Day, Cantwell Dominate in San Dimas


Cool-headed Australian Ben Day yesterday produced a flawless performance on the final day of racing to secure the overall victory for Fly V Australia p/b Successful Living Foundation in California’s San Dimas Stage Race.

Leading the General Classification by just one second heading into the third and final stage, Day pounced on his rivals with a six-second “hot-sprint” time bonus that proved enough to claim overall race honours from Jelly Belly’s Phillip Gaimon and Rock Racing’s Chris Baldwin.

The celebrations didn’t end there for the Australian-led team, with Gold Coast speed merchant Jonathan “Jono” Cantwell rocketing home in the sprint to win the stage three street-race criterium.

Cantwell’s lunge on the line saw him beat out Sebastian Haedo (Colavita) for second and John Murphy (OUCH) for third.

“As results go for a new team, San Dimas is on-par with our expectations,” Fly V Australia p/b Successful Living Foundation Team Director Henk Vogels said.

“Ben Day has already proven his capability on the U.S. scene as a G.C. rider and what can we say about Jono Cantwell?”

“We knew he had the speed to be competitive at this level, he just needed to back himself.”

Italian connection Alessandro Bazzana assured the San Dimas race would be a lucrative affair for the Fly V Australia outfit. Bazzana quietly racked up sprint points over the three days of Californian racing, to wrap up the San Dimas Tour’sGreen Sprinters Jersey

There is little time for celebration as Fly V Australia is already planning for next weekend and the Redlands Classic, which commences on Thursday 26 March.

Fly V Australia will be in contention for Redlands, with the San Dimas result confirming it has the weaponry to match it with America’s best domestic lineups, including last year’s winning team, Rock Racing.

Highlighting the Redlands field will be standout performers such as BMC’s Jeff Louder and Scott Nydam, Neil Shirley and 2007 winner Andy Bajadali of Kelly Benefits Strategies. Add to that, Bissell’s Ben Jacques-Maynes, OUCH’s Floyd Landis and Rory Sutherland, and 2005 winner Chris Wherry (Team Hotel San Jose). The start-list includes two current national champions; a Tour of California KOM Jersey winner; a two-time NRC Champion; former RBC stage and GC winners; the recipients of the Most Aggressive Riders Jersey at both the Tour de Georgia and Tour of California.

Fly V Australia is aiming to carry the momentum from the Tour of Murrieta (14 – 15 March) where Jonathan Cantwell won the final stage to claim 2nd overall, through San Dimas to Redlands (26 – 29 March) and the Long Beach criterium (5 April).

Go get them boys!

About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.

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