Teutenberg wins third Liberty Classic

Team Columbia shatters the peloton on the last trip up Manayunk wall

Ina Yoko-Teutenberg (Columbia-Highroad) came into the Liberty Classic Sunday in Philadelphia as the race favourite and she failed to disappoint. The German jumped ahead of a late-race break to win ahead of Joanne Kiesanowski (TIBCO) and Shelley Olds (Proman-Hit Squad).

"My girls went very hard on the last time up the Wall. Once we were at the top they kept going and we had a gap. I had four girls left with me all the way to the finish so they controlled the front. I think it was the hardest Philly that I've ever done," said Teutenberg, who scored her third victory at the famed women's event.

Columbia-Highroad set a pace so fast on the fourth and final time over the infamous Manayunk climb, known simply as "The Wall", that only eleven riders could hang on. The split included Teutenberg along with three teammates – Kim Anderson, Mara Abbott and Judith Arndt and Kiesanowski – Trixi Worrack and Amber Neben (Nurnberger-Versicherung), Catherine Cheatley (Colavita-Sutter Home), Alison Powers (Team Type 1), Ruth Croset (Jazz Apple), Chrissy Ruiter (Value Act Capital). Olds was the twelfth rider to join the front group.

"Columbia-Highroad kept driving it," said Olds, who made a name for herself by winning the Tulsa Tough omnium last weekend. "I actually didn't make the split and I had to close it on the down hill. As soon as I saw four Columbia-Highroads on the front I just knew that was it. They didn't ask for help from anyone and no one had to do anything."

Teutenberg's teammates dropped her off with 250-metres to go with Kiesanowski on her wheel. Olds started her sprint from further back and passed two riders at the line to take third place.

"This is always a hard race and nervous at the start," said Kiesanowski. "It's one of my favourite races and it was just great that we got someone on the podium. After the last climb it was up to me to get the results for the team and I just tried to be smart and find the right wheel."

Fast and fabulous women's peloton

It's an atypical day when the women's peloton catches the men's peloton on a circuit race, something that happened for the first time in the history of the Liberty Classic/TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championships on Sunday.

Some 150 women gathered at the staging area to watched the professional men complete three parade laps around Logan's Circle. Once the men set off on course toward Manayunk, the women's race got underway.

"I was a little confused why we were not crossing the men's peloton in the opposite direction like we usually do," said Teutenberg. "And then I saw the back of their caravan and I knew that we were going to catch them."

The women's field was off to a fast start with attacks coming from Trixi Worrack and Kristy Scheffenacker (Altarum) on the first two laps. A threatening break of eleven riders separated themselves from the field at the end of the second lap. TIBCO, not represented in the move, put its power on the front of the field and brought it back before it could gain too much time.

The average speeds were so fast that they collided with the back of the men's field, who were traveling at an unusually slow speed, mid-way through the third lap on Kelly Drive. "We only do four laps so it's on the whole time. These girls are European road racers and they are used to doing four hour rides full gas. This was more like a circuit race to them," said Olds.

The men's peloton was neutralised until the women completed the final lap and half, leaving the roads wide open for the finale. The women made their way over the cobbled chicane and up the fourth and last climb of the race. Columbia-Highroad lined up their climbers Mara Abbott, Kim Anderson and Judith Arndt to set the pace that few could follow.

"The last lap was all together going into the climb," Olds said. "They got up to the front and drilled it hard into the bottom so that the field was completely strung out. Then they used riders to jump over the climb. By the top they had four girls all at the front and used them to make a separation in the field."

After a strong performance from Columbia-Highroad, Teutenberg hopes to return the event next to take a fourth victory. "I hope this race is around next year because I really like it," Teutenberg said.

1Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia-Highroad2:22:33 
2Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO  
3Shelley Olds (USA) PROMAN Hit Squad0:00:01 
4Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung  
5Catherine Cheatley (NZl) Colavita Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light  
6Alison Powers (USA) Team Type 1  
7Ruth Corset (Aus) Jazz Apple Cycling Team  
8Chrissy Ruiter (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team0:00:03 
9Amber Neben (USA) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:00:06 
10Kim Anderson (USA) Team Columbia-Highroad0:00:16 
11Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia-Highroad  
12Judith Arndt (Ger) Team Columbia-Highroad  
13Brooke Miller (USA) Team TIBCO0:00:30 
14Gina Grain (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team  
15Jennifer Mcrae (USA) Team Type 10:00:31 
16Kirsty Broun (Aus) Velo Classic Tours  
17Tina Pic (USA) Colavita Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light  
18Theresa Ryan (USA) Verducci/Breakaway Powered by Delta7Sports  
19Anne Samplonius (Can) Team Lip Smacker  
20Kristin Sanders (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team0:00:32 
21Laura van Gilder (USA) Jittery Joe's Presented by Kudzu.com  
22Kristen Lasasso (USA) Jittery Joe's Presented by Kudzu.com  
23Rachel Neylan (Aus) PROMAN Hit Squad0:00:33 
24Anna Mcloon (USA) Altarum Women's Cycling Team  
25Rachel Lloyd (USA) PROMAN Hit Squad  
26Melissa Sanborn (USA) Vanderkitten Racing  
27Suzanne Goede (Ned) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung  
28Toni Bradshaw (NZl) Team Lip Smacker  
29Casey Gale (USA) Altarum Women's Cycling Team  
30Amy Dombroski (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team  
31Clara Kelly (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
32Laura Bowles (USA) Vanderkitten Racing  
33Veronica Leal (Mex) Team Type 1  
34Kristin Mcgrath (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team0:00:34 
35Nicole Evans (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team  
36Kori Seehafer (USA) Team Type 1  
37Sally Annis (USA) Hub Racing  
38Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Colavita Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light0:00:35 
39Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Webcor Builders Cycling Team  
40Rebecca Much (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team0:00:36 
41Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team0:00:37 
42Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung  
43Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung  
44Lauren Tamayo (USA) Team TIBCO  
45Erinne Wilock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team0:00:40 
46Carmen Mcnellis (USA) Colavita Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light0:00:54 
47Rachel Heal (GBr) Colavita Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light  
48Meredith Miller (USA) Team TIBCO0:01:06 
49Malindi Maclean (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team0:02:24 
50Emma Rickards (Aus) Team TIBCO  
51Liza Rachetto (USA) Velo Classic Tours  
52Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) Team Type 1  
53Kacey Manderfield (USA) Team Lip Smacker0:02:25 
54Rebecca Wellons (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
55Kate Veronneau (USA) Altarum Women's Cycling Team  
56Leigh Hopkins (USA) Vanderkitten Racing0:02:26 
57Silke Wunderwald (Ger) Team Kenda  
58Elenora Vandijk (Ned) Team Columbia-Highroad  
59Rachel Warner (USA) Salamander Racing  
60Rebecca Larson (USA) Jittery Joe's Presented by Kudzu.com0:02:27 
61Emily Zell (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team0:02:28 
62Melodine Metzger (USA) Vanderkitten Racing0:02:29 
63Steph Roorda (Can) Jazz Apple Cycling Team0:02:30 
64Dotsie Bausch (USA) Jazz Apple Cycling Team  
65Amanda Miller (USA) Team Lip Smacker  
66Katharine Carroll (USA) Team TIBCO0:02:31 
67Jessica Phillips (USA) Team Lip Smacker  
68Erica Allar (USA) BWM-Bianchi0:02:32 
69Lauren Ellis (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team  
70Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:02:39 
71Kelly Benjamin (USA) Colavita Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light0:03:31 
72Amy Mcguire (USA) Hub Racing0:05:06 
73Sharon Allpress (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team0:05:37 
74Erica Zaveta (USA) Zaveta Cycling0:06:24 
75Nicole Brandt (USA) PROMAN Hit Squad0:07:08 
76Flavia Lepene (USA) BWM-Bianchi0:08:39 
DNFKate Bates (Aus) Team Columbia-Highroad  
DNFKristy Scheffenacker (USA) Altarum Women's Cycling Team  
DNFDale Tye (NZl) Altarum Women's Cycling Team  
DNFChristy Blakely (USA) BWM-Bianchi  
DNFKirsten Davis (USA) BWM-Bianchi  
DNFDana Martin (USA) BWM-Bianchi  
DNFCora Olson (USA) BWM-Bianchi  
DNFSheba Farrin (USA) Hub Racing  
DNFJosephine Giddens (NZl) Hub Racing  
DNFArley Kemmerer (USA) Hub Racing  
DNFLiz Leyden (Aus) Hub Racing  
DNFKristine Church (USA) Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon  
DNFBianca Grecu (USA) Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon  
DNFNonnie Howard (USA) Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon  
DNFAndrea Luebbe (USA) Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon  
DNFMarina Duvnjak (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team  
DNFTracy Tolson (USA) Jittery Joe's Presented by Kudzu.com  
DNFSarah Caravella (USA) Latitude/ABRT  
DNFDiane Grim (USA) Latitude/ABRT  
DNFJanet Olney (USA) Latitude/ABRT  
DNFKristy Swope (USA) Latitude/ABRT  
DNFChristine Wehlburg (USA) Latitude/ABRT  
DNFCarola Berger (Aut) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
DNFSamantha Dery (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
DNFNatalie Dumont (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
DNFAmity Elliot (USA) Salamander Racing  
DNFSarah Lepson (USA) Salamander Racing  
DNFLaura Mccaughey (Aus) Salamander Racing  
DNFElena Dale (USA) Team Cyclelife powered by Specialized  
DNFSonja Evers (USA) Team Cyclelife powered by Specialized  
DNFMichelle Hart (USA) Team Cyclelife powered by Specialized  
DNFAmanda Watson (USA) Team Cyclelife powered by Specialized  
DNFRebecca Blatt (USA) Team Kenda  
DNFColleen Gulick (USA) Team Kenda  
DNFNicole Johnson (USA) Team Kenda  
DNFLiz Hatch (USA) Vanderkitten Racing  
DNFJennifer Wilson (USA) Vanderkitten Racing  
DNFKathleen Billington (USA) Velo Classic Tours  
DNFEvelyn Stevens (USA) Velo Classic Tours  
DNFTrishia Carnilla (USA) Verducci/Breakaway Powered by Delta7Sports  
DNFColleen Hayduk (USA) Verducci/Breakaway Powered by Delta7Sports  
DNFLisa Jellet (USA) Verducci/Breakaway Powered by Delta7Sports  
DNFLorraine Lepfert (USA) Zaveta Cycling  
DNFLenore Pipes (USA) Zaveta Cycling  
DNFPam Wahl (USA) Zaveta Cycling  
Queen of the Mountain
1Ruth Corset (Aus) Jazz Apple Cycling Team21pts
2Mara Abbott (USA) Team Columbia-Highroad17 
3Amber Neben (USA) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung11 
4Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team6 
5Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung6 
6Kim Anderson (USA) Team Columbia-Highroad6 
7Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung6 
8Erinne Wilock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team5 
9Anne Samplonius (Can) Team Lip Smacker3 
10Kristin Mcgrath (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team3 
11Dotsie Bausch (USA) Jazz Apple Cycling Team3 
12Chrissy Ruiter (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team2 
13Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung1 
Miji Reoch award
1Casey Gale (USA) Altarum Women's Cycling Team2:23:06 
2Amy Dombroski (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team  
3Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Colavita Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light0:00:02 
4Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Webcor Builders Cycling Team  
5Rebecca Much (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team0:00:03 
6Malindi Maclean (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team0:01:51 
7Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) Team Type 1  
8Kacey Manderfield (USA) Team Lip Smacker0:01:52 
9Elenora Vandijk (Ned) Team Columbia-Highroad0:01:53 
10Rachel Warner (USA) Salamander Racing  
11Steph Roorda (Can) Jazz Apple Cycling Team0:01:57 
12Amanda Miller (USA) Team Lip Smacker  
13Lauren Ellis (NZl) Jazz Apple Cycling Team0:01:59 
14Erica Zaveta (USA) Zaveta Cycling0:05:51 
1Team Columbia-Highroad7:08:11 
2Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:00:08 
3Team Type 10:00:33 
4PROMAN Hit Squad0:00:35 
5Colavita Sutter Homes p/b Cooking Light  
6ValueAct Capital Cycling Team0:00:37 
7Webcor Builders Cycling Team0:01:06 
8Team TIBCO0:01:11 
9Team Lip Smacker0:02:57 
10Jittery Joe's Presented by Kudzu.com0:02:59 
11Altarum Women's Cycling Team  
12Vanderkitten Racing0:03:00 
13Jazz Apple Cycling Team0:04:23 

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