The overall leaders cement their places at the top, as the series welcomes Marian University & Centre National de Cyclisme de Bromont
Men’s B classification Leaders: Overall – Jean Francois Filion, Mountains – Alex Gagnon, Points – Dwayne Kress
The riders tackled the plateaus and climbs of “Truth & Reconciliation” on stage 4, and whilst the terrain may have been something new, the riders who came out on top were no surprise. On a course that tested the all-round attributes of the riders like this one (the course featured both long flat sections as well as a few short steep climbs) it was always going to be the overall contenders who came out on top. The winners in all five classifications had already won a stage this season, and amongst them Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) and Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) continued their unbeaten starts to the season with 4 stages in a row each.
Kress won the stage well clear of the rest in 35:59.0, averaging a huge 360 Watts. He was matched in terms of power in an excellent performance by second placed finisher Matt Shade from series debutants Marian University, Indianapolis who came in 1:39 behind Kress in 37:38.3. These two riders will go toe to toe on next week’s stage “The Hard Way Down” Which features no less than 17kms of downhill riding. Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) continued his strong season with a 3rd place finish, 14 seconds behind Shade in 37:52.1, which sees him climb to second on GC behind Kress. Kress’s teammate Volker Schneider drops to 3rd on GC with a 7th place finish (38:58.4), only two points behind Anderson.
There was no stopping Kelly Knowles (41:36.1) either, but Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) came closest to upsetting Knowles’ record so far, missing out by only 4 seconds (41:40.2). Ohlendorf is now tied for 2nd place with Rud Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish), who finished 3rd on the stage in 42:31.3. These three riders are now well clear of the rest, but whilst it looks to be a three way fight for the major honours this season, the forthcoming stages see a real shift in the stage profiles, which may bring other riders into play.
Consistently scoring big points has proved difficult in the Men’s B classification in previous seasons, but that has not been a problem for either pre-stage leader Peter Kocher (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) or Jean-Francois Filion (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville). These two riders have finished on the podium in 3 of the first 4 stages each and have a commanding over the rest of the field. Whilst they are both very evenly matched on GC, there was only one winner this week. Filion cruised to victory and took the overall lead away from Kocher with a time of 40:43.1, 22 seconds ahead of Kocher who finished 3rd in 41:05.3. The two leaders were split by David Mott (SBR Coaching, Verona; 41:02.9) whose performances continue to improve week on week and is likely to pose a threat to the top two in weeks to come. His 25 points were not however enough to see him take 3rd spot on the overall, with Peak Centre, Vancouver’s Steve Cotter climbing to 3rd with a 5th place finish on the stage (41:14.6).
Karine Meilleur (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) also followed up previous stage wins to make it 3-in-a-row with a clear victory in 48:26.5, 47 seconds clear of her nearest challenger Jane Pannell (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who secured her second podium spot of the season with a time of 49:13.0. That finish see Pannell move up to 3rd on GC, just 5 points behind teammate Louise Chamberlain (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who held onto 2nd place overall by piping Liz Hines (SBR Coaching, Verona) to 3rd on the stage by less than six seconds with a time of 49:42.8.
Milann Boudreau (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) continued his 100% record of stage wins with victory this week in 43:20.2. Whilst Bourdeau continues to pick up the points, his rivals continue to take points off each other, with both other podium spots on the stage being taken by series debutants. Willis Johnson (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) took 2nd place in 43:52.7 and Steve Harpster (Marian University, Indianapolis) finished 3rd (43:59.1). The best that 2nd and 3rd place on GC riders Richard Savage (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) and Mark Boothroyd (Peak Centre, Vancouver) could manage were 9th and 12th on the stage respectively.
Next week sees the riders fly down the valley roads in advance of the first mountain stage. With so much downhill riding there are going to be shockingly quick times. How hard can riding downhill be?
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