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North Star Grand Prix: Sunderland wins Stillwater, Joyce takes the overall

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Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling) sealed overall victory at the North Star Grand Prix Sunday after finishing second in the Stillwater criterium to Dylan Sunderland (NSW Institute of Sport), who claimed first after a solo break. Third on the stage was Samuel Bassetti (Herbalife p/b Marc Pro – Nature’s Bakery).

“It feels really good, I’m happy,” Joyce said. “The team rode really impressively and I got to cap it off for them and all their hard work. They made it as easy as possibly for me. I just had to follow and relax, then did what I had to do to finish it off. The team rode absolutely amazing.”

Joyce’s teammate, and Greg Lemond Best Young Rider Brandon McNulty finished second overall, 54” back. Bryan Gomez took third for Gateway Harley Davidson at 1’09”.

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Sunderland took off with his NSW Institute of Sport teammate, Josh Taylor and Miguel Byron (Holowesko-Citadel) the second lap into the 23-lap race. Rally was content to let the trio get away with a max of 1’20” on the brutal 2.2km circuit.

“We just put our head down and committed and that was it, we didn’t see the field again,” Sunderland said. “When it got to one lap to go, I knew I just had to keep riding and not take any silly risks, to not crash in the last corner. There was a lot of relief coming up the last climb and not seeing anyone behind me.”

Tony Baca (Elbowz) won the Shimano King of the Hill competition and Alfredo Rodriguez took home the Jack Links sprint jersey. Kevin Gerkins (Elbowz) is the Diamondback best amateur rider and Sunderland won the Ellen Watters most aggressive jersey.

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com



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