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Jeanson and Wherry "in the wind"
 
By Janna Trevisanut
Date: 5/1/2002
Jeanson and Wherry "in the wind"
 

Tour of Gila Stage One: The Dan Potts Memorial Tyrone Individual Time Trials

In 25-30 mph winds, with gusts to 50 mph - all cross winds across the road, it was Chris Wherry of Mercury and Gila defending champion, RONA pistol Genevieve Jeanson, in today's Tour of the Gila kickoff time trial. In these conditions, there was no cover for anybody. As the day progressed, clouds moved in and it got colder. But there were no crashes in spite of the wind, just some time trialer wheels that acted more like sails.

Eric Wohlberg of Saturn and Scott Moninger (Mercury) placed second and third respectively. Derek Brouchard-Hall, who placed third at the Shelby Criterium on April 21, was tenth.

The pro men's surprise today was Sandy Perrins, who placed 7th. From the Logan Race Club in Logan, Utah, there are only two riders from his club in the field.

With only a 2 minute spread among the first ten in the men's ITT, there is not much comfort for Moninger if he wants to take this Tour again this year. As for the balance of the teams: Mercury holds four places in the top ten, and Prime Alliance has a good presence with two top ten places and Svein Tuft at number eleven.

Pate and Horner (Prime Alliance) are both strong climbers, but at this point it looks like anybody's race - the time trial seems not to be decisive here.

Before the race Vaughn talked with Chris Horner and asked him how his foot would be, and he said he didn't know, but he felt pretty good. Horner finished 1'20 down from Chris Wherry and did an incredible job.

In the evening 7UP's Chuck Coyle commented. Of the time trial he said, "It was like a blow dryer out there today." On the DP message board he said, "I almost got blown off my bike twice during the TT today. I had my 55x11 wrapped out and was hit with some crazy wind gusts that almost blew me off the road.....Tomorrow will be interesting if the wind keeps up."

As for tomorrow's 92 mile, 5650 feet of climb race he said, "Since none of us did anything to speak of today we are hoping tomorrow will go a little more in our favor. We may try and gutter the race 5 miles before the climb and try and shake things up a bit." He also thought he might be the workhorse tomorrow.

The women's picture is different than the men's. Genevieve Jeanson has 58 seconds on Saturn's Kim Bruckner in second, but by fifth place there is a four and a half minute spread. So something dramatic would have to happen tomorrow to shake this out another way. RONA team manager Andre Aubut is very pleased. He had instructed the other RONA riders to assist Genevieve in keeping her lead, and to save themselves for the four brutal stages that await them.

Tomorrow, unless you are on a motorcycle (or a bike), it will be impossible to follow the race, since the roads are so narrow that autos are not allowed. And there is that uphill finish…

Official Results

Pro Men's

1

Chris Wherry

Mercury

0:35:15.27

2

Eric Wohlberg

Saturn

00:13

3

Scott Moninger

Mercury

00:44

4

Danny Pate

Prime Alliance

01:011

5

Chris Horner

Prime Alliance

01:20

6

Gord Fraser

Mercury

01:22

7

Sandy Perrins

Logan Race Club

01:29

8

Mariano Friedrick

Jelly Belly

01:40

9

John Lieswyn

7UP/Nutrafig

01:43

10

Derek Bouchard-Hall

Mercury

01:53

11

Svein Tuft

Prime Alliance

01:58

12

Jason McCartney

Jelly Belly

02:00

13

Ubaldo Mesa

Tecos Turbo

02:05

14

Viktor Repinski

Saturn

02:06

15

Jose Isabe Garcia

Tecos Turbo

02:09

16

Scott Prince

Landis/Trek/VW

02:11

17

Mike Sayers

Mercury

02:16

18

Phil Zajicek

Mercury

02:19

19

Mike Ley

Choco Andean Eco

02:22

20

Ryan Buckem

Zia Velo

02:24

Pro Women's

1

Genevieve Jeanson

RONA

0:38:26.91

2

Kimberly Bruckner

Saturn

00:58

3

Anna Millward

Saturn

01:46

4

Jeanie Longo

Vit'All

02:36

5

Katrina Berger

Cannondale USA

04:21

6

Leah Goldstein

Bianchi USA

04:36

7

Cybill Diguistini

Diet Rite

04:40

8

Mina Pizzini

Diet Rite

05:29

9

Anne Samplonius

Talgo America

05:43

10

Tina Mayolopic

Diet Rite

05:45

11

Jessica Phillips

Saturn

05:47

12

Jennifer Wilson

Mt. Velo/Supergo

05:47

13

Kori Kelly

Diet Rite

05:48

14

Suzanne Sonye

Saturn

05:48

15

Stacy Peters

ICO

05:58

16

Sarah Conrad

Mercy Cycling Team

06:02

17

May Roz Reekie

Mercy Cycling Team

06:25

18

Heidi Witherell

Palo Alto Bicycles

06:30

19

Gabriela Gonzalez de Ferrat

Amorosos/HH Racing

06:37

20

Maren Osguthorpe

Biogen

06:47

 
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