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June 14/12 10:45 am - Nature Valley GP: Women Stage 2 results


Posted by Editoress on 06/14/12
 

Cliff-Ryan Takes Stage 2 Sprint Victory At Nature Valley Grand Prix

Riders from Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies did the hardest work in Wednesday night’s St. Paul Criterium, the second stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. They chased down Loren Rowney of Specialized-lululemon on a late-race breakout and protected the overall yellow jersey for teammate Carmen Small, winner of Wednesday morning’s time trial.

The only thing Optum failed to do was win the stage.

Exergy TWENTY12’s Theresa Cliff-Ryan burst ahead of Small and Optum sprint specialist Leah Kirchmann into the final corner and pulled away down St. Peter Street to win in 59 minutes and nine seconds. Kirchmann finished second and Small third.

But Small earned 16 seconds’ worth of time bonuses to reduce her overall time to 1 hour, 16 minutes and 23 seconds. That was good for a 25-second lead on defending champion Amber Neben, who led for several early laps before dropping off and finishing 15th. Optum teammate Janel Holcomb, fourth after the time trial, moved up to third after helping chase down Rowney.

“I wasn’t worried,” Small said. “The girls rode absolutely incredible. It was pretty awesome.”

Rowney forged ahead with 11 laps to go in the 28-lap criterium and led by as many as nine seconds until Holcomb, Jade Wilcoxson and Denise Ramsden wiped it out. Ryan said she and her teammates expected Optum to reel in Rowney, who would finish fifth, and were perfectly content to watch it happen.

“My team knew that (Optum) didn’t want to let a breakaway go because they had Leah there for the sprint. She’s an excellent sprinter,” Ryan said. “And they wanted to protect Carmen overall. So we knew they wanted to pull her back, so we just let them do the work to save my girls for the lead out for me.”
Optum might have chased Rowney down earlier had Small not tempered their aggressiveness.

“The girls wanted to close faster and I was like, slow, slow, slow. Just keep eye’s distance,” Small said. “The main thing is, we just wanted her to dangle out here as long as possible.”

Once the peloton caught up with four laps to go, Optum and Exergy riders traded off the lead the rest of the way. Exergy’s Kristin McGrath jumped ahead with three laps left, pushing the pace as the field sped by alfresco diners noshing on crepes and steak tartare at the popular French restaurant Meritage. Then McGrath gave way to teammate and time trial runner-up Jackie Crowell heading into the final lap.

“We wanted it to come down to a sprint,” Ryan said.

Kirchmann settled in behind Wilcoxson, who led the pack into the wind down W. 7th Street toward the Xcel Energy Center.

“I felt pretty bad,” Kirchmann said. “She was suffering pretty good but made it really fast. Then Carmen took over on the last straight there with me on her wheel.”

But Small couldn’t hold off Ryan.

“My last girl, Heather (Logan Sprenger), made a jump on the second-to-last straight, and got me into the last corner first,” Ryan said. “All I had to do was sprint the last straight. They did an excellent job keeping me in position and leading me out.”

Said Kirchmann: “We wanted to be 1-2 coming out of the corner, but unfortunately Exergy jumped us into the corner. That sort of foiled our plan a little bit. But we were still able to pull off second and third, and hold onto the yellow jersey, so we’re happy with that.”

Crowell, 24, maintained the white jersey she earned in the morning as the TRIA Best Young Rider. In the team competition, Optum won the stage and leads Exergy by 32 seconds heading into Thursday’s Stage 3, the Cannon Falls Road Race.

report by Pat Borzi Nature Valley GP

 

 

Results from the second stage of the Nature Valley GP in St. Paul Minnesota

Stage 2 (June 13th) : Downtown Saint Paul Criterium, 28 laps
1 Theresa Cliff Ryan (USA) Exergy TWENTY12 0:59:09
2 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
3 Carmen Small (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
4 Lenore Pipes (Gum) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
5 Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon
6 Emily Collins (NZl) Vanderkitten-Focus
7 Anne-Marie Morin (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC
8 Heather Logan-Sprenger (Can) Exergy TWENTY12
9 Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top
10 Lindsay Bayer (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team
11 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
12 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Specialized-lululemon
13 Mayra del Rocio Rocha (Mex) Mexican National Team
14 Jasmin Hurikino (Aus) Vanderkitten-Focus
15 Amber Neben (USA) Specialized-lululemon
16 Karlee Gendron (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC
17 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
18 Ally Stacher (USA) Specialized-lululemon all s.t.
19 Jenny Rios (Mex) SC Velo - Empower Coaching 0:07
20 Heather Fischer (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
21 Meredith Miller (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top
22 Megan Guamier (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top
23 Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Mexican National Team
24 Sarah Fader (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore
25 Julie Beveridge (Can) Colavita/EspnW
26 Amanda Miller (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top
27 Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Freewheel Bike
28 Mary Zider (USA) Colavita/EspnW
29 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
30 Jackie Crowell (USA) Exergy TWENTY12
31 Briana Clark (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team
32 Allison Beveridge (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC
33 Lindsay Myers (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top
34 Brianna Walle (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team
35 Jenny Ives (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder
36 Jamie Dinkens Bookwalter (USA) Colavita/EspnW
37 Rebecca Werner (Aus) Specialized-lululemon
38 Annie Ewart (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
39 Jennifer Purcell (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top
40 Katie Spittlehouse (Can) ISCorp Cycling Team
41 Amy Alison Dombroski (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore
42 Joy Mcculloch (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team
43 Virginie Gauthier (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC
44 Erin Silliman (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling
45 Kathleen Billington (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus
46 Arley Kemmerer (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling
47 Courteney Lowe (NZl) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
48 Lauren Stephens (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore
49 Kathryn Hunter (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore
50 Melina Bernecker (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching
51 Holly Breck (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching
52 Kate Chilcott (NZl) Vanderkitten-Focus
53 Nik Vogler (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC
54 Amber Gaffney (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching all s.t.
55 Terra James (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder 0:16
56 Erin Burton (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team 0:19
57 Anna Sanders (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 0:24
58 Ana Teresa Casas (Mex) Mexican National Team
59 Anna Barensfeld (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
60 Veronica Leal (Mex) Mexican National Team
61 Tayler Wiles (USA) Exergy TWENTY12
62 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Exergy TWENTY12 all s.t.
63 Amity Elliot (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder 0:51
64 Amy Mcguire (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore
65 Julie Cutts (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching
66 Julie Jerue (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team all s.t.
67 Kristin Magrath (USA) Exergy TWENTY12 1:06
68 Sarah Sturm (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 1:41
69 Hayley Giddens (NZl) ISCorp Cycling Team s.t.
70 Christina Birch (USA) Freewheel Bike 1:46
71 Veronique Drapeau-Zgoralski (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC s.t.
72 Starla Teddergreen (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus 2:09
73 Veronique Fortin (Can) Team TIBCO-To the Top 2:17
74 Jennifer Reither (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus 4:23
75 Rachel Byus (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 4:31
76 Katie Quinn (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 8:16
77 Laura Meadley (Aus) MVP Health Care Cycling 8:31
78 Rachel Warner (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 10:34
79 Alexsis Ryan (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top s.t.
80 Elizabeth Lauer (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder 14:01
81 Zoe Reker (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team 15:41
82 Raquel Miller (USA) Freewheel Bike 15:46
83 Lindsey Durst (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team 17:36
84 Jenn Perricone (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team 17:56
85 Bridie O'Donnell (Aus) Vanderkitten-Focus s.t.
86 Trina Jacobson (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team 19:56
87 Casey Kelly (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling
88 Abby Ruess (USA) Freewheel Bike
89 Catherine Johnson (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team
90 Lauren De Crescenzo (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder all s.t.
DNF Courtney Dimpel (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus
DNF Kathryn Bertine (Skn) Colavita/EspnW
DNF Alice Wallet (Aus) MVP Health Care Cycling
DNF Stephanie Bunnett (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
DNF Jasmine Hansen (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
 
GC
1 Carmen Small (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:16:23
2 Amber Neben (USA) Specialized-lululemon at 0:25
3 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:29
4 Jackie Crowell (USA) Exergy TWENTY12 0:32
5 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:37
6 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Specialized-lululemon 0:39
7 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:45
8 Brianna Walle (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team 0:48
9 Amber Gaffney (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching 0:53
10 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:54
11 Theresa Cliff Ryan (USA) Exergy TWENTY12 1:10
12 Annie Ewart (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies s.t.
13 Julie Beveridge (Can) Colavita/EspnW 1:11
14 Tayler Wiles (USA) Exergy TWENTY12 1:12
15 Heather Logan-Sprenger (Can) Exergy TWENTY12 1:15
16 Ally Stacher (USA) Specialized-lululemon 1:19
17 Jamie Dinkens Bookwalter (USA) Colavita/EspnW 1:23
18 Kathryn Hunter (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 1:25
19 Amanda Miller (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top s.t.
20 Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon 1:27
21 Lindsay Bayer (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team 1:30
22 Emily Collins (NZl) Vanderkitten-Focus 1:34
23 Jasmin Hurikino (Aus) Vanderkitten-Focus 1:37
24 Meredith Miller (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top 1:38
25 Kristin Magrath (USA) Exergy TWENTY12 1:41
26 Anna Barensfeld (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:42
27 Mary Zider (USA) Colavita/EspnW 1:44
28 Allison Beveridge (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC 1:54
29 Rebecca Werner (Aus) Specialized-lululemon 1:55
30 Briana Clark (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team 1:56
31 Lauren Stephens (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 1:57
32 Veronica Leal (Mex) Mexican National Team s.t.
33 Lindsay Myers (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top 2:00
34 Megan Guamier (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top s.t.
35 Kathleen Billington (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus 2:02
36 Nicole Whitburn (Aus) Freewheel Bike s.t.
37 Erin Burton (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team 2:06
38 Heather Fischer (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
39 Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top both s.t.
40 Mayra del Rocio Rocha (Mex) Mexican National Team 2:10
41 Lenore Pipes (Gum) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 2:12
42 Karlee Gendron (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC s.t.
43 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Exergy TWENTY12 2:16
44 Jenny Rios (Mex) SC Velo - Empower Coaching 2:17
45 Anna Sanders (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 2:24
46 Courteney Lowe (NZl) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2:26
47 Julie Cutts (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching s.t.
48 Melina Bernecker (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching 2:29
49 Amity Elliot (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder 2:30
50 Nik Vogler (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC 2:32
51 Amy Alison Dombroski (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 2:46
52 Holly Breck (USA) SC Velo - Empower Coaching
53 Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Mexican National Team both s.t.
54 Kate Chilcott (NZl) Vanderkitten-Focus 2:47
55 Virginie Gauthier (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC s.t.
56 Erin Silliman (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling 2:50
57 Julie Jerue (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team 2:56
58 Anne-Marie Morin (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC 2:57
59 Katie Spittlehouse (Can) ISCorp Cycling Team 2:59
60 Terra James (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder 3:07
61 Ana Teresa Casas (Mex) Mexican National Team s.t.
62 Jennifer Purcell (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top 3:14
63 Arley Kemmerer (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling 3:23
64 Jenny Ives (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder 3:26
65 Sarah Fader (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 3:34
66 Joy Mcculloch (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team 3:36
67 Veronique Fortin (Can) Team TIBCO-To the Top 3:40
68 Amy Mcguire (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 3:43
69 Christina Birch (USA) Freewheel Bike 4:22
70 Hayley Giddens (NZl) ISCorp Cycling Team 4:23
71 Sarah Sturm (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 4:50
72 Veronique Drapeau-Zgoralski (Can) Specialized-Mazda-SGC 4:57
73 Starla Teddergreen (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus 5:39
74 Jennifer Reither (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus 7:04
75 Rachel Byus (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 7:55
76 Katie Quinn (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 10:51
77 Laura Meadley (Aus) MVP Health Care Cycling 11:13
78 Rachel Warner (USA) FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore 12:51
79 Alexsis Ryan (USA) Team TIBCO-To the Top 13:57
80 Elizabeth Lauer (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder 16:25
81 Raquel Miller (USA) Freewheel Bike 17:32
82 Zoe Reker (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team 18:13
83 Bridie O'Donnell (Aus) Vanderkitten-Focus 19:30
84 Lindsey Durst (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team 20:37
85 Jenn Perricone (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team 20:53
86 Lauren De Crescenzo (USA) Team Kenda presented by Geargrinder 22:14
87 Casey Kelly (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling 22:55
88 Catherine Johnson (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team 23:04
89 Abby Ruess (USA) Freewheel Bike 23:15
90 Trina Jacobson (USA) Nature Valley Cycling Team 23:34

 


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