DiBattista Tops Podium at 2013 Purgatory RR Cat4 35+

Minuteman Road Club’s Rob DiBattista raced to the top spot in the Mens 35+ Cat 4 heat of Green Line Velo’s 2013 Purgatory Road Race on a hot and sunny June 9th Sunday in Sutton, MA.

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DiBattista powering up Lackey for the final push to victory.

Rob’s plan was to sit in the field and reserve everything for the final run up Lackey Road but his competitors kept pushing the pace and stringing out the pack. Teammate Jacob Lipcon buried himself several times in support, chasing down the breaks that tried to get away after each of these surges began to subside.

On lap 3, Pierre Gervez (Alpine) stayed away for a worrisome 1/2 lap before the peloton reeled him back in, all the while DiBattista sat tight in the group letting others do the work.

On the final time up Lackey, Rob was further back in the group than he wanted to be but was able to work his way forward to the top 5 or 6  at the point where the hill offers a moment of relief and flattens out a little bit. When it ramped up again, Rob attacked and began to pull away from the field. From there, he big ringed it for the final 250m all the way to the finish with an impressive gap behind to the rest of the racers.

Congratulations on a great race, Rob!

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See the complete result of the race at Road-Results.com. See more photos from the race by Russ Campbell, Chris McIntosh and Sam Rosenholtz.

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