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Meidhof wins Tour of Washington County

June 16, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com
  • Cyclists make their way up a short hill during Sunday's Williamsport Criterium on the final day of the Tour of Washington County.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Clean Currents presented by Kia, a team based in the nation’s capital, took the term “Team Racing” to heart this weekend, winning all four races and the general classification title in the Pro I, II, III category of the 2013 Tour of Washington County.

Jason Meidhof earned the general classification crown with a 24th-place finish in Sunday’s Williamsport Criterium, a 30-mile, 43-lap race on a 0.7-mile loop with the start/finish at Williamsport Town Hall.

Meidhof, the winner of Saturday’s Smithsburg Road Race, came into the criterium wearing the time leader’s yellow jersey after a third-place finish in the Boonsboro Time Trial on Sunday morning.

“After coming close in other stage races, you want it, you taste it,” said Meidhof. “I had my teammates shepherd me along. This is a team sport, but we’re the one percent that practice that. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”

Sean Barrie, riding for Battley Ducati/Specialized presented by Spokes Etc., and Jake Sitler, riding for Seares/Haymarket presented by Soignuer, followed Meidhof in the standings, but the order was still in question. Their positions were to be decided by an official’s ruling, but there were discrepancies in time bonuses that were being recalculated.

Meidhof’s teammate Donald Brew won the Williamsport Criterium in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 10.3 seconds, holding off Steve Gordon and Rick Norton in a three-man sprint to the finish. Brew also won Friday’s Kick-Off Classic Criterium.

“I was looking to bookend the weekend. I wanted to break away and stay nice and steady and rest when I could. You want to try to catch as much breath as possible,” said Brew.

Clean Currents rider Joshua Frick won the 19-kilometer Boonsboro Time Trial in 21:32.26.

Evan Lang won the Senior III/IV general classification title with a first-place finish in the Williamsport Criterium. Lang sprinted down the final straightaway to finish 0.1 seconds in front of Matthew McHugh.

“I saw (McHugh) coming through and I barely got past him. It was a huge relief when I saw my wheel go past his,” said Lang, riding for Celerity Cycling presented by Brooks Systems. “My heart was racing.”

J.B. Haglund, riding for host team Antietam Velo Club/Team Hagerstown-Washington County, had the best finish for his club, finishing third overall in the Senior III/IV category.

“I’m very bad at crits,” said Haglund. “I was just trying to survive. Thanks to all the guys that brought the lead group back, they put in a lot of work. They’re the reason I survived to take third place.”

Clayton Hamilton-Alexander, riding for NCVC/UnitedHealthcare presented by Freshbikes, took first place in the Senior IV division, finishing the criterium in third place. Hamilton-Alexander crossed the finish line only 0.2 seconds behind winner Justin Yeash. Anthony Bramante took second, 0.1 seconds behind Yeash.

“It’s really cool to be out here, but it’s masochistic when you think about it,” said Hamilton-Alexander. “I’ve raced with a bunch of these guys. They’re all well-prepared. This weekend just happened to work out really well. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, though.”

Kathleen Giles, the Women’s Open leader at 23:49.86 coming into the criterium, sealed the win with a third-place finish. Michelle Miller, riding for Artemis, won in 49:34.7, with Giles 0.7 seconds behind. Giles’ ABRT teammate Sue McQuiston finished second, sealing a third-place finish in the general classification. Jody Frank, riding for North Point Women’s Racing Club, finished second in the general classification.

“(Sue) was in third place coming in and we wanted to move her into second,” said Giles. “But those ladies were racing hard. I think we got a couple time bonuses for Sue, but Jody was racing really smart out there. Looks like we’re going to have to settle for first and third.”

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