San Dimas, California, March 9, 2003 - Canadian Geneviève Jeanson, of Team RONA Esker, clinched her final victory at the Pomona Valley Stage Race today, while her RONA/Esker teammate Karen Bockel won the fourth and final stage of the race. Bockel outsprinted Helen Kelly (TDS Women's Cycling) and Alison Dunlap (T-Mobile) at the end of a 55-minute criterium held in the streets of San Dimas.

With Jeanson leading by 2 minutes 16 seconds after three days of racing, GC was obviously not an issue today. Teams were shooting for a stage win. Except that RONA/Esker would have liked Bockel to shave enough seconds to climb one notch in GC.

So Bockel broke away early (after the seventh lap) and aimed to dig a gap. Kelly, Dunlap and Saturn's Megan Elliott went with her. Winning intermediary sprints, Bockel almost made it. Winning the stage with an eight-second lead over the field, she was missed fifth spot overall by only five seconds.

"We had a great weekend, said André Aubut, RONA/Esker's team manager, after the race. With only three racers while most other had full lineups, we got the overall win and four stage podiums, including three wins. I think that Geneviève, Karen and Kristen (LaSasso) can be proud of their work. It sure bodes well for Redlands", he added, referring to the Redlands Classic, in which Team RONA/Esker will compete April 1-6.

The Pomona Valley Stage Race's web site can be found at www.scvelo.com/2003pvsr.html.

Pomona Valley Stage Race Fourth Stage : Old Town Criterium Stage classification 

Rank Name (Team) Time 

1 Karen Bockel (ALL) RONA/Esker 

2 Helen Kelly (USA) TDS Women's Cycling Team s.t. 

3 Alison Dunlap (USA) T-Mobile s.t. 

4 Megan Elliott (USA) Saturn s.t.

Pomona Valley Stage Race Final General Classification   Previous Stage Results

Rank Name (Team) Time 

1 Geneviève Jeanson (CAN) RONA/Esker 6h 11'01'' 

2 Amber Neben (USA) T Mobile 2'16'' 

3 Sue Palmer-Komar (CAN) Genesis Scuba/FFCC 2'46'' 

4 Manon Jutras (CAN) Saturn 2'58'' 

5 Lyne Bessette (CAN) Saturn 3'27'' 

6 Karen Bockel (ALL) RONA/Esker 3'31'' 

13 Kristen LaSasso (USA) RONA/Esker

Team RONA/Esker is one of only two Canadian women's cycling teams in the Elite Category that are recognized by the International Cycling Union. The team is made up of four Canadian racers (Geneviève Jeanson, Andrea Hannos, Carrie Tuck and Erinne Willock), French racers Catherine Marsal and Magali Le Floc'h, New Zealander Melissa Holt, German Karen Bockel and American Kristen LaSasso.

RONA is Canada's leading hardware and home renovation retailer (www.rona.ca). Esker is a natural spring water from the north of Canada, sold in North America and Asia (www.eauesker.com).

The team also receives equipment and service sponsorships from many companies, including Colnago, Biemme, Shimano, Michelin, Mavic, Diadora, Limar, Selle Italia, ITM, Look, CatEye, Tacx, Finish Line, Cane Creek, Saris, Power Tap, Cycles Lambert and Club Médico-Sportif.


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