Posted by Editor on 11/28/05
Bessette Wins in Sterling
Courtesy Millman Media
For the fourth time in 2005, Team Cyclocrossworld.com-Louis Garneau's Tim Johnson and Lyne Bessette tallied a matching set of wins in a major cyclocross race. Tim and Lyne won their respective races in a snowy Gearworks Bay State Cyclocross, Saturday, November 26th in Sterling, Mass. The wins solidified Tim and Lyne's positions as leaders of the 2005 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series.
After having stretched her legs in the B Men's race, in which she finished third, Lyne tore apart the Elite Women's race with her trademark fast start. On a course made slick with four inches of snow, Lyne danced away from the strung out pack of chasers, smoothly negotiating the icy twists and turns. Not even a last-lap crash could slow down the Canadian champion whose next race will be on the World Cup circuit in Italy.
"It was really good to race with the men," said Lyne, who leaves next Thursday for the unveiling of new road team, the T-Mobile Pro Women's Team, in Munich. "I can go through corners about the same as they can, but they have much more power on the straightaways, so keeping up with them takes a lot for me and that's good. I don't always get that challenge in the women's race so this was a good experiment. Most of the girls I race over here have full-time jobs and since I race full-time it's not quite the same. When I get to Europe I know what kind of racing I'll be facing, so this kind of day is good for me."
Taking full advantage of the wintry conditions, Tim grabbed the lead in the Elite Men's race mid-way through the second lap and never looked back. While Mark McCormack (Team Clif Bar) gave chase and got within a handful of seconds of catching him, Tim found a little extra speed in the closing lap to nail down his second big snow day win of 2005.
"I was definitely hurting there for a few laps," said Tim. "Obviously I love this kind of riding and racing, it's a lot of fun and I seem to be able to go fast in it. I saved a little bit because I know Mark likes to come back at the end of races, so when he got to within 6 seconds I just put my head down and concentrated on riding clean and going fast. I hope the weather's like this for Nationals, because I think it's the only way I can beat guys like Ryan Trebon and Jonathan Page."
Tim continues his preparation for Nationals with the New England Series, December 3-4 in Rhode Island, while and Lyne makes her World Cup debut December 8th in Milan, Italy.
2005 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series #4
Gearworks Bay State Cyclo-cross, Sterling, Mass.
1. Lyne Bessette (Can) Cyclocrossworld.com-Louis Garneau, 36:52
2. Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Independent Fabrication, at 1:02
3. Mackenzie Dickey (USA) Team Bicycle Alley, 2:14
4. Amy Wallace (USA) Verizon Wireless Wheelworks, 2:55
5. Marianne Stover (USA) Independent Fabrication, 4:06
6. Pauline Frascone (USA) Independent Fabrication, 4:08
7. Arielle Filiberti (USA) Team Bicycle Alley, 4:16
8. Audrey Huffman (USA) Mad River Rider, 4:42
9. Kami Tremblay (USA) Gearworks/Spin Arts, 4:53
10. Rebecca Wellon (USA) Gearworks/Spin Arts, 6:47
11. Tara Ross (Can) Victory Brewing, 5:50
1. Tim Johnson (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com-Louis Garneau, 57:17
2. Mark McCormack (USA) Team Clif Bar, at 0:37
3. Jesse Anthony (USA) Team Clif Bar, 1:18
4. Tristan Schouten (USA) Trek Midwest Cyclesport, 2:51
5. Noah Taylor (USA) RGM Watches-Richards Sachs, 2:58
6. Michael Cody (USA) Fior di Frutta, 3:01
7. Johs Huseby (USA) Fior di Frutta, 3:20
8. Matt White (USA) Fior di Frutta, 3:47
9. Keith Jennings (USA) Louis Garneau Racing, 4:16
10. Daniel Coady (USA) NCC/BikeReg.com, 5:35
24. Alan Reain (Can) Cycle Logik Racing, - 2 laps
'Cross Superprestige #4 - Gieten, Netherlands
1 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank 59:16
2 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank s.t.
3 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) AA drink-Bejan at 0:36
4 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 1:01
5 Petr Dlask (Cze) Empella Czech Team 1:03
6 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 1:15
7 Jonathan Page (USA) Cervelo 1:17
8 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 1:30
9 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank 1:34
10 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 1:55
11 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre - Caffita 2:14
12 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl 2:21
13 Radomir Simunek (Cze)
14 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team
15 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Author Praha all s.t.
16 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tabor 3:07
17 Thijs Al (Ned) B & E Cycling Team 3:38
18 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) AVB Asbestverwijdering s.t.
19 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 4:03
20 Malte Urban (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 4:07
21 Bart Dirkx (Ned) AA drink-Bejan 4:24
22 Darius Gil (Pol) Paged-MBK-Scout 4:39
23 Marek Cichosz (Pol) s.t.
24 Ronald Mutsaars (Ned) 5:00
25 Franz Josef Nieberding (Ger) 6:33
26 Marius Gil (Pol) Strzelce Krajenskie s.t.
27 Michael Stenzel (Ger) 6:33
28 Jan-Albert Krans (Ned) s.t.
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) 37:10
2 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) at 1:20
3 Birgit Hollman (Ger) 1:40
4 Susanne Juranek (Ger) 1:52
5 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Therme Skin Care 2:00
6 Nicole De Bie-Leijten (Bel) 2:01
7 Sanne Cant (Bel) 2:10
8 Linda van Rijen (Ned) 2:31
9 Rosa Bravo Soba (Spa) 3:13
10 Britt Jochems (Ned) 3:16
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank 72 points
2 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 66
3 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) AA drink-Bejan 61
4 Petr Dlask (Cze) Empella Czech Team 48
5 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank 46
6 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 42
7 Tom Vannoppen (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 40
8 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank 30
9 Wim Jacobs (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 29
10 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre - Caffita 28
11 Jonathan Page (USA) Cervelo 19
12 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tabor 16
13 Camiel Van Den Bergh (Ned) Stevens Racing Team 15
13 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 15
15 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) AVB Asbestverwijdering 13
15 Wilant Van Gils (Ned) ZZPR.nl 13
17 Radomir Simunek (Cze) 11
18 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank 10
19 Jan Verstraeten (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 7
19 John Gadret (Fra) Jartazi Granville Team 7
21 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 6
22 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Morgan Blue 4
23 David Willemsens (Bel) WC Vos Sportief Sint 1
23 Martin Zlamalik (Cze) Author Praha 1
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