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Race Results

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KATIE MACTIER LEADS THE NATURE VALLEY GRAND PRIX 

Thanks to a solid performance in a time trial stage, Australian Katie MacTier (Saturn) took the lead at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, a four-day, five-stage race that ends tomorrow in Minnesota. MacTier had the third best time in a stage where Saturn took all three top sports.  The only riders who were faster than MacTier yesterday morning were her own teammates Manon Jutras and Lyne Bessette.  RONA/Esker’s German rider, Karen Bockel, finished fourth in this 9.7-km time trial, 19 seconds behind Jutras.

 Last night a criterium in downtown Minneapolis had little impact on general classification, except that Sarah Ulmer earned some bonus seconds in intermediate sprints and knocked Karen Bockel from fourth to fifth place.  Saturn’s Ina Teutenberg attacked from the gun, stayed n front for the duration of the 40-minute criterium and eventually won the stage n front of T Mobile’s Stacey Peters and Saturn’s excellent sprinter Laura Van Gilder. 

Second stage :  Mesabi Trail Time Trial

Stage standings

Rank

Name (team)

Time

1

Manon Jutras (CAN, Saturn)

12’ 06”

2

Lyne Bessette  (CAN, Saturn)

10”

3

Katie MacTier (AUS, Saturn)

14”

4

Karen Bockel (GER, RONA/Esker)

19”

5

Anne Samplonius (CAN, TDS)

29”

6

Katrina Grove (USA, T Mobile)

30”

7

Melissa Holt (NZL, RONA/Esker)

33”

8

Dotsie Cowden (USA, T Mobile)

38”

9

Tina Mayolo-Pic (USA, Diet Rite)

40”

10

Carrie Tuck (CAN, RONA/Esker)

42”

 The race’s web site is at www.minnbikefestival.com

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. The team’s web site is at www.ronateam.ca.

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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