Gila ate up and spit out another rider – best wishes to Kris Keim who had a nasty crash in the first stage and broke her pelvis.
After launching a solo attack in the last kilometer on Stage 2, trying to setup the field sprint for his teammate, Tyler Wren (Colavita/Sutter Home) crossed the line first ahead of Phil Zajicek (Health Net-Maxxis) and Sheldan Deeny (Empire). With the main group finishing together, no changes in the GC classification after Stage 2. Ben Jacques-Maynes was in the break again today, working for his teammate Swindlehurst – a welcome change this year to have more depth and GC contenders in the Bissell team. The Tecos team rode at the front of the main field all day and set a mean tempo, what is too high? We’ll know on Sunday’s monster Gila stage.
Starting later than the men, the women faced tremendous winds, 30 to 45 mph head and crosswinds, crazy descents in the Inner Loop Road Race, stage 2 of the Tour of the Gila. Amber Rais (Tibco), Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine) and Alison Testroete (Aaron’s) formed a break early in the race, working well together to get a gap of over 4 minutes before ValueAct stepped on the gas in the main field. The trio kept it together til the end with Rais, racing with a broken rib, won the 3-up sprint. The field, including leader Leah Goldstein came in together 44 seconds later and she kept the pink leader’s jersey. ValueAct’s Sharon Allpress’ take on the stage – pink is even better.
Zirbelicious and Felicia Gomez rule the Tyrone Individual Time Trial.
Bissell put two men on the podium and shuffled the GC classification. Tom Zirbel won the ITT, putting in a time of 34:26, with second place Ben Jacques-Maynes 17 seconds slower, and Chris Wherry (Toyota-United) in third place. This puts Zirbel in the leader’s jersey, two seconds ahead Tecos Gregorio Ladino Vega. The top 7 in the GC, from 4 different teams, are separated by only 1 minute.
Canadian Felicia Gomez (Aaron’s) rode the 16.15-mile out and back course, the fastest with a time of 40:27. Leader Leah Goldstein (ValueAct) was second, at 11 seconds off the winner’s time, and Julie Beveridge (Aaron’s) was third. Goldstein increased her lead in GC to over 2 minutes over Kristin McGrath (Colavita/Sutter Home) and Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine). Gomez moved up to sixth place on GC.
“I was really focused on beating my closest competition, especially Leigh Hobson,” said Goldstein. “I was happy to see that I beat her, and increased my lead on GC; but I would have loved to win! Felicia rode a great TT.”
Men’s Top 10 GC after Stage 3
- Tom Zirbel (Bissell) 7:53:37
- Gregorio Ladino Vega (Tecos) +0:02
- Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Tecos) +0:27
- Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home) +0:39
- Justin England (Toyota-United) +0:52
- Burke Swindlehurst (Bissell) +0:54
- Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United) +0:59
- Chris Wherry (Toyota-United) +1:31
- Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) +1:37
- Bradley White (Successful Living) +1:38
Women’s Top 10 GC after Stage 3
- Leah Goldstein (ValueAct) 8:31:48
- Kristin McGrath (Colavita/Sutter Home) +2:19
- Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine) +2:27
- Marisa Asplund-Owens (Cheerwine) +3:04
- Kristin Sanders (Aaron’s) +3:12
- Felicia Gomez (Aaron’s) +3:21
- Joanne Kiesanowski (Tibco) +4:14
- Andrea Dvorak (Colavita/Sutter Home) +4:28
- Kelly McDonald (Touchstone) +4:30
- Julie Beveridge (Aaron’s) +5:54
Tomorrow is the Downtown Silver City Criterium, a 1.08 mile course on city streets, with four 90-degree corners and 80′ of climbing per lap. The GC contenders will try and stay out of trouble and wait for Sunday’s monster Gila stage.
Watch the Successful Living, Colavita/Sutter Home and Toyota-United teams to set up the sprinters in the men’s stage: Borrajo, Bazzana and Clarke respectively. In the women’s field, Tibco, Cheerwine, Proman and Metromint will be hunting for a stage win.