Starchyk, Mamos Clinch Overall Victories at Univest Grand Prix

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 12, 2009

Starchyk, Mamos Clinch Overall Victories at Univest Grand Prix

Amore & Vita/Lifetime Fitness-Detweiler Hershey & Associates Squad Claims Stage, Race and Team Victories

Souderton, Pa -- The winds and rain might have eased up a bit for the Univest Grand Prix road race on Saturday but the Amore & Vita/Lifetime Fitness-Detweiler Hershey & Associates squad was having none of that.

The Italian team with the local sponsors went to the front mid-race to chase down a break and the move paid off with a stage, race and team victory in the UCI 2.2 Pro/Am North American classic.

Ukrainian national champion Volodomyr Starchyk led out a final lap to take the Univest Leader’s jersey from teammate Philipp Mamos, who finished second in the overall victory and third in the stage. Patrik Stenberg, the 18-year-old wonder from Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harrison took second in the stage and third overall for the two-day event that began Friday with a team time trial in Allentown, Pa.

Amore & Vita’s Yuri Metlushenko, who won the Univest Grand Prix Doylestown Criterium in 2008, took the Leidy’s Premium Pork Products Sprinter’s jersey; Bernardo Colex Tepos of Tecos-Trek who attacked with a solo break for more than half of the 11 finishing circuit laps in Souderton was awarded The Intelligencer’s Most Aggressive Rider and the Best Climber jerseys for his efforts.

Stenberg beat out Felt-Holowesko-Garmin U23’s Caleb Fairly for the Landis Supermarkets Best U23 Rider jersey.

The field, tested by near gale-force winds and a tricky, technical team time trial course on Friday, telegraphed its tension early when a major crash took down numerous riders within the first mile of the race. Three riders were treated at area hospitals for injuries.

An escape by a small group of riders midway through the 60-mile, hilly road course threatened to break up the field but Amore & Vita team director Roberto Gaggioli sent his squad to the front to chase it down.

“When the breakaway reached 1 minute 40 seconds, that s when we decided to put all of our guys on the front. Slow and steady, we brought them back,” Gaggioli said.

When the racers returned to Souderton for 40 miles 11 laps on the finishing circuits through town, Colex-Tepos was out in front on a solo break but he couldn’t keep the strongest riders off his wheel for long. By the time the race was down to five laps, there was a group of seven about 10 to 15 seconds off the front of a chasing field of more than 40 riders unusual in recent years for the Univest race, where the difficult road course has often split the field and left the final laps to only about a half-dozen riders.

Mamos, who held the yellow Univest Leader’s jersey after Friday’s time trial, and Starchyk were in the front group but Starchyk said the team worked to put him in position for the final sprint.

“I was feeling strong today,” he said, his comments translated from Italian to English by race organizer John Eustice, president of Sparta Cycling. “The team did an exceptional job to set me up.”

Starchyk was also impressed with his first visit to the Univest Grand Prix. “I never expected to find a race this good when I came to the United States,” he said.

Stenmark, like Starchyk was using the Univest race as a warm-up for the world championships. He said the leading pack in the final laps got split a bit by the feed zones but he avoided getting stuck and was able to compete in the sprint finish.

Racing continues on Sunday, Sept. 13 with the always fast and tactical Univest Grand Prix Doylestown Criterium, which involves 52-miles of high-speed competition around the perimeter of the popular Doylestown Arts Festival in the heart of Bucks County.

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Kim Detwiler
VP, Director of Corporate Communications
Univest Corporation

Joe McDermott
Media Director
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.

About Sparta Cycling

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.