Kersten, Cliff-Ryan net Somerville wins

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Jun. 1, 2010

Ben Kersten (Fly V Australia) and Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita-Baci) stamped their names on one of America’s oldest cycling races Monday, taking wins at the Tour of Somerville in New Jersey. The National Racing Calendar criteriums closed out a full weekend of cycling events in Somerville and were the final tune-up ahead of next weekend’s UCI races in Philadelphia.

Cliff-Ryan, who won the USA Crits SpeedWeek overall earlier in May, outkicked Kristy Broun (Verducci Breakaway) and Brooke Miller (TIBCO-To The Top) in a bunch sprint at the end of the four-corner, 20-mile race. Cliff-Ryan’s win came in front of hometown sponsors in an event the team identified in March as a target.

“With two laps to go, we took over and executed the perfect lead out,” Cliff-Ryan said. “What a great sight to have six of my teammates lined up in front of me! I didn’t want to get boxed in so I laid off Kelly Benjamin and when I heard Brooke Miller coming, I jumped with 200-250 meters to go.”

“I’m super happy to win … and honored to have my name listed as a two-time winner alongside some of the greats of this sport. And while only my name appears as the winner, it was definitely the entire Colavita/Baci team that delivered me to the line,” she said.

On the men’s side, Kersten led a V Australia one-two on the men’s podium, taking a crash-marred bunch sprint ahead of teammate Alessandro Bazzana and Clayton Barrows (AXA Equitable) after 50 miles of racing. Ivan Dominguez (Jamis-Sutter Home) made a bid to win in front of the local sponsors, but crashed 200 meters from the finish.

“This was a team effort,” said Kersten. “Everyone played their roles perfectly and was 100-percent committed to me. It’s a really good feeling when it pays off.”

Complete results

Quick Results:

  • 1. Ben Kersten, Fly V Australia
  • 2. Alessandro Bazzana, Fly V Australia
  • 3. Clayton Barrows, AXA Equitable Cycling
  • 4. Neil Bezdek, Team Mountain Khakis
  • 5. Jake Keough, UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis


  • 1. Theresa Cliff-Ryan, Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team
  • 2. Kristy Broun, Team Verducci Breakaway Racing
  • 3. Brooke Miller, Team TIBCO
  • 4. Van Gilder Laura Mellow Mushroom 00:47:24.9
  • 5. Joelle Numainville, Webcor Builders 00:47:25.4 same

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Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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