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Sea Otter Classic Stage 3

nr San Francisco, California, USA

Stage 1     Stage 2    Stage 3    Stage 4

40km

SEA OTTER CLASSIC:  BESSETTE GETS THE STAGE, JEANSON KEEPS THE JERSEY

Canadian Geneviève Jeanson of the RONA/Esker cycling team kept her leader’s jersey at the Sea Otter Classic, a stage race held until tomorrow in Monterey, California.  Saturn’s Lyne Bessette won the stage, but Jeanson finished right behind her and was credited with the same time, about 20 seconds in front of the main field.  Laura Van Gilder (Saturn) took third spot in front of the French champion Magali Le Floc’h of Team RONA/Esker.  Four of the five RONA/Esker riders finished among the top seven. 

Jeanson increased her overall lead over T Mobile’s Kim Bruckner to 1:31, thanks to her 12-second lead today and her bonuses earned at the finish and in hot spot sprints.  Bessette is third, 1:39 behind Jeanson.

For today’s stage the racers completed 10 laps of the Laguna Seca raceway and its one hill, for a total of 40 km.  Everybody watched everybody else for the first seven laps, except for two hot sport sprints won by Jeanson and a short attack by Saturn in lap 6.  Three laps from the finish Bessette and Jeanson broke away and stayed away.  They finished in the same time, Bessette ahead of Jeanson.   

 

“Lyne deserved that stage”, said Jeanson.  “She worked harder and longer than I did in the breakaway.  But I did gain a few seconds over Bruckner in GC, for a little extra margin before tomorrow’ tough stage.”   

Tomorrow, the fourth and last stage will be a 160-km road race on a rolling course.

 The Sea Otter Classic web site is found at www.seaotterclassic.com. 

Third stage :  Laguna Seca Circuit Race

Stage standings

Rank

Name (team)

Time

1

Lyne Bessette (CAN, Saturn)

40,0 km in 57’45’’, avg. 41.56 km/h (11’’ bonus)

2

Geneviève Jeanson (CAN, RONA/Esker)

s.t. (9’’ bonus)

3

Laura Van Gilder (USA, Saturn)

12’’ (4’’ bonus)

4

Magali Le Floc’h (FRA, RONA/Esker)

s.t.

5

Sandy Espeseth (CAN, Victory Brewing/Amoroso)

s.t.

6

Melissa Holt (NZL, RONA/Esker)

s.t.

7

Karen Bockel (GER, RONA/Esker)

s.t.

30

Catherine Marsal (FRA, RONA/Esker)

2’16’’

General Classification after third stage

Rank

Name (team)

Time

1

Geneviève Jeanson (CAN, RONA/Esker)

3h 19’ 11’’

2

Kim Bruckner (USA, T Mobile)

1’31’’

3

Lyne Bessette (CAN, Saturn)

1’39’’

4

Amber Neben (USA, T Mobile)

2’06’’

5

Manon Jutras (CAN, Saturn)

2’10’’

12

Karen Bockel (GER, RONA/Esker)

4’23’’

15

Magali Le Floc’h (FRA, RONA/Esker)

8’57’’

24

Melissa Holt (NZL, RONA/Esker)

16’53’’

27

Catherine Marsal (FRA, RONA/Esker)

19’21’’

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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