Wilcoxson, Mancebo Win Overall At Joe Martin

Posted on 29. Apr, 2012 by in race

There is nothing easy about the final crit of the Joe Martin Stage Race, the technical course in downtown Fayetteville with its uphill three-block climb to the finish has seen upsets in the past, the last one only last year in the men’s race.

The Optum Pro Cycling-KBS women’s team dominated the Joe Martin Stage Race, winning three of the four stages and claiming all the jerseys. Though women’s race did see a change of GC leader but the pink jersey moved from one teamamte to another. Jade Wilcoxson (Optum-KBS) solo’ed herself right into the overall win when she crossed the line with on 28 second lead on second place Maria Calle Williams (Colombian National Team). Lauren Hall (TIBCO) crossed the line ten seconds later for third.

GC leader into the stage Carmen Small (Optum-KBS) was fifth and dropped to second place overall behind her teammate Wilcoxson. Kathryn Donovan (FCS|Rouse) was third overall. Emma Grant won the white best young rider, Wilcoxson, the green sprint jersey and as expected their squad. Optum-KBS, won the best team classification.

All yellow jersey Francisco Mancebo (CompetitiveCyclist) had to do was finish with the same time as the stage winner and he would win the first NRC race for the team this year. But that’s much easier said than done, with memories of last year delivered non-stop attacking in the race. In 2011, Mancebo and his squad were not able to survive the onslaught and ultimately lost the overall victory to Frank Pipp (BISSELL).

The attacks started immediately and never stopped, with a few riders making it off the front of the field patrolled by Mancebo and his teammates. Riders were falling off the back lap after lap with bombs exploding at the front causing Mancebo to lose teammates with 13 laps to go. With 10 laps to go, Pipp bridged up to Stefano Barbieri (CashCall Mortgage) but the duo was reeled in two laps later. With six to go, Phil Gaimon (Kenda/5-Hour Energy) was off on a solo flyer, building a gap of around 15 seconds and alarm bells were ringing in the field.

After crashing in the final kilometers in yesterday’s stage, Bissell was looking for that stage win and so put in riders to help in the chase. The catch was made with two to go and the decimated field, of around 40 riders, prepared for the bunch sprint. US Pro Criterium Champion Eric Young (Bissell) took the win ahead of Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing) and Shawn Milne (Kenda/5-Hour Energy).  Mancebo crossed the line in fifth with the same time.

Mancebo and his team successfully defended his GC lead.Milne finished second overall, at 14 seconds and Mancebo’s teammate Cesar Grajales was third at 18 seconds.  Milne won the green sprint jersey while Joseph Schmalz (Elbowz) took home the best young rider jersey, his second this year after San Dimas Stage Race. CompetitiveCyclist also took home the overall in the team classification.

Many of the teams will battle it out again at the SRAM Tour of the Gila starting Wednesday.

Report crowd-sourced from tweets from @r_heal, @BissellCyling, @MercuryCycling, @Cashcallcycling and @otrmgt .

Top 10 Women Stage 4 Results (Complete Results)
1. Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 54:52
2. Maria Calle Williams (Colombian National Team) +0:28
3. Lauren Hall (Team TIBCO) +0:38
4. Emma Grant (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +0:40
5. Carmen Small (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +0:42
6. Kathryn Donovn (FCS|Rouse p/b Mr Restore) +0:48
7. Anna Sanders (FCS|Rouse p/b Mr Restore) +0:57
8. Amanda Miller (Team TIBCO) +3:18
9. Lex Albrecht (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
10. Jessica Prinner (Hotter’N Hell Hundred)

Top 10 Women Final GC (Complete Results)
1. Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 6:40:59
2. Carmen Small (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +00:02
3. Kathryn Donovn (FCS|Rouse p/b Mr Restore) +00:12
4. Maria Calle Williams (Colombian National Team) +01:54
5. Anna Sanders (FCS|Rouse p/b Mr Restore) +02:51
6. Emma Grant (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +02:52
7. Courteney Lowe (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +04:26
8. Amanda Miller (Team TIBCO) +05:02
9. Lex Albrecht (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +05:22
10. Katherine Williams (Team Belladium) +06:00

Top 10 Men Stage 4 Results (Complete Results)
1. Eric Young (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 1:23:19
2. Eric Marcotte (ELBOWZ Racing)
3. Shawn Milne (Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinder)
4. Logan Loader (Team Exergy)
5. Francisco Mancebo ( Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)
6. Andy Jacques-Maynes (Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinder)
7. Steve Fisher (Hagens Berman Cycling)
8. Chris Winn (Horizon Organic/Panache Devo)
9. Marsh Cooper (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
10. AJ Meyer (BMC-Hincapie Development)

Top 10 Men Final GC Results (Complete Results)
1. Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team)
2. Shawn Milne (Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinder) +00:14
3. Cesar Grajales (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) +00:18
4. Sebastian Salas (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +00:20
5. Jeremy Vennell (BISSELL Pro Cycling) +00:22
6. Andres Diaz Corales (Team Exergy) +00:24
7. Joseph Schmalz (ELBOWZ Racing) +00:25
8. Morgan Schmitt (Team Exergy)
9. Juan Esteban Arango (Colombian National Team) +00:27
10. Marsh Cooper (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +00:30

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