Posted by Editoress on 03/29/09
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg succeeded in winning the Redlands Classic on Sunday in nail biting dramatic fashion.
After taking third place in Thursday's uphill prologue, Teutenberg trailed Nuernberger's Amber Neben by 27 seconds. Gradually making up time over Friday and Saturday's stage Teutenberg went into the final stage still with two seconds to make up.
On a difficult course that consisted of nine laps of a hilly neighbourhood course in Redlands, the Columbia-Highroad women went on the attack to gain seconds. Winning the first time bonus sprint of the race at the top of the first climb, Teutenberg moved into the race lead by one second.
The team then raced to protect the lead over the next eight laps. A feat that proved harder than it looked. As well as constant attacks from Neben to get the jersey back, Teutenberg was involved in two crashes and had two punctured wheels.
"I couldn't have won this race today if I didn't have such a good team around me," said Teutenberg. "They kept the race together. They all stayed with me at all times to help me pacing on the climbs and get me in position for the next climb. The first time I punctured [on the penultimate lap], Emilia [Fahlin] gave me her wheel which was perfect. Unfortunately whilst we did that a girl came around the corner and crashed into us.
"On the last lap I punctured my back wheel and had to go straight into a brick wall," continued Teutenberg. "Mara [Abbott] was right there with me and we swapped bikes. I rode to the finish on her bike and she came in on my bike which looked quite funny.
"We were also very happy with the way the field reacted to my crash on the last lap. They waited for me to get back up which was great sportsmanship."
The stage finished in a sprint with Alison Powers taking the win and Teutenberg finishing safely in the top ten to win the overall tour by a mere second.
The women now head to Europe for Ronde Van Vlaanderen World Cup which takes place next weekend in Belgium.
Team Columbia Highroad press release
|Stage 3: Sunset Road Race, 105.7 km|
|1 Alison Powers (USA) Team Type 1||2:53:59|
|2 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team Tibco|
|3 Nikki Butterfield (Aus) Webcor Builders Cycling Team|
|4 Lauren Tamayo (USA) Team Tibco|
|5 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia Highroad Women|
|6 Kori Seehafer (USA) Team Type 1|
|7 Kristen LaSasso (USA) Kahala LaGrange|
|8 Amber Neben (USA) Nurnberger Shoair|
|9 Rebecca Much (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team)|
|10 Julie Beveridge (Can) Team Tibco|
|11 Christina Ruiter (USA) Value Act Capital|
|12 Alex Wrubleski (Can) Team Columbia Highroad Women|
|13 Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team|
|14 Kristin Sanders (USA) Value Act Capital|
|15 Lindsey Myers (USA) Wines of Washington|
|16 Tiffany Cromwell (USA) Colavita Sutter Home|
|17 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Colavita Sutter Home|
|18 Meredith Miller (USA) Team Tibco|
|19 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team|
|20 Katharine Carroll (USA) Team Tibco||all s.t.|
|26 Sarah Stewart (Can) Canadian National Team||3:41|
|32 Carolyn Cartmill (Can) Canadian National Team||7:33|
|40 Heather Logan (Can) Colavita Sutter Home||27:39|
|44 Andrea Bunnin (Can) Team BC||30:14|
|45 Moriah MacGregor (Can) Team BC|
|48 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Canadian National Team|
|55 Gina Grain (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team||all s.t.|
|72 Joanie Caron (Can) Canadian National Team||48:08|
|DNF Jenny Trew (Can) Canadian National Team|
|DNF Joelle Numainville (Can) Canadian National Team|
|DNF Cara Gillis (Can) Touchstone Climbing|
|1 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia Highroad Women||7:09:41|
|2 Amber Neben (USA) Nurnberger Shoair||at 0:01|
|3 Alison Powers (USA) Team Type 1||0:27|
|4 Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia Highroad||0:41|
|5 Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team||1:04|
|8 Alex Wrubleski (Can) Team Columbia Highroad Women||1:10|
|12 Julie Beveridge (Can) Team Tibco||1:12|
|27 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team||7:23|
|33 Sarah Stewart (Can) Canadian National Team||15:07|
|36 Carolyn Cartmill (Can) Canadian National Team||22:13|
|40 Heather Logan (Can) Colavita Sutter Home||30:09|
|42 Gina Grain (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team||33:45|
|52 Marilyn McDonald (Can) Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus||43:52|
|56 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Canadian National Team||46:12|
|62 Andrea Bunnin (Can) Team BC||47:44|
|63 Moriah MacGregor (Can) Team BC||47:55|
|72 Joanie Caron (Can) Canadian National Team||1:03:43|
|76 Veronique Labonte (Can) Canadian National Team||1:17:43|
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