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Zajicek loses, regains lead as Holden takes charge in Bisbee

The second day of The 28th La Vuelta de Bisbee saw the lead change hands in both the men’s and women’s fields. Phil Zajicek (Navigators) pulled on the yellow jersey after Friday’s prologue, but found himself down by 18 seconds after Saturday morning’s Stage 1 Sulphur Springs Road Race, won by Joey Thompson (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Daniel Vaillancourt (CCB-VW-Time) was second and Mike Telega (California Giant) third, both in the same time. But Zajicek reclaimed the jersey after the Stage 2 Warren Time Trial, posting a time of 14:31, 14 seconds ahead of Curtis Gunn (Successful

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By Scott Haughey

Holden slots into the lead

Holden slots into the lead

Photo: Mason Ibas

The elite men's break goes up the road

The elite men’s break goes up the road

Photo: Mason Ibas

The second day of The 28th La Vuelta de Bisbee saw the lead change hands in both the men’s and women’s fields.

Phil Zajicek (Navigators) pulled on the yellow jersey after Friday’s prologue, but found himself down by 18 seconds after Saturday morning’s Stage 1 Sulphur Springs Road Race, won by Joey Thompson (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Daniel Vaillancourt (CCB-VW-Time) was second and Mike Telega (California Giant) third, both in the same time.

But Zajicek reclaimed the jersey after the Stage 2 Warren Time Trial, posting a time of 14:31, 14 seconds ahead of Curtis Gunn (Successful Living) and 22 up on Justin Morgan (Broadmark-Hagens).

In women’s racing, Mari Holden (T-Mobile) powered away from the field during the Stage 1 road race to cross the line 1:19 ahead of Dara Marks-Marino (Titus-Kenda) for the win, with Anne Samplonius (Team Biovail) third at 1:40. Then, in the afternoon time trial, Holden finished second to Samplonius to place herself 56 seconds ahead of the field on G.C.

The master men’s field finished the morning road race en masse, with Daniel Martin (Safeway-GA Comm) leading the group to the line for the victory, with no change in the overall leader board. That changed during the Stage 2 Warren Time Trial. Grand Canyon Racing’s Doug Loveday and Mark Aasmundstad delivered a one-two punch, turning in the top times and putting themselves 1-2 on G.C..

Sunday’s Stage 3 Tombstone Road Race will take the riders west over Mule Pass and into the San Pedro River Valley. The 87-mile course moseys north to Tombstone before returning to Bisbee, with the finish over two five-mile, 6 percent climbs.

Stage 1: Sulphur Springs Road Race
Men

1. Joey Thompson, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 3:01:39
2. Daniel Vaillancourt, CCB-VW-Time, same time
3. Mike Telega, California Giant, s.t.
4. Shane Peltonen, Eclipse Racing, s.t.
5. Andrew McDermid, Broadmark-Hagens, s.t.
6. Jonathan Garcia, Team Einstein’s, at 0:20
7. Andrew Edwards, Wild Oats-Al’s, s.t.
8. Phil Zajicek, Navigators, s.t.
9. Ben Bradshaw, Kahala LaGrange, s.t.
10. Kyle Colavito, Eclipse Racing, s.t.

Women
1. Mari Holden, T-Mobile, 2:27:32
2. Dara Marks-Marino, Titus-Kenda, at 1:19
3. Anne Samplonius, Team Biovail, at 1:40
4. Cynthia Mommsen, Olympic Club, same time
5. Maatje Benassi, Excel Sports, s.t.
6. Gabriela Gonzales-Ferrat, Hi-Tech-5-Star, s.t.
7. Felicia Gomex, Webcor, s.t.
8. Jane Meneely, s.t.
9. Michelle Beltran, Cheerwine, s.t.
10. Sarah Bamberger, Cheerwine, s.t.

Stage 2: Warren Time Trial
Men

1. Phil Zajicek, Navigators, 14:31
2. Curtis Gunn, Successful Living, at 0:14
3. Justin Morgan, Broadmark-Hagens, at 0:22
3. Jeremy Powers, Jelly Belly, same time
5. Kevin Rowe, California Giant, at 0:30
6. Drew Miller, Successful Living, at 0:35
7. Daniel Ramsay, Successful Living, at 0:41
8. Jason Donald, Team Einstein’s, at 0:44
9. Jonathan Garcia, Team Einstein’s, at 0:47
10. Dan Vinson, Kahala LaGrange, at 0:48

Women
1. Anne Samplonius, Team Biovail, 16:28
2. Mari Holden, T-Mobile, at 0:13
2. Felicia Gomex, Webcor, same time
4. Gabriela Gonzales-Ferrat, Hi-Tech-5-Star, at 0:34
5. Heather Sborz, ASU Cycling, at 0:38
6. Catherine Dickson, Bicycle Ranch, at 0:44
7. Maatje Benassi, Excel Sports, at 0:46
8. Lisa Hunt, Olympic Club, at 0:50
8. Cynthia Mommsen, Olympic Club, s.t.
10. Michelle Beltran, Cheerwine, at 0:51

Overall (after Stage 2)
Men

1. Phil Zajicek, Navigators, 3:26:55
2. Jeremy Powers, Jelly Belly, at 0:25
3. Curtis Gunn, Successful Living, at 0:28
4. Drew Miller, Successful Living, at 0:48
5. Kevin Rowe, California Giant, at 0:48
6. Jonathan Garcia, Team Einstein’s, at 1:00
7. Jason Donald, Team Einstein’s, at 1:08
8. Joey Thompson, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, at 1:12
9. Corey Collier, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, at 1:14
10. Andrew McDermid, Broadmark-Hagens, at 1:14

Women
1. Mari Holden, T-Mobile, 2:57:09
2. Felicia Gomez, Webcor, at 0:56
3. Anne Samplonius, Team Biovail, at 0:58
4. Maatje Benassi, Excel Sports, at 2:15
5. Gabriela Gonzales-Ferrat, Hi-Tech-5-Star, at 2:16
6. Michelle Beltran, Cheerwine, at 2:53
7. Dara Marks-Marino, Titus-Kenda, at 2:57
8. Lisa Hunt, Olympic Club, at 3:07
9. Heather Sborz, ASU Cycling, at 3:08
10. Catherine Dickson, Bicycle Ranch, at 3:31

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