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March 31/11 16:56 pm - Redlands Classic: Women's Prologue, Willock 3rd

Posted by Editoress on 03/31/11

Amber Neben conquered another ITT today at the Redlands Classic, with Evelyn Stevens behind her. This was Steven's first US race this season and after arriving from Europe only two days ago, Jens Zemke among others was thrilled with the results.

"Amber won with Evelyn at eight seconds behind, so obviously jet lag was not a problem!"

"We had a good warm up with good scouting and the girls were all very motivated. It's great to have Amber in yellow already and Evelyn in the KOM jersey on top of that."

"We have a similar position now as we did in San Dimas, defending the top two positions. Plus, we have Amanda in seventh so well off for the next stage."

Amber Neben recalls, "It was a hot one today, not much of a consistency in the course- it surged sporadically with a few quick, steep climbs and a false flat toward the end. So it was a challenge but I was able to set the team up for a good start."

This marks the third Redlands ITT of Steven's career, but the first time on her new Specialized Shiv.

"It's really a ten-minute effort out here and it's tough to find a rhythm." Steven's says, "But my new bike performed beautifully, and now we have a lot of cards to play into the weekend."

"We're going to race smart tomorrow," says Neben,"We've got three people who can win it and we're going to set one of us up for a victory."

HTC-Highroad press release


Team TIBCO/To the Top’s Erinne Willock put in a strong ride to take 3rd in the opening prologue of the Redlands Classic today. She was one of four Team TIBCO riders to crack the top 20 in the 5 km uphill race against the clock, in temperatures that were approaching 90 degrees.

“I knew I had really good form coming in,” the Canadian climber said. “I’m very happy with the results.”

Willock rode her Specialized Amira to a time of 11:25, putting her 0:13 behind former World Time Trial Champion Amber Neben, and just 0:05 behind Neben’s HTC-Highroad teammate Evelyn Stevens, the current U.S. Time Trial Champion.

Carmen Small, who also showed good form at the San Dimas Stage Race last weekend, gave Team TIBCO its second rider in the top 10, with a 6th place ride at 0:35 behind Neben. Alison Powers and Meredith Miller finished in 12th and 17th place respectively, both a little more than 1:00 behind the stage winner.

“This is a really strong field, so to get these results is confirmation of the strength of our squad here,” said Team Directeur Sportif Lisa Hunt. “Tomorrow should be a good day for Erinne and Carmen. (Kristen) Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co.) is just a couple seconds ahead of Carmen. We know she’s going to be aggressive and looking to move up. There should be a lot of pressure on HTC tomorrow.”

“I’m feeling really confident about tomorrow and the rest of the race,” Willock added. “We have a really strong team here. I think we have a good battle on our hands.”

TIBCO/To the Top press release

Prologue: The Sun ITT, 6 km
1 Amber Neben (HTC- Highroad Women) 0:11:12
2 Evelyn Stevens (HTC- Highroad Women) at 0:08
3 Erinne Willock (TIBCO - To The Top) 0:13
4 Andrea Dvorak (Colavita Forno D'Asolo) 0:30
5 Kristen Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) 0:34
6 Carmen Small (TIBCO - To The Top) 0:35
7 Amanda Miller (HTC- Highroad Women) 0:49
8 Catherine Cheatley (Colavita Forno D'Asolo) 0:51
9 Mara Abbott (SC Velo - Empower Coaching) 0:56
10 Heath Logan-Spenger (Colavita Forno D'Asolo) 1:01
11 Nicole Evans (Primal - Map My Ride) 1:07
12 Alison Powers (TIBCO - To The Top) 1:08
13 Robin Farina (Rouse Bicycles) 1s.t.
14 Ashley Koch (Trisports Cycling) 1:10
15 Janel Holcomb (Colavita Forno D'Asolo) 1:11
16 Kristin Sanders (Colavita Forno D'Asolo) 1:12
17 Meredith Miller (TIBCO - To The Top) s.t.
18 Denise Ramsden (Juvéderm/Specialized Mazda) 1:13
19 Anna Sanders (Trisports Cycling) s.t.
20 Kristin McGrath (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) 1:15
21 Veronique Labonte (Juvéderm/Specialized Mazda) s.t.
22 Emily Kachorek (Primal - Map My Ride) 1:16
23 Lex Albrecht (Juvéderm/Specialized Mazda) 1:19
24 Katie Colclough (HTC- Highroad Women) 1:23
25 Rhae-Christie Shaw (Red Racing) s.t.
26 Kristen Lasasso (Rouse Bicycles) 1:24
27 Lindsay Myers (Danbury Audi) s.t.
28 Rebecca Werner (Webcor Alto Velo) 1:25
29 Alice Pennington (Rouse Bicycles) 1:28
30 Lea Davison (Missing Link - Specialized) 1:34
31 Melanie Colavito (Missing Link - Specialized) 1:37
32 Cara Gillis (Missing Link - Specialized) 1:38
33 Ashley James (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) 1:39
34 Jennifer Weinbrecht (Vanderkitten - Focus) 1:41
35 Emily Collins (Vanderkitten - Focus) 1:42
36 Tayler Wiles (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) 1:44
37 Amy Dombroski (Webcor Alto Velo) s.t.
38 Megan Hottman (Primal - Map My Ride) 1:45
39 Anna McLoon (Missing Link - Specialized) 1:45
40 Kristina Seley (Missing Link - Specialized) 1:48
41 Kasey Clark (Primal - Map My Ride) 1:50
42 Katie Donovan (SC Velo - Empower Coaching) s.t.
43 Sydney Brown (Rouse Bicycles) 1:52
44 Chloe Hosking (HTC- Highroad Women) 1:56
45 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita Forno D'Asolo) 1:57
46 Mary Zider (Juvéderm/Specialized Mazda) 1:58
47 Anna Barensfeld (Missing Link - Specialized) 2:00
48 Kathleen Billington (Danbury Audi) s.t.
49 Joanie Caron (Juvéderm/Specialized Mazda) 2:01
50 Rachel Warner (Missing Link - Specialized) 2:03
51 Amity Elliot (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) 2:03
52 Gwen Inglis (Primal - Map My Ride) 2:05
53 Devon Haskell Gorry (Webcor Alto Velo) 2:06
54 Jennifer Wheeler (TIBCO - To The Top) s.t.
55 Nicky Wangsgard (Primal - Map My Ride) 2:07
56 Tiffany Pezzulo (Primal - Map My Ride) 2:08
57 Peggy LeGrand (Red Racing) 2:09
58 Anne Guzman (Juvéderm/Specialized Mazda) 2:10
59 Cara Bussell (Trisports Cycling) 2:11
60 Olivia Dillon (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) 2:14
61 Lauren Hall (Colavita Forno D'Asolo) 2:15
62 Liza Rachetto (Primal - Map My Ride) 2:16
63 Lisa Campbell (SC Velo - Empower Coaching) 2:17
64 Christi Gokey-Smith (Rouse Bicycles) s.t.
65 Erika Graves (SC Velo - Empower Coaching) 2:18
66 Jen Purcel (Danbury Audi) s.t.
67 Jenny Rios (Harbalife LaGrange) 2:20
68 Haley Juno-Galdes (Webcor Alto Velo) 2:21
69 Beatrice Rodriguez (SC Velo - Empower Coaching) s.t.
70 Hillary Billington (Danbury Audi) 2:23
71 Carlee Taylor (TIBCO - To The Top) 2:25
72 Melina Berneckor (Harbalife LaGrange) 2:28
73 Ally Stacher (HTC- Highroad Women) 2:29
74 Jazzy Hurikino (Vanderkitten - Focus) s.t.
75 Mary Maroon (Webcor Alto Velo) 2:30
76 Melissa Ross (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) 2:35
77 Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) s.t.
78 Jacqueline Kurth (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) 2:36
79 Beth Newell (Danbury Audi) 2:38
80 Anne Samplonius (Rouse Bicycles) 2:44
81 Kristen Hetzel (Trisports Cycling) 2:50
82 Alicia Silvera (Harbalife LaGrange) 2:53
83 Jennifer Reither (Vanderkitten - Focus) 2:54
84 Joy Duerksen (SC Velo - Empower Coaching) 2:55
85 Jessica Chong (SC Velo - Empower Coaching)
86 Vanessa Drigo (Vanderkitten - Focus) both s.t.
87 Maura Kinsella (Vanderkitten - Focus) 2:56
88 Chloe Black (Trisports Cycling) 2:57
89 Samantha Schneider (TIBCO - To The Top)
90 Karen Meske (Harbalife LaGrange) both s.t.
91 Julie Bellerose (Red Racing) 2:58
92 Colleen Paine (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) 3:00
93 Alicia Welsh (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) 3:02
94 Kelly Benjamin (Colavita Forno D'Asolo) 3:03
95 Elis Bradshaw (Rouse Bicycles) 3:07
96 Emily Foxman (Webcor Alto Velo) 3:14
97 Julia LaFranchise (Harbalife LaGrange) s.t.
98 Judy Jenkins (Missing Link - Specialized) 3:16
99 Rebecca Blatt (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) 3:17
100 Sarah Maguire (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) 3:23
101 Anne Donley (Red Racing) 3:25
102 Michelle Melka (Red Racing) 3:29
103 Jenna Kawalski (Harbalife LaGrange) 3:31
104 Dulce Pliego Moreno (Rouse Bicycles) 3:35
105 Beverly Chaney (Red Racing) 3:42
106 Courtney Dimpel (Red Racing) 3:51
107 Ruth Winder (Danbury Audi) 3:54
108 Alexis Ryan (TIBCO - To The Top) 4:08
109 Jenny Trew (Juvéderm/Specialized Mazda) 4:13
110 Kat Carr (Vanderkitten - Focus) 4:29
111 Tammy Wildgoose (SC Velo - Empower Coaching) 4:33
112 Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) 4:50
113 Cathrine Walberg (Kenda p/b Geargrinders) 5:00
DNS Laura Hines (Danbury Audi)


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