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August 17/09 9:10 am - US Elite Women's National Criterium

Posted by Editoress on 08/17/09

Brooke Miller of Team TIBCO took 2nd in Sunday’s National Criterium Championship race in Downers Grove, IL, behind Tina Pic (Colavita/Sutter Home), who took her sixth national criterium championship.

“The finish sprint here is very unusual,” Miller said. “It doesn’t just reward pure speed. It’s a bit tactical, too. Today I got beat on experience. I made some tactical mistakes. There’s a reason why Tina has won this race so many times. There’s not a lot of shame in losing to her. But it’s still disappointing.”

Overall, the five-rider Team TIBCO squad rode what directeur sportif Jeff Corbett called perhaps one of the best, if not the best race of the season. “I told them afterward that they rode amazingly,” he said. “Everybody did their jobs.”

And as Miller noted, “we were going for it today.”

In fact, Miller got things going with the team’s first attack of the day early one. When she was brought back, Amber Rais countered and spent four laps alone off the front. When she was caught, Meredith Miller took her turn, spending eight laps off the front.

“We just kept launching bombs,” Brooke Miller said. The attacks also helped keep Miller, Lauren Tamayo and Katharine Carroll, winner of Saturday’s warm up race, fresh for the closing laps.

Carroll took advantage and put in another late attack in hopes of repeating her two-lap solo effort of Saturday evening en route to the win. But she was caught with a half-lap to go, setting up the tightly contested finish.

“In 2008, I won when Tina made a mistake in the sprint,” Brooke Miller said. “That was the first time in four tries I actually contested the sprint. Today was really only my second time sprinting for the win here. I’ll just learn from it and put it to use next year.”

Team TIBCO press release

Elite Women's National Criterium
1 Tina Pic (USA) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light 1:19:00.
2 Brooke Miller (USA) Team TIBCO
3 Shelley Olds (USA) PROMAN Hit Squad
4 Jennifer McRae (USA) Team Type 1
5 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing Po
6 Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom
7 Erica Allar (USA) BMW-Bianchi
8 Sinead Miller (USA) None
9 Christina Smith (USA) veloforma
10 Jennifer Purcell (USA) Team Hotel San Jose
11 Lauren Tamayo (USA) Team TIBCO
12 Rebecca Lawson (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team
13 Debbie Dust (USA) PACT/Dishnetwork
14 Kirsten Davis (USA) BMW-Bianchi
15 Kacey Manderfield (USA) Team Lip Smacker
16 Hilary Billington (USA) Team Lip Smacker
17 Rebecca Wellons (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire D
18 Robin Farina (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team
19 Devon Haskell (USA) Team BH
20 Jackie Kurth (USA) Team Kenda
21 Amanda Miller (USA) Team Lip Smacker
22 Leigh Hopkins (USA) VanderKitten Racing
23 Alison Powers (USA) Team Type 1
24 Kori Seehafer (USA) Team Type 1
25 Kristen Meshberg (USA) BH USA
26 Kristin Wentworth (USA) Team Kenda
27 Samantha Schneider (USA) Team Type 1
28 Melissa Sanborn (USA) VanderKitten Racing
29 Carrie Cash (USA) Team Revolution
30 Tiffany Pezzulo (USA) DFT p/b Treads
31 Elizabeth Morse Hill (USA) Hub Racing
32 Jenette Williams (USA) Altarum Women's Cycling Team
33 Sheba Farrin (USA) Hub Racing
34 Jessica Prinner (USA) ABD
35 Kristen LaSasso (USA) Mellow Mushroom
36 Jennifer Wilson (USA) VanderKitten Racing
37 Lisa Jellett (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing Po
38 Katharine Carroll (USA) Team TIBCO
39 Amy McGuire (USA) Hub Racing
40 Martina Patella (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team all s.t.


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