Madera Stage Race
Day 3, Daulton Road Race
10 March 2013
Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16) crossed the finish line first at the Daulton Road Race. With the win, Tetrick took all three Women’s Pro-1-2 races to win the Madera Stage Race and add to her impressive series of early season results.
The Women’s Pro/1/2 race went off in the late morning’s second wave. Pinnacle presented by Argon 18 had a rider out early in the race with a short, 15-second gap. The significant breakaway came in the third of four laps; Tetrick had for company Mary Maroon (SBRacing), Tanja Meyer (Pinnacle p/b Incase), and Rikke Preisler (Metromint Cycling). Their gap to the field was 30 seconds on the big roller before the finish line.
Meyer dropped off the breakaway on the long, flat stretch after the feed zone. The sprint for the win came down to the remaining three riders. Tetrick, the time-trial specialist, attacked early on the “first kicker” to put her in a good position to win the sprint. She out lasted Maroon by 6 seconds with Preisler a further 19 seconds back in third.
Tanja Meyer finished the Daulton Road Race in thirteenth and held onto her second place in the general classification. The ‘Mints held the next three overall positions with Preisler moving up to fifth behind Molly Van Houweling in fourth and Joanna Dahl in third.
Celebrating with family at the end of the day’s race, Tetrick said “The break was working really well. All the teams were represented [and] were thinking about protecting their GC. People were very motivated to race today and all-in-all I was very impressed with Pinncale and Metromint; they raced aggressively and hard, not taking the day for granted.”
Tetrick acknowledged she was excited about the break, “I was weighing my chances about out-sprinting them, knowing that’s what I’m working on. I was definitely looking at all of them as a pretty big threat.”
Kirk Carlsen (Fast Freddie) was fastest in the two time trials of the four-stage race for Men Pro-1-2. After finishing with the field in the previous day’s criterium, Carlsen earned a top-ten finish in the Daulton Road Race to win the general classification.
In the day’s race, David Benkoski (Team Clif Bar Cycling) went off on an early solo breakaway and crossed the finish-line at the end of the first lap with a 30-second gap on the field. “It was not my intention,” said Benkoski, “I had really bad legs the whole weekend and I was just waiting to see how the race would unfold. There were not that many teams that were very organized. I was thinking ‘all that needed to happen was for a small break to go with guys low down on the GC and something successful could happen’. So as soon as I saw that, I decided to go.”
At the end of the second lap, Eric Riggs (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase) had joined Benkoski; their gap to the rest of the riders was around the same 30-second mark. The field had broken into three other groups with Kirk Carlsen sitting in the first chase pack. Of the breakway pair, Riggs was closest in the general classification to Carlsen going into the Daulton race but his time deficit was 4’35”.
Benkoski and Riggs would push out their lead to 90 seconds on the chase group. Justin Rossi (Marc Pro-Strava), Tyler Williams (BMC Development Team), and Adrien Costa (Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) were in that group with Carlsen. Two riders from Team Mike’s Bikes presented by Incase were also in the chase.
The lead for Benkoski and Riggs did grow to 2 minutes. However, the lead pair were not staying away from a closing field as team and rider tactics came into play along the last several kilometers. Benkoski reported a lack of cooperation amongst the break that continued after Keith Hillier (Marc Pro-Strava) had joined the lead. With the field close behind and none of the protagonists in a position to take the overall general classification, the prize was a stage win.
The truth of the last few kilometers is out there on the course. In the end, Riggs managed to steal away for the race win with Benkoski just behind in second. The Team Clif Bar rider was hard done by after putting in good work early and late in the race.
Hillier was third to cross the finish line but later received a demotion to eighth-place. The exact reason appears lost in the stage race’s numerous protests for centreline violations, following vehicles, and foul language.
Results for Women Pro-1-2
Daulton Road Race
1. Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16)
2. Mary Maroon (SBRacing)
3. Rikke Preisler (Metromint Cycling)
4. Sara Clafferty (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18)
5. Jane Despas (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18)
1. Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16) 4:05:37.9
2. Tanja Meyer (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) +3’45.6″
3. Joanna Dahl (Metromint Cycling) +3’55.2″
4. Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling) +4’1.8″
5. Rikke Preisler (Metromint Cycling) +4’14.2″
Results for Men Pro-1-2
Daulton Road Race
1. Eric Riggs (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase)
2. David Benkoski (Team Clif Bar Cycling)
3. Daniel Holloway (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase)
4. Robin Eckmann (California Giant/Specialized)
5. Eric Losak (Team Clif Bar)
1. Kirk Carlsen (Fast Freddie) 5:16:26.8
2. Adrien Costa (Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) +1’5.2″
3. Tyler Williams (BMC Development Team) +1’20.4″
4. Justin Rossi (Marc Pro-Strava) +2’25.5″
5. Jeff Perrin (California Giant/Specialized) +2’52.7″
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