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Teutenberg captures fourth Liberty Classic title

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Kirsten Frattini

Evans and Cliff-Ryan settle for podium spots

Ina Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) captures her fourth Liberty Classic win

Ina Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) captures her fourth Liberty Classic win

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Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) won the dash to the finish line and captured a convincing fourth victory at the 16th annual Liberty Classic held in Philadelphia on Sunday. The German National Champion won the prestigious stateside event on three previous occasions; 2005, 2007 and 2009.

“It was a really close and I’m happy with this win,” Teutenberg said. “I think my favorite win was the one in 2005 because I had always rode it when it was a World Cup previously and I was always on the winning team. Winning it myself in 2005 was really special.”

Shelley Evans (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12) put in a surprise attack with 300 metres to go and caught Teutenberg off guard in the final sprint. However Teutenberg wound up her sprint in pursuit of the escapee and caught her with 20 metres to spare. Evans hung on for second place ahead of Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita-Baci p/b Cooking Light) in third.

“I jumped too early and that’s the bottom line, I needed more patience in the sprint,” Evans said. “I had Lauren Tamayo with me all the way to the end. But I followed my instincts and so many times that has happened to me on the road and I haven’t followed my instincts. I am very happy with the way that the team rode. I’m disappointed that I could not deliver for them today but this is an experience that I will learn from. Every time I make these mistakes I become a better rider. I walk away today having learnt something.”

Sprinters dig deep over Manayunk

Some 120 women lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway to watch the three parade laps of the Pro men’s TD Bank International Cycling Championships, 15 minutes prior to the start of their own Liberty Classic, a 92 km road race that used to boast World Cup status. The race started with lap of Logan Circle and shot out to Kelly Drive for the first of four laps of a fast 23km circuit that included the steep, 800-metre ascent over Manayunk Avenue, commonly known as The Wall.

A front group of 22 riders made it over the fourth and final climb up Manayunk Ave and over a second, smaller ascent over Lemon Hill. They rounded Logan Circle anxiously awaiting the field sprint down the wide-open Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Teutenberg took advantage of having two remaining HTC-Columbia teammates; Kim Anderson and Evelyn Stevens to control the action.

“I felt pretty good and on the last lap I thought the women were really going to go for it but I think that everyone was feeling the heat today,” Teutenberg said. “It seems like we went into the hill and even the mountain riders hit the wall. I think everyone was too hot. Other sprinters made it over the climb really well. I always had the other sprinters with me. That is why we didn’t ride it that hard to the finish because a lot of the sprinters were still there.”

Evans keyed off her lead-out woman Lauren Tamayo and jumped into a gusty headwind with 300 meters to go, leaving the remaining sprinters scrambling to catch her before the finish line. Other strong sprinters left in the field included Teutenberg, Cliff-Ryan, Brooke Miller (Tibco), Trixi Worrack (Norris Cycling Team), Kirsty Broun (Verducci Breakaway Racing)
and Carla Swart (Vera Bradley Foundation). Teutenberg got it. Just.

“As soon as we made it over the last climb up Manayunk all the sprinters were looking around and checking out which other sprinters were left in that front group,” Cliff-Ryan said. “It was hard and I was hurting really bad and I think that blew my confidence going into the sprint. I should have had a little bit more confidence but that is racing. Congratulations
to Ina for winning today.”

Australia conquers The Wall; Canadians make the breaks

Canadian time trialist, Moriah MacGregor (Specialized Mazda Samson Conseil) was the first rider to gain any significant time ahead of the peloton when she attacked at the start of the second lap. The effort earned her a 50 second advantage and the breakaway looked to be promising. As the soloist reached the base of Manayunk Ave her gap was reduced to a mere10 seconds and she was caught half way up The Wall.

Australian Road National Champion, Ruth Corset (Tibco) solidified the Queen of The Wall competition by capturing full points in all but one of the eight QOM hotspots offered; four on the steep Manayunk Wall and an additional four on the lesser Lemon Hill.

“It was the team’s goal to go for the QOMs and them work for Brooke [Miller] in the end,” Corset said. “I came to this race in good form from all the racing that we have been doing in Europe. I love the climbs and wanted to go after the jersey. Each QOM was quite hard but I felt really good today.”

Corset climbed her way onto the US professional cycling circuit last year racing for the Jazz Apple team. She quickly became noticed as one of the most talented climbers in the peloton and sign on with the US-based UCI Tibco squad.

The over heated and some-what unmotivated peloton rounded Manayunk Wall intact on each lap, twice catching breakaway riders on the steep road. Corset took advantage of the lull in the peloton to capture all four QOM points on offer with competition coming from riders Mara Abbott (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12), Evelyn Stevens (HTC-Columbia), Jeannie Longo (Team Colleen) and Katheryn Mattis (Webcor-Builders).

Another Canadian, Erinne Willock (Webcor-Builders) forced the second significant breakaway of the day through Strawberry Mansion on the third lap. Willock’s gap increased to one minute as she rode over Lemon Hill and through the start-finish line with one lap to go. Willock was also caught on the final climb up Manayunk Wall by a front group of 22 riders that formed over the climb.

Sinead Miller (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12) captured the events Best Young Rider’s Miji Reoch presented by Fuji award. The 19-year old all rounder finished in the second group, one and half minutes behind the lead group of 22 that finished in a bunch sprint.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC-Columbia 2:31:39  
2 Shelly Evans (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12    
3 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team    
4 Brooke Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top    
5 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling Team    
6 Joelle Numainville (Can) Webcor Builders    
7 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top    
8 Carla Swart (RSA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation    
9 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) TIBCO - To The Top    
10 Anna Mcloon (USA) Team Kenda    
11 Lauren Tamayo (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12    
12 Meredith Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top    
13 Denise Ramsden (Can) Team Kenda    
14 Catherine Cheatley (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team    
15 Jeannie Longo (Fra) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo    
16 Alison Powers (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation    
17 Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12    
18 Amber Neben (USA) Webcor Builders    
19 Anne Samplonius (Can) Team Vera Bradley Foundation    
20 Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC-Columbia    
21 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia    
22 Kirsty Broun (Aus) Verducci Breakaway Racing    
23 Angela Hennig (Ger) Noris Cycling Team 0:01:25  
24 Joanie Caron (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears    
25 Sinead Miller (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12    
26 Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Noris Cycling Team    
27 Kate Veronneau (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR    
28 Anna Barensfeld (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus    
29 Emma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top    
30 Veronique Bilodeau (Can) Equipe Cascades - ABC Cycles    
31 Ainhoa Perez (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing    
32 Alex Carle (Aus) Verducci Breakaway Racing    
33 Oliva Dillon (Irl) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12    
34 Mary Zider (USA) Specialized Mazda Samson Conseil    
35 Roy Émilie (Can) Equipe du Quebec    
36 Myriam Gaudreault (Can) Equipe du Quebec    
37 Veronique Labonte (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears    
38 Melissa Sanborn (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling    
39 Bronwyn Ryan (Aus) Verducci Breakaway Racing    
40 Kathleen Billington (USA) BMW Bianchi    
41 Robin Farina (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation    
42 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team    
43 Andrea Graus (Aut) Webcor Builders    
44 Sally Annis (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental    
45 Janel Holcomb (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus    
46 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders    
47 Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders    
48 Kathryn Donovan (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus    
49 Linda Villumsen (NZl) HTC-Columbia    
50 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Noris Cycling Team    
51 Carrie Cartmill (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears 0:02:01  
52 Kacey Manderfield (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR 0:02:11  
53 Amy Dearden (Can) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo    
54 Genevieve Whitson (NZl) MVP Healthcare Cycling    
55 Jane Despas (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling    
56 Patricia Buerkle (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis    
57 Angela Mcglure (Aus) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo    
58 Melanie Meyers (USA) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo    
59 Melissa Ross (USA) Team Kenda    
60 Krystal Jeffs (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears    
61 Kelly Benjamin (USA) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 0:02:16  
62 Katharine Carroll (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12 0:02:33  
63 Elle Anderson (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental 0:03:04  
64 Jen Rasmusson (USA) Team Kenda    
65 Julie Bellerose (Can) Equipe Cascades - ABC Cycles 0:03:11  
66 Rebecca Wellons (USA) BMW Bianchi    
67 Cyr Johanne (Can) Equipe du Quebec    
68 Lemieux Audrey (Can) Equipe du Quebec 0:03:22  
69 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC-Columbia    
70 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team    
71 Rebecca Much (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 0:07:22  
72 Erin Silliman (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis 0:07:31  
73 Andrea Luebbe (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR    
74 Kristine Church (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR    
75 Sarah Iepson (USA) CAWES Cycling    
76 Mary Costelloe (Irl) Verducci Breakaway Racing    
77 Arley Kemmerer (USA) CAWES Cycling    
78 Natalie Stoll (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling    
79 Julie Kuliecza (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis    
80 Thea Parent (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR    
DNF Bianca Purath (Ger) Noris Cycling Team    
DNF Cinthia Lehner (USA) BMW Bianchi    
DNF Lauren Shirock (USA) BMW Bianchi    
DNF Rachael Warner (USA) BMW Bianchi    
DNF Sonja Evers (USA) CAWES Cycling    
DNF Alaina Gurski (USA) CAWES Cycling    
DNF Michelle Hart (USA) CAWES Cycling    
DNF Jennifer Tetrick (USA) CAWES Cycling    
DNF Katherine Bates (Aus) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Lex Albrecht (Can) Equipe Cascades - ABC Cycles    
DNF Virginie Gauthier (Can) Equipe Cascades - ABC Cycles    
DNF Evelyne Gagnon (Can) Equipe du Quebec    
DNF Lenore Pipes (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis    
DNF Amanda Watson (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis    
DNF Sara Zeigler (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis    
DNF Bianca Grecu (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR    
DNF Sarah Caravella (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling    
DNF Lenore Imhof (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling    
DNF Susanne Delaney (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental    
DNF Samantha Dery (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental    
DNF Natalie Dumont (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental    
DNF Clara Kelly (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental    
DNF Evie Boswell (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing    
DNF Kirsten Davis (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing    
DNF Dana Martin (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing    
DNF Nicole Vincent (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing    
DNF Arielle Filiberti (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus    
DNF Rebecca Jones (GBr) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus    
DNF Erica Zaveta (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus    
DNF Valerie Crete (Can) Specialized Mazda Samson Conseil    
DNF Moriah Macgregor (Can) Specialized Mazda Samson Conseil    
DNF Kyla Rollinson (Can) Specialized Mazda Samson Conseil    
DNF Kathryn Bertine SKN Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo    
DNF Elizabeth Witwer (USA) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo    
DNF Jennifer Greenberg (USA) Team Kenda    
DNF Silke Wunderwald (Ger) Team Kenda    
DNF Anne Guzman (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears    
DNF Tricia Carnilla (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing    
DNF Jessie Maclean (Aus) Verducci Breakaway Racing    
KOM 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top 5  pts
2 Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12 3  
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia 1  
KOM 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top 5  pts
2 Jeannie Longo (Fra) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo 3  
3 Brooke Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 1  
KOM 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top 5  pts
2 Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12 3  
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia 1  
KOM 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top 5  pts
2 Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders 3  
3 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 1  
KOM 5
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top 5  pts
2 Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12 3  
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia 1  
KOM 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders 5  pts
2 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top 3  
3 Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC-Columbia 1  
KOM 7
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top 10  pts
2 Catherine Cheatley (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 6  
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia 2  
KOM 8
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top 10  pts
2 Jeannie Longo (Fra) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo 6  
3 Alison Powers (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation 2  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top 48  pts
2 Jeannie Longo (Fra) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo 9  
3 Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12 9  
4 Catherine Cheatley (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 6  
5 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia 5  
6 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders 5  
7 Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders 3  
8 Alison Powers (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation 2  
9 Brooke Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 1  
10 Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC-Columbia 1  
11 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 1  
U23 classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sinead Miller (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12 2:33:04  
2 Elle Anderson (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental 0:01:39  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 TIBCO - To The Top 7:34:57  
2 Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12    
3 HTC-Columbia    
4 Team Vera Bradley Foundation    
5 Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 0:01:25  
6 Webcor Builders    
7 Team Kenda 0:02:11  
8 Noris Cycling Team 0:02:50  
9 Verducci Breakaway Racing    
10 Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus 0:04:15  
11 Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo 0:04:22  
12 Team Nanoblur-Gears 0:04:51  
13 MVP Healthcare Cycling 0:05:47  
14 Equipe du Quebec 0:06:01  
15 HumanZoom p/b PBR 0:11:07  
16 Fruit 66/Artemis 0:17:13