By VeloNews Interactive
Lyne Bessette (Quark) and Chris Horner (Webcor) won the overall titles at the season’s first major event, the Pomona Valley Stage Race in San Dimas, California, as Quark’s Sarah Uhl and Mariano Friedick (Jelly Belly) won the final stage on Sunday.
Uhl was part of Quark’s successful effort to fend off any challenges to Bessette’s hold on the leaders jersey, chasing down a series of attacks from the Rona team. Uhl then nipped sprinter Tina Mayolo Pic (Genesis) at the line as the 55-minute event end in a field sprint.
Horner began the 90-minute men’s race with a solid hold on the overall title, so the Webcor team leader had little reason to worry too much about attacks from the field. Nonetheless, Horner found himself in the day’s winning break, a large group 32 riders that moved off the front.
One rider that missed the move, however was Jittery Joe’s Cesar Grajales, until then, second on GC. With so many teams represented in the break, Grajales was forced to chase unsuccessfully on his own, as Sierra Nevada’s Erik Wohlberg, Trent Klasna and Chris Wherry (Health Net) each moved passed him in the overall standings. Friedick took the sprint, edging his teammate, Alex Candelario and Colavita’s Juan Jose Haedo in the final charge tot he line.
1. Sarah Uhl (Quark)
2. Tina Pic (Genesis Scuba)
3. Gina Grain (Victory Brewing)Overall
1. Lyne Bessette (Quark)
2. Sue Palmer Komar (Genesis Scuba)
3. Kristin Armstrong (T-Mobile)Stage
1. Mariano Friedick (Jelly Belly)
2. Alex Candelario (Jelly Belly)
3. Juan Jose Haedo (Colavita)Overall
1. Chris Horner (Webcor)
2. Eric Wohlberg (Sierra Nevada)
3. Chris Wherry (Health Net)Full Results to come