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July 30, Elite Men: Charlotte, North Carolina 80km

Keough fastest sprinter in Charlotte

Kirsten Frattini
July 31, 2011, 11:33 BST,
July 31, 2011, 16:48 BST

Protest over final sprint causes upset on the podium

Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team) wins the 2011 Charlotte Presbyterian Criterium.

Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team) wins the 2011 Charlotte Presbyterian Criterium.

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Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare) benefited from a perfect team lead-out to take the victory at the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium on Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. He took a run to the line in the bunch sprint and out-paced Australian Criterium Champion Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia) in second and Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis-Sutter Home) in third.

“It was our race to lose from the start,” Keough said. “We raced smart all night and it was really hard and we didn’t control it until those last few laps when we did our lead-out. Everyone was attacking, it was stop and go and everyone was attacking. It was a hard race to win and I think we earned the win.”

Cantwell protested the sprint with race officials following the final sprint. Several riders alleged that Keough abruptly switched lines in the finishing straight. Officials ruled in favour of Keough saying that they did not see the incident. Cantwell declined to comment.

“Cantwell is a classy rider, Australian National Criterium Champion, and when he lines up, nine times out of ten he is the one we are looking at to be the big competition,” Keough said. “I have full respect for him. I don’t know what happened, we sprint from the front. The team rode the front for the last seven laps and we worked really hard for it.”

Cantwell lined up under sweltering heat to defend his title in the Pro-Cat 1 men’s race for a whopping $50,000. Three rows of riders including Elite, Amateurs and Professionals were called to the start line. Notable sprinters included Luca Damiani (Kenda/5-hour Energy), Menzies (UnitedHealthcare), Frank Pipp and Kyle Wamsley (Bissell), Mark Hekman (Clevland Clinic Sports Health), Christian Helmig (Elbowz Racing) and Emile Abraham (AeroCat-Cycling) and USA CRITS overall series leader Luke Keough (MountainKhakis p/b Smart Shop), among others.

“I think the whole race was a little more quiet than usual because of the heat, the air was really heavy,” Borrajo said. “It was an easier race because there weren’t a lot of attacks. It was still a hard pace, but the humidity made it a strange race.”

The dumbbell-shaped race course offered the fans a chance to see the riders twice through the finish area and a four-corner circuit on each end. The Pro-Cat 1 men raced for 80 kms. Race organizers kick-started the race with a $1000 prime won by Cantwell.

Heath Blackgrove (Elbowz Racing) went on a solo move in the first few laps of the race and he was followed by chaser Jose Navarro (GM Bikes). Bissell and UnitedHealthcare seemed interested in keeping the field together during the early parts of the race. John Loehner (Stan’s No Tubes-AXA Equitable-CRCA) picked up several race primes during his solo efforts.

“The primes were an incentive tonight,” said Blackgrove, who made nearly $2000 in primes on the day. “But I think breakaways would go and then a prime would just happen. I was going to try and break up the race, try and get a breakaway going and try and win the race.”

Kenda/5-hour Energy made a chase effort but was quickly marked by riders from UnitedHealthcare and Bissell. Yosvany Falcon ( made a solo move followed by Chad Hartley (Kenda/5-hour Energy), who worked together to hold a small lead over the field for several laps. Soladay and Bobby Lea (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAir HFA) tried to bridge across.

The next series of riders to attempt a breakaway included Kyle Wamsley (Bissell), Clayton Barrows (Stan’s No Tubes-AXA Equitable-CRCA) and Tom Soladay (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth). Wamsley won the mid-race prime for USA CRITS points.

Soladay continued to ride solo several laps before his breakaway was neutralized with 14 laps to go by riders attempting to bridge across. Bissell and UnitedHealthcare continued to have a strong presence at the front of the field. Andy Baker (Bissell) made his move but was covered by Davide Frattini (UnitedHealthcare). Daniel Holt (Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis) went on a solo flyer for one lap. He was followed by Ben Zawacki (Mountain Khakis p/b Smart Shop) and Jonny Clarke (UnitedHealthcare).

Blackgrove made one final move and stayed off the front for three laps, picking up a $1000 prime. Luis Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home) made a short effort to try and bridge across, but the two riders were reabsorbed into the field with four laps to go by the UnitedHealthcare train.

“We had a small team here because the other part of the team is racing in Brazil,” Borrajo said.

Full Results
1 Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 1:55:35  
2 Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia)    
3 Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis-Sutter Home)    
4 Demis Aleman (Jamis-Sutter Home)    
5 Andrew Pinfold (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 0:00:01  
6 Serghei Tvetcov (AeroCat Cycling Team)    
7 Kyle Wamsley (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 0:00:02  
8 Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)    
9 Euris Rafael Vidal (Foundation/CRCA) 0:00:03  
10 Emile Abraham (AeroCat Cycling Team)    
11 Yosvany Falcon ( Pro Cycling Team)    
12 Joey Rosskopf (Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis)    
13 Weimar Roldan (Colombian National Team)    
14 Luis Alberto Romero Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home) 0:00:04  
15 Eric Young (BISSELL Pro Cycling)    
16 Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop)    
17 Chad Hartley (Kenda-5 Hour Energy p/b GearGrinder)    
18 Frank Travieso ( Pro Cycling Team) 0:00:06  
19 Andrew Dahlheim (BISSELL Pro Cycling)    
20 Chad Burdzilauskas (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)    
21 Joseph Schmalz (ELBOWZ Racing) 0:00:07  
22 Rafael Meran (Foundation/CRCA)    
23 Thomas Brown (Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop) 0:00:12  
24 Colin Jaskiewicz (MetLife Cycling Team)    
25 Daniel Holt (Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis) 0:00:17  
26 Keck Baker (XO Communications / Battley Harley-Davidson) 0:00:19  
27 David Forkner (Foundation/CRCA)    
28 Jose Frank Rodriguez (Team Coco's) 0:00:20  
29 Patrick Allison (Birmingham Velo PB Donahoo Auto)    
30 Owen Nielsen (Happy Tooth)    
31 Jose Navarro (GM Bikes) 0:00:21  
32 Clay Murfet (RideClean p/b    
33 Ryan Dewald (XO Communications / Battley Harley-Davidson)    
34 Stephen Housley (Chemstar p/b UnitedHealthcare) 0:00:22  
35 Clayton Barrows (Stan's No Tubes / AXA Equitable)    
36 J Gabriel Lloyd (MetLife Cycling Team) 0:00:23  
37 Thomas Soladay (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) 0:00:27  
38 David Guttenplan (Chemstar p/b UnitedHealthcare) 0:00:35  
39 Andrew Gonzales (ELBOWZ Racing) 0:00:37  
40 Arles Castro (Colombian National Team)    
41 John Grant (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team) 0:00:38  
42 Marco Li (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton) 0:00:45  
43 Josh Oxendine (DIY Music p/b AYC)    
44 Travis Livermon (Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop) 0:00:48  
45 Austin Roach (MetLife Cycling Team) 0:00:49  
46 Christian Helmig (ELBOWZ Racing) 0:01:06  
47 Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 0:01:08  
48 Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 0:01:09  
49 K Frank Pipp (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 0:01:12  
50 Isaac Howe (Kenda-5 Hour Energy p/b GearGrinder) 0:06:11  
51 Robert White (Kenda-5 Hour Energy p/b GearGrinder)    
52 Winston David (Globalbike Elite Team)    
53 Jonathan Hamblen (Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop)    
54 David Williams (BISSELL Pro Cycling)    
55 Davide Frattini (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)    
56 John Simms (Jamis-Sutter Home) 0:06:12  
57 Shane Kline (BISSELL Pro Cycling)    
58 Patrick Bevin (BISSELL Pro Cycling)    
59 Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)    
DNF Joshua Carter (Aerocat Cycing Team)    
DNF Diego Garavito (Aerocat Cycing Team)    
DNF Sabastian Cancio (Aerocat Cycling Team)    
DNF Mark Warno (AVC/Team Hagerstown)    
DNF Andy Baker (BISSELL Pro Cycling)    
DNF Aaron Frahm (Chemstar p/b UnitedHealthcare)    
DNF Wally Bixby (Chemstar p/b UnitedHealthcare)    
DNF Brian Hill (Chemstar p/b UnitedHealthcare)    
DNF Gavriel Epstein (Chipotle Development Team)    
DNF Nicholas Inabinet (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)    
DNF Alan Antonuk (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)    
DNF Patrick Weddell (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)    
DNF Andre Vandenberg (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)    
DNF James Baldesare    
DNF Mark Hekman (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)    
DNF Juan Esteban Araango (Colombian National Team)    
DNF Carlos Uran (Colombian National Team)    
DNF William Munoz (Deportivo CICO Rionegro)    
DNF Maxwell Robb (DIY Music p/b AYC)    
DNF Michael Raynor (DIY Music p/b AYC)    
DNF Cody Johnson (DIY Music p/b AYC)    
DNF Heath Blackgrove (ELBOWZ Racing)    
DNF Alejandro Guzman (Foundation/CRCA)    
DNF Alexander Bremer (Foundation/CRCA)    
DNF Jeff Schiller (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose)    
DNF Kyle Knott (Team Globalbike p/b Catoma)    
DNF Trey Miller (Team Globalbike p/b Catoma)    
DNF Marc Williams (Globalbike Elite Team)    
DNF Scott Edge (Team Globalbike p/b Catoma)    
DNF Simon Bennett (Globalbike Elite Team)    
DNF Luis Zayas    
DNF John Crow (Happy Tooth)    
DNF Cory Scott (Happy Tooth)    
DNF Adam Ray (Industry Nine)    
DNF Fernando Antogna (Jamis-Sutter Home)    
DNF Shawn Milne (Kenda 5 Hour Energy P/B GearGrinder)    
DNF Luca Damiani (Kenda-5 Hour Energy p/b GearGrinder)    
DNF Christopher Monteleone (Kenda-5 Hour Energy p/b GearGrinder)    
DNF Scottie Weiss (Kenda-5 Hour Energy p/b GearGrinder)    
DNF Spencer Gaddy (Kenda-5 Hour Energy p/b GearGrinder)    
DNF Andy Munas (MetLife p/b groSolar)    
DNF Ben Faulk (Mock Orange Racing)    
DNF Bobby Lea (Pure Energy Cycling/ProAirHFA)    
DNF Cole House ( Pro Cycling Team)    
DNF Andy Crater (Serenity Bikes p/b Yoga One)    
DNF Marc Prutton (Stan's No Tubes / AXA Equitable / CRCA)    
DNF John Loehner (Stan's No Tubes / AXA Equitable / CRCA)    
DNF Joseph Whitman (Stan's No Tubes / AXA Equitable / CRCA)    
DNF Jim Cunningham (Team Carolina Tri-Metro Reprographics)    
DNF Yosmani Pol (Team Coco's)    
DNF Leonardo Martinez (Team Coco's)    
DNF Neil Bezdek (Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop)    
DNF Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop)    
DNF Benjamin Zawacki (Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop)    
DNF Jerome Townsend (Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop)    
DNF Andrea Ciacchinni (Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis)    
DNF Strad Helms (Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis)    
DNF Alex Bowden (Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis)    
DNF Charles Eldridge (Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis)    
DNF Adam Bergman    
DNF Kevin Attkisson (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team P/B Motorex)    
DNF Jared Nieters (XO Communications / Battley Harley-Davidson)    
DNF Timothy Brown (XO Communications / Battley Harley-Davidson)    
DNF Zachary Felpel (XO Communications / Battley Harley-Davidson)    
DNF Jean-Michel Lachance (Team Canada)    
DNF Mike Midlarsky ( Pro Cycling Team)    
DNF Damien Dunn (Hub)    
DNF Marcus Morgan (Preferred Parking)