Powers Makes It Three At Sea Otter

Posted on 22. Apr, 2012 by in race

Alison Powers (Now and Novartis for MS) is on a roll, making it three for three.  The former US time trial national champion won the time trial, stage 3 of  the Sea Otter Classic women’s stage race on Saturday afternoon. Last rider to leave the start gate, Powers caught and passed her minute-(wo)man Lauren Rowney (Specialized-lululemon) to clock the fastest time of 18 minutes and 56 seconds on the 7.8-mile (12.6km) course.

Alison Powers (Now and Novartis for MS) wins the time trial

Alison Powers (Now and Novartis for MS) wins the time trial

The only rider to break the 19 minutes barrier, Powers averaged 24.8 mph (39.929km/h) on the hilly course. Second place was her teammate Anne Samplonius at 41 seconds down, making it another 1-2 for the team. In third was Jessica Cutler (Peterson Racing p/b Spokeswomen) at 58 seconds down.

With one stage remaining, Powers leads the general classification with two minutes and three seconds on her teammate Olivia Dillon. Cutler moved up to third, a further 15 seconds down while Rowney dropped three spots to fifth place. Swiss National Champion Pascale Schnider (Exergy Twenty12) is in fourth place at one minute down.

The four-day event concludes on Sunday with the circuit race held on the Laguna Seca racetrack. Each 2.2-mile lap includes a challenging 300-foot climb and the descent down the Corkscrew. The women start at 10:15 and race 17 laps (or two hours). Follow along on @podium_live for all the updates.

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