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Redlands Bicycle Classic

GENEVIΘVE JEANSON WINS FIRST STAGE AT REDLANDS

California, USA

The Redlands Bicycle Classic is a 5 stage race, including a prologue

Stage 1      Stage 2      Stage 3      Stage 4     Stage 5 

GC After Stage 1

Second win in two days for Geneviθve Jeanson of Team RONA.  After the prologue yesterday, today she won the first stage, a 85.5-kilometre road race on a new course in the San Bernardino area, in Southern California.  Jeanson led her Canadian rival Lyne Bessette of Team Quark by 29 seconds, and American Christine Thornburn, of Team Webcor, by 42 seconds. 

Thanks to this win, Jeanson consolidated her grip on the overall lead and the yellow jersey, that she has been wearing in this race since the prologue … last year.  In general classification Bessette is one minute 11 seconds behind.

 Jeanson also leads in the Queen of the Mountain competition and the points classification.  Team RONA leads the team general classification, 29 seconds and 51 seconds ahead of teams Quark and T-Mobile respectively.

 Today’s stage was marked by a crash 35 kilometres into the race, which split the peloton.  But it regrouped and remained compact up to the only real difficulty today, a 4 kilometre climb, getting tougher in the last two.  Jeanson progressively hardened the pace to wear out the field and she was all by herself when she reached the top, before plunging to the finish in a 2.5 kilometre technical descent. 

 “The first part of the course was really windy, said Jeanson, but it wasn’t too bothersome.  Team RONA’s work was impeccable, well structured, and the girls (Anna Milkowski, Andrea Hannos, Helen Kelly, Katheryn Curi, Katrina Grove) with clockwork precision.”

 Tomorrow’s stage is the infamous Oak Glen Road Race.  This demanding stage traditionally tears the field apart as if the riders are worn out by 129 kilometres of racing over three major climbs, especially the fearsome 6-kilometre climb that leads to the finish line

RESULTS Stage 1

1

Geneviθve Jeanson (CAN, RONA)

Les 85,5 km en 2h 27’38’’ (avg. 34,75 km/h, 12’’ bonus)

2

Lyne Bessette (CAN, Quark)

29’’ (6’’ bonus)

3

Christine Thornburn (USA, Webcor)Sue

42’’ (5’’ bonus)

4

Karen Bockel (GER, TDS-Schwalbe)

s.t.

5

Sue Palmer Komar (CAN, Genesis Scuba)

s.t. (3’’ bonus)

6

Kristin Armstrong (USA, T-Mobile)

s.t.

7

Magali Le Floc’h (FRA, Quark)

1’ 21’’

8

Katheryn Curi (USA, RONA)

s.t.

9

Sarah Noble (CAN, Ford)

1’ 30’’

10

Rhonda Quick (USA, Red 5)

s.t.

15

Katrina Grove (USA, RONA)

1’ 52’’

80

Andrea Hannos (CAN, RONA)

6’ 37’’

82

Helen Kelly (AUS, RONA)

s.t.

84

Anna Milkowski (USA, RONA)

s.t.

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GC After Stage 1

1

Geneviθve Jeanson (CAN, RONA)

2h 37’ 24’’

2

Lyne Bessette (CAN, Quark)

1’ 11’’

3

Kristin Armstrong (USA, T-Mobile)

1’ 16’’

4

Susan Palmer-Komar (CAN, Genesis Scuba)

s.t.

5

Christine Thornburn (USA, Webcor)

1’ 20’’

6

Karen Bockel (GER, TDS Schwalbe)

2’ 03’’

7

Katheryn Curi (USA, RONA)

2’ 26’’

8

Trine Hansen (DEN, S.A.T.S.)

2’ 28’’

9

Joanna Buick (NZL, Victory Brewing)

2’ 35’’

10

Sarah Noble (CAN, Ford)

2’ 40’’

11

Katrina Grove (USA, RONA)

2’ 41’’

71

Anna Milkowski (USA, RONA)

7’ 57’’

73

Andrea Hannos (CAN, RONA)

8’ 02’’

74

Helen Kelly (AUS, RONA)

8’ 19’’

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