Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas Cyling Team) took top honors at the 10th Annual Glencoe Grand Prix presented by the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, held outside of Chicago, Illinois. The Canadian’s second win at the TUFMED USA CRITS SERIES came out of a sprint after lapping the main field with Bryan Gomez (Gateway Harley-Davidson/Trek U25) and Ryan Knapp (First Internet Bank Cycling), who finished second and third, respectively.
On the same course that was used for the 2010 U.S. Criterium Nationals, 72 riders set off on a challenging 10-corner, 2.2 km circuit that equated to around 80 km of racing.
Knapp was the first rider to take a crack off the front and stretch out a significant advantage of 30 seconds, 10 laps into the race.
After letting Knapp enjoy some solo time off the front, Ryan Aitcheson, who was sitting fourth overall in the Series at the start of the seventh race, decided the move turned dangerous and attacked out of the field. Gomez saw an opportunity to get into a break with this year’s winner of Athens Twilight and went along for the ride.
“Knapp is definitely someone to keep an eye out for,” Aitchenson said about the decision to bridge. “He’s been on the radar for a few years. We used to be teammates, so I know exactly how strong he is. I knew it was tempting to let him sit out there a little longer, but it was getting dangerous really quick.”
It took about 10 laps, but Aitcheson and Gomez finally made the connection as they came through the start/finish with 26 laps left in the race. The three worked well together, good enough, in fact, to eventually lap the field with six laps remaining.
“It ended up rolling,” Aitcheson said. “I was quite surprised. I was waiting for more guys to come up and help us, but we pulled pretty hard and we ended up lapping, which I surprised about.
With the original break safely in the field, it was down to their teammates to negotiate the top three through the bunch for final placings. First Internet Bank Cycling team set a fierce tempo for Knapp until inside two laps to go, when Astellas came to the front for Aitcheson.
Current BikeReg Best Young Rider Eamon Lucas was the last Astellas rider to lead Aitcheson through the final corner. Gomez was firmly stuck on his wheel, but failed to come around the Canadian.
Maxwell Ackermann (Gateway Harley-Davidson/Trek U25) won the bunch sprint out of the lapped field to take home fourth place.
In the TUFMED USA CRITS standings, Thomas Gibbons (Unattached) maintained his lead with 1223 points. Aitcheson moved up into second with 1119, and his teammate Lucas is sitting in third with 1092 points.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Ryan Aitcheson (USA) Astellas Cycling Team||1:53:08|
|2||Bryan Gomez (Col) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek|
|3||Ryan Knapp (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling|
|4||Maxwell Ackermann (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek|
|5||Eamon Lucas (USA) Astellas Cycling Team||0:00:01|
|6||Benjamin Renkema (USA) Team Finish Strong||0:00:02|
|7||Grant Erhard (USA) Summit Wealth Strategies|
|8||Ed Veal (USA) RealDealD'Ornellas pb Garneau||0:00:03|
|9||Thomas Gibbons (USA)|
|10||Adam Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart|
|11||Trevor O'donnell (Can) RealDealD'Ornellas pb Garneau|
|12||Paul Martin (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling|
|13||John Harris (USA) GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar|
|14||Dennis Ramirez (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek||0:00:04|
|15||Robert Sroka (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling||0:00:05|
|16||Eric Thompson (USA) Donkey Label Racing||0:00:06|
|17||Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell ABG Giant|
|18||Rudyard Peterson (USA) Credite' Velo TREK|
|19||Matt Salpietro (USA) Texas Roadhouse Cycling|
|20||Anton Varabei (USA) RealDealD'Ornellas pb Garneau|
|21||Andrew Giniat (USA) EGO pb Sammy's Bikes|
|22||Parker Kyzer (USA) Team Finish Strong||0:00:07|
|23||Rahsaan Bahati (USA) Bahati-WTR||0:00:08|
|24||Maxwell Anderson (USA) LAPT - Wilde Subaru|
|25||Brian Kaker (USA) LAPT - Wilde Subaru||0:00:12|
|26||Hogan Sills (USA) Bissell ABG Giant|
|27||Jack Mccann (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling||0:00:13|
|28||Luke Momper (USA) Summit Wealth Strategies||0:00:17|
|29||Chris Arndt (USA) LAPT - Wilde Subaru|
|30||Robert White (USA) Avant Cycling pb Precision Plus||0:00:18|
|31||Bill Mulligan (USA) GDVC|
|32||Matthew Kelley (USA) Summit Wealth Strategies||0:00:19|
|33||Justin Meade (USA) Team Finish Strong|
|34||Michael Keller (USA) Bissell ABG Giant||0:00:21|
|35||Levon Kalemkiarian (USA) Donkey Label Racing|
|36||Tristin Bentzler (USA) Donkey Label Racing|
|37||Andrew House (Can) To Wheels Epic Sports Performance BCC||0:00:22|
|38||Stephen Wagstaff (USA) LAPT - Wilde Subaru||0:00:23|
|39||Eric Hill (USA) LAPT - Wilde Subaru||0:00:25|
|40||Matt Moosa (USA) Team Finish Strong||0:00:27|
|41||Ian Keough (USA) Astellas Cycling Team||0:00:28|
|42||Clay Murfet (USA) Astellas Cycling Team|
|43||Kirk Albers (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling|
|44||John Woods (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling||0:00:29|
|45||John Becker (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling||0:00:49|
|46||Fletcher Lydick (USA) Team Finish Strong||0:01:33|
|47||Johnny Mitchell (USA) Team Finish Strong|
|48||Travis Lyons (USA) Team Mike's Bikes pb Equator Co||0:01:58|
|49||Alexander Voitik (USA) EGO pb Sammy's Bikes||0:11:52|
|50||Joshua Kush (USA) Clarksville Schwinn powered by|
|51||Jarret Oldham (USA) Clarksville Schwinn powered by||0:12:30|
|52||Scott Ogilvie (USA) Dogfish Racing|
|53||Kyle Selph (USA) EGO pb Sammy's Bikes|
|54||Tim Speciale (USA) EGO pb Sammy's Bikes||0:13:08|
|55||Tim Burton (Can) RealDealD'Ornellas pb Garneau|
|56||Sven Gartner (USA) EGO pb Sammy's Bikes|
|57||Adam Mcclurg (USA) LAPT - Wilde Subaru|
|58||Ryan White (USA) Velo Cause|
|59||Shane Feehery (USA) Summit Wealth Strategies|
|60||Nathan Labecki (USA) Giant Racing pb Intelligentsia|
|DNF||John Kuhfahl (USA) xXx Racing-Athletico|
|DNF||Aaron Beebe (USA) Bissell ABG Giant|
|DNF||Chad Hartley (USA) Giant Racing pb Intelligentsia|
|DNF||Konrad Witt (USA) Athletes By Design|
|DNF||Trevor Rolette (USA) EGO pb Sammy's Bikes|
|DNF||Peter Kelley (USA) Team Bicycle Heaven|
|DNF||Joshua Carter (USA) EGO pb Sammy's Bikes|
|DNF||Jordan Diekema (USA) Bissell ABG Giant|
|DNF||John Leach (USA) Bissell ABG Giant|
|DNF||Jeff Schiller (Can) To Wheels Epic Sports Performance BCC|
|DNF||Daniel Gay (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek|