Posted by Editor on 07/6/98
Giro Feminnile, Italy
Stage 6 - Cascia to Assisi, 99 km
1 Fabiana Luperini (Ita, Mimosa-Sprint) 2:25:54
2 Barbara Heeb (Sui, Acca Due O Lorena) at 0:01
3 Diana Ziliute (Ltu, Acca Due O Lorena) 0:08
4 Monica Bandini (Ita, Edilsavino) 0:09
5 Alessandro Cappellotto A. (Ita, Acca Due O Lorena) 0:14
6 Lusiana Pegoraro (Ita, Fanini Record Brox) s.t.
7 Roberta Bonanomi (Ita, Mimosa-Sprint) s.t.
8 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu, Acca Due O Lorena) 0:16
9 Imelda Chiappa (Ita, Edilsavino) 0:17
10 Elisabeth Chevanne Brunelle(Fra, Fanini Record Brox) 0:20
11 Linda Jackson (Can, Saeco Timex) s.t.
1 Fabiana Luperini (Ita, Mimosa-Sprint) 14:00:43
2 Barbara Heeb (Sui, Acca Due O Lorena) at 0:19
3 Linda Jackson (Can, Saeco Timex) 0:31
4 Monica Bandini (Ita, Edilsavino) 0:43
5 Alessandra Cappellotto (Ita, Acca Due O Lorena) 2:05
6 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu, Acca Due O Lorena) 2:07
7 Imelda Chiappa (Ita, Edilsavino) 2:08
8 Pia Sundstedt (Fin, Mimosa Sprint) 2:15
9 Joane Somarriba (Esp, Vittorio Veneto Sprint) s.t.
10 Elisabeth Chevanne Brunel (Fra, Fanini Record Brox) 3:27
Linda Jackson is also holding the Straniere (Foreign rider) jersey.
Chin Picnic(courtesy Helene Houle)
1- Yannick Cojan, Ital Pasta
2-Eric Wohlberg, Shaklee
3- Heath Coburn, Jet Fuel
1- Josh Lajeunesse, New World
1- Josh Lajeunesse, New World
Ontario Crit Championships
1- Mark Hebert,
2- Damien, Ital Pasta
3- Paul Rego, Saeco.
Results for Eric Wohlberg
in Tour of Ohio, due to conflict with Beauce, Eric only rode the last few stages of Tour of Ohio. Several of these were canceled due to flooding and severe thunderstorms. He rode 4 stags. He flatted from the break in one of these and didn't get a wheel change until out of the race caravan. He was not able to get back on.
June 26th, Lancaster stage, 8th.
June 27-28th, canceled
July 3rd, Zanesville stage 2nd
July 4th, Marietta, Rescheduled for September
July 5th, Westerville, 1st
Saturn Sweeps Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic
(by Karen Haas - courtesy USA Cycling)
FITCHBURG, Mass.-- On the final day of the Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic, MercuryÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s Roy Knickman was still stuck in overdrive at the downtown Fitchburg criterium.
Knickman spent 40 miles off the front yesterday to win the Wachusett Mountain road race, along the way collecting points for the sprints competition. After watching Knickman completely drain himself to take the stage win, no one expected to see him off the front again.
But when Knickman followed Colorado CyclistÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s Danny Pate up the road for the first points-lap sprint about 10 laps into the 50-mile, 55-lap criterium, the field let the pair go. Saturn, protecting Frank McCormackÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s overall lead, and keeping and eye on the second-place tie between Brian Walton, winner of the first stageÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s time trial, and NavigatorÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s Trent Klasna, saw no reason to chase.
So Knickman found himself logging another 40-plus miles ahead of the pack.
"It was to our advantage to let them go," said race winner McCormack. "He gave us the opportunity to play a safe race."
Knickman and Pate gained up to a minuteÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s advantage before Saturn sent all six of their riders to the front to dial Knickman back just past the half-way mark, under the mistaken impression that the solo Nutra Fig rider Adham Sbeih had gone up the road as well.
With about 10 laps to go, the gap had dropped back to bring the fleeing pair within sight along the long uphill finishing stretch, at about 20 seconds. This tempted the opportunistic Czeslaw Lukaszwicz (Cycliste Espoire) to jump off the front of the field. Marked by MercuryÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s Michael Sayers, Lukaszwicz crossed in just two laps. Colby Pearce (Colorado Cyclist) took the cue as well, and made the break five before the Mercury door swung shut on the field.
Meanwhile, as the lap cards waned, first Pate then Knickman fell off the pace as the others sprinted for $50 and $100 prime offerings. Then at four laps to go, the race announcers dangled out the big fish of the day: the local Northeast Bicycle Club had collected $560 in cash -- more than the value of the stage win itself -- from the crowd for a winner-take-all prize for the 52nd lap. Pearce said no one in the group seemed to key on the cash leading up to the line, and Lukaszwicz admitted he didnÃ¢â‚¬Å¡t want to expend his sprint yet. Pearce said at the last second, the cash register went "ca-ching" in his head, and he jumped fastest to take the prize.
The move didnÃ¢â‚¬Å¡t really effect the final sprint: the Canadian national champion Lukaszwicz played the last drag race smartly to come around Sayers and Pierce for the stage win. Knickman held off the pack to take fourth on the day, and Colorado CyclistÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s John Peters, winner of stage two, took the field sprint for fifth.
Frank McCormack, relying on a solid time trial, a powerful finish atop Mount Wachusett and smart team racing through the four days, garnered one of only a handful of repeat wins at the Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic. Klasna was awarded second place based on stage place finishes after tying on time with Walton 14 seconds down. Knickman went home with the SmartFuel sprints jersey.
Team Saturn saw equal success in the womenÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s competition. Their 25-mile criterium stayed together through the day, marred halfway through by a pileup just before the finish that sent two local riders to the hospital with broken collarbones; the presence of an ambulance on course caused the race to be neutralized for three laps.
Once given the go to compete again, the crowd was treated to spectacular sprints between points leader Laura Van Gilder (Navigators) and Karen Bliss Livingston (Saturn). On the final lap, SaturnÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s Dede Demet rolled off the front in hopes of catching a solo stage win to compliment her leaderÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s jersey. But the field wasnÃ¢â‚¬Å¡t going to be complacent, and it was the speedy Livingston who roared up the final straight to take the stage win past Tina Mayolo (PowerBar) and Anne Samplonius (Hydro Quebec), with Demet fighting through for fourth on the stage.
The Saturn women thus put the wraps on first with Demet and second with time trial winner Elizabeth Emery. Leigh Hobson and Samplonius, who were part of a strong Canadian-based team contingent who kept the stage race from being a giveaway, took third and fourth less than 40 seconds behind. This was one of the tightest womenÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s races at Fitchburg in recent years.
The win solidifies DemetÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s lead atop the U.S. National Racing Calendar standings, the system used to rank elite cyclists in American competition.
"IÃ¢â‚¬Å¡m really proud of Team Saturn," said McCormack, whose Fitchburg win in 1994 was his springboard onto the team and enabled him to rise to be one of the top road racers in America. "Both our menÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s and womenÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s teams are very close. We are both similar in terms of sprinters, climbers, and teamwork that allow us to earn wins like here at Fitchburg."
The next events on the National Racing Calendar are the Cascade Cycling Classic (men only), July 14-19, in Bend, Ore., and the International Cycling Classic (men and women), July 17-26 in Wisconsin.2
Stage Four, UMass Medical Center Criterium, July 5
Men, 50 miles
1. CZESLAW LUKASZWICZ (CYCLISTE ESPOIRE), Canada,1:56:34;
2. Michael Sayers (Mercury), Sacramento, Calif., s.t.;
3. Colby Pearce (Colorado Cyclist), Boulder, Colo., s.t.;
4. Roy Knickman (Mercury), Colorado Springs, Colo., 0:09;
5. John Peters (Mercury), Santa Rosa, Calif., 0:15;
6. Eddy Gragus (OilMe), Fort Collins, Colo., s.t.;
7. Derek Wilkerson (BMC-WalMart), San Antonio, Fla., s.t.;
8. Amos Brumble (Eurotek-Rhygin), Westerly, R.I., s.t.;
9. Mark McCormack (Saturn), N. Easton, Mass., s.t.;
10. Trent Klasna (Navigators), Pine Valley, Calif., s.t.
1. FRANK MCCORMACK (SATURN), Leicester, Mass., 9:22:34 ;
2. Klasna, 0:14;
3. Brian Walton (Saturn), N. Delta, B.C., s.t.;
4. Mat Anand (Mercury), Calgary, Alb., Canada, 0:26;
5. Adham Sbeih (Nutra Fig), Sacramento, Calif., 0:27;
6. Clark Sheehan (Colorado Cyclist), Boulder, Colo., 0:41;
7. M. McCormack (Saturn), N. Easton, Mass., 0:44;
8. Gragus, 0:53;
9. Skip Spangenburg (Navigators), Travelers Rest, S.C., 1:18;
10. Bart Bowen (Saturn), Albuquerque, N.M., 1:37.
Sprint Jersey: Knickman
Women, 25 miles
1. KAREN BLISS LIVINGSTON (SATURN), Gainesville, Fla., 1:21:20;
2. Tina Mayolo (PowerBar), Athens, Ga., s.t.;
3. Anne Samplonius (Hydro Quebec), Blackstock, Ont., Canada, s.t.;
4. Dede Demet (Saturn), Boulder, Colo. s.t.;
5. Katie Blincoe (Safeway-Saturn), Mercer Island, Wash., s.t.;
6. Sabine Gentieux (Hydro Quebec), Canada, s.t.;
7. Sophie St. Jacques (Elita), Canada, s.t.;
8. Katie Compton (First State), Newark, Del., s.t.,
9. Jen Dial (CRCA-Sony), Southampton, Mass., s.t.;
10. Ashley McCullough (CRCA/Sony), New York, N.Y., s.t.
1. DEDE DEMET (SATURN), Boulder, Colo., 6:04:23;
2. Elizabeth Emery (Saturn), New York, N.Y., 0:24;
3. Leigh Hobson (Hydro Quebec), Kitchener, Ont., Canada, 0:34;
4. Samplonius, 0:39;
5. Annie Gariepy (Elita), Canada, 1:22;
6. Mayolo, 1:49;
7. Cheryl Binney (RalphÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s-Klein), Los Angeles, Calif., 1:54;
8. Compton, 1:57;
9. Ward Griffiths (Safeway- Saturn), Seattle, Wash., 2:15;
10. Rebecca Bailey (New Zealand), New Zealand, 2:42.
Sprint Jersey: Laura Van Gilder (Navigators), Cresco, Pa.
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