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By VeloNews Interactive
Vassili Davidenko (Navigators) and Saturn’s Anke Erlank took the third stage of Pennsylvania’s Tour de ‘Toona on Thursday, a circuit race contested on a 20.1-mile loop near Holidaysburg. With her win, Erlank has moved into the overall lead in the six-day stage race. Meanwhile Saturn’s Harm Jansen holds a narrow three-second lead over his teammate Eric Wohlberg in the overall standings.
The women’s race was peppered with attacks from the start. But Genevieve Jeanson and her Rona team was intent on keeping a tight reign on the field and most of the efforts were quickly reeled back in.
One group composed of Erlank, Cathy Marsal and Jessica Phillips (both Intersports) AutoTrader.com’s Amber Neben and Dotsie Cowden (800.com). With Rona not in the group, Marsal and Phillips pushed the pace and the group stayed clear. Erlank attacked on the final climb and stayed away for the final 2 kilometers.
Despite aggressive racing from the start of the men’s race, the contest came down to a field sprint. Davidenko edged Mercury’s Gord Fraser to take the stage, while Jansen was third. Time bonuses earned for third moved Jansen into the leader’s Jersey by three seconds over teammate Wohlberg.
1. Vassili Davidenko, Navigators, 2:07:32; 2. Gord Fraser, Mercury; 3 Harm Jansen, Saturn; 4. Alex Canderlario THF Racing; 5. Charles Dionne, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist; 6. Derek Bouchard-Hall, Mercury; 7. John Peters, Mercury; 8. Oscar Pineda, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist; 9. Jon Page, Wheelworks-Cannondale; 10. Alex Lavallee, Kissena Cycling.
1. Jansen, 4:39:59; 2. Wohlberg, at 0:03 3. Timothy Larkin, Lombardi Sports-Ofoto, at 0:13; 4. Clark Sheehan, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist; 5. Mark Walters, Navigators, at 0:15; 6. Davidenko, at 0:16; 7. Jonny Sundt, Broadmark Capital, at 0:17; 8. Fraser, at 0:18; 9. Doug Ziewacz, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist; at 0:22; 10. Tim Unkert, Capital Velo, at 0:22.
1 Anke Erlank, Saturn Timex 97.0 km in 2h32:21;
(avg. 38.20 kph);
2 Jessica Phillips, Intersports 12;
3 Amber Neben, Autotrader.com 15;
4 Dotsie Cowden, 800.com at 0:43;
5 Cathy Marsal, Intersports at 0:55;
6 Geneviève Jeanson, RONA at 1:01;
7 Laura Van Gilder, Verizon s.t.;
8 Lyne Bessette, Saturn Timex s.t.;
9 Nicole Freedman, Crédit Suisse First Boston s.t.;
10 Gail Longenecker, Boise Cascade Office Products s.t.;
1 Anke Erlank (SA), Saturn Timex 5h31:03;
2 Amber Neben (US), Autotrader.com 22;
3 Jessica Phillips (CAN), Intersports 24;
4 Lyne Bessette (CAN), Saturn Timex 52;
5 Geneviève Jeanson (CAN), RONA 55;
6 Katrina Berger (US), Autotrader.com 1:07;
7 Tina Mayolo-Pic (US), Autotrader.com 1:10;
8 Nicole Freedman (US), Crédit Suisse First Boston s.t.;
9 Sandy Espeseth (CAN), Intersports 1:11;
10 Cathy Marsal (FRA), Intersports 1:13;