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Philly Cycling Classic 2013

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June 2, 2013

June 02, Elite women: Philadelphia 96.5km

Stevens claims Philly Cycling Classic victory

By:
Peter Hymas
Published:
June 02, 2013, 16:05 BST,
Updated:
June 04, 2013, 19:03 BST

Former Fleche Wallonne winner wins on Manayunk Wall finish

Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) is the first winner of the Philly Cycling Classic over Joelle Numainville (Optum)

Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) is the first winner of the Philly Cycling Classic over Joelle Numainville (Optum)

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With a finish similar to the Mur de Huy, the inaugural Philly Cycling Classic was always going to be former Fleche Wallonne winner Evelyn Stevens' race to lose, and the Specialized-lululemon rider confirmed her form by taking the victory atop the Manayunk Wall. Stevens had to dig deep in the painful uphill finale to outkick Joelle Numainville (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) for the victory, with the 25-year-old Canadian finishing second in the same time as Stevens.

Claudia Häusler (Team TIBCO), who won the Queen of the Mountains classification on the day in dominating fashion, still had enough in the tank to round out the podium in third at five seconds.

Stevens, who crashed earlier this year and spent several weeks out of competition to recover from facial injuries that included several broken teeth, credited her team for the win.

"My team was awesome, they rode it perfectly," Stevens told Cyclingnews. "I had a rough spring this year, I didn't really do well at nationals last week, but when the team says 'we believe you can win it' and they killed themselves for me, it give you confidence.

"When I was going up [the Wall] I thought about how much I sucked last weekend and how much my teammates did for me today and I thought 'I've got to deliver'. I actually didn't know I won because my eyes were closed because I was hurting so bad when I crossed the line, but it was beautiful."

The Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team chased down a dangerous move by Alison Powers (Now & Novartis for MS) who escaped on the last lap and built a half-minute lead after cresting Lemon Hill at the far end of the circuit for the final time. Powers, a time trial stalwart, was only neutralised just shy of 1km to go on Main Street in Manayunk.

"We put the whole team in front, five riders, and we didn't care what the other teams were doing," said Numainville of her team's chase of Powers. "We had a plan set up and we wanted to have it back."

Optum's pursuit played into the hands of Stevens who rolled the dice that Powers would be brought back at another team's expense. "I told Tayler [Wiles] we're gambling and not to go to the front. Alison Powers is a fantastic bike rider but you have to gamble and we stuck to our plan. We had one team strategy, we executed it perfectly and that's why we won.

"I told Tayler on the last lap that I need you to die a thousand deaths for me up that climb...and she did. It was kind of going fast, I attacked and I had one person go with me, Joelle, and I got on her wheel. Kind of over the crest [after the steepest pitch] is where I went. I had one firework to throw and I tried not to do it until that final climb - that's when I knew I had to hit it."

"I thought I had it! - but I guess I didn't have it," said Numainville of her drag race to the line against Stevens. "She passed me with a good 50 metres to go. I started a little earlier, I made a mistake in the sprint, but I'm really happy. It's Evelyn Stevens - it's a big deal."

While it's possible that Häusler may have had a bit more strength at her disposal in the finale if she hadn't contested virtually all of the 10 QOM lines, two per lap atop Lemon Hill and the finish line on the Manayunk Wall, the 27-year-old German had no regrets.

"On the final it was just full-gas up the climb and of course I want more but I'm happy with my third place, "Häusler told Cyclingnews. "I went for all the QOMs and I never had a lot of time for recovery - it was full gas all the time. Between the climbs my team was awesome, they chased down everything and they were always there. We didn't miss anything.

"I had fun racing and this QOM is something nice too and I'm happy with race."

Early morning in Manayunk

The 110-rider strong women's peloton rolled off the start line on top of the Manayunk Wall at 8:30am with a five-lap, 60 mile (96.5km) route on tap at the first Philly Cycling Classic. While a large crash on Kelly Drive disrupted the peloton on its run-in back to Manayunk on the opening lap, the stiff tempo up the first ascent of the Manayunk Wall would utterly shatter the peloton and shape the race for the rest of the event.

Häusler led Exergy TWENTY 16 teammates Mara Abbott and Andrea Dvorak over the QOM at the finish line at the head of a select group of approximately 15 riders. On the high-speed descent off the Wall the peloton was now in six groups and once the Strawberry Mansion diversion off Kelly Drive was negotiated on the second lap a 40-rider group would consolidate at the head of the race and allow no chasers to regain contact.

As the peloton negotiated Strawberry Mansion on the next lap there was a solo attack from Kathryn Donovan (NOW and Novartis for MS) and she would soon be joined by recent US pro road race silver medalist Lauren Hall (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies). Three more riders would soon bridge across, Häusler, Donovan's teammate Lex Albrecht and Dvorak, with Donovan taking top honours at the Lemon Hill QOM from her breakaway companions. Just prior to reaching the feed zone, however, the five-rider escape would be brought back and once more a 40-strong group rolled along at the front of the race.

While there were several more attacks over the penultimate lap, nothing threatened until the final circuit when Powers launched her solo attack prior to Lemon Hill.

"It was either win or bust," Powers told Cyclingnews. "I kept telling myself 'just go, just go' and I still had a teammate, Lex Albrecht, who was doing really well on the climb and hopefully she could finish well.

"It was hard - it was windy down on Kelly Drive and it was definitely tough by myself. I was exploding badly coming into Manayunk and was caught before the sprint line."

Powers would still find a place on the final podium, however, as she won the sprint classification after winning the first four of five sprints, located on Main Street just prior to the turn onto the Wall in Manayunk.

"It was kind of 'if you're there, go for it, but don't kill yourself'," said Powers. "The way the sprint was you had to have good position going into the Wall anyway so the first time I was there I thought 'shit, nobody's going, so I'll go!'. And then once you go once you've got to go twice and a third time...To get the jersey for our team and get on the podium is perfect."

The streak is broken

Stevens is the first American to win the Philadelphia race, with previous editions dubbed the Liberty Classic and having finished on a fast, flat run-in on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The race had nearly met its demise, but was resurrected thanks to a push from local officials and renamed the Philly Cycling Classic, and the finished moved to the top of the famed Manayunk Wall, a 500m ascent topping out at a 16% grade.

Stevens was thankful the race, the sole UCI-ranked road race in the United States for women, could take place.

"I'm so grateful for the organisers to keep the race going this year," said Stevens. "With women's racing, there's not a ton [of events] and this is one of the most special races on the calendar. And to actually have it finish up Manayunk, and have all the fans who were out at 8am and equal prize money for women...woohoo!

"I know my team, myself and all the women in the peloton were really grateful for the opportunity."

Full Results
1 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 2:33:25  
2 Joelle Numainville (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
3 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 0:00:05  
4 Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO 0:00:07  
5 Mara Abbott (USA) Exergy TWENTY16    
6 Lex Albrecht (Can) NOW and Novartis for MS    
7 Lauren Stephens (USA) FCS Zngine p/b Mr Restore 0:00:08  
8 Veronique Fortin (Can) Cycling Canada 0:00:14  
9 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:00:21  
10 Mary Zider (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking 0:00:22  
11 Karol Ann Canuel (Can) Cycling Canada 0:00:25  
12 Scotti Wilborne (USA) Mellow Mushroom 0:00:26  
13 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Team TIBCO 0:00:28  
14 Sara Tussey (USA) Louis Garneau p/b Fuji 0:00:36  
15 Ruth Winder (USA) Team Vanderkitten    
16 Robin Farina (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 0:00:40  
17 Crystal Anthony (USA) Mellow Mushroom 0:00:42  
18 Laura Brown (Can) Colavita-Fine Cooking 0:00:43  
19 Alizee Brien (Can) GSD Gestion-Kallisto 0:00:44  
20 Kate Chilcott (NZl) Team Vanderkitten 0:00:48  
21 Anna Sanders (USA) FCS Zngine p/b Mr Restore    
22 Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom 0:00:55  
23 Sophie Williamson (NZl) Team Vanderkitten 0:00:59  
24 Kristin Mcgrath (USA) Exergy TWENTY16 0:01:03  
25 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Exergy TWENTY16 0:01:06  
26 Jennifer Purcell (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking    
27 Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Farm Team Elite 0:01:08  
28 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:01:17  
29 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
30 Veronique Labonte (Can) Cycling Canada    
31 Kathryn Donovan (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 0:01:21  
32 Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon 0:01:22  
33 Lenore Pipes (Gum) Mellow Mushroom 0:01:36  
34 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO 0:01:44  
35 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:01:51  
36 Lauren Tamayo (USA) Exergy Twenty16 0:01:55  
37 Maura Kinsella (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 0:01:57  
38 Leah Guloien (Can) Colavita-Fine Cooking 0:01:59  
39 Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:02:11  
40 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon 0:02:14  
41 Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS    
42 Alexis Ryan (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 0:08:57  
43 Debbie Milne (USA) Louis Garneau p/b Fuji 0:09:37  
44 Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO 0:09:39  
45 Stephanie Wetzel (USA) EPS CSS Riptide p/b Shebell & Shebell    
46 Stephanie Roorda (Can) GSD Gestion-Kallisto 0:09:41  
47 Fabienne Gerard (USA) Mixed Team 0:09:44  
48 Jessica Chong (USA) Mellow Mushroom 0:09:46  
49 Amanda Watson (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing 0:09:47  
50 Kerrin Strevell (USA) Farm Team Elite 0:09:51  
51 Catherine Dessureault (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery 0:09:53  
52 Anne Foreman-Mackey (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery 0:09:55  
53 Christina Birch (USA) MVP Health Care 0:09:59  
54 Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) Exergy Twenty16 0:10:22  
55 Stephanie Skoreyko (Can) Infinit Canada/Cyclepower 0:10:25  
56 Rhae Shaw (Can) Team Vanderkitten 0:10:26  
57 Amanda Miller (USA) Team TIBCO 0:10:41  
58 Amy Mcguire (USA) FCS Zngine p/b Mr Restore -1lap  
59 Lindsay Bayer (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking    
60 Kaelly Farnham (USA) FCS Zngine p/b Mr Restore    
61 Patricia Buerkle (USA) Peanut Butter & Co/Human Zoom    
62 Jenny Ives (USA) Farm Team Elite    
63 Julia Bradley (Can) MVP Health Care    
64 Stephanie Bester (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery    
65 Natalie Koch (USA) MVP Health Care    
66 Jennifer App (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing    
67 Nicole Mitchell (Ber) Mixed Team    
68 Sue Mcquiston (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing    
69 Victoria Hanks (USA) Peanut Butter & Co/Human Zoom    
70 Jennifer Magur (USA) Farm Team Elite    
71 Jacqueline Mcclure (USA) Farm Team Elite    
72 Kristine Church (USA) Peanut Butter & Co/Human Zoom    
73 Cheryl Fuller-Muller (USA) Louis Garneau p/b Fuji    
74 Frances Morrison (USA) Mellow Mushroom    
75 Jamie Bookwalter (USA) Colavita-Fine Cooking    
76 Gillian Carleton (Can) Specialized-lululemon    
77 Ally Stacher (USA) Specialized-lululemon    
78 Marilyn Mcdonald (Can) Mixed Team -2laps  
79 Erin Silliman (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Vie 13    
80 Colleen Hayduk (USA) MVP Health Care    
81 Andrea Wagner (USA) Peanut Butter & Co/Human Zoom    
82 Jody Frank (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Vie 13 -3laps  
83 Julia Lonchar (USA) Peanut Butter & Co/Human Zoom    
84 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Vie 13    
85 Beth Ruiz (USA) Farm Team Elite    
86 Wendy Ulmer (USA) EPS CSS Riptide p/b Shebell & Shebell    
87 Elizabeth Bonilla (USA) Peanut Butter & Co/Human Zoom    
88 Marie-Soleil Blais (Can) Infinit Canada/Cyclepower    
89 Veronik Bourgon (Can) Infinit Canada/Cyclepower    
90 Helene Pilote Fortin (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery    
91 Amy Cutler (USA) EPS CSS Riptide p/b Shebell & Shebell    
92 Elizabeth Lee (USA) Louis Garneau p/b Fuji    
93 Kelly Bethoney (USA) EPS CSS Riptide p/b Shebell & Shebell    
94 Roxanne Pepin (Can) GSD Gestion-Kallisto    
95 Adriana Krawiec (Arg) Mixed Team    
96 Deborah Leedalebrown (USA) EPS CSS Riptide p/b Shebell & Shebell    
97 Julia Farell (Can) MVP Health Care    
98 Nicole Raspa (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing    
99 Andrea Brennan (USA) EPS CSS Riptide p/b Shebell & Shebell    
100 Gabrielle Pilote Fortin (Can) Cycling Canada -4laps  
101 Stephanie Swan (USA) MVP Health Care    
102 Nancy Jones (USA) Louis Garneau p/b Fuji    
DNF Ainhoa Perez-Diez (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing    
DNF Alexis Zink (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing    
DNF Kimberley Wells (Aus) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Vie 13    
DNF Kate Veronneau (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Vie 13    
DNF Anne-Marie B. Morin (Can) GSD Gestion-Kallisto    
DNF Allison Lampi (Can) Infinit Canada/Cyclepower    
DNF Amy Charity (USA) Team Vanderkitten    
DNF Jessica Cutler (USA) Team Vanderkitten    
DNS Morgan Patton (USA) Mixed Team    
Sprint 1
1 Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 5 pts
2 Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO 3  
3 Crystal Anthony (USA) Mellow Mushroom 1  
Sprint 2
1 Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 5 pts
2 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon 3  
3 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 1  
Sprint 3
1 Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 5 pts
2 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon 3  
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 1  
Sprint 4
1 Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 5 pts
2 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon 3  
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 1  
Sprint 5
1 Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon 5 pts
2 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 3  
3 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1  
Sprint classification
1 Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 20 pts
2 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon 9  
3 Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon 5  
4 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 5  
5 Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO 3  
6 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 1  
7 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1  
8 Crystal Anthony (USA) Mellow Mushroom 1  
Mountain 1 - Lemon Hill
1 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 5 pts
2 Lex Albrecht (Can) NOW and Novartis for MS 3  
3 Debbie Milne (USA) Louis Garneau p/b Fuji 1  
Mountain 2 - Manayunk Wall
1 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 8 pts
2 Mara Abbott (USA) Exergy TWENTY16 5  
3 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Exergy TWENTY16 3  
Mountain 3 - Lemon Hill
1 Lex Albrecht (Can) NOW and Novartis for MS 5 pts
2 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 3  
3 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1  
Mountain 4 - Manayunk Wall
1 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 8 pts
2 Lex Albrecht (Can) NOW and Novartis for MS 5  
3 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Exergy TWENTY16 3  
Mountain 5 - Lemon Hill
1 Kathryn Donovan (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 5 pts
2 Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 3  
3 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 1  
Mountain 6 - Manayunk Wall
1 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 8 pts
2 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 5  
3 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Exergy TWENTY16 3  
Mountain 7 - Lemon Hill
1 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 5 pts
2 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 3  
3 Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon 1  
Mountain 8 - Manayunk Wall
1 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 8 pts
2 Lex Albrecht (Can) NOW and Novartis for MS 5  
3 Veronique Fortin (Can) Cycling Canada 3  
Mountain 9 - Lemon Hill
1 Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 5 pts
2 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 3  
3 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Exergy TWENTY16 1  
Mountain 10 - Manayunk Wall
1 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 8 pts
2 Joelle Numainville (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 5  
3 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 3  
Mountains classification
1 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO 49 pts
2 Lex Albrecht (Can) NOW and Novartis for MS 19  
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 16  
4 Andrea Dvorak (USA) Exergy TWENTY16 10  
5 Kathryn Donovan (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 5  
6 Alison Powers (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS 5  
7 Joelle Numainville (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 5  
8 Mara Abbott (USA) Exergy TWENTY16 5  
9 Veronique Fortin (Can) Cycling Canada 3  
10 Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 3  
11 Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 3  
12 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1  
13 Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon 1  
14 Debbie Milne (USA) Louis Garneau p/b Fuji 1