Starnes, Vennell easily win the Merced Boosters Time Trial

Posted on 04. Mar, 2011 by in race

On a relatively flat 12 mile course, Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) and Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL Pro Cycling) both easily powered to win the time trial stage of the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic. The course included a long hill that proved to be a challenge for most of the riders. Both Starnes and Vennell used the hill to gain time on their competitors.

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Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter TWENTY12) smokes the field

Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter TWENTY12) smokes the field

With the stage win, Starnes was able to overtake Amanda Miller (HTC Highroad) and became the new GC leader. Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling) finished in second place and Pascale Maria Schnider (RED Racing) in third. Miller remains the leader in the Under-26 classification.

Vennell’s win secured yet another all BISSELL Pro Cycling podium. In second was teammate Andy Jacques-Maynes and in third was Ben Jacques-Maynes. With his win, Ben Jacques-Maynes will ride with the GC leader’s jersey in tomorrow’s Downtown Grand Prix.

With his 1th place, CalGiant’s John Bennett remains in the Under-25 white jersey.

Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) sets fastest time

Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) sets fastest time

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Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12). “The course was pretty straight forward…out and back. It was relatively flat with some rollers. It was a pretty steady effort with no recovery. I knew it was going to hurt regardless. It was a pure power course….a beautiful course. It had a nice pavement…very straightforward. I honestly never had such fast equipment before. Pearl Izumi got us these skin suits, which are legitimately the fastest skin suits and my bike had these incredible Zipp wheels. I never sliced through the air like that before. It was an incredible feeling. I felt pretty confident and fast coming to the finish line. I felt really good and in a lot of pain.”

When asked about being the new GC leader. “I really don’t feel like I am leading this stage race right now. I feel like my team is leading the race. I had eight of the strongest women in the field helping me and protecting me yesterday. Some of our riders are very strong TT’ers and they sacrificed themselves for me. They had confidence in me and I have never been so humbled by the power of my team.”

Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL) “The course felt really tough….really challenging. There was no real wind factor. The hills were not too steep but very long. That’s where you pick up the time. It was a nice course today. I hoped I might of won but I was not sure because I did not feel too fast. I put my head down the last 3km and powered it. I knew I went fast but I also knew that my teammates are very good TT’ers. Having an all BISSELL podium is such a great way to start the year.”

Men’s Pro 1/2 Top 10 (Complete Results)
1 Jeremy Vennell   (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 24:47.2
2 Andy Jacques-Maynes  (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 24:56.1
3 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes   (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 25:07.7
4 Jay Thomson  (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 25:08.8
5 Nathaniel English  (Yahoo! Cycling Team) 25:08.9
6 Frank Pipp  (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 25:12.4
7 Robert Britton   (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 25:19.2
8 Justin Rossi  (Marc Pro – Strava) 25:19.9
9 Michael Mathis  (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com) 25:22.9
10 Roman Kilun   (Kenda 5 Hour Energy P/B GearGrinder) 25:34.6

Women’s Pro 1/2/3 Top 10 (Complete Results)
1 Alison Starnes  (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 26:38.6
2 Molly Van Houweling  (Metromint Cycling) 27:54.0
3 Pascale Maria Schnider  (RED Racing) 27:59.2
4 Ina-yoko Teutenberg  (Team HTC-Highroad) 28:04.4
5 Kristin McGrath  (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 28:07.8
6 Lauren Tamayo   (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 28:23.9
7 Olivia Dillon  (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 28:53.0
8 Elizabeth Newell  (Fremont Bank Cycling Team) 28:59.4
9 Amanda Miller  29:06.5 Team HTC-Highroad
10 Jane Despas   (Yahoo! Cycling Team) 29:10.1

Men’s Pro 1/2 Top 10 GC After Stage 2
1 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 3.49’06″
2 Robert Britton (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 8″
3 Jay Thomson (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 15″
4 Paul Mach (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 30″
5 John Bennett (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) 50″
6 Julian Kyer (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) 2’21″
7 Andy Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 5’56″
8 Frank K Pipp (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 6’12″
9 Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 7’25″
10 Sam Bassetti (Firefighters Cycling ) 7’38″

Women’s Pro 1/2/3 Top 10 GC After Stage 2
1 Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter &Co. TWENTY12) 3.12’07″
2 Kristin Mcgrath (Peanut Butter &Co. TWENTY12) 1’38″
3 Pascale Schnider (Maria RED Racing) 1’45″
4 Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling ) 2’19″
5 Amanda Miller (Team HTC-Highroad ) 2’20″
6 Tayler Wiles (Peanut Butter &) 2’41″
7 Carmen Small (Team TIBCO/To The Top) 2’58″
8 Elizabeth Newell (Fremont Bank Cycling) 3’07″
9 Emily Kachorek (Primal/ Map My Ride) 3’08″
10 Olivia Dillon (Peanut Butter &Co. TWENTY12) 3’12″

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