The expected bunch sprint finish of the the Commerce Bank Lehigh Valley Classic did not happen, it all came down to a break sprint, and a solo sprinter, with no team support won the race.
The amazing Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (High Road) picked up right where she left off a year ago when she won all three Triple Crown events including the Liberty Classic. After helping her teammate Judith Arndt win the Montreal World Cup on Saturday, Teutenberg flew down to Pennsylvania to tackle the two opening races on her own, while her teammates race at the Tour du Grand Montréal.
The race was aggressive from the start under the impetus of the Cervelo-Lifeforce team led by Kristin Armstrong. A group of seven broke away from the field, and opened a gap of 35 seconds. With 8 laps to go, Teutenberg decided that she wanted in, and bridged – by herself – to the break, and after resting briefly made her presence known. The numerous attacks dwindled the number down to four women, Teutenberg, Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine), Sarah Duester (Cervelo-Lifeforce) and Alison Powers (Colavita/Sutter Home).
On the penultimate lap, Van Gilder attacked and Teutenberg bridged, attacking on the short steep climb on the final lap and winning solo with Van Gilder in chase.
“It’s a good start to the week,” said Teutenberg in the team report. “I always have fun during this week of racing. I hope I can feel good on Sunday for the Liberty Classic.”
The ladies take a short break today before recomvening to Reading for the second leg of the Triple Crown.