Yuri Metlushenko of the Ukraine won the elite men's race yesterday at the Lehigh Valley Classic in Allentown, the first leg of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling.

Metlushenko finished the 85-mile course in a sprint to finish ahead of Australian Karl Menzies, from Health Net-Maxxis, and Jelly Belly's Brad Huff, the first American finisher.

The next leg is tomorrow in Reading with a 75-mile event, followed by the annual Philadelphia International Championship on Sunday, the 156-mile race highlighted by the Manayunk Wall.

In the women's criterium yesterday, 2007 Liberty Classic winner Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, from Team High Road, was the winner, followed by Laura Van Gilder, of Cheerwine Cycling, and Alison Powers, of the Colavita-Sutter Home team.

The women face another criterium tomorrow in Reading before the 56.7-mile Liberty Classic Sunday in Philadelphia. *