David Veilleux and Keven Lacombe of the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team blew the field apart in the penultimate stage five at the Tour of Pennsylvania on Saturday when the pair created a 13 second gap to take first and second places. The move gave the team both the leader's yellow and sprinter's green jersey going into the final stage Sunday.
After an aggressive race, the field entered the final finishing circuits of Pittsburgh with an eight-man breakaway less than one minute up. The team's Ben King and Clay Murfet chased hard to bring down the gap and then with 2.5 kilometers remaining, the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team launched a surprise attack. The unexpected move from Jake Keogh, Veilleux and Lacombe caught the field off guard, allowing Veilleux and Lacombe to open up the six-second lead, guaranteeing both the win and yellow and green jerseys for Veilleux.
The results came just one day after Veilleux also won stage four.
"We had a great plan for today's stage," said performance director Jonas Carney. "The whole day we were waiting to execute a sudden attack where we'd use our sprinting power to surprise everyone. This win would not have been possible if everyone on the team had not bee committed or executed the plan flawlessly."
A 50 mile criterium Sunday will decide the final standings.
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