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Stage 5 - June 14: Mankato Road Race

Sutherland dedicates victory to family

By Kirsten Robbins in Minnesota

Rory Sutherland (HealthNet-Maxxis) wins the Mankato stage
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Australian all rounder Rory Sutherland (HealthNet-Maxxis) nipped Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home) at the line to claim an emotion-charged stage victory. Sutherland dedicated the win to his family back home in Canberra, where his grandmother is dying.

"Today is an extra special day because I got a call from home last night and my grandmother is on her deathbed," said Sutherland. "My mom asked me to go win the race for her, which put some stress on my shoulders and got me nervous.

"Today is by far, first and foremost for my family - it's very important for them," he added. "Also, for my team because they gave it everything they had today and rode really well."

Sutherland and Colby had joined forces off the front of a late-race four man break over the four challenging finishing circuits. Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast) out sprinted a small chase group round out the podium.

"The guys have been riding so well today on a wave of confidence and camaraderie with in the team," said Sutherland.

In a similar fashion to the previous year, Colby danced up and over the first of four grueling ascents of the finishing circuit's 600 metre climb. Colby found himself without followers until a chase group that contained Sutherland bridged across.

"The effort was to test the waters and see how people were riding," said Colby.
"Rory and I both had reasons to be out there trying to win the stage - I wanted a stage win and Rory needed the time for the overall. It was the same situation as last year.

Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (Bissel) without any more team-mates
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"I came through first around the corner and Rory still beat me," he added. "He's strong all-round and I knew it would be difficult to get the win against him."

Sutherland's victory confirmed him as the Mankato race favourite after winning the stage for the second consecutive year. The win brought Sutherland the overall leader's jersey, ahead of team-mate John Murphy and the 2007 Nature Valley Grand Prix winner Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United).

"I think Bissell rode really well today and under the conditions they kept coming back," said Sutherland of the former race leading team. "It has been great to see a really good group of guys race for a cause and for a leader - I think that's fantastic.

"We had a small gap on Ben Jacques-Maynes in the last lap, but I also had to shake Ivan Stevic off my wheel to gain some time back on him," said Sutherland. "So I went on the climb with Colby and I know the race is won by keeping the pressure on after the climb. We worked together but it was my responsibility to do most of the work because I was in a much more beneficial position at the finish. I think we not only have to keep our eye on Stevic but everyone in the top ten."

How it unfolded

On the start line for Stage 5, will they keep their jerseys?
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The professional men lined up in Mankato, Minnesota to start the lengthy 145-kilometre stage. Once again the stage was struck by typical gusting cross winds.

An early break away of five riders slipped off the front of the field, 25 kilometers into the stage. The group included Christian Valenzuela (Successfulliving), Davide Frattini (Colavita/Sutter Home), Jared Gruber (Time Pro Cycling), Doug Ollerenshaw (Rock Racing) and Sam Johnson (Hagens Berman).

The early break away was caught several miles after the second intermediate sprint. A combination of efforts from Health Net-Maxxis, Toyota-United and Kelly benefit Strategies-Medifast reduced the field during patches of strong cross winds.

Bissell continued to regain control of the front to protect race leader Ben Jacques-Maynes. The strong winds helped to ease the strain of pulling back attacks, according to Bissell director Glen Mitchell. "I think guys were happy to sit in a bit during the cross and head winds today," said Mitchell.

Jared Gruber opened up a gap on the field by mid-race, only this time it was his solo effort for 40 kilometres that earned him the most aggressive rider's jersey.

Bissel setting tempo at the front as the the peloton rolls
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A field of some 30 riders entered onto the finishing circuits in Mankato, a group that included Jacques-Maynes. Despite the group's size, one swift effort imposed by Colby caused irreparable damage.

Doug Ollerenshaw (Rock Racing), Shawn Milne (Team Type 1) and David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast) joined Colby at the start of the third lap. The four riders gained a large enough lead to qualify the event's best young rider, Veilleux, as the virtual overall leader.

Sensing the tired legs of Jacques-Maynes, Sutherland launched himself from the chase group and straight into the break away. Stevic was in tow, while Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast) dangled just off the back.

"On the second lap I waited a little for the other three riders," said Colby, who rounded the first lap solo. "I saw another group of guys coming so I was waiting to have to attack again, but it was Rory who jumped the gun on that. It was good enough. We worked together to get as much time as we could on the others."

Jersey leaders: Sportsbeans King of the Hill - Nick Riestad (Jelly Belly),
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Sutherland had used his efforts wisely when jumping across to the break away. The Aussie's efforts left Jacques-Maynes back in the chase group, watching his leader's jersey ride off into the distance.

"I couldn't dig too deep and I had to ride a solid tempo to limit my losses," said Jacques-Maynes. "I know I can't jump with Rory, it's more of a matter of whether the group he jumps into will work with him. I kind of held him for the second to last lap, but after that it was damage control."

Sutherland and Colby crested Mankato with a 10 second advantage on the chase group on the final ascent. Much like the previous year, Colby flew through the final corner in first position, where Sutherland came around him for the victory.

The reunited chase group rounded the final corner some 10 seconds later, with Bajadali claiming third place ahead of team-mate Veilleux. Stevic was present in the chase group, gaining enough time to jump into second place overall.

Outnumbered Armstrong triumphs

Stage podium (L-R): Lauren Franges (Team TIBCO), Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce),
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Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce) proved to be an uncontainable force, riding away from the peloton to a solo victory after entering the Mankato finishing circuits. Armstrong showed off her climbing prowess on Mankato for her third consecutive victory on the stage, while further increasing her race lead.

"Mankato didn't feel the same as last year, I felt ganged up on this time," said Armstrong, who only has one team-mate - Emma Rickards - contesting the event. "Last year I had my whole team here, this year poor Emma Rickards has done so much work.

"It was nice winning here in Mankato, it was very gratifying to win this race for the third year in a row and under such circumstances," continued Armstrong. "The fans here come out and they remember me. That's the coolest thing. I see all the same people each year along the course drinking beer and having a party. I feel like I know them because I see them in the same spots each year."

The battle for second place was much more dramatic, with Lauren Franges (Tibco) jumping her competition on the final climb to further demonstrated her all around talent. Franges' departure left Katharine Carroll (Aaron's) to win the bunch sprint for third place.

"I knew exactly how she was going to win the race today," said Franges, a former team-mate of Armstrong on the 2007 Lipton squad. "Joanne tried to stay with her over the first climb but she feel off pace on the second lap so I decided to give it a try. But, Kristin's in a class of her own here, especially on the climbs, so the rest of us just need to give it everything we had."

Armstrong continued to build her race lead, while Carroll's third place time bonus held pad her advantage over third placed outright Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine).

How it unfolded

Katheryn Curi (Webcor Builders) was solo
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Katheryn Curi-Mattis (Webcor Builders) set sail eight kilometers into the women's 146-kilometre stage. The strong showing from Curi-Mattis proved she is recovering well from a double broken collarbone on separate occasions early this year.

"My goal for this race was to get fitness," said Curi-Mattis, who remained off the front for more than 100-kilometres. "After my two accidents early this season, I'm definitely not at par with these women.

"I had to re-adjust my goals in terms of what I wanted to get out of this race," she added. "I didn't think I would be out there for as long as I was and, holy moly, I'm tired. It gets lonely out there by yourself. The head wind was just horrible."

The race behind Curi-Mattis intensified at the intermediate point sprints, won by classification leader Joanne Kiesanowski (Tibco). With the sprint competition complete, the general classification battle took centre stage, with the main act being the peloton's efforts to wear down Armstrong.

Sportsbeans Queen of the Hill Leader Felicia Gomez (Aaron's)
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Aaron's organised its riders at the front to reduce Curi-Mattis' advantage to 15 seconds. Kristin Sanders (Aaron's) bridged across to the breakaway in its final 15 kilometre stretch, to keep a check on things.

"I wasn't too worried about that break," said Armstrong. "There were still two hours left of the race. With those head winds and cross winds today it would have been really hard for them to stay out there like that."

Upon the return of Curi-Mattis and Sanders to the peloton, with 30 kilometres remaining, a well represented break - importantly without Armstrong - of eight riders gained 25 seconds on the main field. Value Act Capital, Cheerwine, Aaron's, ProMan amongst others pushed the speeds to try to reach the finishing circuits without Armstrong.

"My team-mate Emma got into a break of about eight riders and sat on," recalled Armstrong. "It had Tina Pic and Meredith Miller and a lot of other really strong riders."

Headed up the Main Street Hill for the second time and only
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With the danger of the break down the road, Armstrong went to the head of the peloton and started dragging the two groups break back together. The Cervelo-Lifeforce pair continued to fight the flurry of attacks with help from Kate Bates (High Road) that kept the speeds high approaching the finishing circuits.

"I got to Mankato and I initially though, maybe I'll wait a couple of laps but then I though, no way, I'm done being attacked," said Armstrong, who gave one strong attack at the base of Mankato to rid everyone but Kiesanowski. "I knew I didn't have a team-mate and to have a team of eight going after me, even on a climb, no way. By me taking control it is a lot easier than some one else taking control of me."

Armstrong shed Kiesanowski on the second ascent, which marked the beginning of her solo victory. Meredith Miller (Aaron's), Stacey Marple (Cheerwine) and Lauren Franges broke away from the chase group, but by the final lap Franges was alone and riding to the finish line for second place.

Carroll noted the importance of gaining the third place time bonus over her group companions Samplonius and Kiesanowski, all separated by a second on the general classification. "The three of us came to the last corner side by side and it was a drag to the line," said Carroll. "Luckily it was a short drag because I was pretty tired."

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Results

Elite men
 
1 Rory Sutherland (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)               3.30.19
2 Anthony Colby (Colavita Sutter Home)                                      
3 Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                   0.07
4 David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                        
5 John Murphy (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                          
6 Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United)                                               
7 Caleb Manion (Toyota-United)                                          0.21
8 Ricardo Escuela (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                   0.26
9 Matthew Busche (IS Corp Cycling Team)                                     
10 Cesar Grajales (Rock Racing)                                             
11 Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                        
12 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                       
13 Phil Zajicek (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                        
14 Jesse Moore (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                                 
15 Keil Reijnen (Team Waste Management)                                     
16 Luis Amaran (Colavita Sutter Home)                                       
17 Edward King (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                                   
18 Doug Ollerenshaw (Rock Racing)                                           
19 Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United)                                     0.39
20 Jesse Anthony (Team Type 1)                                          0.42
21 Emile Abraham (Team Type 1)                                          0.50
22 Michael Grabinger (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                    
23 Nick Clayville (Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team)                          
24 Andrew Guptill (Colavita Sutter Home)                                    
25 Chris Wherry (Toyota-United)                                             
26 Eric Schildge (Fiordifrutta)                                         0.52
27 Ben Brooks (Team Type 1)                                             0.53
28 Bradley White (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                        
29 Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                      
30 Michael Creed (Rock Racing)                                              
31 Davide Frattini (Colavita Sutter Home)                               0.54
32 Jonathan Page (Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma Bar)                   1.35
33 Steve Scholzen (IS Corp Cycling Team)                                1.40
34 Jason Walters (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                           1.45
35 Stefano Barberi (THF Racing)                                             
36 Chris Hall (HRRC / Trek Stores)                                          
37 Toby Marzot (Fiordifrutta)                                               
38 Daniel Ramsey (TIME Pro Cycling)                                         
39 Shawn Milne (Team Type 1)                                                
40 Jonathan Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                   2.00
41 Sean Mazich (Team Waste Management)                                      
42 Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                         
43 Tyler Wren (Colavita Sutter Home)                                        
44 Hayden Brooks (Fiordifrutta)                                             
45 Romun Kilun (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                         
46 Aaron Olson (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                                   
47 Kirk O'Bee (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                      2.18
48 Rudolph Napolitano (Rock Racing)                                         
49 Brian Jensen (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                         
50 Frank Pipp (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                          
51 Heath Blackgrove (Toyota-United)                                     3.01
52 Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                       
53 Adrian Hegyvary (Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team)                     3.06
54 Jon Parrish (Team Waste Management)                                      
55 Nic Sanderson (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                                  
56 Stevie Cullinan (Team Waste Management)                                  
57 Jeff Hartman (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                                
58 Cole House (Bianchi / Grand Performance)                                 
59 Nick Frey (TIME Pro Cycling)                                             
60 Jordan Roessingh (IS Corp Cycling Team)                                  
61 Kip Spaude (IS Corp Cycling Team)                                        
62 Bill Stolte (HRRC / Trek Stores)                                         
63 Cody O'Reilly (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                        
64 Richard England (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                               
65 David Clinger (Rock Racing)                                              
66 Peter Dawson (Rock Racing)                                               
67 Luca Damiani (Colavita Sutter Home)                                      
68 Bernard VanUlden (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                               
69 Matt Rice (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                                      
70 Nick Reistad (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                               4.52
71 Gregg Brant (Bianchi / Grand Performance)                                
72 Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)                                            
73 David Zimmerman (Flanders/MBRC)                                      5.49
74 Ryan Dewald (Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma Bar)                         
75 Andy Minier (Grandstay Hotels)                                       6.39
76 Tim Johnson (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                     8.00
77 Henk Vogels (Toyota-United)                                              
78 Jonny Clarke (Toyota-United)                                             
79 Garrett Peltonen (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                              
80 Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                                    
81 Alessandro Bazzana (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                   
82 Curtis Gunn (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                          
83 Sam Johnson (Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team)                             
84 Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                                
85 Jared Gilyard (Wheel & Sprocket)                                         
86 Scott Zwizanski (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                               
87 Aaron Tuckerman (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                                
88 Eric Marcotte (Bianchi / Grand Performance)                              
89 Anibal Borrajo (Colavita Sutter Home)                                8.18
90 David Guttenplan (TIME Pro Cycling)                                 15.11
91 Scott Tietzel (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                             16.36
92 Joseph Kukolla (Wheel & Sprocket)                                        
93 Adam Bergman (HRRC / Trek Stores)                                        
94 Jered Gruber (TIME Pro Cycling)                                          
95 Michael Woell (Flanders/MBRC)                                            
96 Tom Soladay (TIME Pro Cycling)                                           
97 Russ Langley (Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma Bar)                        
98 Doug Swanson (Grandstay Hotels)                                          
 Matt Crane (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                            
 Christian Valenzuela (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                   
 Kevin Klein (Rock Racing)                                                  
 Michael Lange (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                                    
 Bryce Mead (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                                       
 Daniel Holt (Team Type 1)                                                  
 Keck Baker (Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma Bar)                            
 Phillip Gaimon (Fiordifrutta)                                              
 Chris Rozdilsky (Fiordifrutta)                                             
 Steve Weller (Fiordifrutta)                                                
 Dan Harm (Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team)                                  
 Joshua Chugg (THF Racing)                                                  
 David Duncan (TIME Pro Cycling)                                            
 Alex Boyd (Team Waste Management)                                          
 Ron Jensen (Team Waste Management)                                         
 Brady Gibney (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                                  
 Jonathan Jacob (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                                
 Mark Shimahara (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                                
 Shane Braley (Wheel & Sprocket)                                            
 Craig Luekens (Wheel & Sprocket)                                           
 Christopher Doig (Flanders/MBRC)                                           
 Ian Stanford (Grandstay Hotels)                                            
 Dan Swanson (Grandstay Hotels)                                             
 
Elite women
 
1 Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce Professional Cycling Team)    3.59.05
2 Lauren Franges (Team TIBCO)                                           0.37
3 Katharine Carroll (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)         0.40
4 Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO)                                           
5 Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine Cycling)                                       
6 Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO)                                                
7 Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine Cycling)                                          
8 Kristin McGrath (Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)                
9 Ruth Corset (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)                                     
10 Stacy Marple (Cheerwine Cycling)                                         
11 Catherine Cheatley (Cheerwine Cycling)                                   
12 Ashley Anderson (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)                          
13 Kathleen Billington (Connecticut Coast Cycling)                          
14 Carla Swart (Ryan Collegiate)                                            
15 Anna McLoon (Ryan Collegiate)                                        1.02
16 Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine Cycling)                                     
17 Amber Rais (Team TIBCO)                                              1.04
18 Marisa Asplund-Owens (Cheerwine Cycling)                                 
19 Meredith Miller (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)          1.15
20 Shelley Olds (PROMAN Racing)                                         1.19
21 Felicia Gomez (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)                
22 Martina Patella (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                          
23 Tina Pic (Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)                      
24 Megan Guarnier (PROMAN Racing)                                           
25 Flavia Oliveira (Metromint Cycling)                                      
26 Devon Haskell (Ryan Collegiate)                                          
27 Andrea Dvorak (Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)                 
28 Chloe Forsman (Ryan Collegiate)                                      1.45
29 Kristin Sanders (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)          2.03
30 Sarah Stewart (Team SHO-AIR)                                             
31 Amy Dombroski (Webcor Builders)                                          
32 Lorena Candrian (HPC powered by Altarum)                                 
33 Rebecca Larson (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)               
34 Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda Tire)                                      
35 Christina Ruiter (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                         
36 Helene Drumm (PROMAN Racing)                                         2.35
37 Amanda Miller (Ryan Collegiate)                                          
38 Jane Robertson (Metromint Cycling)                                       
39 Lesley Golenor (HPC powered by Altarum)                                  
40 Robin Farina (Cheerwine Cycling)                                         
41 Linsey Bradshaw (Team SHO-AIR)                                       2.43
42 Jadine Riley (Team SHO-AIR)                                              
43 Julie Bishop (Team Revolution)                                       2.45
44 Amanda Eaken (Metromint Cycling)                                         
45 Katie Weber (Team Revolution)                                            
46 Shana Sturla (Flanders/MBRC)                                             
47 Kele Murdin (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)                                  
48 Sue Butler (MonavieCannondale.com)                                       
49 Lara Kroepsch (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                            
50 Sharon Allpress (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                          
51 Rachel Lloyd (PROMAN Racing)                                             
52 Jacquelyn Crowell (Team Kenda Tire)                                      
53 Sydney Brown (Team Revolution)                                       3.00
54 Coryn Rivera (Kahala-La Grange)                                      3.27
55 Kacey Manderfield (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)                        3.55
56 Ruth Clemence (Team SHO-AIR)                                         4.21
57 Carmen McNellis (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)              
58 Morgan Kapp (SouthBay Wheelmen)                                          
59 Emily Zell (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                           4.50
60 Kendi Thomas (Team Revolution)                                       5.52
61 Lana Atchley (Team SHO-AIR)                                              
62 Bri Kovac (Team Revolution)                                          6.15
63 Kate Flore (HPC powered by Altarum)                                  7.07
64 Carrie Cash-Wootten (Team Revolution)                                7.12
65 Linda Sone (Flanders/MBRC)                                           7.45
66 Katheryn Curi (Webcor Builders)                                      7.53
67 Ashley Dymond (Team SHO-AIR)                                         8.05
68 Jennifer Rasmusson (HPC powered by Altarum)                          8.12
69 Alison Rosenthal (Team TIBCO)                                        8.45
70 Mackenzie Woodring (Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)            
71 Lauren Ellis (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)                              10.02
72 Elisa Gagnon (Team Advil-ChapStick)                                 10.25
73 Emma Rickards (Cervelo-Lifeforce Professional Cycling Team)              
74 Marni Hambleton (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                          
75 Laura Bowles (Team Advil-ChapStick)                                      
76 Natalie Klemko (Team Advil-ChapStick)                                    
77 Kristin Drumm (PROMAN Racing)                                            
78 Virginia Perkins (PROMAN Racing)                                         
79 Clare Vlahopoulos (America's Dairyland)                                  
80 Michelle Orem (Kahala-La Grange)                                    14.00
81 Christen King (SouthBay Wheelmen)                                        
82 Cari Higgins (America's Dairyland)                                       
83 Shannon Koch (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)                             
84 Rushlee Buchanan (Team TIBCO)                                            
85 Rebecca Much (Webcor Builders)                                           
 Debbie Dust (Team Kenda Tire)                                              
 Lori Jug (Team Kenda Tire)                                                 
 Andrea Luebbe (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)                                  
 Olivia Dillon (Metromint Cycling)                                          
 Kate Ross (America's Dairyland)                                            
 Kristine Church (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                               
 Jennifer Greenberg (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                            
 Michelle Jensen (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                               
 Alison Starnes (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                                
 Janeen Thorpe (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                                 
 Alicia Boland (Banning's Bike/Ducati)                                      
 Kimberly Anderson (Team Highroad)                                          
 Katherine Bates (Team Highroad)                                            
 
General Classification after Stage 5
 
Elite men
 
1 Rory Sutherland (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)               7.11.56
2 John Murphy (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                      0.12
3 Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United)                                           0.15
4 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                    0.24
5 Edward King (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                                0.39
6 Anthony Colby (Colavita Sutter Home)                                  0.40
7 David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                    0.43
8 Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                   0.57
9 Luis Amaran (Colavita Sutter Home)                                    1.13
10 Dominique Rollin (Toyota-United)                                     1.16
11 Doug Ollerenshaw (Rock Racing)                                       1.22
12 Michael Creed (Rock Racing)                                          1.24
13 Keil Reijnen (Team Waste Management)                                 1.25
14 Phil Zajicek (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                    1.28
15 Caleb Manion (Toyota-United)                                         1.30
16 Chris Wherry (Toyota-United)                                         1.31
17 Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                    1.32
18 Michael Grabinger (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                1.33
19 Ricardo Escuela (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                  1.35
20 Matthew Busche (IS Corp Cycling Team)                                1.37
21 Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                  1.38
22 Cesar Grajales (Rock Racing)                                         1.43
23 Bradley White (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                    1.44
24 Jesse Moore (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                             1.49
25 Jesse Anthony (Team Type 1)                                          2.14
26 Ben Brooks (Team Type 1)                                             2.20
27 Emile Abraham (Team Type 1)                                          2.22
28 Kirk O'Bee (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                      2.26
29 Davide Frattini (Colavita Sutter Home)                               2.28
30 Stefano Barberi (THF Racing)                                         2.40
31 Andrew Guptill (Colavita Sutter Home)                                2.43
32 Eric Schildge (Fiordifrutta)                                         2.48
33 Daniel Ramsey (TIME Pro Cycling)                                     3.00
34 Aaron Olson (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                               3.05
35 Steve Scholzen (IS Corp Cycling Team)                                3.12
36 Tyler Wren (Colavita Sutter Home)                                    3.13
37 Jason Walters (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                           3.19
38 Hayden Brooks (Fiordifrutta)                                         3.20
39 Frank Pipp (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                      3.28
40 Brian Jensen (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                     3.29
41 Jonathan Page (Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma Bar)                   3.31
42 Heath Blackgrove (Toyota-United)                                     3.51
43 Bernard VanUlden (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                           3.54
44 Reid Mumford (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                     3.55
45 Richard England (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                           3.58
46 Matt Rice (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                                  3.59
47 Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                   4.04
48 Adrian Hegyvary (Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team)                     4.08
49 Jonathan Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast)                   4.16
50 Nick Frey (TIME Pro Cycling)                                         4.22
51 Nic Sanderson (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                                  
52 Rudolph Napolitano (Rock Racing)                                     4.42
53 Luca Damiani (Colavita Sutter Home)                                  4.48
54 Shawn Milne (Team Type 1)                                            4.52
55 Romun Kilun (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                     5.06
56 David Clinger (Rock Racing)                                          5.10
57 Jon Parrish (Team Waste Management)                                  5.11
58 Nick Clayville (Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team)                      5.12
59 Chris Hall (HRRC / Trek Stores)                                      5.34
60 Cole House (Bianchi / Grand Performance)                             5.42
61 Kayle Leogrande (Rock Racing)                                        5.45
62 Nick Reistad (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                               5.51
63 Jordan Roessingh (IS Corp Cycling Team)                              6.44
64 Toby Marzot (Fiordifrutta)                                           6.51
65 Sean Mazich (Team Waste Management)                                  7.20
66 Kip Spaude (IS Corp Cycling Team)                                    7.26
67 Scott Zwizanski (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                           8.25
68 Garrett Peltonen (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                          8.35
69 Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                                8.39
70 Jeremy Vennell (Bissell Pro Cycling Team)                            8.50
71 Aaron Tuckerman (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                            9.10
72 Peter Dawson (Rock Racing)                                           9.20
73 Jonny Clarke (Toyota-United)                                         9.21
74 Anibal Borrajo (Colavita Sutter Home)                                9.29
75 Ryan Dewald (Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma Bar)                     9.38
76 Sam Johnson (Hagens Berman LLP Cycling Team)                         9.40
77 Curtis Gunn (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                      9.59
78 Stevie Cullinan (Team Waste Management)                                  
79 Tim Johnson (Team Healthnet Presented by Maxxis)                    10.25
80 Bill Stolte (HRRC / Trek Stores)                                    10.32
81 Alessandro Bazzana (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)              10.53
82 David Zimmerman (Flanders/MBRC)                                     11.14
83 Andy Minier (Grandstay Hotels)                                      11.28
84 Cody O'Reilly (Successful Living.com P/B Parkpre)                   11.33
85 Gregg Brant (Bianchi / Grand Performance)                           11.38
86 Henk Vogels (Toyota-United)                                         11.49
87 Jared Gilyard (Wheel & Sprocket)                                    12.21
88 Eric Marcotte (Bianchi / Grand Performance)                         13.07
89 Russ Langley (Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma Bar)                   17.20
90 David Guttenplan (TIME Pro Cycling)                                 17.37
91 Adam Bergman (HRRC / Trek Stores)                                   18.27
92 Jered Gruber (TIME Pro Cycling)                                     19.24
93 Michael Woell (Flanders/MBRC)                                       20.03
94 Doug Swanson (Grandstay Hotels)                                     22.17
95 Scott Tietzel (Jelly Belly Pro Cycling)                             22.24
96 Joseph Kukolla (Wheel & Sprocket)                                   24.41
97 Jeff Hartman (Nature Valley Cycling Team)                           28.04
98 Tom Soladay (TIME Pro Cycling)                                      46.42
 
Elite women
 
1 Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce Professional Cycling Team)    7.38.07
2 Katharine Carroll (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)         1.33
3 Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine Cycling)                                   1.40
4 Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO)                                       2.17
5 Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine Cycling)                                      2.19
6 Ruth Corset (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)                                 2.33
7 Kristin McGrath (Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)            2.34
8 Shelley Olds (PROMAN Racing)                                          2.38
9 Catherine Cheatley (Cheerwine Cycling)                                2.39
10 Felicia Gomez (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)                
11 Amber Rais (Team TIBCO)                                              2.49
12 Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine Cycling)                                 2.50
13 Marisa Asplund-Owens (Cheerwine Cycling)                             2.57
14 Stacy Marple (Cheerwine Cycling)                                     2.59
15 Martina Patella (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                      3.04
16 Ashley Anderson (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)                      3.07
17 Kathleen Billington (Connecticut Coast Cycling)                      3.13
18 Andrea Dvorak (Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)             3.17
19 Megan Guarnier (PROMAN Racing)                                       3.18
20 Tina Pic (Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)                  3.25
21 Kristin Sanders (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)          3.37
22 Anna McLoon (Ryan Collegiate)                                        3.49
23 Rebecca Larson (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)           3.53
24 Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO)                                           4.04
25 Carla Swart (Ryan Collegiate)                                        4.11
26 Sarah Stewart (Team SHO-AIR)                                         4.17
27 Amy Dombroski (Webcor Builders)                                      4.27
28 Chloe Forsman (Ryan Collegiate)                                      4.31
29 Robin Farina (Cheerwine Cycling)                                     4.39
30 Jane Robertson (Metromint Cycling)                                   4.42
31 Flavia Oliveira (Metromint Cycling)                                  4.44
32 Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda Tire)                                  4.45
33 Helene Drumm (PROMAN Racing)                                         4.54
34 Lauren Franges (Team TIBCO)                                          5.00
35 Kele Murdin (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)                              5.01
36 Meredith Miller (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)          5.03
37 Sydney Brown (Team Revolution)                                           
38 Sue Butler (MonavieCannondale.com)                                   5.17
39 Jacquelyn Crowell (Team Kenda Tire)                                  5.20
40 Sharon Allpress (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                      5.25
41 Jadine Riley (Team SHO-AIR)                                          5.26
42 Linsey Bradshaw (Team SHO-AIR)                                       5.39
43 Lara Kroepsch (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                        5.40
44 Shana Sturla (Flanders/MBRC)                                         5.41
45 Rachel Lloyd (PROMAN Racing)                                         5.42
46 Amanda Miller (Ryan Collegiate)                                      5.43
47 Lesley Golenor (HPC powered by Altarum)                              5.49
48 Julie Bishop (Team Revolution)                                       5.59
49 Katie Weber (Team Revolution)                                        6.52
50 Kacey Manderfield (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)                        6.59
51 Morgan Kapp (SouthBay Wheelmen)                                      7.07
52 Devon Haskell (Ryan Collegiate)                                          
53 Emily Zell (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                           7.21
54 Bri Kovac (Team Revolution)                                          8.20
55 Amanda Eaken (Metromint Cycling)                                     8.53
56 Coryn Rivera (Kahala-La Grange)                                      9.06
57 Katheryn Curi (Webcor Builders)                                      9.46
58 Carrie Cash-Wootten (Team Revolution)                               10.50
59 Lana Atchley (Team SHO-AIR)                                         11.09
60 Kate Flore (HPC powered by Altarum)                                 12.55
61 Virginia Perkins (PROMAN Racing)                                    13.24
62 Emma Rickards (Cervelo-Lifeforce Professional Cycling Team)         13.29
63 Marni Hambleton (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                     13.53
64 Mackenzie Woodring (Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light)       14.02
65 Lorena Candrian (HPC powered by Altarum)                            15.34
66 Shannon Koch (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)                        16.01
67 Natalie Klemko (Team Advil-ChapStick)                               17.03
68 Christina Ruiter (ValueAct Capital Cycling Team)                    18.05
69 Ruth Clemence (Team SHO-AIR)                                        18.09
70 Rebecca Much (Webcor Builders)                                      18.16
71 Lauren Ellis (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)                              18.48
72 Kristin Drumm (PROMAN Racing)                                       19.10
73 Cari Higgins (America's Dairyland)                                  19.42
74 Michelle Orem (Kahala-La Grange)                                    19.56
75 Carmen McNellis (Aaron's Professional Women's Cycling Team)         20.47
76 Kendi Thomas (Team Revolution)                                      25.00
77 Laura Bowles (Team Advil-ChapStick)                                 25.04
78 Linda Sone (Flanders/MBRC)                                          25.24
79 Rushlee Buchanan (Team TIBCO)                                       28.28
80 Ashley Dymond (Team SHO-AIR)                                        30.26
81 Jennifer Rasmusson (HPC powered by Altarum)                         36.31
82 Alison Rosenthal (Team TIBCO)                                       37.27
83 Elisa Gagnon (Team Advil-ChapStick)                                 40.29
84 Clare Vlahopoulos (America's Dairyland)                             41.20
85 Christen King (SouthBay Wheelmen)                                   42.25

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