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Race Results

Liberty Classic

Philadelphia, USA

92.7km

CANADIAN LYNE BESSETTE WINS LIBERTY CLASSIC

Canadian Lyne Bessette (Saturn) today scored a major win at the Wachovia Liberty Classic and put an end to the five-year domination of Petra Rossner on this race.  Bessette completed the 92.7 km race in 2h 23’ 16”, with a 9-second lead over a 70-strong field.  American Lynn Gaggioli (Fuji) and German Judith Arndt (Nurberger Fuji) completed the podium. 

German Karen Bockel of RONA/Esker finished seventh, in the same time as Gaggioli.  Her teammates Andrea Hannos, Meshy Holt and Erinne Willock finished 12th, 13th and 16th respectively, all credited with the same time as Gaggioli. 

 Bessette broke away from the peloton with four other riders in the last 10 kilometres of racing.  She then managed to leave the breakaway behind her, before her breakaway companions were reeled in by the main field. 

Today, RONA/Esker’s Geneviève Jeanson, Magali Le Floc’h and Cathy Marsal were riding with 30,000 other participants in the Tour de l’Ile de Montreal, a fun ride sponsored by RONA.   

The Liberty Classic web site is found at www.firstunioncycling.com.

Pos

Name (team)

Time

1

Lyne Bessette (CAN, Saturn)

92.7 km in 2h 23’ 16” (Avg. 38.8 km/h)

2

Lynn Gaggioli (USA, Fuji)

9”

3

Judith Arndt (GER, Nurberger Fuji)

s.t.

4

Kim Anderson (USA, T Mobile)

s.t.

5

Petra Rossner (USA, Nurberger Fuji)

s.t.

6

Kim Bruckner (USA, T Mobile)

s.t.

7

Karen Bockel (GER, RONA/Esker)

s.t.

8

Ina Teutenberg (GER, Saturn)

s.t.

9

Tina Mayolo Pic (USA, Diet Rite)

s.t.

10

Elizabeth Begosh (USA, Snow Valley)

s.t.

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.eskerwater.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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