Jeremy Powers, Kristin McGrath wrap up Green Mountain Stage Race wins

Megan Guarnier breaks up the PB & Co. jam to win the final stage in Burlington, while the Keough brothers fill two-thirds of the men's stage podium.

Two Keough brothers took the podium at stage 4 of the Green Mountain Stage Race, with criterium ace Jake Keough (UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis) outkicking Gavin Mannion (Trek-Livestrong), while younger brother Luke Keough ( took the third spot in a 60 rider dash to the line in downtown Burlington.

Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly-Kenda) wrapped up the men’s overall title.

In the women’s race, Megan Guarnier (Tibco-To the Top) broke through the weekend’s Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty12 jam. PB&Co. had won all three previous stages, but Guarnier took them down a notch Sunday, relegating the team’s Kristin McGrath and Olivia Dillon second and third, respectively. McGrath did hang on to her overall win for the stage race, with Dillon second and Team Kenda’s Anna Mcloon third. Guarnier was fourth overall.

After four days of racing through countryside and mountains, stage 4 brought racing to the hip college city of Burlington, Vermont, with the Downtown Criterium. The race was held on a technical 1km course through the city’s thriving downtown district, including a spectacular finish-line view overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains down the city’s Main Street.

In the men’s event. an early race duo went clear, with Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefits Strategies) and Timothy Rugg (Battley Harley-Davidson) working a gap up to 20 seconds, and slipping out of sight of the field on the twisty city streets.

After Jean Michel Lachance (Nativo/PG/Davinci) crashed out of the race in the green points jersey, Mumford took it over at day’s end, thanks to the points he mopped-up while off the front.

The field kept all breaks on short a leash over the 50k course, and it was all together when the bell rung for a $700 crowd prime at eight to go. Local favorite Jamey Driscoll (Jamis-SutterHome) shot off the front on the backstretch, taking the cash to the roaring delight of the crowd of thousands.

A field sprint became inevitable, with Keough using his trademark speed to score the win. With a 2:13 lead starting the day, Powers easily locked-up the overall win, followed by his cyclocross season teammate, Tim Johnson (UnitedHealthcare/Maxxis) and Mannion.

Jake Keough said protecting Johnson’s second place was the priority in the final stage.

“Jeremy had a pretty good hold on the lead, but the battle for second through fifth was pretty tight,” Keough said. “Mannion was really close and we definitely wanted to protect Tim’s GC position, but still hopefully have a shot at the stage win. We tried to work off of each other to make sure we covered all the moves and nothing got away.”

Johnson said he enjoyed the New England classic.

“It was a good, hard weekend of racing,” Johnson said. “All the courses were difficult, and this may have been the strongest field they’ve had for this race. The criterium today was awesome. The University of Vermont is back in session and there must have been 10,000 people around the course. Overall, it was a really successful race. I think I spent more time on the podium this weekend than I have the past few years. It’s good to come back and feel this strong.”

Brief results:
Men’s stage:

  • 1. Jake Keough, in 1:06:15 UnitedHealthcare P/b MAXXIS
  • 2. Gavin Mannion, at s.t. Trek-Livestrong Presented by RadioShack
  • 3. Luke Keough, at s.t. / Cannondale
  • 4. Robbie King, at s.t  Team Ora p/b Independent
  • 5. Christian Bertilsson, at s.t. PA Lightning
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Women’s stage:

  • 1. Megan Guarnier, in 38:13, Team Tibco/To the Top
  • 2. Olivia Dillon, at s.t. Peanut Butter & Co-Twenty12
  • 3. Kristin McGrath, at s.t. Peanut Butter & Co-Twenty12
  • 4. Emma Bast, at s.t. Bianchi/Grand Performance
  • 5. Patricia Bailey, at s.t. Team Nanoblur-Gears
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Men’s GC:

  • 1. Jeremy Powers in 7:09:33, Jelly Belly P/B Kenda
  • 2. Timothy Johnson, at 0:02:04 UnitedHealthcare pb Maxxis
  • 3. Gavin Mannion, at 0:02:07 Trek-Livestrong Presented by RadioShack
  • 4. Jamey Driscoll, at 0:02:28 Jamis/Sutter Home Professional Cycling
  • 5. Cameron Cogburn, at 0:02:35 CCB/Wheelworks
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Women’s GC:

  • 1. Kristin McGrath, in 6:59:48 Peanut Butter & Co-Twenty12
  • 2. Olivia Dillon, at 0:00:14 Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty12
  • 3. Anna Mcloon, at 0:01:27 Team Kenda
  • 4. Megan Guarnier, at 0:01:31 Tibco/To the Top
  • 5. Amanda Watson, at 0:01:51 Fruit 66/Artemis
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