Armstrong moves into overall lead
By VeloNews Interactive
Scott Moninger (Health Net-Maxxis) and Kristin Armstrong (Team Lipton) won the mountainous Stage 2 of the Teleperformance Tour of the Gila on Thursday, with Armstrong moving into the overall lead.
Moninger, a two-time Gila champion, finished three seconds ahead of Stage 1 winner Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United) and third-placed Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators) on the final 5.5-mile climb to the finish of the 92-mile run from Silver City to Mogollon, which featured more than 5600 feet of climbing.
“We’re doing what we can with only three guys here,” Moninger said. “We have to pick and choose where to show our hand. We don’t want to try to get the leader’s jersey too early because we really don’t have the team to defend it.”
The day began with a long break that included Michael Lange (TIAA-CREF), who was finally reeled in just 500 meters from the line after a determined chase by Toyota United.
“We were hoping Toyota would take control of the race today and defend Baldwin’s lead and that’s what they did,” Moninger said. “We didn’t have to do too much work today.”
In the 70-mile women’s race, meanwhile, Armstrong finished 16 seconds ahead of Erinne Willock (Webcor) and more than a minute up on Stage 1 winner Anne Samplonius (Team Biovail) to move into the overall lead.
Armstrong now has a 1:14 margin on second-placed Willock and three additional seconds on Samplonius.
Friday’s Stage 3, the Inner Loop Road Race, is a 73-mile loop, beginning and ending at Ft. Bayard, with 5150 feet of climbing.
Teleperformance Tour of the Gila
Stage 2: Silver City-Mogollon Road Race
1. Scott Moninger, Health-Net Maxxis, 92mi in 3:50:12
2. Chris Baldwin, Toyota-United, at 0:03
3. Burke Swindlehurst, Navigators, same time
4. Justin England, Toyota-United Pro, at 0:26
5. James Mattis, California Giant, at 0:35
1. Kristin Armstrong, Team Lipton, 70mi in 3:40:29
2. Erinne Willock, Webcor, at 0:16
3. Anne Samplonius, Team Biovail, at 1:07
4. Dotsie Bausch, Colavita-Cooking Light, at 1:22
5. Alexandra Wrubleski, Team H&R Block, at 1:26
1. Chris Baldwin, Toyota-United, 4:24:56
2. Scott Moninger, Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:32
3. Burke Swindlehurst, Navigators, at 1:26
4. Scott Nydam, Rio Grande-Sports Garage, at 2:39
5. James Mattis, California Giant, at 3:03
1. Kristin Armstrong, Team Lipton, 4:20:47
2. Erinne Willock, Webcor, at 1:14
3. Anne Samplonius, Team Biovail, at 1:17
4. Dotsie Bausch, Colavita-Cooking Light, at 3:35
5. Rachel Heal, Victory Brewing, at 3:38