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Miller on a hot streak, Bissell dominates at Merco

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Mar. 3, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM EST

Amanda Miller is on a hot streak. The new HTC-Highroad rider scored her second win in a week Thursday in stage 1 of the Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic near Merced, California. A half hour later, Robert Britton led a Bissell podium sweep in the men’s race.

The three-woman HTC-Highroad showed up in a big way for the women’s opening 58-mile stage of the four-day stage race. Miller took the stage win out of a small group, while her HTC teammate Ina Yoko-Teutenberg earned the QOM jersey. It was Miller’s second win in a row after winning the post tour criterium in New Zealand less than a week ago.

Flavia Oliveira (Wells Fargo) finished second, just two days after her 18-month sanction for a banned stimulant expired. Alison Starnes rounded out the podium in her debut for Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty12, seven months after fracturing her pelvis in a crash at the Cascade Classic.

In the men’s 82-mile race, nearly the entire Bissell squad made their way into the day’s main breakaway, with Jay Thomson earning the KOM jersey in his first race with the team. In the end, it was Britton leading defending champion Ben Jacques-Maynes and Paul Mach over the line.

The Merco Classic continues Friday with a 12-mile individual time trial. Jacques-Maynes told VeloNews this week that he expects the final GC to come down to the second stage individual test.

Unofficial Results

Men
Stage 1

  • 1. Robert Britton, Bissell
  • 2. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissell
  • 3. Paul Mach, Bissell

GC after stage 1

  • 1. Rob Britton, Bissell
  • 2. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissell
  • 3. Paul Mach, Bissell

King of the Mountains after stage 1

  • 1. Jay Thomson, Bissell

Women
Stage 1

  • 1. Amanda Miller, HTC-Highroad
  • 2. Flavia Oliveira, Wells Fargo
  • 3. Alison Starnes, Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty12

GC after stage 1

  • 1. Amanda Miller, HTC-Highroad
  • 2. Flavia Oliveira, Wells Fargo
  • 3. Alison Starnes, Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty12

Queen of the Mountains after stage 1

  • 1. Ina Yoko-Teutenberg, HTC-Highroad
  • 2. Rebecca Werner, Webcor-Alto Velo
  • 3. Flavia Oliveira, Wells Fargo
  • 4. Kristin McGrath, Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty12
  • 5. Peggy Legrand, U.S. Military
  • 6. Carmen Small, Tibco-To The Top
  • 7. Emily Kachorek, Primal-MapMyRide

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Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of VeloNews.com. Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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