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Teutenberg wins Liberty Classic for fifth time

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German champion Ina Teutenberg (Specialized-lululemon) wins her fifth Liberty Classic

German champion Ina Teutenberg (Specialized-lululemon) wins her fifth Liberty Classic
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A unique moment on the streets of Philadelphia:: the men's and women's fields pass each other in opposite directions on Kelly Drive.

A unique moment on the streets of Philadelphia:: the men's and women's fields pass each other in opposite directions on Kelly Drive.
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The women traverse under an industrial bridge on the way to Manayunk.

The women traverse under an industrial bridge on the way to Manayunk.
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Providing some shade the peloton cools their cleats in the tunnel.

Providing some shade the peloton cools their cleats in the tunnel.
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Emily Collins (Vanderkitten-Focus) almost made the top ten.

Emily Collins (Vanderkitten-Focus) almost made the top ten.
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Pure Energy Cycling ProAri-HFA's Lenore Pipes managed to represent her team today.

Pure Energy Cycling ProAri-HFA's Lenore Pipes managed to represent her team today.
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Amber Pierce (Diadora- Pasta Zara) works for the team.

Amber Pierce (Diadora- Pasta Zara) works for the team.
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Evelyn Stevens (Team Specialized-lululemon)

Evelyn Stevens (Team Specialized-lululemon)
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Evelyn Stevens (Team Specialized-lululemon) has a chat with the field.

Evelyn Stevens (Team Specialized-lululemon) has a chat with the field.
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The women roll out.

The women roll out.
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Headline: Lululemon Leads on Lemon Hill! Evelyn Stevens (Team Specialized-lululemom)

Headline: Lululemon Leads on Lemon Hill! Evelyn Stevens (Team Specialized-lululemom)
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Last lap: Team Specialized-lululemon fends off a push by Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, and look who is right in the middle.

Last lap: Team Specialized-lululemon fends off a push by Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, and look who is right in the middle.
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The star studded women's field line up to conquer Philadelphia in the 2012 Liberty Classic.

The star studded women's field line up to conquer Philadelphia in the 2012 Liberty Classic.
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Evelyn Stevens (Team Specialized-lululemon) was at the front of the field all day.

Evelyn Stevens (Team Specialized-lululemon) was at the front of the field all day.
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The 2012 Liberty Classic podium: Giorgia Bronzini (Diadora-Pasta Zara), 3rd; Ina Teutenberg (Team Specialized-lululemon), 1st; Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Honda Team), 2nd

The 2012 Liberty Classic podium: Giorgia Bronzini (Diadora-Pasta Zara), 3rd; Ina Teutenberg (Team Specialized-lululemon), 1st; Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Honda Team), 2nd
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Tracy Lea of Fuji presents the Mary Jane (Miji) Reoch Award to Samantha Schneider (TIBCO-To the Top), the best under 23 rider in the Liberty Classic.

Tracy Lea of Fuji presents the Mary Jane (Miji) Reoch Award to Samantha Schneider (TIBCO-To the Top), the best under 23 rider in the Liberty Classic.
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Ina Teutenberg (Team Specialized-lululemon) wins the Liberty Classic for the fifth time.

Ina Teutenberg (Team Specialized-lululemon) wins the Liberty Classic for the fifth time.
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German champion Ina Teutenberg (Team Specialized-lululemon) is focused on victory.

German champion Ina Teutenberg (Team Specialized-lululemon) is focused on victory.
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Specialized-Lululemon starts to organize at the front on the last lap.

Specialized-Lululemon starts to organize at the front on the last lap.
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Loren Rowney (Specialized-Lululemon) coming up Lemon Hill.

Loren Rowney (Specialized-Lululemon) coming up Lemon Hill.
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The last time up the wall.

The last time up the wall.
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Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Exergy) gets set up for the sprint.

Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Exergy) gets set up for the sprint.
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Riders head for the water on the hot early laps.

Riders head for the water on the hot early laps.
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Specialized-lululemon relied on Ally Stacher to control the pace for Teutenberg

Specialized-lululemon relied on Ally Stacher to control the pace for Teutenberg
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Moriah Macgregor (Colavita-ESPNw) attacks in Manayunk

Moriah Macgregor (Colavita-ESPNw) attacks in Manayunk
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The women's field heads up the Manayunk wall

The women's field heads up the Manayunk wall
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All together at the base of the Manayunk wall

All together at the base of the Manayunk wall
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German champion Ina Teutenberg conserves her energy for the finale

German champion Ina Teutenberg conserves her energy for the finale
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World champion Giorgia Bronzini still sporting bandages after her crash in the Exergy Tour

World champion Giorgia Bronzini still sporting bandages after her crash in the Exergy Tour
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The final podium: Bronzini, Teutenberg and Gilmore

The final podium: Bronzini, Teutenberg and Gilmore
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The Optum teams gets set up for the sprint.

The Optum teams gets set up for the sprint.
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Ina Teutenberg has added to the German domination of the women's Liberty Classic in Philadelphia, taking her fifth win here ahead of Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Honda) and world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Diadora - Pasta Zara) in the bunch kick.

The Specialized-lululemon rider cruised to the win at the end of the 98km race, but still has two more victories to achieve to equal the record of her compatriot Petra Rossner, who won seven times. So far, the Germans have won 13 of the 17 editions of the race, while no US rider has been able to win.

Once a late race attack from Tiffany Cromwell (GreenEdge-AIS) was neutralised, Teutenberg, the reigning German road champion, put her vast experience plus trusted lead-out rider Trixi Worrack to work in the finale to overtake the Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies lead-out train.

"Trixi and me are a good pair," said Teutenberg. "She's such a good bike handler and I know to trust her. She just says 'have your position and I'll come and get you'. With a kilometer to go and I let her in, followed her, and with 400 meters to go she launched her attack and it was perfect.

"At the end I new it was hard for people to come past me because I closed the door on the left and they had to be in the wind, too. With 150 metres to go everybody was in the wind."

Despite a less than ideal start to her day, Teutenberg triumphed once again on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway in her 13th start.

"I actually woke up with a bit of a stomach bug this morning and I didn't know how I would feel, but it didn't affect me at all, which was good," said Teutenberg. "It's kind of like basketball with Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan getting sick, you don't think about other things and it actually probably helped me. It took a bit of pressure away.

"I was a bit worried until I started to eat during the race, but when I held that down I knew everything was fine. I've done this race 13 times and I know that sometimes you have really shitty legs for three laps and then the last lap is okay. If you have a bad day up the hill (Manayunk Wall) you just forget about it because it's still a long way to the finish.

"Today I felt all right and I was never really in trouble on the hill, but I had years when I was in trouble but it still rolls back together."

Runner-up Rochelle Gilmore was well-positioned in the closing kilometres, but Teutenberg was simply too powerful for the 30-year-old Australian.

"The last few kilometres went very smooth for me because it was fast," said Gilmore. "It was to my advantage because I'm really good at holding position and I like a really fast finish because it keeps everything safe.

"I had really good position on Ina's wheel and conscious that Giorgia Bronzini was behind me. In the last 200 metres I was feeling really confident behind Ina because she kicked reasonably early. But it's the perfect sprint for Ina and although I felt quite comfortable with 100 metres to go she just hit another gear and there's no coming off of her. She's the fastest in the world in a sprint like this. I'm happy to have finished second to her today."

World champion Giorgia Bronzini, the defending Liberty Classic champion, is still recovering from several recent crashes which tempered her approach to the sprint finale.

"In the sprint I didn't take the right wheel, the wheel of Ina, because there were many fighting for her wheel," said Bronzini. "So I was back and had to start my sprint before I would usually make my perfect acceleration. I spent so long [moving up] that I was tired before I made it to the finish line.

"Day by day I feel better, but I'm not on good form," said Bronzini, still sporting bandages from her crashes. "It's more mental, I was a bit afraid. Usually, all the time I fight for my best position but today I was afraid to push again. I can't take risks this year because it's an Olympic year, so I prefer third place rather than try to win and crash again."

The 128-rider strong women's field rolled off the start line on Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 10:55am amidst a picture perfect Sunday for the Liberty Classic's 17th edition. The women's field faced four laps of a 23.6km circuit which takes the peloton out to Manayunk and back on Kelly Drive along the east bank of the scenic Schuylkill River, replete with its famed Boathouse Row rowing clubs. At the far end of the parcours the riders face the event's signature feature, the Manayunk Wall and its maximum pitch of 17 percent, and on the way back to the finish line near the Philadelphia Museum of Art the peloton faces two short forays off of Kelly Drive, Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill.

Strong headwinds on the way out to Manayunk put a damper on the pace, but powerhouse teams such as Specialized-lululemon, Exergy Twenty12 and GreenEdge-AIS applied strong pressure each time up the Wall which markedly thinned the peloton's ranks each ascent. Queen of the Mountain points were on offer at the top of the Manayunk Wall each climb, including double points on the final ascent, and Exergy Twenty12's Kristin McGrath would emerge as the victor in the classification.

Nonetheless, the field's top shelf sprinters weathered the climbs with aplomb and most of the fast twitch set seemed unfazed.

"The race was not so hard and I think the wind was a bad chance for riders in the group to attack," said Bronzini. "The Wall never made a difference to me because I felt good during the race."

Runner-up Rochelle Gilmore, too, felt at home in Manayunk. "People made the top of the Wall their finish line each lap. I went over the Wall in the top ten every lap, I felt quite comfortable and never had to fight to be in the top ten," said Gilmore. "I had a little bit of an extra gear if it ever really did break up and it probably would have been a little better for me if it was even harder."

At times the women's peloton did split up after the climb, but as has been the case for most Liberty Classics all of the best sprinters would arrive together in the finale to vie for top honours and the 2012 edition would add another textbook field sprint finish to the storied race's annals.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon2:29:08
2Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Faren Honda Team
3Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara
4Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
5Joelle Numainville (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
6Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) TIBCO - To The Top
7Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Exergy Twenty12
8Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom
9Lenore Pipes (Gum) Pure Energy Cycling ProAri-HFA
10Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara
11Emily Collins (NZl) Vanderkitten-Focus
12Jessie MacLean (Aus) Greenedge - AIS
13Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon
14Debbie Milne (USA) Mellow Mushroom
15Kate Chilcott (NZl) Vanderkitten-Focus
16Jennifer Purcell (USA) TIBCO - To The Top
17Lauren Stephens (USA) FCS|Rouse p/b Mr. Restore
18Veronique Labonte (Can) Real Deal Racing/Labicicletta
19Carmen McNellis Small (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
20Shara Gillow (Aus) Greenedge - AIS
21Loren Rowney (Aus) Team Specialized - lululemon
22Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara
23Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) Exergy Twenty12
24Amber Neben (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon
25Lindsay Myers (USA) TIBCO - To The Top
26Lauren Hall (USA) TIBCO - To The Top
27Kathleen Billington (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus0:00:21
28Janel Holcomb (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
29Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
30Kristen Lasasso (USA) Mellow Mushroom
31Lindsay Bayer (USA) Mellow Mushroom0:00:32
32Anna Sanders (USA) FCS|Rouse p/b Mr. Restore
33Nik Vogler (Can) Pro-Team Specialized-Mazda-SGC
34Martha Buckley (USA) FCS|Rouse p/b Mr. Restore
35Jessica Chong (USA) Pure Energy Cycling ProAri-HFA
36Myriam Gaudreault (Can) Real Deal Racing/Labicicletta
37Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon
38Laura Medley (Aus) MVP Health Care Cycling
39Mary Zider (USA) Colavita-ESPNw
40Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Greenedge - AIS
41Andrea Dvorak (USA) Exergy Twenty12
42Mindy Simmons (USA) Mellow Mushroom
43Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
44Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Greenedge - AIS0:00:49
45Jasmin Hurikino (Aus) Vanderkitten-Focus
46Amanda Miller (USA) TIBCO - To The Top
47Kristin Mcgrath (USA) Exergy Twenty12
48Leah Guloien (Can) Colavita-ESPNw
49Amy McGuire (USA) FCS|Rouse p/b Mr. Restore0:01:15
50Ally Stacher (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon
51Tayler Wiles (USA) Exergy Twenty12
52Polona Batagelj (Slo) Diadora - Pasta Zara
53Liza Rachetto (USA) Forno d'Asolo Colavita
54Erin Silliman (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling
55Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Farm Team Elite Women's Racing
56Carolyn Cartmill (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery
57Samantha Schneider (USA) TIBCO - To The Top
58Amanda Watson (USA) Tradewinds Racing
59Jenny Ives (USA) Farm Team Elite Women's Racing0:02:10
60Jamie Dinkins (USA) Colavita-ESPNw
61Melissa Ross (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrider
62Elizabeth Bonilla (USA) Peanut Butter & Co Human Zoom
63Ainhoa Perez (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team0:02:28
64Cheri Fager (USA) Pure Energy Cycling ProAri-HFA
65Jennifer Triplett (USA) CAWES/iFRACTAL p/b Specialized0:04:39
66Anne-Marie B. Morin (Can) Pro-Team Specialized-Mazda-SGC
67Dana Walton (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team
68Julie Lafrenière (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery
69Kate Veronneau (USA) Pure Energy Cycling ProAri-HFA
70Sue McQuiston (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team
71Bridie O'Donnell (Aus) Vanderkitten-Focus
72Stephanie Swan (USA) Tradewinds Racing
73Chiara Nadalutti (Ita) Faren Honda Team
74Amber Pierce (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara
75Kelly Benjamin (USA) Farm Team Elite Women's Racing
76Rachel Warner (USA) FCS|Rouse p/b Mr. Restore
77Audrey Friedrichsen (USA) Farm Team Elite Women's Racing0:05:12
78Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Faren Honda Team
79Véronique Drapeau-Zgoralski (Can) Pro-Team Specialized-Mazda-SGC0:06:32
80Amity Elliot (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrider
81Allison Beveridge (Can) Pro-Team Specialized-Mazda-SGC
82Florence Laplante-Lamarche (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery
83Kristine Wander (USA) Farm Team Elite Women's Racing
84Anne Racioppi (USA) CAWES/iFRACTAL p/b Specialized
85Arley Kemmerer (USA) MVP Health Care Cycling
86Emily Thurston (USA) Tradewinds Racing
87Virginie Gauthier (Can) Pro-Team Specialized-Mazda-SGC
88Nicole Raspa (USA) CAWES/iFRACTAL p/b Specialized
89Victoria Hanks (USA) Peanut Butter & Co Human Zoom
90Heather Shearer (Can) Infinit Nutrition/Cyclepower
91Alizée Brien (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery
92Nicole Thiemann (USA) Tradewinds Racing
93Kristine Church (USA) Peanut Butter & Co Human Zoom0:08:11
94Sara Clafferty (USA) Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team
95Mary Costelloe (Irl) Real Deal Racing/Labicicletta

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