KBS/LSV Elite Team Update - 2x Stage Wins and Overall At Tour of Washington County
The Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Elite Team recently competed at the Meritus Health Tour of Washington County, in and around Hagerstown, MD, and came away with 2 stage wins and the overall general classification win, as well as the King of the Mountains and Best Young Rider competitions!
There is a great story in the local paper here: http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/sports/seitz-seizes-day-to-win-tour-of-washington-county/article_d3d03258-368f-11e6-ad7b-5373f5b07422.html and more details below.
Before we get into that, we should also note that Sean Gardner won the VA State TT the last weekend in June with a very strong performance out in Shenandoah, VA, giving us our first State title of the year.
Stage 1 was a hilly road race where we immediately went on the offensive. Around the mid-way point, Andrew Seitz and Chris Jones found themselves in a 7 rider breakaway which they proceeded to drag away from the field, while their teammates closely followed any bridge attempts. On the last lap, Chris attacked with 1 other rider and was able to handily take the win, while Andy came in about 1 minute behind in 5th place. Sean was just seconds behind in 6th place, as he had attacked out of the field with 2 laps to go and nearly caught the break!
Sunday dawned with an 10mi time trial. Chris has been riding great in the TTs this year, so we figured he would consolidate his lead in the GC, until disaster struck and he flatted just minutes into the TT. With no follow cars, he was forced to ride the flat back to the start, get a spare wheel, and then ride the TT course for posterity. All of this extra time took him out of the GC competition, but fortunately Chris is not the only excellent time trialist on the team. Taylor Pearman repeated his win in this TT from last year with a scorching fast time, while Andy followed closely behind in 2nd place. Most importantly, Andy had taken close to half a minute out of the rider who finish 2nd in the RR, leaving Andy now only 37 seconds out of 1st overall GC.
Lining up for that afternoon's criterium, we had only one goal - to take the stage race overall win with Andy. To do so meant getting Andy in a breakaway that gained at least 37 seconds on the current leader. From the gun, our riders attacked to tire the rest of the field, while Andy bided his time. Nearing the halfway mark of the hour-long race, Andy attacked with 3 other riders and buried himself to pry out the necessary gap. By the end of the crit, Andy had driven the gap out to 55 seconds, securing himself the GC win!
This was a huge team effort for us to come from behind to take the GC and we were really proud of this one.
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