Chris Horner rode a brilliant race to take the stage today and take home the GC victory at the 15th Hyundai Sea Otter Classic. Daily Peloton favorite Mike "So Pro" Jones was right behind Horner, showing that his ride yesterday was no fluke, and taking second on today's stage. That ride should be good enough to put Jones on the second step of the final podium in Monterey.
Jones was overjoyed and gave credit to his team. Next stop for Horner? Georgia, where he is "stoked to ride with Lance and the boys."
MONTEREY, Calif. (April 17, 2004) – The Hyundai Sea Otter Classic bustled
today, as a large crowd was
treated to exciting racing and the festive atmosphere of North America’s
greatest cycling festival. Cycling fans
and enthusiasts of all ages were able to witness many of the world’s top
cyclists competing in the PlayStation 2
MTB Stage Race, the SRAM Dirt Jumping Contest, the Elite Road Stage Race, and
the Downhill Domination
The PlayStation 2 MTB Stage continued today with its third stage of four, the
Short Track. The men's race
boasted one of the strongest fields ever to be assembled at Sea Otter, including
current world cross-country
champion Filip Meirhaeghe (Specialized) of Belgium. Meirhaeghe claimed victory
in the short track with a gap
off the front. German Karl Platt (Rocky Mountain-Business Objects) attacked in
the final laps of the race and
came in second. 2001 and 2002 world champion and two-time defending Sea Otter
champion Roland Green
(Trek-Volkswagen) rounded out the top three.
In the women’s Short Track, Melanie McQuaid of Victoria, B.C. (Ford Racing)
led the charge until the final lap.
In a major attack, 2001 world champion Alison Dunlap (Luna Women’s MTB Team)
charged in the last lap and
surged past McQuaid before the final turn. It was a sweet victory for Dunlap,
who placed second in the time trial
Friday due to a technical difficulty. Dunlap has secured the top women’s
standing in the stage race going into
the final stage, where she will be looking for a third-straight Sea Otter title.
The Downhill Domination Dual Slalom saw a wave of international riders step
up to the podium at North
America’s greatest cycling festival. Australia swept the men’s top 3, with Mick
Hannah (Haro/Adidas) taking his
first win of the season in the Downhill Domination Dual Slalom, beating
compatriots Wade Bootes
(Trek-Volkswagen) and Nathan Rennie (Santa Cruz Syndicate/Troy Lee). In the
women’s race, France’s
Sabrina Jonnier (Intense Cycles) rode flawlessly to first place, with another
Australian, Jamis Cycles’ Katrina
Miller placing second. The lone American to achieve a top 3 result was Tara
Llanes (Giant-Pearl Izumi).
The Elite Road Stage Race at the Hyundai Sea Otter Classic concluded on
Saturday with a 100 mile road race
for pro men and women on a scenic course Carmel and Salinas valleys. Lyne
Bessette (Quark) continued her
domination of the women's southern Californian spring racing scene, adding the
Hyundai Sea Otter title to the
Pomona Valley Stage Race and Redlands Classic wins she posted over the past four
weeks. Chris Horner
(Webcor) matched his win streak by riding away from the field in the final six
miles to snatch the overall title
from stage two winner Trent Klasna (Sierra Nevada).
In a transition found only at the Hyundai Sea Otter Classic, the crowd’s
focus shifted from endurance sports to
action sports for the day’s final event, the SRAM Dirt Jump Contest. As the sun
set over the Monterey
Peninsula, John Jesme (Ellsworth Bicycles) took top honors after receiving a
perfect score on a no-footer
backflip on his final jump. Drawing the greatest response from the crowd was
17-year-old Paul Basagoitia who
almost landed a nearly unheard-of backflip tailwhip.
Sunday’s program will feature two pro events in the Downhill Domination
Gravity Omnium, the final stage of the
PlayStation 2 MTB Stage Race, family activities like the Kids’ Bike Rodeo, and
the amateur cross country
mountain bike race, which draws the largest field of any event at the Hyundai
Sea Otter Classic.
Horner, Bessette Maintain California Win Streak at Hyundai Sea Otter
MONTEREY, Calif. (April 17, 2004) – The Elite Road Stage Race at the Hyundai
Sea Otter Classic concluded on Saturday with a 100 mile road race for the pro
men and women. Lyne Bessette (Quark) continued her domination of the women's
southern Californian spring racing scene, adding the Hyundai Sea Otter title to
the Pomona and Redlands wins she posted over the past four weeks. Chris Horner (Webcor)
matched her win streak by riding away from the field in the final six miles to
snatch the overall title from stage two winner Trent Klasna (Sierra Nevada).
The final stage of the Elite Road Race sends the pros out of the Laguna Seca
Recreation Area on a long loop south through the Carmel and Salinas valleys. The
riders head back into Laguna Seca through theFort Ord recreation area, with a
final climb back into the racetrack, which usually breaks the field apart. The
men added three laps on the Laguna Seca circuit to finish off their race.
Wind was the biggest factor the riders faced, after the distance. A headwind
for the final 50 miles discouraged any breakaway attempts, and both the men’s
and women’s fields entered the venue as large packs. Bessette started the stage
with a two second margin over Tina Pic (Genesis Scuba), and three seconds ahead
of Kristin Armstrong (T-Mobile). The Canadian had to make sure that she finished
ahead of both riders, since a first place result by either one, combined with
the time bonuses awarded, may have leapfrogged them into the winner's jersey.
Christine Thorburn (Webcor) initiated what proved to be the decisive move,
attacking early in the climb. She was quickly joined by by Bessette and
Armstrong, with only second place Pic missing the boat. Thorburn had the most to
gain from the break, since she could potentially vault into third place.
Bessette waited until the final 500 feet to launch a perfectly timed attack and
take her second consecutive stage, locking up the overall title with her
victory. Armstrong came in second, with Thorburn just behind.
Thorburn was successful in her bid for a podium spot in the overall results,
moving into third behind Armstrong. Tina Pic dropped to fourth in the overall
standings, but held onto the Points Jersey.
Trent Klasna's Sierra Nevada team mates did an excellent job of controlling
the men's field until the final few miles, when Horner went to the front. The
Webcor rider launched an attack on the finishing circuit that no one could
respond to, winning by one minute and 25 seconds. Health Net-Maxxis' Mike Jones,
second to Klasna in stage two, and second overall in the standings, made a
valiant effort, which netted him second place for the stage, and cemented his
overall result. Horner's team mate Charles Dionne finished third in the stage,
and took third overall, assuring Webcor of the Team title as well. Dionne also
won the Points Jersey.
Chris Horner: "I tried to attack on the first climb, but my legs
weren't quite there. Once we got onto the Laguna Seca climb, I tried again, and
my legs were back, the form was there. I was confident that I could get the time
Mike Jones: "I have a friend back home, Dave, with cancer. I thought a
lot about him today. Dave is one of my biggest fans, I think about him and push
harder on the hills."
Lyne Bessette: "It was so windy that it is understandable that no one
wanted to attack. When we got into the circuit people started trying stuff. It
was up to others to go, so I just waited for someone else to go and got on."
Kristin Armstrong: "When we got into the base things started to
happen. Christine attacked, and Lyne and I countered at the same time."
Christine Thorburn: "I had to be the one to attack, since I'm the one
who had to make up time. I attacked on the bottom quarter of the climb. I felt I
had a shot in taking Tina's place, so I just had to drive the pace for the
Men's Stage Three Results
1 Horner Chris Webcor USA 4:24:49
2 Jones Michael Health Net USA at 1:25
3 Dionne Charles Webcor CAN 1:52
4 Jones Brice Health Net USA m.t.
5 Lokkesmoe Jason Health Net USA m.t.
6 Ayestaran Imanol Webcor ESP m.t.
7 Kelly John Webcor USA :56
8 Lange Cory Canadian National Team CAN m.t.
9 Terlecki Todd La Grange USA m.t.
10 Wohlberg Eric Sierra Nevada CAN m.t.
Men's Final General Classification
1 Horner Chris Webcor USA 6:55:25
2 Jones Michael Health Net USA at :50
3 Dionne Charles Webcor CAN 1:34
4 Lokkesmoe Jason Health Net USA 1:36
5 Wohlberg Eric Sierra Nevada CAN 1:45
6 Ayestaran Imanol Webcor ESP 2:00
7 Lange Cory Canadian National Team CAN 2:02
8 Frattini Davide Team Monex ITA 2:03
9 Perras Dominique Canadian National Team CAN 2:09
10 Jones Brice Health Net USA 2:14
Points Competition: Charles Dionne - Webcor Builders
Overall Team Classification: Webcor Builders
Women's Stage 3 Results
1 BESSETTE, Lyne CAN QRK 5:22:14
2 ARMSTRONG, Kristin USA TMP m.t.
3 THORBURN, Christine USA WCT m.t.
4 EYERMAN, Jenny USA RED :57
5 GONZALEZ DE FERRAT, MEX VBA m.t.
6 MAYOLO-PIC, Tina USA GEN m.t.
7 LEMIEUX, Audrey CAN QRK m.t.
8 BOCKEL, Karen GER TDS m.t.
9 MILLER, Meredith USA TSA m.t.
10 FISCHER-ANDERSEN, M DEN TSA m.t.
Women's Final General Classification
1 BESSETTE, Lyne CAN QRK 7:09:18
2 ARMSTRONG, Kristin USA TMP :07
3 THORBURN, Christine USA WCT :28
4 MAYOLO-PIC, Tina USA GEN 1:09
5 PETERS, Stacey USA TMP 1:39
6 FRANGES, Lauren USA VIC 1:41
7 HOLDEN, Mari USA TMP 1:43
8 POWERS, Catherine USA GRA 1:44
9 EYERMAN, Jenny USA RED 1:45
10 MIRABELLA, Erin USA RED 1:47
Special thanks to Jack "I think I just saw Bob Roll" Girdis for the timely results earlier today.