Antonio Ortiz of Spain takes Stage Two. Williamson Holds Onto Pink Jersey in Women's Race
Stage Two took the racers of the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea 126 kilometres through an increasingly remote area of Mongolia with 2440 metres of climbing. The route followed the Tuul River, traversing the majestic forests of the Zamt Hills and ended at Jalman Camp.
In the men’s race, the lead group of racers, including Cory Wallace (Kona), Mark Frendo (Oyu Tolgoi), Kysosuke Takei (Forza/Crankpunk), Jason Sager (Jamis), Altanzol Altansukh (Genco Tour Bureau), Antonio Ortiz (Selle SMP) and Pau Zamora (Buff-Niner) rode into the second refilling station together. Ortiz and Zamora got out of the station first and were able to hold a gap they created to take First and Second on the stage putting over two minutes into Wallace’s GC lead. Mongolian rider, Altanzol Altansukh lead the chase group and was able to grab third on the day.
In the women’s race apprears to be taking its shape as the top four women repeated their positions from Stage One with Catherine Williamson (Bizhub-Energas) taking the Stage Win followed by Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon), Erin Greene (Endura NZ)) and Jessica Douglas (Liv Giant) respectively.
Riders are in high spirits but starting to realize the difficulty of the race and what is still ahead of them. Stage Three starts tomorrow from the banks of the Tuul River and runs 148 kilometres to Kavcir Ganga Camp. Stage One Results in brief:
Elite Men1. Antonio Ortiz (ES)
2. Pau Zamora (ES)
3. Altanzol Altansukh (MG)
Elite Women1.Catherine Williamson (UK)
2. Sonya Looney (US)
3. Eric Greene (NZ)
Full Race Results and Overall Classifications can be found at www.mongoliabikechallenge.com
The 2013 Genco MBC runs from September 1 to 7. The newly re-designed seven stage course is over 850 kilometres long and includes 14,000 metres of climbing.
Early Bird Registration for the 2014 event opens September 8.