Carroll solos to victory

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."

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

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