Teutenberg captures fourth Liberty Classic title

Evans and Cliff-Ryan settle for podium spots

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) TeamResult
1Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC-Columbia2:31:39 
2Shelly Evans (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12  
3Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team  
4Brooke Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top  
5Trixi Worrack (Ger) Noris Cycling Team  
6Joelle Numainville (Can) Webcor Builders  
7Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top  
8Carla Swart (RSA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation  
9Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) TIBCO - To The Top  
10Anna Mcloon (USA) Team Kenda  
11Lauren Tamayo (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12  
12Meredith Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top  
13Denise Ramsden (Can) Team Kenda  
14Catherine Cheatley (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team  
15Jeannie Longo (Fra) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo  
16Alison Powers (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation  
17Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12  
18Amber Neben (USA) Webcor Builders  
19Anne Samplonius (Can) Team Vera Bradley Foundation  
20Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC-Columbia  
21Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia  
22Kirsty Broun (Aus) Verducci Breakaway Racing  
23Angela Hennig (Ger) Noris Cycling Team0:01:25 
24Joanie Caron (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears  
25Sinead Miller (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12  
26Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Noris Cycling Team  
27Kate Veronneau (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR  
28Anna Barensfeld (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus  
29Emma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top  
30Veronique Bilodeau (Can) Equipe Cascades - ABC Cycles  
31Ainhoa Perez (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing  
32Alex Carle (Aus) Verducci Breakaway Racing  
33Oliva Dillon (Irl) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12  
34Mary Zider (USA) Specialized Mazda Samson Conseil  
35Roy Émilie (Can) Equipe du Quebec  
36Myriam Gaudreault (Can) Equipe du Quebec  
37Veronique Labonte (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears  
38Melissa Sanborn (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling  
39Bronwyn Ryan (Aus) Verducci Breakaway Racing  
40Kathleen Billington (USA) BMW Bianchi  
41Robin Farina (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation  
42Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team  
43Andrea Graus (Aut) Webcor Builders  
44Sally Annis (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
45Janel Holcomb (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus  
46Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders  
47Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders  
48Kathryn Donovan (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus  
49Linda Villumsen (NZl) HTC-Columbia  
50Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Noris Cycling Team  
51Carrie Cartmill (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears0:02:01 
52Kacey Manderfield (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR0:02:11 
53Amy Dearden (Can) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo  
54Genevieve Whitson (NZl) MVP Healthcare Cycling  
55Jane Despas (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling  
56Patricia Buerkle (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis  
57Angela Mcglure (Aus) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo  
58Melanie Meyers (USA) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo  
59Melissa Ross (USA) Team Kenda  
60Krystal Jeffs (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears  
61Kelly Benjamin (USA) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team0:02:16 
62Katharine Carroll (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 120:02:33 
63Elle Anderson (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental0:03:04 
64Jen Rasmusson (USA) Team Kenda  
65Julie Bellerose (Can) Equipe Cascades - ABC Cycles0:03:11 
66Rebecca Wellons (USA) BMW Bianchi  
67Cyr Johanne (Can) Equipe du Quebec  
68Lemieux Audrey (Can) Equipe du Quebec0:03:22 
69Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC-Columbia  
70Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team  
71Rebecca Much (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:07:22 
72Erin Silliman (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis0:07:31 
73Andrea Luebbe (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR  
74Kristine Church (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR  
75Sarah Iepson (USA) CAWES Cycling  
76Mary Costelloe (Irl) Verducci Breakaway Racing  
77Arley Kemmerer (USA) CAWES Cycling  
78Natalie Stoll (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling  
79Julie Kuliecza (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis  
80Thea Parent (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR  
DNFBianca Purath (Ger) Noris Cycling Team  
DNFCinthia Lehner (USA) BMW Bianchi  
DNFLauren Shirock (USA) BMW Bianchi  
DNFRachael Warner (USA) BMW Bianchi  
DNFSonja Evers (USA) CAWES Cycling  
DNFAlaina Gurski (USA) CAWES Cycling  
DNFMichelle Hart (USA) CAWES Cycling  
DNFJennifer Tetrick (USA) CAWES Cycling  
DNFKatherine Bates (Aus) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team  
DNFLex Albrecht (Can) Equipe Cascades - ABC Cycles  
DNFVirginie Gauthier (Can) Equipe Cascades - ABC Cycles  
DNFEvelyne Gagnon (Can) Equipe du Quebec  
DNFLenore Pipes (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis  
DNFAmanda Watson (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis  
DNFSara Zeigler (USA) Fruit 66/Artemis  
DNFBianca Grecu (USA) HumanZoom p/b PBR  
DNFSarah Caravella (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling  
DNFLenore Imhof (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling  
DNFSusanne Delaney (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
DNFSamantha Dery (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
DNFNatalie Dumont (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
DNFClara Kelly (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental  
DNFEvie Boswell (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing  
DNFKirsten Davis (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing  
DNFDana Martin (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing  
DNFNicole Vincent (USA) Performance Bicycle Racing  
DNFArielle Filiberti (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus  
DNFRebecca Jones (GBr) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus  
DNFErica Zaveta (USA) Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus  
DNFValerie Crete (Can) Specialized Mazda Samson Conseil  
DNFMoriah Macgregor (Can) Specialized Mazda Samson Conseil  
DNFKyla Rollinson (Can) Specialized Mazda Samson Conseil  
DNFKathryn Bertine SKN Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo  
DNFElizabeth Witwer (USA) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo  
DNFJennifer Greenberg (USA) Team Kenda  
DNFSilke Wunderwald (Ger) Team Kenda  
DNFAnne Guzman (Can) Team Nanoblur-Gears  
DNFTricia Carnilla (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing  
DNFJessie Maclean (Aus) Verducci Breakaway Racing  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top5 pts
2Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 123 
3Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top5 pts
2Jeannie Longo (Fra) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo3 
3Brooke Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top5 pts
2Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 123 
3Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top5 pts
2Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders3 
3Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top5 pts
2Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 123 
3Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders5 pts
2Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top3 
3Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC-Columbia1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top10 pts
2Catherine Cheatley (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team6 
3Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia2 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top10 pts
2Jeannie Longo (Fra) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo6 
3Alison Powers (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation2 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Corset (Aus) TIBCO - To The Top48 pts
2Jeannie Longo (Fra) Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo9 
3Mara Abbott (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 129 
4Catherine Cheatley (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team6 
5Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Columbia5 
6Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders5 
7Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders3 
8Alison Powers (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation2 
9Brooke Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top1 
10Kimberly Anderson (USA) HTC-Columbia1 
11Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team1 
U23 classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sinead Miller (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 122:33:04 
2Elle Anderson (USA) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental0:01:39 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1TIBCO - To The Top7:34:57 
2Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12  
4Team Vera Bradley Foundation  
5Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team0:01:25 
6Webcor Builders  
7Team Kenda0:02:11 
8Noris Cycling Team0:02:50 
9Verducci Breakaway Racing  
10Specialized D4W p/b Bicycle Haus0:04:15 
11Team Colleen p/b Summit Velo0:04:22 
12Team Nanoblur-Gears0:04:51 
13MVP Healthcare Cycling0:05:47 
14Equipe du Quebec0:06:01 
15HumanZoom p/b PBR0:11:07 
16Fruit 66/Artemis0:17:13 

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