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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.

1Sebastian Haedo (Colavita Sutterhome)3:33:54
2Karl Menzies (Ouch presented by Maxxis)
3Jonathon Cantwell (Fly V Australia)
4Antonio Cruz (BMC Racing Team)
5Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia)
6Ivan Dominguez (Rock Racing)
7Alejandro Borrato (Colavita Sutterhome)
8David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
9Martin Gilbert (PLANET ENERGY)
10Chris Horner (Astana)
12Brad Huff (Jelly Belly Cycling)
13Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
14Jonathan Page (Battley Harley-Davidson)
15Jackson Stewart (BMC Racing Team)
16Aldo Ilesic (Team Type 1)
17Matthew (Ma Winstead (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)
18Mark Hekman (Team Mtn Khakis pb EPNO)
19Cesar Grajales (Rock Racing)
20Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team)
21Ken Hanson (Team Type 1)
22Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing)
23Mike Creed (Team Type 1)
24Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1)
25Andrew Pinfold (Ouch presented by Maxxis)
26Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team)
27Mike Northey (Land Rover - ORBEA)
28Adam Myerson (Team Mountain Khakies p/b EP-)
29Davide Fratini (Colavita Sutterhome)
30Evan Elken (Land Rover - Orbea)
31Tyler Wren (Colavita Sutterhome)
32Josh England (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)
33Tom Zirbel (Bissell)
34David Guttenplan (Team Mountain Khakis p/b EPN)
35Daniel Holt (Team Type 1)
36Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
37Jeremy Vennell (Bissell)
38Maxime Vives (PLANET ENERGY)
39Frank Pipp (Bissell)
40Peter Latham (Bissell)
41Roman van Uden (Land Rover - Orbea)
42Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
43Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing)
44Thomas Soladay (Team Mountain Khakis)
45Moses Aldape (Team Type 1)
46Emile Abraham (AeroCat Cycling Team)
47Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
48Ben Day (Fly V Australia)
49Anibal Borrato (Colavita Sutterhome)
50John Murphy (Ouch presented by Maxxis)
51Luis Amaran (Colavita Sutterhome)
52Steve Bovay (BMC Racing Team)
53benjamin king (Fly V Australia)
54Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell)
55Keven Lacombe (PLANET ENERGY)
56Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
57Jeff Louder (BMC Racing Team)
58Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
59Jacob (Jake) Rytlewski (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)
60Luca Damiani (Colavita Sutterhome)
61Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly Cycling)
62Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
63Fabio Calabria (Team Type 1)
64Matty Rice (Jelly Belly Cycling)
65Michael Mitchnick (Trek Store Race Team)
66Francois Parisien (PLANET ENERGY)
67William Goodfellow (Volkswagen Specialized)
68Nic Sanderson (Rock Racing)
69Bruno Langlois (PLANET ENERGY)
70Juan Pablo Dotti (AeroCat Cycling Team)
71Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell)
72Hayden Godfrey (Subway Avanti Cycling Team)
73Diego Garavito (AeroCat Cycling Team)
74Freddie Rodriguez (Rock Racing)
75Chris Baldwin (Ouch presented by Maxxis)
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)
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)
83Rich Harper (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)
84Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
85Michael Grabinger (Fly V Australia)
86phil zajicek (Fly V Australia p/b Successful L)
87Kyle Wamsley (Colavita Sutterhome)
88Carlos Calcirrada (AeroCat Cycling Team)
89Bryce Mead (Jelly Belly Cycling)
90Benn van der Genugten (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)
91John Grant (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
92Phil Gaimon (Jelly Belly Cycling)
93Graham Howard (Bissell)
94Chad Burdzilauskas (Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)
95Matt Crane (Jelly Belly Cycling)
96Rory Sutherland (Ouch presented by Maxxis)
97Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing)0:01:50
98Joe Eldridge (Team Type 1)0:02:50
99Floyd Landis (Ouch presented by Maxxis)
100Greg Strock (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)
101Brian Toone (Tria Market/Donohoocom)
102Daniel Ramsey (Team Mountain Khakis PB EPN)0:03:01
103John Puffer (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:03:22
104Eric Boily (PLANET ENERGY)
105Joel Dion-Poitras (PLANET ENERGY)
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

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)
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)
10Jeremy Vennell(Bissell)
11Peter Latham(Bissell)
12Scott Zwizanski(Kelly Benefit Strategies)
13Mike Creed(Team Type 1)0:00:18
14Jeff Louder(BMC Racing Team)
15Andy Jacques-Maynes(Bissell)
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)
21Andrew Pinfold(Ouch presented by Maxxis)0:00:24
22Aldo Ilesic(Team Type 1)0:00:25
23Reid Mumford(Kelly Benefit Strategies)
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)
28Tyler Wren(Colavita Sutterhome)
29Ben Day(Fly V Australia)
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)
34Nic Sanderson(Rock Racing)
35Ivan Dominguez(Rock Racing)0:00:36
36Matthew Winstead(Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)
37Matty Rice(Jelly Belly Cycling)
38Valeriy Kobzarenko(Team Type 1)0:00:37
39Keven Lacombe(PLANET ENERGY)
40Chris Baldwin(Ouch presented by Maxxis)
41Freddie Rodriguez(Rock Racing)0:00:39
42Bernard Sulzberger(Fly V Australia)0:00:40
43Ken Hanson(Team Type 1)
44Juan Pablo Dotti(AeroCat Cycling Team)
45Roman Van Uden(Land Rover - Orbea)0:00:41
46Adam Bergman(Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:42
47Jonathon Cantwell(Fly V Australia)
48Alex Candelario(Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:43
49Thomas Soladay(Team Mountain Khakis)
50Benjamin King(Fly V Australia)0:00:44
51Steve Bovay(BMC Racing Team)
52Luca Damiani(Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:45
53Hayden Godfrey(Subway Avanti Cycling Team)
54Andrew Bajadali(Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:00:46
55Anibal Borrato(Colavita Sutterhome)
56Daniel Holt(Team Type 1)0:00:49
57Mike Northey(Land Rover - ORBEA)0:00:50
58Bruno Langlois(PLANET ENERGY)
59Mark Hekman(Team Mtn Khakis pb EPNO)0:00:51
60Jacob Rytlewski(Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy)
61Pat Lemieux(Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)0:00:53
62William Goodfellow(Volkswagen Specialized)
63Evan Elken(Land Rover - Orbea)0:00:54
64Alejandro Borrato(Colavita Sutterhome)0:00:56
65Maxime Vives(PLANET ENERGY)
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)
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/
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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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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