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Janeliunaite wins crash marred sprint in Missouri

Lithuania's Edita Janeliunaite (Colavita Forno D'Asolo) won her first race stateside at the Tour de Grove on Saturday. She won the bunch sprint ahead of Joelle Numainville (Tibco-To the Top) in second and her teammate Leah Kirchmann placed third.

"I was helping my teammates today," Janeliunaite said. "I wanted to go to the front and have my teammates on my wheel. But, I won the sprint. I have a good sprint too."

Some 50 Pro-Cat 1 and 2 women started the race under wet conditions. The L-shaped course catered to the cagiest criterium racers. The women competed for 60 minutes plus three laps and for a total prize purse of $7,500. The Tour de Grove is a member of both the National Racing Calendar (NRC) and the USA Crit Championship Series.

The peloton was aggressive from the start, however, all attempted breakaways were short-lived. "Nothing was really sticking today," said Rachel Heal Colavita Forno D'Asolo directeur. "There were small groups but nothing was getting very far."

Sprinters registered for the race vying for a sprint finale included Numainville and her teammate Jo Kiesanowski (Tibco-To the Top), Janeliunaite and Kelly Benjamin (Colavita Forno D'Asolo), Laura McCaughey (Salamander), Erica Allar (BMW-Bianchi) and Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), among others.

Allar took the corner at the front of the field, however, she crashed causing several riders to go down. The sprint continued from behind where Janeliunaite was able to hang on for the bunch sprint ahead of Numainville and Manderfield. Jen McRae (Team Type 1) placed fourth ahead of Kacey Manderfield (Pure Energy) in fifth, Samantha Schneider (Team Type 1) in sixth and van Gilder in seventh.

"Erica went down in the last corner," Heal said. "She was sitting in first position coming out of the last corner. There were three, maybe four riders who went down. Tibco were there and Edita was positioned behind them."

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edita Janeliunaite (Colavita Forno d'Asolo)1:09:12
2Joelle Numainville (Team TIBCO/To The Top)
3Leah Kirchmann (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Coo)
4Jennifer Mcrae (Team Type 1)0:00:01
5Kacey Manderfield (Pure Energy Cycling Team ProAi)
6Samantha Schneider (Team TIBCO)
7Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom)0:00:02
8Gray Patton
9Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO/To The Top)
10Amy Mcguire (Wheelworks Racing)
11Lauren Hall (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Coo)
12Sarah Huang (Nova ISCorp)
13Carrie Cash-Wootten (Pedal the Cause/Team Revolutio)0:00:03
14Laura Mccaughey (Salamander)
15Lenore Pipes (Guam National Team)0:00:04
16Tiffany Pezzulo (Primal/MapMyRide)
17Kate Chilcott (FCS Cycling Team)
18Whitney Schultz (CheckMark p/b Veloforma)
19Courteney Lowe (FCS Cycling Team)0:00:05
20Stacy Appelwick (ABD Cycling Team)
21Christine Roettger (Team Revolution)0:00:07
22Kristen Meshberg (ABD Cycling Team)
23Shailie Sanbrooks0:00:09
24Jane Weakley (Secret Cycling)0:00:10
25Emilie Flanigan (Dogfish Racing Team)
26Heather Hill (Revolution)
27Vanessa Mckenzie0:00:11
28Jennifer Wheeler (Team TIBCO)0:00:13
29Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO)0:00:14
30Nichole Wangsgard (Primal/mapmyride)0:00:18
31Elizabeth Lauer (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder)0:00:25
32Kelly Benjamin (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Coo)0:00:42
33Rushlee Buchanan (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Coo)
34Kat Carr (Vanderkitten)
35Heather Logan-Sprenger (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Coo)
36Colleen Hayduk (Verducci Breakaway Racing UCI)
37Jennifer Rasmusson (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder)
38Jacqueline Kurth (Team Kenda)0:00:43
39Aimee Allen (Maple Leaf)0:01:37
40Sarah Demerly (ABD Cycling Team)
41Aubree Dock (Tulsa Tough Racing)
DNFJill Kislia (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder)
DNFLindsey Kriete
DNFRachel Byus (FCS Cycling Team)

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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