Posted by Editor on 03/8/03
Fraser and Jeanson Win Pomona Second Stage
Story courtesy Team Saturn
The second stage of the Pomona Valley Stage was held on a windy 2.3 mile circuit near Riverside, CA. With only 40 seconds of time bonuses in the men's and women's race up for grabs, the overall could only be changed by virtue of a break. Race Leader Tom Danielson's Saturn Team was well prepared for the task at hand after defending the same rider's Yellow Leader's jersey just weeks ago in Malaysia. And, albeit with a small team of four riders, Genevieve Jeanson's Rona Team is also quite experienced at protecting the young Canadian's lead after she has established it, so change in either race would be a formidable task for anyone up to challenging the leaders.
The women's race began quietly with the group compact for the initial time bonus and point sprint. Nicole Freedman claimed the first sprint, and managed to string out what had been a quiet field for the initial 30 minutes of the 90 minute race. After the sprint, a two woman break of Saturn's Laura Van Gilder and Katrina Grove (T-Mobile) cleared the field. Working together the two opened a gap, but with a wide open course, and Rona chasing steadily behind, the largest time split was 25 seconds. At the one hour mark, the second time bonus sprint brought the field together.
Shortly thereafter, Van Gilder crashed into one of the pylons on the road, but after a trip to the hospital was left with road rash, a well earned broken helmet and only a slight bump on her head. In the final laps, T-Mobile tried to escape, to no avail, and in the last mile, it was Jeanson wedging herself away from a charging field and just barely staying clear of a surging Nicole Freedman in second. Saturn's Lyne Bessette was third.
In the men's race a three man break was established early in the race with Schroeder Iron's Mike Tillman, Svein Tuft of Prime Alliance and Jelly Belly's Tyler Farrar. The Saturn Team patrolled the front, allowing the gap to grow to 55 seconds, steadily bringing it back every time it increased, comfortably maintaining the cushion protecting Danielson's lead.
In the sprints, Farrar took the first over Tuft, with Tillman over Farrar in the second sprint. Shortly after the second sprint at the one hour and twenty minute mark, the threesome had a mere twenty seconds. The Health Net Team, sensing the possibility of a field sprint for their sprinter Gord Fraser, moved in for the kill, and quickly brought the break back. From there it was the Prime Alliance and Health Net Teams bringing the attacks back, ensuring a field sprint.
In the final lap the strong lead-outs from both teams created a split in the field catching Saturn's Danielson in the second half of the split. As Fraser and his Health Net Team wound it up for the final sprint, Danielson chased to gain back the seconds he lost, finishing an estimated ten seconds behind the sprinters. In the end it was Fraser winning handily over Prime Alliance's John Peters.
The overall remained unchanged for both the men's and women's races with Danielson and Jeanson dressed in Yellow for tomorrow's road race.
Stage 2 - KB Home Circuit Race
Men (2 hours)
1 Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net Cycling Team 1:54:18
2 John Peters (USA) Prime Alliance
3 Chann McRae (USA) Schroeder Iron
4 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Prime Alliance
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Jelly Belly
6 Adam Livingston (USA) Schroeder Iron
7 Patrick Heaney (USA) Webcor Cycling
8 Michael Creed (USA) Prime Alliance
9 Chris Horner (USA) Saturn
10 Danny Pate (USA) Prime Alliance all s.t.
15 Peter Mazur (Pol) Lemond Fitness/Blender Magazine at 0:11
16 Jacob Erker (Can) Schroeder Iron s.t.
74 Svein Tuft (Can) Prime Alliance 0:58
1 Tom Danielson (USA) Saturn 2:22:20
2 Chris Horner (USA) Saturn at 0:22
3 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Prime Alliance 0:57
4 Michael Creed (USA) Prime Alliance 2:05
5 Danny Pate (USA) Prime Alliance 2:18
6 Tim Johnson (USA) Saturn 2:27
7 Jacob Erker (Can) Schroeder Iron 2:40
8 Phil Zajicek (USA) Saturn 2:44
9 Hugh Moran (USA) Landis/Trek/VW 3:10
10 Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net Cycling Team 3:11
28 Svein Tuft (Can) Prime Alliance 4:28
44 Peter Mazur (Pol) Lemond Fitness/Blender Magazine 5:38
1 Gord Fraser (Can) Health Net Cycling Team 25 points
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Jelly Belly 25
3 Michael Tillman (USA) Schroeder Iron 20
5 Svein Tuft (Can) Prime Alliance 15
Women (90 minutes)
1 Genevieve Jeanson (Can) Rona/Esker 1:28:21
2 Nicole Freedman (USA) Team Basis
3 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn
4 Lynn Gaggioli (USA)
5 Jenny Eyerman (USA) Women First/Red 5 Racing
6 Iona Wynter (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC
7 Dotsie Cowden (USA) Team T-Mobile USA
8 Karen Bockell (Ger) Rona/Esker
9 Katheryn Curi (USA) LGBRC
10 Helen Kelly (USA) TDS Womens Cycling Team
15 Heather Cole (Can) Fairfield Toyota
19 Amy Moore (Can) Saturn
28 Manon Jutras (Can) Saturn
40 Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Genesis Scuba/FFCC all s.t.
1 Genevieve Jeanson (Can) Rona/Esker 2:00:44
2 Amber Neben (USA) Team T-Mobile USA at 2:11
3 Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Genesis Scuba/FFCC 2:36
4 Manon Jutras (Can) Saturn 2:48
5 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn 3:37
6 Karen Bockell (Ger) Rona/Esker 3:39
7 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) 3:41
8 Alison Dunlap (USA) Team T-Mobile USA 4:01
9 Felicia Greer (USA) Women First/Red 5 Racing 4:23
10 Katrina Grove (USA) Team T-Mobile USA 4:43
17 Amy Moore (Can) Saturn 6:18
33 Heather Cole (Can) Fairfield Toyota 8:05
1 Nicole Freedman (USA) Team Basis 35 points
2 Genevieve Jeanson (Can) Rona/Esker 30
3 Katrina Grove (USA) Team T-Mobile USA 15
4 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn 10
USA Track World Cup Qualifier - San Diego, California
Courtesy Graeme Thomson
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