By VeloNews Interactive
Mercury swept Sunday’s closing stage at the 24th Vuelta de Bisbee in southeast Arizona, keeping Scott Moninger and Chris Wherry untouchable in the top two spots on general classification. Meanwhile, Jeannie Longo (Vitalli) won the women’s finale to leap past Katrina Berger (Team T-Mobile) on GC and steal the overall victory.
Reprising their performances of the previous double-stage day, Moninger and Wherry crossed one-two in the 62.5-mile Sulphur Springs Road Race, finishing in 2:27:19. Twenty-four seconds later, teammate Phil Zajicek outkicked Andrew Miller Landis-Trek) for third.
When the numbers were added up, Moninger took the overall in 6:23:50, with Wherry two seconds back in the runner-up spot. Miller was best of the rest in third, more than three minutes back.
Longo had no teammates at Bisbee, but she apparently didn’t require any. She soloed in on Sunday to collect her second stage victory in 2:59:47, followed 37 seconds later by Carolyn Donnelly (Landis-Trek) and Dara Marks (Mountain Velo-Supergo).
The win gave Longo the overall victory in 6:07:31. Berger slipped to second at 1:24, trailed by Kelli Emmett (Luna) at 2:47.
La Vuelta de Bisbee
Bisbee, AZ. April 26-28
1. Scott Moninger, Mercury, 6:23:50
2. Chris Wherry, Mercury, at 0:02
3. Andrew Miller, Landis-Trek, at 3:11
4. Phil Zajicek, Mercury, at 4:21
5. Scott Price, Landis-Trek, at 5:44
6. Jesus Zarate, Mercury, at 7:03
7. Todd Wells, Mongoose-Hyundai, at 7:21
8. Eric Abrams, Team Rhino, at 7:28
9. David Salomon, Speed Bikes, at 8:04
10. Marc Gullickson, Mongoose-Hyundai, at 8:08
1. Jeannie Longo, Vitalli, 6:07:31
2. Katrina Berger, Team T-Mobile, at 1:24
3. Kelli Emmett, Luna, at 2:47
4. Anne Samplonius, Talgo America, at 2:59
5. Carolyn Donnelly, Landis-Trek, at 3:00
6. Rebecca Cooke, Landis-Trek, at 4:40
7. Dara Marks, Mountain Velo-Supergo, at 10:32
8. Melissa Lemke, Landis-Trek, 15:35
9. Christy Kopasz, Telluride Velo, at 16:23
10. Patricia Fallstich, Bici Club, at 16:32
Stage winners: Mule Pass Time Trial: Moninger, Marks;
Circuit Race: Wherry, Longo; Warren Time Trial: Moninger, Berger;
Sulphur Springs Road Race: Moninger, Longo