Saturday, May 9, 2009

Evan Elken 6th in Joe Martin Stage 3 circuit race

Land Rover-ORBEA's Evan Elken of Portland finished sixth in the third stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday.

Colavita Sutter Home's Lucas Sebastian Haedo won the 92-mile circuit race in 3:17:34. Jonathan Cantwell (Fly V Australia) was second. Rock Racing's Nic Sanderson finished third.

Elken came in ahead of Jelly Belly's Brad Huff in 7th. Land Rover-ORBEA'S Roman Van Uden, fresh off his stage win at the Tour of the Gila, was 8th. Despite a breakaway containing many of the top general classification riders staying away late into the race, the stage came down to a massive field sprint.

Portland's Jacob Erker (Kelly Benefit Strategies) is 15th overall in the men's race. Oregonian Christina Ruiter (Valueact Capital Cycling Team) is 9th overall in the women's race. Veloforma's Alice Pennington of Hood River is 19th.

The Joe Martin Stage Race concludes with Sunday's criterium.