5 stages in 5 days, June 9th - June 13th
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Katrina Grove of
the RONA Cycling Team took second place in overall rankings at the Nature
Valley Grand Prix, a five-stage event held in Minnesota between June 9 and
June 13. Grove finished 23
seconds behind Canadian Lyne Bessette of Team Quark.
Annette Beutler (Lietzport Cycling) completed the general
classification podium, 55 seconds from Bessette.
youngest rider, Erinne Willock of Victoria B.C., finished fourth overall,
56 seconds behind Bessette. Just
one second off the podium, Willock won the overall best young rider award.
RONA had a third top-ten rider in Katheryn Curi, who finished 9th
overall, 1 minute 49 seconds down. Andrea
Hannos and Helen Kelly finished respectively 29th and 33rd.
Anna Milkowski did not finish the last stage today.
Bessette wore the leader’s jersey from the first stage and never let go.
She gained three seconds on Grove in the first stage, an
8.7-kilometre time trial. The
following day, a long, 136-kilometre stage changed nothing in that gap. On a very windy day, riders sought the protection of the
peloton and did not attack – except for a 30-kilometre solo raid by
Erinne Willock. The stage
ended in a mass sprint won by Gina Grain (Victory Brewing).
stage, a Criterium in Virginia, Minnesota, was neutralized because rain
became a safety hazard. Quark’s
Sarah Uhl won it pro forma, but
the stage had no impact on any standings.
Saturday that Bessette added 20 seconds to her lead, thank to bonus
seconds earned by her second place in the stage, which ended in some
confusion. Grove could not
compete for stage win or bonus seconds, because she was led off course by
young Audrey Lemieux, who followed wrong directions given by a policeman
500 metres from the finish line. Grove
eventually finished in the same time as Bessette, but the incident
frustrated her of any chance to compete for precious bonus seconds in the
final sprint. RONA’s Andrea
Hannos finished third in the stage.
won today’s final stage, followed by Bessette, Grove and Willock.
It was a very selective Criterium with a 24-percent grade hill that
came back every two kilometres. The
first four finishers had a solid lead on the other riders, which brought
Willock from the 17th to the 4th place overall.
“Team RONA had a good week”, said assistant team manager Jim Williams. We placed three riders in the top ten – Katrina, Erinne and Katheryn. All RONA riders rode well every day, and today they just rode fantastic. But Lyne (Bessette) rode a strong race and responded to our repeated attacks.”
There were 107 starters
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