MacGregor wins stage; Wamsley takes over lead; Cheatley wins stage and takes over GC in stage 2 of Fitchburg Longsjo
Ian MacGregor (Team Type 1) won Stage 2, the 104 miles (167 km) Wachusett Mountain Road Race of the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic ahead of Kyle Wamsley (Colavita/Sutter Home) and Teddy King (Bissell). With time bonuses for the first 3 to cross the finish line (of 10, 5 and 3 seconds respectively), Wamsley takes over the general classification, five seconds ahead of Justin Spinelli (Kelly Benefit/Medifast) and seven seconds ahead of King.
A duo made of 2006 Fitchburg Classic winner Shawn Milne (Team Type 1) and Stefan Rothe (Marx & Bensdorf/Tristar) escaped the field early on and managed a gap create a gap of more than five minutes before Rothe flatted, and Milne was off on his own. The field led by the Bissell and Colavita/Sutter Home teams chased and caught the lone escapee with 3 laps to go in the 9 laps race. Milne did rack up a substantial lead in the points jersey for his efforts.
Only a small number of riders remained together at the bottom of the 1.5-mile (3 km) climb to the finish at the Wachusett Mountain ski resort. MacGregor and Wamsley dragged race to the top catching and passing King in the final 100 meters.
Catherine Cheatley (Cheerwine) powered to the line 19 seconds ahead of leader Kristin McGrath (Colavita/Sutter Home) and 23 seconds ahead of Kathleen Billington (Connecticut Coast Cycling) to take the second stage, the 69 miles (111 km) Wachusett Mountain Road Race. Adding the time bonus put Cheatley in the leader’s jersey, 19 seconds ahead of McGrath and 1:27 ahead of Billington.
Great weekend for Cheatley as she had just heard that she will be representing her country New Zealand at the summer Olympic Games in Beijing for the track events.
Unfortunately, according to cyclingnews, race officials stopped the field to come to a complete stop multiple times to allow other categories to pass, and it seems to have stopped a break being formed. Not good.
In the final lap, and in the final 2k, the Cheerwine team launched repeated attacks that forced McGrath and her team to chase and Cheatley was the fastest to climb to the finish.
Carla Swart (Team Kenda Tire) leads the points classification.
Stage 3, is the Fitchburg State College Circuit Race, a 3.1-mile (5 km) loop with approximately 100 ft. of climbing per lap. The pro women do 11 laps or 34 miles (55 km), and the pro men race over 24 laps or 75 miles (121 km).
Slideshow from Telegram.com with an audio interview of Bissell’s Teddy King
Full results here.