As in previous years, time bonuses were key in deciding the GC after the first road stage at the Joe Martin Stage Race. Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home) made his way into an 18-rider break and finished second on the stage to take the lead, while Alison Powers (Team VBF) finished third in the bunch sprint to take over the lead with two stages to go.
With no teammates in the break, Bernie Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) won the sprint to take the win after a tough 110 miles (177 km) stage. Amaran was second and Thomas Rabou (Team Type 1) was third.
Attacks started from the get-go in the men’s 92 miles (148 km) race. Early on, bad luck befelled GC leader Andrew Talansky (CalGiant). Talansky cracked his fork when he was forced off the road by a move in the peloton. Escorted by two teammates, the rider fell back to fix the problem. Going into the stage, Talansky had an 8-second lead on Ben Day (Fly V Australia) and Ben Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL).
At the front, CalGiant’s James Mattis and Day slowed the field down to wait for the leader but by the time his mechanical issues had been addressed, the pack was in full flight again with attacks driving up the pace. Did the race radio ban impact the reaction in the field? that is the question.
By the time the climb to the first feedzone was done, after 47 miles into the stage, the field was splintered with a lead group of about 30-40 riders. Out of that group, Rob Britton (BISSELL) and Francois Parisien (Spidertech) made the first attack and riders quickly bridged up, some reshuffle and a group of 20 riders were off the front. In the move were Amaran and three teammates and Jacques-Maynes with four BISSELL teammates. Also in the move were Rabou and Mike Creed (Team Type 1), Eric Boily (Spidertech) and Parisien, Nick Waite and Jim Stemper (Kenda-Geargrinders), Matty Rice and Jason Donald (OUCH-Bahati) and Sulzberger. Missing from the move were Talansky who had caught back after a long chase and Day which allowed Sulzberger to sit in.
Under the impetus of Jamis Sutter/Home and BISSELL, the gap grew to over 2 minutes but the spirited chase by CalGiant, Fly V Australia and UnitedHealthcare and a block headwind has reduced the time to 45 seconds with 12 miles to go. Riders tried to escape the break but the break came in together into Fayetteville with the gap down to 25 seconds.
After the final corner, Sulzberger kicked in the gas and passed Rabou and Amaran for the stage win. Talansky finished with the chase group.
Amaran picked up 6 seconds in time bonus to take over the lead with 13 seconds on Jacques-Maynes and 22 seconds on Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) who was also in the break. Day drops to fourth at 26 seconds and Sulzberger moves up to fifth place at 37 seconds down.
According to the race communique that came out late on Friday night, Talansky and his teammates Taberlay and Sam Pickman were fined $50 and received a 1:00 time penalty for prolonged drafting off of a vehicle. With the penalty, Talansky now sits in 40th at 1:18 down. If he had not received the penalty, Talansky would be in third on GC. CalGiant
The race continues on Saturday with the 92 mile (148 km) circuit race, which features challenging rolling hills and a fast flat finish. Once again, there are time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds on the finish line. Men start at 3:05pm. (See stage details on cheat sheet).
Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Baci) took the bunch sprint on the uphill finish ahead of Christina Gorkey-Smith (Veloforma) and Powers. Attacks flew in the women’s 69 miles (111 km) stage, from TIBCO/To The Top and Webcor Builders but nothing stuck as the block headwind pretty much brought all moves to a standstill.
The peloton was all together as they approached the 9-mile climb, 23 miles into the race and the Webcor Builders team of leader Katheryn Curi Mattis launched more attacks but again no move would go. The field then prepared itself for the bunch sprint with the Colavita/Baci and TIBCO/To The Top trains forming in the final 3 kilometers.
Vzesniauskaite was leading out her teammate Rushlee Buchanan but had great positioning coming out of the final right-hand corner into the uphill drag race to the finish that she just kept on going. Powers nabbed 4 seconds in time bonus on the finish line to take over the lead. Curi Mattis who finished fifth on the stage now sits in second spot at 5 seconds down. Alison Starnes (TIBCO/To The Top) finished fourth on the stage and remains in third on GC at 14 seconds from the leader.
The race continues on Saturday with the 69 mile circuit race, which features challenging rolling hills and a fast flat finish. Once again, there are time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds on the finish line. Women start at 11:30 am. (See stage details on cheat sheet).
Stage 2 Women Top 10 Results
1. Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Baci) 2:55:24
2. Christina Gokey-Smith (Veloforma) st
3. Alison Powers (Team VBF) st
4. Alison Starnes (TIBCO/To The Top) +0:01
5. Katheryn Curi Mattis (Webcor Builders) +0:02
6. Meredith Miller (TIBCO/To The Top) st
7. Alison Testroete (Team VBF) st
8. Anne Samplonius (Nanoblur Gears) st
9. Andrea Graus (Webcor Builders) st
10. Alisha Welsh (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) st
Women Top 10 GC after stage 2
1. Alison Powers (Team VBF) 3:04:59
2. Katheryn Curi Mattis (Webcor Builders) +0:05
3. Alison Starnes (TIBCO/To The Top) +0:14
4. Meredith Miller (TIBCO/To The Top) +0:30
5. Anne Samplonius (Nanoblur Gears) +0:31
6. Amanda Miller (TIBCO/To The Top) +0:33
7. Rushlee Buchanan (Colavita/Baci) +0:34
8. Robin Farina (Team VBF) +0:37
9. Alisha Welsh (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) +0:39
10. Kristin Sanders (Team VBF) +0:44
Stage 2 Men Top 10 Results
1. Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) 4:14:07
2. Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home) st
3. Thomas Rabou (Team Type 1) st
4. Eric Boily (Spidertech p/b Planet Energy) +0:12
5. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL) st
6. Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) st
7. Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) +0:15
8. Nick Waite (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) st
9. Matthew Rice (OUCH p/b Bahati Foundation) st
10. Jim Stemper (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) +0:18
Men Top 10 GC after stage 2
1. Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home) 4:22:08
2. Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL) +0:13
3. Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) +0:22
4. Benjamin Day (Fly V Australia) +0:26
5. Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) +0:37
6. Jason Donald (OUCH p/b Bahati Foundation) +0:38
7. Tyler Wren (Jamis/Sutter Home) +0:39
8. Francois Parisien (Spidertech p/b Planet Energy) +0:42
9. Kyle Wamsley (BISSELL) +0:45
10. Corey Collier (OUCH p/b Bahati Foundation) st
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