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Mongolia Bike Challenge 2012

Date range:
July 30 - August 9, 2012

August 08, Stage 9: 142km

Sneddon and Tserenlham win stage 9

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Cycling News
Published:
August 08, 2012, 22:34 BST,
Updated:
August 08, 2012, 23:39 BST

Wallace stays in lead with one day remaining

Racers in action during stage 9

Racers in action during stage 9

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Racing resumed today at the 2012 Mongolia Bike Challenge after a day of severe weather conditions cancelled yesterday's stage.

"Stage 9 turned out to be one of the best stages of the whole race. Having seen the effort of the MBC organization to keep this race rolling, we made sure we up kept our part of the deal and had one of the hardest days of racing yet," said race leader Cory Wallace (Kona).

"It started out with myself sneaking in an early morning warm-up and then driving the pace out of the gun as the other riders tried to get there cold bodies back into race mode," said Wallace. "My teammate Kris Sneddon followed this up with some solid efforts up the first climbs and all of a sudden we had a race on our hands."

It was hot and dry on the 105-kilometer course that took riders from their lush grassland camp into the pre-desert that separates the mountains from the Gobi Desert.

Pau (Team Buff) tried a few attacks with Barry Wicks (Kona) retaliating with one of his own. The only difference with Barry's attack was it stuck. Wicks put three minutes on the rest of the pack after the first 40 kilometers and was looking especially strong on the climbs.

Around the 50 kilometer marker, Carter Hovey (MBC-Orbea-SMP) took off as well, pulling one minute ahead of the other two Kona riders, Kris Sneddon and Cory Wallace. Around the 75-kilometer marker, Wicks made a wrong turn and lost his spot at the front of the pack. Sneddon moved into the lead and eventually won the stage. He was followed by Hovey in second and Wallace in third.

"It was a rough day as my body was not firing on all cylinders while Pau and Carter were putting in huge efforts to break us," said Wallace. "In the end Kris Sneddon would power away for the win with Carter and I rolling in two-three with Pau few seconds behind."

"The day ended up being probably the hardest fought stage all race and the course was top notch," said Wallace. "It was almost unthinkable that this day could occur when just 24hr earlier we were stranded out in the middle of Mongolia with no known way out."

In the women's race, Solongo Tserenlham of Mongolia made up more time on the leaders by winning today's stage but not enough to pass current leader, Liesbeth Hessens of Belgium.

The last stage of the MBC will run tomorrow, ending 90km later in Karakorum outside the historic Erdene Zuu monastery.

Full Results

Stage 9
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kris Sneddon (Can) 3:20:30  
2 Carter Hovey (Can) 0:00:10  
3 Cory Wallace (Can) 0:00:11  
4 Pau Zamora Perez (Spa) 0:00:26  
5 Altansukh Altanzul (Mon) 0:06:20  
6 Delgerbayar Sonomtseren (Mon) 0:07:22  
7 Barry Wicks (USA) 0:10:48  
8 Marcel Hagener (NZl)    
9 Peter Paelinck (Bel)    
10 Davide Ghedini (Ita) 0:16:54  
11 Marcel Farres Dasquens (Spa) 0:16:55  
12 Francesc Juliá Pascual (Spa) 0:22:10  
13 Lorenzo Milesi (Swi) 0:24:05  
14 Solongo Tserenlham (Mon) 0:28:09  
15 Ivan Cabañas Gonzalez (Spa) 0:28:58  
16 Mohamad Razif Bin Mohamad Salleh (Mal) 0:28:59  
17 Batmunkh Mijid (Mon) 0:29:01  
18 Thomas Wettemann (Ger) 0:29:04  
19 David Rovira Roqueta (Spa) 0:29:53  
20 Jep Gonzalez Farres (Spa) 0:32:25  
21 Batmunkh Batsaikhan (Mon) 0:32:50  
22 Fabio Elmer (Ger) 0:33:59  
23 Robert Bleeker (Aus) 0:34:05  
24 Elisabeth Adamson (Aus)    
25 Steven Pauwels (Bel) 0:35:02  
26 Aloyse Albert Schartz (Lux) 0:36:07  
27 Jennifer Crake (Can) 0:39:51  
28 Alex Ramsey (Aus) 0:41:39  
29 Marcos Barrio Robles (Spa) 0:41:58  
30 Liesbeth Hessens (Bel)    
31 Uwe Geiger (Ger) 0:42:59  
32 Greg Mckennis (USA)    
33 Nuo Zhang (Chn) 0:47:40  
34 Thomas Borst (Ger) 0:56:32  
35 Edmund Tan (Sin) 1:01:24  
36 Iwona Szmyd (Pol)    
37 Johan Walraven (Ned) 1:10:38  
38 Jesus Martin Del Nogal (Spa) 1:10:56  
39 Jack Anderson (USA) 1:15:10  
40 Otgontuya Batbaatar (Mon) 1:22:45  
41 Birgit Richner (Swi) 1:33:55  
42 Max Richner (Swi)    
43 Kristof Nootens (Bel) 1:35:56  
44 Jos Van Dijk (Ned) 1:40:15  
45 Wouter Rijnaerts (Ned)    
46 Thierry Lilian Claude Carayol (Fra) 1:57:18  
47 Ray Giddins (Aus) 2:04:10  
48 Ulziibaatar Jamsran (Mon) 3:06:15  
49 Tuguldur Tuulkhangai (Mon)    
50 Angel Lopez Santos (Spa)    
51 Frances Galache Rejón (Spa)    
52 Marcel Besemer (Ned)    
General classification after stage 9
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cory Wallace (Can) 32:57:19  
2 Kris Sneddon (Can) 0:02:46  
3 Barry Wicks (USA) 0:13:29  
4 Pau Zamora Perez (Spa) 0:19:44  
5 Carter Hovey (Can) 0:38:30  
6 Peter Paelinck (Bel) 1:37:05  
7 Marcel Hagener (NZl) 2:11:58  
8 Francesc Juliá Pascual (Spa) 3:00:23  
9 David Rovira Roqueta (Spa) 3:03:37  
10 Altansukh Altanzul (Mon) 3:30:16  
11 Delgerbayar Sonomtseren (Mon) 4:05:48  
12 Mohamad Razif Bin Mohamad Salleh (Mal) 4:57:06  
13 Marcel Farres Dasquens (Spa) 5:08:17  
14 Davide Ghedini (Ita) 5:40:16  
15 Batmunkh Batsaikhan (Mon) 6:12:23  
16 Thomas Wettemann (Ger) 6:31:41  
17 Steven Pauwels (Bel) 6:39:58  
18 Liesbeth Hessens (Bel) 7:27:36  
19 Elisabeth Adamson (Aus) 7:32:34  
20 Batmunkh Mijid (Mon) 7:48:21  
21 Fabio Elmer (Ger) 8:02:49  
22 Greg Mckennis (USA) 8:17:34  
23 Jep Gonzalez Farres (Spa) 8:21:13  
24 Aloyse Albert Schartz (Lux) 8:42:11  
25 Robert Bleeker (Aus) 8:42:50  
26 Jennifer Crake (Can) 8:43:34  
27 Uwe Geiger (Ger) 8:50:25  
28 Solongo Tserenlham (Mon) 8:52:48  
29 Alex Ramsey (Aus) 8:59:27  
30 Thomas Borst (Ger) 9:51:40  
31 Ivan Cabañas Gonzalez (Spa) 9:57:27  
32 Lorenzo Milesi (Swi) 10:28:03  
33 Ray Giddins (Aus) 10:54:53  
34 Marcos Barrio Robles (Spa) 11:29:15  
35 Jack Anderson (USA) 12:55:30  
36 Max Richner (Swi) 12:58:28  
37 Iwona Szmyd (Pol) 13:01:29  
38 Johan Walraven (Ned) 13:20:20  
39 Otgontuya Batbaatar (Mon) 14:24:52  
40 Angel Lopez Santos (Spa) 14:52:44  
41 Jesus Martin Del Nogal (Spa) 14:52:45  
42 Tuguldur Tuulkhangai (Mon) 15:57:39  
43 Nuo Zhang (Chn) 16:10:08  
44 Ulziibaatar Jamsran (Mon) 16:38:41  
45 Edmund Tan (Sin) 17:12:33  
46 Birgit Richner (Swi) 18:16:00  
47 Thierry Lilian Claude Carayol (Fra) 20:37:44  
48 Jos Van Dijk (Ned) 23:29:24  
49 Wouter Rijnaerts (Ned) 23:38:18  
50 Kristof Nootens (Bel) 23:38:26  
51 Marcel Besemer (Ned) 28:10:45  
52 Frances Galache Rejón (Spa) 28:40:38