Sunday, April 5, 2009

Cherry Blossom Classic Stage 4: Hegyvary, Bailey Take Columbia Gorge Road Race; Mach, Secrist Win Overall Crowns

THE DALLES -- Adrian Hegyvary (Hagens Berman) soloed in ahead of Bissell's Paul Mach to win stage four of the Cherry Blossom Classic. Land Rover-Orbea's Evan Elken came across the line for third more than a minute later.

The course sent riders grinding up a long, exposed climb into the Columbia hills, then down a hair-raising descent into the town of Mosier that saw speeds in excess of 50 mph, followed by a technical descent through the Rowena Loops on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Temps pushed 80 and the winds subsided for the second day in a row.

Hegyvary's second stage win -- he also won the stage 2 time trial -- wasn't enough to unseat race leader Mach, who won the General Classification with a time of 7:46:35. Mach's Bissell teammate Jeremy Vennell finished second overall four minutes and 38 seconds down. Hagens Berman's Nick Clayville finished third 06:25 behind Mach.


Patricia Bailey picked off her third win in four stages by out-sprinting a group of seven for the line, finishing in front of Heather Albert (Riverstone Women's Racing Team) and Robin Secrist (Veloforma). Despite Bailey's hat-trick weekend, Secrist's winning time trial effort was the difference in the overall, propelling the Kirkland, Wash., rider into the GC lead where she remained for the rest of the race.

Zimbelman Caps Masters GC Crown With Final Stage Win

ZteaM's Dave Zimbelman added some icing to the cake of his GC win by taking the final stage in a three-up sprint over break-away companions John Browning (Cyclepath) and Mike McManus (Finnegan's Toys). The day's effort helped lift Browning into second overall on GC, McManus finished third overall.