After a late spring snow
storm dusted Boulder, Colorado Saturday evening, it was a bright and sunny Easter Sunday for the 100-man field toeing the
line for the 60-minute Colorado University Research Park Criterium. With a number
of local pros on hand, the pace was fast from the start. Toyota-United used their
strength in numbers to establish the winning break in the opening 25 minutes.
The five-man break consisted
of Toyota-United’s Henk Vogels, Ivan Stevic and Justin England along with Frank Pipp (HealthNet) and Michael Cody (Jelly
Belly). With 15 minutes remaining, Toyota-United’s Ben Day and Tom Zirbel
(Bissell) jumped from the peloton, but only Day was able to bridge up to the break.
The break only had an advantage of 10-20 seconds that shrunk to within eight seconds on the final lap. Vogels launched his sprint with 500 meters to go and Stevic, in his season debut, came around Cody to score
the top two podium positions. Finishing off an outstanding day for Toyota-United,
Jonny Clarke took the field sprint for 7th place.
CU Research Park
1st Henk Vogels –
2nd Ivan Stevic –
3rd Michael Cody –
4th Justin England –
5th Frank Pipp - HealthNet
6th Ben Day –
7th Jonny Clarke –
The previous day, Vogels
won the Promontory Park Criterium in Greely, Colorado on Saturday from a five-man breakaway. The
Australian strongman logged 230 kms that day by riding 90 km each way to and from the race in addition to a 90-minute effort
in the winning break. The snowstorm hit Boulder during the final 30 km of his
ride home with temperatures hovering in the mid-30s.
Promontory Park Criterium
1st - Henk Vogels- Toyota-United
2nd - Stefano Barberi
3rd - Jim Mohan
The California-based Toyota-United
racers added two wins of their own for a total of four team victories over the holiday weekend. It was a gorgeous 75-degree day in Del Mar, California where Toyota-United contested the Del Mar Criterium. Continuing to display winning form, recently crowned Mexico Time Trial Champion Chepe
Garcia escaped with one rider from the Time Pro Team before winning the race in a sprint. Just
behind the break were Toyota-United’s Hilton Clarke and Dominique Rollin, who finished 3rd and 4th respectively. Hilton's top three placing enabled him to win the Del Mar Criterium series.
Del Mar Criterium
Series- San Diego, CA
1st - Chepe Garcia- Toyota-United
2nd - Rider from the Time
3rd - Hilton Clarke- Toyota-United
Overall winner of
the 2008 Del Mar Criterium Series
1st - Hilton Clarke- Toyota-United