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USA Crits - Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium
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Date: 7/21/2008
USA Crits - Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium

USA Crits - Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium
12th season win for Toyota/United's fast man Hilton Clarke. Kristin Armstrong Solo's to victory.

Men's Race
Trio Lap Peloton

More than 10,000 cycling fans watched Hilton Clarke bring the Toyota-United squad their second USA CRITS Series win this season at the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho. Clarke, followed in the footsteps of teammate Ivan Dominguez, who won the 2007 edition of the race, by decisively lapping the field 52 minutes into the race.

The race, now 22 years old, was run on a different course this year due to local construction. The new 1km circuit had a small S-shape through turn number one, but the adjusted layout did not prevent TIME Pro Cycling’s Daniel Ramsey from leading the race outright for 11 laps. Ramsey was then joined by Clarke and Toyota/United teammate Dominique Rollin. With so many riders hell bent on chasing the mid-race prime cash prize, the field was blown apart, and the trio was able to lap the riders.

With the victory seemingly in hand, Toyota took no chances and clearly dominated the contest for the final 30 minutes of racing, setting up a successful lead-out train for their Australian sprinter. With Clarke’s win at Wells Fargo, the 29-year old speedster takes his 12th race for the 2008 season.

Toyota-United, which has yet to announce a sponsor for the 2009 season, continues to rack up victories as the racing season progresses. Thanks, however, to his fourth place finish, TIME Pro Cycling’s Adam Myerson has now assumed the top position on the USA CRITS leader board.

“Dan took the $500 gambler’s prime with 3 to go, Tom and I sprinted and were 4th and 6th, while Dan was 3rd!” Myerson wrote afterwards in his blog. “Our second NRC podium in 2 weeks. Now I’m leading the USA Crit Series…BOO-YA!”

Myerson’s teammate Erik Barlevav dramatically won the Harlem Skyscraper Classic Series stop, and the small development team out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina is proving to be a dark horse squad as the Series rolls on. Right behind Myerson in the overall standings is the TOSHIBA-Santo’s Cuban duo Yosvany Falcon and Frank Travieso.

The USA CRITS Series now moves from the great northwest to the deep south for the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is set to take place on August 2. One of the most well-attended events in the Series, Charlotte annually draws not only huge crowds, but the also the best criterium specialists in the country.

Women's Race
Kristin Armstrong Dominates an Hour of Pain

In the women's race former time trial World Champion Kristin Armstrong showed no mercy on the field in the Twilight Criterium in Boise. Kristin easily won the 50-minute race from the front finishing alone. This is the second time in three years that Armstrong won her home town race. The closest was Colavita/Sutterhome p/b Cooking light's  Nichole Wangsgard at 1 minute and 11 seconds; Kirsten Kotval took the final step on the podium leading the 12 survivors ok Armstrong's attack.

"I was riding to train, and I wanted to stay safe so I stayed out in front," said the 34-year-old Armstrong, who leaves to Beijing in two weeks. "This was awesome. The crowd was really big, it was a safe course. Everything went really well."

Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium Women's Results
1 209 Armstrong, Kristin Boise, Id Cervelo-Lifeforce 50:18
2 210 Wangsgard, Nichole Colavita/Sutter Home P/B Coo + 1:11
3 216 Kotval, Kirsten Park City, Ut Pcim + 1:12

4 221 Rachetto, Liza Los Altos, Ca Team Tibco + 1:13
5 224 Bailey, Patricia Seattle, Wa Wines Of Washington + 1:14
6 219 Riley, Jadine Kirkland, Wa Team Group Health + 1:16
7 206 Halladay, Jenn Kuna, Id Bobs-Bicycles.Com + 1:17
8 223 Sato, Taitt Oakland, Ca Valueact Capital + 1:18
9 217 Pezzulo, Tiffany Salt Lake City, Ut Pcim + 1:19
10 220 Robertson Halter, Dana Team Group Health + 1:21
11 214 Koch, ShannonMetro Volkswagen Cycling Team + 1:22
12 203 Gaertner, Jenni Coeur D'alene, Id Bobs-Bicycles.Com + 1:23
13 204 Stacher, Ally Banner Elk, Nc Bobs-Bicycles.Com
14 225 Valentin, Sirikit Seattle, Wa Wines Of Washington
15 212 Anderson, Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team

Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium Men's Results
Result No Name Hometown Team / Club

1 2 Clarke, Hilton Newport Beach, Ca Toyota-United01:28:24.00
2 6 Rollin, Dominique Quebec, Al Toyota-United
3 25 Ramsey, Daniel Winston-Salem, Nc Time Pro Cycling

=============== 1 Lap - 7.64 1 Lap ================
4 52 Soladay, Thomas Bethesda, Md Uci Ct: Time Pro Cycling
5 3 Dominguez, Ivan Agoura Hills, Ca Toyota-United
6 24 Myerson, Adam Dorchester, Ma Time Pro Cycling
7 43 Martinez, Alexi Costa Mesa, Ca Successfulliving
8 4 Manion, Caleb Carlsbad, Ca Toyota-United 00:01:11.00
9 21 Godfrey, Hayden Team Inferno
10 44 Hoffman, Cameron Clearfield, Ut American R.A.D.D.
11 22 Gandara, Jaime El Paso, Tx Team Inferno
12 39 Alvarado, Jorge Costa Mesa, Ca Kahala La Grange
13 53 Mccook, David Mountain View, Ca Proman Cycling Team
14 40 Hansley, Seth Athens, Ga Locos Grill & Pub
15 19 Mcmanns, Remi Boise, Id Team Inferno
16 46 Richter, Dave Kent, Wa Benaroya Research Institute
17 41 Parnes, Ryan Stanford, Ca Metromint Cycling
18 26 Stoop, Mike Winston-Salem, Nc Time Pro Cycling
19 20 Hopkins, Jeff Team Inferno
20 34 Vigus, Devon Richmond, Ca California Giant Berry Farms/
21 35 Hamilton, Chris Portland, Or Cmg/Bike N' Hike Giant/Russell
22 9 Judy, Chris Carrboro, Nc Us Armed Forces
23 18 Stuart, Chris Grand Junction, Co Team Bobs-Bicycles.Com
24 48 Hageman, Todd Park City, Ut Binghams/Northshore
25 23 Van Der Genugten, Bennet Indianapolis, In Team Inferno
26 50 Mitchell, Shawn Boise, Id Bode/Specialized
27 16 Rose, Justin Pocatello, Id Team Bobs-Bicycles.Com
28 13 Allan, Calvin Boise, Id Team Bobs-Bicycles.Com
29 42 Dodson, Craig Richmond, Va Richmond Pro Cycling
30 17 Slack, Eric Boise, Id Team Bobs-Bicycles.Com
31 28 Medinilla, Gregg Santee, Ca Team Dare/Nytro
32 7 Sulleran, Sean Boulder, Co Toyota-United
33 8 Wherry, Chris Durango, Co Toyota-United
34 45 Johnson, Aaron Kent, Wa Benaroya Research Institute
35 31 Jacques-Maynes, Andy Capitola, Ca California Giant Berry Farms/
36 37 Lange, Cooper Seattle, Wa Hagens Berman
37 54 Peters, Dean Burlingame, Ca Leopard Cycles - Dr. Pad
38 10 Coulter, Jonathan Los Altos, Ca Webcor-Alto Velo00:02:12.00
39 55 Gehrig, Bradley Salt Lake City, Ut Canyon Bicycles Of Salt Lake
40 33 Reaney, Steven San Jose, Ca California Giant Berry Farms/
41 14 Archibald, Brandon Boise, Id Team Bobs-Bicycles.Com
42 5 Manuel, Jose Montebello, Ca Toyota-United
43 1 Blackgrove, Heath Newport Beach, Ca Toyota-United
44 38 Devore, Peter Eagle, Id Intermountain Orthopaedics Cyc
45 32 Miller, Keith Los Gatos, Ca California Giant Berry Farms/
46 47 Torgerson, Chris Federal Way, Wa Benaroya Research Institute

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