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Monday, April 30, 2012

Cycling: Team Bissell/ABG/NUVO rules at JMSR

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

All five Bissel/ABG/NUVO racers finished in the top 18.
  • All five Bissell/ABG/NUVO racers finished in the top 18.

After sweeping the podium at Hillsboro Roubaix two weeks ago, Bissell-ABG-NUVO cycling team was a little worried that that the team wouldn't top that.

Well, they did.

Alex Vanias won the overall (category 1-2) at the Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville, Arizona. Vanias placed second in the opening stage, a 4km uphill grind, just seconds behind first. The rest of the team, Jon Jacob, Nate Williams, Weston Luzadder and Mac Brennan, placed themselves solidly in the top-20 which gave the team many options for the remaining three stages.

In the stage two road race Vanias made a crucial split near the finish and moved into the yellow jersey! This stage also allowed Jon Jacob to move into fifth overall and Williams into 12th.

The third stage provided a perfect opportunity for the team to practice defending a GC position.

The boys put two riders into an early breakaway which forced the other teams to chase, allowing Vanias an easy ride to the finish for another successful day in yellow. Vanias and the team made the final criterium stage a formality as Luzadder finished fifth on the stage and Vanias took a fantastic stage race win with support of all his teammates.

This result speaks to the depth of talent on the Bissell-ABG-NUVO team. All five team members finished in the top 18, including Jacob in fifth, Williams in 11th, Mac Brennan in 17th, and Luzadder in 18th.

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