Carroll solos to victory

Strong start for TIBCO as they look to defend Crit Championship

Katharine Carroll (TIBCO) won the Downers Grove warm-up race in the best way she knows how: Solo. She attacked a late-race breakaway companion with three laps to go and held off the bunch kick ahead of Tina Pic (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Shelly Olds (Proman-Hitsquad).

"I don’t want to stereotype myself but I definitely like going off the front," laughed Carroll at the podium presentation. "It’s a lot easier to sprint out of two or three than a field. I felt like I had decent legs and it was the right timing and good position."

Some 80 women lined up to test their legs on the eve of the US National Criterium Championships. Team Type 1 kicked off the race in an aggressive style sending Samantha Schneider off the front followed by defending national champion Brooke Miller (TIBCO) and Amanda Miller (Lip Smackers).

Melissa Sanborn (Vanderkitten) and Rebecca Larson (Value Act Capital) tried to separate themselves from the field on separate occasions. Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1) was the next to go and ended up on a four-lap flyer that gained nearly 30-seconds.

Carroll initiated her first attack with five laps to go followed by Theresa Cliff-Ryan, a former national criterium champion. The pair worked together and did not contest the lucrative primes offered on the next laps. No organized chase formed however, multiple attempts to bridge across caused the margin between the break and the field to reduce to several hundred metres.

"Katharine is always a dangerous rider," said Pic, who announced recently that she will retire at the end of the 2009 season. "We were kind of using this race as a warm up and it was okay to have a rider up the road because we didn’t want to blow up tonight. It was all right, we tried to cover stuff but we are more geared toward tomorrow. A national championship is always important and we are really going to go for it."

Carroll made her winning move when she attacked Cliff-Ryan with three laps to go. Seehafer along with members of the Colavita-Sutter Home team put forth a strong chase, however, it was not enough to bring the soloist back in time to sprint for the win.

"I saw that I was pulling through a little stronger than Theresa," said Carroll. "I looked back and saw the field coming and that there was a prime coming up. I thought the field would be focused on that as we started getting closer. If there was any opportunity, that was it."

The TIBCO team will be vying for the defense of the US National Criterium Championship, won by Brooke MIller last year. "Our team is so strong that anyone can be up there," said Carroll. "We always want to be optimistic that any of us can win, but I think it would be a mistake for everyone to assume that we are just going to bring it down to a sprint for Brooke."
 

Results
1Katharine Carroll (Usa) Team TIBCO0:44:00 
2Tina Pic (Usa) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooki  
3Shelley Olds (Usa) PROMAN Hit Squad  
4Christina Smith (Usa) Veloforma  
5Sinead Miller (Usa)  
6Rebecca Lawson (Usa) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team  
7Kacey Manderfield (Usa) Team Lip Smacker  
8Amanda Miller (Usa) Team Lip Smacker  
9Lauren Tamayo (Usa) Team TIBCO  
10Erica Allar (Usa) BMW - Bianchi  
11Mary-Ellen Ash (Usa) SugarCRM  
12Samantha Schneider (Usa) Team Type 1  
13Kirsten Davis (Usa) BMW - Bianchi  
14Alison Powers (Usa) Team Type 1  
15Tiffany Pezzulo (Usa) DFT p/b Treads  
16Laura Van Gilder (Usa) Mellow Mushroom  
17Tricia Carnila (Usa) Verducci Breakaway Racing Po  
18Shontell Gauthier (Usa) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooki  
19Anna Mcloon (Usa) Altarum Women's Team  
20Nichole Wangsgard (Usa) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooki  
21Leigh Hopkins (Usa) VanderKitten Racing  
22Kristin Wentworth (Usa) Team Kenda  
23Devon Haskall (Usa) Team BH USA  
24Toni Bradshaw (Nzl) Lipsmackers  
25Jen Purrell (Usa) Team Hotel San Jose  
26Elizabeth Morse Hill (Usa) Hub Racing  
27Christy Blakely (Usa) BMW - Bianchi  
28Hilary Billington (Usa) Team Lip Smacker  
29Amy Mcguire (Usa) Hub Racing  
30Kristen Meshberg (Usa) Team BH USA  
31Sheba Farrin (Usa) Hub racing  
32Jessica Prinner (Usa) ABD  
33Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Usa) Verducci Breakaway Racing Po  
34Kristen Lasasso (Usa) Mellow Mushroom  
35Meredith Miller (Usa) Team TIBCO  
36Melissa Sanborn (Usa) VanderKitten Racing  
37Stacy Marple (Usa) Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooki  
38Rebecca Wellons (Usa) NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire D  
39Lauren Hall (Usa) Absolute Racing  
40Starla Teddergreen (Usa) SugarCRM  
41Karla Kingsley (Usa) Sugar CRM  
42Martina Patella (Usa) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team  
43Carrie Cash (Usa) Team Revolution  
44Catherine Walberg (Usa) Team Kenda  
45Jacquelyn Crowell (Usa) Team Type 1  
46Arielle Filiberti (Usa)  
47Ashley Anderson (Usa) Proman  
48Amber Rais (Usa) Team TIBCO  
49Kori Seehafer (Usa) Team Type 1  
50Brooke Miller (Usa) Team TIBCO  
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