Starchyk takes overall win with another victory

Stenberg, Mamos fill podium places

The winds and rain might have eased up a bit for the Univest Grand Prix road race on Saturday but the Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie squad was having none of that. The Italian team with the local sponsors went to the front mid-race to chase down a break and the move paid off with a stage, race and team victory in the UCI 2.2 Pro/Am North American classic.

Ukrainian national champion Volodomyr Starchyk led out a final lap to take the Univest Leader’s jersey from team-mate Philipp Mamos. Patrik Stenberg, the 18-year-old wonder from Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harrison, took second in the stage and third overall for the two-day event that began Friday with a team time trial in Allentown.

Amore & Vita’s Yuri Metlushenko, who won the Univest Grand Prix Doylestown Criterium in 2008, took the Leidy’s Premium Pork Products Sprinter’s jersey. Bernardo Colex Tepos of Tecos-Trek – who attacked with a solo break for more than half of the 11 finishing circuit laps in Souderton – was awarded The Intelligencer’s Most Aggressive Rider and the VisitPa.com Best Climber jerseys for his efforts.

Stenberg beat Felt-Holowesko-Garmin U23’s Caleb Fairly for the Landis Supermarkets Best U23 Rider jersey.

The field, tested by near gale-force winds and a tricky, technical team time trial course on Friday, telegraphed its tension early when a major crash took down numerous riders within the first mile of the race. Three riders were treated at area hospitals for injuries. An escape by a small group of riders midway through the 60-mile, hilly road course threatened to break up the field but Amore & Vita team director Roberto Gaggioli sent his squad to the front to chase it down.

“When the breakaway reached 1 minute 40 seconds, that’s when we decided to put all of our guys on the front. Slow and steady, we brought them back,” Gaggioli said.

When the racers returned to Souderton for 40 miles – 11 laps – on the finishing circuits through town, Colex-Tepos was out in front on a solo break but he couldn’t keep the strongest riders off his wheel for long. By the time the race was down to five laps, there was a group of seven about 10 to 15 seconds off the front of a chasing field of more than 40 riders – unusual in recent years for the Univest race, where the difficult road course has often split the field and left the final laps to only about a half-dozen riders.

Mamos, who held the yellow Univest Leader’s jersey after Friday’s time trial, and Starchyk were in the front group but Starchyk said the team worked to put him in position for the final sprint.

“I was feeling strong today,” he said. “The team did an exceptional job to set me up.”

Starchyk was also impressed with his first visit to the Univest Grand Prix. “I never expected to find a race this good when I came to the United States,” he said.

Stenmark, like Starchyk was using the Univest race as a warm-up for the world championships. He said the leading pack in the final laps got split a bit by the feed zones but he avoided getting stuck and was able to compete in the sprint finish.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie4:03:18 
2Patrik Stenberg (Swe) Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harrison  
3Philipp Mamos (Ger) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie  
4David Boily (Can) Team Quebec  
5Jonathan Mccarty (USA) Ouch P/B Maxxis  
6Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefits Strategies  
7Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie0:00:29 
8Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong  
9Arnaud Papillon (Can) Team Quebec  
10Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie  
11Alister Ratcliff (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale  
12Josh Dillon (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale  
13Sebastian Balck (Swe) Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harrison  
14Bjorn Selander (USA) Trek Livestrong  
15Alex Hagman (USA) Ciclismo Racing  
16Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos De La Universidad  
17Bernando Colex Tepoz (Mex) Tecos De La Universidad0:00:33 
18Daniel Zmolik (Cze) Crca/Empire Cycling0:01:15 
19Eric Schildge (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale0:01:16 
20Clay Murfet (Aus) Kelly Benefits Strategies  
21Kalle Sandell (Swe) Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harrison  
22Jerome Townsend (USA) If/Lionettes  
23Chris Winn (Aus) Team Rio Grande  
24Andr Tremblay (Can) Team Quebec  
25Adrian Hegyvary (USA) Hagens-Berman  
26Danny Summerhill (USA) Felt-Holowesko Garmin U23  
27Mark Hekman (USA) Team Mountain Khakis Ep-No  
28Thom Coupe (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale  
29Michael Margarite (USA) Crca/Empire Cycling  
30William Goodfellow (Can) Mazur Coaching/Bikyle  
31Zachary Bell (Can) Kelly Benefits Strategies  
32Guy E East (USA) Trek Livestrong  
33Tomas Lofgren (Swe) Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harrison  
34Nick Friesen (Can) Cycling Center/Jbca  
35Ryohei Komori (Jpn) Trek Livestrong  
36John Fredy Parra Celada (Col) Tecos De La Universidad  
37Rolf Eisinger (USA) Ciclismo Racing  
38Robbie King (USA) If/Lionettes  
39Taylor Sheldon (USA) Felt-Holowesko Garmin U23  
40Clayton Barrows (USA) Crca/Empire Cycling  
41Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie  
42Luis Fernando Macias Hernandez (Mex) Tecos De La Universidad  
43Sean Sullivan (Aus) Team Rio Grande  
44Peter Salon (USA) Felt-Holowesko Garmin U23  
45Peter Horn (USA) Cycling Center/Jbca  
46Bobby Lea (USA) Ouch P/B Maxxis  
47Jake Hollenbach (USA) Crca/Empire Cycling  
48Dan Timmerman (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale  
49Charles Dionne (Can) Team Quebec  
50Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Garmin U230:01:23 
DNFSam Bewley (NZl) Trek Livestrong  
Final classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie4:19:39 
2Philipp Mamos (Ger) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie  
3Patrik Stenberg (Swe) Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harriso0:00:13 
4Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie0:00:29 
5Sebastian Balck (Swe) Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harriso0:00:42 
6David Boily (Can) Team Quebec0:00:45 
7Bjorn Selander (USA) Trek Livestrong0:00:46 
8Jonathan Mccarty (USA) Ouch P/B Maxxis0:00:50 
9Matthew Busche (USA) Kelly Benefits Strategies0:00:52 
10Alister Ratcliff (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale0:01:04 
11Josh Dillon (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale  
12Arnaud Papillon (Can) Team Quebec0:01:14 
13Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie0:01:16 
14Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos De La Universidad0:01:17 
15Alex Hagman (USA) Ciclismo Racing0:01:18 
16Bernando Colex Tepoz (Mex) Tecos De La Universidad0:01:21 
17Danny Summerhill (USA) Felt-Holowesko Garmin U230:01:28 
18Taylor Sheldon (USA) Felt-Holowesko Garmin U23  
19Guy E East (USA) Trek Livestrong0:01:33 
20Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Garmin U230:01:35 
21Sam Bewley (NZl) Trek Livestrong0:01:40 
22Peter Salon (USA) Felt-Holowesko Garmin U230:01:53 
23Adrian Hegyvary (USA) Hagens-Berman0:01:56 
24Andr Tremblay (Can) Team Quebec0:02:01 
25Charles Dionne (Can) Team Quebec  
26Luis Fernando Macias Hernandez (Mex) Tecos De La Universidad0:02:04 
27William Goodfellow (Can) Mazur Coaching/Bikyle  
28Bobby Lea (USA) Ouch P/B Maxxis0:02:06 
29Zachary Bell (Can) Kelly Benefits Strategies0:02:08 
30Chris Winn (Aus) Team Rio Grande0:02:12 
31Sean Sullivan (Aus) Team Rio Grande  
32Daniel Zmolik (Cze) Crca/Empire Cycling  
33Michael Margarite (USA) Crca/Empire Cycling0:02:13 
34Clayton Barrows (USA) Crca/Empire Cycling  
35Jake Hollenbach (USA) Crca/Empire Cycling  
36Kalle Sandell (Swe) Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harriso0:02:14 
37Peter Horn (USA) Cycling Center/Jbca0:02:15 
38Mark Hekman (USA) Team Mountain Khakis Ep-No0:02:18 
39Jerome Townsend (USA) If/Lionettes0:02:59 
40Robbie King (USA) If/Lionettes  
41Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong0:03:04 
42Eric Schildge (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale0:03:12 
43Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita presented by Lifetime Fitness | Velo Vie0:03:14 
44Nick Friesen (Can) Cycling Center/Jbca0:03:20 
45Rolf Eisinger (USA) Ciclismo Racing0:03:28 
46Dan Timmerman (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale0:03:37 
47Ryohei Komori (Jpn) Trek Livestrong0:03:52 
48Tomas Lofgren (Swe) Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harriso0:03:59 
49Thom Coupe (USA) Bikereg.Com/Cannondale0:04:04 
50John Fredy Parra Celada (Col) Tecos De La Universidad0:05:01 
51Clay Murfet (Aus) Kelly Benefits Strategies0:11:31 
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