After yesterday's 4 mile road course, the riders today were greeted by an eight corner downtown criterium course that measured a mere 1km in length. A bumpy back straight and tight turns added to the fun and favored the breakaway. Early on four riders gave it a shot. Carlos Vargas (Hotel San Jose), Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V/Australia), Brandon Gritters (Kahala La-Grange), and Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies) managed to gain 40 seconds (over half a lap) but were brought back during the first point's sprint.
The APC Nutrition points competition was hotly contested tonight with local favorite Rob White (Gear Grinders) looking to regain the leader's red jersey from South African Jay Tomson (MTN). Four points separated the two at the start.
Tomson proved to be too quick tonight however and advanced his lead to eight (147 to 139). Meanwhile, more riders rode off the front and this time six proved to be enough power to lap the field. In the final sprint, Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) wisely picked Tomson's wheel for the lead out who proved he was the fastest spinter tonight so far, but came around for a glorious win.
1 Brad Huff (Jelly Belly)
2 RICARDO VAN DER VELDE (Garmin)
3 Ronnie Strange (Hotel San Jose)
4 Juan Pablo Dotti (AeroCat)
5 Michael Friedman (Garmin Chipotle)
6 Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)
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