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Gravois survives rain, wins omnium

June 9th, 2013 10:20 pm by JEFF BIRCHFIELD, NET NEWS SERVICE

Gravois survives rain, wins omnium

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JOHNSON CITY — Rain turned an expected Sunday cruise for Shawn Gravois into a treacherous ride to the finish at the Johnson City Omnium.

With a seven-point lead in the Pro 1-2 category over second-place Brian Sheedy heading into Sunday’s Franklin Woods Community Hospital Criterium, all Gravois had to do was keep Sheedy in sight and he would become omnium champion.

About 15 minutes into his coronation ride, however, rain covered the course first in small showers, then with a downpour. It turned the streets of Johnson City into an obstacle course filled with slick corners and fallen riders.

Gravois managed to avoid enough of the chaos for a fifth-place finish, one spot behind Sheedy, to take a 56-51 win in the overall omnium title.

To read more of this story, visit the Johnson City Press.

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