Day 2, Madera Stage Race
9 March 2013
Daniel Holloway (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase) took an elaborate bow as he crossed the finish line to win the race for Men P/1/2. The sprint finish was a well rewarded-effort as his team recovered from a poor early half of the race. Sam Bassetti (California Giant/Specialized) took second place and Willie Myers (Fremont Bank Cycling Team) crossed the line in third, after spending a good amount of time in an earlier break.
Going into the race, Kirk Carlsen (Fast Freddie) had two time-trial wins to his credit. Yesterday’s Ben Hur Hill Climb saw Carlsen take a 19.4″ advantage in the stage race. Earlier in the day, a win at the Sharon Time Trial moved his time gap out to 63 seconds with Adrien Costa (Slipstrean-Craddock Junior Development) holding onto second place.
The early portion of the crit race saw several different riders lead the field across the start-finish line. The first significant break came from a group of five: Willie Myers (Fremont Bank Cycling Team), Brandon Trafton, Erik Losak (Team Clif Bar), Justin Rossi (Marc Pro-Strava), and Shawn Rosenthal (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase).
The break stayed out front for several laps, reaching its largest gap of 15 seconds, and appeared to work together well. However, the race then appeared to unravel. A group of five riders, including Carlsen, joined the lead break. With less than 30 minutes remaining, the field then came back together.
There were a few more attempts to attack but the race came down to a field sprint for the win. At two-to-go, Team Mike’s Bikes crowded the front of the field. Carlsen dived into the first corner and second place on the bell-lap.
In the frantic sprint up the finish-straight, Holloway pulled out to his right and away from Sam Bassetti. The gap across the finish line was a few of lengths of a bike. Losak took fourth whilst Cody Kaiser (California Giant/Specialized) grabbed fifth place.
“Mike’s Bikes wanted to be active, in the front, and not miss any dangerous moves,” described Holloway, “We were on the back foot at the first bit of the race and didn’t have our ‘A’ guy in the breakaway but Rosenthal did a really great job representing the team up there.
“Once guys were getting tired, we wanted a team attack on the windy side of the course to isolate some of the good guys into a breakaway. Hopefully we could get a substantial gap with a GC rider to help us ride that breakaway to the end. Toward the end our lead out train got together and our young and less-experienced guys really came through to deliver the lead out.”
Holloway is looking for another stage win in tomorrow’s Daulton Road race. “I think the team wants the same thing, whether it’s me or one of the seven other guys,” continued Holloway, “Tomorrow’s going to be a death march; it’s a very small field on a hard course. If it get’s windy out there it will become a really hard race.”
After three events in the stage race, Kirk Carlsen has the overall lead in the general classification. The gap remains 63 seconds to Adrien Costa. Tyler Williams (BMC Development Team) sits third with a 1’50.4″ deficit. Justin Rossi is in fourth place at +1’55.5″ followed by Marc Pro-Strava team mate Christopher Harland-Dunaway at +2’23.4″.
1. Daniel Holloway (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase) 67’40.0″
2. Sam Bassetti (California Giant/Specialized) S.T.
3. Willie Myers (Fremont Bank Cycling Team) S.T.
4. Eric Losak (Team Clif Bar) S.T.
5. Cody Kaiser (California Giant/Specilaized) S.T.
6. Brandon Trafton S.T.
7. Michael Jasinski (Team Clif Bar) S.T.
8. David Benkoski (Team Clif Bar) S.T.
9. Justin Rossi (Marc Pro-Strava) S.T.
10. Joe Dickerson (Marc Pro-Strava) S.T.
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