REDLANDS CLASSIC: BESSETTE WINS STAGE, JEANSON KEEPS YELLOW JERSEY
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is a 5 stage race, including a prologue
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.
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.
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
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
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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