzies (Team Ouch Presented by Maxxis)  
30Culyar Conly (Team Seaskatchewan)  
31Lucas Joppa (Triangle Velo)  
32Brad Sheehan (Minuteman Road Club)  
33Eric Bennett (NOW-MS Society)  
34Steve Scholzen (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)  
35Ryan Fleming (MetLife Cycling)  
36Chris Zenthoefer (Tulsa Tough Racing)  
37Gustavo-Adolfo Mendez (Kahala La-Grange)  
38Eric Losak (VRC-MS Society)  
39Andreas Graf (Gourmetfein)  
40Brad Schaeffer (Team Abundance)  
41Vincent Scalia (University of Vermont)  
42Jonathan Chodroff (Ouch Presented by Maxxis)  
43Gregory Christian (Panther/RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)  
44Chris Arndt (TEAM WHEEL AND SPROCKET)  
45Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN)  
Sprint 1
1Hilton Clarke (Fuji-Servetto)  
2Andrew Bradley (Gourmetfein)  
3Hayden Godfrey (Subway-Avanti)  
4Sergio Hernandez (ROCK RACING)  
5Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)  
6Jay Thomson (Team MTN)  
7Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN)  
Sprint 2
1Hilton Clarke (Fuji-Servetto)  
2Sergio Hernandez (ROCK RACING)  
3Andrew Bradley (Gourmetfein)  
4Hayden Godfrey (Subway-Avanti)  
5Jay Thomson (Team MTN)  
6Timothy Henry  
7Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)  
Sprint 3
1Jay Thomson (Team MTN)  
2Juan Van Heerden (Team MTN)  
3Timothy Henry  
4Ryan Fleming (MetLife Cycling)  
5Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)  
6Nick Bennette (MetLife Cycling)  
7Matthew Brandt (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)  
Sprint 4
1Jay Thomson (Team MTN)  
2Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN)  
3Sergio Hernandez (ROCK RACING)  
4Hayden Godfrey (Subway-Avanti)  
5Hilton Clarke (Fuji-Servetto)  
6Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)  
7Timothy Henry  
Pro women
1Sarah Caravella (Alan)  
2Shontell Gauthier (COLAVITA SUTTER HOME P/B COOKING LIGHT)  
3Emma Petersen (TEAM ULTRALINK)  
4Karlee Gendron (Woodcock Cycle Works/Team Manitoba)  
5Nicky Wangsgard (COLAVITA SUTTER HOME P/B COOKING LIGHT)  
6Mary-Ellen Ash (SUGARCRM)  
7Leah Kirchmann (Team Manitoba)  
8Mei-Yu Hsiao (TEAM EXUSTAR TAIWAN)  
9Julia Farell (TEAM ULTRALINK)  
10Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)  
11Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)  
12Ho-Hsun Huang (TEAM EXUSTAR TAIWAN)  
13Gina Voci (JUICE PLUS)  
14Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)  
15Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)  
16Karla Kingsley (SUGARCRM)  
17Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)  
18Kate Ligler (DOLCE VITA)  
19Sydney Brown (MERCY CYCLING TEAM)  
20Rachel Byus (Team Hotel San Jose)  
21Kristen Meshberg (BH USA)  
22Jennifer Johansen (NOW-MS Society)  
23Catherine Walberg (Team Kenda)  
24Mary Magnani (DOLCE VITA CYCLING)  
25Kimberly N. White (DOLCE VITA)  
26Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)  
27(Unknown Rider)  
28Lauren Liscinski (NOW-MS Society)  
29Christi An Hansley (Bike America)  
30Julia Lafranchise (NOW-MS Society)  
31Anne Meyer (BH USA)  
32Julie Kuliecza (Team Marshall Mechanical)  
33Margaret Douglass (UTAH PREMIER/SKI UTAH CYCLING TEAM)  
34Janelle Kellman (DOLCE VITA CYCLING)  
35Hsiao-Chia Tseng (TEAM EXUSTAR TAIWAN)  
36Tracie Nelson (DOLCE VITA)  
37Liz Leyden (Hub Racing)  
38Christine Riker (DOLCE VITA CYCLING)  
39Trish Black (MORGAN STANLEY/TEAM SPINE/SPECIALIZED)  
40Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)  
41Greta Neimanas (XXX RACING-ATHLETICO)  
Sprint 1
1Shontell Gauthier (COLAVITA SUTTER HOME P/B COOKING LIGHT)  
2Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)  
3Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)  
4Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)  
5Lauren Liscinski (NOW-MS Society)  
Sprint 2
1Shontell Gauthier (COLAVITA SUTTER HOME P/B COOKING LIGHT)  
2Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)  
3Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)  
4Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)  
5Trish Black (MORGAN STANLEY/TEAM SPINE/SPECIALIZED)  
Sprint 3
1Shontell Gauthier (COLAVITA SUTTER HOME P/B COOKING LIGHT)  
2Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)  
3Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)  
4Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)  
5Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)  
Category 3 men
1Geoff Kuyper (LEADOUT/CHICAGO DR. CYCLING)  
2Randall Rodd (Wolverine Sports Club)  
3Keith Mcmahon (VAN WAGNER)  
4Alex Bowden (TEAM TYPE 1)  
5Peter Carlos (Team Paisa)  
6Michael Anderson (Schwag Racing)  
7Connor Meznarich (ROCKY MOUNTS/IZZE)  
8Nathan Longley (Team Beans & Barley)  
9Brandon Feehery (South Chicago Wheelmen)  
10Dan Korienek (Leadout Racing)  
11Julio Jacobo (PYOC)  
12Justin Armstead (Team Mack)  
13Marc Howe (Team Geargrinder)  
14Michael Jenich (Team Beans & Barley)  
15Brian Janssen (Cafe Hollander RDC)  
16Chris Gola (WDT International Cycling Team)  
17William Vazquez (Purdue University)  
18Vic Rentas (2CC)  
19Patrick Callahan (Cafe Hollander RDC)  
20Ricardo Otero (WDT International Cycling Team)  
21Anthony Carfang (ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY)  
22Chazz Martin (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)  
23Keaton Hanson (DENT WIZARD CYCLING)  
24Voytek Glinkowski (WDT International Cycling Team)  
25Ernesto Ciccolini (VAN WAGNER)  
26Brian Grant (Team Mack)  
27(Unknown Rider)  
28Scott Grimshaw  
29Dennis Koscielski (Dogfish Racing Team)  
30Brody Pasciullo  
31Robert Schallhorn (Team Beans & Barley)  
32Corey Dempski (Cafe Hollander RDC)  
33Brian Morrissey (XXX RACING - ATHLETICO)  
34Matthew Brooks (TT1 DEVO)  
35Kosta Mylonas (Vision Quest)  
36Daniel Schneider (RPM/Hayes Brakes)  
37Stephen Sloan (MAXPOWERCYCLING.COM)  
38Peter Beels (LEADOUT/CHICAGO DRIVE CYCLING)  
39Steve Roeder (HOLLANDER RDC/KOSS STEREOPHONES)  
40Jaime Lopez (TEAM MACK)  
41Mark Hotchkin (LEADOUT RACING/CHICAGO DRIVE CYCLING)  
42Chad Empey (TEAM IE BIKES)  
43Kevin Kirsch (Great Dane Velo Club (GDVC))  

 

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