By VeloNews Interactive
Gordon McCauley (Monex) won the Tour de Temecula’s opening De Portola Time Trial on Friday.
McCauley covered the 12-mile out and back course, with its short midpoint hill, in 24:48.9. Daniel Ramsey (Team Seasilver) took second in 24:54.6, followed by Thurlow Rogers (Jax Trek-VW) in 24:58.5.
Jeannie Longo won the women’s TT in 27.25.1, ahead of Susan Cooper (Bicycle Johns) in 27:48.3 and Catherine Powers (Dasani La Grange) in 28:25.4.
Today brings the Wine Country Road Race, held on an 8.5-mile circuit. Men will do 10 laps, women six. The tour concludes Sunday with the Temecula Grand Prix, a circuit race on a 1.3-mile loop. Men race for 90 minutes, women 55.
De Portola TT
1. Gordon McCauley, Monex, 12mi in 24:48.9
2. Daniel Ramsey, Team Seasilver, 24:54.6
3. Thurlow Rogers, Jax Trek-VW, 24:58.5
4. Chris Horner, Webcor, 25.14.7
5. Bernard Van Ulden, Webcor, 25.34.4
6. Peter Andersson, Viejas, 25.50.1
7. Kyle Gritters, Monex, 25.52.2
8. Niel Shirley, Team Seasilver, 25.55.2
9. Ryan Lane, Velo RPM-Helen’s, 25.57.7
10. Mariano Friedick, Jelly Belly, 25.58.6
1. Jeannie Longo, 27:25.1
2. Susan Cooper, Bicycle Johns, 27.48.3
3. Catherine Powers, Dasani La Grange, 28:25.4
4. Carla Koehler, Dasani La Grange, 28:32.7
5. Gabriela De Rerrat, Velo Bella, 29:10.3
6. Rebecca Cooke, WMRC, 29:41.8
7. Jen Franklin, Amgen, 29:49.1
8. Amy Moore, Quark, 29:52.3
9. Margaret Luciano, Landis-Trek-VW, 29:52.7
10. Lana Aschley, Hi-Teck Bikes, 30:05.2
Webcor announces 2004 roster
The Webcor Builders Cycling Team announced its 2004 roster on Friday and then got right to work at the Tour de Temecula in Southern California.
Chris Horner and Canadian sprinter Charles Dionne headline the squad, with Spanish pro Imanol Ayestaran, and team management expects their experience to filter down to the younger riders on the squad.
“We see Horner, Ayestaran and Dionne helping to develop some of our young riders such as Justin England, Ben Haldeman and Ben Stafford,” said Ted Huang, who with Dario Falquier will both race with and manage the team. “Everyone will step up their game as a result of the new additions.”
Added assistant manager Melissa Gambol: “We’re looking forward to the season NRC debut at McLane, having already tasted some pre-season success in Northern California. We’re also keeping our fingers crossed for this weekend in Temecula – with luck, the photographers in Southern California will be able to get some shots of Horner and our Southern California espoir Bernard Van Ulden winning some stages.”
Long-term goals include defending Horner’s titles at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, the Tour de Georgia and San Francisco’s T-Mobile International. Webcor also expects to see its riders in competition at the Olympic Trials with the hope that the team will be represented in the 2004 Games in Athens.
Bernard van Ulden
Team managers: Ted Huang and Dario Falquier
Special consultant: Frank Scioscia
Director sportif: Jay Gump
Assistant manager: Melissa Gambol
Soigneur: Brenda Phelps
Head mechanic: Jim O’Brien