Stage 3 Podium

There was no telling who would hold onto the yellow jersey as the professional women cyclists approached the starting line of the 2008 Redlands Bicycle Classic famous Sunset Road Race starting line. Pure determination was present on every face as the riders started the selective 68-mile course, with circuits in the Sunset Drive hills.

For most of the race, two were in front of the field of 20 riders. As they hammered it out through the downtown Redlands finish, Alex Wrubleski of Webcor Builders charged, drilling across the line first, and not only winning today's stage race, but narrowly beating Mara Abbott of High Road for the overall 2008 Redlands Bicycle Classic win, by a slim one second margin. Leigh Hobson of Cheerwine and Kim Anderson of High Road were second and third for today's stage race, respectively.

Sunset Rd

The final stage started in downtown Redlands before it climbed into the Sunset Drive hills for nine laps of approximately seven miles. The pros displayed their super talents as they sped through the corners up and down the sharply graded hills. The biggest battle came to the last few yards of the race as Wrubleski and Abbott put everything on the line for the championship, with Wrubleski edging past Abbott for the win. "We knew what we had to do, but it didn't happen today," reflected Abbott.

GC Podium

Today's win was pivotal, with the overall points balancing a miniscule gap. The win pushed Wrubleski to the front for the overall win. Abbott finished right behind Wrubleski and Katherine Carroll of Aaron's was third in overall points. Cheerwine took top honors for the overall team winner.

Wrubleski was also awarded the leader jerseys for the Prestige Cycling Series.

Prestige Jerseys

Stage Results

1 Alex Wrubleski (Webcor Builders) 2.52.35
2 Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine)
3 Kim Anderson (High Road)
4 Katharine Carroll (Aaron's)
5 Tiffany Cromwell (Colavita-Sutter-Cooking Light)
6 Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine)
7 Mara Abbott (High Road)
8 Stacy Marple (Cheerwine)
9 Suz Weldon (Wines of Washington)
10 Andrea Dvorak (Colavita-Sutter-Cooking Light)

Final GC Standings

1 Alex Wrubleski (Webcor Builders) 7.07.50
2 Mara Abbott (High Road) 0.01
3 Katharine Carroll (Aaron's) 0.16
4 Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine) 0.19
5 Kim Anderson (High Road) 0.21
6 Tiffany Cromwell (Colavita-Sutter-Cooking Light) 0.41
7 Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine) 0.42
8 Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders) 0.43
9 Julie Beveridge (Aaron's) 0.57
10 Kristin Sanders (Aaron's) 1.10

All photos copyright Stephanie Gutowski