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June 18/11 21:47 pm - Nature Valley GP: Women Stage 5, Kirchmann wins report and results


Posted by Editoress on 06/18/11
 

Neben Takes Race Lead as Kirchmann Wins Stage

It was a battle of a pair of former world time trial champions Saturday at the Menomonie Road Race as Amber Neben (HTC-Highroad) took over the yellow race leader’s jersey from Kristin Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.kirchmann

Rising star Leah Kirchmann (Colavita Forno D'Asolo presented by Cooking Light) took the stage win and rode aggressively enough to claim three classification jerseys: the Tria Orthopaedic Best Young Rider, Wheaties Fuel Sprint, and Sport Beans Queen of the Hills.

Neben will start Sunday's Stillwater Criterium with a 21-second lead over Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO/To The Top), 38 seconds over third-placed Leah Kirchmann (Colavita/Forno d'Asolo presented by Cooking Light), and 52 seconds over Armstrong, who slid to fourth.

The atmosphere was reverent, but competitive, at the start of the race, as riders lined up with memories of Friday's crash-cancelled stage still top of mind. Rolling out of the neutral start, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 controlled the pace and set out to protect Armstrong’s jersey.

At first, it looked like a repeat of Thursday’s Cannon Falls race was on, with all early attacks being brought back. But within the first 14 miles the decisive break that would change the complexion of the race was launched.

Figuring in the break were: Inga Cilvinatte (Diadora-Pasta Zara-Manhattan), Kirchmann, Megan Guarnier and Samantha Schneider (Team TIBCO/To The Top), Ally Stacher (HTC-Highroad), Anna Barensfeld (Missing Link Coaching Systems presented by Specialized), and Tayler Wiles (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12). The escapees quickly grew their lead to a minute.

“Immediately on the feed zone climb (at Star Hill), we were able to get her (Armstrong) isolated,” Neben said about her team’s strategy. “It was once I was able to get across to the break that I thought we would have a chance. There were enough numbers in the break to ride with me. It came down to the length of the day, and we were motivated at the front to keep going.”

Wiles dropped off the pace at the third Queen of the Hills competition and returned to the peloton to support Armstrong, who was beginning to slip out of the overall lead.

”It was really aggressive today,“ Willock said. ”We had two girls up in the break, and Joelle (Numainville) drove it hard over the top of the third KOH, and it was over the third KOH that I bridged across."

”Before Erinne and Amber were in the break, I was the leader of the group and we all worked pretty evenly to keep it away," Kirchmann said. ”But as soon as they got there, I wasn’t leading the race anymore so I could save my legs for the sprint."

The seven entered the finishing circuits with a 33-second lead that increased to 45 seconds, then stretched to more than a minute, thanks to Neben and teammate Stacher working to extend the lead over the hilly four-mile finishing circuits. Back in the second group, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 was doing the majority of the chasing.

”I knew there was a chance to move up onto the podium on GC, and that was our goal,“ explained Willock. ”Leah didn’t do any work all day, and that’s fine, and that’s the way the game goes.“

Jade Wilcoxon (Nature Valley Grand Prix Pro Ride) retains the Nature Valley Top Amateur jersey, while Willock was awarded the Freewheel Bike Most Aggressive Rider jersey.
by Cynthia Lou, Nature Valley Grand Prix

 

 

Shake up at NVGP lands Most Aggressive Willock on the podium and in 2nd overall.

The Nature Valley Grand Prix experienced a major shake-up in the overall standings by the end of Stage 5 today, and Team TIBCO/To the Top was a big part of it.

“The Team was aggressive and on top of everything all day,” said Team Directeur Sportif/manager Lisa Hunt. The end result was putting three riders in the decisive eight-rider break that determined the stage win, and the top of the overall standings. Erinne Willock took 3rd on the stage and jumped up from 8th to 2nd overall behind Amber Neben (HTC), who finished 2nd on the stage. Samantha Schneider and Megan Guarnier were both in the front group with Willock, who also earned Most Aggressive Rider for her efforts today.

The overall standings were ripe for a shake-up a day after a third of the peloton – including race leader Kristin Armstrong – got caught up in a last-lap crash in the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium. Today’s hilly, 76-mile course in rural Wisconsin did its part to break up the race.

The first separation occurred on the first QoM, just 13 miles into the stage, with Guarnier off the front in a small move. A reshuffling after that move came back led to the beginnings of the decisive move, when Guarnier and Schneider joined a small group off the front that worked cohesively enough to open a two-minute gap on the main bunch. The gap came down on the second QoM at about the 32-mile mark after cohesion in the break broke down.

However, the move re-animated when Neben jumped out of the main pack on the second QoM and bridged up. On the third QoM at mile 40, Willock made her move and bridged up to a small group that was chasing Neben and Leah Kirchman (Colavita), who had opened a gap on the third climb of the day. They stayed off for nearly 3 miles before the two groups integrated and the winning move had solidified.

When the front group reached the finishing circuits, the gap was at 0:35. But by the time they hit the line for the final circuit, the gap was out to over a minute on the peloton, which was being led by the Peanut Butter & Company team of race leader Armstrong.

“On the last lap, basically Ally (Stacher, HTC), Amber, Erinne and I kept rotating,” Schneider said. “I took the last pull for a couple straight-aways, keeping it as fast as I could. Once I was done, Erinne attacked shortly before the last corner before the line. She got passed in the sprint but held onto third. We weren’t concerned with place, really. We just wanted to increase the gap as much as possible on that last lap.”

That gap ended up at 1:13 to the main bunch, more than enough to make a change at the top of the standings.

“It really was a great ride by everyone today,” said Team Captain Meredith Miller. “The fact that we had three in the break was really awesome. Megan and Sam buried themselves to keep the break away for Erinne.”

Kirchmann got the win and a 0:12 time bonus, while Neben and Willock got 0:08 and 0:06 respectively. Heading into tomorrow’s final stage, Willock sits 0:21 behind Neben, while Kirchmann jumped to 3rd overall at 0:38. Armstrong dropped to 4th overall at 0:52.

“We looked like the strongest team because we had two of the seven in the initial move and then we had three,” Joanne Kiesanowski added. “It was awesome that we really got it together today. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow as well.”

Tomorrow is a mere 45 km, but it includes numerous trips up super-steep Chilkoot Hill.

“It’s going to be a hard race tomorrow,” Miller said. “Kristin is not going to just give up. We’re going to have to think tactically about what we can do. We’re in a tough position with HTC having Amber, Ally and Evie (Stevens) high up in the overall. There’s a lot of racing still left. It’s going to be a hard day. We’re going to have to do everything we can to be there for Erinne.”

Report courtesy TIBCO/To the Top

 

Stage 5: Menomonie Road Race, 162 km
1 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light 3:21:08
2 Amber Neben (USA) HTC-High Road
3 Erinne Willock (Can) Team TIBCO/To The Top
4 Anna Barensfeld (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized
5 Ally Stacher (USA) HTC-High Road
6 Inga Cilvinaite (Ita) Diadora Pasta Zara all s.t.
7 Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top 0:16
8 Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) NOW Cycling 1:13
9 Chole Hosking (Aus) HTC-High Road
10 Emily Collins (NZl) Vanderkitten-Focus
11 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-High Road
12 Kaytee Boyd (NZl) BikeNZ National Team
13 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light
14 Anne Samplonius (Can ) NOW Cycling
15 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) NVGP Pro Ride
16 Barbara Guarashi (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light
17 Amanda Miller (USA) HTC-High Road
18 Joanne Kiesanowski (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top
19 Jennifer Purcell (USA) Danbury Audi
20 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12
21 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light
22 Jacqueline Kurth (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder
23 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light
24 Meredith Miller (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top
25 Amber Pierce (USA) Diadora Pasta Zara
26 Rachel Neylan (Ita) Diadora Pasta Zara
27 Joelle Numainville (Can) Team TIBCO/To The Top
28 Devon Gorry (USA) NOW Cycling
29 Amity Elliot (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder
30 Leah Guloien (Can) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized
31 Jessica Prinner (USA) ABD Cycling Team
32 Emma Mackie (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top
33 Elle Anderson (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
34 Carmen Small (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top
35 Robin Farina (USA) NOW Cycling
36 Heather Logan -Sprenger (Can) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light all s.t.
37 Kathleen Giles (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 1:20
38 Lindsey Myers (USA) Danbury Audi
39 Erika Graves (USA) NOW Cycling
40 Genevieve Whitson (NZl) MVP Health Care Cycling Team
41 Rosara Josephs (NZl) BikeNZ National Team
42 Lauren Ellis (NZl) BikeNZ National Team
43 Kathleen Billington (USA) Danbury Audi
44 Elizabeth Newell (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus
45 Laura Meadley (Aus) MVP Health Care Cycling Team 1:30
46 Rachel Warner (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized 1:43
47 Megan Guarnier (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top 1:48
48 Alison Starnes (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 2:37
49 Cara Gillis (Can) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized 3:17
50 Jaime Nielson (NZl) BikeNZ National Team 3:37
51 Melanie Colavito (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized s.t.
52 Tayler Wiles (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 3:39
53 Kristin Mcgrath (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 4:14
54 Laurel Larsen (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 4:41
55 Jenna Rinehart (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized s.t.
56 Lauren Tamayo (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 12:16
57 Stacy Appelwick (USA) ABD Cycling Team 18:43
58 Jeannie Kuhajek (NZl) ABD Cycling Team
59 Rebecca Wellons (USA) Danbury Audi
60 Holly Mathews (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
61 Olivia Dillon (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12
62 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12
63 Coryn Rivera (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12
64 Jazzy Hurikino (Aus) Vanderkitten-Focus all s.t.
65 Jennifer Rasmusson (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder 21:52
66 Kimberley Turner (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
67 Addy Albershardt (USA) NOW Cycling
68 Whitney Schultz (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder all s.t.
69 Missy Erickson (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 23:56
70 Amy Miner (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 28:54
71 Jane Weakley (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 35:50
DNF Judy Jenkins (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized
DNF Lenore Pipes (Gum) MVP Health Care Cycling Team
DNF Louise Smyth (USA) NVGP Pro Ride
DNF Maura Kinsella (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus
DNS Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora Pasta Zara
DNS Kelly Benjamin (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light
DNS Ashley James (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder
DNS Hilary Billington (USA) Danbury Audi
DNS Robin Bauer (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
DNS Laura Ralston (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars
 
GC
1 Amber Neben (USA) HTC-High Road 7:13:05
2 Erinne Willock (Can) Team TIBCO/To The Top at 0:21
3 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light 0:38
4 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 0:52
5 Anna Barensfeld (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized 0:59
6 Ally Stacher (USA) HTC-High Road 1:00
7 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-High Road 1:15
8 Anne Samplonius (Can ) NOW Cycling 1:37
9 Amber Pierce (USA) Diadora Pasta Zara 1:37
10 Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light 1:39
11 Samantha Schneider (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top 1:43
12 Jade Wilcoxson (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 1:47
13 Rachel Neylan (Ita) Diadora Pasta Zara 1:48
14 Meredith Miller (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top 1:52
15 Amanda Miller (USA) HTC-High Road 1:55
16 Kaytee Boyd (NZl) BikeNZ National Team 2:05
17 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light 2:07
18 Robin Farina (USA) NOW Cycling 2:08
19 Devon Gorry (USA) NOW Cycling 2:21
20 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light 2:21
21 Chole Hosking (Aus) HTC-High Road 2:23
22 Emily Collins (NZl) Vanderkitten-Focus 2:39
23 Barbara Guarashi (USA) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light 2:42
24 Inga Cilvinaite (Ita) Diadora Pasta Zara 2:43
25 Megan Guarnier (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top 3:01
26 Lindsey Myers (USA) Danbury Audi 3:02
27 Rosara Josephs (NZl) BikeNZ National Team 3:59
28 Heather Logan -Sprenger (Can) Colavita/Forno d'Asolo p/b Cooking Light 4:00
29 Kathleen Giles (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 4:06
30 Leah Guloien (Can) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized 4:25
31 Kristin Mcgrath (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 4:26
32 Jacqueline Kurth (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder 4:30
33 Elle Anderson (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 4:37
34 Jessica Prinner (USA) ABD Cycling Team 4:40
35 Kathleen Billington (USA) Danbury Audi 4:56
36 Jaime Nielson (NZl) BikeNZ National Team 6:55
37 Alison Starnes (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 7:35
38 Carmen Small (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top 8:34
39 Elizabeth Newell (USA) Vanderkitten-Focus 8:42
40 Jennifer Purcell (USA) Danbury Audi 8:47
41 Joelle Numainville (Can) Team TIBCO/To The Top 9:00
42 Lauren Ellis (NZl) BikeNZ National Team 9:19
43 Amity Elliot (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder 9:46
44 Joanne Kiesanowski (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top 9:55
45 Jenna Rinehart (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized 10:26
46 Emma Mackie (USA) Team TIBCO/To The Top 10:29
47 Genevieve Whitson (NZl) MVP Health Care Cycling Team 10:30
48 Tayler Wiles (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 10:48
49 Cara Gillis (Can) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized 10:52
50 Lauren Tamayo (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 12:59
51 Erika Graves (USA) NOW Cycling 13:03
52 Melanie Colavito (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized 13:08
53 Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) NOW Cycling 13:30
54 Laura Meadley (Aus) MVP Health Care Cycling Team 14:19
55 Laurel Larsen (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 16:32
56 Rachel Warner (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems / Specialized 17:08
57 Holly Mathews (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 21:55
58 Stacy Appelwick (USA) ABD Cycling Team 25:38
59 Olivia Dillon (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 25:51
60 Jeannie Kuhajek (NZl) ABD Cycling Team 26:32
61 Rebecca Wellons (USA) Danbury Audi 26:42
62 Jazzy Hurikino (Aus) Vanderkitten-Focus 27:39
63 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 28:12
64 Jennifer Rasmusson (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder 28:31
65 Whitney Schultz (USA) Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder 29:01
66 Coryn Rivera (USA) Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 32:27
67 Addy Albershardt (USA) NOW Cycling 32:59
68 Kimberley Turner (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 36:16
69 Missy Erickson (USA) Kowalski's Collegiate All-Stars 36:32
70 Amy Miner (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 40:58
71 Jane Weakley (USA) NVGP Pro Ride 48:41

 


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