Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:07pm
Keough claims Wilmington Grand Prix after three-way sprint
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|VIDEO: Highlights and Reaction from the 2013 Wilmington Grand Prix|
After 35 miles and nearly 75 minutes of racing, Luke Keough outsprinted two other racers to claim the 2013 Wilmington Grand Prix Saturday afternoon.
In front of a festival crowd on an overcast, but warm, afternoon, the racers went up and down the hills of Market, King, and French Streets in one of the ten Tier I events in the country.
The lead changed several times over the course of the race, but in the end it became a showdown between UCI CT: Team SmartStop's Shane Kline and United Healthcare teammates Hilton Clark and Keough.
Kline made the first move as they made the turn past the World Cafe Live, but Keough broke out to his right and won by about two to three bike lengths. Clark was able to edge Kline by .07 seconds in a photo finish for second place.
Keough, who's background is in BMX bike racing said the hills, especially the finishing one up Market Street is tough. "Obviously you've got this 300 meter drag, it's a challenging course, I actually dread racing it, but I love winning it."
The victory was the Sandwich, Mass. rider's third title of the year, after winning races in Georgia and Arizona earlier in the season. Keough was quick to credit his teammates, including Clark, who helped him get to the front.
"We keep racing together week after week, and we know how each other ride. It works out really well when it comes out like that."
The earlier Women's Pro division went to Kelly Fisher-Goodwin of Alexandria, Virginia who held off Jessica Prinner and Mary Zider for the title.
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