By VeloNews Interactive
Rahsaan Bahati (TIAA-CREF) and Alison Powers (Rio Grande-Sports Garage) won Saturday’s Downtown Silver City Criterium, stage 4 of the Teleperformance Tour of the Gila.
The race was run on a 1.08-mile closed course with four 90-degree corners and 60 feet of climbing per lap. Men covered 40 laps, women 25.
Bahati outkicked a tough bunch, crossing ahead of Gord Fraser (Health Net-Maxxis) and Ken Hanson (BMC Racing Team). Poweres, meanwhile, stole a march on the women, finishing 16 seconds up on Team Lipton’s Laura Van Gilder and Kristin Armstrong, the race leader.
GC remained unaffected, with Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United) holding a 22-second margin on Scott Moninger (Health Net-Maxxis) and 1:42 on Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators). Armstrong continues to lead the women’s race, with Anne Samplonius (Team Biovail) second at 1:02 and Erinne Willock (Webcor) third at 1:19.
All bets will be settled Sunday during the Gila Monster Road Race. The men face a 100-mile loop from Silver City to Pinos Altos with 9360 feet of climbing. Women will race an abbreviated loop, covering 66 miles with 5420 feet of climbing.
Teleperformance Tour of the Gila
Stage 4: Downtown Silver City Criterium
1. Rahsaan Bahati, TIAA-CREF, 1:37:35
2. Gord Fraser, Health Net-Maxxis, same time
3. Ken Hanson, BMC Racing Team, s.t.
4. Chris Wherry, Toyota-United, s.t.
5. Jonathan Garcia, Team Einstein’s Cycling, s.t.
1. Alison Powers, Rio Grande/Sports Garage, 1:07:56
2. Laura Van Gilder, Team Lipton, at 0:16
3. Kristin Armstrong, Team Lipton, same time
4. Rachel Heal, Victory Brewing, s.t.
5. Anne Samplonius, Team Biovail, s.t.
1. Chris Baldwin, Toyota-United, 9:24:37
2. Scott Moninger, Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:22
3. Burke Swindlehurst, Navigators, at 1:42
4. Scott Nydam, Rio Grande/Sports Garage, at 2:46
5. James Mattis, California Giant, at 3:10
1. Kristin Armstrong, Team Lipton, 9:26:15
2. Anne Samplonius, Team Biovail, at 1:02
3. Erinne Willock, Webcor, at 1:19
4. Dotsie Bausch, Colavita Cooking Light, at 3:25
5. Rachel Heal, Victory Brewing, at 3:33