National Criterium Championships

National Criterium Championships – Saturday, August 16, 2003 – Downers Grove, IL

Men’s Pro-Am Challenge – With four to go, 7Up/Maxxis led the charge to bring back a three man break and take control of the front in the Pro-Am Challenge.   But green would give way to blue as Marty Nothstein(Navigators) provided the winning lead-out for teammate Vassili Davidenko to take the field sprint.  In the photo at the left, Davidenko leads Nothstein to the line celebrating the victory.

“We got swarmed by Saturn, who had a strong lead-out for Dominguez, “Nothstein stated. “I was pretty much forced to lead-out for half a lap.”  Nothstein took second followed by Ivan Dominguez (Saturn) in third. Greg Henderson (7Up/Maxxis) was fourth and Antonio Cruz (USPS) fifth.  Note:  Davidenko’s wife had a baby girl on Monday.  Congratulations to all!!

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Women’s Open – Nicole Freedman (Basic) got her wish for a field sprint and took the win over Laura Van Gilder (Saturn) by a bike length.   “I was hoping it would come down to a field sprint,”  Freedman stated.  “The last trun is really hard and I was lucky to get the position I wanted.” 

Van Gilder had Freedman’s wheel out of the last turn, but couldn’t get around her in the final 150 meter uphill finish. Sarah Uhl (Saturn) was third by inches, followed by Magen Long (The Bike Store) in fourth and Lara Kroepsoh fifth.  Freedman takes the win in the photo at the right. Note:  Long’s business of high lumen flashlight is getting better.  Congratulations to him!!