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12th Nature Valley Grand Prix - Stage 2 Women St. Paul Crit
 
By Imelda March
Date: 6/16/2010
12th Nature Valley Grand Prix - Stage 2 Women St. Paul Crit
 

12th Nature Valley Grand Prix - Stage 2 Women St. Paul Crit
Just In - HTC's Chloe Hosking takes the Downtown Crit.... TIBCO's Alison Starnes in Yellow!


June 16 - 20, 2010

Stage 2: St. Paul Downtown Criterium Women 28 laps
HtC's Chloe Hosking won the Downtown Criterium this evening in St. Paul. Theresa Clif Ryan of Colavita/Baci took second with Shelley Evans of the Peanut Butter &Co./20-12 team third.

Booke Miller of TIBCO and Joelle Numainville of Webcor Builders filled out the top five in the speed festival.


Chloe Hosking wins stage 2  Photo © 2010 Stephanie Williams

HTC-Columbia’s Hosking Takes the Stage
 Starnes Keeps Yellow Jersey
by Cynthia Lou

Stage 2 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the Saint Paul Downtown Criterium, was held together by the teams with general classification hopes, resulting in a shuffling of the general classification via time bonuses as Alison Starnes (Team TIBCO) maintained the yellow jersey for one more day.  The race was strung out from the gun, with HTC-Columbia, Peanut Butter & Company Twenty12, and Colavita taking notable pulls at the front the first few laps.

A crash on the third lap found approximately 15 people in the neutral pit, including the yellow-jersey Starnes and several Team Vera Bradley Foundation, HTC-Columbia, Team TIBCO, and Peanut Butter & Company Twenty12 riders.

With the crash, chunks of the peloton struggled to bridge huge gaps. Eventually the pace eased up and most of the field regrouped. Some small breaks were attempted, but none stuck.


Peanut Butter & Co. leads Webcor pushing the pace...
Photo © 2010 Stephanie Williams

By the first 10 laps Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12’s strategy for claiming the yellow jersey became apparent as Shelley Evans won all three sprint laps. Evans went on to take third in the stage and amass a total of 21 seconds in time bonuses.

Though hoping to overtake Starnes for the yellow jersey, Evans landed shy of the GC lead by just 2 seconds off the lead. Though most of the race was well controlled, the teams fought a messy last lap set up their sprinters for the win.

“We were lined up with three to go, which was too far out,” Evans explained. “We let other teams take control. I was just trying to move up and move up and never really made it far enough. You can’t win coming out of the corner on fifth or sixth wheel, which is what happened to me so I just chased in the sprint. I’m a little disappointed in how I did, but, tomorrow’s a new day and we race again.”

“It was really jumbled up at the end, all of the riders were really fighting,” said Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team) who took second on the stage. “Coming out of the last corner in second place, I just didn’t have enough to get to the line first.”

While Peanut Butter & Co Twenty12, Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team and Team TIBCO fought for sprint time-bonuses, HTC-Columbia took a different approach.

“Our strategy was exactly what happened – to let Chloe [Hosking] relax and wait until the final sprint and see if she could win,” said HTC-Columbia director René Wenzel. “We just wanted to go for the win, so it was a successful day"

"Coming into the race I wanted to look after myself going into the sprint and I found myself in third place on Theresa Cliff-Ryan’s wheel, which is not a bad place to be,“ said stage winner Hosking. ”I was lucky enough to get a win. It feels really good to finally get a win under my belt this season.“

About the team strategy for the rest of the week, Hosking added, “We’ve got two really strong GC contenders and we’re confident that we’ll be able to get the time back on the girls who got the time bonuses today on the hills. Evelyn Stevenson and Linda Villumsen are two of the top climbers in the world.”

Former time trial UCI World Champion Amber Neben (Webcor Builders) continued her return to racing after recovering from a crash-marred season and was seen safely near the front of the peloton throughout the 1.4 kilometer crit course.

Heading into Cannon Falls, just seven seconds separates the top six general classification contenders. Evans is 2 seconds back, while team mates Linda Melanie Villumsen and Evelyn Stevens (HTC-Columbia) are four seconds and five seconds back respectively. Ruth Corset (Team TIBCO) is five seconds back, and Alison Powers (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) is seven seconds back.

HTC/Columbia
Nineteen year old Chloe Hosking took her first victory as a professional on Wednesday in the criterium at Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota, USA. Hosking won the field sprint against top American sprinters at the end of an aggressively raced stage.

"I'm so happy to have finally won a race," said Hosking. "I was beginning to think I didn't have speed anymore."

With the field only separated by seconds after the prologue that took place earlier in the day, time bonus seconds became a major feature in the 28 lap criterium.

"We decided not to focus on time bonus seconds however," said Team Director Rene Wenzel. "We wanted to concentrate on the stage win, knowing that we still have a few days of racing remaining to focus on the overall.

"The plan worked well because Chloe could go into the final sprint a little fresher than the other sprinters. I'm really happy with the way the team raced to support Chloe to her first professional win. Chloe has been doing a great job this year supporting Ina [Teutenberg] and learning from her in the bigger races. It's great for her to take the responsibility here and come out of it with a win."

Tomorrow is a 65km road race in Canon Falls.


Stage 2 Podium: Theresa Cliff Ryan, Chloe Hosking and Shelley Evans
Photo © 2010 Stephanie Williams

Stage 2 Downtown Criterium Results
1. *Chloe Hosking HTC Columbia .57'12"  B-15
2. Theresa Cliff-Ryan Colavita/Baci Pro   0:00  B-10
3. Shelley Evans Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12  0:00  B-05

4. Brooke Miller Team TIBCO 0:00
5. * Joelle Numainville Webcor Builders  0:00

6. Joanne Kiesanowski Team TIBCO   0:00
7. * Carla Swart Team Vera Bradley Foundation  0:00
8. Catherine Cheatley Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team  0:00
9. Carmen Small Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team  0:00
10. * Audrey Lemieux Team Nanoblur-Gears


Jersey leader after Stage 2

11. Alison Powers Team Vera Bradley Foundation  0:00
12. Kim Anderson HTC Columbia   0:00
13. Ruth Corset Team TIBCO   0:00
14. * Emilia Fahlin HTC Columbia   0:00
15. Lauren Tamayo Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12   0:00
16. *#Chloe Forsman Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus   0:00
17. Jennifer Purcell Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars   0:00
18. * Linda Melanie Villumsen HTC Columbia   0:00
19. Amber Neben Webcor Builders   0:00
20. *#Coryn Rivera Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12   0:00
21. * Denise Ramsden Team Kenda   0:00
22. Modesta Vzesniauskaite Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team   0:00
23. Meredith Miller Team TIBCO   0:00
24. Katharine Carroll Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12  0:00
25. Emma Mackie Team TIBCO   0:00
26. Christina Gokey-Smith Veloforma   0:00
27. Evelyn Stevens HTC Columbia   0:00
28. Erinne Willock Webcor Builders   0:00
29. * Amanda Miller Team TIBCO   0:00
30. Kristin Sanders Team Vera Bradley Foundation   0:00
62. * Mara Abbott Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12   0:00
63. * Alison Starnes Team TIBCO  same time  0:00
Complete Stage Result

Abandons:
Jadine Rolcik Roosters p/b Edge Composite Wheels
* Jennifer Greenberg Team Kenda
*#Rita Klofta Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars
Anna Barensfeld Nature Valley Pro Ride
#Nancy Jones Nature Valley Pro Ride
#Clara Kelly Team Freewheel Bike
#Jennifer Tetrick Team Freewheel Bike

General Classification After Stage 2
1. * Alison Starnes Team TIBCO 1.11'50"
2. Shelley Evans Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 2"
3. * Linda Melanie Villumsen HTC Columbia 4"

4. Evelyn Stevens HTC Columbia 5"
5. Ruth Corset Team TIBCO 5"

6. Alison Powers Team Vera Bradley Foundation 7"
7. Katharine Carroll Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 16"
8. Carmen Small Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 20"
9. Anne Samplonius Team Vera Bradley Foundation 21"
10. * Emilia Fahlin HTC Columbia 23"
11. Jessica Phillips Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 26"
12. Catherine Cheatley Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 27"

13. Katheryn Curi Mattis Webcor Builders 30"
14. Meredith Miller Team TIBCO 31"
15. * Mara Abbott Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 33"
16. Amber Neben Webcor Builders 34"
17. Lauren Tamayo Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 37"
18. * Carla Swart Team Vera Bradley Foundation 38"
19. Kate Veronneau BMW-Bianchi 42"
20. Olivia Dillon Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 42"
21. Robin Farina Team Vera Bradley Foundation 45"
22. Kristin Sanders Team Vera Bradley Foundation 45"
23. Erinne Willock Webcor Builders 45"
24. * Denise Ramsden Team Kenda 47"
25. * Amanda Miller Team TIBCO 50"
26. * Joelle Numainville Webcor Builders 53"
27. Theresa Cliff-Ryan Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 54"
28. Joanne Kiesanowski Team TIBCO 58"
29. Modesta Vzesniauskaite Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 58"

30. * Rebecca Much Team TIBCO 1'00"
31. Kim Anderson HTC Columbia 1'01"
32. Heather Logan-Sprenger Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 1'01"
33. Andrea Dvorak Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 1'03"
34. *#Chloe Forsman Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus 1'05"
35. Veronique Labonte Team Nanoblur-Gears 1'06"
36. Jennifer Wheeler Team Freewheel Bike 1'08"
37. Mary Elizabeth Maroon Nature Valley Pro Ride 1'09"
38. *#Coryn Rivera Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 1'11"
39. #Lauren Hall Team Vera Bradley Foundation 1'13"
40. Alisha Welsh Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 1'15"
41. Brooke Miller Team TIBCO 1'15"
42. #Sue Butler Nature Valley Pro Ride 1'16"
43. Silke Wunderwald Team Kenda 1'17"
44. Amity Elliot Team Kenda 1'18"
45. #Leah Prudhomme Bianchi-Grand Performance 1'19"
46. Jennifer Purcell Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars 1'24"
47. * Melanie Meyers Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus 1'26"
48. * Shannon Koch GG Events Management 1'26"
49. Andrea Graus Webcor Builders 1'28"
50. Christina Gokey-Smith Veloforma 1'32"
51. Bron Ryan Team Freewheel Bike 1'34"
52. * Whitney Schultz Veloforma 1'35"
53. *Alex Carle Team Freewheel Bike 1'36"
54. Emma Mackie Team TIBCO 1'38"
55. *#Ashley James Team Kenda 1'39"
56. Kathleen Billington BMW-Bianchi 1'39"
57. *#Flora Duffy Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars 1'43"
58. Jenna Rinehart Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus 1'45"
59. *Chloe Hosking HTC Columbia 1'45"
60. Stephanie Doering GG Events Management 1'46"
61. *#Arielle Filiberti Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus 1'51"
62. Emily Kachorek Nature Valley Pro Ride 1'53"
63. *#Emma Bast Bianchi-Grand Performance 1'55"
64. Cara Bussell Bianchi-Grand Performance 1'58"
65. * Audrey Lemieux Team Nanoblur-Gears 2'00"
66. Nichole Wangsgard Roosters p/b Edge Composite Wheels 2'13"
67. #Melissa Dahlmann Bianchi-Grand Performance 2'17"
68. * Lindsay Myers Webcor Builders 2'21"
69. Joanie Caron Team Nanoblur-Gears 2'21"
70. #Laura Hines Herbalife LaGrange 2'25"
71. Anna Mcloon Team Kenda 2'27"
72. *#Maura Kinsella Roosters p/b Edge Composite Wheels 2'43"
73. *#Elle Anderson Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars 2'49"
74. *#Leia Tyrrell Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars 2'59"
75. * Tammy Wildgoose Herbalife LaGrange 3'00"
76. Rebecca Wellons BMW-Bianchi 3'01"
77. * Jacqueline Kurth Team Kenda 3'02"
78. * Jazzy Hurikino Team Freewheel Bike 3'08"
79. Kate Bates Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team 3'10"
80. * Ally Stacher Webcor Builders 3'14"
81. Carrie Cartnill Team Nanoblur-Gears 3'16"
82. Kristen Meshberg Nature Valley Pro Ride 3'37"
83. Anna Drakulich Herbalife LaGrange 3'43"
84. * Rachel Warner BMW-Bianchi 3'44"
85. Cara Gillis Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus 3'52"
86. #Karey Miles Bianchi-Grand Performance 3'55"
87. *#Kimberley Turner Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars 3'59"
88. * Melissa Ross Team Kenda 4'08"
89. Erin Silliman Team Freewheel Bike 4'08"
90. * Lauren Hecht Team Freewheel Bike 4'15"
91. *#Bianca Bergman Bianchi-Grand Performance 4'29"
92. *#Cinthia Lehner BMW-Bianchi 4'31"

Fruit By The Foot
Best Young Rider: White Jersey

1. * Alison Starnes Team TIBCO 1.11'50"
2. * Linda Melanie Villumsen HTC Columbia 4"
3. * Emilia Fahlin HTC Columbia 23"
4. * Mara Abbott Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 33"
5. * Carla Swart Team Vera Bradley Foundation 38"

6. * Denise Ramsden Team Kenda 47"
7. * Amanda Miller Team TIBCO 50"
8. * Joelle Numainville Webcor Builders 53"
9. * Rebecca Much Team TIBCO 1'00"
10. *#Chloe Forsman Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus 1'05"
11. *#Coryn Rivera Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 1'11"
12. * Melanie Meyers Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus 1'26"
13. * Shannon Koch GG Events Management 1'26"
14. * Whitney Schultz Veloforma 1'35"
15. *Alex Carle Team Freewheel Bike 1'36"
16. *#Ashley James Team Kenda 1'39"
17. *#Flora Duffy Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars 1'43"
18. *Chloe Hosking HTC Columbia 1'45"
19. *#Arielle Filiberti Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus 1'51"
20. *#Emma Bast Bianchi-Grand Performance 1'55"

Team Competition After Stage 2
1.   HTC Columbia HTC 3.36'02"     
2.   Team TIBCO TIB 8"  
3.   Team Vera Bradley Foundation VBF 34"  

4.   Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 PBC 40"  
5.   Colavita/Baci Pro Cycling Team COL 45"  
6.   Webcor Builders WCB 1'17"  
7.   Team Kenda TKT 2'49"  
8.   Bianchi-Grand Performance GPB 3'39"  
9.   Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus D4W 3'41"  
10.   Team Freewheel Bike TFB 3'46"  
11.   Nature Valley Pro Ride NVP 3'46"  
12.   BMW-Bianchi BMW 4'33"  
13.   Team Nanoblur-Gears TNG 4'55"  
14.   Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars F1C 5'04"  
15.   Herbalife LaGrange HLG 8'36"  

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