Haedo takes $11,000 stage in bunch sprint

Argentinean Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home) busted out his sprint to win the $11,000 USD prize available on the stage two finish line at the Tour of Elk Grove. He outpaced Tasmanian Karl Menzies (OUCH-Maxxis) and Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia), who placed second and third respectively.

“We won some good money today, but for me it is more important to have the victory,” said Haedo. “We were tired after Fitchburg and tried to use Cascade Classic to prepare for this. So this is a nice victory. Also because all the great sprinters are here, every one, and that always makes it an important win.”

Menzies moved up from third place into the yellow jersey by virtue of capturing a 12-second time bonus for placing second in the stage. He leads the race by eight seconds over stage one winner Tom Zirbel (Bissell) and nine seconds ahead of third placed Brent Bookwalter (BMC).

“Obviously we wanted to win the stage, but Haedo is a class act in the US and second to him, we are really happy with that,” said Menzies. “We wanted to get top three for a time bonus, it would have been nice to have won the stage for the boys but second place is more than enough to move into the jersey.”

Menzies thanked his team-mates for a job well done after the OUCH-Maxxis squad executed a perfectly timed lead-out, held over the last 30-kilometres of the race. The team’s presence at the front served to bring back a threatening break-away of two riders and more importantly set up Menzies for a podium finish.

“It was an amazing lead-out and I didn’t have to do much,” Menzies said. “I probably just rode hard for 100 metres and that’s all I had to do. Hats off to the team. They did an awesome job today and to get the time bonus and the yellow jersey is what we came here to do. We’ll defend it tomorrow with all our might and hopefully we’re still in yellow tomorrow night.”

The Chicago-based Blackhawks NHL hockey team supplied the Tour of Elk Grove stage two circuit race with the $40,000 prize money that went directly in to the riders pockets at the finish line. The large purse had the sprinters salivating over the 200 metres to go sign. Colavita-Sutter Home’s rolled up beside OUCH-Maxxis on the final 600-metre straightaway, along Elk Grove Boulevard. Haedo took his queue to sprint from his last-in-line lead-out man Alejandro Borrajo, passing Menzies for the win.

“In the end I had my team-mates bring me to the OUCH train and Alejandro [Borrajo] took me up to Menzies,” said Haedo. “Alejandro jumped at 350-metres and then I went with about 150-metres to the line. It was very hard because there was a head wind. Going for the overall is very difficult because I was farther back after yesterday’s time trial. But if we can win the stages, great.”

Every second worth its weight in gold

Some 120 riders lined up to start stage two of the Tour of Elk Grove, a 10-lap circuit race totaling 150 kilometres. There were three point sprints for time bonuses and every second was worth its weight in gold.

Phil Gaimon (Jelly Belly) gained an instant 30 seconds on the peloton, which seemed content to allow the rider some distance. However Gaimon crashed through a damp corner and lost more than half his hard-earned 1:10 minute advantage. He picked himself up and continued forward but the peloton caught him while setting up for the first of three intermediate sprints.

Luis Amaran (Colavita-Sutter Home) sprinted for the first intermediate sprint and managed to gain an additional 20 seconds in front of the field. He continued his solo move long enough to capture the mid-race prime for $2,100. He was joined one lap later by Jeff Louder (BMC) and Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies).

“I tried to go for the first intermediate sprint and when I realised I had a gap I wanted to keep going,” said Amaran. “The mid-race prime was next so I went for that and then waited for the guys to come up. The whole team has big confidence in Sebastian. He is one of the best sprinter in domestic races. We trust in him and our team.”

Activity amongst the front of the peloton reduced the time margin to a mere 13 seconds with four laps to go. Josh England (Subway-Avanti) bridged across to the lead group just in time to contest the second intermediate sprint. Anderson, who placed second behind Amaran in the first sprint, picked up full points in the second time around and tied up with Amaran for eight points a piece.

Almost as soon as the peloton regrouped, a counter move set sail that included the defending Champion David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing). The duo’s one-minute margin became a threat because Veilleux was the highest place in the overall standings, sitting just nine seconds behind Zirbel.

The pair swallowed up the points in the third and final intermediate sprint while Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) won the bunch kick for third placed. With one lap to go the intermediate sprint for points was tallied up. Anderson won with 10 points giving him a six-second time bonus and a prize of $2000. Runner up Amaran finished with nine points, a four-second bonus and $1000 and third placed Jacques-Maynes gained eight points, a two-second bonus and $500.

Rounding one lap to go Veilleux and Chadwick held a one minute lead forcing OUCH-Maxxis to take matters into its own hands. It set a pace fast enough to bring back the pair of escapees while saving enough energy to circle the final lap in an impressive lead-out for sprinter and new overall race leader Menzies.

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1Sebastian Haedo (Colavita Sutterhome)3:33:54
2Karl Menzies (Ouch presented by Maxxis)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Jonathon Cantwell (Fly V Australia)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Antonio Cruz (BMC Racing Team)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Ivan Dominguez (Rock Racing)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Alejandro Borrato (Colavita Sutterhome)Row 6 - Cell 2
8David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Martin Gilbert (PLANET ENERGY)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Chris Horner (Astana)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Ryan Roth (PLANET ENERGY)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Brad Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Jonathan Page (Battley Harley-Davidson)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Jackson Stewart (BMC Racing Team)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Matthew (Ma Winstead (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Mark Hekman (Team Mtn Khakis pb EPNO)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Cesar Grajales (Rock Racing)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Ken Hanson (Team Type 1)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Mike Creed (Team Type 1)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Andrew Pinfold (Ouch presented by Maxxis)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Mike Northey (Land Rover - ORBEA)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakies p/b EP-)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Davide Fratini (Colavita Sutterhome)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Evan Elken (Land Rover - Orbea)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Tyler Wren (Colavita Sutterhome)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Josh England (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Tom Zirbel (Bissell)Row 32 - Cell 2
34David Guttenplan (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EPN)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Daniel Holt (Team Type 1)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Jeremy Vennell (Bissell)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Maxime Vives (PLANET ENERGY)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Frank Pipp (Bissell)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Peter Latham (Bissell)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Roman van Uden (Land Rover - Orbea)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Thomas Soladay (Team Mountain Khakis)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Moses Aldape (Team Type 1)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Emile Abraham (AeroCat Cycling Team)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Ben Day (Fly V Australia)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Anibal Borrato (Colavita Sutterhome)Row 48 - Cell 2
50John Murphy (Ouch presented by Maxxis)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Luis Amaran (Colavita Sutterhome)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Steve Bovay (BMC Racing Team)Row 51 - Cell 2
53benjamin king (Fly V Australia)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Keven Lacombe (PLANET ENERGY)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Jeff Louder (BMC Racing Team)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Jacob (Jake) Rytlewski (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Luca Damiani (Colavita Sutterhome)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly Cycling)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Matty Rice (Jelly Belly Cycling)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Michael Mitchnick (Trek Store Race Team)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Francois Parisien (PLANET ENERGY)Row 65 - Cell 2
67William Goodfellow (Volkswagen Specialized)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Nic Sanderson (Rock Racing)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Bruno Langlois (PLANET ENERGY)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Juan Pablo Dotti (AeroCat Cycling Team)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Hayden Godfrey (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Diego Garavito (AeroCat Cycling Team)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Freddie Rodriguez (Rock Racing)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Chris Baldwin (Ouch presented by Maxxis)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Tim Johnson (Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:31
77Jonny Clarke (Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:43
78Sergio Hernandez (Rock Racing)0:00:49
79Alessandro Bazzana (Fly V Australia)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Scottie Weiss (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:00:57
81Andrew bradbury (Darkhorse Espresso Bar Flyers)0:01:06
82Dirk Pohlmann (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Rich Harper (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Michael Grabinger (Fly V Australia)Row 84 - Cell 2
86phil zajicek (Fly V Australia p/b Successful L)Row 85 - Cell 2
87Kyle Wamsley (Colavita Sutterhome)Row 86 - Cell 2
88Carlos Calcirrada (AeroCat Cycling Team)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Bryce Mead (Jelly Belly Cycling)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Benn van der Genugten (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)Row 89 - Cell 2
91John Grant (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)Row 90 - Cell 2
92Phil Gaimon (Jelly Belly Cycling)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Graham Howard (Bissell)Row 92 - Cell 2
94Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Matt Crane (Jelly Belly Cycling)Row 94 - Cell 2
96Rory Sutherland (Ouch presented by Maxxis)Row 95 - Cell 2
97Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)0:01:50
98Joe Eldridge (Team Type 1)0:02:50
99Floyd Landis (Ouch presented by Maxxis)Row 98 - Cell 2
100Greg Strock (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)Row 99 - Cell 2
101Brian Toone (Tria Market/Donohoocom)Row 100 - Cell 2
102Daniel Ramsey (Team Mountain Khakis PB EPN)0:03:01
103John Puffer (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:03:22
104Eric Boily (PLANET ENERGY)Row 103 - Cell 2
105Joel Dion-Poitras (PLANET ENERGY)Row 104 - Cell 2
106Aaron Tuckerman (Land Rover - Orbea)0:03:40
107Ben Renkema (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:04:09
108Jason Allen (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)0:04:39
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General Classification after Stage 2
1Karl Menzies(Ouch presented by Maxxis)3:42:11
2Tom Zirbel(Bissell)0:00:08
3Brent Bookwalter(BMC Racing Team)0:00:09
4Jackson Stewart(BMC Racing Team)0:00:14
5Zach Bell(Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Ben Jacques-Maynes(Bissell)0:00:15
7Chris Horner(Astana)0:00:16
8David Veilleux(Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:17
9Ian Mckissick(BMC Racing Team)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Jeremy Vennell(Bissell)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Peter Latham(Bissell)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Scott Zwizanski(Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Mike Creed(Team Type 1)0:00:18
14Jeff Louder(BMC Racing Team)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Andy Jacques-Maynes(Bissell)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Luis Amaran(Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:20
17Francois Parisien(PLANET ENERGY)0:00:21
18John Murphy(Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:22
19Frank Pipp(Bissell)0:00:23
20Victor Hugo Pena(Rock Racing)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Andrew Pinfold(Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:24
22Aldo Ilesic(Team Type 1)0:00:25
23Reid Mumford(Kelly Benefit Strategies)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Ryan Roth(PLANET ENERGY)0:00:27
25Brad Huff(Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:28
26Antonio Cruz(BMC Racing Team)0:00:30
27Cesar Grajales(Rock Racing)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Tyler Wren(Colavita Sutterhome)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Ben Day(Fly V Australia)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Moses Aldape(Team Type 1)0:00:32
31Jeremy Powers(Jelly Belly Cycling)0:00:33
32Martin Gilbert(PLANET ENERGY)0:00:35
33Sebastian Haedo(Colavita Sutterhome)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Nic Sanderson(Rock Racing)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Ivan Dominguez(Rock Racing)0:00:36
36Matthew Winstead(Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Matty Rice(Jelly Belly Cycling)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Valeriy Kobzarenko(Team Type 1)0:00:37
39Keven Lacombe(PLANET ENERGY)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Chris Baldwin(Ouch presented by Maxxis)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Freddie Rodriguez(Rock Racing)0:00:39
42Bernard Sulzberger(Fly V Australia)0:00:40
43Ken Hanson(Team Type 1)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Juan Pablo Dotti(AeroCat Cycling Team)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Roman Van Uden(Land Rover - Orbea)0:00:41
46Adam Bergman(Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:42
47Jonathon Cantwell(Fly V Australia)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Alex Candelario(Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:43
49Thomas Soladay(Team Mountain Khakis)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Benjamin King(Fly V Australia)0:00:44
51Steve Bovay(BMC Racing Team)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Luca Damiani(Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:45
53Hayden Godfrey(Subway Avanti Cycling Team)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Andrew Bajadali(Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:46
55Anibal Borrato(Colavita Sutterhome)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Daniel Holt(Team Type 1)0:00:49
57Mike Northey(Land Rover - ORBEA)0:00:50
58Bruno Langlois(PLANET ENERGY)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Mark Hekman(Team Mtn Khakis pb EPNO)0:00:51
60Jacob Rytlewski(Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Pat Lemieux(Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:53
62William Goodfellow(Volkswagen Specialized)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Evan Elken(Land Rover - Orbea)0:00:54
64Alejandro Borrato(Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:56
65Maxime Vives(PLANET ENERGY)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Fabio Calabria(Team Type 1)0:00:57
67Michael Mitchnick(Trek Store Race Team)0:00:58
68Josh England(Subway Avanti Cycling Team)0:00:59
69Tim Johnson(Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:01:01
70Davide Fratini(Colavita Sutterhome)0:01:07
71Diego Garavito(AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:09
72David Guttenplan(Team Mountain Khakis p/b EPNO)0:01:10
73Ryan Anderson(Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:01:23
74Jonny Clarke(Jelly Belly Cycling)0:01:24
75Jonathan Page(Battley Harley-Davidson)0:01:25
76Rahsaan Bahati(Rock Racing)0:01:27
77Adam Myerson(Team Mountain Khakies p/b EP-NO)0:01:30
78Emile Abraham(AeroCat Cycling Team)0:01:32
79Rory Sutherland(Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:01:35
80Matt Crane(Jelly Belly Cycling)0:01:36
81Phil Zajicek(Fly V Australia p/b Successful Livin)0:01:38
82Graham Howard(Bissell)0:01:40
83Scottie Weiss(Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:01:42
84Bryce Mead(Jelly Belly Cycling)0:01:46
85Kyle Wamsley(Colavita Sutterhome)0:01:49
86Dirk Pohlmann(Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:01:51
87Michael Grabinger(Fly V Australia)Row 86 - Cell 2
88Ben Van Der Genugten(Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:01:55
89Chad Burdzilauskas(Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:01:57
90Rich Harper(Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:01:58
91Sergio Hernandez(Rock Racing)0:02:05
92John Grant(Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:02:06
93Phil Gaimon(Jelly Belly Cycling)0:02:10
94Alessandro Bazzana(Fly V Australia)0:02:20
95Glen Chadwick(Rock Racing)0:02:22
96Carlos Calcirrada(AeroCat Cycling Team)0:02:25
97Andrew Bradbury(Darkhorse Espresso Bar Flyers)0:03:07
98Floyd Landis(Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:03:30
99Greg Strock(Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:03:35
100Joe Eldridge(Team Type 1)0:03:37
101Daniel Ramsey(Team Mountain Khakis PB EPNO)0:03:45
102Eric Boily(PLANET ENERGY)0:04:25
103Brian Toone(Tria Market/Donohoo.com)0:04:26
104Aaron Tuckerman(Land Rover - Orbea)0:04:28
105Joel Dion-Poitras(PLANET ENERGY)0:04:33
106John Puffer(Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:04:40
107Ben Renkema(Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)0:05:32
108Jason Allen(Subway Avanti Cycling Team)0:06:16


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