After over four hours in the saddle and over 5,400 feet of climbing, Colavita/Sutter Home pulled out another bunch sprint, this time with Sebastian Haedo crossing the line first, with the Health Net-Maxxis duo Rory Sutherland and John Murphy breathing down his neck.
By finishing second in Stage 2 of the Joe Martin stage race, Sutherland gained an extra 10 seconds of bonus time to increase his lead to 20 seconds in the GC competition.
The Health Net-Maxxis team had to expand a lot of energy chasing down 3 breaks during the race with the last attack happening in the last miles of the race. We’ll know on Saturday’s 92-mile (148 km) road race if it was too much energy for the Health Net team.
The women faced over 3,500 feet of climbing and the same finishing straight with an 6% uphill grade over the last 350 meters as the men. Sprinting powerhouse Laura Van gilder (Cheerwine) outsprinted her teammate Catherine Cheatley and Bri Kovac (Team Revolution) to take the win.
With her second place finish and 10 bonus seconds, Cheatley is now the new leader going into the third stage.
Team Revo..who? In yesterday’s prologue, Sydney Brown finished seventh, 29 seconds slower than the winner, and today Bri Kovac finished third. Let’s take a closer look at Team Revolution.
Team Revolution is a women’s-only cycling education and advocacy group, and includes a professional cycling team and a development team. It was established and is run by a dedicated (underpaid) group of local female cyclists promoting every level of women’s cycling in the Midwest.
Sydney Brown is a cat 2 Road & Cross rider who started racing in July ‘06. Bri Kovac is a cat 1 racer on the road and track.
Team Revolution’s goal is to create a resource and network for women to explore and discover what cycling is all about. They offer weekly rides, training advice, seasonal and targeted educational clinics. In 2007, Team Revolution went from two club members to 54, and their race team traveled 11 states to participate in 47 races.
Good luck to Team Revolution.
Full Joe Martin results here.