Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cherry Blossom Stage 2: Hegyvary takes win, Bisssell's Mach Keeps Overall

THE DALLES -- Washington's Hagens Berman team came out swinging Saturday morning, claiming two of the top three spots in the time trial after falling prey to a Bissell one-two punch during Friday's opening stage.

Hagens Berman rider Adrian Hegyvary set the best time of the day, covering the 8-mile out-and-back course in 17 minutes, 4 seconds. Hegyvary's Hagens Berman teammate Patrick Stanko finished third on the day, with a time of 0:17:44. Bissell's Jeremy Vennell, (second on stage 1) was sandwiched in between the Washington duo.

Despite Hagens Berman's stage 2 success, the four-man Bissell squad's efforts Friday in the road race, taking the top two spots and putting several minutes into the competition, was enough to keep overall race leader Paul Mach (Bissell) on top of GC. Mach finished seventh in the time trail, setting a time of 0:17:54.


Veloforma's Robin Secrist used her winning time trial to take the GC lead in the women's race. Secrist's time of 0:19:44 gave her the win over Riverstone Racing's Heather Albert, who finished with a time of 0:20:15. Friday's winner, Patrcia Bailey (Wines of Washington), finished third at 0:20:43. Albert now sits second overall, with Bailey in third.

Gallaher Sets Pace For Masters Field In Stage Two, Takes GC Lead

Counterbalance's Todd Gallaher set the pace for the Masters 40+ field with a time of 0:18:17. Gallaher's winning ride was also enough to propel him into the GC lead after two stages. Mike McManus (Finnegan's Toy's) finished second with a time trial mark of 0:18:20. ZteaM's Clint Chase finished third at 0:18:22.