Donovan Wins Stage; Hughes Takes Overall At Gila

Posted on 01. May, 2011 by in race

Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link) attacked her breakmates at bottom of the final climb and not only soloed her way to the stage victory but climbed up to third on GC. Lex Albrecht (Juvederm/Specialized) tried to get across but never closed the gap and crossed the line over two minutes later to take second.  Heather Logan-Sprenger (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) led the remnants of the beak across the line for third.

Tour of the Gila - Stage 5 podium: 1st Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link), 2nd Lex Albrecht (Juvederm/Specialized), 3rd Heather Logan-Sprenger (Colavita Forno d'Asolo)

Tour of the Gila - Stage 5 podium: 1st Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link), 2nd Lex Albrecht (Juvederm/Specialized), 3rd Heather Logan-Sprenger (Colavita Forno d'Asolo)

Red jersey Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling Team) won the tactics game with Mara Abbott (Diadora/Pasta Zara) to claim the overall.  Albrecht won the U26 classification. Logan-Sprenger successfully defended her green jersey while her teammate Andrea Dvorak won the QOM classification. And Colavita/Forno d’Asolo also won the team classification.

The field splintered and re-grouped multiple times during the stage with attacks to form breaks and accelerations for the sprint and QOM points. Finally seven riders escaped. Anna Barensfeld (Missing Link), Jessica Phillips (Ajax Tavern), Lauren Tamayo (Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12), Emily Kachorek (Primal/MapMyRide), Logan-Sprenger, Albrecht and Donovan were off.

Behind, a game of cat and mouse between Abbott and Hughes, neither wanted to chase and the gap quickly swelled up to 10 minutes making Kachorek the virtual leader on the road.  At the front, the race was on for the stage win and Donovan made the first move at the bottom of the final climb to the finish line.

Nine minutes later, the field started to climb and Abbott and Dvorak got a small gap but Hughes was able to bridge up to them.  The trio stayed together and then Hughes attacked with only Dvorak able to cover the move. Dvorak crossed the finish line in 6th place over five minutes from the stage winner, Hughes followed closely and claimed her first stage race victory since her return to cycling. Certainly not her last.

Final GC podium: 1st Clara Hughes (Pactimo), 2nd Mara Abbott (Diadora/Pasta Zara), 3rd Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link)

Final GC podium: 1st Clara Hughes (Pactimo), 2nd Mara Abbott (Diadora/Pasta Zara), 3rd Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link)

Reactions.

Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link Coaching Systems). “We rotated through until about five miles before the climb but my teammate was in the breakaway and she pulled us to the base of the climb. I just tried to keep it steady because I didn’t want to totally blow up so I just rode with in myself. I was surprised to have gained so much time but I didn’t see them after the base of the climb. The goal was to try to be in the break away and we ended up with two.”

Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling Team). “I’m happy to win the overall here. I wanted to come out of this race with good form and I felt stronger and stronger every day. It is just the beginning for me, I still have a lot of work to do, but I finally go to do the Tour of the Gila. I’m really stoked to have done this race, it was a really great race and I will definitely be back.”

Heather Logan-Sprenger (Colavita Forno d’Asolo). “It was an amazing week and I didn’t expect it whatsoever. We just have such a strong team and it was fun and I think that’s what allows us to do well in the races, we work so well together. I think we are a smart team and we pick the moments to be aggressive and use our energy well.”

Top 10 Stage 5 Results
1. Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link Coaching Systems) 3:26:22
2. Lex Albrecht (Team Juvederm-Specialized) 0:02:37
3. Heather Logan-Sprenger (Colavita Forno d’Asolo) 0:04:52
4. Jessica Phillips (Team Ajax tavern) 0:04:56
5. Emily Kachorek (Primal/MapMyRide) 0:04:59
6. Andrea Dvorak (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 0:05:10
7. Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling Team)
8. Mara Abbott (Diadora-Pasta Zara Team) 0:06:09
9. Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 0:06:54
10. Lauren Tamayo (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12) 0:07:21

Top 10 Final GC
1. Clara Hughes (Pactimo Cycling Team) 13:19:15
2. Mara Abbott (Diadora-Pasta Zara Team) 0:02:52
3. Kathryn Donovan (Missing Link Coaching Systems) 0:03:15
4. Andrea Dvorak (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 0:04:47
5. Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 0:05:06
6. Emily Kachorek (Primal/MapMyRide) 0:05:49
7. Heather Logan-Sprenger (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 0:05:55
8. Rhae Shaw (CycleU) 0:06:32
9. Lex Albrecht (Team Juvederm-Specialized) 0:07:24
10. Nicole Evans (Primal/MapMyRide) 0:07:46

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