Cyclists complete county circuit

June 20, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Cyclists race through downtown Williamsport during the final stage of the Tour of Washington County on Sunday afternoon.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Following the time trial stage in Boonsboro Sunday morning, the final stage of the 2011 Tour of Washington County was the Williamsport criterium, run on a 7/10-mile loop through the heart of downtown.

The feature race of the afternoon was the 42-lap Senior I/II/III race, which was won by Jared Babik. Babik also won the Kick-Off Classic Criterium that led off the tour on Friday.

“I’m a criterium specialist. I can sprint pretty well,” said Babik. “But my team was key. They held off other riders and let me save my energy until the end.”

The big win, however, belonged to Keck Baker of New Kent, Va. Baker came into the Williamsport criterium as the general classification leader in points and earned the Senior I/II/III title by finishing in ninth place. The Tour of Washington County was Baker’s first stage race championship.

“I’m an all-around racer, and the plan was to race with my team until the end,” said Baker, whose team led most of the race. “I had a good time trial and my team backed me up.”

US U23 team member Nate Wilson ran neck-and-neck with Baker, finishing in second in the general classification.

“I don’t get to race in front of my friends and family often, so today I was really pushing to win out there,” said Wilson, a native of Arlington, Va. Wilson won the Senior I/II/III time trial.

Baker’s teammate Russ Langley took third place in the general classification.

In other action, Sara Clafferty won the Women’s Open title, riding a second-place criterium finish to move past Monika Sattler in the standings. Ainhoa Perez-Diez, Clafferty, Kyleanne Hunter and Alaina Gurski broke from the pack, creating a four-woman sprint to the finish.

“I was able to break away early with a great group of girls that really pushed each other,” said Clafferty. “My team blocked when they had to and they let me ride away. This is my first win, so I am really excited.”

Jonathan Holl easily won the Senior IV title, coming into Sunday with a 51-second lead in the standings over Rod Millott, who took second place. Holl finished the criterium at the back of the pack, but it had no effect on his win.

“My team helped me out by keeping guys at bay, but I was just cooked after today’s time trial,” said Holl.

The Senior III/IV championship went to Jonathan D’Alba of Schyulkill Navy Racing.

“My strong point was the time trials, and I just was able to stay in the pack at the road race,” said D’Alba. “I gained a bunch of time in the time trial and the rest of my energy went into the criterium.”

Antietam Velo Club rider Jonathan Sanders had the best finish for the host team, finishing 19th in the Senior III/IV standings.

“I’d call myself a tailgunner, I stay in the back of the pack and wait for my move,” Sanders said. “I’ve done these stage races before. I think I had my best finish today.”

Joseph Rudolph won the Masters III/IV criterium. 

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