Remember the day! The run of victories for overall leader Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) was ended by a sterling ride by Isaiah Newkirk (The Cycle Studio, Carmel). Newkirk didn’t waste any time on his debut, storming to victory in 35:47.3, almost two minutes ahead of Kress (37:46.4) who took second. Newkirk becomes the 5th
different stage winner in the season on the queen stage of the series, featuring three sheer climbs with percentages maxing out at 8.2%. It was the last chance for the climbers ahead of the Original Time Trial season-ender. Third place on the stage went to Roger Lee (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 38:43.4), who closes the gap to Kress very slightly and all but secures his second place overall.
Hostilities in the General Classification were put on hold in the Women’s A classification, with none of the overall contenders picking up a podium spot on the stage. The stage winner was Kerri Labrecque (Peak Centre, Ottawa; 42:32.9), who takes her 3rd stage win in the last 4 stages and climbs to 10th overall heading into the final stage. Labrecque’s closest challenger was her teammate and defending champion Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who finished second in 43:14.0. Jessica Yurchich (SBR Coaching, Verona) followed up her strong performance on stage 9 with a 3rd place finish this week in 43:52.5; her performances on a variety of terrains suggest that she will be a rider to watch in 2013.
The closest overall classification is in the Men’s B competition. Things were all change at the top, with pre-stage leader Mark Scott’s (Peak Centre, Ottawa; 44:15.6) rivals all gaining ground and setting up a grand finale on the final time trial. Patrick Melfi (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) has timed his surge to the top of the standings perfectly, taking the lead by a single point from Scott with a third place finish in 42:53.4. His strong performance on the time trial on stage 6 suggests he will be hard to beat, but it is also a stage that Mark Scott will look to perform well on and its anyone’s guess what the final outcome will be. The stage win went to Mike Kleso (Challenge by Choice, Squamish; 39:18.6) who has also timed his climb up the leaderboard well, and sits just 12 points behind Melfi, and will surely run the others close when the final results come in. It is also too soon to count out Mike Fertuck (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who finished second on the stage in 41:38.0 and is still within reach of the overall victory. Like Kleso however, it seems this was his last chance to take the overall win, with the final stage being too flat for him to secure a big result. The pair will certainly be fighting for the final podium spot however, with only 6 points between them.
In the women’s B classification, another winning streak was broken, with Jenn Ajersch (Peak Centre, Ottawa; 48:40.5) just pipping Megan Davies (Peak Centre, Vancouver; 48:42.5) to the win by less than two seconds, reversing last week’s result. Third place on the stage went to Judy Porter (The Cycle Studio, Carmel) who made a great introduction to the series by finishing just behind the leading pair in 49:12.9 on her first appearance.
Next week is the final stage of the season, with the Original Time Trial testing the riders, and the bonus points for a personal best may prove decisive in the final reckoning. Will the all-time records for the course fall next week, and will there be any late drama in the overall classifications?
Watch out for the profiles of the winter season stages, which will be posted before the end of the season. What will the new course designer have in store for the riders?
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