By VeloNews Interactive
Scott Moninger won the five-day, six-stage Columbia River Bank Cascade Classic stage race that wrapped up in Bend, Oregon, Sunday. It was Moninger’s third consecutive win at Cascade, as he and his Mercury-Viatel teammates Chris Wherry and Chris Horner captured four out of the six stage victories as well as the top three general classification spots. The only rider to break the Mercury stranglehold was Navigators’ Chris Baldwin, who took two stage wins himself.
In the women’s race, the dominator was mountain biker-turned-stage-race-power Amber Neben, now riding for Autotrader.com. Neben snagged two stage wins and the Queen of the Mountains award to beat Canadian Nicole Demars (800.com) by just over a minute. Neben was not the only Autotrader to succeed in the women’s four day stage race, as Kim Smith and Julie Young placed third and fifth in the overall standings.
Columbia River Bank Cascade Classic, Oregon. July 11-15;
Pro men overall;
1. Scott Moninger, Mercury-Viatel, 13:14:34; 2.Chris Horner, Mercury-Viatel, at 0:10; 3. Chris Wherry, Mercury-Viatel, at 0:21; 4. Soren Petersen (Dk), Saturn, at 0:27; 5. Michael Barry (Can), Saturn, at 1:34; 6. Kirk O’Bee, Navigators, at 1:38; 7. Damon Kluck, Jelly Belly, at 1:43; 8. Danny Pate, Prime Alliance, at 1:57; 9. Tim Johnson, Saturn, at 2:15; 10. Michael Creed, Prime Alliance, at 2:27; 11. Tim Larkin, Lombardy Sports, at 2:47; 12. Jeff Louder, Nutra-Fig, at 3:00; 13. Alex Candelario, THF Racing, at 4:28; 14. Chris Baldwin, Navigators, at 4:57; 15. Ben Jacques-Mayne, Santa Cruz Spokesman, at 5:05;
Stage 1, Deschutes Brewery Bachelor ESB Road Race:.Wherry; Stage 2, Pacific Power Cascade Lakes Road Race: Moniger; Stage 3, Prime Equipment Piolot Butte Time Trial: Horner; Stage 4, Desert Bone and Joint Specialists/ Rebound Physical terapy Twilight Criterium: Chris Baldwin, Navigators; Stage 5, Kirby Nagelhout Tumalo Road Race: Moninger; Stage 6, Volkswagen/Carrera Motors Sunday Criterium: Baldwin;
Pro women overall;
1. Amber Neben, Autotrader.com, 5:53:56; 2. Nicole Demars (Can), 800.com, at 1:06; 3. Kim Smith, Autotrader.com, at 1:25; 4. Sandy Espeseth (Can), Intersports, at 1:26; 5. Julie Young, Autotrader.com, at 1:42; 6. Sarah Konrad, at 1:49; 7. Pia Sundstedt (Fin), Intersports, at 1:50; 8. Rhonda Quick, Jane’s Cosmetics, at 1:51; 9. Leah Goldstein (Can), 800.com, at 1:59; 10. Jessica Phillips, Intersports, at 1:59;
Stage 1: Neben;
Stage 2, Time Trial: Neben;
Stage 3: Elizabeth Emery, Intersports;
Stage 4: Espeseth, Intersports