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Mt Hood Classic - NE

USA, May 31-June 4, 2006

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Stage 5 - June 3: Downtown Hood River Criterium, 60/45 mins

O'Neill holds steady, Bausch crashes out

By Joe Zauner

For Alison Powers, winning the fifth stage of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic before an estimated 10,000 spectators in downtown Hood River was bitter sweet.

The Rio Grande/Sports Garage rider soloed with two laps remaining in Saturday's criterium to hold off a charging field and capture the win, but five laps prior, race leader Dotsie Bausch of the  Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling team crashed on a sweeping downhill turn and was unable to continue.

Preliminary reports indicate that Bausch, who was leading Powers by 43 seconds on general classification, sustained a broken collar bone.

"It's definitely bittersweet," Powers said after the podium presentations. "I went with five laps to go and heard a pedal clip the pavement behind me and looked back and saw a crash so I slowed up. I didn't want to attack right after a crash."

Bausch had won the last three stages and appeared set to defend the leader's jersey on the finals road race stage on Sunday but will instead likely spend the night in the hospital. Powers leads Symmetrics rider Leah Goldstein by 47 seconds.

Health Net rider Greg Henderson showed no signs of a broken hip he sustained in a crash six weeks ago while racing in California. The world scratch race champion rolled clear with a group of four just five laps into the 60-minute stage-five criterium and won easily in an uphill sprint. Mt. Hood Cycling Classic is his first race back since his injury.

"My legs are getting better every day and I knew that," Henderson said. "It felt good."

In the morning, race leader Nathan O'Neill of Health Net easily won the stage four 10-mile time trail, defeating Navigator's Phil Zajicek by 23 seconds. On the stage-five criterium he spent much of the day racing at or near the front, finishing safely and retaining his overall lead.

Tomorrow's stage should prove decisive  as both the men and women race 75 miles with 7,500 feet of climbing, much of it very steep with several technical descents.

"We're not too worried," Henderson said of his team's chances to defend O'Neill's leader's jersey. "We've got two of the strongest men in the race (O'Neill and Scott Moninger) and the course is very hard so things should take care of them-self."

Health Net seemed optimistic


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1 Greg Henderson (Health Net)
2 Bernard Van Ulden (Navigators)
3 James Mattis (Calif. Giant/Village Peddler)
4 Andrew Pinfold (Symmetrics)
5 Scott Moninger (Health Net)

1 Alison Powers (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)
General classification after stage 5


1 Nathan O'Neill (Health Net)
2 Phil Zajicek (Navigators)
3 Scott Moninger (Health Net)
4 Ian McKissick (Recycled Cycles / Raleigh)
5 Ryan Trebon (AEG-Toshiba-Jet Network-Kona)


1 Alison Powers (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)
2 Leah Goldstein (Symmetrics)
3 Beverley Harper (Touchstone Climbing)
4 Alisha Lion (Webcor-Platinum)
5 Amber Rais (Webcor-Platinum)