GENEVIΘVE JEANSON WINS FIRST STAGE AT REDLANDS
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is a 5 stage race, including a prologue
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.
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.
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.
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.
first part of the course was really windy, said Jeanson, but it wasnt too
bothersome. Team RONAs work
was impeccable, well structured, and the girls (Anna
Milkowski, Andrea Hannos, Helen Kelly, Katheryn Curi, Katrina Grove) with
Tomorrows 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
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