By Bruce Mowday With the first three races in the books, the powerful Canadian Team of Garneau-Quebecor leads the team standings and their top rider, Bruno Langlois, 33, of Quebec City has captured the top spot in all three races.
In fact the Criteriums in Oxford, Malvern and Phoenixville were dominated by the five man Canadian squad that had at least one rider in every significant breakaway in each of the fast and challenging criterium races. But it was Langlois who put his masterful stamp on each of the twisting, technical downtown courses to ride away from some top international racers to finish by himself. Langlois's most decisive win came in Saturday's Phoenixville Criterium, a 45 mile race covering 35 laps of a 1.3 mile hilly course. The lean veteran rode away from four breakaway companions in the closing laps to win by a decisive 1 minute 28 second margin over Olympian Bobby Lea, 28, captain of the Pure Energy ProAir-HFA Cycling Team and Andrew McCullough of Vermont, Vermont riding for the Mt Borah squad.
Seven of the top ten spots at Phoenixville were taken by international riders from Canada, the Netherlands and Germany. After three of the eight Chesco Grand Prix events, the Garneau-Quebecor Team has a commanding lead with 59 points with Germany's Rudy Project in 2nd with 96 points and Lea's Pure Energy ProAir-HFA squad in 3rd with 137 points.
Team Standings after three races:
1. Garneau-Quebecor Cycling Team (Canada): 59 Points
2.Rudy Project Racing (Germany): 96 Points
3.Pure Energy Cycling ProAir-HFA (USA): 137 Points
4. MetLife-NorEast Cycling (USA): 147 Points
5. Mt. Borah / Minerva Design p/b Basso (USA): 148 Points
6. Team Alliance Environmental (PA): 158 Points
Complete results of all races and the upcoming schedule can be found on the Chesco Grand Prix website: www.chescograndprix.com
The remaining Chesco Grand Prix schedule includes:
Tuesday, July 3: Chesco Time Trials, Unionville: 5 to 8 p.m. Pros start at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4: Chesco Road Race, Unionville: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pros start at 10:30 a.m. (Pennsylvania State Championship)
Thursday, July 5: Parkesburg Criterium: 5 to 9 p.m. Pro race starts at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 6: Kennett Square Criterium (Finals): 5 to 9 p.m. Pro race starts at 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 8: The Chesco Tour, Marshallon (recreational ride through Chester County) 8 a.m.
The final Chesco Tour on Sunday July 8 will not be a race but a chance for families and recreational riders to choose a cycling route between 20 and 75 miles on country roads throughout Chester County. Start and finish location will be in Marshallton at the historic Marshalton Inn and Four Dogs Tavern.
The Chesco Grand Prix is endorsed by the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau, the official Tourism Promotion Agency for Chester County whose mission is to promote Chester County and the Brandywine Valley as a tourism destination.
The sponsors for the Chesco Grand Prix include Audi Wilmington, YBH Audi Newtown Square, Sheraton Great Valley Hotel, PJ's All Natural Beef Steak and Victory Brewing of Downingtown. The Greater Media's Philadelphia radio group will promote and cover the Chesco Grand Prix. The stations include WMMR, WMGK, BEN-FM and 97.5 The Fanatic/950 ESPN.