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Lead at Superweek up in the air with three to go

Sterling Magnell (Rock Racing) hopes to get the lead back from Aussie Jonathan Cantwell (Jittery Joe's)

Sterling Magnell (Rock Racing) hopes to get the lead back from Aussie Jonathan Cantwell (Jittery Joe's) (Image credit: Mark Zalewski)

By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The International Cycling Classic, known as Superweek, had been dominated in the overall by Rock Racing and Sterling Magnell. However, Australian Jonathan Cantwell (Jittery Joe's) has slowly and quietly climbed up the overall since arriving here a few days after the start. With the help of team-mates Chad Hartley and Ryan Sullivan he took the leader's yellow jersey from Magnell during the Whitnall Park road race on Wednesday, due to the double points on offer, and successfully defended it during the Racine Criterium.

The result is that both Cantwell and Magnell are just a few points apart from each other with three fast and technical criteriums to go in the 17-day series. Both riders wrote about their thoughts on the changing of the jersey on their own web sites. "After two weeks of battling Rock Racing for the yellow jersey, I finally took it off them today," Cantwell wrote on "I feel strong and confident that I can keep my hands on it and the last four races are criteriums, so I should be able to manage."

Magnell had a more subtle approach on his site, with only a picture of a crumpled dollar bill, symbolising the one point difference between him and Cantwell that was announced after the race. (Officials corrected the results to three points later in the evening.)

Cantwell subtly put a warning to his adversaries based on his Down Under roots. "I can only imagine what Rock has in stall for me in the next few days, but they better realise that I'm an Aussie and we are built tough!"

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