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Nature Valley Grand Prix - NE

USA, June 12-15, 2003

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Stage 1 - June 12: Iron range road race, 98/61 miles

Mayolo-Pic rules Nature Valley with iron fist; the luck of the Irish hangs over Virginia

By Kristy Scrymgeour

Women's race

Tina Mayolo-Pic (Diet Rite) has won the first stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, taking line honours from an elite group of eight riders that formed in the last 25 kilometres of the stage. Without the support of her teammates, Mayolo-Pic was strong enough to lead out the sprint and hold off her seven companions, three of whom from the might of Team Saturn.

The Iron Range Road race was a 100km stage in the beautiful country area of Virginia, Minnesota. On the flat course with rolling hills towards the end, the wind was going to be the decisive factor in determining the race outcome.

The race began aggressively and 40 kilometers into the race, an attack formed that split the field, creating a lead group of 14 riders. Making the cut were Saturn riders Katie Mactier, Manon Jutras, and Amy Moore; Karen Bockel, Erin Willock and Melissa Holt (Rona); Sarah Ulmer and Margaret Hemsley (Nurnberger); Dotsy Cowden (T-Mobile); Megan Long (Freddie Fu); Sarah Conrad (DeFeet) and Tina Mayolo-Pic (Diet Rite).

The break stayed together for the majority of the race until 25km to go when former Australian champion Margaret Hemsley saw the opportunity to start an onslaught of attacks as the terrain became more challenging. Rona followed Hemsley's initiative and continued to attack, but it was Saturn rider Monon Jutras who managed to split the break on a small pinch with only 7 of the 13 other riders able to go with her. Mactier, Cowden, Bockel, Hemsley, Ulmer and Mayolo-Pic immediately followed Jutras, with Amy Moore bridging up to the leaders in what would be the deciding break of the day.

The seven worked well together and gained a significant time gap over the peloton. Coming into town, riders faced an intermediate sprint on the completion of the first of seven, 2.5km finishing circuits, which Katie Mactier won from Tina Mayolo-Pic and Sarah Ulmer thanks to a strong lead-out from her teammates.

Confident that Mactier could do it again at the finish line, the Saturn duo of Jutras and Moore forced the pace in the break, hoping to keep it together. However in the all important sprint of the day, Mayolo-Pic (Diet Rite) showed her ability to go the distance when she led out from the final corner to take the stage and the race lead.

"Tina rode a very smart race today," said today's race aggressor Margaret Hemsley. "She worked just enough all day and positioned herself perfectly for the finish."

Ulmer was second and Mactier third from Bockel, Cowden and Hemsley. Manon Jutras and Amy Moore came in a few seconds down having spent themselves for Mactier.

Mayolo-Pic has had a very strong season to date, winning multiple criteriums in the national criterium champion's jersey and most recently at the prestigious Housatonic Valley Classic. She was also listed by many as a favourite in the Wachovia Liberty Classic last weekend where she placed 9th.

Tomorrow the riders face a double day of racing with the Mesabi Trail 10km time trial in the morning and an evening criterium in downtown Minneapolis.

Men's race

Irishman Ciaran Power (Navigators) who showed off his sprinting prowess in the 156 kilometre men's event to take the stage from his two breakaway companions. With the help of a misguided chasing group, the three held off a class field of bike riders and finished the race with a minute to spare.

The men's race began in a similar vein to the women's race with a very aggressive start and an early break of four riders setting the scene for the day. Henk Vogels (Navigators), Adam Bergman (Jelly Belly), Tom Danielson (Saturn) and Murray Carter (Flanders/Minnesota Racing) made the first cut and were later joined by five others: newly crowned US Pro Champion Mark McCormack (Saturn), Ciaran Power (Navigators), Oscar Pineda (7UP-Maxxis), Doug Ollerenshaw (Broadmark) and Paul Erris.

The group worked well for most of the race and held off strong chases from both Shroeder Iron and US Postal, two teams missing unrepresented in the break. At one stage the chasers closed the gap to 30 seconds, but persistence paid dividends with the gap widening soon thereafter.

The decisive move came at the 100 kilometre mark when McCormack, Power and Bergman powered away and quickly built a lead of over a minute. Behind, groups started reforming and at one stage a group of 14 looked likely reeling in the leading group of three. Fortunately for the break, the chasers took a wrong turn and when they eventually got back on track, they found themselves behind the main peloton and a long way from the leaders - who had stretched their lead to 1'10" as they reached the town of Virginia to begin their first laps on the finishing circuit.

Saturn's Mark McCormack won the intermediate sprint on the first lap into town, and for the remaining laps, the break was content to ride together and save themselves for the final sprint. In the dash to the line, it appeared Bergman and McCormack, who was quietly confident from his performance last weekend at the Wachovia US Pro Championships, underestimated the speed of Ciaran Power who surprised the local crowd with an impressive sprint victory.

A minute later, Marty Northstein, perhaps more famous for his results on the track, won the bunch sprint for fourth place in front of Ivan Dominguez from Saturn.

Ciaran Power takes opening stage

By James Lockwood

Newly crowned U.S. National Champ Mark McCormack defended his jersey well today, but not well enough to hold off a determined Navigators squad who were out to show that they are just as strong as the might of Team Saturn. Riding a three-man break into Virginia, Minn., in inaugural Iron Range Road Race - the first stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix - Ciaran Power found his legs in the final sprint to beat Mark McCormack, who finished third right behind newly turned professional Adam Bergman of Jelly Belly in the 96-mile race from the shores of Lake Superior.

"My third place was not what I was hoping for, obviously," McCormack said. For Power, though, the day was right on target. "It worked out pretty good for me," said the winner of the 2002 Milk Ras.

While Power claimed the spoils of the day, at the finish it sounded like the race actually belonged to Bergman, a Minnesota native who just signed with Jelly Belly on Monday. In his first professional race, he actually led into the last corner trying to outsprint the two seasoned professionals.

"It was obvious he was really, really strong," Power said. "It took a lot for me to get around him. He's got a good future in American racing if he sticks with it," McCormack said. "It's great to see someone like that stick his neck out there. He could have sat in a lot more, but he didn't."

The crowd - and Bergman - took the second-place finish as a victory.

"It really means a lot to me," Bergman, of Lino Lakes, said. "It gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the weekend."

The race started out on a slow climb from Two Harbors, Minn., a small shoreline community just up the road from the shipping port of Duluth. With a 2-percent grade, the riders slogged their way through the first 17 miles to the first sprint. At that point, Bergman, Navigators' Henk Vogels, Saturn's Tom Danielson and Murray Carter of the Twin Cities amateur team Flanders Bros. broke from the pack, with Vogels taking the points.

The four stayed away, joined soon after the sprint by Power, McCormack, 7-Up/Maxxis' Oscar Pineda, Bianchi/Grand Performance's Paul Ellis and Broadmark Capital's Doug Ollerenshaw. With two Saturns and two Navigators in the break, the nine stayed out for most of the race, building a lead of 1:30 halfway through the race.

The decisive break came with 20 miles left as the group entered the only hilly part of the course in Evelth, Minn., with their lead back down to around 40 seconds. "It was inevitable," McCormack said of the break, describing the other six riders as tired. "I figured it was better to get the situation under control."

"I saw McCormack jump and then Power, and I just tried to sit in and hang on," Bergman said.

By the time the trio entered Virginia for 7 laps on the 1.6-mile finishing circuit, their lead was back to 70 seconds, and they weren't letting it drop. McCormack said he thought he had to the legs to win, but a cramp in his right leg on the back stretch of the last lap prevented him from finding his form.

Power will take the leader's red jersey into the 6-mile time trial along the newly created Mesaba Trail from Gilbert to Virginia Friday morning before heading for a circuit race in downtown Minneapolis Friday evening. Vogels, Power's teammate, will wear the sprinter's jersey while Bikesource/Whole Foods' Steve Tilford will wear the white jersey for the best amateur.

The Nature Valley Grand Prix continues on Saturday with a road race in Winona, Minn., and finishes in Stillwater, Minn., on Sunday with a criterium.

Brief results

1 Claran Power (Irl) Navigators                          3.10.54
2 Adam Bergman (USA) Jelly Belly 
3 Mark Mcmormack (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
4 Marty Nothstein (USA) Navigators                          0.35
5 Ivan Dominguez (Cub) Saturn Cycling Team
6 Henk Vogels (Aus) Navigators
7 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators
8 Robbie Ventura (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
9 Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Saturn Cycling Team
10 Steve Tilford (USA) Bikesource/Whole Foods
11 Jason Waddell (USA) Mathis Brothers
12 Cabrel Boucher (USA) Team Manitoba
13 Roberto Gaggioli (Ita) Monex
14 Frank Pipp (USA) ABD Cycling Team
15 Ryan Guay (USA) Navigators
16 Gus Carrillo (Gua) Bianchi/ Grand Performance
17 Glen Mitchell NZl Navigators
18 Cameron Evans (USA) Broadmark Capital
19 Bill Stolte (USA) HRR
20 Michael Olheiser (USA) Veloclips
21 Dan Schmatz (USA) 7-Up/Maxxis
22 Christopher Flood (USA) 05 Orbitel
23 Eric Pardyjak (USA) First Endurance/Contender
24 Jeremy Sartain (USA) Bianchi/ Grand Performance
25 Jason Snider (USA) Orbea/MoEx
26 Trent Klasna (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
27 Aaron Olson (USA) Schroeder Iron
28 Tim Johnson (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
29 David Metza (USA) Spring Street Sports
30 Fred Feirn (USA) Orbea/MoEx
31 John Lieswyn (USA) 7-Up/Maxxis
32 Mike Johnson (USA) Spring Street Sports
33 Steve Cate (USA) Mathis Brothers
34 Jacob Erker (USA) Schroeder Iron
35 Cameron Hughes (Aus) Schroeder Iron
36 Tom Danielson (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
37 Paul Holm (USA) Bianchi/ Grand Performance
38 Matthew Gates (USA) Nature Valley
39 Stuart Gillespie (USA) Harvard University Cycling
40 Brian Koeneman (USA) Nature Valley
41 Tone Coughlin (USA) Mortgage Solutions/ DMOS
42 Justin Spinelli (USA) Navigators
43 Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Broadmark Capital
44 Craig Wilcox (USA) Broadmark Capital
45 Adam Livingston (USA) Schroeder Iron
46 Terry Beenken (USA) Mortgage Solutions/ DMOS
47 John (Jack) Seehafer (USA) Pro Peloton Velo
48 Paul Ellis (USA) Bianchi/ Grand Performance
49 John Olney (USA) Mercy/Cannondale
50 Jason Bausch (USA) Schroeder Iron
51 Erik Tomlinson (USA) Grove Dental Cycling Team
52 Rod Raymond (USA)
53 Ryan Nenninger (USA) ABD Cycling Team
54 Dylan Sebel (USA) Broadmark Capital
55 Bryce Mead (USA) Bianchi/ Grand Performance
56 Ryan Ramos (USA) Higher Gear - Lemond
57 Cory Steinbrecher (USA) Jelly Belly
58 Shawn Brick (USA) Birchwood/GIS
59 Chris Doig (USA) Flanders Brothers Cycles/MBRC
60 Peter Knudsen (USA) Schroeder Iron
61 David Sachs (USA) Alberto's sport
62 Oscar Pineda (Gua) 7-Up/Maxxis
63 Dale Sedgwick (USA) Bianchi/ Grand Performance
64 Peter Maxwell (USA) Birchwood/GIS
65 Andrew Powell (USA) Orbea/MoEx
66 Aaron Johnson (USA) Nature Valley
67 Pete Hanna (USA) Bianchi/ Grand Performance
68 Timmer Mulrooney (USA) Flanders Brothers Cycles/MBRC
69 Matt Henry (USA) Nature Valley
70 Kenny Labbe (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
71 Barrett Zoltai (USA) Orbea/MoEx
72 John Puffer (USA) ABD Cycling Team
73 Joshua Tack (USA) Mercy/Cannondale
74 Murray Carter (USA) Flanders Brothers Cycles/MBRC
75 Daniel Arden (USA) Birchwood/GIS                         1.04
76 Banning Ostrow (USA) Orbea/MoEx                          1.34
77 Michael Dietzman (USA) Flanders Brothers Cycles/MBRC     1.43
78 Karl Stover (USA) Grove Dental Cycling Team              3.21
79 Andy Malcom (USA) RCR                                    3.47
80 Lee Venteicher (USA) Mercy/Cannondale                    4.15
81 Frank Dierking (USA) ABD Cycling Team
82 Luke Winger (USA) Orbea/MoEx
83 Mark Dykes (USA) Birchwood/GIS
84 Brian Jensen (USA) Bikesource/Whole Foods                5.45
85 Andrew Minier (USA) SHA
86 Mike Eberts (USA) ABD Cycling Team
87 Josh Crow (USA) HRR                                      5.50
88 Aaron Rukgaber (USA) Mercy/Cannondale
89 Brent Binkowski (USA) Birchwood/GIS                      6.42
90 Calvin Allan (USA) Broadmark Capital                    34.20
91 Evan Elken (USA) Broadmark Capital
DNF Brent Dawson (Aus) Jelly Belly
DNF Rigoberto Merza (Mex) Schroeder Iron
DNF Miguel Meza (Mex) Schroeder Iron
DNF Rob Jungles (USA) ABD Cycling Team
DNF Todd Campbell (USA) Grove Dental Cycling Team
DNF Brian Dziewa (USA) Grove Dental Cycling Team
DNF Scott Walters (USA) Grove Dental Cycling Team
DNF Aron Huerta (USA) Mathis Brothers
DNF Nick Kiernan (USA) Mathis Brothers
1 Tina Mayolo-Pic (USA) Diet Rite                        2.24.56
2 Sarah Ulmer NZl TDS
3 Katie Mactier (Aus) Saturn Cycling Team
4 Karen Bockel (Ger) Rona-Esker
5 Dotsie Cowden (USA) T-Mobile
6 Margaret Hemsley (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger
7 Amy Moore (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
8 Manon Jutras (Can) Saturn Cycling Team
9 Melissa Holt NZl Rona-Esker                               0.20
10 Megan Long (USA) Jamba Juice                             3.50
11 Erinne Willock (Can) Rona-Esker
12 Jennifer Eyerman (USA) VANIQA/Red 5 Racing
13 Sarah Konrad (USA) Basis
14 Kerry Cohen (USA) ABD Cycle Club
15 Jo Kiesanowski NZl Diet Rite                             5.20
16 Tania Duff-Miller NZl Diet Rite
17 Gina Grain (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's
18 Lara Kroepsca (USA) T-Mobile
19 Erin Carter (Can) TDS
20 Megan Elliott (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
21 Helen Kelly (Aus) TDS
22 Kori Kelly (USA) Diet Rite
23 Brooke O'connor (USA) Colavita-Bolla Racing
24 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Saturn Cycling Team
25 Jennifer Leonard (USA) Bianchi/Grand Performance
26 Carrie Tuck (USA) Rona-Esker
27 Nicole Freedman (USA) Basis
28 Catherine Walberg (USA) Jamba Juice
29 Katrina Grove (USA) T-Mobile
30 Christina Ruiter (USA) T-Mobile
31 Laura Vangilder (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
32 Rook (USA) Hi Tech Bikes/Harbour Lights
33 Kate Sherwin (USA) Jamba Juice
35 Petra Rossner (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger
36 Stacy Peters (USA) T-Mobile
37 Becky Broeder (USA) ICO (intermountain Cycling Org)
38 April Henderson Anderson (USA) Helens/Trek/VW
39 Melissa Sandborn (USA) ICO (intermountain Cycling Org
40 Sarah Tillotson (USA) ABD Cycle Club
41 Laura Schmidt (USA) Terry Precision
42 Anne Samplonius (Can) TDS
43 Anne Grabowski (USA) Nature Valley
44 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn Cycling Team
44 Cybil Diguistini (Can) Diet Rite
45 Lauren Franges (USA) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's
46 Jessica Phillips (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
47 Andrea Hannos (Can) Rona-Esker
48 Lynn Gaggioli (USA)
49 Amanda Lawrence (USA) CCB
50 Lauren Gaffney (USA) Basis
51 Felicia Greer (USA) VANIQA/Red 5 Racing                  5.37
52 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger
53 Michelle Beltran (USA) VANIQA/Red 5 Racing
54 Brooke Ourada (USA) Team Goldy's
55 Erika Schwarz (USA) VANIQA/Red 5 Racing
56 Elizabeth Morse (USA) Ford Racing Team/ Orlando Velo
57 Shawn Heidgen (USA) TDS
58 Kristin Johnson (USA) T-Mobile
59 Debbie Dust (USA) Jamba Juice
60 Crystal Yap (USA) Jamba Juice
61 Laura Resor (USA) VANIQA/Red 5 Racing
62 Anne Meyer (USA) ABD Cycle Club
63 Elisa Gagnon (USA) Terry Precision
64 Jennifer Stevens (USA) VANIQA/Red 5 Racing
65 Betsy Bloom (USA) VANIQA/Red 5 Racing
66 Cory Page (USA) VANIQA/Red 5 Racing
67 Lindsay Wetzel (USA) Mercy/Cannondale
68 Kathleen Jones (USA) ICO (intermountain Cycling Org)     5.45
69 Kristen Lasasso (Can) Rona-Esker
70 Megan Mcquaid (USA) VANIQA/Red 5 Racing
71 Sophie St. Jacques (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's       5.50
72 Kelly Benjamin (USA) ABD Cycle Club                      5.56
73 Laurel Sundberg (USA) MCT/Tonka Cycle                    7.03
74 Rachel Eichers (USA) America's Dairyland                 7.46
75 Rebecca Loney (USA) America's Dairyland                  8.09
76 Andrea Mugge (USA) Mercy/Cannondale
77 Megan Monroe (USA) America's Dairyland                  40.00
78 Allison Dwyer (USA) America's Dairyland
DNF Joan Wilson (USA) TDS
DNF Jamie Surges (USA) America's Dairyland
DNF Erin Syth (USA) America's Dairyland
DNF Courtney Bollman (USA) Jamba Juice
DNF Meredith Miller (USA) Team Basis