The 50th running of the Modern Woodmen Bank.com Quad-Cities Criterium might be a couple of years off, but Monday spectators at Rock Island's bicycle race got to witness a little slice of history.
For the first time in 11 years, winner Juan Pablo Dotti lapped the field and coasted to an easy win in the Men's Pro race.
"We attacked," Dotti said. "The whole team, they worked for me and they finished for me."
The 26-year-old from Argentina got a helpful boost from his teammates on his way to the podium. When Dotti broke away, his AeroCat teammates made sure he stayed out front, even with former Criterium champ Eric Marcotte chasing him in the second position by blocking and pushing the pace.
About halfway through the race, it was clear lapping the pack was on Dotti's mind.
Once Dotti caught up to the main pack with 11 laps to go, his teammates surrounded him in the field, ensuring his victory by allowing him to draft off of his teammates.
"He was feeling good early, so fortunately he could get up to the front of the group," said Andrew Crater, Dotti's teammate and the 2010 Criterium winner. "I was watching Marcotte, trying to tell where he was going to go. It was a really good race for our team."
Crater finished fourth.
Women's pro race winner Stacy Appelwick also won by a sizable margin.
It capped off the best weekend of cycling in her career as she finished third in Sunday's Melon City Criterium in Muscatine.
She too credited her ABD Cycle Club teammates with putting her in position for the win.
"My teammates, we tag-teamed the attacks," Appelwick said. "Jeannie (Kuhajek) got away with a group of four for a while, Jessie (Prinner) put a dig in. I managed to get up to a couple of girls. That's when it got hard. I rolled away from them, and my teammates did an awesome job blocking."