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Van Heerden takes field sprint for win

The atmosphere at the Shorewood Criterium was electric with more than 6,000 fans lining the café and bar strip. Additionally, a good number of residents had set up outside their homes along the residential streets to watch the action unfold; they were not disappointed as over 100 pro riders zipped around the 1.3-mile course at an average speed of 30 mph in the men's event. The speeds were kept high due to the shortening of the race by 30 minutes, fire-engines needed to come onto the course to put out a fire in one of the apartments, and the high number of cash primes towards the end.

Adam Mills (Mercy Cycling) said, "It was fun, fast and rough like a good Superweek race should be. Strangest thing happened, though. There was a fire in an apartment on the course during the race. Full halt for the race until all was resolved, and go again! The best thing about the race being shortened is that all the primes and points sprints are compressed, which makes for a really tough race. To make matters even more interesting, there are a lot of new guys that are way too tense here."

The primes and red jersey sprint points were hotly contested and this kept the pace very high and strung out. South Africa's Jay Thompson was on fire, winning the first two sprints on offer, in his bid to win back the sprint jersey after losing it to Rob White (Team Geargrinder) on Thursday when Team MTN opted to take a rest day at the Ray Basso Bensonville Criterium.

When the late breakaway of 10 riders had rolled away with 15 laps remaining, it halted Thompson's progress to win back the jersey and he now lies second overall, 12 points behind Rob White (Team Geargrinder) and just two points ahead of Chad Hartley, also of Team Geargrinder. It is shaping up to be an exciting battle between the two teams from South Africa (MTN) and the United States (Geargrinder).

The threatening breakaway contained a number of strong riders including Andrew Crater (Wheel & Sprocket), Heath Blackgrove (Team Hotel San Jose), Riccardo Van der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream), Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis), James Stemper (Team Geargrinder), Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein), Carlos Vargas (Team Hotel San Jose), Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange), Frank Dierking and Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN) and they looked to have it in the bag provided they worked well together.

However, the break never advanced more than 15 seconds ahead of the field and a sudden injection of power surprisingly brought the break back just before the Super Prime with four laps remaining was announced. This increased the pace substantially with riders fighting for position near the front, but it was Hans Dekkers (Garmin-Slipstream) who rounded the final corner five seconds clear of the field to pocket the $1666 in cash.

Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN) won the field sprint ahead Carlos Vargas (Team Hotel San Jose) while Dekkers was third. The win by Van Heerden was his first stage win at Superweek, the second for Team MTN, and it moves him into fourth overall. Fly V Australia's yellow jersey holder, Bernard Sulzberger, and the rest of his team were the notable absentees from the race as they were taking a rest day. However, Sulzberger's points lead was enough for him to retain yellow ahead of Hans Dekkers and Andreas Muller.

1Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN)
2Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
3Hans Dekkers (Garmin-Slipstream)
4Cole House (BMC Racing Team)
5Jay Thomson (Team MTN)
6Joshua Carter (ABD Cycling Team)
7Andreas Muller (No Radunion)
8Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
9James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
10Michael Van Eerd (Team YRC Now MS)
11Logan Loader (Team Mountain Khakis)
12Jonathan Atkins (Team Latino)
13Mike Tettleton (Team Bearclaw)
14Ryan Nye (Mvp Health Care Elite Cycling)
15Clayton Goldsmith (Team Wheel & Sprocket)
16Danny Kam (Team Bearclaw)
17Nicholas Martinez (Now MS Society)
18Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)
19Max Taam (RD: Horizon Organic PB / MTN)
20James Flora (South Chicago Wheelmen)
21Darin Divine (Divine Electric Norcal)
22Randy Reichardt (Natural Grocers p/b XP Companies)
23Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream)
24Jerome Townsend (Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's)
25Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
26Anthony Bennett (Jittery Joe's U25 PB Kudzu.Com)
27Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)
28Eric Bennett (NOW-MS Society)
29Craig Streit (Carlos OBriens Racing)
30Derek Dixon (HDR P/B Lombardis Sports)
31Jason Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)
32Andrew Armstrong (Matrix/RBM)
33John Bergmann (Team Clif Bar)
34Ryan White (Team Geargrinder)
35Kevin Berger (Team Wheel & Sprocket)
36Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)
37Connor Sallee (Williams Cycling)
38Juan Van Heerden (Team MTN)
39Aaron Beardsley (Team Clif Bar)
40Chris Arndt (Team Wheel & Sprocket)
41Brian Koeneman (Team Wheel & Sprocket)
42Christopher Mcgarity
43Aaron Whalen (Horizon Organic P/B Prerace.Com)
44Culyar Conly
45Matthew Holecko (Carlos OBriens Racing)
46Mac Brennan (Priority Health Cycling Team)
47David Williams (Priority Health U25)
48Robert Bush (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
49Christan Griego (Brones RVCC)
50Alex Martinez (Kahala La-Grange)
51Chris Wallace (Mercy Cycling Team)
52Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EP-NO)
53Brandon Trafton (Central Valley Cycling)
54Chris Black (Morgan Stanley/Specialized/24Hr Fitness)
55Patrick Briggs (California Giant Cycling)
56Brian Rach (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)
57Robert Biard (Team Hotel San Jose)
58Mark Dolin (Lakes Area Physical Therapy)
59Martin Adamczyk (
60Adam Mills (Mercy Cycling Team)
61Joseph Schmalz (Mercy Cycling Team)
62Sean Sullivan (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
63Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
64Ian Mclead (Team MTN)
65Shaun Harless (Above Category Racing)
66Mark Hughes (CZ Velo)
67Frank Rowley (South Chicago Wheelmen)
68Thomas Clark (Great Dane Velo Club)
69Jonathan Chodroff (Ouch Presented by Maxxis)
70Alex Wieseler (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)
71Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
72Herman Johnson (BSA RACING)
73Emerson Oronte (IF/Lionette's Cycling Team)
74Brian Cornelius (Landis/Trek)
75Luis-Alejandro Zamudio (Kahala La-Grange)
76Joe Lewis (Synergy)
77Alex Voitik (Verizon Wireless Racing)
78Todd Yezefski (IF/Lionette's Cycling Team)
79Jason Svaldi (Great Dane Velo Club)

Sprint 1
1Jay Thomson (Team MTN)
2Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
3Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
4Craig Streit (Carlos OBriens Racing)
5John Bergmann (Team Clif Bar)
6Dan Ajer (Great Dane)
7Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)

Sprint 2
1Jay Thomson (Team MTN)
2Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)
3Robert White (Team Geargrinder)
4Juan Van Heerden (Team MTN)
5Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN)
6Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
7Dan Ajer (Great Dane)

Sprint 3
1Bradley Potgieter (Team MTN)
2Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)
3James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
4Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EP-NO)
5Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
6Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)
7Frank Dierking

Sprint 4
1James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)
2Andrew Crater (Wheel & Sprocket)
3Frank Dierking
4Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
5Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)
6Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream)
7Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EP-NO)

1Nicky Wangsgard (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)
2Jenette Williams (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)
3Karlee Gendron (Woodcock Cycle Works)
4Trish Black (Morgan Stanley/Team Spine/Specialized)
5Josephine Giddens (Hub Racing)
6Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)
7Gina Voci (Juice Plus)
8Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)
9Emma Petersen (Team Ultralink)
10Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)
11Julia Farell (Team Ultralink)
12Leah Kirchmann (Team Manitoba)
13Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)
14Christine Roettger (Team Revolution)
15Karla Kingsley (SUGARCRM)
16Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)
17Julia Lafranchise (NOW-MS Society)
18Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda)
19Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing)
20Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)
21Ho-Hsun Huang (Team Exustar Taiwan)
23Dale Tye (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)
24Janel Bedard (MVP Health Care Elite Cycling)
25Jessica Helmlinger (Cafe Hollander RDC)
26Lauren Liscinski (NOW-MS Society)
27Carrieann Kopernik (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)
28Liz Leyden (Hub Racing)
29Antonia (Toni) Musto (Priority Health)
30Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)
31Jennifer Johansen (NOW-MS Society)
32Monique Karlen (Team Kenda)
22Greta Neimanas (XXX Racing-Athletico)

Sprint 1
1Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)
2Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)
3Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)
4Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)
5Nicky Wangsgard (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)

Sprint 2
1Jennifer Purcell (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)
2Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)
3Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)
4Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)
5Leah Kirchmann (Team Manitoba)

Sprint 3
1Hsiao-Chia Tseng (Team Exustar Taiwan)
2Jennifer Purcell (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)
3Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)
4Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)
5Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)

1Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)146pts
2Hans Dekkers (Garmin-Slipstream)112
3Jay Thomson (Team MTN)111
4Andreas Muller (No Radunion)111
5Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia)108
6Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN)98
7Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)88
8Joshua Carter (ABD Cycling Team)85
9Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)73
10Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream)66
11James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)57
12Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling presented by Spinergy)51
13Robert Bush (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)47
14Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)47
15Andrew Bradley (Gourmetfein)41
16Juan Van Heerden (Team MTN)41
17Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)38
18Hector Pastorino (ZMOTION)36
19Toby Marzot (Team Mountain Khakis)35
20Robert White (Team Geargrinder)35
21Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)33
22Michael Van Eerd (Team YRC Now MS)31
23Will Hoffarth (Team Mountain Khakis)30
24Duane Dickey (Iowa City Cycling Club)25
25Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)24
26Matthew Busche (ISCorp Cycling Team)23
27Juan Gaspari (ZMOTION)22
28Zachary Davies21
29Sean Sullivan (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)19
30Nick Frey (ciclismo racing)19
31Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EP-NO)18
32Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling Team)18
33Nicholas Martinez (Now MS Society)18
34Edgardo Richiez (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)18
35Gustavo Rullo (ZMOTION)18
36Cole House (BMC Racing Team)17
37Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia)17
38Andrew Crater (Wheel & Sprocket)16
39Isaac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis)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
49Alex Martinez (Kahala La-Grange)11
50Curtis Gunn (Fly V Australia)11
51Logan Loader (Team Mountain Khakis)10
52Charles Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)10
53Jonathan Atkins (Team Latino)10
54John (Jackie) Simes (Team Mountain Khakis)9
55Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)9
56Andreas Graf (Gourmetfein)8
57Chris Uberti (Panther/RGF Solutions PB Felt)8
58James Flora (South Chicago Wheelmen)8
59Ryan Nye (MVP Health Care Elite Cycling)7
60Kevin Berger (Team Wheel & Sprocket)7
61Clayton Goldsmith (Team Wheel & Sprocket)6
62Matthew Brandt (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)6
63Cory Hickman (Project 5 Racing)6
64Danny Kam (Team Bearclaw)5
65Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)5
66Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)5
67Derek Laan (Panther/RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)5
68Nick Housley (Myogenesis P/B United Health Care)5
69Derek Dixon (HDR P/B Lombardis Sports)4
70Joe Lewis (Synergy)4
71Jerome Townsend (Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's)3
72Robert Kelley (Team Bicycle Heaven)3
73Ryan Baumann (Trek Livestrong)3
74Max Taam (RD: Horizon Organic PB / MTN)2
75Todd Yezefski (IF/Lionette's Cycling Team)2
76Calixto Bello (ZMOTION)2
77Connor Sallee (Williams Cycling)1
78Craig Streit (Carlos OBriens Racing)1

1Nicky Wangsgard (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)127pts
2Shontell Gauthier (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)111
3Jennifer Purcell (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light)98
4Emma Petersen (Team Ultralink)97
5Mei-Yu Hsiao (Team Exustar Taiwan)89
6Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack)82
7Elizabeth Morse Hill (Hub Racing)80
8Amy Mcguire (Hub Racing)71
9Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)69
10Nicole Freidman51
11Jenette Williams (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)48
12Julia Farell (Team Ultralink)48
13Trish Black (Morgan Stanley/Team Spine/Specialized)40
14Kate Ross (Lip Smacker)40
15Julia Lafranchise (NOW-MS Society)39
16Josephine Giddens (Hub Racing)36
17Gina Voci (Juice Plus)36
18Anna Young (Team Lip Smacker)35
19Veronica Martinez (Hub Racing)34
20Christine Roettger (Team Revolution)33
21Leah Kirchmann (Team Manitoba)29
22Ho-Hsun Huang (Team Exustar Taiwan)28
23Marie Rosado (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)28
24Karlee Gendron (Woodcock Cycle Works)18
25Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing)15
26Deborah Dust (Pact- DISH Network Cycling)14
27Liz Leyden (Hub Racing)14
28Karla Kingsley (SUGARCRM)12
29Jennifer Johansen (NOW-MS Society)11
30Julie Jerue (IS Corp)9
31Luz E. Rodriguez (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)8
32Lauren Liscinski (NOW-MS Society)8
33Kristen Meshberg (BH USA)7
34Francine Haas (Alberto's Sport)5
35Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda)3
36Ashley Anderson (Proman Hit Squad)3
37Dale Tye (Altarum Women's Cycling Team)2
38Melissa (Missy) Erickson (Fort Lewis College)2

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