Selene Yeager, Bryan Fawley earn "Super D” winner’s jerseys
Amanda Carey and Kris Sneddon get closer
to overall victory
Stage 5 of the Trans-Sylvania Epic offers a unique formula to
the stage racing format. Originally conceived as a Super-D contest, it morphed
into what’s referred to as a "Mini-XC Day.” Riders roll socially on a 28-mile
loop that has four special sections. Classes line up and race sectors of trail
that average about 13 to 14 minutes. Each one begins with a short climb and
runs into ultra technical flat and downhill singletrack and times are tallied
and totaled with the lowest combined time for all four winning the day. The
concept was created to upset the status quo and produce a new podium. This
year, besides being one of the more fun days for all competitors it produced a
new winner on the day for the open men.
Bryan Fawely’s (Orbea USA) consistency riding a carbon hardtail
gave him the overall over Kona’s Kris Sneddon and Jamis Captain Jason Sager.
Fawley won section two and four (with Sneddon in second both times) and ended
up tied with Sneddon on time, but by virtue of winning two sections compared to
Sneddon’s one, he got the top podium position and the Super D winner’s jersey.
Cannondale’s Jeremiah Bishop snagged the third section just ahead of Sneddon
and Sager. Bishop now has just a 2m:06sec lead over Sneddon and 7m:09sec over
Sager on GC.
Of his plans for tomorrow’s Queen Stage, Rothrock Mountain at 38
miles in length with 5,300 feet of climbing Sager had this to say, "I’m not
going to get seven minutes on Bishop unless it’s a 10,000 foot climbing day and
on paper he should still win so I’m focusing on Sneddon. I have to get him on
the early climbs and then ride his pace on the technical trails, which he’s
really good at. Basically it’s going to be an all-out day.”
The women’s open class saw a dominating performance by Team CF’s
Selene Yeager. She led every section from start to finish on her Specialized
S-Works Epic, uncontested and unchallenged.
Early in the week Yeager said she was targeting today for a
possible win. "I knew today was a day I could win because I’m a good starter
and a good technical rider so I wanted to play to my strengths,” she said post
race. "I knew my chances of winning a lot of stages was slim this year because
of the competition so I wanted to get at least one and this was it.”
Sue Haywood (Shenandoah Bikes/Kenda/Turner/I-9) took second in
sections two and four but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 19-second deficit to
Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) in the first section. Carey took second place on the
day by one second over Haywood.
Carey still holds onto the top slot in women’s GC but Yeager
pulled 90-seconds back from her today and increased her lead over Vicki Barclay
(NoTubes/FTC/Performance Labs) by 15m:04sec.
Morgan Miller (West Virginia Night Club) won his second straight
single-speed stage over Rich Straub (Freeze Thaw/BikeFlights/NoTubes) and Greg
Martin (Club Ride) with former GC leader Rich Dillen (Team Dicky) coming in
forth on the day. Straub retains his hold on the leaders jersey with Dillen
just over 17 minutes back in second.
Stage V - Results
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