May 1/02 9:12 am - Tour of The Gila
Posted by Editoress on 05/1/02
Tour of the Gila
Five Day Tour of the Gila Kicks off with Time Trial - Wherry and Jeanson Wind up Winning in the Wind
Mercury's Chris Wherry and Rona's Genevieve Jeanson both topped the leader's board in today's stage one time trial at the Tour of the Gila. Although both Wherry and Jeanson have the leader's jerseys, they are both flanked by Saturn riders in the number two spot, both less than a minute behind. Saturn's Eric Wohlberg and Kimberly Bruckner both had excellent rides, finishing second in their respective categories.
The 15.7 mile time trial featured two climbs, plenty of undulating terrain, and an overbearing wind. As the day progressed the wind picked up, gusting at over 40 MPH and creating havoc for those who choose time trial specific front wheels.
In the women's race, Jeanson once again proved her strength of legs, heart and mind, winning the event by 58 seconds with a time of 38:26:91. Saturn's Bruckner was second with a time of 39:24:89, and Saturn's Anna Millward was third with a time of 40:12:24.
In the men's race Scott Moninger looked to have the event wrapped up with a time of 35:59 until his Mercury teammate, Chris Wherry came soaring across with a time of 35:15. Saturn's Wohlberg finished in second with a time of 35:28, sliding in front of Moninger. Prime Alliance's Danny Pate rounded out the podium in fourth with a time of 36:16.
1. Chris Wherry - Mercury 35:15
2. Eric Wohlberg - Saturn Cycling Team 35:28
3. Scott Moninger - Mercury 35:29
4. Danny Pate - Prime Alliance 36:16
1. Genevieve Jeanson - Rona 38:26
2. Kimberly Bruckner - Saturn Cycling Team 39:24
3. Anna Millward - Saturn Cycling Team 40:12
4. Jeannie Longo - France 41:02