Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (High Road) won the Reading Classic for the third consecutive year. In 2006, Teutenberg bridged up to a solo rider Kat Carroll, and the duo worked together until the finish line when Teutenberg took the one-on-one sprint. Last year, it came down to a bunch sprint which Teutenberg won ahead of Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway) and Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine).
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Riding solo again as her team is racing (and winning) in Montreal, Teutenberg won the second race in the Triple Crown in the same manner that she won the first leg, the Lehigh Classic, by attacking out of the break in the final lap. Even though she was definitely a marked woman, Teutenberg used her power to jump away from the break at the crucial time, generating a 950 watts reading on her power meter.
After numerous attacks, Teutenberg was part of a five-rider group that broke away from the field about halfway through the 25-mile race that traced a 1.8-mile circuit through downtown Reading. The break was initiated by Kristin Armstrong, team leader of the Swiss-based Cervelo-Lifeforce squad and a U.S. Olympic hopeful, and Teutenberg, Joanne Kiesanowski (Tibco), Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine) and Alison Powers (Colavita/Sutter Home) immediately jumped on her wheel.
“Kristin [Armstrong] went with Ina [Teutenberg] on her wheel,” explained Kiesanowski. “It was clear that was going to be the big break of the day.”
“Today was actually a good situation for me,” explained Teutenberg in the team report. “We had a break of five riders with one from each team so I wasn’t isolated in the bunch against strong team.”
On the last lap the German sprinter punched the accelerator with 200 meters to go, easily out-gunning Kiesanowski who took second. Van Gilder finshed in third place.
“On the back straight of the last lap Alison [Powers] did a pretty good attack. I jumped on her wheel and we had a gap going into the second last corner.” said Teutenberg.
Last year, Teutenberg won all three races of the Philly Crown, and she is on her way to repeating the feat. And her teammates, fresh off the win in Montreal are flying in to assist her with the upcoming 56.7-mile Liberty Classic on Sunday. And finally, for the last race of the series, the women will race on the the same circuit as the men’s Philadelphia International Championship including the (in)famous Manayunk Wall, which boasts precipitous grades in excess of 17 percent.
“Sunday is the most important race for us,” said Teutenberg. “So now I really have to concentrate on that. Luckily my team-mates will join me for that after they finish Tour of Montreal.”