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Joe Martin Stage Race - NE

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA, May 12-14, 2006

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Stage 1 - May 12: Road race, 110/64 miles

Fraser takes men's field sprint, Colavita-Lipton trade blows

by Mark Zalewski, North American Editor with additional reporting from Kirsten Robbins

The peloton
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Gord Fraser (Health Net-Maxxis) continued his NRC point accrual in the first road race of the Joe Martin Stage Race, winning the uphill field sprint ahead of Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United Pro) and Alex Candelario (Jelly Belly.) Health Net-Maxxis, who won a stage and second overall at last week's Tour of the Gila with only three riders have doubled their team size, giving Fraser a little more breathing room. "The guys did a lot of work to bring the break back," said Fraser. "It was a tough day. We only have a six-man team here... but we are used to that now!"

With a homage to the biggest company in the state, the 110.8 mile course began in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. It featured rolling hills for the first 73 mile, leading to the 11 mile climb up Mount Gaylor -- totalling 1,350 feet. From there it was a gradual downhill back to Fayetteville.

An eight rider break was the biggest threat today, but since it contained Fraser's teammate Nathan O'Neill, the team did not worry too much. "We had Nathan up there, and with an uphill time trial [tomorrow] it was good," said Fraser. Then the race reached the climb and things changed. "It shook out a breakaway and out of those eight guys are the ones we ended up having to chase. The onus was on us to bring it back."

The men's podium
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Into Fayetteville, the speeds were high until the final turns where the race rolled and climbed 150 feet in less than a mile. "Sean Sullivan attacked and Caleb Manion went too, but I covered it," Fraser explained. "He kept Sullivan close and brought him back to a reasonable distance. When I took off he was catchable. Stevic sprints uphill quite fast, but I was able to hold him off."

Jelly Belly has a lot of hopes for this race annually, as it is nearby to their bike sponsor's home in Little Rock. "Orbea is based here so we like to come out and give a little show," said third place Alex Candelario. "The finish was pretty hard actually because there are these rollers before it that soften the legs. I was over-geared unfortunately."

Tomorrow features two stages -- a 92 mile road race and a time trial. The road stage consists of three 23 mile loops, totaling 1,500 feet of climbing per lap. The time-trial is a 2.5-mile uphill course in Devil's Den State Park with an average grade of 6.8% and a strict time cut which should shrink the 200+ rider field a little leading into the tight and technical criterium finish on Sunday.

Pic’s sprint prowess delivers her to the line first

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Friday morning the pro women’s field arrived equipped with full squads ready to take on one another in the 2006 Joe Martin Stage Race. The 66-mile first stage was an aggressive race all the way to the end as Colavita Cooking Light’s Tina Pic barreled to the finish line for the win followed by TEAm Lipton’s Laura Van Gilder and Colavita Cooking Light’s Dotsie Bausch.

Cyclingnews spoke with Colavita Cooking Light Team Director Sportif Jim Williams about his team’s efforts. “I think Joe Martin is unique because it starts off with two road races, not a prologue, making the racing aggressive from the start. Today’s race was highly aggressive and all the teams should be proud of the way they raced,” said Williams.

Race winner Tina Pic said that having three riders in the top five was, “a really good position to be in. It is really great to have three of us in the top five. Sue did that amazing lead out for me and she hung on for fifth so that is amazing. It gives us so many cards to play with for the coming stages.”

A front group of thirty riders came into the finish ready to sprint. “Attacks were coming left and right coming into the finish,” said Pic. “Sue drove it to the finish for me with the help of Kori from Lipton. I knew it was a far sprint so I sat on Laura for a little coming out of the last corner. I timed it to come around her about half way up the hill – about two hundred meters to go. I remember the sprint being long and up hill it is such a grind.”

Runner up Laura Van Gilder described the finish of the race as being, “a long sprint and I decided to go first, therefore I was passed my Ms. Pic. That is the risk you take sometimes. We are happy with today’s outcome but we also hope to turn it around in the next races – of course winning is better than second. We have a small team here and I think we need to pick and chose our battles carefully. My team did great work and I have them to thank."

There were two significant breaks, the first initiated five miles from the base of the climb by Leigh Hobson of Victory Brewing. Brooke Ourada of Colavita Cooking Light and Charm Breon of Cheerwine later bridged to join Hobson.

Williams said, “All the teams rode really well today. We had a sense that Victory Brewing would be aggressive in the beginning. We wanted to make sure that if a break went we were represented to make Webcor work before the climb. Brooke was able to bridge to Leigh and this forced the other teams to do some work on the climb.”

Over the top of the climb Erinne Willock of Webcor, Dotsie Bausch of Colavita Cooking Light, Rachel Heal of Victory Brewing and Kori Seehawfer of Lipton drove the new break for the next 20-miles but were brought back ten miles to the finish by Nurenburger’s Kate Bates and Team Cheerwine.

Tomorrow combines both stages two and three beginning with a sixty mile challenging road race followed by a 2.5 mile up hills time trial.


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Pro Men
1 Gordon Fraser (Health Net presented by Maxxis)               4.21.37
2 Ivan Stevic (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                             
3 Alex Candelario (Jelly Belly)                                       
4 Edward King (Priority Health)                                       
5 Scott Moninger (Health Net presented by Maxxis)                     
6 Aaron Tuckerman (Team Rubicon/Gleukos)                              
7 Chad Cagle (Mercy Cycling)                                          
8 Predrag Prokic (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                         
9 Justin England (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                          
10 Chris Wherry (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                           
11 Viktor Laza (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                           
12 Caleb Manion (Jelly Belly)                                         
13 Mike Olheiser (Memphis Motor Werks/ CARVE)                         
14 Paul Esposti (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)                            
15 Buck Miller (Fiordifrutta Elite Cycling Team)                      
16 Andrew Bajadali (Jelly Belly)                                      
17 Erik Tomlinson (Dent Wizard Cycling Team)                          
18 Andy Guptill (TargeTraining)                                       
19 Jason Donald (Team Einstein's Cycling)                             
20 Tero Hameenaho (CTCA / Tulsa Wheelmen)                             
21 Heano Jaramillo (Monex)                                            
22 Brad Viera (Rite Aid)                                              
23 Janne Hamalainen (CTCA / Tulsa Wheelmen)                           
24 Stefan Rothe (Mercy Cycling)                                       
25 Barry Wicks (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                           
26 Richard England (Priority Health)                                  
27 Logan Hunn (Team Rubicon/Gleukos)                                  
28 Chris Rozdilsky (Fiordifrutta Elite Cycling Team)                  
29 Glen Mitchel (Priority Health)                                     
30 Jean Sebastien Perron (Calyon-LiteSpeed)                           
31 Ryan Trebon (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                           
32 Jamie Kimberley (Turin Bicycle/Life Fitness)                       
33 Stefano Barberi (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                        
34 Ian Stanford (Nature Valley / Penn Cycle)                          
35 Jarred Berger (Team Kaos/Nebraska Medical Center)                  
36 Jonathan Kersha (Columbia Bike Club Race Team)                     
37 Ernesto Lechuga (Memphis Motor Werks/ CARVE)                       
38 Nathan O'Neill (Health Net presented by Maxxis)                    
39 William Gault (Tulsa Wheelmen / CTCA)                              
40 Tom Zirbel (Priority Health)                                       
41 Christian Valenzuela (Monex)                                       
42 Stephen Shepherd (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)                        
43 Frank Pipp (TargeTraining)                                         
44 Eudaldo Asencio (UCI CT: CAICO Pro Cycling Team)                   
45 Mat Ankney (Mercy Cycling)                                         
46 Emmanuel Suarez (Monex)                                            
47 Jack Seehofer (Team Einstein's Cycling)                            
48 Kyle Gritters (Health Net presented by Maxxis)                     
49 Matty Rice (Jelly Belly)                                           
50 Derek Goerke (HRRC/College Point/Bike Source)                      
51 Brian Jensen (Jelly Belly)                                         
52 Edgar Ibarra (Mercy Cycling)                                       
53 Alexander Gonzalez (UCI CT: CAICO Pro Cycling Team)                
54 Duane Dickey (Bianchi/Grand Performance)                       0.33
55 Roman Kilun (Health Net presented by Maxxis)                   0.48
56 Bobby Lea (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                          0.51
57 Gordon Mccauley (Monex)                                            
58 Josh Thornton (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                          
59 Russell Langley (Rite Aid)                                         
60 Hugh Moran (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                        0.59
61 Kirk Albers (Jelly Belly)                                      1.08
62 Brice Jones (Jelly Belly)                                          
63 Nick Reistad (Jelly Belly)                                         
64 Tim Johnson (Health Net presented by Maxxis)                       
65 Derek Wilkerson (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                    1.42
66 Ryan Keels (Compliance Depot)                                  8.46
67 Ryan Nenninger (Mercy-Specialized)                                 
68 Noah Singer (Mercy Development Cycling Team)                       
69 Chad Nikolz (Broadmark / Hagens-Berman)                            
70 Brian Eppen (Mercy-Specialized)                                    
71 Josh Bezecny (TargeTraining)                                       
72 Kurt Fletcher (Dent Wizard Cycling Team)                           
73 Charly Vives (Calyon-LiteSpeed)                                    
74 John Delong (Rite Aid)                                             
75 Brian Dziewa (Mercy Cycling)                                       
76 Mason O'Neal (Velossimo Racing benefitting Susan G Komen)          
77 Tom Burke (West Michigan Coast Riders)                             
78 Michael Necessary (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)                        
79 David Sachs (Vision Quest Team)                                    
80 Jeffrey Schroetlin (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)                       
81 Edwin Ramos (UCI CT: CAICO Pro Cycling Team)                       
82 Karl Kupecz (Velossimo Racing benefitting Susan G Komen)           
83 Andy Applegate (Abercrombie & Fitch p/b Inferno)                   
84 Ryan Heydenrych (Mercy Development Cycling Team)                   
85 Anuthee Huffstetter (Compliance Depot)                             
86 Franco Font (UCI CT: CAICO Pro Cycling Team)                       
87 Chris Spence (Team Kaos/Nebraska Medical Center)                   
88 Stephen Spanbauer (Papa John's Racing Team)                        
89 Ethan Froese (Columbia Bike Club Race Team)                        
90 Brian Kendall (Team Einstein's Cycling)                            
91 Pleasure Jackson (Broadmark / Hagens-Berman)                       
92 Devon Vigus (Monex)                                                
93 Neal Arnett (NA)                                                   
94 Whitey Debroux (Team Einstein's Cycling)                           
95 Chris Frederick (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                       
96 Eddie Swedlund (RBM Elite / Matrix)                                
97 Emile Abraham (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                         
98 Eric Essick (Papa John's Racing Team)                              
99 Shawn Milne (Navigators Insurance)                                 
100 Trevor Lister (Turin Bicycle/Life Fitness)                        
101 Paul Deninger (Mercy-Specialized)                                 
102 Jason Woods (Dogfish)                                             
103 Mark Hekman (Abercrombie & Fitch p/b Inferno)                     
104 Joshua Johnson (Big Shark Racing)                                 
105 Zach Reed (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)                               
106 Jay Blankenship (Team X Cycling)                                  
107 Barkley Robinson (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)                       
108 Jake Rosenbarger (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)                       
109 Kevin Attkisson (Texas Roadhouse)                                 
110 Jeremy Sartain (Bianchi/Grand Performance)                   14.29
111 Hunter East (Memphis Motor Werks/ CARVE)                          
112 Steven Grife (Boston Mountain Cyclists)                           
113 Jeremy Sievers (                                    
114 Scott Barnes (Boston Mountain Cyclist)                            
115 Marco Vasquez (Team Kaos/Nebraska Medical Center)                 
116 Joshua Carter (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)                           
117 Ryan Barnett (UCI CT: CAICO Pro Cycling Team)                     
118 Andrew Lister (Turin Bicycle/Life Fitness)                        
119 Jonathan Garcia (Team Einstein's Cycling)                         
120 Joseph Miller (Compliance Depot)                                  
121 Scott Walnofer (Boston Mountain Cyclists)                         
122 Keith Franklin (CTCA / Tulsa Wheelmen)                            
123 Sterling Magnell (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                      
124 Shane Densmore (Compliance Depot)                                 
125 William Crecelius (Papa Johns Racing Team)                        
126 Eric Marcotte (Bianchi/Grand Performance)                         
127 Shawn Adams (Abercrombie & Fitch p/b Inferno)                     
128 Maxime Vives (Calyon-LiteSpeed)                                   
129 Michael Cody (Fiordifrutta Elite Cycling Team)                    
130 Matt White (Fiordifrutta Elite Cycling Team)                      
131 Thomas Luke (HRRC/College Point/Bike Source)                      
132 Scott Veggeberg (Compliance Depot)                                
133 Tracy Smith (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)                             
134 Bain Foote (Herring Gas)                                     21.52
135 Brian Baker (Papa Johns Racing Team)                              
136 Travis Woodruff (Litespeed/PCW)                                   
137 Chad Vandelune (                               22.00
138 Eddy Hilger (Priority Health)                                     
139 Brian Sheedy (Priority Health)                                    
140 Zac Bell (Rite Aid)                                          24.47
141 Andrew Smith (Dent Wizard Cycling Team)                           
142 Frank Traviesio (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                      
143 Andrew Weir (Sunrise Sports)                                      
144 Eric Reber (Pedal Pushers)                                   32.35
145 Cesar Correa (Endeavour Cycling)                             38.39
146 Jason Macom (Mercy Development Cycling Team)                 38.54
147 Leo Frayre (Mercy Cycling)                                        
148 Curt Kippenberger (Mercy Development Cycling Team)                
149 Loren Dodson (Velossimo Racing benefitting Susan G Komen)    39.48
150 John Meehan (Mercy-Specialized)                              39.52
151 Matt Muyres (Nature Valley / Penn Cycle)                          
152 Michael Cragun (Team X Cycling)                                   
153 Owen Gue (Broadmark / Hagens-Berman)                              
154 Kirk Carlsen (Team Rubicon/Gleukos)                               
155 Brooke Boocock (Calyon-LiteSpeed)                                 
156 Erik Lyman (Calyon-LiteSpeed)                                     
157 Ryan Gamm (Abercrombie & Fitch pb Inferno)                        
DNF Zach Martin (Mercy Development Cycling Team)                      
DNF Eric Keim (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                            
DNF Brady Gibney (Endeavour Cycling)                           3.38.39
DNF John Mclauchlin (Memphis Motor Werks/ CARVE)                      
DNF Joel Dion Poitras (Calyon-LiteSpeed)                              
DNF Eric Warnsman (Northwest Cycling Club/Alkek Velodrome)            
DNF Josh Dillon (Fiordifrutta Elite Cycling Team)                     
DNF Richard Speer (Team Rubicon/Gleukos)                              
DNF Wes Hartman (TargeTraining)                                       
DNF Karl Stover (Dent Wizard Cycling Team)                            
DNF Andrew Fischer (Broadmark / Hagens-Berman)                        
DNF Lucas Musselman (Cannondale)                                      
DNF Josh Lewis (CTCA / Tulsa Wheelmen)                                
DNF Justin Morgan (Broadmark / Hagens-Berman)                         
DNF Ryan Fiddler (Mercy Development Cycling Team)                     
DNF Abe Mcnutt (Abercrombie & Fitch pb Inferno)                       
DNF Bruno Langlois (AEG - TOSHIBA - JetNetwork)                       
DNF Mat Stephens (Mercy Cycling)                                      
DNF Eneas Freyre (TargeTraining)                                      
DNF Glenn Fant (Monex)                                                
DNF Justin Jackson (MATRIX)                                           
DNF Clark Butcher (Memphis Motor Werks/ CARVE)                        
DNF Jim Farasy (Boston Mountain Cyclist)                              
DNF Dan Timmerman (Fiordifrutta Elite Cycling Team)                   
DNF Winfield Gibson (CTCA / Tulsa Wheelmen)                           
DNF Robbie King (Priority Health)                                     
DNF Matt Henry (Nature Valley / Penn Cycle)                           
DNF Ruben Borrero (UCI CT: CAICO Pro Cycling Team)                    
DNF Ryan Hamity (Team Einstein's Cycling)                             
DNF Christoph Herby (Rite Aid)                                        
DNF Nathan Rogut (Compliance Depot)                                   
DNF Tommy Nankervis (Priority Health)                                 
DNF Anthony Colby (TargeTraining)                                     
DNF John Olney (Mercy-Specialized)                                    
DNF Ben Raby (Bianchi/Grand Performance)                              
DNF Cale Mcaninch (Boston Mountain Cyclists)                          
DNF Michael Lanyon (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)                          
DNF Jamson Hendler (West Michigan Coast Riders)                       
DNF Sean Sullivan (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                         
DNF Jose Garcia (Toyota-United Pro Cycling)                           
DNF Solomon Woras (Broadmark / Hagens-Berman)                         
1 Tina Pic (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)              2.40.41
2 Laura Vangilder (Team Lipton)                                       
3 Dotsie Bausch (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)                
4 Kori Seehafer (Team Lipton)                                         
5 Sue Palmer-Komar (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)         0.09
6 Erinne Willock (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)               
7 Rachel Heal (Victory Brewing Team)                                  
8 Katherine Bates (Nurenberg)                                         
9 Alison Powers (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)                            
10 Sarah Bambeger (Cheerwine)                                         
11 Kristen Lasasso (Team Lipton)                                      
12 Jennifer Manefield (Cheerwine)                                     
13 Kathleen Billington (TRIA)                                         
14 Alisha Lion (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)                 
15 Leigh Hobson (Victory Brewing Team)                                
16 Kate Sherwin (Victory Brewing Team)                                
17 Betina Hold (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)                 
18 Katharine Carroll (Victory Brewing Team)                           
19 Kristin Sanders (Cheerwine)                                        
20 Andrea Ratkovic (B1 Rocks)                                     0.27
21 Kirsten Robbins (Victory Brewing Team)                             
22 Felicia Gomez (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)               
23 Suz Weldon (TRIA)                                                  
24 Hiroko Shimada (Velo Bella-Kona)                                   
25 Andrea Dvorak (Unattached)                                     0.36
26 Tara Ross (Victory Brewing Team)                               0.41
27 Brooke Ourada (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)           0.45
28 Charm Breon (Cheerwine)                                        2.37
29 Tracie Akerhielm (Compliance Depot Cycling Team)               3.40
30 Kim Geist (Victory Brewing Team)                               7.53
31 Brenda Lyons (Victory Brewing Team)                            7.57
32 Beth Allen (Team Joy Rides/Austin Flyers)                          
33 Sima Trapp (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)                  
34 Liza Rachetto (Team Lipton)                                        
35 Allyson Brandt (ConexTrain)                                        
36 Amanda Lawrence (Verducci Racing/Break Away Bikes)                 
37 Pam Hinton (TRIA)                                                  
38 Molly Vetter-Smith (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)                       
39 Syrae Weikle (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)                            
40 Kristin Wentworth (NOVA - IS CORP)                                 
41 Cat Malone (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)                  
42 Laura Bowles (Victory Brewing Team)                                
43 Laura Yoisten (Victory Brewing Team)                               
44 Rebecca Anderson (Americas Dairyland)                              
45 Michelle Beltran (Cheerwine)                                       
46 Maatje Benassi (Excel Sports)                                      
47 Kele Murdin (Velo Bella-Kona)                                      
48 Shannon Koch (Compliance Depot Cycling Team)                       
49 Jane Ziegler (Velo Bella-Kona)                                     
50 Hélène Carabin (B1 Rocks)                                          
51 Catherine Walberg (Team Kenda Tire)                                
52 Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine)                                         
53 Mary Downing (Team Kenda Tire)                                     
54 Tamyra Barnard (Team Kenda Tire)                                   
55 Robin Farina (Team Kenda Tire)                                     
56 Amber Rais (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)                  
57 Gina Grain (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)                  
58 Mandy Lozano (Cheerwine)                                           
59 Audrey Lemieux (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)              
60 Carrie Eller (TRIA)                                           10.01
61 Juli Fiocca (ConexTrain)                                           
62 Shontell Gauthier (Team Joy Rides/Austin Flyers)                   
63 Patricia Palmer (Americas Dairyland)                          10.07
64 Caroline Soong (Team Kenda Tire)                                   
65 Kendra Keeley (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)                      12.04
66 Audrey Carmical (Team Joy Rides/Austin Flyers)                12.55
67 Miranda Quigley (Team Joy Rides/Austin Flyers)                     
68 Jennifer Chapman (Velo Bella-Kona)                                 
69 Allison Carter (Team Kenda Tire)                              17.56
70 Suzanne Aguero (Mercy Cycling Team)                                
71 Jenny Trew (Team Kenda Tire)                                       
72 Marley Shipps (NA)                                                 
73 Rebecca Gross (US Armed Forces)                                    
74 Sarah Tillotson (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)        18.53
75 Carrieann Kopernik (NOVA - IS CORP)                           23.09
76 Megan Melamed (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)                           
77 Betsy Galenti (America's Dairyland)                                
OTL Amanda Cox (Team Kenda Tire)                                 40.51
OTL Natalie Klemko (America's Dairyland)                              
OTL Debbie Dust (Team Kenda Tire)                                43.57
OTL Amanda  Cox  (Team Kenda Tire )                              40.51
OTL Natalie  Klemko  (America's Dairyland )                           
OTL Debbie  Dust  (Team Kenda Tire )                             43.57
DNF Stacey Bertsch (Mercy Cycling Team)                               
DNF Mackenzie Woodring (Priority Health Cycling Team)