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Veilleux wins first NRC race

David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit) takes the win

David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit) takes the win (Image credit: Todd Leister)

Canadian David Veilleux of the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team showed the kind of sprinting yesterday that made him U23 2006 Canadian road race and time trial champion. He won Baltimore's Kelly Cup after a hundred meter sprint for the line in front of title sponsor John Kelly and a "home" crowd from Kelly Benefit Strategies.

"It's always great to win," said team performance director Jonas Carney, "but to win in front of our title sponsor Kelly Benefit Strategies in their home town was something special. Our team is building some real momentum going into Somerville Monday, CSC next week and of course Philly Week. David did an amazing job of keeping our roll going."

The team rode the 40-lap criterium around Baltimore's Patterson Park aggressively and was well represented in the breaks. Mid way through a seven man breakaway formed that included Jonny Sundt and David Veilleux from Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast. But with less than ten laps to go the break split, Sundt returned to the field and Veilleux was left in a four man break. In the end, the win came down to a sprint between Veilleux, Dominique Rollin (Toyota United) and Kyle Wamsley (Colavita/Sutter Home). Veilleux went into the last 100 meters on Rollin's wheel and sprinted for the line taking Rollin and holding off Wamsley for the win.

Veilleux's win continues his team's winning momentum. It has claimed podiums in every race entered in the past month including Andrew Bajadali's King of the Mountains jersey at the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic last weekend and Veilleux's own second place at the Bank of America Wilmington Grand Prix the same day.

See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the Kelly Cup.

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