More than one way down? Controversy on Stage 5.
Women’s B classification Leaders: Overall – Karine Meilleur, Mountains – Kelly Knowles, Points – Renee Bricker
Whist the net downhill stages in the Peak Centre Indoor Racing series typically see lower average power outputs, it was the riders who could get a big gear turning and turn on the style on this challenging course that ended up competing for the victory. On a course that was long in kilometres, but short on minutes, in the end the winner was no surprise, with overall leader Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) coming out on top with a time of 35:26.7 and to further enhance his lead on General Classification. Kress’ commanding lead is only matched by his huge victory margins up until this point; however, this week the win was not so clear cut with Marian University’s Matt Shade coming close to becoming the first rider to deny Kress the stage win with a time of 35:47.9, just 21 seconds short of the overall leader. Some serious power was shared by the three riders who finished on the podium, with Kory Seder (SBR Coaching, Verona) beating his teammate, and 2rd placed man overall, Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) by 25 seconds to finish in 36:30.0 on his first ride of the season. The 20 points for 4th place double Anderson’s lead over Volker Schneider (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) to 4 points after Schneider could only manage 5th on the stage.
In the women’s A classification, overall leader Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) was absent which gave her challengers a chance to close the gap at the top. Many of Knowles’ teammates also came close to missing the stage, after confusion ended up with many riders taking the wrong route down and out of the hills. In the end, after a race director’s enquiry, the riders were allowed to be classified on the stage, as the longer alternative route taken gave the riders no advantage. It was confirmed, however, that any future misdemeanours would result in disqualification for the stage. Knowles’ two main rivals took maximum advantage of the race leader’s absence. Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) took maximum points with the stage victory in 39:58.9 and climbs clear of Rua Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) into second place on GC, three points behind Knowles. Read was not far behind Ohlendorf, and those 21 seconds (Read finished in 40:21.0) may come back to haunt her with a gap of 5 points at stake. Peak Centre Vancouver’s Grace Menning continues to grow in strength as the season goes on with her best finish of the season: 3rd place in 42:20.1.
Whilst it was the overall leader that was absent in the women’s classification, in the Men’s B leader Jean Francois Filion (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) did not have same luxury, with his closest challenger Peter Kocher (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) taking the overall lead with a second place finish in 39:10.4 whilst Filion could only manage 4th place, 3.7 seconds back in 39:13.7. Filion’s cause was not helped by the fact that the two overall contenders were split by Kocher’s teammate James Hyatt (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) who came home 1 tenth of a second behind Kocher in 39:10.5 to create a 5 point gap between Kocher and Filion. Whilst the fight for the overall was going on just behind him, Martin Faucher (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) edged a few seconds ahead to take the stage win by six seconds with a time of 39:04.1. Faucher and Filion can both thank their teammates whose performances both helped their respective causes; however, will we see a Hinault/Lemond situation develop where the overall order gets challenged as the season enters its crucial phase.
There is another Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite rider in contention for an overall title in the women’s B classification. Whilst Karine Meilleur could not win the stage, finishing second in 46:54.1 was enough to extend her lead on her three pursuers from Squamish. Challenge by choice have locked out the rest of the top 4 on GC and it was Anneriek Vanhoek taking the stage honours on this occasion in a time of 46:42.4. Vanhoek trails her two teammates Louise Chamberlain and Jane Pannell who lie in 2nd and 3rd on GC respectively, but could not muscle onto the stage podium this week, with Dianne Marleau (Peak Centre, Ottawa) coming home in 46:57.7.
In all the other classifications the GC is taking shape, but the Men’s C classification continues to be up in the air, with the top 3 riders overall covered by just 1 point. Milann Boudreau (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) saw his lead demolished by teammate Patrick Poirier’s (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) second place finish in 40:57.9. They are now tied on 90 points, with Mark Boothroyd (Peak Centre, Vancouver) only a single point behind following his 5th place on the stage in 41:15.4. Not only is it tight on the overall classification, it was also close for the stage victory with Jeremy Kehoe (The Bike Hub, Norwich) winning the stage in 40:44.1 ahead of Poirier. Jason Bryant (Ascent Performance, Canmore) was 3rd on the stage in 41:04.8.
It’s all change again next week, as the road goes from down to up, and it the climber’s time to shine. Stage 6’s climb is almost 17.5km long, but at an average gradient of only 3% it will be a test of rhythm and perseverance rather than explosivity. Will Gagnon and Knolwes return to defend their Best Climber Jerseys? Will the overall give signs of its first shake up? Will everyone ride the right course? All will be revealed on “What goes down…”
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