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VeloNews Q&A: Lyne Bessette

She came to Redlands in top form, ready to act as team leader for the Saturn-Timex women's team in North America's road season opener. But on the second stage of the six-day event, Bessette gave a strong lead out to teammate Ina Teutenberg who then crashed at the line in front of her. Teutenberg suffered some serious cuts to her face, requiring 32 stitches. Bessette, meanwhile, broke her collarbone, putting a temporary halt to what could still be a very productive season. We had a chance to chat with Bessette at the side of the road during the Sunset Road Race, the final stage at

Looking forward to a successful season — after she heals

Bessette won't let the Redlands crash get her down.

Bessette won’t let the Redlands crash get her down.

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She came to Redlands in top form, ready to act as team leader for the Saturn-Timex women’s team in North America’s road season opener. But on the second stage of the six-day event, Bessette gave a strong lead out to teammate Ina Teutenberg who then crashed at the line in front of her. Teutenberg suffered some serious cuts to her face, requiring 32 stitches. Bessette, meanwhile, broke her collarbone, putting a temporary halt to what could still be a very productive season.

We had a chance to chat with Bessette at the side of the road during the Sunset Road Race, the final stage at Redlands in which her fellow Canadian Genevieve Jeanson rode away from the field, eventually putting seven minutes on the closest chase group.

VeloNews Wow, I think the gap is around three minutes at this point. Is it hard sitting here and watching that?

Lyne Bessette Oh yeah. I think it would have been a different race with both Kim (Bruckner) and me going up against her.

VN It’s a tough break.

LB It’s just good that no one got hurt more seriously. I was worried when I saw Ina, but she’s already healing up. Thirty-two stitches is a lot but she is already up and around. It could have been much worse.

VN I know this has got to be frustrating, but how does this affect your season, your plans?

LB Oh, it’s bad to be sure, but you have to look at these things in a positive light. It’s early season. I’m in great form and I can rest and keep training on the rollers and I’ll come back a little stronger after that.

VN What’s your schedule look like at this point?

LB Well, I was going to do Sea Otter next week. That’s out. I was planning on going to Solano (California, March 29-April 1), and Austin (Texas – BMC Crit, April 7) is probably not an option either.

VN When do you expect to compete again? Didn’t they say six weeks?

LB Oh they always tell you that. They say four to six weeks for it to heal, but the last time I broke it, I was back on the bike in three weeks. I should really be able to ride on the road after 10 days. I am going to be in Solano and if there is a time trial, I might just do it with my regular bike. I’ll see how it goes this week and next week. For certain, I will go to Europe and do Fl├ęche (Wallonne, Belgium, April 18). After that, I’ll come back to do (the Tour of) Gila (May 2 – 6). Then it’s back to France for the Tour de l’Aude with the (Canadian) national team. Then Montreal, Philly, Hewlett-Packard….

VN Then right back in it. A full schedule, eh?

LB Oh yeah, this should be fine (pointing to her right clavicle).

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