Lacombe's lunge gets it for Planet Energy

Kevin Lacombe (Planet Energy) used his speedy sprint to claim victory at the 26th annual Chris Thater Memorial criterium held in Binghamton, New York, on Sunday. The French-Canadian won the bunch kick, outpacing runner-up Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Yosvany Falcon (Champion Porsche) in third.

Over 100 pro men lined up to start the late-summer criterium that typically marks the final stages of the National Racing Calendar series in the United States. Full teams included Planet Energy and Colavita-Sutter Home alongside teams of lesser numbers - Bissell, Mountain Khakis, Kelly Benefit Strategies and Subway-Avanti. Notable amateur level teams included GS Mengoni, CRCA-Empire, Richmond Pro, Aerocat Cycling, and Kenda Pro.

The men's field took on a two kilometre circuit that included a tiresome hill each lap, totaling an 80-kilometre criterium. Francois Paresien (Planet Energy) kicked off the race with the first breakaway. His move ignited several chase groups behind but all attempts to bridge across were short-lived.

The second move of the day included Paresien again and his teammate Ryan Roth, Anibal Borrajo (Colavita-Sutter Home), Clay Murfet (Kelly Benefit Strategies), and Amauri Perez (GS Mengoni). The five-rider break continued to work well together until Murfet was requested to sit up from the break and help his Kelly Benefit Strategies teammates in a high speed chase from the peloton.

"There were a lot of small breaks today and we had David Veilleux and Jake Keough in the bunch so it wasn't really my job to work in the break," said Murfet." It was really windy and I was told to come back and help chase."

They successfully reeled in the breakaway with three laps to go, just in time for Peter Latham (Bissell) to make his move. Latham was followed by a handful of strong riders, most notably, Luis Amaran and Alejandro Borrajo (Colavita-Sutter Home) who were trying to hold the field together in hopes of a bunch sprint.

"Colavita was pulling pretty hard," said Murfet of the final two laps. "Veilleux was trying to keep Jake out of trouble while Colavita was doing a lead-out and Planet Energy was up there too."

New Zealand time trial champion Jeremy Vennell (Bissell) was the next to go but he too was reeled back in by the Colavita-Sutter Home train and Planet Energy, which sat close to the front waiting for an opportunity to attack. Lacombe found that winning opportunity on the descent and rounded the final two corners ahead of Haedo and Falcon.

The 26th annual Chris Thater Memorial criterium is a project of the Broome County STOP-DWI Program to heighten awareness about the drunk-driving problem. Chris Thater was a young cyclist whose life was taken from a drunk driving accident.

There is only one more opportunity to for riders and teams to pick up points toward the NRC ranking this summer at the 100k Classic held next weekend in Atlanta. The individual classification is currently lead by Tom Zirbel (Bissell) and the team classification is lead by Colavita-Sutter Home.

The Chris Thater Memorial also marks the fourth round of the USA Crit Series, a six-event series currently lead by Jake Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies).


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1Keven Lacombe (Can) Planet Energy0:53:50
2Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita Sutter HomeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Yosvany Falcon (USA) Champion PorscheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Kyle Wamsley (USA) Colavita Sutter Home0:00:01
5Adam Myerson (USA) Mountain KhakisRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jake Keough (USA) Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 5 - Cell 2
7Clayton Barrows (USA) Empire Cycling/CRCARow 6 - Cell 2
8Jerome Townsend (USA) IF/Lionette's0:00:02
9Eric Schildge (USA) 8 - Cell 2
10Frank Travieso (USA) Champion PorscheRow 9 - Cell 2
11Emile Abraham (Tri) Aerocat Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Amauri Perez (Dom) GS Mengoni USARow 11 - Cell 2
13Lisban Quintero (USA) CRCA/FoundationRow 12 - Cell 2
14Josh England (NZl) Subway Avanti0:00:03
15Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter HomeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Mark Hekman (USA) Mountain KhakisRow 15 - Cell 2
17Hayden Godfrey (NZl) Subway AvantiRow 16 - Cell 2
18Cody O'Reilly (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Guillaume Boivin (Can) Planet Energy0:00:04
20Andres Diaz (Dom) GS Mengoni USARow 19 - Cell 2
21Amos Brumble (USA) CCB RacingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Mark Walters (Can) MainLine BiKyle MazurRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Gavi Epstein (USA) ChampionSysGladiatorWi0:00:05
25Jamey Driscoll (USA) Rock RacingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Melito Heredia (USA) Innovation BikeRow 25 - Cell 2
27Neil Bezdek (Can) GS Mengoni USARow 26 - Cell 2
28Ryan DeWald (USA) Battley Harley SonomaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Bruno Langlois (Can) Planet Energy0:00:06
30David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:07
31Timothy Farnham (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Daniel Zmolik (USA) Empire Cycling/CRCARow 31 - Cell 2
33Nat Thompson (USA) ABRT/Team LatitudeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Clay Murfet (Aus) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:00:08
35Adam Farabaugh (USA) Hershey Cancer/CannondaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Adam Carr (USA) Ten Speed Drive BH BicyRow 35 - Cell 2
37Luis Amaran (Cub) Colavita Sutter Home0:00:09
38Jeff Buckles (USA) Richmond Pro Cycling0:00:10
39Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket/TrakkersRow 38 - Cell 2
40Stephan Kincaid (USA) Empire Cycling/CRCARow 39 - Cell 2
41Jim Baldesare (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling0:00:11
42Jaime Gandara (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling0:00:14
43Mathew Bell (Can) Hardwood Hills0:00:15
44Martin Gilbert (Can) Planet Energy0:00:16
45Justin Lindine (USA)
46Andy Crater (USA) Wheel & Sprocket0:00:20
47Steve Scholzen (USA) IS CorpRow 46 - Cell 2
48Nick Benettez (USA) MetLife Cycling TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Bill Elliston (USA) Van Dessel Factory TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Josh Dillon (USA)
51Michael Mathis (USA) Empire Cycling/CRCARow 50 - Cell 2
52Aaron Fillion (Can) Ride With Rendall0:00:22
53Seth Hansley (USA) Champion Porsche0:00:29
54Jesse Anthony (USA) Team Type 1Row 53 - Cell 2
55Isacc Howe (USA) Mountain Khakis0:00:30
56Ryan Roth (Can) Planet Energy0:00:34
57Francois Parisien (Can) Planet EnergyRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ryan Mele (USA) Richmond Pro Cycling0:00:44
59Matt Seagrave (USA) Richmond Pro Cycling0:00:49
60Brian Fouche (USA) Team Latitude/ABRT0:00:50
61Salvatore Scotto DiVetta (USA) GS Mengoni USARow 60 - Cell 2
62Mark Warno (USA) Immediate Mortg/ArtemisRow 61 - Cell 2
63Euris Rafael Vidal Paulino (Dom) ChampionSysGladiatorWi0:00:51
64Marc Boudreau (Can) Ride With RendallRow 63 - Cell 2
65Luca Damiani (USA) Colavita Sutter Home0:00:53
66Coupe Thom (USA)
67Stephen Weller (USA)
68Matt Rossman (USA) NorEastRow 67 - Cell 2
69Dan Timmerman (USA)
70Alister Ratcliff (USA) 69 - Cell 2
71John Loehner (USA) Empire Cycling/CRCA0:01:12
72Eugene Boronow (USA) GS Mengoni USARow 71 - Cell 2
73Steven Grant (USA) Inova Health NCVC0:01:14
74Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:24
75Osmond Bakker (Can) EMD Serono Stevens0:01:35
76Jackie Simes (USA) Mountain Khakis0:01:36
77Davide Frattini (USA) Colavita Sutter Home0:01:42
78Jordan Cheyne (Can) MainLine BiKyle Mazur0:01:57
79Jeff Zygo (USA) MVP Health Care0:07:56
80Cory Scott (USA) College of William & MaryRow 79 - Cell 2
81Alejandro Guzman (USA) CRCA/FoundationRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jan Zak (Can) MainLine BiKyle MazurRow 81 - Cell 2
83Bryan Vaughan (USA) Haymarket CyclesRow 82 - Cell 2
84Agustin Fraysse (Arg) Glen SpeyRow 83 - Cell 2
85Benjamin Salibra (USA) CRCA/FoundationRow 84 - Cell 2
86Cesar Lopez (Can) Gotham-TogaRow 85 - Cell 2


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Kirsten Frattini
Women's Editor

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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