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June 14/14 23:28 pm - Northstar Festival: Stage 5 women, Carleton wins

Posted by Editoress on 06/14/14

Vanderkitten Shines With Carleton and Williams Taking First and Third at the Menomonie Road Race

Gillian Carleton (Vanderkitten) swooped around the fervently attacking teams in the rainy final laps in Menomonie to win by several bike lengths. Leah Kirchmann (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies) took second with Lizzie Williams (Vanderkitten) close on her wheel for third. The eight second time bonus Kirchmann received for second place was enough to move her into second in the general classification, just 0.2 seconds ahead of Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare). Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) retains her overall lead by seven seconds.

The rain-soaked 82.3 mile stage got off to a slow start as teams looked to each other to see who would begin the attacking.

The first several miles moved at this relaxed pace until finally Amy Cutler (FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore) made her bold move on a solo break. Her gap swelled up to a minute and a half until a chase began. Cutler was brought back to within 10 seconds of the peloton. The chase died down before she was caught, and she fought on to again soar solo down the road.

The stage started overcast, but heavy rains started soon after Cutler’s break.

“It was everything you’d think it would be – painful, wet, cold,” said Cutler. “I just kept going until they told me to stop.”

Cutler’s solo ride lasted nearly 30 miles, ballooning up to a gap of four minutes and twenty seconds. She was eventually brought back after the second Queen of the Mountains competition, when other teams contesting the Jelly Belly Queen of the Mountains competition started their fight for points.

Cutler received the Penn Cycle Most Aggressive Rider jersey for her effort.

Tayler Wiles (Specialized-lululemon) widened her lead on the Jelly Belly Queen of the Mountains competition.

Wiles used the second Queen of the Mountains competition to launch a break. Together she and Sharon Laws (UnitedHealthcare) stayed away for several rolling miles.

Once they were caught, a break of E “Scotti” Wilbourne (UnitedHealthcare) and Janel Holcomb (Team Optum) formed. They dangled between 10 to 25 seconds ahead of the peloton several miles. Carleton bridged up to the duo. 

Wilbourne was eventually dropped from this group. Carleton and Holcomb stuck together for about five miles until Carleton dropped off, leaving Holcomb to fight the crosswinds solo. She was caught about a mile away from entering the finishing circuits.

The rain lightened up in the middle of the race, but were again heavy as the riders raced the three-mile long finishing circuits.

“It was pretty slippery in the last few laps,” said Carleton. “There is so much cross walk paint on the ground that the first couple riders would lean into it really hard, then everyone else would slow and slid across the road a little bit.”

“It was really aggressive, single file, non-stop attacking from the time we entered the circuits,” said Williams. “There was no rest.”

Team Optum, TIBCO, and UnitedHealthcare were the primary aggressors in the final circuits. Different pairings of riders from the teams were seen each time they crossed the finish line.

“I figured I had about one dig left so I just sat on the back,” said Carleton. “I hit it from about three corners back. A TIBCO girl jumped onto the front and I jumped her in the corner. I had a lot of speed and kept it all the way through to the end.”

“I didn’t even know Gillian was in the group until she flew past us!” laughed Williams.

Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) remains in the Xcel Energy Best Sprinter jersey. Kirchmann widened her lead in the Tria Orthopedic Best Young Rider competition. Kelly Catlin (Kakookies Collegiate All Stars) remains in the North Star Best Amateur jersey.


Report by Cynthia Lou, NorthStar Bicycle Festival


Results from the fifth stage in Menomonie, Wisconsin

Stage 5: Menomonie Road Race, 122.3 km
1 Gillian Carleton (Vanderkitten) 3:48:26
2 Leah Kirchmann (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
3 Lizzie Williams (Vanderkitten)
4 Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon)
5 Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare)
6 Lauren Hall (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
7 Olivia Dillon (Colavita-Fine Cooking)
8 Jo Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO) all s.t.
9 Flavia Oliveira (FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore) 0:05
10 Janel Holcomb (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
11 Sharon Laws (UnitedHealthcare)
12 Amanda Miller (Team TIBCO)
13 Annie Ewart (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) all s.t.
14 Kelly Catlin (Kakookies Collegiate All-Stars) 0:08
15 Lauren Tamayo (UnitedHealthcare)
16 Tayler Wiles (Specialized-lululemon)
17 Rushlee Buchanan (UnitedHealthcare) all s.t.
18 Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) 0:11
19 Brianna Walle (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
20 Anika Todd (Team TIBCO)
21 Denise Ramsden (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
22 Sara Headley (Team TIBCO)
23 Jade Wilcoxson (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) all s.t.
24 Samantha Schneider (Team TIBCO) 0:22
25 Miranda Griffiths (Vanderkitten) 0:39
26 Kate Chilcott (Vanderkitten) s.t.
27 E "Scotti" WIlborne (FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore) 1:12
28 Amber Markey (ISCorp Cycling Team p/b Intelligentsia Coffee) 2:43
29 Cristina Hughes (ICE Sportswear p/b Pinnacle Racing)
30 Sara Bird (Kakookies Collegiate All-Stars) both s.t.
31 Ivy Audrain (Birchwood Cycling p/b The Fix Studio) 8:37
32 Stephanie Wetzel (Colavita-Fine Cooking) 9:16
33 Jenny Rios (GARNEAU Factory Team) 9:44
34 Ally Stacher (Specialized-lululemon) 9:58
35 Anna Grace Christiansen (Specialized-lululemon) 9:58
36 Hannah Barnes (UnitedHealthcare) 10:27
37 Lenore Pipes (Colavita-Fine Cooking) 12:13
38 Danielle Bradley-Dingman (Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing)
39 Cecilia Davis-Hayes (Kakookies Collegiate All-Stars)
40 Erica Zaveta (FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore)
41 Lindsay Fox (SPBRC)
42 Ash Duban (Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing)
43 Joy McCulloch (KHS-Maxxis pb JAKROO) all s.t.
44 Starla Teddergreen (Team Cloud Racing p/b R2R) 14:19
45 Anne Donley (Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing)
46 Amy Charity (Vanderkitten) both s.t.
47 Lexie Millard (ISCorp Cycling Team p/b Intelligentsia Coffee) 16:00
48 Brenna Wrye-Simpson (PBLRB)
49 Kim Jennings (Team Cloud Racing p/b R2R)
50 Beth Ann Orton (PBLRB)
51 Jessica Allan (Specialized-lululemon)
52 Irena Ossola (Team Cloud Racing p/b R2R)
53 Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthcare)
54 Amy Bradley (GARNEAU Factory Team)
55 Jacqueline Parker (Team Cloud Racing p/b R2R)
56 Cady Chintis (Les Petites Victoires)
57 Sydney Running (PBLRB)
58 Abby Ruess (SPBRC)
59 Cinthia Lehner (Kakookies Collegiate All-Stars)
60 Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO)
61 Alexandra Burton (PBLRB)
62 Corey Coogan Cisek (Birchwood Cycling p/b The Fix Studio)
63 Megan Gray (PBLRB)
64 Diana Penuela (ISCorp Cycling Team p/b Intelligentsia Coffee)
65 Adelaide Tillinghast (Kakookies Collegiate All-Stars)
66 Michelle Khare (Kakookies Collegiate All-Stars)
67 Ariane Horbach (Kakookies Collegiate All-Stars)
68 Georgina Beech (SPBRC)
69 Kelli Richter (PSIMET Racing)
70 Sarah Rice (Les Petites Victoires)
71 Sarah Szefi (PSIMET Racing) all s.t.
72 Vanessa Drigo (GARNEAU Factory Team) 22:14
73 Lindsay Bayer (Colavita-Fine Cooking)
74 Brittany Lindores (ICE Sportswear p/b Pinnacle Racing)
75 Joanie Caron (GARNEAU Factory Team)
76 Amy Cutler (FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore) all s.t.
77 Carol Sansome (SPBRC) 24:14
78 Holly Beard (ICE Sportswear p/b Pinnacle Racing) 33:19
79 Vanessa Curtis (Birchwood Cycling p/b The Fix Studio)
80 Cheryl Fuller-Muller (GARNEAU Factory Team)
81 Sierra Siebenlist (Les Petites Victoires)
82 Amie Krasnozon (PainPathways)
83 Nicole Mertz (ISCorp Cycling Team p/b Intelligentsia Coffee)
84 Allison Arensman (Kakookies Collegiate All-Stars) all s.t.
DNF Whitney Schultz (Colavita-Fine Cooking)
DNF Jeannie Kuhajek (Vanderkitten)
DNF Chelsea Factor (Birchwood Cycling p/b The Fix Studio)
DNS Maura Kinsella (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
DNS Mandy Heintz (Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing)
DNS Tracey Cameron (Birchwood Cycling p/b The Fix Studio)
DNS Jennifer Rife (Birchwood Cycling p/b The Fix Studio)



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