August 31, 2014 – Guatemalan rider Julio Padilla took everybody by surprise winning the second Red Hook Criterium in Barcelona on August 30.

Francesco Rachello and Eloise Mavian

In the second round of the RHC Championship series, held on a serpentine course in the Parc del Fòrum overlooking the Mediterranean, the young rider capped a stellar night of racing for his Impulse Stage team.

“I am very happy, I didn’t see it coming.” Padilla told peloton. “I’m in top condition as I have been training hard for the Toronto Pan-American.”

Padilla’s teammate and race favorite, Eduardo Colon, was awarded with the freshly introduced “Top Antagonist” prize after a long solo break that ignited the 4,000 spectators. He also was the fastest rider in the qualifying round, taking home peloton’s 200 Euro sponsored prime.

Both Padilla and Colon ride for the young Impulse Stage team from Puerto Rico that took part into the last Milan and Brooklyn RHC editions. They will return to Italy in less than two months for the final stage of the 2014 RHC championship.

Augusto Reati finished a close second behind Padilla, while Brooklyn RHC race winner, Thibaud Lhenry, returned with his popular bamboo bike to take a solid third place on the podium.

The increasingly international field showed no mercy to long-time RHC competitors from the USA. The top American was Kyle Murphy, who put in a particularly impressive performance to finish in fifth place after chasing back to the leaders from a mid-race crash.

The custom Cinelli bike, prize for the female criterium, was won by the young Ainara Elbusto Arteaga from the Reyno de Navarra team. Barcelona marked the second running of a women’s field, a new category introduced in Brooklyn this year and one that shows great promise.

“I am a track racer but I started riding outside the velodrome just one week ago.” Ainara said.

This edition of the Red Hook Criterium also saw the introduction of the “last chance race”, that gave the opportunity to 65 racers who didn’t qualify to fight for 10 spots in the final criterium. It was also a perfect way to warm up the spectators before the final night races.

The RHC Championship Series kicked off with the traditional, eponymous race in Brooklyn in March. The next and final stop will see the stars of fixed gear racing return to Milan for the fifth edition on Italian soil.

Peloton is a proud sponsor of the RHC Championship series. Look for a gallery with more great images from Francesco Rachello and Eloise Mavian in the coming days.

More: www.redhookcrit.com

Women’s Criterium

1. Ainara Elbusto Arteaga
2. Fleur Faure
3. Vittoria Reati
4. Debora Galvez
5. Sandra Jordà Pascó
6. Stefania Baldi
7. Erin Gunn
8. Mariela Farabello
9. Kelli Samuelson
10. Asia Morris
11. Carla Nafría de Miguel
12. Johanna Jahnke
13. Mianzi Rei
14. Charlotte Sieradzka
15. Janine Jackson
16. Maria Jatkowics

Men’s Criterium

1. Julio Padilla
2. Augusto Reati
3. Thibaud Lhenry
4. Nicholas Varani
5. Kyle Murphy
6. Brian Wagner
7. Pablo Rodriguez
8. Mario Paz Duque
9. Francesco Martucci
10. George Garnier
11. Stefan Vis
12. Luke Binder
13. Alessandro Bruzza
14. Alfred Bobe Jr.
15. Raffaele Maccari
16. Paolo Bravini
17. Samuele Cai
18. Marc Marino
19. Larz Wolvh
20. Gonzalo Andrés Rodríguez

Championship Standings – Men

1. Thibaud Lhenry 68 points
2. Alessandro Bruzza 43
3. Mario Paz Duque 43
4. Nicholas Varani 37
5. Pablo Rodriquez 35
6. Julio Padilla 35
7. Kyle Murphy 33
8. Stefan Vis 30
9. Augusto Reati 30
10. Neil Bezdek 27

Championship Standings – Women

1. Ainara Elbusto Arteaga 41 points
2. Jo Celso 38
3. Kelli Samuelson 35
4. Stefania Baldi 35
5. Liz So 33
6. Fleur Faure 30
7. Ash Duban 27
8. Vittoria Reati 27
9. Hannah Todd 24
10. Debora Galvez 24