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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Chicago Crit Huge Success, Aussie and Kiwi dominate city circuit
The inaugural edition of the Chicago Criterium venue of the Intelligentsia Cup was a resounding success with the racers as well as the spectators. The tricky but fast course on the city's near west side in front of the Intelligentsia Coffee roasting works saw the largest fields of the series thus far.
In the women's race it was the youngsters filling the podium as 19 year-old Aussie Lauretta Hanson (Building Champions) took the field sprint win ahead of 16 year old Skylar Schneider (TIBCO) and 23 year-old Yussely Soto (Soto Tires). Samantha Schneider's sixth place keeps her in the overall lead with a nearly insurmountable advantage over second place Tina Pic (Fearless Femme).
As in Elmhurst the men's race saw heavy action as breakaways launched and chase groups shattered the peloton. In the end it was a break of five just staying away long enough to sprint for the victory with the outnumbered Kiwi Grayson Napier (L&M Group Ricoh) out kicking the two Athlete Octane and two Bissel-ABG-Giant riders in the break. Stephan Hirsch (Bissel) and Marco Aledia (Athlete Octane) rounded out the podium.
As in the women's series, Hartley has a nearly insurmountable lead going into the final race, the famous Downers Grove course.