Few changes at the top as the leaders negotiate tough downhill stage
Women’s B classification Leaders: Overall – Louise Chamberlain, Mountains – Kelly Knowles, Points – Renee Brickner
Going into stage 9 few could predict how the stage was going to ride; would the sharp climbs in the second half of the course catch out the heavier riders? Were the downhill sections long enough to distance the climbers? And whilst the margin of victory was small, in the end the overall winner was easy enough to predict; the rider with shorter odds in the Peak Centre Indoor racing Series than Peter Sagan ahead of Milano-San Remo – Dwayne Kress (Challenge by Choice, Squamish). Kress continues his perfect season with stage win number 9 in 35:22.1 to extend his overall lead beyond 100 points ahead of his teammate Volker Schneider in second. However, despite this dominance this was the closest stage finish of the season with Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) yet again proving himself to be the rider most likely to break Kress’ winning streak. Anderson finished only 10 seconds down on the stage in 35:32.7 coming agonisingly close to a memorable win. With plans afoot for a Team Time Trial at the end of the season SBR Coaching seem to be well placed to take the fight to pre-race favourites Challenge by Choice, and this was evidenced by the presence of a second SBR rider on the podium. Curtis Bice will not be able to fight for overall honours this season, but he made it two podium finishes out of two with third this week in 36:01.5 to follow up his 2nd place finish on stage 7.
The two-way battle for the title in the women’s competition continued this week, with leader Rua Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) and second placed overall Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) finishing first and second on the stage. Since securing her first stage win on stage 7, Read has not looked back and made it three in a row this week winning by a clear margin of 45 seconds in 39:34.7 to extend her lead to 8 points. Knowles’ second place finish in 40:19.4 keeps the overall race alive, and the Best Climber competition leader will look to take advantage of the steep slopes in the next two stages to build a lead heading into the final time trial where she has almost a 90 second deficit on Read to make up. Beyond the leading pair, Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) is finishing the season strongly taking 3rd on the stage in 41:12.9 to close the gap on 3rd place rider overall Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) to just 4 points. It looks as though there is to be a grandstand finale to the season in the women’s competition this season.
Overall leader in the Men’s B classification Peter Kocher (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) did not have the best of weeks this week finishing 12th, but his commanding lead remains pretty much unchanged as his closest rival David Mott (SBR Coaching, Verona) could only manage 8th. Instead, it was the other riders in the top ten who took the stage honours with Grant Wilburn (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) making it two stage wins in a row with a time of 37:15.0 to continue his ascent up the leader board. Second place went to 9th place rider Pat Donnelly (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) in 37:42.8 who continues to improve as the season goes by. It wasn’t totally static at the top of the standings however as Grant Harding’s 3rd place finish on the stage in 38:16.0 sees him climb above Brent Rosvald (Ascent Performance Lab, Canmore) into 4th spot and Jean Francois Filion (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) climbs above Mott into second place overall with a 4th place finish on the stage.
This week’s stage breaks the tie at the top of the women’s B classification between Challenge by Choice riders Jane Pannell and Louise Chamberlain with Chamberlain’s 3rd place on the stage in 45:12.1 enough to give her the lead outright with a 5 point advantage over Pannell who finished 5th. The times were very tight on the stage, and in the end Challenge by Choice were denied the stage win by two seconds by Chris Cox (Peak Centre, Vancouver) who takes her first stage win in only her second stage. Cox finished in 44:39.5, two seconds ahead of stage 6 winner Mary Betts (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who was second in 44:41.1. Karine Meilleur (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) continues to be a thorn in the Challenge by Choice riders’ sides holding onto 3rd place on the podium with 150 points.
Some of the Men’s C classification will certainly be bidding for glory in the B classification in seasons to come, with some incredibly strong rides on this week’s stage. Ron Schneider (SBR Coaching, Verona) has improved his stage placing week-on-week and made the step up to the top step of the podium this week winning the stage with a time of 39:45.7. He finished ahead of a pair of Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite riders in second and third. Steve Turgeon (39:55.5) finished just 4 seconds ahead of his teammate Patrick Poirier (39:59.7). 2nd placed overall Jeremy Kehoe (The Bike Hub, Norwich) was fourth on the stage, just outside of the 40 minute mark, finishing in 40:03.1. The 7 seconds he had in hand over GC leader Richard Savage (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) were enough to close the gap by 2 points to 16 points with Savage scoring highly in 5th with a time of 40:10.9. Mark Boothroyd (Peak Centre, Vancouver) remains in third overall.
We enter the final phase of the season with stage 10: “Breaking Away”. Two super-steep climbs early in the stage will encourage riders to try their hand and build a lead early on. However, once the riders crest the second of these climbs there is a 13 km pan-flat run to the final climb of the day, and those who have burned too many matches early on will be reeled in by the powerhouses on a relentlessly tough stage.
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