The second stage of 2016 ODZ Omnium took place over 2 laps of the “London Loop.” GC leader Justin Purificati (Team ODZ) took the win in this individual time-trial, taking a huge step toward the final GC victory.
On the first intermediate time check, which would be the first time every rider crossed the line, each category leader was already in first place. Purificati (Team ODZ) had a 21″ advantage over Becker (Team X), Lefebvre (Team ODZ) came across 10″ before Tex “Batman” Divine (Team ODZ), Huberdeau (Team WBR) had a 6″ lead over Dodd (Team ODZ) and Pacione was 1’27” up in front of Cheng.
In their respective categories, Justin Purificati (Team ODZ), Stephane Lefebvre (Team ODZ), Leigh Huberdeau (Team WBR) and Art Pacione all went on to take the stage win. GC-wise, Purificati (Team ODZ) now has a 12-point advantage over Brett Boniface in the A category. In the B category, the fight gets real with Tex “Batman” Divine (Team ODZ) keeping a 6-point advantage over Stephane Lefebvre (Team ODZ) and Ron Sines (Team ODZ). For the Cs, Leigh Huberdeau (Team WBR) and Tim Dodd (Team ODZ) are tied at first place, with a 6-point margin over Skyler Street (KissRT).
Character maketh rider
Now, it’s hard to see a rider standing out from the others since it’s a TT, but today’s “q/l Report Combativity Award” goes to Jim Hubbard (Team ODZ). It takes a lot of character to do an all-out 45-minute individual time-trial, but it takes even more character to do a 65-minute one, and that’s why he’ll be wearing the Orange & Gray bib in the final stage. In tomorrow’s stage, which will be the final one, the racers’ character will be put to a huge test once again, as they’ll take on 3 laps of the “London 8” route.
Here is the race commentary from Jesper Anker.
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ODZ Omnium #2 / Provisional Results:
1- J.Purificati (CAN-Team ODZ) 43’07”
2- H.Becker (GER-Team X) +0’44”
3- A.Koop (GER-U/A) +1’01”
GC: J.Purificati (CAN-Team ODZ)
1- S.Lefebvre (CAN-Team ODZ) 47’25”
2- R.Sines (USA-Team ODZ) +0’24”
3- T.Divine (USA-Team ODZ) +0’54”
GC: T.Divine (USA-Team ODZ)
1- L.Huberdeau (CAN-Team WBR) 55’02”
2- T.Dodd (USA-Team ODZ) +0’06”
3- J.Gagnon (CAN-Team ODZ) +0’42”
GC: L.Huberdeau (CAN-Team WBR)
1- A.Pacione (USA-U/A) 1h00’47”
2- W.Cheng (HKG-U/A) +0’38”
q/l Combativity: J.Hubbard (USA-Team ODZ)
-the q/l Report-