BESSETTE TAKES THE LEAD AT REDLANDS
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is a 5 stage race, including a prologue
Bessette of Team Quark today took the yellow jersey from RONA’s Genevičve
Jeanson in the third stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic, in Southern
California. Jeanson is now
second in general classification, trailing Bessette by about 27 seconds.
had a 16-second deficit this morning at the start of the stage. She finished third in the stage, thanks to a three-member
breakaway that crossed the finish line 39 seconds before a chase group that
included Jeanson. American
Kristin Armstrong (T-Mobile) won the stage, and Canadian Sue Palmer-Komar
(Genesis Scuba) came in second.
stage covered 67 kilometres around a 15-kilometre course with one climb.
Early in the race, a break formed with four riders, who increased
their lead up to two minutes. Bessette attacked during the third lap, Armstrong and Palmer
Komar took her wheel. Jeanson
missed the boat. The Bessette
trio bridged to, then dropped the four riders in the break.
They increased their lead over the field to about 50 seconds.
Jeanson eventually chased, together with Magali Le Floc’h (Quark)
and Christine Thorburn. But it was too late.
got nobody to blame but me”, said Jeasnon after the race.
“Yesterday I had a stupid crash on my way back from the stage, and
I was aching all over today. I
couldn’t go full throttle. That’ll
teach me not to look where I’m going!”
So the suspense will last until Sunday. Tomorrow’s stage is a 60-minute criterium in downtown Redlands, not likely to cause upheaval in the overall standings. But Sunday’s stage will be on a challenging course and could generate time gaps that will seriously impact general classification.
RESULTS Stage 3
Provisional - to be confirmed
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