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Carter quickest in Blue Island

Josh Carter (ABD Cycling) grabbed one of his biggest career wins at Blue Island Criterium, out-sprinting the more favoured international professionals over the final 350 metres to win by a wheel. German rider Hans Dekkers (Garmin-Slipstream) and Andreas Muller (Gourmetfein) took second and third respectively.

A larger field rolled out on the flat one mile, four corner course that zipped through Chicago’s oldest southern suburb. An early break of three riders went clear, containing Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling), James Stemper (Team Geargrinder) and South African Bradley Potgiver (Team MTN), ensuring that the average speed was over 28mph during the 100 kilometre race.

The leader’s gap hovered around 30 seconds for a good portion of the race, as they battled amongst themselves for three lots of sprint points. Fly V Australia was working hard to bring back the break but blocking by various teams hampered its efforts. Despite taking a while to reel in the leaders Fly V Australia’s Bernard Sulzberger managed to retain the yellow jersey with his fourth place.

Various attacks were launched by different teams after the trio was caught, but it was a break by two riders that almost made it to the finish. Carlos Vargas (Team Hotel San Jose) and Andy Crater (Wheel & Sprocket) worked well together to keep the slender lead, but Crater misjudged the finishing lap and sprinted two laps too early. This put him out of contention and it was a field sprint at the end.

Carter got in to prime position with the help of team-mate Ryan Freund and launched his jump coming out of the final corner. Carter held out the charging field by a very slim margin.

Carter was visibly excited about his stage win as he described the last lap. “There were two guys still up the road and Ryan dropped me at near the front of the pack, I could hear a lot of yelling from guys jostling for position behind me but I knew exactly where I wanted to be at the final corner,” said Carter. “I was a little nervous about opening my sprint 350 metres out, but I drove it as hard as I could and I made it to the line.

“That was probably the best field sprint I have won, and there was a lot of good guys in the race,” he added. “It definitely ranks up there and I am stoked to have achieved my goal of winning a stage at Superweek and want to shift up another gear to win another stage.”

During the race Carter was feeling tired for a long time but with seven laps remaining he sprinted on a prime lap, was pipped at the line. “I felt that my sprint right then was not too sharp, however I was able to recover in time and I feel like that prime was a factor in opening my legs up to get the win,” he said, before paying tribute to Ryan. “He made it easy for me to move around at the end, kept me sheltered from the win and then decisively moved me up on the final lap.”

South African Jay Thomson (Team MTN) and Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors) both share the APC Nutrition Sprint classification lead with 24 points each. Robert White and James Stemper - both of Team Geargrinder - are third and fourth respectively.

Strange, who was third overall on sprint points at last year’s Superweek series, is looking to improve this year and is already doing well when the opportunities present themselves. “At this early stage of Superweek I’m looking to ride smart, follow moves, and conserve energy,” said Strange. “The sprints are going well; it’s just that on a few occasions there have been breaks up the road taking the points on offer. The key is to be in the right moves.”

1Joshua Carter (ABD Cycling Team)
2Hans Dekkers (Garmin Slipstream Pro-Tour)
3Andreas Muller (Gourmetfein)
4Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
5Juan Van Heerden (Team Mtn)
6Hector Pastorino (Zmotion)
7Nicholas Martinez (Now Ms Society)
8Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling Presented By Spinergy)
9Christoff Van Heerden (Team Mtn)
10Juan Gaspari (Zmotion)
11Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)
12Robert Bush (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
13James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
14James Flora (South Chicago Wheelmen)
15Jason Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)
16Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)
17Michael Van Eerd (Team Yrc Now Ms)
18Edgardo Richiez (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)
19Nick Housley (Myogenesis P/B United Health Care)
20Connor Sallee (Williams Cycling)
21John Bergmann (Team Clif Bar Cycling)
22Brian Cornelius (Landis/Trek)
23Gabriel Acabe (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)
24Alex Martinez (Kahala La-Grange)
25Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
26Jonathan Atkins (Team Latino)
27Gustavo Rullo (Zmotion)
28Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin Slipstream Pro-Tour)
29Jason Short (Rbm Matrix)
30Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)
31Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)
32Tim Pacholski (Velo Trocadero)
33Juan R Martinez (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)
34Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling Team)
35Aaron Beardsley (Team Clif Bar)
36Andrew Daley (Burnham Racing)
37Cory Hickman (Project 5 Racing)
38Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
39Frank Rowley (South Chicago Wheelmen)
40Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
41Chris Wallace (Mercy Cycling Team)
42Mike Tettleton (Team Bearclaw)
43John Dapkus (Team Bicycle Heaven)
44Patrick Briggs (California Giant Cycling)
45Craig Streit (Carlos Obriens Racing)
46Eric Bennett (Now-Ms Society)
47Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)
48Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)
49Matthew Welch (Burnham Racing)
50Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis P/B Ep-No)
51John Mckeen (Team Bearclaw)
52Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)
53Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)
54Bradley Potgiver (Team Mtn)
55Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
56Matthew Holecko (Carlos Obriens Racing)
57Graf Andreos (Gourmetfein)
58Chris Daggs (Swami's-Fppi Det)
59EfreN Ortega (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)
60Ian Mclead (Team Mtn)
61Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
62Joseph Schmalz (Mercy Cycling Team)
63Adam Mills (Mercy Cycling Team)
64Calixto Bello (Zmotion)
65Alex Jarman (Swami's-Fppi Det)
66Zachary Davies

Sprints - Men - Round 1
1Bradley Potgiver (Team Mtn)
2James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
3Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling Team)
4Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
5Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
6Juan Gaspari (Zmotion)
7Curtis Gunn (Fly V Australia)

Sprints - Men - Round 2
1Bradley Potgiver (Team Mtn)
2James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
3Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling Team)
4Hector Pastorino (Zmotion)
5Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)
6Patrick Briggs (California Giant Cycling)
7Robert White (Team Geargrinder)

Sprints - Men - Round 3
1Bradley Potgiver (Team Mtn)
2James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
3Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling Team)
4Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
5Logan Garey (Team Rio Grande)
6Jason Short (Rbm Matrix)
7Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)

Sprints - Men - Round 4
1Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
2Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
3Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling Presented By Spinergy)
4Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose/Rgm Advisors)
5Andreas Muller (Gourmetfein)
6Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
7Jay Thomson (Team Mtn)

1Jennifer Purcell (Colavita/Sutter Home)
2Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)
3Nicky Wangsgard (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)
4Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)
5Nicole Freidman
6Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)
7Julia Farell (Team Ultralink)
8Emma Petersen (Team Ultralink)
9Christine Roettger
10Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)
11Ho-Hsun Huang (Team Exustar Taiwan)
12Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)
13Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)
14Julie Jerue (Is Corp)
15Gina Voci (Juice Plus)
16Marie Rosado (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)
17Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing)
18Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)
19Julia Lafranchise (Now-Ms Society)
20Liz Leyden (Hub Racing)
21Hsiao-Chia Tseng (Team Exustar Taiwan)
22Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)
23Ashley Anderson (Proman Hit Squad)

Sprints - Women - Round 1
1Jennifer Purcell (Colavita/Sutter Home)
2Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)
3Julie Jerue (Is Corp)
4Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)
5Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)

Sprints - Women - Round 2
1Jennifer Purcell (Colavita/Sutter Home)
2Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)
3Julie Jerue (Is Corp)
4Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)
5Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)

Sprints - Women - Round 3
1Jennifer Purcell (Colavita/Sutter Home)
2Hsiao-Chia Tseng (Team Exustar Taiwan)
3Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)
4Julie Jerue (Is Corp)
5Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)

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