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Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling - Reading Classic
 
By Staff
Date: 6/8/2007
Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling - Reading Classic
 

Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling - Reading Classic
Bernard Eisel decisive win in Reading. Barrajo and Grishkin podium.  Another race of attrition heading into the crown jewel of Philly! Kurt Jambretz  Photos

T-Mobile's Bernhard Eisel, pulled off his second consecutive win in the Triple Crown by joining the late attack on the last lap and attacking in the final approach to the line besting Rite Aid's Argentine sprinter Alejandro Borrajo, and the Navigator's duo Oleg Grishkin and Sergey Lagutin who led the final attack up the Bagota climb that set up the final sprint for the race win.


Bernard Eisel celebrates with a definitive gap. Photo c. Kurt Jambretz Action Images

With three days to dry out after the wet affair in Lancaster last weekend, racers were greeted with dry roads and sunny conditions. The tough Reading course tested the riders who climbed steep Mount Penn three times and surely played an important role in the final outcome of the event. The first seven of ten laps, however, did not take the riders over the climb; the rolling 6.7 “short lap” had plenty of twisting, rolling terrain to test the bunch.


The break led by Symmetrics Christian Meier. Photo c. Kurt Jambretz Action Images

Caico's Jamier de Jesus Zapata from Columbia, CSC's Kasper Klostergaard (Denmark) and Symmetrics' Christian Meier made up the almost race long break. The trio made a strong but futile effort establishing a one minute gap, working well together looking like a three man time trial at the front. But the peloton was in no mood for their sprinters to be denied the final glory and the chase was on as T-Moble, Toyota United and Health Net led the chase and kept the pace high to maintain the gap for the last laps.

With the pace high on the front with the race became one of attrition behind, with each pass over the Bagota climb spitting riders out the back of the peloton. 103 riders of the bunch either did not finish or decided to save their legs for Sundays more demanding Philly Classic for the second race in the series favorite, CSC's J.J. Haedo didn't make it to the finish with the lead group to contest the sprint.

The trio stayed away until four laps to go as counter attacks by BMC, Navigators, and T-Mobile started to decimate the field. As the Peloton approached the Bagota climb for the third and final time less than half the field remained, and the Navigators Insurance and T- Mobile squads were setting a fast pace through the feed zone and into the bottom of the climb.


Javier Zapata (Caico) climbs Mount Penn on lap eight.
Photo c. Kurt Jambretz Action Images

Over the final climb 15 riders led with Caico's  Zapata attacking to collect the climbing points for the Berks Packing Top Dog Competition award. Scores of riders were shelled on the slopes of the mountain with the group dwindling to fewer than 70 riders as the riders crossed the line and headed out on their second to last lap.


Sergey Lagutin (Navigators) descends Mount Penn in the closing laps.
Photo c. Kurt Jambretz Action Images

The Navigators Insurance lads took control of the lead group on the decent into town, and drove hard towards the finish with sprinter Oleg Grishkin in tow. Ben Brooks and Valeriy Kobzarenko did the major work driving the pace of the attack.

As the Nav's led into the last two corners with 350 meters to go Eisel launched his final drive for the line slipping by Grishkin and Lagutin on  inside. The surprise move had the The T-Mobile rider with a gap with Grishkin, Lagutin and Barajo fighting to close. But it was Bernard Eisel leading through the final turn with a gap and enough time to coast across the line for the victory. The battle for second was won by Barajo, with Navigator's duo Grishkin and Lagutin in for third and fourth. Colavita/Sutter Home's Charles Dionne the lone North American in the top 5 made the appearance at fifth place... great  to see Charlie, the two time victor of the San Francisco Grand Prix weighing in today on the comeback trail.

Confirming Colombia’s place as the country that consistently produces the best climbers in the world, The Berks Packing Top Dog climbing competition was won by the Gregoria Ladino (Tecos de la University).

Eisel now leads in the Commerce Bank Triple Crown overall competition awarded to the most consistent rider over the three race series. Second place is currently held by Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance) and Alejandro Borrajo is in third. (complete rankings below)


Men's podium (left to right) Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Rite Aid), Bernhard Eisel (T-Mobile) and Oleg Grishkin (Navigators) Photo c. Kurt Jambretz Action Images

Reading Classic Results
1 Bernhard Eisel Aut T-Mobile 2:48:54
2 Alejandro Alberto Borrajo Arg Rite Aid Usa "
3 Oleg Grishkin Navigators Insurance "

4 Sergey Lagutin Uzb Navigators Insurance "
5 Charles Dionne Can Colavita-Sutter Home Usa "


Bernhard Eisel does an after race interview for a local TV station.
Photo c. Kurt Jambretz Action Images

6 Kayle Leo Grande Usa Rock Racing Usa "
7 Rory Sutherland Usa Health Net - Maxxis "
8 John Freddy Parra Col Tecos De La Universidad "
9 Martin Pedersen Den Team Csc "
10 Caleb Manion Usa Toyota-United Usa "

11 Benjamin Brooks Usa Navigators Insurance "
12 Neil Shirley Usa Jittery Joe's "
13 Luke Roberts Aus Team Csc "
14 Cesar Augusto Grajales Col Jittery Joe's "
15 Andrew Bajadali Usa Jelly Belly "
16 Chris Wherry Usa Toyota-United Usa "
17 Edward* King Usa Priority Health P/B Bissel "
18 Svein Tuft Can Symmetrics Cycling Team "
19 Marco Pinotti, Ita T-Mobile "
20 Dominique Rollin Can Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada "
21 Eric Wohlberg Can Symmetrics Cycling Team "
22 Mark Walters Can Kodak Gallery P/B Sierra Nevada "
23 Anthony Colby Usa Colavita-Sutter Home Usa "
24 Justin "Spinelli," Usa Kelly Benefit / Medifast "
25 Christopher Jones Usa Nerac "
26 Michael Grabinger Usa Slp "
27 Alexander Gonzalez Col Caico "
28 Danny Pate Usa Slipstream P/B Chipotle "
29 David Vitoria Sui Bmc Racing Team "
30 Greg Henderson Nzl T-Mobile "

31 David O'loughlin Irl Navigators Insurance :20
32 Valery Kobzarenko Ukr Navigators Insurance :23
33 Jackson Stewart Usa Bmc Racing Team "
34 Allan Johansen Den Team Csc "
35 Hector Hugo Rangel Mex Tecos De La Universidad :32
36 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes Usa Priority Health P/B Bissel "
37 Gregorio Ladino Col Tecos De La Universidad "
38 Frank Pipp Usa Health Net - Maxxis 57
39 Michael Blaudzun Den Team Csc "

40 Jesse Anthony Usa Kodak Gallery P/B Sierra Nevada 1:02
41 Daniel Holt Usa Nerac "
42 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen Den Team Csc "
43 Ben Day Aus Navigators Insurance "
44 Jake Rytlewski Usa Rite Aid Usa "
45 Nicholas "Waite," Usa Kelly Benefit / Medifast "
46 Francois Parisien Can Slipstream P/B Chipotle "
47 Herberth Gutierrez Col Tecos De La Universidad "
48 Alejandro Ivan Cortes Col Caico "
49 Emile Abraham Tri Priority Health P/B Bissel "
50 Scott Nydam Usa Bmc Racing Team "
51 William Frischkorn Usa Slipstream P/B Chipotle "
52 Kirk O'bee Usa Health Net - Maxxis "
53 Roger Hammond Gbr T-Mobile "
54 Curtis Gunn Usa Slp 1:32
55 David Mccann Irl Colavita-Sutter Home Usa 1:48
56 Christian Valenzuela Mex Slp 1:51
57 Cameron Evans Can Symmetrics Cycling Team "
58 Matthew Rice Aus Jelly Belly "

59 Tyler Wren Usa Colavita-Sutter Home Usa 2:15
60 Dominique "Perras," Can Kelly Benefit / Medifast "
61 Javier De Jesus Zapata Col Caico 2:21
62 Jorge Martinez Col Caico 2:36
63 Trent Wilson Aus Jittery Joe's "

64 Michael Friedman Usa Slipstream P/B Chipotle 3:11
65 Stefano* Barberi Bra Toyota-United Usa "
66 Davide Frattini Ita Colavita-Sutter Home Usa 3:14
67 Eric Baumann Ger T-Mobile 3:32
68 Ciaran Power Irl Navigators Insurance "
69 Aaron Olson Usa T-Mobile "
70 Matt Shriver Usa Jittery Joe's 4:07
71 Sean Sullivan Aus Toyota-United Usa "
72 Greg Reain Can Calyon - Litespeed 6:26
73 Christian* Meier Can Symmetrics Cycling Team "
74 Todd Yezefski Usa Nerac "
75 Christopher Frederick Usa Aeg-Toshiba-Jetnetwork Usa "

Pro Cycling Tour Standings
1 Bernhard Eisel Aut T-Mobile 160
2 Sergey Lagutin Uzb Navigators Insurance 80
3 Alejandro Alberto Borrajo Arg Rite Aid Usa 68

4 Frank Pipp Usa Health Net - Maxxis 32
4 Oleg Grishkin Navigators Insurance 32
6 Danny Pate Usa Slipstream P/B Chipotle 24
7 Charles Dionne Can Colavita-Sutter Home Usa 20
7 Svein Tuft Can Symmetrics Cycling Team 20
9 Trent Wilson Aus Jittery Joe's 16
9 Kayle Leo Grande Usa Rock Racing Usa 16
11 Rory Sutherland Usa Health Net - Maxxis 12
12 David Vitoria Sui Bmc Racing Team 8
13 John Freddy Parra Col Tecos De La Universidad 8
14 Frank Travieso Cub Aeg-Toshiba-Jetnetwork Usa 7
14 Martin Pedersen Den Team Csc 7
16 Caleb Manion Usa Toyota-United Usa 6
16 Jorge Martinez Col Caico 6
18 Michael Blaudzun Den Team Csc 5
18 Benjamin Brooks Usa Navigators Insurance 5
20 Todd* Henriksen Usa Aeg-Toshiba-Jetnetwork Usa 3
20 Neil Shirley Usa Jittery Joe's 3
 


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