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Thomson takes second straight stage

The Schlitz Park Endeavour Cycling Challenge was held on an arduous criterium circuit only 0.8 miles in length but with half that as a steep grunt up 2nd Street followed by about 45 seconds of downhill on Martin Luther King Drive before the hill was repeated. The pro men had to endure this house of pain for 70 laps, and this eventually took its toll as less than half of the field finished. Initially, after a period of rain, it looked like the course may prove to be treacherous, but after 10 minutes of racing the roads dried completely.

It was breakaway after breakaway during the race, and each time the breaks were reeled back in by chasers determined not to let them go. The sprint competition was heating up between the main contenders, Team MTN and Geargrinder for rounds one and two. However, the first significant breakaway of the race, containing Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN), Matthew Busche (ISCorp Cycling Team), Timothy Farnham (Bissell Pro Cycling Team), Michael Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream), Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia), Hector Pastorino (ZMotion) and Toby Marzot (Team Mountain Khakis) had a handy lead and looked to be established with all the major teams represented.

Right before the third round of sprint points there was an acceleration from the red jersey contenders, with Ronnie Strange (Team Hotel San Jose) on the front driving hard followed by Jay Thomson (Team MTN). They came close to catching the break and Strange succeeded in launching his teammate Heath Blackgrove to bridge across to the leaders.

The breakaway swelled to 14 riders with Karl Menzies (Team OUCH), Chun Kai Feng (Team Exustar), Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Riccardo Van der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) the notable new additions but the escapees never got organized. As the bell was rung for a $75 prime Taiwan's Chun Kai Feng attacked up the climb with two riders in tow and managed to win the sprint for the cash.

Chun Kai Feng continued with the momentum created to take three other riders with him, however his escape attempt was short-lived as the other breakaway riders worked hard to neutralise the gap. Meanwhile, the peloton had been chasing hard, strung out single file to reabsorb the break of 14 moments before the final round of sprint points. Chun Kai Feng (Team Exustar) found enough energy to edge out Jay Thomson (Team MTN) to take maximum points.

Late in the race, with 17 laps to go, Garmin-Slipstream's Michael Friedman attacked and soon gained a 20-second advantage over the peloton. Race leader Sulzberger attacked at 13 to go and successfully bridged to Friedman, however this escape did not last long as Team MTN chased hard to peg them back. Once it was back together again with 11 laps remaining four riders attacked: Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies), Van Heerden (Team MTN), Van der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) and Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La Grange). This escape lasted only two laps before being chased down.

The decisive moment came in the form of a $60 prime with four laps remaining. South Africa's Jay Thomson leapt clear of the peloton to take the prime and from there, once the gap was realized, he went into time trial mode to hold off a charging peloton and take his third stage win at Superweek. Zachary Davies, like he did at Arlington Heights, attacked on the final lap to claim second place while Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) won the field sprint for third place to further consolidate his race lead.

At the post-race presentation, Thompson was clearly stunned that he had won. "I would not have done it without my team behind me," he said. "I was told by the team to go and take the $60 prime with four to go, and I looked back and saw I had a gap on the field so I just kept going. I never thought that I would be able to hold on for the win".

Race announcer Eddy Van Guyse dubbed him "Superman" since Thomson has won the toughest of Superweek's races: Elgin Park, Holy Hill road race and now Schiltz Park. The victory moved Thomson into second place in the overall standings.

1Jay Thomson (Team MTN)
2Zachary Davies
3Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
4Hans Dekkers (Garmin-Slipstream)
5Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)
6Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN)
7Andreas Muller (No Radunion)
8Juan Van Heerden (Team MTN)
9Robert Bush (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
10Alexander Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
11Nick Frey (ciclismo racing)
12Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)
13Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream)
14Isaac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis)
15Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
16James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
17Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
18Hector Pastorino (ZMOTION)
19Max Taam (RD: Horizon Organic PB / MTN)
20Derek Dixon (HDR P/B Lombardis Sports)
21Andrew Crater (Wheel & Sprocket)
22Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)
23Timothy Farnham (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)
24Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN)
25Jeffrey Schroetlin (ABD Cycling Team)
26Matthew Busche (ISCorp Cycling Team)
27Gustavo Rullo (ZMOTION)
28Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)
29Jordan Roessingh (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)
30Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling Team)
31Mike Tettleton (Team Bearclaw)
32Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)
33Alex Wieseler (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)
34Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)
35John (Jackie) Simes (Team Mountain Khakis)
36Chris Winn (Mob Cyclery Racing / RMCEF)
37Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
38Andrew Baker (Team Mountain Khakis)
39Steve Scholzen (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)
40Ian Mclead (Team MTN)
41Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
42Juan Gaspari (ZMOTION)
43Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
44Duane Dickey (Iowa City Cycling Club)
45Luis-Alejandro Zamudio (Kahala La-Grange)
46Michael Friedman (Garmin-Slipstream)
47Alessandro Bazzana (Fly V Australia)

Sprint 1
1Will Hoffarth (Team Mountain Khakis)
2Jay Thomson (Team MTN)
3Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
4Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
5James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
6Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
7Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)

Sprint 2
1Jay Thomson (Team MTN)
2Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream)
3James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
4Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)
5Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)
6Matthew Busche (ISCorp Cycling Team)
7Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)

Sprint 3
1Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN)
2Matthew Busche (ISCorp Cycling Team)
3Timothy Farnham (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)
4Michael Friedman (Garmin Chipotle)
5Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
6Hector Pastorino (ZMOTION)
7Toby Marzot (Team Mountain Khakis)

Sprint 4
1Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)
2Jay Thomson (Team MTN)
3Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
4Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia)
5Karl Menzies (Team OUCH Presented by Maxxis)
6Zachary Davies
7Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)

1Sydney Brown (Mercy Cycling Team)
2Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda)
3Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)
4Sarah Maguire (Priority Health Cycling Team)
5Gwen Inglis (DFT p/b Treads)
6Leah Kirchmann (Team Manitoba)
7Sally Annis (Hub Racing)
8Nicky Wangsgard (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)
9Hsiao-Chia Tseng (Team Exustar Taiwan)
10Emma Petersen (Team Ultralink)
11Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)
12Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)
13Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)
14Jennifer Purcell (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)
15Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)
16Kate Ligler (Dolce Vita Cycling)
17Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)
18Ho-Hsun Huang (Team Exustar Taiwan)
19Antonia (Toni) Musto (Priority Health Cycling Team)
20Julia Farell (Team Ultralink)
21Janel Bedard (MVP Healthcare Elite Cycling)
22Julia Lafranchise (NOW-MS Society)
23Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)
24Mary Magnani (Dolce Vita Cycling)

Sprint 1
1Sydney Brown (Mercy Cycling Team)
2Julia Lafranchise (NOW-MS Society)
3Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)
4Jennifer Purcell (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)
5Karla Kingsley (SUGARCRM)

Sprint 2
1Sydney Brown (Mercy Cycling Team)
2Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda)
3Julia Lafranchise (NOW-MS Society)
4Leah Kirchmann (Team Manitoba)
5Sarah Maguire (Priority Health Cycling Team)

Sprint 3
1Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)
2Leah Kirchmann (Team Manitoba)
3Sarah Maguire (Priority Health Cycling Team)
4Gwen Inglis (DFT p/b Treads)
5Mary Magnani (Dolce Vita Cycling)

1Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)164pts
2Jay Thomson (Team MTN)131
3Hans Dekkers (Garmin-Slipstream)129
4Andreas Muller (No Radunion)125
5Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia)124
6Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN)113
7Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)88
8Joshua Carter (ABD Cycling Team)85
9Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)82
10Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream)74
11James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)62
12Robert Bush (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)59
13Juan Van Heerden (Team MTN)54
14Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)53
15Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling presented by Spinergy)51
16Andrew Bradley (Gourmetfein)41
17Zachary Davies40
18Hector Pastorino (ZMOTION)39
19Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)38
20Toby Marzot (Team Mountain Khakis)35
21Robert White (Team Geargrinder)35
22Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)33
23Michael Van Eerd (Team YRC Now MS)31
24Will Hoffarth (Team Mountain Khakis)30
25Nick Frey (ciclismo racing)29
26Duane Dickey (Iowa City Cycling Club)25
27Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)24
28Matthew Busche (ISCorp Cycling Team)23
29Isaac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis)23
30Juan Gaspari (ZMOTION)22
31Sean Sullivan (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)19
32Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling Team)18
33Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EP-NO)18
34Nicholas Martinez (Now MS Society)18
35Edgardo Richiez (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)18
36Gustavo Rullo (ZMOTION)18
37Cole House (BMC Racing Team)17
38Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia)17
39Andrew Crater (Wheel & Sprocket)16
40Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)15
41Anthony Bennett (Jittery Joe's U25 PB Kudzu.Com)13
42Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)13
43Mike Tettleton (Team Bearclaw)13
44Bryan Mcvey (Vision Quest)13
45Jason Short (RBM Matrix)13
46Gabriel Acaba (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)13
47Joseph Schmalz (Mercy Cycling Team)12
48Jason Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)12
49Alexander Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)11
50Alex Martinez (Kahala La-Grange)11
51Curtis Gunn (Fly V Australia)11
52Logan Loader (Team Mountain Khakis)10
53Charles Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)10
54Jonathan Atkins (Team Latino)10
55John (Jackie) Simes (Team Mountain Khakis)9
56Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)9
57Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)9
58Andreas Graf (Gourmetfein)8
59Chris Uberti (Panther/RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)8
60James Flora (South Chicago Wheelmen)8
61Ryan Nye (MVP Healthcare Elite Cycling)7
62Kevin Berger (Team Wheel & Sprocket)7
63Clayton Goldsmith (Team Wheel & Sprocket)6
64Matthew Brandt (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)6
65Cory Hickman (Project 5 Racing)6
66Danny Kam (Team Bearclaw)5
67Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)5
68Derek Laan (Panther/RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)5
69Derek Dixon (HDR P/B Lombardis Sports)5
70Nick Housley (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)5
71Joe Lewis (Synergy)4
72Max Taam (RD: Horizon Organic PB / MTN)4
73Jerome Townsend (Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's)3
74Robert Kelley (Team Bicycle Heaven)3
75Ryan Baumann (Trek Livestrong)3
76Todd Yezefski (IF/Lionette's Cycling Team)2
77Calixto Bello (ZMOTION)2
78Connor Sallee (Williams Cycling)1
79Craig Streit (Carlos OBriens Racing)1

1Nicky Wangsgard (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)140pts
2Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)111
3Emma Petersen (Team Ultralink)108
4Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)107
5Jennifer Purcell (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)105
6Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)89
7Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)86
8Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)79
9Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)77
10Nicole Freidman51
11Julia Farell (Team Ultralink)49
12Jenette Williams (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)48
13Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)48
14Leah Kirchmann (Team Manitoba)44
15Trish Black (Morgan Stanley/Team Spine/Specialized)40
16Julia Lafranchise (NOW-MS Society)39
17Josephine Giddens (Hub Racing)36
18Gina Voci (Juice Plus)36
19Anna Young (Team Lip Smacker)35
20Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)34
21Christine Roettger (Team Revolution)33
22Ho-Hsun Huang (Team Exustar Taiwan)31
23Marie Rosado (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)28
24Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda)22
25Sydney Brown (Mercy Cycling Team)20
26Karlee Gendron (Woodcock Cycle Works)18
27Sarah Maguire (Priority Health Cycling Team)17
28Gwen Inglis (DFT p/b Treads)16
29Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing)15
30Sally Annis (Hub Racing)14
31Deborah Dust (Pact- DISH Network Cycling)14
32Liz Leyden (Hub Racing)14
33Hsiao-Chia Tseng (Team Exustar Taiwan)12
34Karla Kingsley (SUGARCRM)12
35Jennifer Johansen (NOW-MS Society)11
36Julie Jerue (IS Corp)9
37Luz E. Rodriguez (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)8
38Lauren Liscinski (NOW-MS Society)8
39Kristen Meshberg (BH USA)7
40Kate Ligler (Dolce Vita Cycling)5
41Francine Haas (Alberto's Sport)5
42Ashley Anderson (Proman Hit Squad)3
43Antonia (Toni) Musto (Priority Health Cycling Team)2
44Dale Tye (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)2
45Melissa (Missy) Erickson (Fort Lewis College)2

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