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International Cycling Classic 2009

Date range:
July 10-26, 2009

July 19, Northshore GP: Evanston, IL 100km

Van Heerden outclasses Friedman in Northshore

Daniel Carruthers
July 21, 2009, 14:53 BST,
July 21, 2009, 20:08 BST

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South Africa's Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN) outsprinted his two breakaway companions Michael Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream) and Sean Sullivan (Team Hotel San Jose) to win the NorthShore Grand Prix, his second stage victory and the fifth straight for Team MTN.

The NorthShore University Health System Grand Prix took place in front of a very large crowd, easily the biggest spectator turn-out thus far in the International Cycling Classic series. They were treated to a spectacle of high speeds and dramatic crashes on the corners at both ends of the 0.9 mile course.

Karl Menzies (Team OUCH) attacked early in the 100-kilometre race with Ronnie Strange (Team Hotel San Jose). James Stemper (Team Geargrinder) joined shortly after to form a three-man breakaway that would last for 48 laps, maintaining a gap that hovered around the 40 seconds. It looked as if the break would stay away; however a spirited chase that strung out the field single file brought back the leading trio with 22 laps remaining.

"Initially it took me a few laps to get settled in, but I felt great in the break," said Strange. "Karl [Menzies] isn't on perfect form right now, so James and I were doing the bulk of the work and sharing the sprint competition points.

"I really thought we were going to stay away and was disappointed when we were pulled back," continued Strange. "It was interesting to note the crowd becoming silent moments before we were caught, as they were quite energetic in the support of us."

Soon after the catch was made, a group of six riders jumped clear. Two riders dropped off the pace with 10 laps remaining leaving Michael Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream), Sean Sullivan (Team Hotel San Jose), Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling) and Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN) in the lead. With five laps remaining Freund was dropped leaving Friedman, Sullivan and Van Heerden to contest for the victory.

On the last lap, Friedman played his final card in his bid to escape his breakaway companions but Van Heerden and Sullivan responded immediately. Going down the long Sherman Avenue stretch to the finish line Van Heerden outsprinted Friedman and Sullivan to earn his second win of the Superweek series.

Australian teammates Jonathan Cantwell and Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) again showed why they are the best field sprinters in the series, outkicking the peloton to place fourth and fifth respectively. Carlos Vargas (Team Hotel San Jose) was right behind in sixth place followed by fast-finishing Andreas Muller (No Radunion) in seventh.

"The race tonight was extremely fast," said race leader Sulzberger, "but it was a bit of a rest day for me. There was not much chance of getting away due to the fast nature of the course, but a break did manage to escape over the last 10 laps. Johnny did a great job of leading me out again and we finished fourth and fifth which was good points for me to ensure my overall lead".

Jay Thomson (Team MTN) did enough to reclaim his APC Nutrition red sprint jersey from Robert White (Team Geargrinder), but this competition is far from being over as the top three are only separated by six points. Thomson has 106 points, leading by just two points over Robert White. James Stemper, also of Team Geargrinder, is in third with 100 points.

1 Christoff Van Heerden (Team Mtn)    
2 Michael Friedman (Garmin - Slipstream)    
3 Sean Sullivan (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)    
4 Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)    
5 Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)    
6 Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)    
7 Andreas Muller (No Radunion)    
8 Max Taam (Rd: Horizon Organic Pb Prerace.Com / Mtn)    
9 Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)    
10 Nicholas Martinez (Now Ms Society)    
11 Hector Pastorino (Zmotion)    
12 Derek Dixon (Hdr P/B Lombardis Sports)    
13 Michael Van Eerd (Team Yrc Now Ms)    
14 Logan Loader (Team Mountain Khakis)    
15 James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)    
16 Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)    
17 Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)    
18 Jason Short (Rbm Matrix)    
19 Isaac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis)    
20 Mike Sherer (Alderfer Bergen)    
21 James Flora (South Chicago Wheelmen)    
22 Darin Divine (Divine Electric Norcal)    
23 Aaron Beardsley (Team Clif Bar)    
24 Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)    
25 Daniel Carruthers (Hansaton Hearing Systems)    
26 Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)    
27 Danny Kam (Team Bearclaw)    
28 Mike Tettleton (Team Bearclaw)    
29 Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)    
30 Andrew Armstrong (Matrix/Rbm)    
31 Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)    
32 Gustavo Rullo (Zmotion)    
33 Joshua Carter (Abd Cycling Team)    
34 Jason Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)    
35 Jason Doverspike (Woodcock Cycle/ Team Manitoba)    
36 Kenneth Delo (Team Bicycle Heaven St Charles)    
37 Mac Brennan (Priority Health Cycling Team)    
38 Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)    
39 Robert White (Team Geargrinder)    
40 Gustavo-Adolfo Mendez (Kahala La-Grange)    
41 Timothy Farnham (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)    
42 Nick Housley (Myogenesis P/B United Health Care)    
43 Frank Rowley (South Chicago Wheelmen)    
44 Ian Mclead (Team Mtn)    
45 Souza (Zmotion)    
46 Culyar Conly (Team Seaskatchewan)    
47 Phil Cortes (Amore Vita / Velorie P/B Lifetime Fitness)    
48 Andrew Bradley (Gourmetfein)    
49 Timothy Hargrave (Team Type 1)    
50 David Sachs (Vision Quest)    
51 Bradley Clifford (Team Saskatchewan)    
52 John Tomlinson (Xxx Racing Athletico)    
53 Bradley Potgieter (Team Mtn)    
54 William Nowak (Alderfer Bergen)    
55 Patrick Mcnally (Team Metcycling)    
56 Lucas Joppa (Triangle Velo)    
57 Paul Sumner (Divine Electric Norcal)    
58 David Williams (Priority Health U25)    
59 Herman Johnson (Bsa Racing)    
60 Christopher Mcgarity (Team Saskatchewan)    
61 Michael Macedon (Vision Quest Llc)    
62 Andrew Daley (Burnham Racing)    
63 John Bergmann (Team Clif Bar Cycling)    
64 Derek Graham (Bissell/Abg Cycling Club)    
65 Owen Belton (Mesa Cycles Shop And Racing Team)    
66 Ara Oggoian (Bicycle Heaven)    
67 Randy Reichardt (Natural Grocers P/B Xp Companies)    
68 John (Jackie) Simes (Team Mountain Khakis)    
69 Brett Stewart (Alderfer Bergen)    
70 Andreas Graf (Gourmetfein)    
71 Ryan Freund (Abd Cycling Team)    
72 Bryan Fawley (Dallas Metal Fab / Park Place Dealerships)    
73 Jeffrey Schroetlin (Abd Cycling Team)    
Sprint 1
1 James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)    
2 Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)    
3 Karl Menzies (Team Ouch Presented By Maxxis)    
4 Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)    
5 Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)    
6 Robert White (Team Geargrinder)    
7 Bryan Fawley (Dallas Metal Fab / Park Place Dealerships)    
Sprint 2
1 James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)    
2 Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)    
3 Karl Menzies (Team Ouch Presented By Maxxis)    
4 Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)    
5 Robert White (Team Geargrinder)    
6 Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)    
7 Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)    
Sprint 3
1 James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)    
2 Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)    
3 Karl Menzies (Team Ouch Presented By Maxxis)    
4 Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)    
5 Isaac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis)    
6 Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)    
7 Andreas Graf (Gourmetfein)    
Sprint 4
1 James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)    
2 Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)    
3 Karl Menzies (Team Ouch Presented By Maxxis)    
4 Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)    
5 Robert White (Team Geargrinder)    
6 Jason Short (Rbm Matrix)    
1 Josephine Giddens (Hub Racing)    
2 Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)    
3 Emma Petersen (Team Ultralink)    
4 Nicky Wangsgard (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)    
5 Karlee Gendron (Woodcock Cycle Works/Team Manitoba)    
6 Leah Kirchmann (Team Manitoba)    
7 Melissa (Missy) Erickson (Fort Lewis College)    
8 Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)    
9 Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)    
10 Sarah Caravella (Alan)    
11 Bianca Bergman (Bianchi/Grand Performance)    
12 Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)    
13 Julia Farell (Team Ultralink)    
14 Kimberly N. White (Dolce Vita)    
15 Mary-Ellen Ash (Sugarcrm)    
16 Sydney Brown (Mercy Cycling Team)    
17 Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)    
18 Ho-Hsun Huang (Team Exustar Taiwan)    
19 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)    
20 Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)    
21 Gwen Inglis (Dft P/B Treads)    
22 Antonia (Toni) Musto (Priority Health)    
23 Sarah Maguire (Priority Health Cycling Team)    
24 Trish Black (Morgan Stanley/Team Spine/Specialized)    
25 Jessica Hill (Ms Racing Inc.)    
26 Kristen Meshberg (Bh Usa)    
27 Kate Ligler (Dolce Vita)    
28 Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)    
29 Christine Riker (Dolce Vita Cycling)    
30 Lauren Liscinski (Now-Ms Society)    
31 Hsiao-Chia Tseng (Team Exustar Taiwan)    
32 Janelle Kellman (Dolce Vita Cycling)    
33 Rachel Byus (Team Hotel San Jose)    
34 Christine Roettger (Team Revolution)    
35 Anna Young (Team Lip Smacker)    
36 Pamela Loebig (Alderfer Bergen)    
37 Karla Kingsley (Sugarcrm)    
38 Sally Annis (Hub Racing)    
39 Dale Tye (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)    
40 Liz Leyden (Hub Racing)    
41 Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)    
42 Tracie Nelson (Dolce Vita)    
43 Camie Kornely (Innovation Bike)    
Sprint 1
1 Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)    
2 Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)    
3 Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)    
4 Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)    
5 Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)    
Sprint 2
1 Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)    
2 Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)    
3 Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)    
4 Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)    
5 Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)    
Sprint 3
1 Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)    
2 Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)    
3 Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)    
4 Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)    
5 Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)