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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."

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)

Overall standings
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 Team)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.Com P/B United Healthcare)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

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