Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Quebec Girls Rock Battenkill

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Photo: Alizee Brien (Specialized-Mazda © Pasquale Stalteri / Miroir du Cyclisme
Quebec women shine at 2012 Battenkill

by Pasquale Stalteri & John Symon

April 16, 2012 (Cambridge, NY) - Quebec women did extremely well in Saturday’s elite women’s race. Veronique Fortin (Tibco/To the Top) won the 99.2km/62-mile race at the Tour of the Battenkill in a time of 3:00:38. In second was Crystal Anthony (USA) LadiesFirst Racing in second and Canada’s Alizee Brien (Specialized-Mazda-SGC) third on the podium. 

In total, four Quebec women finished in the top 10. In contrast, only one Quebec man, Bruno Langlois (Garneau Quebecor) finished in the top 10 in Sunday’s 200km men’s race.

Fortin, the current Canadian road champ, spoke to MdC just after crossing the finish line. She spoke about the strong field of competing women on the Battenkill start line. Anthony told Pedal that the dirt sections were very soft, and this made them difficult.

Brien, who is only 18 years old, was perhaps the revelation of the race. Brien’s coach, Gerard Penarroya, told MdC that he was very happy to have to girls in the top 10. Penarroya also spoke about the challenges caused by the dust on dirt sections of the race circuit, but said that his girls really enjoyed Battenkill.

Evelyne Blouin (Real Deal Racing / La Bicicletta) finished fifth. Some 55 women were on the start line and 51 finished, including eight Canadians.

Editors note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we arrived late on Saturday afternoon and regret not having as extensive a collection of photos of the women's elite race as we have of the men's. Thank you for your understanding. 

Tour of the Battenkill Champion Veronique Fortin (Tibco/To the Top)
Photo © Pasquale Stalteri / Miroir du Cyclisme
Tour of the Battenkill Champion Veronique Fortin (Tibco/To the Top)
Photo © Pasquale Stalteri / Miroir du Cyclisme

Podium féminin à Battenkill © Pasquale Stalteri / Miroir du Cyclisme
Tour of the Battenkill Women Pro 1/2

Results

1. Veronique Fortin (Tibco/To the Top)
3:00:38
2. Crystal Anthony (LadiesFirst Racing) 0:44
3. Alizee Brien (Specialized-Mazda-SGC) 0:44
4. Marti Shea (Destination Cycling) 0:45
5. Evelyne Blouin (Real Deal Racing / La Bicicletta)
2:59
6. Kathleen Billington (Vanderkitten-Focus)
4:12
7. Anne Donley (
Boulder Orthopedic) 4:13
8. Melissa Ross (Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder)
4:13
9. Fabienne Gérard (
CRCA/Eumaeus Asset Mgmt-Fuoriclasse) 4:13
10. Anne Marie Morrin (Specialized-Mazda-SGC)
4:13
11. Patty Buerkle (Edlow Int p/b Bike Beat)
4:13
12. Monika Sattler (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCO)
4:13
13. Jessica Chong (Morgan Stanley Cycling Team)
4:13
14. Peggy LeGrand (US Military)
4:13
15. Laura Ralston (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder)
4:13
16. Beth Ruiz (Farm Team Elite Women’s Cycling)
4:13
17. Kathleen Lysakowski (Farm Team Elite Cycling Team)
4:13
18. Kacy Wander (Farm Team Elite Women’s Cycling)
4:13
19. Jennifer Martin (Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder)
4:14
20. Virginia Gautier (Specialized-Mazda-SGC)
4:14
21. Yuri Matsumoto (Wheelworks Racing)
4:14
22. Gabrielle Pilote Fortin (Équipe Dedaccai-hype)
4:14
23. Martha Buckley (Wheelworks Racing)
4:16
24. Jenny Ives (Farm Team Elite Women’s Cycling)
5:40
25. Stephanie Skoreyko (Kallisto/Wheels of
Oakville) 5:40
26. Silke Wunderwald (Kenda presented by Geargrinder)
5:57
27. Casey Kelly (MVP Health Care Cycling)
6:39
28. Sheila Vibert (Sunapee Racing Team)
6:40
29. Mary Zider (Colavita-EspnW Pro Cycling)
6:40
30. Cara Gillis (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder)
7:10
31. Michelle Paiement (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)
7:11
32. Sara Clafferty (ABRT)
8:41
33. Rosanne Van Dorn (Team Placid Planet)
8:41
34. Ruth Sherman (Corning/Notubes/Swan Cycles)
8:42
35. Robyn Passander (ZCC Zanes Cycles)
8:43
36. Kyleanne Hunter (XO COMMUNICATIONS p/b CISCO)
11:19
37. Raquel Miller (CRCA/Houlihan-Lokey)
11:20
38. Erin Silliman (MVP Health Care Cycling)
12:33
39. Audrey Scott (Farm Team Elite Women’s Cycling)
12:39
40. Clara Kelly (NEBC p/b Cycle Loft)
16:09
41. Mary Costelloe (
Kutztown University) 21:14
42. Lauren De Crescenzo (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder) 25:42
43. Sara Foster (
Corning/No Tubes Race Team/Swan Cycles) 25:42
44. Mia Moore (Les Petites Victoires) 25:43
45. Anna McLoon (
Ind) 25:45
46. Thea Parent (Peanut Butter & Co Human Zoom) 27:38
47. Meredith Ehn (Farm Team Elite Women’s Cycling) 27:55
48. Adriane Provost (
Ind) 28:42
49. Stacey Jensen (
Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder) 28:53
50. Colleen Paine (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder) 33:34
51. Kristine Church (
Ind) 49:44
DNF Laurel Green (Peaks Coaching Group)
DNF Sarah Krzysiak (Farm Team Elite Women’s Cycling)
DNF Kate Veronneau (Kutztown Cutters)
DNF Arley Kemmerer (MUD)


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L’équipe Specialized-Mazda-SGC satisfaite;


Tour of the Battenkill 2012

Courtoisie de Specialized-Mazda-SGC

Cambridge, NY 14 avril 2012 - Trois membres de l’équipe féminine Specialized-Mazda-SGC, soit Anne-Marie Morin, Alizée Brien et Virginie Gauthier ont pris part, samedi dernier, à leur première course officielle de la saison 2012 à Cambridge, dans l’état de New York. Longue de 100 km, le Tour of the Battenkill est réputé pour ses sections en terre battue et son parcours ponctué de plusieurs montées, qui en viennent à bout des plus aguerris.

Le niveau du peloton était plutôt relevé, entre autre avec la présence de la championne canadienne Véronique Fortin (Tibco/To the Top), gagnante de la course. Alizée Brien, qui en était à sa première course chez les seniors, s’en est tiré avec un résultat exceptionnel en terminant en troisième position, après être restée 2ème pendant 20km, à quelques secondes en chasse derrière Fortin. Anne-Marie a quant à elle terminé en 10ème position dans le peloton de tête, suivie de près par Virginie (20ème), dans le même temps.

Ce fût donc une excellente première sortie pour l’équipe Specialized-Mazda-SGC, qui prendra part, dans les deux prochaines semaines, au Grand Prix de Contrecoeur ainsi qu’au Grand Prix Ste-Martine.


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