By VeloNews Interactive
Friday’s stage 2 of the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, saw no change in the overall standings, as Mercury’s Baden Cooke won the men’s 77.5-mile circuit race and Genevieve Jeanson of RONA won the women’s 40.3-mile race.
Jeanson beat out Bessette in a big group finish, with Verizon’s Laura Van Gilder third, but the RONA rider could only pick up a few seconds on the day thanks to time bonuses. Jeanson now trails Bessette by 47 seconds
In the men’s race, team Saturn was able to hold the race together for race leader Eric Wohlberg, and the race ended with Mercury’s Cooke and Henk Vogels going 1-2 on the uphill finishing sprint, with 7UP’s Charles Dionne in third. Wohlberg held onto the overall lead, 17 seconds ahead of Navigators’ Adham Sbeih, with a quartet of Mercury riders right behind in the overall standings.
Saturday’s Unitil-FG&E Road Race should decide the final outcome of the race, with only the downtown criterium remaining on Sunday. The men will cover nine laps of the road race course for 104 miles, while the women race 69 miles on Saturday.
Men, stage 2
1. Baden Cooke, Mercury-Viatel, 77.5 mi in 2:40:40; 2. Henk Vogels, Mercury-Viatel; 3. Charles Dionne, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist; 4. Franky van Haesebroucke, Navigators; 5. Alex Candelario, THF Racing; 6. Graeme Miller, NetZero; 7. Kirk O’Bee, Navigators; 8. Jonathan Wirsing, Team Snow Valley; 9. Shawn Willard, DeFeet-LeMond; 10. Chris Wherry, Mercury-Viatel; 11. Tim Reinhart, Saturn Development; 12. Ivan Dominguez, Saturn; 13. Eric Wohlbert, Saturn; 14. Donny Lopez, Saturn Development; 15. Frank McCormack, Saturn, all s.t.
1. Wohlberg, 3:06:23; 2. Adham Sbeih, Navigators, at 0:17; 3. Scott Moninger, Mercury-Viatel, at 0:20; 4. Gord Fraser, Mercury-Viatel, at 0:23; 5. Wherry, at 0:27; 6. Derek Bouchard-Hall, Mercury-Viatel, at 0:36; 7. Clark Sheehan, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist, at 0:36; 8. Danny Pate, Prime Alliance, at 0:37; 9. Andrew Randell, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist, at 0:38; 10. Cooke, at 0:41.
Women, stage 2
1. Genevieve Jeanson, RONA, 40.3 mi in 1:37:18; 2. Lyne Bessette, Saturn; 3. Laura Van Gilder, Verizon; 4. Naomi Williams, Trek; 5. Suzanne Sonye, Saturn; 6. Sophie St. Jacques, Volkswagen; 7. Andrea Hannos, Verizon; 8. Kori Kelly, Procter & Gamble; 9. Rebecca Conzelman, TalgoAmerica.com; 10. Joanne Kiesanowski, Procter & Gamble; 11. Allie Warfel, unattached; 12. Leah Toffolon, Fraysse-NECSA; 13. Trish Choo, Wheelworks-IF; 14. Helen Kelly, KPMG Australia; 15. Cheryl Binney, Procter & Gamble, all s.t.
Women’s General Classification
1. Bessette, 2:05:06; 2. Jeanson, at 0:47; 3. Anke Erlank, Saturn, at 1:56; 4. Sonye, at 2:32; 5. Emily Thorne, Trek, at 2:48; 6. Susan Palmer-Komar, Jane, at 2:52; 7. Mina Pizzini, Procter & Gamble, at 2:53; 8. Hannos, at 3:05; 9. Kim Davidge, Saturn, at 3:21; 10. Manon Jutras, RONA, at 3:26.