Australia’s Matt Wilson of Team Type 1 slipped a pair of breakaway companions with two laps to go en route to a solo victory in Sunday’s Bound Brook Criterium – part of the 4 day Somerville Cycling Series in New Jersey.
As rain began to fall in Bound Brook, N.J., Sunday afternoon, Wilson made his escape from the field with Nathaniel Ward (Spooky/NCC/Kenda) and Vincent Quirion (Garneau Club Chaussures). Fourteen laps remained in the 40-mile (64 km) race.
As soon as it started raining, I decided I didn’t want to be in the bunch," Wilson said. "It helps a breakaway a lot on a wet circuit in a criterium because you can pedal through the corners and get a good rhythm through the corners. The bunch is a bit more sketchy and erratic in the rain."
As the trio increased its lead from a handful of seconds to half a minute, Wilson began sizing up his options to go after the win his first since capturing the second stage of the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic last July.
"I didn’t know the other two guys but I was feeling pretty strong out there," the 2004 Australian national road champion said. "I was pretty confident I could do it."
Team Type 1’s Aldo Ino Ilesic won the field sprint for fourth and teammate Ken Hanson, the 2008 U.S. elite criterium national champion, was fifth.
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