Posted by Editoress on 07/15/13
With Team NOW and Novartis for MS on the podium twelve times prior to the Peace Arch News Road Race, there was a good chance that one of its eight riders would be on the podium once again Sunday afternoon. And after the eight lap, 80 kilometre race was done, it was a NOW rider on top, but one who hadn’t previously been on the podium during BC Superweek this year.
Kathryn Donovan, who hails from Oxnard, California, finished almost three minutes ahead of her teammate Lex Albrecht of Montreal, Quebec. Albrecht, 2012 Canadian Olympic bronze medallist Jasmin Glaesser (Team Tibco), and another NOW and Novartis for MS rider Olivia Dillon sprinted to the finish line with Albrecht and Glaesser claiming second and third, respectively.
Kathryn Donovan wins
“We let other girls set the pace for the first half of the race and with three laps to go we started attacking,” Donovan said. “Then it dwindled down to four of us and we were trying to attack to get Jasmin off the wheels.”
Donovan was quick to give credit to Glaesser.
Jasmin Glaesser (Team Tibco)
“She’s really strong, she was setting the pace on the climbs, so she’s a really good climber,” Donovan added. “She’s a good sprinter too, but we wanted to keep Lex and Olivia in the overall omnium GC.”
Despite the difficulty of the course, Donovan actually relished it.
“I really liked it, it was hard. We were either going up or down,” continued Donovan. “Every lap, I noticed the pack dwindle down.”
After sweeping the podium in Friday’s Homelife Realty Hill Climb and Saturday’s Choices Markets Criterium, Glaesser was very aware of the threat that the ladies from NOW and Novartis for MS represented.
“Going into the race, when NOW had eight riders on the start line, it was going to be tricky no matter what. My plan was to make it a really hard race and go for broke and see what happens,” Glaesser said. “At the end I was in a really tricky situation with four NOW riders and myself - it’s not a good place to be in - so eventually I had to make a decision knowing the win was unlikely. I had to let one of the riders go and try to fight it out for second or third place. I think at the end of the day after seeing how the odds stacked up at the start, I’m happy with third place.”
Glaesser, who was born in Germany, but lives in Coquitlam, feels that for the next event, things will be a little more even.
“Later this week when I’m down in Bend, Oregon for the Cascade Cycling Classic, I’ll have my teammates with me and we’ll see how things work out then,” smiled Glaesser. “But the NOW team did a great job throughout BC Superweek and for them to come out is great in building the women’s field.”
One of four BC Superweek ambassadors, Albrecht had finished no worse than first on the podium during this year’s series after winning the MK Delta Lands criterium ten days ago and this past Friday’s Hill Climb, but she was second on this day. Not that it bothered Albrecht though, she was happy to see one of her teammates on top.
“Cycling is a team sport and a lot of people don’t understand that, especially because we have individual results at the end of the race with our own names beside them, but our goal is to have one girl on the top step of the podium and when we have the opportunity, we’re going to try and paint the podium with the blue and orange of NOW and Novartis for MS as much as possible.”
Despite not racing in BC Superweek before, it was obvious that the event had already carved out a special place in Albrecht’s heart, especially being on the podium in her home country.
“It’s definitely extra special. I love racing with my team here in Canada, we usually race in the United States so it’s a excellent opportunity to race at home and share what Canada's all about with my teammates," a visibly proud Albrecht said. "They've all been really impressed with not only the beauty of the Lower Mainland of BC, but also the hospitality of the people and this was generally just a great experience overall for everybody."
Omniums or Overall Titles
Albrecht's second place finish along with a win in Friday’s Hill Climb gave her the Tour de White Rock omnium, or overall, title ahead of teammate Dillon, who was fourth on Sunday.
|Women, 80 km
|1 Kathryn Donovan (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS||2:20:49|
|2 Lex Albrecht (Can) NOW and Novartis for MS||2:23:34|
|3 Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team Tibco|
|4 Olivia Dillon (Irl) NOW and Novartis for MS||both s.t.|
|5 Devon Gorry (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS||2:26:33|
|6 Megan Rathwell (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes||s.t.|
|7 Anika Todd (Can) Ind||2:26:38|
|8 Kristine Brynjolfson (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes||2:30:03|
|9 Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery||2:33:07|
|10 Carrie Cartmill (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery||2:34:04|
|11 Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Ind||2:36:48|
|12 Beth Duryea (Aus) Specialized-lululemon||2:37:10|
|13 Allison Arensman (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS|
|14 Spencer Stacey (Can) Republic|
|15 Adriane Provost (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery|
|16 Sarah Coney (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes||all s.t.|
|17 Justine Clift (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling||2:37:12|
|18 Erin Redl (Can) Steed Cycles||2:37:16|
|19 Emily Flynn (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery||2:38:13|
|20 Maggie Coles-Lyster (Can) Local Ride Racing||2:38:22|
|DNF Robin Farina (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS|
|DNF Lauren Rauck Komanski (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS|
|DNF Maura Kinsella (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS|
|DNF Jana Schemmer (Ger) RSV Unna|
|DNF Audrey Bernard (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery|
|DNF Candice Vermeulen (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery|
|DNF Shoshauna Laxson (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes|
|DNF Jenny Lehmann (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes|
|DNF Tessa Pinckston (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling|
|DNF Meghan Grant (Can) Local Ride Racing|
|DNF Haley Warkentin (Can) Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre|
|DNF Allison Beveridge (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes|
|DNF Jennifer McMahon (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling|
|DNS Joëlle Numainville (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies|
|DNS Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies|
|DNS Gillian Carleton (Can) Specialized-lululemon|
|DNS Sophie Williamson (NZl) Vanderkitten|
|DNS Kate Chilcott (NZl) Vanderkitten|
|DNS Jessica Cutler (USA) Vanderkitten|
|DNS Rhae Shaw (Can) Vanderkitten|
|DNS Katie Rushton (Can) Oak Bay Bikes|
|DNS Gina Haatz (Ger) Ind|