Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Jeremiah Bishop 1, Alex Grant 2 on the Podium!

Men open final general classification
1Jeremiah Bishop WN (Cannondale Factory Racing)13:11:56
2Alex Grant WN (Cannondale Factory Racing)0:14:36
Dramatic final stage shifts men's and master's GC

Men's Trans-Sylvania Epic GC Winner Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale Factory Racing)

Men's Trans-Sylvania Epic GC Winner Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale Factory Racing)

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Three riders. Two podium positions. Seven seconds.

Alex Grant (Cannondale Factory Racing). Brandon Draugelis (PAValleys.com). Christian Tanguay (Team CF).

That was all the information needed to know that the final day of the inaugural Trans-Sylvania Epic for the elite men's field. With six days behind them and a GC that was anything but locked in save for a solid lead by Cannondale's WN user Jeremiah Bishop, the legs and lungs of these battle weary racers were tested a final time on the final stage of Trans-Sylvania Epic.

Trusting his improving form, having already erased a double digit deficit from the start of the week to stand tied for second, Cannondale's WN user Grant, with help from teammate Bishop, used the tactic of hitting them hard and hitting them early to put Tanguay, racing with an deep muscle bruise sustained the previous day, into difficulty before the race had left the race headquarters' trails.

Continuing to pile on the pressure, Grant slowly and gradually pulled away from Draugelis eventually putting more than two minutes into the PAValleys.com racer and locking up second place on the final podium.

Full Results

Men open
1Jeremiah Bishop WN (Cannondale Factory Racing)1:23:28
2Drew Edsall (Yeti)0:00:07
3Alex Grant WN (Cannondale Factory)0:00:32
4Brandon Draugelis (PAValleys.com Racing Team)0:04:10
5Blake Harlan (Team Jamis)0:07:38
6Mark Weir (WTB)0:07:5

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