Joe Martin Stage Race: Amaran wins overall, Crane takes final stage
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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Joe Martin Stage Race: Amaran wins overall, Crane takes final stage

by VeloNation Press at 7:26 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 

Matt CraneMatt Crane of the UnitedHealthcare Pro cycling Team Presented by Maxxis attacked late out of a nearly race-long break and just held for victory in the final stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race. He beat teammate Karl Menzies at the line.

Crane joined a two-rider move on the third lap of the 90-minute race, which increased to four a few laps later when Caleb Fairly (Felt-Holoweski) bridged up. The four riders, including Aaron Kemps (Fly V) and Ken Hanson (Team Type 1), worked well together to stay ahead of the Jamis-led peloton, which was protecting race leader Luis Amaran.

“It was a good break for Jamis to let go,” Crane said. “We just tried to keep it steady and maintain a good gap. The course was windy with a log of corners. We were all trying to find the spots to take advantage of the wind or take short pulls to stay out of it.”

With five laps to go, the break still held a 0:20 lead on the bunch, which was thinning out on the hilly, technical course through attrition and the occasional crash.

“I knew as the race got late that I would need to make a move, so I took a bit of a rest for a lap or two and shook the legs out,” Crane said.

With three laps to go, he put out his first feeler, attacking up the hill on the back side of the course. Hansen chased him down and he slotted back in and took his turns again in the break.

“With two to go, I attacked in the same place, but harder this time,” he said. And this time, he got a gap and held it. “I knew if I made my move out of the break, the guys would take care of things behind me, so I just put my head down and rode.”

Which is exactly what happened. Almost too well for Crane. On the final, steep pitch up to the line, Karl Menzies led the chasing peloton home, barely missing out on the stage win.

“These guys have been racing together since the start of the Southeast crits,” said team directeur sportif Mike Tamayo. “They got four wins during Speed Week, and then they came here and got another one. It just shows what working together can do.”

Luis Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home) held on to win the overall, followed by the Bissell pair of Ben Jacques-Maynes and Jeremy Vennel who finished second and third respesctively.

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