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June 18/06 8:48 am - Nature Valley GP: Women's Stage 5 & Final GC

Posted by Editoress on 06/18/06

Armstrong holds onto leader's jersey, Ulmer takes final stage
By Steve Kay

For the second year, the winner of the women's prologue in Great River Energy's Nature Valley Grand Prix went into Sunday's fifth stage holding the yellow jersey.

And, for the second year, that rider came away with the jersey.

TEAm Lipton's Kristin Armstrong maintained her lead to finish as the overall 2006 Nature Valley Grand Prix Champion, holding onto the yellow jersey for the duration of the five-day event.

Unlike Saturday's race, though, when she took victory away from Jazz Apple's Sarah Ulmer, Armstrong only finished fourth. Instead, Ulmer took the well-earned win on the 1.2-mile criterium course that included the famed Chilkoot Hill, a 50-meter climb pitching at 18 percent.

While nearly 100 racers began the day's race, a group of three riders - Armstrong, Ulmer, and Team Biovail's Anne Samplonius - broke out in front after the second lap. They would remain out in front by as much as 20 seconds from the chase group, headed by Webcor-Platinum Builder's Christine Thorburn, until the final lap.

Chilkoot Hill proved to be challenge even for the most experienced of riders.
“I felt like my heart was going to come out of my chest,” Armstrong said of the push up the hill.

With huge crowds on the hill yelling at the riders, Armstrong said she found assistance with her drive for the finish.

“The crowds today were awesome, especially at the finish. It really helped give me that extra push up the hill,” Armstrong said of the crowds.

The hill turned out to be the final hurdle in what was a grueling couple of days.

“I'm going to go home and put my feet up for a few days,” an exhausted but thrilled Armstrong said after today's final stage.

Biovail's Alex Wrubleski and TEAm Lipton's Kori Seehofer came in second and third, respectively. Overall, Seehofer also finished second followed in third by defending Nature Valley champion Thorburn.

A gracious Armstrong was not only very impressive in her first Nature Valley Grand Prix, she was impressed by the event.

“This whole event was very well run. The volunteers did an amazing job this whole week, including the volunteer director [David LaPorte],” she said.

The other major story of the 5-day Nature Valley Grand Prix was the emergence of the relatively unknown Palo Alto Bicycle Works/TIBCO rider Brooke Miller. Miller captured Thursday's road race in Cannon Falls and had a strong showing today in Stillwater. She was awarded the Freewheel Bike Sprint Jersey for her efforts.

Miller, who until last week was known only to diehard cycling enthusiasts, will now be a force on women's racing scene. Her coach and legendary cyclist Linda Jackson sees big things in Miller's future.

“Brooke has a shot at making it to the 2008 Olympics. If not 2008, then certainly by 2012,” Jackson said when asked about Miller's chances for the next Olympic games.

Webcor-Platinum's Alex Wrubleski from Team Biovail held on to the BMC Best Young Rider Jersey.

The Great River Energy Nature Valley Grand Prix is the first event in the Women's Prestige Cycling Series. It continues next month with the Tour De Toona and concludes in September with the Bermuda Grand Prix. Armstrong will wear the yellow jersey when the Women's Prestige Series continues in Altoona.

Until then, Armstrong will take a few well-deserved days off, and then begin her preparation for the US Nationals.

1. Sarah Ulmer (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)48:56
2. Alex Wrubleski (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)at 0:04
3. Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)s.t.
4. Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)0:10
5. Anne Samplonius (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)
6. Christine Thorburn (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)
7. Laura Van Gilder (TEAm Lipton)all s.t.
8. Sue Palmer-Komar (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)0:18
9. Mara Abbott (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)0:20
10. Erinne Willock (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)0:22
11. Tina Pic (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)0:40
12. Alison Powers (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)s.t.
13. Kristin Sanders (Cheerwine)0:46
14. Rosara Joseph (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)1:12
15. Betina Hold (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)2:14
16. Lara Kroepsch (TEAm Lipton)2:16
17. Kristin Wentworth (America's Dairyland)2:20
18. Katharine Carroll (Victory Brewing Team)2:23
19. Marisa Asplund (Colorado Premier Training - Colnago)2:34
20. Sarah Bambeger (Cheerwine)2:43
21. Teresa Moriarty (Flanders/MBRC)2:46
22. Karol-Ann Canuel (Equipe du Quebec)2:53
23. Katie Mactier (Argon 18/Champion System)
24. Emilie Roy (Equipe du Quebec)
25. Kate Sherwin (Victory Brewing Team)
26. Victoria Vallstrom (PABW Powered by TIBCO)
27. Melodie Metzger (McGuire Cycling Team)all s.t.
28. Michelle Hyland (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)2:59
29. Amanda Shaw (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)
30. Kathleen Billington (Connecticut Coast Cycling)
31. Taitt Sato (McGuire Cycling Team)all s.t.
32. Katheryn Curi (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)3:04
33. Felicia Gomez (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)s.t.
34. Meredith Miller (TEAm Lipton)3:09
35. Iona Wynter (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)3:21
36. Caitlyn Mccullough (Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team)4:54
37. Liza Rachetto (TEAm Lipton)s.t.
38. Katherine Lambden (TEAm Lipton)5:26
39. Megan Monroe (Colorado Premier Training - Colnago)5:40
40. Ann Hansgate (Flanders/MBRC)
41. Sharon Allpressu (TRIA)
42. Nicky Wangsgard (Colorado Premier Training - Colnago)
43. Brooke Miller (PABW Powered by TIBCO)
44. Rebecca Larson (Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling)all s.t.
45. Alison Testroete (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)5:51
46. Leigh Hobson (Victory Brewing Team)
47. Sima Trapp (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)
48. Tara Ross (Victory Brewing Team)
49. Heather Labance (Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team)
50. Michelle Beltran (Cheerwine)all s.t.
51. Candice Blickem (Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling)6:06
52. Catherine Walberg (Team Kenda Tire)6:07
53. Syrae Weikle (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)s.t.
54. Julie Adams (PABW Powered by TIBCO)6:12
55. Charm Breon (Cheerwine)
56. Kendra Keeley (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)6:17
57. Elizabeth Frye (Cheerwine)6:59
58. Amy Mackey (PABW Powered by TIBCO)
59. Jennifer Trew (Team Kenda Tire)
60. Tamyra Barnard (Team Kenda Tire)
61. Rochelle Gilmore (Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team)
62. Molly Vetter-Smith (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)
63. Joelle Numainville (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)
64. Catherine Powers (Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling)all s.t.
65. Flavia Oliveira (PABW Powered by TIBCO)7:42
66. Julia Bradley (Team R.A.C.E.)9:47
67. Marie-Pier Bedard (Equipe du Quebec)s.t.
Final GC
1. Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton)8.03:50
2. Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton)at 1:04
3. Christine Thorburn (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)1:08
4. Alex Wrubleski (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)1:22
5. Erinne Willock (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)1:38
6. Sue Palmer-Komar (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)1:40
7. Sarah Ulmer (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)2:04
8. Mara Abbott (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)2:18
9. Anne Samplonius (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)2:38
10. Laura Van Gilder (TEAm Lipton)3:40
11. Felicia Gomez (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)6:24
12. Teresa Moriarty (Flanders/MBRC)6:33
13. Kristin Sanders (Cheerwine)6:53
14. Michelle Hyland (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)7:27
15. Tina Pic (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)8:47
16. Katharine Carroll (Victory Brewing Team)9:07
17. Katie Mactier (Argon 18/Champion System)9:40
18. Katheryn Curi (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)10:02
19. Betina Hold (Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team)s.t.
20. Emilie Roy (Equipe du Quebec)10:29
21. Marisa Asplund (Colorado Premier Training - Colnago)10:32
22. Melodie Metzger (McGuire Cycling Team)10:44
23. Amanda Shaw (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)10:54
24. Kathleen Billington (Connecticut Coast Cycling)s.t.
25. Brooke Miller (PABW Powered by TIBCO)11:45
26. Alison Powers (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)11:47
27. Lara Kroepsch (TEAm Lipton)12:10
28. Charm Breon (Cheerwine)12:52
29. Leigh Hobson (Victory Brewing Team)13:02
30. Taitt Sato (McGuire Cycling Team)13:05
31. Catherine Powers (Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling)13:11
32. Karol-Ann Canuel (Equipe du Quebec)13:19
33. Iona Wynter (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)13:45
34. Rosara Joseph (Jazz Apple Cycling Team)15:18
35. Kristin Wentworth (America's Dairyland)15:31
36. Victoria Vallstrom (PABW Powered by TIBCO)15:57
37. Rebecca Larson (Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling)16:11
38. Liza Rachetto (TEAm Lipton)16:35
39. Heather Labance (Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team)16:42
40. Megan Monroe (Colorado Premier Training - Colnago)16:51
41. Sharon Allpressü (TRIA)17:13
42. Michelle Beltran (Cheerwine)17:56
43. Kendra Keeley (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)18:13
44. Catherine Walberg (Team Kenda Tire)18:42
45. Joelle Numainville (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)19:09
46. Flavia Oliveira (PABW Powered by TIBCO)20:12
47. Nicky Wangsgard (Colorado Premier Training - Colnago)20:20
48. Ann Hansgate (Flanders/MBRC)21:44
49. Meredith Miller (TEAm Lipton)22:08
50. Kate Sherwin (Victory Brewing Team)22:33
51. Tara Ross (Victory Brewing Team)22:37
52. Rochelle Gilmore (Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team)24:42
53. Candice Blickem (Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling)25:56
54. Jennifer Trew (Team Kenda Tire)26:05
55. Sima Trapp (Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team)26:14
56. Molly Vetter-Smith (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)26:16
57. Tamyra Barnard (Team Kenda Tire)28:05
58. Alison Testroete (Team Biovail Pro Cycling)28:43
59. Katherine Lambden (TEAm Lipton)30:51
60. Syrae Weikle (Rio Grande/Sports Garage)32:28
61. Elizabeth Frye (Cheerwine)32:46
62. Caitlyn Mccullough (Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team)33:57
63. Marie-Pier Bedard (Equipe du Quebec)35:25
64. Sarah Bambeger (Cheerwine)37:21
65. Julie Adams (PABW Powered by TIBCO)40:45
66. Amy Mackey (PABW Powered by TIBCO)41:20
67. Julia Bradley (Team R.A.C.E. )46:09


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