Cheatley, Borrajo Take Fitchburg Longsjo Opener

Posted on 02. Jul, 2010 by in race

By a whisker.   On one side you had Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) sprinting out of a break, on the other Charles Dionne (Fly V Australia) sprinting out of the pack that had chased down the break.  The location, the final uphill dash to the finish line of the 74-mile stage 1 of the Firtchburg-Longsjo Classic, the Fitchburg State College Circuit Race.  To the naked eye, the pair crossed the line together, and both raised their hands but after a look at the photo finish, Borrajo was the winner, by four-tenths of a second, ahead of Dionne.  (Check out video of the finish)

Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) wins stage 1 by centimeters. Charles Dionne (Fly V Australia) 2nd - photo c Eric Goodwin, Burnham Racing

Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) wins stage 1 by centimers. Charles Dionne (Fly V Australia) 2nd

Aurelien Passeron (Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy) finished third, David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit) fourth, both with the same time. Shaun McCarthy (Garneau Club Chaussures) led the field in three seconds later for fifth place.

The 24-lap race started off aggressively with no team taking control and everyone trying to make something happen. Kelly Benefit, BISSELL, Fly V Australia, BikeReg.com/Cannondale, Kenda p/b GearGrinder and more all sent riders up the road but nothing stuck.

After ten weeks away due to injury Tim Johnson (UnitedHealthcare) is racing again - photo c Eric Goodwin, Burnham Racing

After ten weeks away due to injury Tim Johnson (UnitedHealthcare) is racing again - photo c Eric Goodwin, Burnham Racing

During this period a battle was on for the points. Phil Zajicek (Fly V Australia) took the first one at 20 laps to go, Matt Cooke (Mt Khakis f/b Jittery Joe’s) was first at 15 laps to go, then Joseph Dombrowski (Haymarket Bicycles/HomeVisit) at 10 to go and Matteo Dal-Cin (Rocky Mountain/ CIBC) at 8 to go.

Finally, with 6 laps to go, a group of 7 was off the front which quickly swelled to 14 riders. The break included Veilleux, Ryan Anderson and Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit), Ben Jacques-Maynes and Paul Mach (BISSELL), Zajicek and Darren Lill (Fly V Australia), Borrajo and Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home) and Mike Margarite (AXA Equitable Cycling Team/CRCA).

With 5 to go, the gap was holding at 20 seconds, it looked promising but with no everyone working and with the field chasing hard the catch was made on the final turn before the finish and the drag race was on.

With one lap to go, Jamis/Sutter Home and Fly V Australia masses at the front - photo c Eric Goodwin, Burnham Racing

With one lap to go, Jamis/Sutter Home and Fly V Australia masses at the front - photo c Eric Goodwin, Burnham Racing

Margarite took two of the sprints, at 6 to go and 4 to go which was enough to put him in the lead of the points competition and wearer of the green jersey with 50 points ahead of Cooke.

Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit) in the pack - photo c Eric Goodwin, Burnham Racing

Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit) in the pack - photo c Eric Goodwin, Burnham Racing

The race continues on Saturday with the challenging Wachusett Mountain Road Race, a grueling 11-mile course through the town of Princeton. The pro men will do 9 laps for 98 miles. Expect the leader’s jersey to change hands again with a tight GC. Both Veilleux and Dionne are on good form following the Canadian Championships, previous winner Shawn Milne (Team Type 1) sits in 7th at 13 seconds down, BISSELL was very active, and on and on, yep the battle is on.

Colavita/Baci. All eyes were on the Colavita/Baci team, the strongest squad in the women’s field, and they delivered. Coming around her teammates, Cath Cheatley powered up the final climb to take the win in the 34-mile stage, a bike length ahead of Joanie Caron (Nanoblur-Gears). Erica Allar, guest-riding for Team Kenda finished third.

In a break from racing in Europe, Amber Rais (KUOTA Speed Kueens) was fourth and Lex Albrecht (Equipe Cascades-ABC Cycles) fifth.

Attacks were tried, with Alison Shanks (New Zealand National Team), Rachel Warner (BMW-Bianchi) trying their luck but Colavita/Baci was either represented or shut it down fast. With 6 laps to go in the 11-lap race, Cheatley’s squad started ramping up the pace to set up for the final sprint.

Not only did the team win the yellow jersey but Kelly Benjamin (Colavita/Baci) leads the points competition and will wear the green jersey. Benjamin won two of the sprints and finished second in a third one to get 65 points, a 20-point lead on her teammate Cheatley who sits in second.

On Saturday, the riders tackle the challenging Wachusett Mountain Road Race, a grueling 11-mile course through the town of Princeton. Starting at 12:42pm at the base of Wachusett Mountain, the women will race 6 laps for 64 miles.

Men Top 10 Stage Results
1. Borrajo, Alejandro Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita 2:35:25
2. Dionne, Charles Fly V Australia st
3. passeron, aurelien Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy st
4. Veilleux, David Kelly Benefit Strategies st
5. McCarthy, Shaun Garneau Club Chaussures @ 3
6. Thomson, Jay Fly V Australia st
7. Milne, Shawn Team Type 1 ”
8. Keough, Luke BikeReg.com / Cannondale ”
9. Page, Jonathan Team Planet Bike ”
10. Bowman, Dan Kelly Benefit Strategies ”

Men Top 10 GC After Stage 1
1. Borrajo, Alejandro Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita 2:35:15
2. Dionne, Charles Fly V Australia @ 00:04
3. passeron, aurelien Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy @ 00:06
4. Veilleux, David Kelly Benefit Strategies @ 00:10
5. McCarthy, Shaun Garneau Club Chaussures @ 00:13
6. Thomson, Jay Fly V Australia st
7. Milne, Shawn Team Type 1 ”
8. Keough, Luke BikeReg.com / Cannondale ”
9. Page, Jonathan Team Planet Bike ”
10. Bowman, Dan Kelly Benefit Strategies ”

Women Top 10 Stage Results
1. Cheatley, Cath Colavita/Baci presented by Coo 1:21:23
2. Caron, Joanie Team Nanoblur-Gears st
3. Allar, Erica Team Kenda @3
4. Rais, Amber KUOTA Speed Kueens @ 5
5. Albrecht, Lex Equipe Cascades-ABC Cycles st
6. Filiberti, Arielle Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus @ 7
7. Bussell, Cara Bussel TriSports cycling/eclipse raci st
8. Buerkle, Patty Fruit 66 – Artemis ”
9. Dillon, Olivia Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12 ”
10. Stacher, Ally Webcor Builders Cycling Team ”

Women Top 10 GC After Stage 1
1. Cheatley, Cath Colavita/Baci presented by Coo 1:21:13 @ 00:00
2. Caron, Joanie Team Nanoblur-Gears @ 00:04
3. Allar, Erica Team Kenda @ 00:09
4. Rais, Amber KUOTA Speed Kueens @ 00:15
5. Albrecht, Lex Equipe Cascades-ABC Cycles st
6. Filiberti, Arielle Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus @ 00:17
7. Bussell, Cara Bussell TriSports cycling/eclipse raci st
8. Buerkle, Patty Fruit 66 – Artemis ”
9. Dillon, Olivia Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12 ”
10. Stacher, Ally Webcor Builders Cycling Team “

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One Response to “Cheatley, Borrajo Take Fitchburg Longsjo Opener”

  1. Nikki

    04. Jul, 2010

    I loved Eric’s pic of TJ! It was great seeing him out there enjoying the racing again. :-)