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Redlands Bicycle Classic

REDLANDS CLASSIC:  BESSETTE WINS STAGE, JEANSON KEEPS YELLOW JERSEY

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 2

Lyne Bessette of Team Quark today won the tough Oak Glen stage, the Redlands Classic’s second stage, but her margin was not enough to take the yellow jersey from Team RONA’s Genevičve Jeanson.  Jeanson finished third, about 40 seconds behind Bessette.  American Christine Thorburn (Webcor) came in between them. 

Jeanson stays in yellow.  But her lead on Bessette is now 16 seconds.  Jeanson still leads in the Queen of the Mountain competition. Laura Van Gilder (Genesis Scuba) will be wearing the green sprinter’s jersey.  Quark is now leading team general classification, leading Team RONA by 1 minute 40 seconds.

 “Even before the start this morning, I knew this wouldn’t be the greatest of days”, said Jeanson after the race.  “My legs were heavy and didn’t turn well.”  There were a few crashes and a number of women dropped behind the field as the first climbs took their toll.  A compact group of about 70 women reached the last 6-kilometre climb up to Oak Glen.  “Fortunately my teammates did a great job protecting me all day and delivered me at the bottom of the last climb”, recalled Jeanson.  Totally in character, Jeanson set a hard tempo at the start of the climb and the peloton quickly blew to pieces.  Only Bessette and Thorburn managed to stay on Jeanson’s wheel.  When they reached a short descent three kilometres to the finish line, Bessette attacked.  “I couldn’t change my rhythm, it was like I was stuck to the road”, said Jeanson.  “I had to dig deep to save the yellow jersey, but I owed that to my RONA teammates.”

 Tomorrow’s stage is a 67.6-kilometre stage, on a 15-kilometre circuit in Redlands.  A massive sprint finish is likely.  The Redlands Classic is made up of five stages and a prologue, and runs until Sunday.

RESULTS Stage 2

1

Lyne Bessette (CAN, Quark)

129 km in 3h 57’ 33’’ (avg. 32,58 km/h) (10’’ bonus)

2

Christine Thorburn (USA, Webcor)

10’’ (6’’ bonus)

3

Genevičve Jeanson (CAN, RONA)

49’’ (4’’ bonus)

4

Sue Palmer Komar (CAN, Genesis Scuba)

1’ 22’’

5

Kristin Armstrong (USA, T-Mobile)

1’ 35’’

6

Johanna Buick (NZL, Victory Brewing)

2’ 58’’

7

Magali Le Floc’h (FRA, Quark)

s.t.

8

Tina Mayolo Pic (USA, Genesis Scuba)

3’ 05’’

9

Rhonda Quick (, Red 5)

s.t.

10

Brooke Ourada (USA, Victory Brewing)

3’ 12’’

15

Katrina Grove (USA, RONA)

3’ 41’’

16

Katheryn Curi (USA, RONA)

3’ 49’’

70

Andrea Hannos (CAN, RONA)

17’ 03’’

73

Helen Kelly (AUS, RONA)

18’ 06’’

74

Anna Milkowski (USA, RONA)

s.t.

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GC After Stage 2

1

Genevičve Jeanson (CAN, RONA)

6h 35’ 42’’

2

Lyne Bessette (CAN, Quark)

16’’

3

Christine Thorburn (USA, Webcor)

39’’

4

Susan Palmer-Komar (CAN, Genesis Scuba)

1’ 53’’

5

Kristin Armstrong (USA, T-Mobile)

2’ 06’’

6

Johanna Buick (NZL, Victory Brewing)

4’ 48’’

7

Magali Le Floc’h (FRA, Quark)

4’ 55’’

8

Rhonda Quick (USA, Red 5)

5’ 07’’

9

Sarah Noble (CAN, Ford)

5’ 05’’

10

Tina Mayolo Pic (USA, Genesis Scuba)

5’ 25’’

11

Katheryn Curi (USA, RONA)

5’ 29’’

13

Katrina Grove (USA, RONA)

5’ 37’’

69

Andrea Hannos (CAN, RONA)

24’ 20’’

72

Anna Milkowski (USA, RONA)

25’ 18’’

73

Helen Kelly (AUS, RONA)

25’ 40’’

Team RONA (www.teamrona.ca) is a Canadian women’s cycling team in the Elite Category recognized by the International Cycling Union. The team is made up of four Canadian racers (Genevičve Jeanson, Andrea Hannos, Émilie Roy and Erinne Willock), three Americans (Kathryn Curi, Katrina Grove and Anna Milkowski), Israeli Shani Bloch and Australian Helen Kelly. The team has exercised a policy of zero tolerance for banned substances since it was founded in 2000. This policy is explicitly stated in all its contracts. 

RONA (www.rona.ca) is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. Team RONA receives equipment and service sponsorships from many companies, including Colnago, Biemme, Shimano, Vittoria, Bontrager, Sidi, Limar, Selle Italia, USE, Cinelli, Look, CatEye, Elite, Finish Line, Cane Creek, Saris, Power Tap, Trialtir and Cycles Lambert.

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