17 May 2014
Preliminary results – more race coverage, results, and photographs at Dahl Wins Mariposa.
Stage 3, Mariposa Women’s Stage Race
Greeley Hill Road Race
Apparently someone forgot to tell them the race started with a promenade. This lead to a very aggressive start to the P/1/2 race at Greeley Hill with Jane Despas (ICE Sportswear p/b JL Velo) leading the small field into the race proper.
There were attacks, counter-attacks, and brave staunches to bridge up to attackers. With a pace that wore down several, at five-to-go the race to the flag came down to Despas and Joanna Dahl (Metromint Cycling). Despas took maximum in time bonuses for all of those latter laps except the one that counted.
Dahl pinched the sprint finish for the win; pending official accounting for time bonuses, the Metromint racer should retain the GC lead, having began the race with a 66-second advantage over third placed rider Sara Bird (ICE Sportswear p/b JL Velo).
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