Kelly Benefits’ Jesse Anthony Rides Aggressive Team Strategy To Univest Criterium of Doylestown Victory

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 18, 2011

Kelly Benefits’ Jesse Anthony Rides Aggressive Team Strategy To Univest Criterium of Doylestown Victory

Jamis Sutter’s Jackie Simes IV of Trexlertown Takes Second, BikeReg’s Robin Carpenter of Philadelphia Claims Third

Doylestown, Pa. - Jesse Anthony of the Kelly Benefits Strategies-OptumHealth turned the eighth annual Univest Criterium of Doylestown into a work of art Sunday as an aggressive team strategy blistered the field almost from the first lap and led to a record-setting finish in the popular race around the perimeter of the Doylestown Arts Festival.

Anthony, who participated in several long breaks throughout the 36-lap, 50-mile race was forced to chase in the final lap to catch and beat Jackie Simes IV of Jamis Sutter-Home while Robin Carpenter of BikeReg/Cannondale led the field sprint for third place.

Brief Results
1. Jesse Anthony, Kelly Benefits Strategies-OptumHealth
2. Jackie Simes IV, Jamis Sutter-Home
3. Robin Carpenter, BikeReg/Cannondale

Full Results

Laurence Kelly photo (more photos)

Kelly Benefits came ready to ride and pushed the field of 89 riders almost from the starting gun, as Anthony and teammates such as Thomas Soladay consistently led the breakaways that marked the race, which finished in a record time of 1:52:09.

“Our team came here to race today,” Anthony said. “With a strong team behind me we could throw caution to the wind and really race aggressively. In the end I really just wanted it for my teammates.”

Simes, a fourth-generation pro racer who is equally well-known for his track, or velodrome, racing skills, said that background came in handy on today’s tight, technical course that features several sharp turns and a long straightaway finish on Doylestown’s Court Street. He made his second break of the day with two laps to go and held the lead going into the final lap when he was caught by Anthony.

“I’ve been doing a lot of training for track nationals and I think that really helped me today,” he said. “It started going really hard early on. With how hard it was going I knew it was going to come down to a breakaway.”

Carpenter, making his Univest Grand Prix debut with an eighth place finish Saturday, used tactics and an energy conservation plan to preserve himself for the final sprint.

“It was nice once we had that big group going into the final lap. All of the heavy hitters were there and I knew that’s where I had to be,” he said. “One guy just went out with one kilometer to go so I just got behind him and held on for the sprint.”

Anthony won the Leidy’s Pork Products Best Sprinter Award and the Univest Overall winner’s jersey. Brett Tivers of Garneu Club Chassures-Norton Rose of Canada won The Intelligencer’s Most Aggressive Rider Award for his consistently aggressive performance.

The Univest Criterium has become a popular addition to the annual Arts Festival in this historic town that serves as the seat of Bucks County. In addition to the largest turnout yet for the children’s sprints that precede the pro race, borough residents mix with cycling fans and art enthusiasts throughout the day, massing at the perimeter streets when the cyclists pass and going back to browsing between laps.

Steve and Leigh McKee of Doylestown, watching the race at the corner of Main and Oakland streets where the pack must negotiate a tight chicane of left and right turns with their 2-year-old daughter, Abby, said they enjoy the added aspect of a race around the festival.

“We just came here for the Arts Festival but decided to stay,” Steve McKee said as he held Abby to watch the pack make the tight turns. “I think (the race) makes it more of an event.”

Leigh McKee echoed her husband’s comments. “It makes it a lot more fun, more exciting,” she said. “There’s a lot more to see.”

Beth Long of Doylestown, wandering the festival and watching the race with her 7-year-old niece, Julie Kennedy of New Hope, called the race “great for the community.

“It’s like our own little Tour de France,” she said.

Brief Results

1. Jesse Anthony, Kelly Benefits Strategies-OptumHealth
2. Jackie Simes IV, Jamis Sutter-Home
3. Robin Carpenter, BikeReg/Cannondale

Full Results Coming Soon

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