Overall leader on General Classification Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) stormed to victory by over 2 minutes on the mountain stage of the Peak Centre Indoor Racing Series with a time of 36:55.8 to increase his lead over second placed Teklit Tesfay (Team Eritrea) to 8 points an become the first repeat winner of the season. Tesfay finished 3rd on the stage in a time of 39:52.7, 48 seconds behind Roger Lee (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 39:04.0) who was second. These three riders have pulled clear of the bunch on GC, and look to be competing for the podium spots as the season progresses.
On a course that climbed for pretty much the whole 19.20 km, with maximum grades of 7.0%, this was a course for the climbers, with the lighter riders rising to the fore. Will the climbers be able to carry their form into the much flatter Original Time Trial on stage 6?
In the Women’s A classification, it is becoming a battle between The Cycle Studio, Carmel and Challenge by Choice, Squamish. Nevertheless, it was also the race leader who took the stage win. Shea Rankin (The Cycle Studio, Carmel) bounced back from last week’s second place to take her 4th stage victory in 5 stages in a time of 44:49.9. She extends her lead on GC to a massive 34 points, but it is a much tighter fight for second; Monika McDougal (The Cycle Studio, Carmel; 4th on the stage in 48:36.1) leads Sarah Greenwood (Challenge by Choice, Squamish; 3rd in 47:34.6) by just a single point. Jenni Chancey (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) continues to improve week-on-week, taking seconds on the stage in a time of 46:37.3, and moves up to 5th on GC.
Unlike the A classifications, the stage victory in both the Men’s And Women’s B classification came from strong rides from further down the order. Zack McLaren (Peak Centre, Vancouver) upset the Men’s B leaders on GC to take the stage in 43:52.0; a clear margin of 35 seconds ahead of Mike Fertuck (Peak Centre, Vancouver;
44:27.7) whose 2nd place finish closes the gap slightly down to 20 points to GC leader Mark Scott (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 3rd in 44:45.5). Zack’s Stage win helped preserve his dad Bob McLaren’s (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 46:59.1) 3rd place on GC from Patrick Melfi (Centre Entrainment Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) who was 5th on the stage in 45:15.4.
Megan Davies (Peak Centre, Vancouver) followed up her 2nd place finish on stage 3 with a fine victory in 50:12.2, and climbed to 4th on GC as a result. Second place went to Mary Betts (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) in 52:53.1, who continues to improve as the season goes by. Even so, it continues to the the Centre Entrainment Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville riders who dominate the General Classification. Christiane Gagne’s (CEC VeloCite, Blainville) 3rd place on the stage (53:39.9) was enough to close the gap on teammate Mariepie Rochon (CEC VeloCite, Blainville; 4th in 54:28.1) to just 3 points.
Riders who excelled on the mountain we also rewarded with KOM points on the stage for average Watts/kg. Dwayne Kress and Shea Rankin also took the honours with 4.57 Watts/kg and 3.63 Watts/kg respectively. The top positions mirrored the stage standings, but things were tight in the women’s competition, with ties for 4th (Monika McDougal/Nia Byway; 3.17 Watts/kg) and 6th (Josee Heppell/Nicola Johnson; 3.03 Watts/kg) place.
Next week sees the race return to the course of the Original Time Trial, so there are 3 bonus points up for grabs for any rider who beats their time from Stage 1. The flatter course will tip the balance back in the favour of the power riders.
Full results can be found HERE
GC standings can be found HERE
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