Canadians sweep the podium at Dragons

MANCHESTER - There was a Canadian flair in the men's pro race at Sunday's Tour of the Dragons, as Quebec racers went 1-2-3 to sweep the Daniel J. Maneely Memorial Road Race.

Teammates Michael Woods and Bruno Langlois, racing for Garneau Quebecor out of St. Augustin, Quebec, were the first two across the line in the 125-mile event that began and ended in Manchester.

Woods finished in 5 hours, 23 minutes and 15 seconds, while Langlois was three minutes back in 5:26:35.

Derrick St. John, racing for Stevens Racing out of Gatineau, Quebec, was a mere seven seconds behind Langlois for third.

After having a 98-mile course in the first years of the event, race organizer Jim Marshall added the challenge of an extra 25 miles.

"It was very challenging this year and the pros are looking at it as a real hard race or good training for other races," Marshall said.

Only 16 racers finished the course out of 70 starters in the men's pro/1/2 event.

The first American racer, Erik Levinsohn, from Williamstown, Mass., was fourth in 5:26:44.

"I wanted to go a little bit longer and the top teams loved it but some of the younger pro racers thought it was tough," Marshall said.

There was a three-way tie in the women's pro race. Crystal Anthony, Beth Ruiz and Stephanie Wetzel all crossed the line of the 71-mile course in 3 hours, 41 minutes and 49 seconds.

"Our numbers are up 10 percent from last year, the pro field was the biggest and the Category 3 race, the next one up, was the second-biggest," Marshall said.

Another Quebec rider, Mathieu Charruau, topped the field in the Category 3 race.

Most of the area riders were in the 71-mile Juniors event. Racing for Cambridge, N.Y.'s Farm Team Cycling, Wyatt Drake was eighth in 3:24:46. while Keane Brennan was 20th for Team GS Cyclelife.


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