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International Tour de Toona - NE

USA, July 23-29, 2007

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Stage 6 - July 28: Altoona/Blair Country Road Race, 158.8 km

TEAm Lipton takes three; Armstrong moves into yellow

By Kirsten Robbins and Mark Zalewski in Altoona, Pennsylvania

Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton) rode alone
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The climb over Blue Knob has historically set the overall ranking with a front group of strong contenders cresting the top while the remaining field is left in pieces behind. This time around 2006 Tour de Toona winner Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton) made her winning move after she followed Mara Abbott (Webcor-Builders) over the decisive climb.

Abbott pulled herself and Armstrong into a maximum time gap of five minutes on the field, an effort that started with Abbott as the virtual leader on the road but ended with Armstrong in the yellow jersey, Abbott in second and Seehafer in third. By default of being off the front, Armstrong picked up full points over two mountains climbs to take the polka dot climbers jersey.

With her leading teammate Kori Seehafer behind, Armstrong was unable to help increase the gap between her break and the group behind. Abbott pulled the pair for 30 miles after they crested Blue Knob. The world time trial champion attacked Abbott over the last mountains climb and increased her gap to two minutes on the descent to Stage 6 victory.

"I really wanted to keep Kori in the yellow jersey today because I want other girls to have the opportunity to race their bikes," Armstrong said. "Today we knew it would come down to the typical climbers and so I needed to be on Mara. It was hard to figure out what the Webcor strategy would be because they have such a strong team all together.

Three riders try to break away
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"Once Mara and I had a one-minute gap I told her that I was sorry and that the rest was her responsibility," Armstrong added. "I have a lot of respect for Mara because she is so strong and the type of rider who likes to race her bike hard with a good attitude."

When the pair reached a time gap close to five minutes, Abbott turned into the virtual leader on the road, eight second ahead of Armstrong. "Once I realized we had gained a lot of time I had to pick a good opportunity to get away so I jumped over the last QOM and thank God it was all descending from there," Armstrong said with regards to the difficult terrain during the stage. "I needed to make up time because I didn't want our time difference to be down to the seconds going into the crit tomorrow"

A 20 plus rider group flew down the descent in pursuit of the third place, scooped up by Abbott's teammate Amber Rais. "It was so exciting for me to be sitting at the side after I crossed the line and to watch my teammate coming down the hill in third," Abbott said. "It was also really nice to be on the podium with her."

The start of the 158 kilometre race fell into traditionally high speeds over the smaller of two circuits with all teams vying for an early breakaway to gain time before the decisive six kilometre climb up to Blue Knob.

The first break split 10 kilometres from the start with approximately 12 riders and all teams represented it looked to be the early move, but it was maybe a little too early for the general classification contenders and the break was brought back. Several more breaks formed but they too fell at the demise of the chasing peloton. A pre-climb break set off after a short lull in the peloton, 10 miles from the base.

Kathrine Carroll (Aaron's)
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Webcor-Builders drove the speeds of the main bunch into the base of the climb using every bullet to launch Abbott off the front. "I had a lead out from my teammates to try to get a gap on Kori into the climb," Abbott said. "And I just went as hard as I could from the bottom to the top to see what would happen."

Armstrong was impressed by the green team's lead out , describing it as 'screaming fast'. "When the Webcor girls pulled off after their lead out I couldn't help but thing how lucky they were that their day was done," Armstrong laughed.

After the climb a chase group formed that contained all top ranked GC riders but continued to swell to 30 riders on the way to the second QOM. No organised chases were forthcoming as teams looked at each other to take the responsibility in reducing the time gap that had substantially grown to Abbott and Armstrong. Most of the disorganisation was due to - outnumbered riders, and conflicting team tactics but mainly tired legs.

"I feel like some teams lost a lot of things today that could have been in their control," Armstrong said. "I think there was a lot of depth in the group behind and a lot could have been done to bring back some time on us. But I also truly believe that people were tired and maybe people were scared that there were two more climbs ahead so they were trying to conserve their energy."

Though Armstrong took the stage victory and moved into the leaders jersey, TEAm Lipton's director Mike Tamayo was displeased with the way the peloton chose to end the toughest and last decisive stage of the Tour de Toona. "It was disappointing to see the women's race quit and not dig deep enough," Tamayo said. "We are disappointed we won the race and the rest of the field quit behind. The women just gave up racing, didn't pursue it and conceded first and second."

Health Net-Maxxis executes overall, Tolleson takes sprint win

Menzies looks calm as his teammates bury themselves.
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The Tour de 'Toona prides itself on its women's race, featuring the same courses as the men, prime afternoon start times and even slightly more prize money. However, the battle waging over in the pro men's race this week was likely the best domestic race of the year - with this race being just about the only one to feature all of the top NRC teams with their top road squads, standing toe-to-toe trading punches. Today's final road stage was make or break for race leader Karl Menzies and his Health Net-Maxxis team, with three KOM climbs between him and the likely overall victory. As he promised the team rode themselves into the ground for the man from Tasmania, getting him over the major climb within striking distance and then delivering him to the line for nearly another stage win - only to be pipped on the line by a flying Taylor Tolleson (Team Slipstream-Chipotle).

"It's a huge relief," said Menzies after the race. "The pressure and stress... If you want to see a team win, this was it."

There were no secrets to the team tactics today, for Health Net or the other teams. Almost everyone knows this stage well, with the first KOM up Blue Knob the key. "The plan was we knew it was going to go away on the first climb, and Rory was to mark that," he said. "Then I had everyone else around me. Nathan O'Neill got me up it and Frank Pipp was across with us. Then Matty Crane and Tim Johnson came back."

The leading group over the KOM is chased
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"We knew Navigators and Toyota were going to stack that group and work, Navigators came out swinging, attacking and attacking. I had O'Neill and Pipp, but O'Neill is enough! So there was no panic."

While the course was essentially the same, the key first climb was not quite as long as in previous years, with the final ascent up to the ski resort not included. "Oh for sure it's an easier climb," said Menzies. "That's the race course and we knew it would be easier than last year but the same situation as last year."

Still, at 82.5kg and 186cm, Menzies admits he does not exactly float uphill. But with the team he had around him today that, along with whatever his rivals did, didn't seemed to matter.

"We had certain cards we wanted to play today, hoping that the stage would be hard enough," said Navigators Insurance's Ben Day. "Blue Knob was the hardest climb of the day and we had a good group of 11 guys over that, with 8 guys trading off and Rory [Sutherland] sitting on the back of that."

"I thought we might have been able to pull that away, but then all of a sudden it was yellow jersey group at eight seconds! Karl had some great help today and he's riding really strong. We threw everything we had at him but the day wasn't hard enough to isolate him. Hats off to Health Net, they rode really strong. They had guys coming back all day."

The first break of the day forms.
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The man leading the charge up and over Blue Knob was one of Menzies' biggest threats, Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United). "We did our best to go through our tactics," said Baldwin. "Burke Swindlehurst did an awesome job killing it at the bottom of the climb. We were under the impression that it was the same climb up Blue Knob - the profile in the bible was incorrect. It definitely changed our tactics, but we threw down as best we could."

"But I can't think of a scenario where we could have driven it any faster - we had 10 guys really committed," said Baldwin, referring to the lead group over the climb. "We all knew the drill that it was the only way to win the race. It was amazing how quickly those guys came back. I expected them to come back but not so fast, it's a testament to how well Nathan and Tim Johnson [rode]. He's MVP, he got back on and kept pulling."

After Menzies' group rejoined the leaders, it was Navigators who continued to put on the pressure, with multiple attacks from Valeriy Kobzarenko. "After the first KOM they just responded," said Kobzarenko. "Menzies is really strong and he has a strong team. Maybe the first climb was different, it's less, but they are unbelievable, finishing with that many guys."

On the final and easier climb of the three, Kobzarenko was shadowed by Sutherland and Menzies. This set up a fast downhill charge to the finish line. "The last 10km was downhill until a left hand turn with two kilometres to go," said Tolleson. "There are a couple of rollers after that and then a straight shot, downhill fast finish. A couple of guys put in some good accelerations on the rollers but then I was looking for Menzies' and Rory's wheels. I got on it and broke between Menzies and [Vitoria]."

The fans were treated to a great field sprint
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Having survived the barrage of attacks, Menzies had little time to plan for a sprint finish, but still managed third. "There are so many different thoughts in my head today," he said. "We wanted to keep it safe more than anything. I was trying to get over Dionne, but then Tolleson came by me at a rate of knots and nutted me on the line. But we wanted the yellow jersey most."

Charles Dionne's (Colavita-Sutter Home) second place does extend his lead in the points competition, but does not replace a stage win for him. "I'm not too happy, I wanted to win," he said. "We had so many guys from our team on the front, and getting over the climbs. The second day of the race I didn't get over it but I was coming from Brazil. But today I got over in the second group and had four guys working to bring me back. But Anthony [Colby] got the climbers jersey and I kept the sprinters jersey. I thought I would win the stage but I lost it by a couple of inches!"

Colby's polka dot jersey became official today, with only the criterium left. But the jersey was not first on his priorities entering the race this week. "I got in that break the first day and grabbed some KOM points. I've never really gone after a KOM jersey before, but based on my results it's clear that I am a climber."

Arguably his best result on the year came on top of a certain mountain in Georgia. "I was tied with Darren Lill and I wanted to follow him and take him right at the line. Then I just did everything I could to get every point I could.

Menzies is on the verge of a big win, needing only to finish the criterium tomorrow. But the size of the win is only made bigger in the context of his family back home, with his father terminally ill from cancer. "That's the motivation, the one main reason I'm here," he said, struggling to get the words out. "His exact words when I left was... he just wanted me to come back over and win some races... so that's what I'm here to do. I talked to him last night and... we did it."


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Pro women
1 Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)                     4.30.32 (35.263 km/h)
2 Mara Abbott (Webcor Builders)                          2.05
3 Amber Rais (Webcor Builders)                           5.42
4 Laura Van Gilder (Cherrwine)                               
5 Joelle Numainville (Team                  
6 Dotsie Bausch (Colavita/Sutter Home)                       
7 Alison Testroete (Team                    
8 Katheryn Curi (Webcor Builders)                            
9 Felicia Gomez (Aaron's)                                    
10 Megan Guarnier (Bike Hugger)                              
11 Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders)                      
12 Annette Bentler (Colavita/Sutter Home)                    
13 Betina Hold (Cherrwine)                                   
14 Leigh Hobson (Cherrwine)                                  
15 Heather Labance (Advil Chapstick)                         
16 Alison Powers (Colavita/Sutter Home)                      
17 Genevieve Gauthier (Bike Hugger)                          
18 Jennifer Stephenson (Team Ultralink)                      
19 Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)                               
20 Kristin Sanders (Aaron's)                                 
21 Julie Beveridge (Bike Hugger)                             
22 Karol-Ann Canuel (Equpe du Qubec)                         
23 Anne Samplonius (Team                    
24 Chrissy Ruiter (Cherrwine)                                
25 Marisa Asplund (Team TIBCO)                               
26 Lauren Franges (TEAm Lipton)                              
27 Lyne Bessette (Equpe du Qubec)                            
28 Erinne Willock (Team                     
29 Catherine Cheatley (Cherrwine)                            
30 Kathleen Billington (TargetTraining Women)                
31 Alex Wrubleski (Colavita/Sutter Home)                     
32 Rebecca Much (TargetTraining Women)                   6.01
33 Maria Monica (Waste Management)                       6.05
34 Victoria Bastide (Team TIBCO)                        11.06
35 Beverly Harper (Webcor Builders)                     11.48
36 Heather Sborz (Team Kenda Tire)                      13.50
37 Katharine Carroll (Aaron's)                          15.41
38 Laura Bowles (Advil Chapstick)                       19.16
39 Stacy Marple (Team TIBCO)                            26.54
40 Cecelia Pleva (Waste Management)                     31.41
41 Suz Weldon (Bike Hugger)                                  
42 Julie Bellerose (Waste Management)                        
43 Amanda Lozano (TargetTraining Women)                      
44 Joanie Caron (Equpe du Qubec)                             
45 Catherine Hogan (Equpe du Qubec)                          
46 Carmen McNellis (Aaron's)                                 
47 Robin Farina (Bike Hugger)                                
48 Kele Murdin (Team Ultralink)                              
49 Catherine Powers (Aaron's)                                
50 Moriah MacGregor (ValueAct Capital)                       
51 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway)                   
52 Elizabeth Frye (Cherrwine)                                
53 Brooke Ourada (Cherrwine)                                 
54 Jessie MacLean (Verducci Breakaway)                       
55 Sarah Tillotson (Colavita/Sutter Home)                    
56 Kirsten Robbins (Advil Chapstick)                         
57 Marni Hambleton (ValueAct Capital)                        
58 Anna Milkowski (Advil Chapstick)                          
59 Natalie Klemko (Advil Chapstick)                          
60 Helen Kelly (Webcor Builders)                             
61 Meredith Miller (TEAm Lipton)                             
62 Andrea Myers (TargetTraining Women)                       
63 Katie Lambden (Team TIBCO)                                
64 Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda Tire)                       
65 Iona Wynter (Colavita/Sutter Home)                        
66 Laura Yoisten (Webcor Builders)                           
67 Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO)                                
68 Elisa Gagnon (Advil Chapstick)                            
69 Melissa Holt (Team                       
70 Nichole Wangsgard (Bike Hugger)                           
71 Rebecca Larson (Aaron's)                                  
72 Gina Grain (Team                         
73 Rachel Heal (Webcor Builders)                             
74 Sarah Bamberger (Cherrwine)                               
75 Olivia Dillon (Waste Management)                     38.23
DNF Kristin Keim (Team Kenda Tire)                           
DNF Liza Rachetto (Team TIBCO)                               
DNF Julia Bradley (Verducci Breakaway)                       
DNF Lara Kroepsch (TEAm Lipton)                              
DNF Sarah Caravella (Aaron's)                                
DNF Sharon Allpress (ValueAct Capital)                       
DNF Jacquelyn Crowell (Verducci Breakaway)                   
Pro men
1 Taylor Tolleson (Team Slipstream)                   3.48.48
2 Charles Dionne (Colavita Sutter Home)                      
3 Karl Menzies (Health Net - Maxxis)                         
4 David Suiza (BMC Racing Team)                              
5 Edward King (Priority Health-Biss)                         
6 Ryan Roth (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                       
7 Yosvany Falcon (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)                    
8 Neil Shirley (Jittery Joe's)                               
9 Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery)                              
10 Rory Sutherland (Health Net - Maxxis)                     
11 Todd Henriksen (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)                   
12 Ben Day (Navigators Insurance)                            
13 Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance)                     
14 Greg Reain (Calyon / Litespeed)                           
15 Justin England (Toyota-United)                            
16 Christopher Jones (NERAC Pro Cycling)                     
17 Jonathan Garcia (BMC Racing Team)                         
18 Jacob Rytlewski (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                    
19 Peter Stetina (Team Slipstream)                           
20 Dan Timmerman (Kodak Gallery)                             
21 Dominique Perras (Kelly Benefit Strategies)               
22 Sam Johnson (Hagens Berman, LLP)                          
23 Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                  
24 Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United)                             
25 Andy Gutill (Colavita Sutter Home)                        
26 Davide Frattini (Colavita Sutter Home)                    
27 Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team)                           
28 Chris Wherry (Toyota-United)                              
29 Ian MacGregor (Team Slipstream)                           
30 Joshua Dillon (Fiordifrutta Cycling)                      
31 Burke Swindlehurst (Toyota-United)                        
32 Michael Creed (Team Slipstream)                           
33 James Mattis (California Giant)                           
34 Johnny Clarke (Colavita Sutter Home)                      
35 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance)                 
36 Glen Chadwick (Navigators Insurance)                      
37 Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita Sutter Home)                
38 Anthony Colby (Colavita Sutter Home)                      
39 Tim Johnson (Health Net - Maxxis)                         
40 Nathan O'Neil (Health Net - Maxxis)                       
41 Scott Moninger (BMC Racing Team)                          
42 Darren Lill (Navigators Insurance)                        
43 Heath Blackgrove (Toyota-United)                          
44 Scott Nydam (BMC Racing Team)                         0.08
45 Frank Pipp (Health Net - Maxxis)                      7.35
46 Craig Lewis (Team Slipstream)                             
47 Matt Crane (Health Net - Maxxis)                     11.34
48 Jason Baer (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                    12.19
49 Shawn Milne (Health Net - Maxxis)                         
50 Trevor Connor (Ottawa Bicycle Club)                       
51 Cody Stevenson (Jittery Joe's)                            
52 Lee Rosenthal (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                      
53 William Dugan (CL Noonan/Coast to Coast)                  
54 Craig Luekens (Capitol Bicycle Racing)                    
55 William Goodfellow (Equipe du Qubec)                      
56 Robert Sweeting (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)                  
57 Jesse Moore (California Giant)                            
58 Aaron Fillion (Ottawa Bicycle Club)                       
59 Gavriel Epstein (CRCA/Sakonnet Techno)                    
60 Tommy Nankervis (Jittery Joe's)                           
61 Garrett Peltonen (Priority Health-Biss)                   
62 Nick Clayville (Hagens Berman, LLP)                       
63 Jonathan Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                 
64 Phillip Cortes (Calyon / Litespeed)                       
65 Andrew Boone (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                       
66 Aidan Charles (NERAC Pro Cycling)                         
67 Johnny Hayes (CRCA/Sakonnet Techno)                       
68 Bernard Van Ulden (Navigators Insurance)                  
69 Derrick St John (Ottawa Bicycle Club)                     
70 Mark Walters (Kodak Gallery)                              
71 Tyler Dibble (DBC Elite)                                  
72 Kiel Riejnen (Hagens Berman, LLP)                         
73 Eric Tremble (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                       
74 Ulrich DeYoung (Hagens Berman)                            
75 Todd Nordblom (Fiordifrutta Cycling)                      
76 Daniel Sweet (DBC Elite)                                  
77 Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                 
78 Keven Lacombe (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                  
79 Keir Plaice (Ottawa Bicycle Club)                         
80 Jean Sebastian (Calyon / Litespeed)                       
81 Richard England (Priority Health-Biss)                    
82 Trent Wilson (Jittery Joe's)                              
83 Dustin Macburnie (Team                          
84 Frank Travieso (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)                   
85 Clayton Barrows (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                    
86 Scott Zwizanski (Priority Health-Biss)                    
87 Ryan DeWald (Rite Aid)                                    
88 Bryan Sheedy (Priority Health-Biss)                       
89 Jafer Beizer (Locos Grill & Pub)                     16.18
90 Erik Lyman (Calyon / Litespeed)                           
91 Michael Norton (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                     
92 Charly Vives (Calyon / Litespeed)                         
93 Jacob Keough (CL Noonan/Coast to Coast)                   
94 Ronald Jensen (Team Waste Management)                     
95 Shawn Rosenthal (DBC Elite)                               
96 Daniel Estevez (CRCA/Sakonnet Techno)                     
97 Andrew Fischer (Hagens Berman)                            
98 Michael Freedman (Team Slipstream)                        
99 Joel Dion-Poitras (Equipe du Qubec)                       
100 Adrian Hegyvary (Hagens Berman, LLP)                     
101 Matt White (Fiordifrutta Cycling)                        
102 Cody O'Reilly (Kodak Gallery)                            
103 David Nelson (Team Waste Management)                     
104 Lang W Renylds (Hagens Berman, LLP)                      
105 Dan Schmatz (BMC Racing Team)                            
106 Peter Hatton (Colavita Sutter Home)                      
107 Maxime Vives (Calyon / Litespeed)                        
108 Mathieu Roy (Equipe du Qubec)                            
109 Hayden Brooks (Fiordifrutta Cycling)                     
110 John Murphy (Health Net - Maxxis)                        
111 Dylan O'Sullivan (CL Noonan/Coast to Coast)              
112 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery)                                 
113 Ben Brooks (Navigators Insurance)                        
114 Caleb Manion (Toyota-United)                             
115 Osvaldo Olmos (California Giant)                         
116 Will Riffelmacher (Fiordifrutta Cycling)            25.09
117 Omer Ken (Priority Health-Biss)                     33.03
118 Graham Howard (Priority Health-Biss)                     
119 Alexandre Cloutier (Equipe du Qubec)                     
120 Chris Kuhl (CRCA/Sakonnet Techno)                        
121 Bruno Langlois (Equipe du Qubec)                         
122 Ken Hanson (BMC Racing Team)                             
123 Todd Yezefski (NERAC Pro Cycling)                        
124 Timothy Henry (Jittery Joe's)                            
125 Joshua Lipka (Fiordifrutta Cycling)                      
126 Peter Bell (Legal Sea Foods)                             
127 Patrick Dunaway (California Giant)                       
128 Phil Gaimon (CRCA/Sakonnet Techno)                       
DNF Robbie King (Priority Health-Bissell)                    
DNF Ryan Fleming (Legal Sea Foods)                           
DNF Alex D Hughes (Team Slipstream)                          
DNF William Elliston (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                  
DNF Stephan Kincaid (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                   
DNF Michael Dietrich (Kodak Gallery)                         
DNF Dominique Rollin (Kodak Gallery)                         
DNF Jeffery Hopkins (Jittery Joe's)                          
DNF Tyler Wren (Colavita Sutter Home)                        
DNF Alexander Hagman (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)                
DNF Ivan Dominquez (Toyota-United)                           
DNF Michael Sayers (BMC Racing Team)                         
DNF Matthew Guse (Calyon / Litespeed)                        
DNF Patrick Walsh (NERAC Pro Cycling)                        
DNF Eric Boily (Equipe du Qubec)                             
DNF Gabriel Lloyd (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                     
DNF Max Jenkins (California Giant)                           
DNF Sean Mazich (Team Waste Management)                      
DNF Mark Pozniak (Team                             
DNF Eric Robertson (Team                           
DSQ Matt Cooke (Navigators Insurance)                        
DSQ Predrag Prokic (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)                  
Intermediate sprints
Pro women
Sprint 1
1 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway)                   5 pts
2 Alison Testroete (Team                   3
3 Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO)                                2
4 Joelle Numainville (Team                 1
Sprint 2
1 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway)                   5 pts
2 Alison Testroete (Team                   3
3 Anne Samplonius (Team                    2
4 Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO)                                1
1 Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)                          10 pts
2 Mara Abbott (Webcor Builders)                             9
3 Amber Rais (Webcor Builders)                              8
4 Laura Van Gilder (Cherrwine)                              7
5 Joelle Numainville (Team                 6
6 Dotsie Bausch (Colavita/Sutter Home)                      5
7 Alison Testroete (Team                   4
8 Katheryn Curi (Webcor Builders)                           3
9 Felicia Gomez (Aaron's)                                   2
10 Megan Guarnier (Bike Hugger)                             1
Pro men
Sprint 1
1 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery)                                  5 pts
2 Michael Freedman (Team Slipstream)                        3
3 Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team)                           2
4 Bernard Van Ulden (Navigators Insurance)                  1
Sprint 2
1 Michael Freedman (Team Slipstream)                        5 pts
2 Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team)                           3
3 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery)                                  2
4 Tim Johnson (Health Net - Maxxis)                         1
1 Taylor Tolleson (Team Slipstream)                        10 pts
2 Charles Dionne (Colavita Sutter Home)                     9
3 Karl Menzies (Health Net - Maxxis)                        8
4 David Suiza (BMC Racing Team)                             7
5 Edward King (Priority Health-Biss)                        6
6 Ryan Roth (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                      5
7 Yosvany Falcon (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)                   4
8 Neil Shirley (Jittery Joe's)                              3
9 Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery)                             2
10 Rory Sutherland (Health Net - Maxxis)                    1
Pro women
Blue Knob
1 Mara Abbott (Webcor Builders)                             9 pts
2 Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)                           7
3 Felicia Gomez (Aaron's)                                   5
4 Katheryn Curi (Webcor Builders)                           3
5 Erinne Willock (Team                     1
Carson Valley
1 Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)                           5 pts
2 Mara Abbott (Webcor Builders)                             3
3 3                                                         1
Sugar run
1 Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)                           7 pts
2 Mara Abbott (Webcor Builders)                             5
3 Felicia Gomez (Aaron's)                                   3
4 Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)                               2
5 Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders)                      1
Pro men
Blue Knob
1 Anthony Colby (Colavita Sutter Home)                      9 pts
2 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance)                 7
3 Ben Day (Navigators Insurance)                            5
4 Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United)                             3
5 Christopher Jones (NERAC Pro Cycling)                     1
Carson Valley
1 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance)                 5 pts
2 Jonathan Garcia (BMC Racing Team)                         3
3 Anthony Colby (Colavita Sutter Home)                      1
Sugar run
1 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance)                 7 pts
2 Rory Sutherland (Health Net - Maxxis)                     5
3 Karl Menzies (Health Net - Maxxis)                        3
4 Anthony Colby (Colavita Sutter Home)                      2
5 Ben Day (Navigators Insurance)                            1
Pro women
1 TEAm Lipton                                        13.43.00
2 Webcor Builders                                        2.05
3 UCI WPT Cheerwine                                      5.42
4 Colavita/ Sutter Home pre                                  
5 Team                                       
6 Bike Hugger                                                
7 Aaron's Corporate Furnish                             13.58
8 Equipe du Quebec                                      14.14
9 TargetTraining Women's Te                             14.15
10 Team TIBCO                                           14.15
11 Advil Chapstick                                      14.28
12 Waste Management                                     14.41
Pro men
1 BMC Racing Team                                    11.26.24
2 Team Slipstream Powered b                                  
3 Kelly Benefit Strategies/                                  
4 Health Net presented by M                                  
5 Colavita Sutter Home pres                                  
6 Navigators Insurance Cycl                                  
7 Toyota-United Pro CYcling                                  
8 AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork Pr                             12.19
9 Kodak Gallery Pro Cycling                                  
10 Priority Health-Bissell                              24.38
11 Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling                                 
12 Hagens Berman, LLP                                        
13 Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cy                                 
14 Rite Aid Pro Cycling                                      
15 California Giant/Speciali                            28.37
16 Fiordifrutta Cycling Team                                 
17 Ottawa Bicycle Club                                  36.57
18 Kenda/Raleigh Racing                                      
General Classification after Stage 6
Pro women
1 Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)                    17.15.25
2 Mara Abbott (Webcor Builders)                          2.02
3 Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)                            2.32
4 Felicia Gomez (Aaron's)                                3.47
5 Katheryn Curi (Webcor Builders)                        4.17
6 Lauren Franges (TEAm Lipton)                           4.20
7 Chrissy Ruiter (Cherrwine)                             4.25
8 Annette Bentler (Colavita/Sutter Home)                 4.52
9 Kristin Sanders (Aaron's)                              5.33
10 Amber Rais (Webcor Builders)                          5.42
11 Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders)                  5.44
12 Lyne Bessette (Equpe du Qubec)                        5.47
13 Alison Powers (Colavita/Sutter Home)                  6.18
14 Marisa Asplund (Team TIBCO)                           6.22
15 Alex Wrubleski (Colavita/Sutter Home)                 6.30
16 Alison Testroete (Team               6.54
17 Erinne Willock (Team                 7.01
18 Laura Van Gilder (Cherrwine)                          7.13
19 Julie Beveridge (Bike Hugger)                         7.27
20 Leigh Hobson (Cherrwine)                              7.29
21 Dotsie Bausch (Colavita/Sutter Home)                  7.38
22 Betina Hold (Cherrwine)                               8.40
23 Genevieve Gauthier (Bike Hugger)                     10.10
24 Catherine Cheatley (Cherrwine)                       10.40
25 Heather Labance (Advil Chapstick)                    11.01
26 Anne Samplonius (Team               11.42
27 Kathleen Billington (TargetTraining Women)           18.45
28 Katharine Carroll (Aaron's)                          19.32
29 Rebecca Much (TargetTraining Women)                  21.14
30 Joelle Numainville (Team            25.44
31 Heather Sborz (Team Kenda Tire)                      26.17
32 Megan Guarnier (Bike Hugger)                         26.29
33 Victoria Bastide (Team TIBCO)                        27.37
34 Stacy Marple (Team TIBCO)                            28.57
35 Jennifer Stephenson (Team Ultralink)                 29.32
36 Karol-Ann Canuel (Equpe du Qubec)                    30.52
37 Rachel Heal (Webcor Builders)                        33.24
38 Maria Monica (Waste Management)                      35.34
39 Carmen McNellis (Aaron's)                            40.36
40 Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO)                           40.44
41 Iona Wynter (Colavita/Sutter Home)                   43.46
42 Beverly Harper (Webcor Builders)                     46.33
43 Robin Farina (Bike Hugger)                           47.17
44 Meredith Miller (TEAm Lipton)                        47.58
45 Laura Bowles (Advil Chapstick)                       52.06
46 Brooke Ourada (Cherrwine)                            54.38
47 Rebecca Larson (Aaron's)                             54.56
48 Marni Hambleton (ValueAct Capital)                   55.58
49 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway)              56.14
50 Kele Murdin (Team Ultralink)                         56.48
51 Moriah MacGregor (ValueAct Capital)                  56.51
52 Elizabeth Frye (Cherrwine)                           58.36
53 Catherine Powers (Aaron's)                           59.37
54 Nichole Wangsgard (Bike Hugger)                      59.58
55 Suz Weldon (Bike Hugger)                           1.00.02
56 Kirsten Robbins (Advil Chapstick)                  1.01.01
57 Gina Grain (Team                  1.01.22
58 Melissa Holt (Team                1.02.32
59 Helen Kelly (Webcor Builders)                      1.03.27
60 Jessie MacLean (Verducci Breakaway)                1.04.04
61 Sarah Tillotson (Colavita/Sutter Home)             1.04.24
62 Julie Bellerose (Waste Management)                 1.04.56
63 Sarah Bamberger (Cherrwine)                        1.06.56
64 Joanie Caron (Equpe du Qubec)                      1.07.02
65 Laura Yoisten (Webcor Builders)                    1.07.29
66 Elisa Gagnon (Advil Chapstick)                     1.07.54
67 Natalie Klemko (Advil Chapstick)                   1.10.51
68 Catherine Hogan (Equpe du Qubec)                   1.11.03
69 Anna Milkowski (Advil Chapstick)                   1.12.31
70 Kristin Wentworth (Team Kenda Tire)                1.13.42
71 Katie Lambden (Team TIBCO)                         1.19.12
72 Cecelia Pleva (Waste Management)                   1.25.05
73 Amanda Lozano (TargetTraining Women)               1.27.25
74 Andrea Myers (TargetTraining Women)                1.29.27
75 Olivia Dillon (Waste Management)                   1.55.17
Pro men
1 Karl Menzies (Health Net - Maxxis)                 14.49.29
2 Rory Sutherland (Health Net - Maxxis)                  0.15
3 Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United)                          0.26
4 Chris Wherry (Toyota-United)                               
5 Justin England (Toyota-United)                             
6 Burke Swindlehurst (Toyota-United)                         
7 Ben Day (Navigators Insurance)                         0.33
8 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance)                  
9 Darren Lill (Navigators Insurance)                         
10 Ian MacGregor (Team Slipstream)                       0.48
11 Peter Stetina (Team Slipstream)                           
12 Michael Creed (Team Slipstream)                           
13 Christopher Jones (NERAC Pro Cycling)                 1.03
14 Taylor Tolleson (Team Slipstream)                     1.04
15 David Suiza (BMC Racing Team)                         1.15
16 Jonathan Garcia (BMC Racing Team)                         
17 Scott Moninger (BMC Racing Team)                          
18 Johnny Clarke (Colavita Sutter Home)                  1.17
19 Davide Frattini (Colavita Sutter Home)                    
20 Andy Gutill (Colavita Sutter Home)                        
21 Dominique Perras (Kelly Benefit Strategies)           1.18
22 Ryan Roth (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                      
23 Daniel Bowman (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                  
24 Glen Chadwick (Navigators Insurance)                  1.23
25 Scott Nydam (BMC Racing Team)                         1.38
26 Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery)                         1.40
27 Yosvany Falcon (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)               1.41
28 Daniel Vaillancourt (Colavita Sutter Home)            2.02
29 Anthony Colby (Colavita Sutter Home)                  2.07
30 Jacob Rytlewski (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                2.14
31 Sam Johnson (Hagens Berman, LLP)                      2.47
32 Edward King (Priority Health-Biss)                    3.16
33 Nathan O'Neil (Health Net - Maxxis)                   3.42
34 Heath Blackgrove (Toyota-United)                      3.53
35 Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance)                 3.56
36 Joshua Dillon (Fiordifrutta Cycling)                  4.26
37 Charles Dionne (Colavita Sutter Home)                 4.36
38 Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team)                       4.40
39 Dan Timmerman (Kodak Gallery)                         5.39
40 Greg Reain (Calyon / Litespeed)                       5.41
41 James Mattis (California Giant)                       7.27
42 Craig Lewis (Team Slipstream)                         8.35
43 Frank Pipp (Health Net - Maxxis)                     11.17
44 Jonathan Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies)            13.37
45 Richard England (Priority Health-Biss)               13.42
46 Bryan Sheedy (Priority Health-Biss)                       
47 Bernard Van Ulden (Navigators Insurance)             13.53
48 Neil Shirley (Jittery Joe's)                         14.40
49 Mark Walters (Kodak Gallery)                         15.01
50 Trent Wilson (Jittery Joe's)                         16.16
51 Todd Henriksen (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)              16.17
52 Caleb Manion (Toyota-United)                         16.44
53 Dustin Macburnie (Team                     17.54
54 Michael Freedman (Team Slipstream)                   18.51
55 Tim Johnson (Health Net - Maxxis)                    19.05
56 Garrett Peltonen (Priority Health-Biss)              19.44
57 Kiel Riejnen (Hagens Berman, LLP)                    20.32
58 Nick Clayville (Hagens Berman, LLP)                       
59 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery)                             20.40
60 Trevor Connor (Ottawa Bicycle Club)                  20.50
61 Frank Travieso (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)              20.55
62 Andrew Boone (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                  21.17
63 Matt White (Fiordifrutta Cycling)                    21.34
64 Ben Brooks (Navigators Insurance)                    21.45
65 Derrick St John (Ottawa Bicycle Club)                22.19
66 Scott Zwizanski (Priority Health-Biss)               22.23
67 David Nelson (Team Waste Management)                 22.28
68 Jesse Moore (California Giant)                       23.12
69 Tyler Dibble (DBC Elite)                             23.29
70 Johnny Hayes (CRCA/Sakonnet Techno)                  23.43
71 Mathieu Roy (Equipe du Qubec)                        23.48
72 Peter Hatton (Colavita Sutter Home)                  24.30
73 Aaron Fillion (Ottawa Bicycle Club)                  24.31
74 William Dugan (CL Noonan/Coast to Coast)             25.10
75 Charly Vives (Calyon / Litespeed)                    25.56
76 Craig Luekens (Capitol Bicycle Racing)               26.11
77 Clayton Barrows (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)               27.10
78 Michael Norton (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                27.13
79 Eric Tremble (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                  27.48
80 Robert Sweeting (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)             27.59
81 Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit Strategies)            28.05
82 Keir Plaice (Ottawa Bicycle Club)                    28.16
83 Tommy Nankervis (Jittery Joe's)                      28.25
84 Jean Sebastian (Calyon / Litespeed)                  28.27
85 Dan Schmatz (BMC Racing Team)                        30.10
86 Lee Rosenthal (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                 31.43
87 Shawn Milne (Health Net - Maxxis)                    31.57
88 William Goodfellow (Equipe du Qubec)                 32.18
89 Maxime Vives (Calyon / Litespeed)                    32.31
90 Gavriel Epstein (CRCA/Sakonnet Techno)               33.03
91 Todd Nordblom (Fiordifrutta Cycling)                 34.28
92 Keven Lacombe (Kelly Benefit Strategies)             34.53
93 Osvaldo Olmos (California Giant)                     35.38
94 Ulrich DeYoung (Hagens Berman)                       35.43
95 Phillip Cortes (Calyon / Litespeed)                  35.50
96 Aidan Charles (NERAC Pro Cycling)                    36.02
97 Shawn Rosenthal (DBC Elite)                          36.13
98 Adrian Hegyvary (Hagens Berman, LLP)                 36.22
99 Jason Baer (Kenda/Raleigh Racing)                    38.47
100 Ryan DeWald (Rite Aid)                                   
Points classification
Pro women
1 Alison Testroete (Team                  38 pts
2 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway)                  30
3 Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO)                               24
4 Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)                          22
5 Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)                              22
6 Laura Van Gilder (Cherrwine)                             19
7 Annette Bentler (Colavita/Sutter Home)                   19
8 Catherine Cheatley (Cherrwine)                           18
9 Felicia Gomez (Aaron's)                                  17
10 Alison Powers (Colavita/Sutter Home)                    16
11 Katharine Carroll (Aaron's)                             15
12 Lauren Franges (TEAm Lipton)                            14
13 Mara Abbott (Webcor Builders)                           12
14 Katheryn Curi (Webcor Builders)                         10
15 Chrissy Ruiter (Cherrwine)                              10
16 Lyne Bessette (Equpe du Qubec)                          10
17 Amber Rais (Webcor Builders)                             9
18 Rachel Heal (Webcor Builders)                            8
19 Melissa Holt (Team                      8
20 Kristin Sanders (Aaron's)                                7
21 Joelle Numainville (Team                7
22 Sarah Bamberger (Cherrwine)                              6
23 Robin Farina (Bike Hugger)                               5
24 Dotsie Bausch (Colavita/Sutter Home)                     5
25 Anne Samplonius (Team                   5
26 Gina Grain (Team                        4
27 Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders)                     3
28 Marisa Asplund (Team TIBCO)                              3
29 Stacy Marple (Team TIBCO)                                3
30 Catherine Powers (Aaron's)                               3
31 Jennifer Stephenson (Team Ultralink)                     2
32 Betina Hold (Cherrwine)                                  1
33 Megan Guarnier (Bike Hugger)                             1
34 Meredith Miller (TEAm Lipton)                            1
35 Rebecca Larson (Aaron's)                                 1
Pro men
1 Charles Dionne (Colavita Sutter Home)                    45 pts
2 Karl Menzies (Health Net - Maxxis)                       29
3 Mark Walters (Kodak Gallery)                             25
4 Michael Freedman (Team Slipstream)                       23
5 Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance)                    14
6 Scott Nydam (BMC Racing Team)                            11
7 Taylor Tolleson (Team Slipstream)                        10
8 Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery)                             9
9 Edward King (Priority Health-Biss)                        9
10 Keven Lacombe (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                 9
11 Christopher Jones (NERAC Pro Cycling)                    8
12 Ryan Roth (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                     8
13 Ben Raby (Kodak Gallery)                                 7
14 David Suiza (BMC Racing Team)                            7
15 Trent Wilson (Jittery Joe's)                             7
16 Richard England (Priority Health-Biss)                   6
17 Ben Brooks (Navigators Insurance)                        5
18 Davide Frattini (Colavita Sutter Home)                   5
19 Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team)                          5
20 James Mattis (California Giant)                          5
21 Mathieu Roy (Equipe du Qubec)                            5
22 Yosvany Falcon (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)                  4
23 Bernard Van Ulden (Navigators Insurance)                 4
24 Dan Schmatz (BMC Racing Team)                            4
25 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance)                3
26 Rory Sutherland (Health Net - Maxxis)                    3
27 Neil Shirley (Jittery Joe's)                             3
28 Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit Strategies)                3
29 Anthony Colby (Colavita Sutter Home)                     2
30 Heath Blackgrove (Toyota-United)                         1
31 Ian MacGregor (Team Slipstream)                          1
32 Frank Pipp (Health Net - Maxxis)                         1
33 Tim Johnson (Health Net - Maxxis)                        1
34 Frank Travieso (AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork)                  1
Mountains classification
Pro women
1 Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)                          38 pts
2 Felicia Gomez (Aaron's)                                  31
3 Mara Abbott (Webcor Builders)                            28
4 Alison Powers (Colavita/Sutter Home)                      9
5 Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)                               9
6 Rachel Heal (Webcor Builders)                             8
7 Chrissy Ruiter (Cherrwine)                                7
8 Anne Samplonius (Team                    7
9 Annette Bentler (Colavita/Sutter Home)                    5
10 Katheryn Curi (Webcor Builders)                          3
11 Lyne Bessette (Equpe du Qubec)                           3
12 Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders)                     2
13 Erinne Willock (Team                    1
14 Julie Beveridge (Bike Hugger)                            1
15 Dotsie Bausch (Colavita/Sutter Home)                     1
Pro men
1 Anthony Colby (Colavita Sutter Home)                     28 pts
2 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators Insurance)                26
3 Darren Lill (Navigators Insurance)                       16
4 Heath Blackgrove (Toyota-United)                         11
5 Rory Sutherland (Health Net - Maxxis)                     9
6 Ben Brooks (Navigators Insurance)                         8
7 Chris Baldwin (Toyota-United)                             8
8 Taylor Tolleson (Team Slipstream)                         7
9 Scott Nydam (BMC Racing Team)                             6
10 Ben Day (Navigators Insurance)                           6
11 Karl Menzies (Health Net - Maxxis)                       3
12 Mark Walters (Kodak Gallery)                             3
13 Ian MacGregor (Team Slipstream)                          3
14 Jonathan Garcia (BMC Racing Team)                        3
15 Bernard Van Ulden (Navigators Insurance)                 3
16 Christopher Jones (NERAC Pro Cycling)                    2
17 Davide Frattini (Colavita Sutter Home)                   1
Teams classification
Pro women
1 TEAm Lipton                                        51.02.57
2 Webcor Builders                                        5.02
3 UCI WPT Cheerwine                                      7.34
4 Colavita/ Sutter Home pre                              8.27
5 Team                                  11.22
6 Bike Hugger                                           18.10
7 Aaron's Corporate Furnish                             19.34
8 Team TIBCO                                            43.27
9 Equipe du Quebec                                    1.20.14
10 TargetTraining Women's Te                          1.41.33
11 Advil Chapstick                                    1.46.03
12 Waste Management                                   2.35.56
Prom men
1 Team Slipstream Powered b                          43.45.18
2 BMC Racing Team                                        0.27
3 Toyota-United Pro CYcling                              1.15
4 Navigators Insurance Cycl                              1.22
5 Colavita Sutter Home pres                              2.06
6 Kelly Benefit Strategies/                              2.07
7 Health Net presented by M                              4.31
8 Kodak Gallery Pro Cycling                             15.53
9 AEG-TOSHIBA-JetNetwork Pr                             19.06
10 Priority Health-Bissell                              28.43
11 Hagens Berman, LLP                                   40.18
12 Fiordifrutta Cycling Team                            44.36
13 California Giant/Speciali                            45.07
14 Rite Aid Pro Cycling                                 46.20
15 Calyon / Litespeed Pro Cy                            49.47
16 Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling                            50.47
17 Ottawa Bicycle Club                                1.00.33
18 Kenda/Raleigh Racing                               1.10.58