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International Cycling Classic 2009

Date range:
July 10-26, 2009

July 23, Racine Criterium: Racine, WI 100km

Huff blows Van Der Valde away

Daniel Carruthers
July 27, 2009, 11:40 BST,
July 28, 2009, 16:54 BST

Wangsgard takes women's race

Pro men talking amongst themselves at the start-line

Pro men talking amongst themselves at the start-line

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Jelly Belly’s Brad Huff began his criterium by making a six-man break that would go on to lap the star-studded field. He then proceeded to show why he is regarded to be one of US best field sprinters, winning the dramatic sprint at the end of the100km criterium, held in downtown Racine. Ricardo Van der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) finished second in the race ahead of Ronnie Strange (Team Hotel San Jose).

How it unfolded:

The race began at a blistering pace, as the major teams drove the field at a staggering average speed of 33 miles per hour for the first thirty minutes. The high speed saw a number of riders dropping out early as a major split of 20 plus riders formed as riders scrambled for wheels.

A small breakaway consisting of Jonathon Cantwell (Fly V Australia), Carlos Vargas (Team Hotel San Jose), Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Brandon Gritters (Kahala La Grange) established themselves on the front and looked to have it sewn up when time splits showed they were gaining on the every lap. However, a supreme effort by both Team MTN and Team Geargrinder brought the quartet back to the field, just in time for the APC Nutrition red jersey sprint round. Team MTN's Jay Thompson taking the points on offer.

Three laps later, a counter-attack went and a group of six established itself at the head of the race. The group had an international feel with Dutchman Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin Slipstream) and Argentine Juan Pablo Dotti (Aero Cat Cycling) joining four Americans: Ronnie Strange (Team Hotel San Jose) Michael Friedman (Garmin Chipotle) and Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and eventual winner Brad Huff (Jelly Belly). This strong group quickly rolled away from the field and fired on all cylinders to lap the field with 34 laps remaining.

With the breakaway back in the peloton, one lap ahead of the field, the final round of the APC Nutrition sprint points became open again. Jay Thomspon (Team MTN) was once again able to get the best of nearest rival, Rob White (Team Geargrinder).

Immediately after the sprint lap, another breakaway formed containing Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN), Jacob Erker (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Carlos Calcerrada (Aero Cat Cycling). It soon became just two forging the lead, as Calcerrada dropped back to the peloton.

With a 12 laps remaining four riders, including Jonothan Cantwell (Fly V Australia), attempted to bridge across to the duo up the road, but they were not given much free reign and their attack was short lived.

A counter-move was launched by Robert White (Team Geargrinder) and this was followed by Ryan Fruend (ABD Cycling) and Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La Grange). The three worked well together to bridge across to Potgieter and Erker. This group of five riders established a good 45 second lead with Potgieter sprinting for the late race primes on offer. It was Robert White (Team Geargrinder) who outsprinted Potgieter to the line for 7th position.

It was a chaotic dash on the last lap with teams from Garmin-Slipstream, Aero Cat Cycling, Kelly Benefit Strategies and Team Hotel San Jose all trying to set up lead-out trains for their breakaway teammates. Remarkably, it was Brad Huff, without the assistance of his Jelly Belly Team, who was able to take the win ahead of Ricardo Van Der Velde and Ronnie Strange.

"I was super throttled from the Lake Front Road Race here in Milwaukee," said Huff, after his win. "But I went for a nice two hour spin with Karl Menzies earlier this afternoon and that really helped me to get moving again."

Despite riding for rival teams Huff revealed he had received help from Menzies (Team Ouch Presented by Maxxis) during the race. "[Karl] Menzies helped me to get into a better position in the final laps, without his help I would not have been able to make it up there. Karl Menzies was for sure one of the strongest riders in the race, but he just missed the opportunity to get into the break. In the final lap it was quite sketchy and I had to quite patiently for the right opportunity to make my move.

"I was suffering badly in the break, especially when the Friedman and Van Der Velde were killing it on the front. I got gapped off every time we went through the start finish, it was very painful. I actually yelled at Friedman several times for driving the pace so much that he was dropping me and gapping off other riders in the break. Lucky for me I was able to hang on for dear life."

Texan Ronnie Strange (Team Hotel San Jose), who took third, explained that he had been uncertain that the break would survive. "It was my turn to cover an attack when Van Der Velde and Friedman both went up the road, so I was on their wheel. It was Friedman and Van Der Velde who drove the break so hard and nearly dropped everyone, because of this I was initially unsure if the break would stick.

"I felt great in the break, I took the day before off, so my legs were well rested. My team-mates Sullivan and Vargas tried to help me out and keep me at the front [in the last lap], but we kept getting swarmed, so it made things difficult. I found a gap and just made sure I was in the top three of the six that lapped the field."


Elite men
1 Brad Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)    
2 Ricardo Van Der Velde (GARMIN SLIPSTREAM PRO-TOUR)    
3 Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)    
4 Juan Pablo Dotti (AeroCat Cycling Team)    
5 Michael Friedman (Garmin Chipotle)    
6 Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
7 Robert White (Team Geargrinder)    
8 Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN)    
9 Jacob Erker (Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
10 Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)    
11 Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling Team)    
12 Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)    
13 Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)    
14 Jay Thomson (Team MTN)    
15 Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)    
17 James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)    
18 Jonathan Atkins (TEAM LATINO)    
19 Michael Van Eerd (Team YRC Now MS)    
20 Chad Cagle (Mercy Cycling Team)    
21 Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)    
22 Chun-Kai Feng (TEAM EXUSTAR TAIWAN)    
23 Andreas Muller (No Radunion)    
24 Derek Dixon (HDR P/B LOMBARDIS SPORTS)    
25 John Bergmann (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)    
26 Emile Abraham (AeroCat Cycling Team)    
27 Jason Allen (Subway-Avanti)    
28 Carlos Calcerrada (AeroCat Cycling Team)    
29 Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)    
30 Neil Shirley (Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
31 Joshua Carter (ABD CYCLING TEAM)    
32 Dan Lionberg (Team Rio Grande)    
33 Wei-Cheng Lee (TEAM EXUSTAR TAIWAN)    
34 Stephen Kincaid (Empire)    
35 Culyar Conly (Team Seaskatchewan)    
36 Andreas Graf (Gourmetfein)    
37 Alex Wieseler (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)    
38 Mike Tettleton (TEAM BEARCLAW)    
39 Brandon Gritters (Kahala La-Grange)    
40 Chris Winn (Mob Cyclery Racing / RMCEF)    
41 Steve Scholzen (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)    
42 Christopher Wherry (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)    
43 Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
44 Sean Sullivan (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)    
45 Derek Laan (Panther/RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)    
46 Karl Menzies (Team Ouch Presented by Maxxis)    
Sprint 1
1 Brandon Gritters (Kahala La-Grange)    
2 Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
3 Jay Thomson (Team MTN)    
4 Robert White (Team Geargrinder)    
5 Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN)    
6 Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)    
7 Neil Shirley (Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
Sprint 2
1 Ricardo Van Der Velde (GARMIN SLIPSTREAM PRO-TOUR)    
2 Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)    
3 Juan Pablo Dotti (AeroCat Cycling Team)    
4 Michael Friedman (Garmin Chipotle)    
5 Brad Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)    
6 Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
7 Jay Thomson (Team MTN)    
Sprint 3
1 Jay Thomson (Team MTN)    
2 Robert White (Team Geargrinder)    
3 Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN)    
4 Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)    
5 James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)    
6 Carlos Calcerrada (AeroCat Cycling Team)    
7 Ricardo Van Der Velde (GARMIN SLIPSTREAM PRO-TOUR)    
Sprint 4
1 Jay Thomson (Team MTN)    
2 Robert White (Team Geargrinder)    
3 Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN)    
4 Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)    
5 James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)    
6 Carlos Calcerrada (AeroCat Cycling Team)    
7 Emile Abraham (AeroCat Cycling Team)    
Pro women
2 Sally Annis (Hub Racing)    
3 Sydney Brown (MERCY CYCLING TEAM)    
4 Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)    
5 Karla Kingsley (SUGARCRM)    
6 Mei-Yu Hsiao (TEAM EXUSTAR TAIWAN)    
7 Emma Petersen (TEAM ULTRALINK)    
9 Mary-Ellen Ash (SUGARCRM)    
10 Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)    
11 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)    
12 Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)    
13 Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)    
15 Kate Ligler (DOLCE VITA)    
16 Kimberly N. White (DOLCE VITA)    
17 Kristen Meshberg (BH USA)    
18 Ho-Hsun Huang (TEAM EXUSTAR TAIWAN)    
19 Lauren Liscinski (NOW-MS Society)    
20 Josephine Giddens (Hub Racing)    
21 Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)    
22 Sarah Caravella (Alan)    
23 Janelle Kellman (DOLCE VITA CYCLING)    
24 Jennifer Johansen (NOW-MS Society)    
25 Liz Leyden (Hub Racing)    
26 Anne Meyer (BH USA)    
27 Mary Magnani (DOLCE VITA CYCLING)    
28 Priscilla Calderon (NOW-MS Society)    
29 Julia Lafranchise (NOW-MS Society)    
30 Karlee Gendron (Woodcock Cycle Works/Team Manitoba)    
31 Christi An Hansley (Bike America)    
Sprint 1
2 Sally Annis (Hub Racing)    
3 Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)    
4 Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)    
5 Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)    
Sprint 2
2 Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)    
3 Carrie Cash Wootten (Team Revolution)    
4 Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)    
5 Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)    
Sprint 3
1 Sally Annis (Hub Racing)    
2 Sydney Brown (MERCY CYCLING TEAM)    
4 Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)    
5 Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)    
Category 3 men
1 Chris Padfield (Team Get A Grip Cycles)    
2 Chazz Martin (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)    
3 Ricardo Otero (WDT International Cycling Team)    
5 Randall Rodd (Wolverine Sports Club)    
7 Peter Carlos (Team Paisa)    
8 Nathan Longley (Team Beans & Barley)    
9 William Vazquez (Purdue University)    
10 Keaton Hanson (DENT WIZARD CYCLING)    
11 Tom Theisen (NOVA CYCLE FOUNDATION)    
12 Jordy Wetzel    
13 Connor Meznarich (ROCKY MOUNTS/IZZE)    
14 Marc Howe (Team Geargrinder)    
15 Martin Lang (MESA CYCLES RACING TEAM)    
16 Eric Blankinship (DePaul University)    
17 Addison Faul (Team Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare)    
18 Justin Armstead (Team Mack)