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Marcotte outsprints Pipp for victory at Thompson Doylestown Criterium

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Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing) takes the win.

Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing) takes the win.
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The start line was filled with eager riders at the premiere of the Thompson Bucks County Classic this morning

The start line was filled with eager riders at the premiere of the Thompson Bucks County Classic this morning
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US National Champion; Adam Farabaugh (Ekoi.com/Gaspesien) brings the stars and stripes to Doylestown.

US National Champion; Adam Farabaugh (Ekoi.com/Gaspesien) brings the stars and stripes to Doylestown.
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The race traversed through some beautiful neighborhoods…

The race traversed through some beautiful neighborhoods…
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…and showed a little bit of small town sports enthusiasts

…and showed a little bit of small town sports enthusiasts
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Final Lap: Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing) and Alexey Shmidt (Team Type 1/Sanofi/Devo) try to get ahead of the breakaway.

Final Lap: Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing) and Alexey Shmidt (Team Type 1/Sanofi/Devo) try to get ahead of the breakaway.
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General Frank Pipp (Bissell ProCycling) was having none of that and chased them both down caught them down at the field sprint.

General Frank Pipp (Bissell ProCycling) was having none of that and chased them both down caught them down at the field sprint.
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Tyler Wren (Jamis/Sutter Home) brings up the rear of the break

Tyler Wren (Jamis/Sutter Home) brings up the rear of the break
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US National Champion; Adam Farabaugh (Ekoi.com/Gaspesien) wins the field sprint.

US National Champion; Adam Farabaugh (Ekoi.com/Gaspesien) wins the field sprint.
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Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling Team) 2nd place, Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing), 1st place, Alexey Shmidt (Team Type 1 Devo) 3rd place. Congrats to all!

Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling Team) 2nd place, Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing), 1st place, Alexey Shmidt (Team Type 1 Devo) 3rd place. Congrats to all!
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Diego Milan (Firefighters Racing p/b Advocare) is awarded the best climber jersey by a Teva rep.

Diego Milan (Firefighters Racing p/b Advocare) is awarded the best climber jersey by a Teva rep.
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Augusto Sanchez (G.S. Mengoni) gets ready to make a tight right corner on a very technical course

Augusto Sanchez (G.S. Mengoni) gets ready to make a tight right corner on a very technical course
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The pace was blistering but Mike Chauner (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) more than kept it.

The pace was blistering but Mike Chauner (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) more than kept it.
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Looking a strong as ever “General” Frank Pipp (Bissell ProCycling Team) keeps all the Bissell troops moving

Looking a strong as ever “General” Frank Pipp (Bissell ProCycling Team) keeps all the Bissell troops moving
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As the riders progress through downtown, they’re reflected in the 9/11 memorial.

As the riders progress through downtown, they’re reflected in the 9/11 memorial.
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Fourth generation cyclist Jackie Simes (Jamis/Sutter Home) finds his place in one of many breaks today.

Fourth generation cyclist Jackie Simes (Jamis/Sutter Home) finds his place in one of many breaks today.
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Pierrick Naud (Ekoi.com/Gaspesien) makes a tight corner look like a breeze

Pierrick Naud (Ekoi.com/Gaspesien) makes a tight corner look like a breeze
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Paolo Cravanzola (Team Type 1/Sanofi/Devo) makes a move past John Minturn (Bikereg.com/Cannondale).

Paolo Cravanzola (Team Type 1/Sanofi/Devo) makes a move past John Minturn (Bikereg.com/Cannondale).
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Fresh back from Europe, Garmin’s Robin Carpenter gets right back in the US groove of crits

Fresh back from Europe, Garmin’s Robin Carpenter gets right back in the US groove of crits
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Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor) initiated one of the day’s big breaks

Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor) initiated one of the day’s big breaks
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Tony Hall (Champion Systems p/b Stan’s NoTubes) pushes his way into another break.

Tony Hall (Champion Systems p/b Stan’s NoTubes) pushes his way into another break.
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The Lion of Flanders watches over the pack as they take a breather coming down a small hill.

The Lion of Flanders watches over the pack as they take a breather coming down a small hill.
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Top choice for a successful finish today, Alex Candelario (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategy)had a bit of bad luck with a flat as he was in the winning break on the last lap.

Top choice for a successful finish today, Alex Candelario (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategy)had a bit of bad luck with a flat as he was in the winning break on the last lap.
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Saturday’s Road Race best sprinter; Clay Murfet (Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis) looks as strong as he did the day before

Saturday’s Road Race best sprinter; Clay Murfet (Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis) looks as strong as he did the day before
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Clay Murfet (Team SmartShop/Mountain Khakis) gets best sprinter, Great work!

Clay Murfet (Team SmartShop/Mountain Khakis) gets best sprinter, Great work!
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On a picture perfect day for racing, Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing) outsprinted Frank Pipp (Bissell Pro Cycling) to take the win at the 9th Thompson Doylestown Criterium. Alexey Shmidt (Team Type 1 Devo) held off the rest of the break to round out the podium.

For the first few circuits, the peloton stayed together and began to set a blistering pace for what would be a fast and thrilling day of racing. Nine laps in Marcotte, Pipp and Shmidt were part of a six-man break who were able to get as much as a 17-second gap on the field but were caught a few laps later. With 21 laps to go, Marsh Cooper (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies) and Tim Mitchell (CCB Racing) attempted a two man break. The pair was only able to get a 10-second gap on the field and were reeled in only 3 laps later.

The main turning point in the day’s action took place at about the halfway point in the race. A group of 10 riders attacked and were joined only one lap later by a small chase group. It would be this group of about 15 who would stay ahead for the remainder of the race. This group included Marcotte, Pip, Shmidt, Alex Candelario (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies), Cody O’Reilly (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies), Tyler Wren, (Jamis/Sutter Home), Mike Chauner (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA), Robin Carpenter (Chipolte/First Solar Devo) and Steve Fisher (Hagens Berman), Gabe Varela (Hagens Berman), Wes Klein (Bikereg.com/Cannondale), Pierrick Naud (Ekoi.com/Gaspesien). This group was able to slowly build their lead on the rest of the peloton from 15 seconds to 24, and then to 40 seconds until they were away for good.

With eight laps to go Steve Fisher attacked and was able maintain a solo break for a few laps as he attempted to gas the field setting up his teammate Gabe Varela for the finish. Fisher was caught with six to go. With three to go a six man break of Shmidt, Fisher, Marcotte, Naud, O’Reilly and Carpenter were able to build a 13-second lead. But this group was caught with one lap to go and it would all come down to the last lap and a sprint finish. Pipp turned it on with about 100 meters to go but it may have been too soon as Marcotte, the former US Masters National Champion, was able to catch him with 50 meters and pulled past him for the victory.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Eric Marcotte (USA) Elbowz Racing
2Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team
3Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Team Type 1 Devo
4Cody O'Reilly (USA) Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5Gabe Varela (USA) Hagens Berman
6Robin Carpenter (USA)
7Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis/Sutter Home
8Diego Milan (Spa) Firefighters Racing p/b ADVOCAR
9Mike Chauner (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA
10Pierrick Naud (Can) Ekoi.com/Gaspesien
11Shane Kline (USA) Team SmartStop / Mountain Khaki
12Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
13Steve Fisher (USA) Hagens Berman
14Coulton Hartrich (USA) Firefighters Racing p/b ADVOCAR
15Alex Candelario (USA) Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
16Adam Farabaugh (USA) Ekoi.com/Gaspesien
17Clay Murfet (Aus) Team SmartStop / Mountain Khaki
18Mark Langlands (NZl) Garneau-Quebecor
19Thomas Brown (USA) Team SmartStop / Mountain Khaki
20Andrew Mccullough (USA) Bikereg.com / Cannondale
21Zachary Bergh (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team
22Daniel Holt (USA) Team Type 1 Devo
23David Fleischhauer (USA) Hagens Berman
24Ian Crane (USA) Hagens Berman
25Roman Kilun (USA) Kenda / 5-Hour Energy
26Tim Mitchell (USA) CCB Racing
27Ricky Gargiulo (USA) Champion Systems p/b Stan's NoTubes
28Max Korus (USA) Kenda / 5-Hour Energy
29Nicholas Rogers (USA)
30Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team
31Mat Stephens (USA) Elbowz Racing
32Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team
33Andrew Seitz (USA) Team Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist
34Anthony Hall (USA) Champion Systems p/b Stan's NoTubesubes
35Neil Bezdek (USA) Team SmartStop / Mountain Khaki
36Paul Martin (USA) Team Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist
37Nick Frey (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA
38Ben Fredrick (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategiesrategies / Late
39Glen Rendall (Can) Ride with Rendall
40Christian Parrett (USA) Firefighters Racing p/b ADVOCAR
41Jackie Simes (USA) Jamis/Sutter Home
42Adam Carr (USA) Ekoi.com/Gaspesien
43Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling Team
44Kirk Albers (USA) Team Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist
45Augusto Sanchez (Dom) G.S. Mengoni
46Rob Britton (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
47Andrew Bajadali (USA) Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
48Allan Rego (USA) Champion Systems p/b Stan's NoTubes
49Andrea Ciacchini (Ita) Team Type 1 Devo
50Zack Noonan (USA) Bikereg.com / Cannondale
51Eric Workowski (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA
52Marsh Cooper (Can) Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
53Jon Hornbeck (USA) Hagens Berman
54Brandon Feehery (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team
55Brett Kielick (USA)
56Eugene Boronow (USA) G.S. Mengoni
57Anton Varabei (Can) XO Communications p/b Cisco
58Chris Wingfield (USA) Hagens Berman
59Jon D'Alba (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategiesrategies / Late
60Barry Miller (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA
61Aaron Fillion (Can) Ride with Rendall
62Emile Jean (Can) Ekoi.com/Gaspesien
63Paolo Cravanzola (Ita) Team Type 1 Devo
64Branden Russell (USA) Team Type 1 Devo
65Kyle Wamsley (USA) Jamis/Sutter Home
66Thomas Raeymaekers (Bel) Team Type 1 Devo
67Cesar Marte (Dom) G.S. Mengoni
68James Schuman (USA) Firefighters Racing p/b ADVOCAR

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