Another stage, another GC leader for the men at the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic. Former New Zealand National TT Champion Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) clocked the fastest time of 17:31 in stage 3, the Courtyard by Marriott Fitchburg South Street Time Trial. He set an average speed of 30 mph over the out-and-back 8.7-mile course. In second and third place, are Fly V Australia teammates former South African Time Trial Champion Jay Thomson at 3 seconds and Darren Rolfe at 4 seconds down.
Moving into the yellow jersey is multi-time U23 Canadian National TT Champion David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit) who finished sixth on the stage at 11 seconds down. Thomson moved up to second spot at 5 seconds and Vennell now sits in third at 6 seconds.
Yellow jersey into the stage Aurélien Passeron (Garneau Club Chaussures) finished 8 seconds down but incurred a 20-second penalty for ‘Unintentional detour of the circuit constituting an advantage’ (UCI Rule 12.2.1.040.15). He now sits in fourth place. The first yellow jersey of the race, stage 1 winner Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home) was also given the same penalty.
The overall winner will be decided on the final stage, the Workers’ Credit Union Criterium raced on a 0.9-mile loop with 3 corners through historic downtown Fitchburg. Time bonuses of 10, 5 and 3 seconds are on the line at the finish. Last year, Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit) overcame a 6-second deficit to snatch the overall from leader Tom Zirbel, then riding for BISSELL. The battle starts at 3:50pm where the men race 55 laps for 50 miles.
Shanks Fastest. Alison Shanks (New Zealand National Team) was the fastest with a time of 19:57 over the same distance as the men with an average speed of 26 mph. Yellow jersey Cath Cheatley (Colavita/Baci), also of New Zealand, came in second at 12 seconds down. In third, was American Amber Rais (KUOTA Speed Kueens) at 16 seconds down.
Cheatley still leads the general classification which she took over on the first stage. Buchanan moved up to second place at 1:11 and Bron Ryan (Verducci Breakaway) is in third at 1:19.
The racing concludes on Monday with the Workers’ Credit Union Criterium where the women race 28 laps on the 0.9-mile course for 25 miles total starting at 2:30pm.
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Zach Bell (Kelly Benefit) finished 4th
Men Top 10 Stage 3 Results
1. vennell, jeremy BISSELL Pro Cycling 17:31.00
2. Thomson, Jay Fly V Australia @ 3.03
3. Rolfe, Darren Fly V Australia @ 4.05
4. Bell, Zach Kelly Benefit Strategies @ 5.00
5. O’Neill, Nathan Ouch Bahati Foundation Pro Cyc @ 7.00
6. Veilleux, David Kelly Benefit Strategies @ 11.05
7. jacques-maynes, ben BISSELL Pro Cycling @ 18.89
8. Sweeting, Robert Globalbike presented by Catoma @ 20.70
9. Amaran, Luis Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita @ 25.18
10. britton, robert BISSELL Pro Cycling @ 25.23
Men Top 10 GC After Stage 3
1. Veilleux, David Kelly Benefit Strategies 6:47:41
2. Thomson, Jay Fly V Australia @ 00:05
3. vennell, jeremy BISSELL Pro Cycling @ 00:06
4. passeron, aurelien Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy @ 00:28
5. Bell, Zach Kelly Benefit Strategies @ 00:30
6. mach, paul BISSELL Pro Cycling @ 00:36
7. Zwizanski, Scott Kelly Benefit Strategies @ 00:39
8. McCarty, Patrick Matrix/Richardson Bike Mart @ 00:45
9. Amaran, Luis Jamis Sutter Home p/b Colavita @ 00:48
10. cooke, matt Mountain Khakis @ 01:03
Women Top 10 Stage 3 Results
1. Shanks, Alison New Zealand National Team 19:57.60
2. Cheatley, Cath Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team @ 12.33
3. Rais, Amber KUOTA Speed Kueens @ 16.40
4. Buchanan, Rushlee Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team @ 34.55
5. Dillon, Olivia Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12 @ 40.44
6. Logan-Sprenger, Heat Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team @ 40.57
7. Veronneau, Kate Kutztown Cutters @ 42.68
8. Canuel, Karol Ann Specialized Mazda Samson G Con @ 44.03
9. Bilodeau, Veronique Equipe Cascades-ABC Cycles @ 47.58
10. Ryan, Bron Verducci Breakaway Racing @ 57.83
Women Top 10 GC After Stage 3
1. Cheatley, Cath Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 4:41:42
2. Buchanan, Rushlee Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team @ 01:11
3. Ryan, Bron Verducci Breakaway Racing @ 01:19
4. Shanks, Alison New Zealand National Team @ 02:12
5. Rais, Amber KUOTA Speed Kueens @ 02:18
6. Logan-Sprenger, Heather Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team @ 02:40
7. Canuel, Karol Ann Specialized Mazda Samson G Con @ 02:43
8. Veronneau, Kate Kutztown Cutters @ 02:58
9. Bilodeau, Veronique Equipe Cascades-ABC Cycles @ 03:03
10. Dillon, Olivia Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12 @ 03:08