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Mercury boils ‘em in Bisbee

Mercury put the hammer down on Saturday – then picked it up and slammed it right back down during a double-stage day in the 24th La Vuelta de Bisbee in southeastern Arizona. Mercury teammates Chris Wherry and Scott Moninger crossed one-two in the 86.4-mile Hereford Circuit Race, held on a 14.4-mile circuit with 442 feet of climbing per lap. Tucson’s Todd Wells (Mongoose-Hyundai) was third, 21 seconds back. In the afternoon’s 10.6-mile Warren Time Trial, it was the same top two, but in reverse order, with Moninger winning in 18:56, crossing 15 seconds faster than Wherry and setting a new

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By VeloNews Interactive

Mercury put the hammer down on Saturday – then picked it up and slammed it right back down during a double-stage day in the 24th La Vuelta de Bisbee in southeastern Arizona.

Mercury teammates Chris Wherry and Scott Moninger crossed one-two in the 86.4-mile Hereford Circuit Race, held on a 14.4-mile circuit with 442 feet of climbing per lap. Tucson’s Todd Wells (Mongoose-Hyundai) was third, 21 seconds back.

In the afternoon’s 10.6-mile Warren Time Trial, it was the same top two, but in reverse order, with Moninger winning in 18:56, crossing 15 seconds faster than Wherry and setting a new course record to boot. The old record of 20:18 was set last year, by Scott Price (Landis-Trek), who had to be content with a 20:34 and sixth place this time around. Third went to Adham Sbeih, fourth to Phil Zajicek and fifth to Jesus Zarate, giving Mercury a clean sweep of the top five spots.

The day’s racing also put Moninger and Wherry well out front on general classification, with third-placed Andrew Miller (Landis-Trek) more than three minutes off the lead going into Sunday’s final stage, the 62.5-mile Sulphur Springs Road Race.

In the women’s contest, Jeannie Longo (Vitalli) took the 57.6-mile circuit race by mere seconds over Anne Samplonius (Talgo America) and Carolyn Donnelly (Landis-Trek). But the time trial belonged to Katrina Berger (Team T-Mobile), who finished in 23:02, trailed 40 seconds later by Longo and 53 seconds later by Samplonius. Berger moved into the overall lead with a 28-second cushion over Longo and more than a minute and a half on Samplonius.

Results

La Vuelta de Bisbee;;

Bisbee, AZ. April 27;;
Hereford Circuit Race;;
Men;;
1. Chris Wherry, Mercury, 86.4mi in 3:27:50;
2. Scott Moninger, Mercury, s.t.;
3. Todd Wells, Mongoose-Hyundai, at 0:21;
4. Andrew Miller, Landis-Trek, s.t.;
5. Steve Flynn, Mercury, at 0:55;;
Women;;
1. Jeannie Longo, Vitalli, 57.6mi in 2:32:48;
2. Anne Samplonius, Talgo America, at 0:03;
3. Carolyn Donnelly, s.t.;
4. Kelli Emmett, Luna, s.t.;
5. Rebecca Cooke, Landis-Trek, s.t.;;
Warren Time Trial;;
Men;;
1. Moninger, 10.6mi in 18:56;
2. Wherry, 19:11;
3. Adam Sbeih, Mercury, 19:33;
4. Phil Zajicek, Mercury, 19:47;
5. Jesus Zarate, Mercury, 20:33;;
Women;;
1. Katrina Berger, Team T-Mobile, 10.6mi in 23:02;
2. Longo, 23:42;
3. Samplonius, 23:55;
4. Emmett, 24:07;
5. Melissa Lemke, Landis-Trek, 24:45;;
Overall;;
Men;;
1. Moninger, 2:56:16;
2. Wherry, at 0:27;
3. Miller, at 3:02;
4. Zajicek, at 4:27;
5. Sbeih, at 4:46;
6. Steve Flynn, Mercury, at 5:10;
7. Scott Price, Landis-Trek, at 5:40;
8. Zarate, at 6:24;
9. David Salomon, Speed Bikes, at 6:42;
10. Todd Wells, Mongoose-Hyundai, at 6:42;;
Women;;
1. Berger, 3:07:42;
2. Longo, at 0:28;
3. Samplonius, at 1:35;
4. Emmett, at 1:38;
5. Donnelly, at 2:41;
6. Cooke, at 3:16;
7. Dara Marks, Mountain ;Velo-Supergo, at 10:03;
8. Lemke, at 10:45;
9. Patricia Fallstich, Bici Club, at 11:28;
10. Christy Kopasz, Telluride Velo, at 13:02;