By VeloNews Interactive
Saturday’s stage 3 of the Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, saw Saturn hold onto both the men’s and women’s overall leads, while 7UP-Colorado Cyclist’s John Lieswyn and RONA’s Genevieve Jeanson scored the stage wins.
In the women’s race, Jeanson attacked early on in the six-lap, 69-mile race, followed by race leader Lyne Bessette (Saturn) and Jane Cosmetics’ Susan Palmer-Komar. On the hot, humid day, the three built up a lead of nearly four minutes, but when Jeanson and Bessette began playing cat-and-mouse, Palmer-Komar took advantage, launching a solo breakaway of her own. The Jane rider posed a threat to Bessette’s overall lead, but the Canadian didn’t chase immediately, instead waiting for her Saturn teammates to rejoin her, and then take up the chase. On the final climb up Mt. Wachusett, Jeanson attacked again, followed by Bessette. They caught and passed Palmer-Komar, setting up a two-woman finish. Bessette tried one last move with 100 meters, but Jeanson passed her just before the line for her second stage win in a row. Bessette still leads Jeanson by 39 seconds heading into Sunday’s criterium.
In the men’s race, the main move of the day was a breakaway group of six in which the main threat to Eric Wohlberg’s (Saturn) overall lead was Mercury’s Gord Fraser. The group would gain a lead of 7 minutes halfway into the nine-lap race, but Saturn was able to contain things and protect Wohlberg’s lead by the finish.
With two laps remaining of the nine-lap race, Snow Valley’s Min Velvezen escaped out of the breakaway and made a strong solo bid for victory, with Navigators’ Brendon Vesty chasing behind. As that chase continued, thunder and lightning began to belt the finish atop Mt. Wachusett, prompting officials to cut out the final climb and end the race two miles short of the mountaintop.
Velvezen was caught in the final miles, after which Lieswyn and Navigators’ Glen Mitchell made the winning move. Lieswyn took the win at the line with Mitchel second while THF’s Alex Candelario took third.
Wohlberg leads Mercury-Viatel’s Scott Moninger by 20 seconds heading into Sunday’s criterium.
1. John Lieswyn, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist, 4:20:19; 2. Glen Mitchell, Navigators, s.t.; 3. Alex Candelario, THF Racing, at 0:11; 4. Kirk O’Bee, Navigators; 5. Frank McCormack, Saturn; 6. Eric Wohlberg, Saturn; 7. Oscar Pineda, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist; 8. Scott Moninger, Mercury-Viatel; 9. Donny Lopez, Saturn Development; 10. Soren Petersen, Saturn; 11. Danny Pate, Prime Alliance; 12. Jon Hamblen, Wheelworks-Cannondale; 13. Russell Stevenson, Broadmark Capital; 14. Mark Walters, Navigators; 15. Chris Wherry, Mercury-Viatel, all s.t.
Men’s general classification
1. Wohlberg, 7:26:53; 2. Moninger, at 0:20; 3. Wherry, at 0:27; 4. Lieswyn, at 0:32; 5. Derek Bouchard-Hall, Mercury-Viatel, at 0:36; 6. Clark Sheehan, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist, at 0:36; 7. Pate, at 0:37; 8. Andrew Randell, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist, at 0:38; 9. Adham Sbeih, Navigators, at 0:45; 10. Frank McCormack, at 0:47.
Women, stage 3
1. Genevieve Jeanson, RONA, 3:32:42; 2. Lyne Bessette, Saturn, at 0:03; 3. Susan Palmer-Komar, Jane Cosmetics, at 1:47; 4. Emily Thorne, Trek, at 2:14; 5. Gabrielle Gonzalez de Ferrat, RONA, at 2:30; 6. Amy Jarvis, RONA, at 2:30; 7. Kori Kelly, Procter & Gamble, s.t.; 8. Andrea Hannos, Verizon, at 2:37; 9. Trish Choo, Wheelworks-IF, at 3:01; 10. Rosemary Coleman, Credit Suisse First Boston, at 3:12; 11. Laura Shuford, Trek, at 3:17; 12. Grace Taylor, Lateral Stress Velo, at 3:22; 13. Laura Van Gilder, Verizon, at 3:32; 14. Katrina Davis, Trek, at 3:41; 15. Anke Erlank, Saturn, at 3:56.
Women’s general classification
1. Bessette, 5:28:46; 2. Jeanson, at 0:39; 3. Palmer-Komar, at 4:38; 4. Thorne, at 5:04; 5. Hannos, at 5:44; 6. Erlank, at 5:54; 7. Gonzalez de Ferrat, at 6:02; 8. Jarvis, at 6:07; 9. Kelly, at 6:10; 10. Choo, at 7:11.