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Pomona Valley Stage Race: Women’s Stage 4 & Final Results
By Becky Leidy
Date: 3/10/2003
Pomona Valley Stage Race: Women’s Stage 4 & Final Results
San Dimas, California, March 9, 2003 – Canadian Geneviève Jeanson, of Team RONA Esker, clinched her final victory at the Pomona Valley Stage Race today, while her RONA/Esker teammate Karen Bockel won the fourth and final stage of the race. Bockel outsprinted Helen Kelly (TDS Women’s Cycling) and Alison Dunlap (T-Mobile) at the end of a 55-minute flat criterium held on the downtown, palm tree lined streets of San Dimas. With Genevieve Jeanson 2 minute and 16 second lead virtually touchable by fellow competitors, the final stage was a battle for the stage win.

From left to right, Karen Bockel (RONA Esker), Alison Dunlap
(T-Mobile), Megan Elliot (Saturn), and Helen Kelly (TDS).
Picture courtesy of Gerald Lee

The women's race began 10 minutes late and got off to a brisk start. After a few laps, a four woman break formed with two of the same riders from yesterday's break, Saturn's Megan Elliott and Alison Dunlap (T-Mobile). Helen Kelly and Karen Bockell (Rona) were also there. With her Leader back in the pack, Bockell was hesitant to work but Dunlap and Elliott were motivated and worked the break gradually building the gap to 25 seconds.

The attacks from behind brought the time split down within range but without any organization at the front, the foursome was never negated and in the final meters it was Bockell coming over Dunlap for the win. Saturn's Elliott was fourth.

"We had a great weekend," said André Aubut, RONA/Esker’s team manager, after the race. "With only three racers while most other had full lineups, we got the overall win and four stage podiums, including three wins. I think that Geneviève, Karen and Kristen (LaSasso) can be proud of their work. It sure bodes well for Redlands," he added, referring to the Redlands Classic, in which Team RONA/Esker will compete April 1-6.

Picture courtesy of Gerald Lee

Stage 4 Results
Old Town Criterium

1 Bockell, Karen Rona/Esker
2 Kelly, Helen TDS Womens Cycling Team
3 Dunlap, Alison Team T-Mobile USA
4 Elliot, Megan Saturn

General Classification after Stage 2
1 Jeanson, Genevieve (Canada) Rona/Esker 6:11:01
2 Neben, Amber (Irvine, CA) Team T-Mobile USA +2:16
3 Palmer-Komar, Susan (Hamilton, Canada) Genesis Scuba/FFCC +2:46
4 Jutras, Manon (Victoria, BC, Canada) Saturn +2:58
5 Bessette, Lyne (Knowlton, QC, Canada) Saturn +3:27
6 Bockell, Karen (CO) Rona/Esker +3:31

Thanks to:
The official Pomona Valley Stage Race website for results and stage information.
Giana Roberge, of Saturn Cycling and Daniel Larouche of Rona/Esker for the fabulous race reports.

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