Just as last year, the Columbia-High Road dominated the second stage at the San Dimas Stage Race. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won the sprint out of the breakaway to claim her third victory of 2009 followed by the Colavita/Sutter Home duo of Cath Cheatly and Tiffany Cromwell. Columbia-High Road’s Mara Abbott who bridged to the break on the third of the eight laps kept the lead in the general classification.
Sixty-eight women lined up for the 56 miles (90 km) San Dimas Hospital Road Race where each 7-mile (11 km) included climb with a 13-percent kicker. The sprint to the Queen of the Mountain (QOM) points on the second lap, won by eventual QOM leader Alex Wrubleski (Columbia-High Road) launched the break that would stay away until the end. The break was stacked with Columbia-High Road and Colavita/Sutter Home riders as Kim Anderson (Columbia-High Road) and teammates Stacy Marple and Andrea Dvorak (Colavita/Sutter Home) also made the split. Rounding off the group were Kristen LaSasso (Kahala-LaGrange), Olivia Dillon (Touchstone), Robina Farina (ValueAct) and Metro Volkswagen duo of Casey Gale and Coryn Rivera.
And then they were 14. “On the third lap Mara [Abbott] was able to bridge across,” said Teutenberg, “so then we started working the break really hard.”
The group stayed together until the end, and there were no real attempts to get away. Wrubleski picked u the second QOM and Gale the third and final QOM points on lap 6. Columbia-High Road gobbled all the sprints points, giving the sprints to Teutenberg with a lead of 25 points over Cheatley.
“The race was a lot harder that I expected,” Teutenberg said. “the course is up and down all day with no recovery and we worked really hard in the break. By the 9th lap the hill just before the finish was getting really painful. It was a good day.”
Of note, Rivera crossed the line in fourth place riding on junior gearing as she is only 16 years old.
Abbott leads the general classification, 17 seconds ahead of her teammate Teutenberg and 32 seconds ahead of Cheatley.
Can anyone break the Columbia-High Road domination? We’ll see today in the final stage, the Incycle/Cannondale Old Town San Dimas Classic, a 55-minute criterium raced on a six-corner 1.2-mile (1.9 km) course made even trickier by the rain falling in San Dimas this morning. Will Colavita/Sutter Home risk their third spot on GC to try and get the overall? Anything is possible as there is a 20-second time bonus on the finish line and 2 HotSpot sprint points with a 10 second time bonus each. The women’s race starts at 2:25pm.
In the men’s 84-mile (135 km) San Dimas Hospital Road Race, attacks fused but no breaks would stay away. The field was bunched up in the final lap and Jelly Belly’s Philip Gaimon took a flyer in the final climb to make it across the finish line first. Bissell’s Cody O’Reilly was second and Rock Racing’s Iggy Silva was third. Ben Day (Fly V/Australia) still leads the general classification with Gaimon moved up to second spot at only 1 second back and Chris Baldwin (Rock Racing) at a further 8 seconds.
“I thought it was a stiff pace for the first 3-4 laps when Fly V didn’t want the break to go. After that it cooled off a bit till the last few laps when BMC really hit it coming into the hill and almost managed to split the field. Then it was a real fight to keep position on the hill on the last lap. I managed to get over the hill in the front 20 and then set up for the finish. I jumped hard from over 250m out and held it to the line, but the Jelly Belly just had too much of a gap.” said O’Reilly.
On the first lap of the 12 lap race, a break of about 10 riders tried their luck but to no avail. Shawn Milne on the hunt for KOM points made his way into the break and grabbed the first of the four mountain points in the race. The size of the field, over 150 riders, was another impetus for Milne to get into the break.
“The other thing motivating me was the large field,” Milne said. “It was kind of a sketchy race with so many guys (150) so I just wanted to be part of a smaller group.”
That move was caught after two or three laps of the circuit, and the story repeated itself. A trio of Frank Pipp (Bissell), Jonathan Garcia (BMC) and Dan Ramsey (Mt Khakis) gave it a shot and managed to get 20 seconds before being reeled in.
With two laps to go, BMC came to the front of the field to take advantage of the cross winds, but Jackson Stewart (BMC) who was leading the charge took a wrong turn and led some of the group off course. Teammate Jeff Louder took advantage of the situation to attack, and an attentive Day jumped on his wheel along with Baldwin and Peter Stetina (Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin).The group was caught in the descent.
in the finale, Gaimon played his cards right to take the win. Alessandro Bazzana (Fly V/Australia) leads the sprint competition by 5 points over Dan Vaillancourt (Colavita/Sutter Home).
“Overall it was the usual type of sketchy nervous race that always happens at San Dimas.” added O’Reilly.
Milne, who finished sixth on the stage, grabbed two more KOM sprints to clinch his jersey and he only needs to finish today’s stage to claim the KOM classification. “I’m feeling pretty good after going to the Vuelta Mexico,” Milne said. “Hopefully, I can keep this form rolling into Redlands.”
Bad news though as both Darren Lill (Team Type 1) and Phil Zajicek (Fly V/Australia) crashed out. According to team website, Zajicek lost lots of skin, but the wrist that was broken at AToC is okay.
Anything can happen in the final stage at San Dimas as was demonstrated last year when OUCH’s Cam Evans then riding for Symmetrics overcame a 38-second deficit to win the overall. Going into the 90-minute Incycle/Cannondale Old Town San Dimas Classic, 21 riders are separated by less than one minute in the general classification so fireworks should happen. Bissell’s Paul Mach who won the overall in the Cat 2 category last year is only 26 seconds down, Stetina is in fourth spot at 13 seconds and has 4 teammates in the top 20 to increase the pressure, BMC has 3 riders in that group with Chad Beyer in best spot at 30 seconds. One team that has been noticeably quiet is the OUCH team so they will go all out today to try and get the win. The men’s race starts at 3:25pm today.
Complete results here