By Kirsten Robbins in Redlands, California, USA
Columbia-Highroad's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg was crowned the overall champion of the Redlands Bicycle Classic by one-second over UCI Time Trial World Champion Amber Neben. The victory couldn't have happened without the help of her team, said Teutenberg.
"I couldn't do this for a 10-day tour," admitted Teutenberg. "It's a lot of pressure. I was babied. My teammates are used to doing work like that for our general classification riders. We have riders like Judith [Arndt] who do this stuff."
Teutenberg started the stage race in third place, 27-seconds behind the then leader Neben after the opening prologue. Her double stage victories and the hunt for intermediate time bonus bumped her one second ahead of Neben on the 'Sunset' stage.
"I'm not used to being a general classification rider and its a whole different ball-game," she added. "Amber was not at her peak form yet, she tried but I wasn't in danger. My team did everything for me and we had control for most of the day. I wouldn't not have been able to do this without them."