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Northstar Tour de Nez - Stage 5 Village Circuit Race
 
By Staff
Date: 6/22/2008
Northstar Tour de Nez - Stage 5 Village Circuit Race
 

Tour de Nez - Stage 5 Northstar Village Circuit Race
Roman Kilun Takes Stage.  But it's "Cinderella man" Aaron Olson who takes the big Grabowski and the red jersey in Tahoe!

by Briggs Heaney


Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort

Stage 5 Northstar Village Circuit Race
Stage five of the 2008 Tour de Nez, a 45 mile up and down affair in and around the Village at Northstar resort, gave onlookers one last chance to see the main protagonists of the race fight it out over a tough, technical course. The 1.75 mile loop took riders over stretches of the cobbles stones that run through the village, lending an old school feel to the race.


The field strung out through the Northstar Village. Photo © 2008 Action Images

The action came fast and furious, as the overall race leader through four stages, Andy Bajadali of the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team, held a tenuous four second lead over BMC’s Scott Nydam, five seconds on Symmetric’s Eric Wohlberg and a further 18 second lead on Bissell’s Burke Swindlehurst. All signs pointed to a showdown among the leading trio, but as happens so often in cycling, a different scenario would play out.

The strongest team in the race, Bissell, initiated the action right away as Graham Howard, the brother of stage one winner Steven, went clear early with four others, including SRAM’s Ben Raby, Zteam’s Paul Mach, stage three winner Roman Kilun and Vitamin Cottage’s Jonathan Baker, second in stage three behind Killun.


Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling) leads the break with teammate Aaron Olson in tow. Photo © 2008 Action Images

With only eight laps remaining, Bissell racheted up the pace, as Aaron Olson went off in search of the breakaway, and behind them, Garmin/Chipotle’s Steven Cozza, Team 5 Star Waste Vegetable Oil’s Karl Bordine and Tom Zirbel worked hard to bridge to the leading group of five.

Two laps later, the breakaway was nine strong, with Zirbel and Howard pinning it at the front. Bajadali’s Kelly Benefit Strategies squad suffered a bit of bad luck, as “The Baj” explained. “The race was really tight, and we needed all our guys to battle Bissell. They brought a full GC team, so we had our work cut out for us. Candelario flatted and really had to dig deep to get back. By the time he reconnected, he was really fried. Dan Bowman was really fatigued too, so I was isolated and unable to match Bissell’s power.”


The break heads up the final climb with one to go Photo © 2008 Action Images

As the race went inside the final five laps, both Howard and Zirbel put in huge pulls at the front, increasing the gap to Bajadali and the chasing field. Olson took over with three to go, and dragged the remaining four riders the rest of the way home. In what seemed like an impossibility, the affable 30 year old from Bend, Oregon was able to create enough of a time gap to take the overall title for the 2008 Tour de Nez.

Olson was obviously happy with the result, and described it as his biggest win to date. “I was able to win because of my teammates. They sacrificed themselves for my benefit. Graham Howard probably could have won today, but he sacrificed himself so that I could try for the overall. I’ve been feeling my form coming along over the last few weeks, and I was able to go with some of the better climbers, so I knew I had a good chance today for the overall win. For me, winning the overall is pretty special, especially considering the guys I beat this week.”


Health Net's Roman Kilun snatches the victory.  Photo © 2008 Action Images

In the battle for the stage win, it was all Health Net’s Roman Kilun, as the Oakland, California native took his second stage win ahead of SRAM’s Ben Raby and John Baker of the Vitamin Cottage team. This time, Kilun won on a hilly, tough course, showing his versatility as a rider. “It’s been a really great week. When you’re relaxed and having fun, I think it makes it easier. With this race, it feels like family with Tim Helion and his crew. I come here every year, and it just seems to get better and better.”


Aaron Olson does an after race interview.
Photo © 2008 Action Images

In the jersey competitions, Kelly Benefit’s Dan Bowman wrapped up the climber’s purple jersey, while team Rubicon’s Carson Miller netted the best U-23 white jersey. For the green sprinter’s title, it was Roman Kilun, riding his two big wins in the five stage race. Olson meanwhile can bask in the glow of victory, as he scored the red overall winner’s jersey, which will match his predominantly red Bissell kit perfectly.


Morgan Schmitt (Bissell Pro Cycling) rides point for his teammate Aaron Olson Photo © 2008 Action Images

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Stage 5 Results
1 100 KILUN, Roman Health Net/Maxxis 1:37:00 0:00:00 10
2 60 BAKER, Jonathan Vitamin Cottage 1:37:00 0:00:00 6
3 19 RABY, Ben SRM 1:37:01 0:00:01 4

4 42 LIVINGSTON, Adam 5SW 1:37:01 0:00:01
5 25 OLSON, Aaron BIS 1:37:01 0:00:01
6 71 MACH, Paul ZTE 1:37:01 0:00:01
7 95 COZZA, Steven SLI 1:37:01 0:00:01
8 18 ESCUELA, Ricardo SUC 1:37:30 0:00:30
9 13 NYDAM, scott BMC 1:37:38 0:00:38
10 5  BAJADALI, Andrew KEL 1:37:38 0:00:38
11 27 SWINDLEHURST, Burke BIS 1:37:38 0:00:38
12 97 WOHLBERG, Eric SYM 1:37:39 0:00:39
13 54 VAN UDEN, Roman ROR 1:37:40 0:00:40
14 81 COOKE, matthew HEA 1:37:40 0:00:40
15 52 MILLER, Carson ROR 1:37:40 0:00:40
16 85 COLLIER, Corey HEA 1:37:41 0:00:41
17 17 WHITE, Bradley SUC 1:37:41 0:00:41
18 40 BORDINE, Karl TEA 1:37:43 0:00:43
19 14 STEWART, Jackson BMC 1:37:49 0:00:49
20 32 JACQUES-MAYNES, Andy CAL 1:37:52 0:00:52
21 91 KWON, Eddy MOB 1:37:56 0:00:56
22 77 SEAGRAVE, Matthew KAH 1:38:03 0:01:03
23 33 MATTIS, James CAL 1:38:13 0:01:13
24 10 MCKISSICK, Ian BMC 1:38:36 0:01:36
25 20 ZIRBEL, Tom BIS 1:40:00 0:03:00
26 22 HOWARD, Graham BIS 1:40:33 0:03:33
27 94 SWITTERS, Adam ROC 1:40:50 0:03:50
28 7 ENGLAND, Justin TOY 1:41:55 0:04:55
29 63 FRIEL, Dirk VIT 1:42:35 0:05:35
30 31 HUNT, John CAL 1:44:04 0:07:04
31 46 DEIBLER, Nathaniel 5SW 1:44:04 0:07:04
32 89 KERR, Justin LIQ 1:45:00 0:08:00
33 8 HOLT, Ian US 1:46:44 0:09:44
34 50 BARTLETT, Joshua ROR 1:46:44 0:09:44
35 72 SWAN, Chris ZTE 1:46:51 0:09:51
36 70 KEARNEY, Christian ZTE 1:46:51 0:09:51
37 80 BESTWICK, Andy ALL 1:46:51 0:09:51
38 61 PINKERTON, Joseph VIT 1:46:51 0:09:51
39 93 AUS19840312 WINN, Chris RMC 1:46:51 0:09:51
40 43 GUNN-WILKINSON, James 5SW 1:46:51 0:09:51
41 35 VIGUS, Devon CAL 1:46:52 0:09:52
42 15 USA19720916 COYLE, Chuck SUC 1:46:55 0:09:55
43 78 BRADSHAW, Ben KAH 1:46:55 0:09:55
44 24 KEM, Omer BIS 1:46:55 0:09:55
45 4 BOWMAN, Daniel KEL 1:46:55 0:09:55
46 92 GIL, Andres PAC 1:47:35 0:10:35
47 90 KOKE, Kris LIQ 1:47:35 0:10:35
48 99 SRENASKI, Tim TOK 1:52:03 0:15:03
49 83 CLARK, dylan BPG 1:57:00 0:20:00

Abandons
1 CANDELARIO, Alex KEL
3  BUCHHOLZ, Brian KEL
34 MOORE, Jesse CAL
62 REICHARDT, Randy VIT
79 AYALA, Victor KAH
88 HOROWITZ, Josh LIQ
96 BENNETT, Eric SLP
98 FARNHAM, Timothy NBS

Young Guns - U23
1 52 MILLER, Carson ROR 7:19:12 0:00:00
2 54 VAN UDEN, Roman ROR 7:19:20 0:00:08
3 94 SWITTERS, Adam ROC 7:29:00 0:09:48
4 78 BRADSHAW, Ben KAH 7:30:00 0:10:48

Sprint Points Stage 5
Sprint 1
1 19 RABY, Ben SRM 3
2 71 MACH, Paul ZTE 2
3 22 HOWARD, Graham BIS 1

Sprint  2
1 100 KILUN, Roman HEA 3
2 71 MACH, Paul ZTE 2
3 60 BAKER, Jonathan VIT 1

Points Classification after Stage 5
1 100 KILUN, Roman HEA 40
2 60 BAKER, Jonathan VIT 26
3 97 WOHLBERG, Eric SYM 25

4 5 USA19730501 BAJADALI, Andrew KEL 24
5 18 ESCUELA, Ricardo SUC 23
6 25 USAC0054612 OLSON, Aaron BIS 17
7 19 RABY, Ben SRM 13
8 7 ENGLAND, Justin TOY 13
9 13 NYDAM, scott BMC 12
10 71 MACH, Paul ZTE 11

General Classification After Stage 5 (final)
1 25  OLSON, Aaron BIS 7:04:42 0:00:00
2 5  BAJADALI, Andrew KEL 7:04:55 0:00:13
3 13 NYDAM, scott BMC 7:04:59 0:00:17

4 97 WOHLBERG, Eric SYM 7:05:01 0:00:19
5 27 SWINDLEHURST, Burke BIS 7:05:13 0:00:31
6 81 COOKE, matthew HEA 7:05:24 0:00:42
7 17 WHITE, Bradley SUC 7:05:41 0:00:59
8 71 MACH, Paul ZTE 7:06:41 0:01:59
9 85 COLLIER, Corey HEA 7:06:54 0:02:12
10 95 COZZA, Steven SLI 7:07:34 0:02:52
11 32 JACQUES-MAYNES, Andy CAL  0:04:04
12 60 BAKER, Jonathan VIT 7:11:51 0:07:09
13 7 ENGLAND, Justin TOY 7:13:50 0:09:08
14 33 MATTIS, James CAL 7:14:16 0:09:34
15 100 KILUN, Roman HEA 7:17:02 0:12:20
16 18 ESCUELA, Ricardo SUC 7:17:15 0:12:33
17 52 MILLER, Carson ROR 7:19:12 0:14:30
18 54 VAN UDEN, Roman ROR 7:19:20 0:14:38
19 20 ZIRBEL, Tom BIS 7:20:32 0:15:50
20 4 BOWMAN, Daniel KEL 7:20:35 0:15:53
21 14 STEWART, Jackson BMC 7:22:40 0:17:58
22 42 LIVINGSTON, Adam 5SW 7:23:36 0:18:54
23 31 HUNT, John CAL 7:26:48 0:22:06
24 8 HOLT, Ian US 7:27:38 0:22:56
25 19 RABY, Ben SRM 7:28:36 0:23:54
26 40 BORDINE, Karl TEA 7:28:38 0:23:56
27 94 SWITTERS, Adam ROC 7:29:00 0:24:18
28 63 FRIEL, Dirk VIT 7:29:42 0:25:00
29 78 BRADSHAW, Ben KAH 7:30:00 0:25:18
30 46 DEIBLER, Nathaniel 5SW 7:30:42 0:26:00
31 70 KEARNEY, Christian ZTE 7:30:52 0:26:10
32 92 GIL, Andres PAC 7:30:56 0:26:14
33 91 KWON, Eddy MOB 7:34:02 0:29:20
34 22 HOWARD, Graham BIS 7:34:18 0:29:36
35 35 VIGUS, Devon CAL 7:35:55 0:31:13
36 43 GUNN-WILKINSON, James 5SW 7:36:54 0:32:12
37 77 SEAGRAVE, Matthew KAH 7:38:07 0:33:25
38 24 KEM, Omer BIS 7:38:19 0:33:37
39 89 KERR, Justin LIQ 7:42:42 0:38:00
40 80 BESTWICK, Andy ALL 7:44:11 0:39:29
41 72 SWAN, Chris ZTE 7:44:25 0:39:43
42 10 MCKISSICK, Ian BMC 7:45:11 0:40:29
43 50 BARTLETT, Joshua ROR 7:46:26 0:41:44
44 61 PINKERTON, Joseph VIT 7:50:38 0:45:56
45 93 AUS19840312 WINN, Chris RMC 7:52:02 0:47:20
46 90 KOKE, Kris LIQ 7:55:41 0:50:59
47 99 SRENASKI, Tim TOK 8:03:05 0:58:23
48 83 CLARK, dylan BPG 8:03:11 0:58:29
49 15 COYLE, Chuck SUC 8:07:33 1:02:51

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