Amore & Vita/Lifetime Fitness-Detweiler Hershey & Associates Sweeps Univest Grand Prix With Win in Doylestown

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 13, 2009

Amore & Vita/Lifetime Fitness-Detweiler Hershey & Associates Sweeps Univest Grand Prix With Win in Doylestown

Metlushenko Powers Out of Field to Take Criterium

Doylestown, Pa -- Great weather, great crowds and a great race provided a hat trick for cycling enthusiasts at the Univest Grand Prix Doylestown Criterium on Sunday while strong teamwork, a fast pace and Yuri Metluskenko brought similar results for his Amore & Vita/Lifetime Fitness/Detweiler Hershey & Associates team when he claimed his second consecutive victory in Doylestown.

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Univest Criterium of Doylestown Results

The powerful Ukrainian s speedy sprint gave Amore & Vita its desired sweep of the expanded Univest Grand Prix weekend with wins in the team time trial in Allentown on Friday by Philipp Mamos and a strong finish by Volodomyr Starchyk on Sunday in the classic Univest road race. Amore & Vita/Lifetime Fitness was also sponsored by Detweiler Hershey & Associates of Soudertown for the Univest Grand Prix series.

Johan Lindgren of Team Cykelcity took second with the same time of 1:51:23 and Charles Dionne of Team Québec grabbed third in the pack finish to the 52-mile race that encompassed a crowded and scenic Doylestown Arts Criterium in the center of the county seat in Doylestown, Pa.

Caleb Fairly of Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U23 captured The Intelligencer&38217;s Most Aggressive rider jersey for his constant presence near the front of the field.

The race held together throughout the day which was exactly what Amore & Vita wanted and worked for, said team director Roberto Gaggioli. Gaggioli said his team came into the Univest series with the goal of winning all three races including the new time trial held Friday in near-gale force winds and the road race, which finished in a steady drizzly rain.

“That was our goal when we came over, but you never know what can happen. You always have a little scare that something could happen,” a grinning Gaggioli said at the finish line outside the Bucks County courthouse. “Today we planned to keep it together.”

“Yuri is such a phenomenal sprinter. We knew that if we held it together we could put him in the position to win.”

Metlushenko, in turn, dedicated his win to his director and credited his entire team with putting him in place to win. “What they did for me today was fantastic,” Metlushenko said in remarks translated from Italian by race organizer John Eustice, president of Sparta Cycling.

Lindgren, the young Swede led his team into the Univest Grand Prix for the second consecutive year, acknowledged Metlushenko’s speed and power.

“It’s hard to beat Yuri Metlushenko, Lindgren said. Second place is good, also.”

Eustice said the weekend played out in grand cycling form and the weather only added to the drama of the races.

“We had the epic weather on Friday with the strong winds and rain, we had the rain on Saturday and a beautiful, sunny day today,” Eustice said. Bad weather is part of cycling. “They cancel games for bad weather, but cycling is in part a battle against the elements.”

Univest Criterium of Doylestown Results

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Kim Detwiler
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Univest Corporation

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Univest Grand Prix

About the Univest Grand Prix

Patterned after the great classic races of Europe, the Univest Grand Prix showcases the beauty of 18 municipalities. From its inception, the cycling event was developed to provide opportunities for young athletes to advance, while also uniting the towns throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties for a community celebration. The pro event is presented by: Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania, Leidy s Premium Pork Products, WFMZ-69, Comcast Sportsnet and Doylestown Hospital.

About Univest Corporation

Headquartered in Souderton, Pa., Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries serve the financial needs of residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Lehigh counties. Univest National Bank and Trust Co., member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers customers 32 financial service centers, 12 retirement financial services centers, and 38 ATM locations throughout the region, and is the parent company of Univest Capital, Inc., a small ticket commercial finance business; Univest Insurance, Inc., an independent insurance agency headquartered in Lansdale, Pa., which serves commercial and personal customers; and Univest Investments, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC, a full-service broker-dealer and investment advisory firm.

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Sparta Cycling provides race promotion services to deliver world class events that meet the needs of sponsors, teams and riders, spectators and supporting communities.

About the USA Cycling Professional Tour

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross. Created in 2006 to support the growth of professional cycling in the United States, the USA Cycling Professional Tour is a men's-only, season-long calendar that determines the best professional rider and team on American soil. With ten races on the 2009 edition, the USA Cycling Professional Tour attracts the best pro cyclists and teams from around the world to compete in internationally-sanctioned events from coast to coast. The calendar is comprised of seven UCI-sanctioned races and three USA Cycling Professional National Championships (criterium, time trial and road race). At the end of the season, the overall Pro Tour standings determine an individual and a team champion who are considered the best and most consistent performers in international-caliber race in the United States.