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Tour of Gila

Stage 5

New Mexico, USA

Stage 1    Stage 2    Stage 3    Stage 4    Stage 5

111km

Geneviève Jeanson of the RONA/Esker Cycling Team convincingly won her third consecutive Tour of the Gila by winning the infamous “Gila Monster”, the fifth and last stage of this race held in New Mexico.  Her teammate Karen Bockel took second spot in the stage. 

 Jeanson wins general classification with a stunning 18’33” lead over runner-up Manon Jutras of Team Saturn, a new record for this race. (Last year Jeanson beat Saturn’s Kim Bruckner by 11’42”).  Katrina Grove (T Mobile) finished third overall.  Jeanson won four of the race’s five stages.

 Jeanson is still undefeated in stage races this year, having won the Valley of the Sun, the Pomona Valley Stage Race, The Redlands Classic and the Sea Otter Classic.

 Today’s 111-km stage challenged the riders with three major climbs and a mountaintop finish.  As soon as the peloton turned to see the first climb, Saturn’s Manon Jutras attacked, but was immediately countered by Jeanson, Bockel and a handful of others.  In less than three kilometres Jeanson dropped everybody else and went on another 100-km mountain time trial, just as she had done last Friday. 

 Behind Jeanson, a 30-strong chase group organized, including some T Mobiles, Saturns, and four RONAS/Eskers : Karen Bockel, Melissa Holt, Andrea Hannos and Erinne Willock.  These four accelerated the tempo about 35 km from the finish and Karen Bockel took second place, 6’44”  behind her leader.  Lynn Gaggioli (Velo Bella) completed the stage podium, followed by Katrina Grove (T Mobile) and Manon Jutras (Saturn).

 “I felt really good today”, commented Jeanson after the final stage.  “I’m surprised at how little tired I feel after five days of really hard racing.  But I’m still going to take a break from racing until the Montreal races four weeks from now, because I want to be in top shape when I get there.  Montreal is special, the field is always very strong, it’s very intense emotionally and the whole team looks forward to the World Cup race and the Tour of Greater Montreal.”

 The race web site is at www.tourofthegila.com.

 Fourth stage :  Gila Monster

Stage standings

Rank

Name (team)

Time

1

Geneviève Jeanson (CAN, RONA/Esker)

111 km in 3h29’04 (31.9 km/h) (22’’ bonus)

2

Karen Bockel (GER, RONA/Esker)

6’44’’ (8’’ bonus)

3

Katrina Grove (USA, T Mobile)

6’47’’ (4’’ bonus)

4

Lynn Gaggioli (USA, Velo Bella)

6’49’’

5

Manon Jutras (CAN, Saturn)

6’59’’

21

Erinne Willock (CAN, RONA/Esker)

8’00’’

23

Andrea Hannos (CAN, RONA/Esker)

8’09’’

27

Melissa Holt (NZL, RONA/Esker)

9’38’’

46

Carrie Tuck (CAN, RONA/Esker)

20’23’’

 Final General Classification

Rank

Name (team)

Time

1

Geneviève Jeanson (CAN, RONA/Esker)

12h29’55’’

2

Manon Jutras (CAN, Saturn)

18’33’’

3

Katrina Grove (USA, T Mobile)

20’47’’

4

Leah Goldstein (CAN, Victory Brewing / Amoroso)

22’07’’

5

Lynn Gaggioli (USA, Velo Bella)

22’10’’

6

Karen Bockel (GER, RONA/Esker)

24’42’’

19

Andrea Hannos (CAN, RONA/Esker)

32’45’’

22

Erinne Willock (CAN, RONA/Esker)

35’05’’

24

Melissa Holt (NZL, RONA/Esker)

38’00’’

42

Carrie Tuck (CAN, RONA/Esker)

1h03’51’’

 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.