The 33rd edition of the Joe Martin Stage Race opened up with the 2.5 miles (4 km) time trial earlier today in Northwest Arkansas. Riders were greeted by sunshine, warm temperatures in the 80s and tailwinds.
U25 sensation at the SRAM Tour of the Gila Andrew Talansky (California Giant Specialized) blitzed the course stopping the clock at 7:54.43, making him the only rider to break the 8-minute barrier. With tailwinds on the uphill course, Talansky set a new course record besting last year’s time of 8:03.
Ben Day (Fly V Australia) is second at 8 seconds down, and Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL) is third also at 8 seconds. Only 22 hundreds of a second separate the two Bens.
Twentieth rider to start, Tyler Wren (Jamis/Sutter Home) set the early fast time of 8:15 which put him on the hot seat until Talansky, the 112th rider to start bested his time. Then it was Talansky’s turn to stay in the hot seat for the next 40 riders.
The race bible set a time cut of 25% but it seems that time cuts were not enforced.
With only four teammates and time bonuses on the line tomorrow of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, Talansky will have his work cut out for him to keep the lead and will be looking for alliances. The race continues on Friday with the 110 miles (177 km) point-to-point road stage which includes 5,300 feet of climbing and a finishing straight with a 6% uphill grade over the last 350 meters.
Katheryn Curi Mattis (Webcor Builders) set the fastest time in the Pro Women’s race of 9:38. Defending champion Alison Powers (Team VBF) was second at less than one second down and Alison Starnes (TIBCO/To The Top) third at 10 seconds.
Battle is on in the women’s race too. Mattis, not known for her sprint finishes, will also have her work cut out to defend against Team VBF with 2 riders in the top 10 and TIBCO/To The Top with 3 riders in top 10. Race continues on Friday with the 64 miles (103 km) stage with 3,500 feet of climbing.
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Men Top 10 Stage Results
1. Andrew Talansky (CalGiant) 7:54.43
2. Ben Day (Fly V Australia) +0:07.6
3. Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL) +0:07.8
4. Luis Romero Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home pb Colavita) +0:12.6
5. Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) +0:14.3
6. Sid Taberlay (California Giant Berry Farms) +0:14.4
7. Tyler Wren (Jamis/Sutter Home pb Colavita) +0:21.1
8. Kyle Wamsley (BISSELL) +0:27.3
9. Corey Collier (OUCH Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team) +0:27.3
10. Jason Donald (OUCH Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team) +0:27.3
Women Top 10 Stage Results
1. Katheryn Curi Mattis (Webcor) 9:38.76
2. Alison Powers (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) +0:00.8
3. Alison Starnes (TIBCO/ To the Top) +0:10.1
4. Meredith Miller (TIBCO/ To the Top) +0:25.0
5. Anne Samplonius (Team Nanoblur-Gears) +0:25.8
6. Amanda Miller (TIBCO/ To the Top) +0:27.9
7. Rushlee Buchanan (Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team) +0:28.9
8. Robin Farina (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) +0:31.7
9. Alisha Welsh (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) +0:34.1
10. Patricia Schwager (biketiresdirect.com) +0:36.9