Passeron attacks. Frenchman Aurélien Passeron (Garneau Club Chaussures) attacked a large breakaway group in the final mile and a half of the 98-mile Wachusett Mountain Road Race to solo to victory in stage 2 of the Fitchburg Lonsjo Classic. David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit) finished second at 16 seconds back and Paul Mach (BISSELL) was third at 18 sec, giving Mach his first NRC podium.
With his win and time bonus at the finish line, Passeron is the new leader with 21 seconds on Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) and 24 seconds on Veilleux going into stage 3, the time trial.
Some might be surprised by Passeron’s win, racing for the first time in North America this year. But the 26-year old has won a stage in the Giro della Toscana in 2006, the Vuelta Ciclista a Burgos in 2007, and started the Tour de France in 2008 with Saunier-Duval.
About halfway through the 9-lap race, Mach put in an attack that created a separation in the field and 26 riders were off the front. Riders in the leadgroup included Mach’s teammates Jeremy Vennell and Kyle Wamsley, Veilleux and 3 teammates Dan Bowman, Scott Zwizanski and Zach Bell, Borrajo with teammates Luis Amaran, Tyler Wren and Andy Guptill, Passeron and his teammate Jean-Sebastien Perron, Darren Lill and Jay Thomson (both of Fly V Australia), Matt Cooke (Mt Khakis f/b Jittery Joe’s), Nick Waite (Kenda p/b GearGrinder), Joe Dombrowski (Haymarket) and Jonathan Page (Planet Bike).
Multiple attacks on the final lap as teammates were all trying to set up their main GC contender but nothing stuck on the 11-mile lap through the town of Princeton with a climb to the start/finish line. Well nothing stuck until Passeron made his winning move.
Green jersey Cooke increased his lead in the points competition winning 6 sprints and finished second in another one. He now has a commanding lead of 130 points on Wren.
The overall winner should come from a rider that made the lead group with the field coming in minutes behind. Stage 3, the 8.7-mile Courtyard by Marriott Fitchburg South Street Time Trial should narrow the contenders even more. Last year, Zwizanski, Veilleux and Bell came in 2rd, 3rd and 4th on the stage which opened up the race. And Amaran was 30 seconds slower that Zwizanski. Will history repeat itself? The riders will be off at 30-second interval with the first rider off at 2:00pm EST.
Colavita/Baci domination continues. The field stayed together throughout the first 5 laps of the 6 laps of the challenging Wachusett Mountain Road Race, a 11-mile course through the town of Princeton. Three riders, yellow jersey Cath Cheatley and her Colavita/Baci teammate Rushlee Buchanan and Bron Ryan (Verducci Breakaway Racing) broke away from the field.
The trio worked well together until the final 2 miles when the games started on the final climb. Buchanan attacked forcing Ryan to cover while Cheatley hung back. With half a mile left, Cheatley put her head down and came around both riders to charge to the line for a back-to-back win. Ryan was second at 12 seconds and Buchanan third at 25 seconds.
Anna McLoon (Team Kenda) won the field sprint for fourth place.
Though struggling by the finish, Kelly Benjamin (Colavita/Baci) won two of the sprints and keeps the green jersey. She leads the points competition with 115 points, 5 points ahead of Cheatley.
Will Colavita/Baci make it 3-for-3 in the 8.7-mile Courtyard by Marriott Fitchburg South Street Time Trial? We’ll know tomorrow.
Men Top 10 Stage 2 Results
1. passeron, aurelien Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy 3:54:23
2. Veilleux, David Kelly Benefit Strategies @ 16
3. mach, paul BISSELL Pro Cycling @ 18
4. Guptill, Andrew Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita st
5. Borrajo, Alejandro Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita ”
6. McCarty, Patrick Matrix/Richardson Bike Mart @ 21
7. Wren, Tyler Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita st
8. Thomson, Jay Fly V Australia ”
9. cooke, matt Mountain Khakis @ 24
10. Hurst, Peter AXA Equitable Cycling Team/CRC @ 25
Men Top 10 GC After Stage 2
1. passeron, aurelien Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy 6:29:35
2. Borrajo, Alejandro Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita @ 00:21
3. Veilleux, David Kelly Benefit Strategies @ 00:24
4. mach, paul BISSELL Pro Cycling @ 00:30
5. Guptill, Andrew Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita @ 00:34
6. Thomson, Jay Fly V Australia @ 00:37
7. McCarty, Patrick Matrix/Richardson Bike Mart st
8. Wren, Tyler Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita ”
9. cooke, matt Mountain Khakis @ 00:40
10. Page, Jonathan Team Planet Bike @ 00:41
Women Top 10 Stage 2 Results
1. Cheatley, Cath Colavita/Baci presented by Coo 3:00:30
2. Ryan, Bron Verducci Breakaway Racing @ 12
3. Buchanan, Rushlee Colavita/Baci presented by Coo @ 25
4. McLoon, Anna Team Kenda @ 1:44
5. Logan-Sprenger, Heat Colavita/Baci presented by Coo st
6. Albrecht, Lex Equipe Cascades-ABC Cycles ”
7. Canuel, Karol Ann Specialized Mazda Samson G Con ”
8. Stacher, Ally Webcor Builders Cycling Team @ 1:48
9. McCaughey, Laura BMW-Bianchi ”
10. Dvorak, Andrea Colavita/Baci presented by Coo ”
Women Top 10 GC After Stage 2
1. Cheatley, Cath Colavita/Baci presented by Coo 4:21:33
2. Ryan, Bron Verducci Breakaway Racing @ 00:33
3. Buchanan, Rushlee Colavita/Baci presented by Coo @ 00:48
4. Allar, Erica Team Kenda @ 02:07
5. Albrecht, Lex Equipe Cascades-ABC Cycles @ 02:09
6. McLoon, Anna Team Kenda @ 02:11
7T. Logan-Sprenger, Heather Colavita/Baci presented by Coo st
8T. Canuel, Karol Ann Specialized Mazda Samson G Con
9. Rais, Amber KUOTA Speed Kueens @ 02:13
10. Stacher, Ally Webcor Builders Cycling Team @ 02:15