Cykelcity Takes Univest Grand Prix Sweep With Lindgren Victory in 2010 Univest Criterium of Doylestown

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 12, 2010

Cykelcity Takes Univest Grand Prix Sweep With Lindgren Victory in 2010 Univest Criterium of Doylestown

United Healthcare’s Karl Menzies Takes Second in Field Sprint, Defending Champion Yuri Metlushenko of Amore Vita Hangs on for Third

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Doylestown, Pa. - The powerhouse teams took control early on the wet roads of the Univest Criterium of Doylestown Sunday, splintering the field with a non-stop series of breaks that quickly reduced the peloton by half and left the door open for a final time trial effort and solo win by Cykelcity’s Johan Lindgren.

Sweden’s Johan Lindgren of Team Cykelcity/Klehr Harrison crosses the line after a six-lap solo break to win the 2010 Univest Criterium of Doylestown. Photo by marcoquezada.com.

Lindgren, 24, who finished second in Doylestown last year, jumped to a lead with six laps left, taking advantage of a field worn thin by the aggressive pace on the second day of racing in what turned out to be a flip-flop weather weekend for the North American Pro-Am classic.

Karl Menzies of United Healthcare presented by Maxxis took second place, eking out a field sprint over a hard-charging Yuriy Metlushenko of Amore Vita, the two-time defending race champion.

Cykelcity is sponsored locally by Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP and Amore Vita is sponsored locally by Detweiler Hershey & Associates.

Unlike previous years when rain and storms had a major impact on the Souderton road race and the sun shined in Doylestown, this year’s road race ended in a large field sprint under sunny skies but the criterium began just as the rain was ending. It left the roads slick and technically challenging throughout the 1 hour 54 minute race.

Lindgren’s win sealed the overall team victory for Cykelcity and teammate Jonas Ahlstrand, who won the Univest Grand Prix road race Saturday in Souderton, claimed the omnium and the yellow jersey.

“We went out to ride hard and make it a hard race today,” said Lindgren, looking more like he had finished a cyclocross than a suburban criterium. “We were trying to break up the field. It’s a lot easier to beat 20 riders than it is to beat 40.”

Cykelcity, Kelly Benefits Strategies, United Healthcare and Bissell Pro Cycling took control of the race early, setting a blistering pace on the slick roads. The race didn’t settle down until halfway through the 35-lap, 50-mile course but even that relief was short-lived because Cykelcity, Kelly Benefits and United Healthcare kept sending guys off the front.

“Our goal was to go to the front and smash the field,” said Kelly Benefits team director Jonas Carney. “We did, but there were guys who didn’t want to work. We had guys in every break but there was always an Amore Vita guy sitting in. They wanted to set things up for Metlushenko but in the end they couldn’t pull him back.”

Menzies said teammates Tim Johnson and Johnny Clark worked hard to set him up for the field sprint. “It was full-on,” he said of the pace. “The problem was we lost guys in crashes, but I credit Tim and Johnny – they got me in there.”

Metlushenko congratulated Lindgren and called it a well-deserved win.

“This was a race,” he said. “It was always different. Today was very different in the rain, the roads were risky and the last climb for me was very difficult.”

In addition to the top three places and Ahlstrand’s overall omnium win, other awards Sunday included:

  • Bergey’s First American: Alex Candalore of Kelly Benefits
  • Alderfer & Leidy’s Premium Meat Products Best Sprinter to Tim Johnson of United Healthcare
  • The Intelligencer Most Aggressive Rider Award to Logan Hutchings of Team Hotel San Jose/Juwi Solar.

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