Cliff-Ryan and Kersten wins Tour of Somerville
The 2010 Lantus Tour of Somerville cycling series in New Jersey was won by Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia) and Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita-Baci). The race closes the National Racing Calendar criteriums.
Kristy Broun (Verducci Breakaway), USA Crits SpeedWeek overall winner in May and Brooke Miller of TIBCO-To The Top were neck to neck with Cliff-Ryan towards the end of the four-corner 20 mile race. With a sprint, Cliff-Ryan left Broun and Miller to cross the finish line first.
Cliff-Ryan remarked on her performance as well as her team’s huge effort. “With two laps to go, we took over and executed the perfect lead out. What a great sight to have six of my teammates lined up in front of me! I didn’t want to get boxed in so I laid off Kelly Benjamin and when I heard Brooke Miller coming, I jumped with 200-250 meters to go. I’m super happy to win … and honored to have my name listed as a two-time winner alongside some of the greats of this sport. And while only my name appears as the winner, it was definitely the entire Colavita/Baci team that delivered me to the line.”
As for the men’s, 50 miles from the starting line, Kersten and Alessandro Bazzana led with a bunch sprint towards the finish line. Clayton Barrow of AXA Equitable came in at third place. Ivan Dominguez of Jamis-Sutter Home crashed 200 meters away from his goal to win a place in the top three.
Kersten shares, “This was a team effort. Everyone played their roles perfectly and was 100-percent committed to me. It’s a really good feeling when it pays off.”