Roth reigns at Univest Grand Prix

Canadian wins from three-man break

Ryan Roth (SpiderTech p/b C10) secured a prestigious victory at the UCI 1.2 Univest Grand Prix held in Souderton, Pennsylvania. The Canadian out-paced a late-race three-man breakaway that included Frank Pipp (Bissell) in second and Tom Zirbel (Jamis-Sutter Home), who bridged to Roth and Pipp on the final lap and finished in third.

"We have done a lot of hard racing the last month and a half and it suited us to make a hard race so that is what we tried to do," Roth said.

"I thought Zirbel coming across was good because he has a good engine and he would do a long sprint, which suited me also," said Roth. "I was worried about Frank Pipp because he is a fast guy. I tried to get rid of them on the last time up the hill but I couldn't. The new course was good, a lot of attacks and it was harder than last year."

Aggressive short circuits end in winning breakaway

Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth and Bissell were the first teams to stretch their legs at the front of the peloton in an effort to increase the speed of the race and turn up the heat during the closing five laps of the race.

Bruno Langlois (SpiderTech p/b C10) attempted to ride off the front alone at the start of the five shorter finishing circuits through downtown Souderton. His efforts were short-lived, brought back by a series of alternate attacks coming from the peloton.

Jason Donald (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) was the next to take a solo flyer with four laps to go. He was soon caught by a very large group of chasers including strong sprinter Martin Gilbert (SpiderTech p/b C10) along with riders from teams UnitedHealthcare and Bissell, among others.

Other riders that made last-ditch attack included Heath Blackgrove (Elbowz Racing), who was countered by duo Frank Pipp (Bissell) and former event winner Ryan Roth (SpiderTech p/b C10).

Pipp and Roth increased their lead to roughly 45 seconds with one lap to go. Tom Zirbel (Jamis-Sutter Home) successfully bridged across to the breakaway adding significant horsepower to the now three-man move.

"It was a hard race, at time so fast, and never really broke up," Pipp said. "I thought it was going to be a field sprint but Ryan attacked with three to go, I guess. I saw him go and I know how strong of a rider he is. We got a gap and I thought as long as I can stay with him until the finish, I can beat him in a sprint, but I guess he showed me that wasn't the case."

The skies opened to rain on the last lap as UnitedHealthcare rallied its riders at the front of the field in a full-on chase to bring back the breakaway riders for its sprinter Jake Keough. However, a large crash on the final climb slowed the peloton down and it was unable to close the gap.

Parisien and Tivers own Univest GP large circuits

A mixed domestic and international peloton lined up to compete at the UCI 1.2 Univest Grand Prix. The parcours kicked off with 12 laps of a 10.4km long circuit followed by five laps of a shorter 7.2km circuit.

Each lap included a challenging climb on Wile Avenue that has traditionally put stress on the peloton during the closing laps plus a a King of the Mountain (KOM) sprint on N. 2nd Street.

A pair of riders racing under Canadian outfits, Francois Parisien (SpiderTech p/b C10) and Brett Tivers (Garneau Club Chaussures-Norton Rose), initiated the first breakaway of the day on the opening lap.

The duo held a small lead ahead, of roughly 30 seconds, on the peloton during the first three laps but the duo were able to extend their advantage to 2:20 by the seventh lap of the race.

A chase group of two riders formed that included Tim Rugg (XO Communications - Battley Harley-Davidson) and Dylan McNicholas (CCB Racing). The pair continued their efforts for roughly three laps until the start of attacks from the main field, resulting in the chase group's demise.

The gap between Parisien and Tivers and the peloton was reduced from 2:20 down to 1:20 minutes but he pair continued to plug away out front of the peloton with the gap increasing back up to 2:20 with seven laps to go.

Parisien took a chance on making a solo breakaway and attacked Tivers with one and half large circuits remaining. He entered the start of the five smaller circuits alone with a gap of 30 seconds.

Full Results
1Ryan Roth (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C103:52:27 
2Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team  
3Tom Zirbel (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home  
4Eric Young (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team0:00:13 
5Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
6Martin Gilbert (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C10  
7Jacob Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
8Robin Carpenter (USA) Bikereg.com - Cannondale  
9Adam Thuss (Can) Champion System Racing  
10Shawn McCarthy (Aus) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose  
11Sebastian Balck (Swe) Team Cykelcity  
12Thomas Brown (USA) Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop  
13William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
14Adam Farabaugh (USA) Kallisto-Wheels of Bloor  
15Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C10  
16Nick Frey (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home  
17Ian Crane (USA) Hagens Berman Cycling  
18Chris Gruber (Can) Kallisto-Wheels of Bloor  
19Ben Zawacki (USA) Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop  
20Bobby Lea (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA  
21Mathieu Roy (Can) Gaspésien - Passion-Vélo  
22Adam Carr (USA) Gaspésien - Passion-Vélo  
23Jackie Simes (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home  
24Ricky Gargiulo (USA) Heart House-CADV-CC Evesham  
25Kennett Peterson (USA) Hagens Berman Cycling  
26Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team  
27Heath Blackgrove (NZl) ELBOWZ Racing  
28Remi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose  
29Gabe Varela (USA) Hagens Berman Cycling  
30Bruno Langlois (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C10  
31Jason Donald (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
32Barry Miller (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA  
33Igor Volshteyn (USA) Champion System Racing  
34Mat Stephens (USA) ELBOWZ Racing  
35Michael Chauner (USA) Team Cykelcity  
36Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
37Christian Helmig (Lux) ELBOWZ Racing0:00:36 
38Tim Mitchell (USA) CCB Racing  
39Aaron Fillion (Can) Ride With Rendall  
40John Loehner (USA) Stan's NoTubes-AXA-Equitable-CRCA  
41Jeremy Durrin (USA) Heart House-CADV-CC Evesham  
42Clayton Barrows (USA) Stan's NoTubes-AXA-Equitable-CRCA0:00:55 
43Benjamin King (Aus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
44Keck Baker (USA) X/O Communications - Battley Harley-Davidson0:01:02 
45Clay Murfet (Aus) Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop  
46Amos Brumble (USA) CCB Racing  
47Andrew Bajadali (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
48Mark Batty (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C10  
49Mike Margarite (USA) Stan's NoTubes-AXA-Equitable-CRCA0:01:11 
50Sam Witmitz (Aus) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose  
51Francois Parisien (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C10  
52Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
53Chris Parrish (USA) Hagens Berman Cycling0:01:21 
54Chad Haga (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:48 
55Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:56 
56Robert Pölder (Swe) Team Cykelcity0:02:12 
57Michael Olsson (Swe) Team Cykelcity  
58Peter Hurst (USA) Bikereg.com - Cannondale  
59Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:02:52 
60Tyler Jewell (USA) ELBOWZ Racing  
61Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:04:05 
62Scott Zwizanski (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
63Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
64Cody Campbell (Can) Hagens Berman Cycling0:06:17 
65Nicholas Rogers (USA) Breakawaybikes.com-IFRACTAL0:07:01 
66James Stevens (Aus) Champion System Racing  
67Yahor Buben (Blr) CCB Racing0:15:22 
68Thomas Soladay (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:16:22 
69Aliaksandr Bieliauski (Blr) CCB Racing0:17:22 
70Max Korus (USA) Bikereg.com - Cannondale0:17:27 
71Brett Tivers (NZl) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose  
72Brendan Spencer (Can) Kallisto-Wheels of Bloor  
73Jean-François Racine (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose0:17:50 
74Andrew McCullough (USA) Gaspésien - Passion-Vélo0:18:39 
75Evan McNeely (Can) Ride With Rendall0:36:43 
76Ryan Pettit (USA) Heart House-CADV-CC Evesham0:37:07 
77Neil Bezdek (USA) Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop0:38:07 
78Brett Kielick (USA) Breakawaybikes.com-IFRACTAL0:38:34 
79Casey Roth (Can) Ride With Rendall  
80Alex Bowden (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
81Andrew Seitz (USA) Breakawaybikes.com-IFRACTAL0:49:08 
82Dylan McNicholas (USA) CCB Racing0:50:08 
83Evan Burkhart (USA) Bikereg.com - Cannondale0:51:08 
84Andrew Gonzales (USA) ELBOWZ Racing0:54:08 
85Wes Kline (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA0:58:13 
86Robert Ralf Harris (Can) Gaspésien - Passion-Vélo0:59:13 
87Kiernan Orange (Can) Ride With Rendall1:01:13 
DNFZack Noonan (USA) Bikereg.com - Cannondale  
DNFPatrick Bevin (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling Team  
DNFAndrew Baker (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team  
DNFShane Kline (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team  
DNFZamastil S.Charles (USA) Breakawaybikes.com-IFRACTAL  
DNFRyan Shebelsky (USA) Breakawaybikes.com-IFRACTAL  
DNFSergio Atocha (USA) Champion System Racing  
DNFZoltan Tisza (Hun) Champion System Racing  
DNFPhil Penman (USA) Champion System Racing  
DNFJoseph Schmalz (USA) ELBOWZ Racing  
DNFYannick Bedard (Can) Gaspésien - Passion-Vélo  
DNFDan Bechtold (USA) Hagens Berman Cycling  
DNFMichael Jenks (USA) Heart House-CADV-CC Evesham  
DNFBeau Edwards (USA) Heart House-CADV-CC Evesham  
DNFGregory Leach (USA) Heart House-CADV-CC Evesham  
DNFAndrew Guptill (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home  
DNFGuido Palma (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home  
DNFDerek Ivey (Can) Kallisto-Wheels of Bloor  
DNFBayden Pritchard (Can) Kallisto-Wheels of Bloor  
DNFEdwin Bull (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA  
DNFDerrick St John (Can) Ride With Rendall  
DNFJoe Whitman (USA) Stan's NoTubes-AXA-Equitable-CRCA  
DNFChris Johnson (USA) Stan's NoTubes-AXA-Equitable-CRCA  
DNFJohn Minturn (USA) Stan's NoTubes-AXA-Equitable-CRCA  
DNFJonas Bjelkmark (Swe) Team Cykelcity  
DNFJohan Landström (Swe) Team Cykelcity  
DNFJacob Mueller (USA) Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop  
DNFScott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFSean Barrie (USA) X/O Communications - Battley Harley-Davidson  
DNFRuss Langley (USA) X/O Communications - Battley Harley-Davidson  
DNFTimothy Rugg (USA) X/O Communications - Battley Harley-Davidson  
Sprint 1
1Brett Tivers (NZl) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose10pts
2Francois Parisien (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C105 
3Bobby Lea (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA3 
Sprint 2
1Brett Tivers (NZl) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose10pts
2Francois Parisien (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C105 
3Bobby Lea (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA3 
Sprint 3
1Jason Donald (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth10pts
2Adam Thuss (Can) Champion System Racing5 
3Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team3 
Mountain 1
1Francois Parisien (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C1010pts
2Brett Tivers (NZl) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose5 
3Gabe Varela (USA) Hagens Berman Cycling3 
Mountain 2
1Francois Parisien (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C1020pts
2Gabe Varela (USA) Hagens Berman Cycling10 
3Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth6 
Mountain 3
1Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team10pts
2Ryan Roth (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C105 
3Tom Zirbel (USA) Jamis/Sutter Home3 
Sprint classification
1Brett Tivers (NZl) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose20pts
2Jason Donald (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth10 
3Francois Parisien (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C1010 
4Bobby Lea (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA6 
5Adam Thuss (Can) Champion System Racing5 
6Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team3 
Mountains classification
1Francois Parisien (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C1030pts
2Gabe Varela (USA) Hagens Berman Cycling13 
3Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team10 
4Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth6 
5Ryan Roth (Can) Team SpiderTech p/b C105 
6Brett Tivers (NZl) Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose5 
7Tom Zirbel (USA) Jamis/Sutter Home3 
Teams
1Team SpiderTech p/b C1011:37:47 
2Bissell Pro Cycling Team  
3Jamis-Sutter Home  
4Hagens Berman Cycling0:00:13 
5ELBOWZ Racing0:00:36 
6Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:00:55 
7Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop0:01:02 
8Garneau Club Chaussures - Norton Rose0:01:11 
9UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
10Team Cykelcity0:02:12 
11Stan's NoTubes-AXA-Equitable-CRCA0:02:16 
12Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:02:37 
13Champion System Racing0:07:01 
14CCB Racing0:16:34 
15Kallisto-Wheels of Bloor0:17:27 
16Gaspésien - Passion-Vélo0:18:39 
17Bikereg.com - Cannondale0:19:26 
18Heart House-CADV-CC Evesham0:37:30 
19Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA0:58:13 
20Ride With Rendall1:15:27 
21Breakawaybikes.com-IFRACTAL1:34:17 
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