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Commerce Bank Triple Crown - Reading Classic
 
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Date: 6/7/2008
Commerce Bank Triple Crown - Reading Classic
 

Commerce Bank Triple Crown - Reading Classic
Oscar Sevilla won the second leg solo after a late attack... Photo Journal


Peloton motors through the first neutral lap. Photo © 2008 Action Images

Rock Racing's Oscar Sevilla fresh off a stage 9 win and the final points jersey at the Vuelta a Columbia  ten days ago won the Reading Classic with a solo attack in final kilometers of Thursday’s Commerce Bank Reading Classic, then held on for victory.

The Spaniard attacked a trio of breakaway companions in the final six miles of the 74-mile (119 km) race that finished with three ascents of the challenging switchback climb of Mount Penn. Sevilla crossed the finish line six seconds ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team High Road) while Bernhard Eisel (Team High Road) won the field sprint for third three seconds later.


Toyota United's Dominique Rollin bridges to the break with a CSC rider.
Photo © 2008 Action Images

In the decisive moments, Sevilla rode Bernardo Colex (Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara) and Moises Aldape (Team Type 1) off his wheel before dropping Team Type 1’s Valeriy Kobzarenko midway up the final climb.


First break of the day off on an ill fated attack. Photo © 2008 Action Images

Much of that pain resulted from a 17-rider break that nearly blew the race apart on the first of three trips up Mt. Penn. The move included a star-studded cast with the likes of Rory Sutherland (Health Net-Maxxis), Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United), Sevilla and Eisel, who won the opening two rounds of the 2007 Commerce Bank Triple Crown on his way to the series title. But with so many heavy hitters up front, and no one willing to completely cooperate, the big break was pulled back.


Tyler Hamilton leads the peloton to the Mount Penn climb.
Photo © 2008 Action Images

Thursday’s endgame didn’t come until late in the eighth of 10 laps (seven of the main 6.77-mile circuit, plus three final long laps with the decisive Mt. Penn climb added in). It was then that Sevilla, and Team Type I riders Moises Aldape and Valeriy Kobzarenko bridged across to Tecos-Trek’s Bernardo Solex.

The final foursome crossed the start/finish together, and then started to hammer away, desperately trying to hold off main field. Four soon became two, with Solex and Aldape fading. Then Kobzarenko cracked under Sevilla’s blistering pace.

“Initially my plan was just trying to get the other teams nervous and set it up for Freddy,” said Sevilla, alluding to his team’s designated sprinter, American Fred Rodriguez. “But the race was very fast all day, so I knew the others’ legs would not be so fresh.” His tactic worked to perfection, and after burying himself over the climb, and into the final flat miles, the Spaniard was finally able to sit up and enjoy the moment. “I never looked back until only 500 meters were left,” Sevilla said. “It was a very hard day.”


Oscar Sevilla leads a group through the feed zone. Photo © 2008 Action Images

“We made our main move in that big break,” said Eisel. “After that I think everyone was feeling tired, and Sevilla was very strong. He deserved this win.”

The Triple Crown’s 25-team field returns for the Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship at 9 a.m. Sunday. Celebrating its 24th running, this epic 156-mile test of mettle begins and ends on Philadelphia’s famed Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The triumph was the biggest to date for Sevilla’s California-based Rock Racing team, and pushed the lithe climbing specialist into a tie atop the overall Triple Crown standings with Ukrainian Yuri Metlushenko who won the series’ opening round race on Tuesday in Allentown. “I am on good form after the Vuelta a Colombia, which was very mountainous,” Sevilla said. “The race was hard but my team was very good today. This is a fantastic moment for Rock Racing.”


Team Managers, Len Pettyjohn (Toyota-United) chats with Jonas Carney (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast) Photo © 2008 Action Images

The victory was Sevilla’s third of the year and the 18th overall by Rock Racing this season. Sevilla also scored wins at the San Dimas Stage Race (Stage 1) and the Vuelta a Colombia (Stage 9) in May.

On Sunday, Sevilla will lead Rock Racing’s assault on the Philadelphia International Championship. His teammate, American Fred Rodriguez, is a three-time winner of the race, which is the signature event of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling.


Oscar celebrates with his fans Photo © 2008 Action Images

“Oscar’s win sets the stage for us perfectly for Sunday,” Rock Racing Team Owner Michael Ball said. “He animated the race in Allentown on Tuesday and won decisively today. But we have a lot of weapons in our arsenal – guys like Freddie, Tyler Hamilton, Victor Hugo Peña and Mike Creed are all on great form. Any one of them is a threat to win.”

In addition to a talent-laden roster, Rock Racing will also be a prominent part of the race in the Lifestyle Expo, as well as the sponsor of the famed Manayunk Wall, a challenging climb featuring a 17 percent grade.

Sunday’s 156-mile (251 km) race begins with three one-mile parade laps around Central Philadelphia’s Eakins Oval and Logan Circles, followed by 10 laps of a 14.4-mile (23.1 km) circuit that begins and ends on Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Podium: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team High Road), Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing), and Bernhard Eisel (Team High Road) Photo © 2008 Action Images

Commerce Bank Triple Crown
Reading Circuit Race Results

1 SEVILLA, Oscar Rock Racing 157 47:11.0
2 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald Team High Road 2 47:17.0
3 EISEL, Bernhard Team High Road 1 47:20.0


Edvald Boasson Hagen Photo © 2008 Action Images

4 PIPP, Frank Health NEt p/b Maxxis 94 47:20.0
5 HUFF, Brad Jelly Belly 106 47:20.0
6 BAUMANN, Eric Team Sparkasse 181 47:20.0
7 BORRAJO, Anibal Colavita-Sutter Home 72 47:20.0
8 PARISIEN, Franois Team RACE Pro 176 47:20.0
9 CRUZ, Antonio BMC Racing 31 47:20.0
10 CANDELARIO, Alex Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 123 47:20.0
11 RODRIGUEZ, Fred Rock Racing 156 47:20.0
12 POWER, Ciaran Pezula Racing 132 47:20.0
13 ROLLIN, Dominique Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 245 47:20.0
14 MAASKANT, Martijn Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 47 47:20.0
15 HENDERSON, Greg Team High Road 4 47:20.0
16 ESCUELA, Ricardo Team Successfulliving 197 47:20.0
17 BORRAJO, Alejandro Colavita-Sutter Home 71 47:20.0
18 BROOKS, Ben Team Type 1 202 47:20.0
19 PARRA, John Fredy Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 233 47:20.0
20 TUFT, Svein Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 161 47:20.0
21 WILSON, Matt Team Type 1 208 47:20.0
22 FALCON, Yosvany Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 231 47:20.0
23 WYSS, Danilo BMC Racing 32 47:20.0
24 BRESCHEL, Matti Team CSC 15 47:20.0
25 MACIAS, Luis Tecos - Trek 211 47:20.0
26 TOLLESON, Taylor BMC Racing 36 47:20.0
27 O'BEE, Kirk Health NEt p/b Maxxis 96 47:20.0
28 HAMMOND, Roger Team High Road 3 47:20.0
29 ZAJICEK, Phil Health NEt p/b Maxxis 93 47:20.0
30 KING, Edward Bissell Pro Cycling Team 67 47:20.0
31 EVANS, Cameron Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 167 47:20.0
32 WREN, Tyler Colavita-Sutter Home 76 47:20.0
33 SUTHERLAND, Rory Health NEt p/b Maxxis 91 47:20.0
34 FRISCHKORN, William Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 46 47:20.0
35 ROMERO, Luis Amaran Colavita-Sutter Home 75 47:20.0
36 REYNES MIMO, Vicente Team High Road 7 47:20.0
37 BAJADALI, Andrew Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 121 47:20.0
38 FRATTINI, Davide Colavita-Sutter Home 79 47:20.0
39 PROKIC, Predrag Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 235 47:20.0
40 STEVENSON, Michael Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 56 47:20.0
41 MEIER, Christian Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 166 47:20.0
42 LOUDER, Jeffrey BMC Racing 38 47:20.0
43 CHADWICK, Glen Team Type 1 204 47:20.0
44 WOHLBERG, Eric Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 162 47:20.0
45 FRANZOI, Enrico Liquigas 25 47:20.0
46 CLARKE, Jonny Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 242 47:20.0
47 PENA, Victor Hugo Rock Racing 155 47:20.0
48 GRABINGER, Micheal Team Successfulliving 195 47:20.0
49 ERKER, Jacob Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 168 47:20.0
50 NISSEN, Soren Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 55 47:20.0
51 JACQUES-MAYNES, Benjamin Bissell Pro Cycling Team 61 47:20.0
52 MATAMOROS, Francisco Tecos - Trek 213 47:20.0
53 MANION, Caleb Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 244 47:34.0
54 KLOSTERGAARD, Kasper Team CSC 11 47:34.0
55 DULIN, Thaddeus DLP Racing 84 47:37.0
56 CORIONI, Claudio Liquigas 23 47:37.0
57 ALDAPE, Moises Team Type 1 201 47:37.0
58 OYARZUN, Carlos Tecos - Trek 216 47:37.0
59 KOBZARENKO, Valeriy Team Type 1 206 47:37.0
60 BOCHMAN, Lasse Team CSC 12 47:37.0
61 OLSON, Aaron Bissell Pro Cycling Team 62 47:54.0
62 MACBURNIE, Dustin Team RACE Pro 175 47:54.0
63 BARRILLEAUX, Jared Jittery Joe's 118 47:54.0
64 RYTLEWSKI, Jacob Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 147 47:54.0
65 STEENSEN, Andr Team CSC 13 47:54.0
66 MARTINEZ, Miguel Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 52 47:54.0
67 LADINO, Gregorio Tecos - Trek 217 47:54.0
68 BOWMAN, Dan Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 122 47:54.0
69 SCHILLINGER , Andreas Team Sparkasse 185 47:54.0
70 KING, Robbie Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 144 48:10.0
71 STEWART, Jackson BMC Racing 37 48:10.0
72 RAMSEY, Daniel TIME Pro Cycling 222 48:23.0
73 METLUSHENKO, Yuri Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 53 48:23.0
74 RANDELL, Andrew Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 164 48:23.0
75 ROTH, Ryan Team RACE Pro 172 48:23.0
76 GASPARRE, Graziano Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 54 48:23.0
77 BODNAR, Maciej Liquigas 22 48:23.0
78 NANKERVIS, Tommy DLP Racing 87 48:23.0
79 JENSEN, Brian Team Successfulliving 193 48:23.0
80 JENNINGS, Cameron Pezula Racing 133 48:23.0
81 HEKMAN, Mark Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 232 48:44.0
82 KOHLER, Martin BMC Racing 33 48:44.0
83 WHITE, Brad Team Successfulliving 196 48:44.0
84 TUCKERMAN, Aaron Jelly Belly 103 48:44.0
85 CERVANTES, Omar Tecos - Trek 214 48:44.0
86 OLLERENSHAW, Doug Rock Racing 154 48:44.0
87 MURPHY, Jonn Health NEt p/b Maxxis 97 48:44.0
88 MCCARTNEY, Jason Team CSC 16 48:44.0
89 RICE, Matthew Jelly Belly 102 48:44.0
90 TALANSKY, Andrew Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 237 49:02.0
91 WISCOVITCH, Jeremiah Rock Racing 158 49:02.0
92 DEVINE, John Team High Road 8 49:02.0
93 KNAVEN, Servais Team High Road 5 49:02.0
94 WACKERNAGEL , Lars Team Sparkasse 186 49:02.0
95 WALTERS, Mark Team RACE Pro 171 49:02.0
96 FRIEDMAN, Michael Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 45 49:14.0
97 CALABRIA, Fabio Team Type 1 203 49:14.0
98 COZZA, Steven Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 42 49:14.0
99 COLEX, Bernardo Tecos - Trek 212 49:14.0
100 VENNELL, Jeremy Bissell Pro Cycling Team 65 49:20.0
101 CALDWELL, Blake Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 48 49:27.0
102 RAMOS TORRES, Florencio Tecos - Trek 218 49:47.0
103 SANTAROMITA, Ivan Liquigas 26 49:47.0
104 MUMFORD, Jonathan Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 126 50:23.0
105 LANGE, Michael Jelly Belly 104 50:31.0
106 ENGLAND, Richard Bissell Pro Cycling Team 66 50:53.0
107 POWERS, Jeremy Jelly Belly 105 51:30.0
108 GOSS, Matthew Team CSC 14 52:01.0
109 LAPTHORNE, Darren Team Sparkasse 182 52:01.0
110 FARRAR, Tyler Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 44 52:01.0
111 STEVENSON, Cody Jittery Joe's 115 52:01.0
112 CREED, Michael Rock Racing 152 53:21.0
113 PINFOLD, Andrew Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 165 53:21.0
114 KNELLER, Ben Jittery Joe's 116 53:50.0
115 SPINELLI, Justin Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 127 53:55.0

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DNF CURTOLO, Alberto Liquigas 24
DNF LILL, Darren BMC Racing 34
DNF SAYERS, Michael BMC Racing 35
DNF BACKSTEDT, Magnus Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 41
DNF DONALD, Jason Slipstream/Chipotie p/b H3O 43
DNF CORTES, Phil Amore & Vita-McDonalds Pro Cyc 51
DNF PELTONEN, Garrett Bissell Pro Cycling Team 63
DNF ZWIZANSKI, Scott Bissell Pro Cycling Team 64
DNF CORREIA, Joao Bissell Pro Cycling Team 68
DNF HAEDO, Lucas Colavita-Sutter Home 73
DNF DAMIANI, Luca Colavita-Sutter Home 74
DNF GUPTILL, Andrew Colavita-Sutter Home 78
DNF BEAMER, Spencer DLP Racing 81
DNF CODDINGTON, Joseph DLP Racing 82
DNF PENDRY, Charles DLP Racing 83
DNF JACKSON, Scott DLP Racing 85
DNF JOHNSON, Boyd DLP Racing 86
DNF NIELSEN, Owen DLP Racing 88
DNF JOHNSON, Tim Health NEt p/b Maxxis 92
DNF MENZIES, Karl Health NEt p/b Maxxis 95
DNF CRANE, Matt Health NEt p/b Maxxis 98
DNF SANDERSON, Nicholas Jelly Belly 101
DNF VAN ULDEN, Bernard Jelly Belly 107
DNF REISTAD, Nicholas Jelly Belly 108
DNF HARTLEY, Chad Jittery Joe's 111
DNF SHIRLEY, Neil Jittery Joe's 112
DNF SHRIVER, Matt Jittery Joe's 113
DNF ELKEN, Evan Jittery Joe's 114
DNF SULLIVAN, Ryan Jittery Joe's 117
DNF KING, Benjamin Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 124
DNF LACOMBE, Keven Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 125
DNF SUNDT, Jonathan Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medif 128
DNF O'LOUGHLIN, David Pezula Racing 131
DNF FOX, Morgan Pezula Racing 134
DNF IRVINE, Martyn Pezula Racing 135
DNF CONNOLLY, William Pezula Racing 136
DNF BARROWS, Clayton Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 141
DNF ERDELYI, Jonathan Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 142
DNF GENG, Richard Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 143
DNF KINCAID, Stephen Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 145
DNF PALMA, Guido Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 146
DNF LEA, Bobby Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebe 148
DNF BAHATI, Rahsaan Rock Racing 151
DNF HAMILTON, Tyler Rock Racing 153
DNF BELL, Zachary Symmetrics Professional Cyclin 163
DNF TIMMERMAN, Dan Team RACE Pro 173
DNF MILLER, Kevin Buck Team RACE Pro 174
DNF BATTY, Mark Team RACE Pro 177
DNF ROBERTSON, Eric Team RACE Pro 178
DNF MAMOS, Philipp Team Sparkasse 183
DNF SCHLER , Tilo Team Sparkasse 187
DNF FREY , Sebastian Team Sparkasse 188
DNF DIONNE, Charles Team Successfulliving 191
DNF GUNN, Curtis Team Successfulliving 192
DNF BAZZANA, Alessandro Team Successfulliving 194
DNF VALENZUELA, Christian Team Successfulliving 198
DNF JONES, Christopher Team Type 1 205
DNF MACGREGOR, Ian Team Type 1 207
DNF GUITIERREZ, Lui Tecos - Trek 215
DNF FREY , Nick TIME Pro Cycling 221
DNF BARLEVAV, Erik TIME Pro Cycling 223
DNF MYERSON, Adam TIME Pro Cycling 224
DNF BAKER, Andrew TIME Pro Cycling 225
DNF SOLADAY, Thomas TIME Pro Cycling 226
DNF STOOP, Michael TIME Pro Cycling 227
DNF GUTTENPLAN, David TIME Pro Cycling 228
DNF TRAVIESO, Frank Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 234
DNF VAILLANCOURT, Daniel Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 236
DNF DURANGO, John Toshiba - Santo p/b Herbalife 238
DNF BLACKGROVE, Heath Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 241
DNF DOMINGUEZ, Ivan Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 243
DNF STEVIC, Ivan Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 246
DNF VOGELS, Hendricus Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 247
DNF WHERRY, Christopher Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team 248
 

 
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