Thomson claims second stage win

The Tour of Holy Hill was won in convincing fashion by in-form Jay Thomson of South Africa's MTN Energade team. The course was held in beautiful country-side over an 8.1-mile circuit that had rolling hills, several sharp climbs and very few flat sections. It is a course designed to weed out the weaker riders and the strongest prevails. The course finished next to Pike Lake where some riders were seen enjoying a swim after the racing. The Pro men's field contained over 70 riders and they raced 11 laps in the middle of a hot day for a total of 140 kilometres.

Since there were no sprinter's jersey points up for grabs in this race, the riders were gunning for overall honours. Several attacks went flying up the road from the gun, and an early move of four riders edged clear of the field. However, as the MTN Energade team did not have any representation up there, they were forced to take the initiative and set a steady tempo on the front of the field. This was a good move since it minimized the gap and they deployed the strategy of riding hard on front to make it look as if the catch would be made. However, just before this happened, MTN Energade launched Thomson to bridge across the gap on his own. According to MTN this move was done "to entice racing in the main field, but no one responded".

In the closing laps, Team MTN Energade was policing the front of the peloton to ensure any late attacks would not be successful. The breakaway of nine riders had split into two groups, with four escaping up the road, consisting of Andrew Bradley (Gourmetfein), Toby Marzot (Team Mountain Khakis), Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Jay Thomson (Team MTN). Thomson was the strongest of the four and took the win easily while Bradley and Marzot came in second and third respectively.

Yellow jersey holder and Australian national champion Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) won the sprint for fifth place over strong Taiwanese rider, Chun Kai Feng (Team Exustar). Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) came in 7th while first local riders Duan Dickey (Iowa city Cycling Club) and Mathew Busche (ISCorp Cycling Team) were in the breakaway and finished 8th and 9th respectively. Sulzberger said that "it was not the best for us to have Jay up the road, but it was okay since I finished in the next group in fifth so he did not gain too many points on me. Plus, Dekker finished further down and Christoff, the other South African, did not finish so it was an okay result for me."

Ben Kersten, who is riding well in support of his Fly V Australia team, said, "It was a hard day out there. One hundred and forty kilometres and 11 times over those steep hills was difficult and I did a lot of work to help protect Bernie's series lead."

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1Jay Thomson (Team MTN)
2Andrew Bradley (Gourmetfein)
3Toby Marzot (Team Mountain Khakis)
4Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
5Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
6Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)
7Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream)
8Duane Dickey (Iowa City Cycling Club)
9Matthew Busche (ISCorp Cycling Team)
10Robert Bush (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
11Nick Frey (Ciclismo)
12Juan Van Heerden (Team MTN)
13Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)
14Bryan Mcvey (Vision Quest)
15Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia)
16Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
17Andreas Muller (No Radunion)
18Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia)
19Hans Dekkers (Garmin-Slipstream)
20Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)
21Mike Tettleton (Team Bearclaw)
22Hector Pastorino (ZMOTION)
23Ryan Baumann (Trek Livestrong)
24Juan Gaspari (ZMOTION)
25Michael Van Eerd (Team YRC Now MS)
26Phillip Mann (Ciclismo)
27Bennet Van Der Genugten (Kenda Pro Cycling presented by Spinergy)
28Jerome Townsend (Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's)
29Andrew Baker (Team Mountain Khakis)
30Will Hoffarth (Team Mountain Khakis)
31Randy Reichardt (Natural Grocers p/b XP Companies)
32Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)
33Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)
34Maxwell Anderson (Colavita Olive Oil)
35Steve Scholzen (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)
36Sean Sullivan (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)
37Eric Bean (ISCorp Cycling Team)
38Alexander Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
39Culyar Conly
40Mac Brennan (Priority Health Cycling Team)
41(Unknown rider)
42Ian Mclead (Team MTN)
43Karl Menzies (Team OUCH Presented by Maxxis)
44Jonathan Bruno (IF/Lionette's Cycling Team)
45Bryce Mead (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)
46Brian Koeneman (Wheel & Sprocket)
47Calixto Bello (ZMOTION)
48Souza (ZMOTION)
49Christopher Mcgarity
50Sean Coleman (US Armed Forces)
51Howard Smith (2CC/Pony Shop)
52Levi Baker (Tyson Racing)
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Overall standings
1Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)146pts
2Hans Dekkers (Garmin-Slipstream)112Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jay Thomson (Team MTN)111Row 2 - Cell 3
4Andreas Muller (No Radunion)111Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia)108Row 4 - Cell 3
6Christoff Van Heerden (Team MTN)98Row 5 - Cell 3
7Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)88Row 6 - Cell 3
8Joshua Carter (ABD Cycling Team)85Row 7 - Cell 3
9Chun-Kai Feng (Team Exustar Taiwan)73Row 8 - Cell 3
10Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin-Slipstream)66Row 9 - Cell 3
11James Stemper (Team Geargrinder)57Row 10 - Cell 3
12Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling presented by Spinergy)51Row 11 - Cell 3
13Robert Bush (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)47Row 12 - Cell 3
14Chad Hartley (Team Geargrinder)47Row 13 - Cell 3
15Andrew Bradley (Gourmetfein)41Row 14 - Cell 3
16Juan Van Heerden (Team MTN)41Row 15 - Cell 3
17Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)38Row 16 - Cell 3
18Hector Pastorino (ZMOTION)36Row 17 - Cell 3
19Toby Marzot (Team Mountain Khakis)35Row 18 - Cell 3
20Robert White (Team Geargrinder)35Row 19 - Cell 3
21Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)33Row 20 - Cell 3
22Michael Van Eerd (Team YRC Now MS)31Row 21 - Cell 3
23Will Hoffarth (Team Mountain Khakis)30Row 22 - Cell 3
24Duane Dickey (Iowa City Cycling Club)25Row 23 - Cell 3
25Oneal Samuels (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)24Row 24 - Cell 3
26Matthew Busche (ISCorp Cycling Team)23Row 25 - Cell 3
27Juan Gaspari (ZMOTION)22Row 26 - Cell 3
28Zachary Davies21Row 27 - Cell 3
29Sean Sullivan (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)19Row 28 - Cell 3
30Nick Frey (ciclismo racing)19Row 29 - Cell 3
31Spencer Beamer (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EP-NO)18Row 30 - Cell 3
32Ryan Freund (ABD Cycling Team)18Row 31 - Cell 3
33Nicholas Martinez (Now MS Society)18Row 32 - Cell 3
34Edgardo Richiez (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)18Row 33 - Cell 3
35Gustavo Rullo (ZMOTION)18Row 34 - Cell 3
36Cole House (BMC Racing Team)17Row 35 - Cell 3
37Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia)17Row 36 - Cell 3
38Andrew Crater (Wheel & Sprocket)16Row 37 - Cell 3
39Isaac Howe (Team Mountain Khakis)16Row 38 - Cell 3
40Jorge Alvarado (Kahala La-Grange)15Row 39 - Cell 3
41Anthony Bennett (Jittery Joe's U25 PB Kudzu.Com)13Row 40 - Cell 3
42Matthias Schroger (Gourmetfein)13Row 41 - Cell 3
43Mike Tettleton (Team Bearclaw)13Row 42 - Cell 3
44Bryan Mcvey (Vision Quest)13Row 43 - Cell 3
45Jason Short (RBM Matrix)13Row 44 - Cell 3
46Gabriel Acaba (Puerto Rico Cycling Team)13Row 45 - Cell 3
47Joseph Schmalz (Mercy Cycling Team)12Row 46 - Cell 3
48Jason Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)12Row 47 - Cell 3
49Alex Martinez (Kahala La-Grange)11Row 48 - Cell 3
50Curtis Gunn (Fly V Australia)11Row 49 - Cell 3
51Logan Loader (Team Mountain Khakis)10Row 50 - Cell 3
52Charles Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)10Row 51 - Cell 3
53Jonathan Atkins (Team Latino)10Row 52 - Cell 3
54John (Jackie) Simes (Team Mountain Khakis)9Row 53 - Cell 3
55Wei-Cheng Lee (Team Exustar Taiwan)9Row 54 - Cell 3
56Andreas Graf (Gourmetfein)8Row 55 - Cell 3
57Chris Uberti (Panther/RGF Solutions PB Felt)8Row 56 - Cell 3
58James Flora (South Chicago Wheelmen)8Row 57 - Cell 3
59Ryan Nye (MVP Health Care Elite Cycling Team)7Row 58 - Cell 3
60Kevin Berger (Team Wheel & Sprocket)7Row 59 - Cell 3
61Clayton Goldsmith (Team Wheel & Sprocket)6Row 60 - Cell 3
62Matthew Brandt (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)6Row 61 - Cell 3
63Cory Hickman (Project 5 Racing)6Row 62 - Cell 3
64Danny Kam (Team Bearclaw)5Row 63 - Cell 3
65Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)5Row 64 - Cell 3
66Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose/RGM Advisors)5Row 65 - Cell 3
67Derek Laan (Panther/RGF Cycling p/b Felt Bicycles)5Row 66 - Cell 3
68Nick Housley (Myogenesis.Com P/B United Healthcare)5Row 67 - Cell 3
69Derek Dixon (HDR P/B Lombardis Sports)4Row 68 - Cell 3
70Joe Lewis (Synergy)4Row 69 - Cell 3
71Jerome Townsend (Fitness Together/IF pb Lionette's)3Row 70 - Cell 3
72Robert Kelley (Team Bicycle Heaven)3Row 71 - Cell 3
73Ryan Baumann (Trek Livestrong)3Row 72 - Cell 3
74Max Taam (RD: Horizon Organic PB / MTN)2Row 73 - Cell 3
75Todd Yezefski (IF/Lionette's Cycling Team)2Row 74 - Cell 3
76Calixto Bello (ZMOTION)2Row 75 - Cell 3
77Connor Sallee (Williams Cycling)1Row 76 - Cell 3
78Craig Streit (Carlos OBriens Racing)1Row 77 - Cell 3

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