Cliff-Ryan Sprints for the Win while Teutenberg Gains Time and the GC Lead

Posted on 27. Mar, 2010 by in photos, race

An eight rider break was instrumental in providing a stage win for Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Baci) and the GC leaders jersey for Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia).

Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Baci) wins Redlands Criterium from a break

Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Baci) wins Redlands Criterium from a break

“The break happened right after the time bonus,” explained Cliff-Ryan. “Ina went for the sprint because we knew she wanted the time bonus. I was marking Ina. It just was jumbled there for a while with break after break after break. We got a little group going and then a few more riders were added to it. Ina was obviously going for time and working the break. I was lucky to sit in and wait for the sprint because I was not going for the overall. TIBCO had three riders in our break so they were working very hard. It was awesome. I am so happy.”

“We did the lead out for the time bonus,” said Teutenberg. “The break was not in our plans but I saw there were a lot of attacks and counter attacks. I really used my instinct in this situation. The bunch was so spread out that it really is a good time to get something going. I thought I would just give it a go. If it didn’t work for 10 minutes, I was going to rest up for the bunch finish sprint but it worked out perfectly for me. TIBCO worked hard and was trying to save Brooke for the sprint. I gave it my all though it was good to have a bit of a breather with Rebecca and Jo working.”

“I heard the break was at 20 seconds and I would have been happy with that but then all of a sudden it grew to 37 seconds with about 1.5 laps to go,” continued Teutenberg. “It just motivated me to keep going.”

Ina Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) and Kat Carroll (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) driving the break

Ina Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) and Kat Carroll (Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12) driving the break

Joining Cliff-Ryan and Teutenberg in the break were TIBCO riders Rebecca Much, Jo Kiesanowski and Brooke Miller, plus Kat Carroll (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12), Joelle Numainville (Webcor-Builders) and Alexis Rhodes (Vera Bradley Foundation). The break was quite successful and took 1’12” out of the field. Amber Neben (Dare to Be-BMW-Bianchi) missed the break and finished the day with the main group.

“We went in with the strategy to be the old TIBCO….to be aggressive…to attack….to cover….to be like a swarm of bees,” commented Miller. “It was so much fun to be up there and see your teammates in the top 20. We were pretty sure that Ina would attack for a break. We thought when she did we could work a break with Ina and it would be a good opportunity for us. When Rebecca and Jo came into the break I thought, ‘Okay, game on.’ It was nice because Rebecca and Jo raced their hearts out and let me sit in. It’s my job to sprint for the finish. Theresa was of course sitting on the whole time, which was very smart. Coming to the finish we knew that Ina was not going to sprint because she was going for the yellow. Theresa went early. Jo and I followed her. What was even better than Jo and I getting second and third was having Rebecca move up on GC to third. Going into tomorrow we are very happy. It’s so much fun when we are all racing aggressively.”

“The ultimate break would have been Meredith (Miller) in my place but it was great because we had our sprinter in the break and we had someone we could move up on GC,” added Much “We were really motivated to work it. Ina was there and killed. I am really excited to be third in GC. I think we are going to smash it tomorrow.”

HTC-Columbia owner, Bob Stapleton, was quite happy with the outcome. “Ina is awesome. When she is on she is simply unstoppable. I was pretty sure that she could stay out on her own. I wasn’t sure about the GC status of the other girls but I knew that Ina knew. It looked good to me. We were timing the gap and watching it grow. You could see that there was no energy in the chase at all.”

Carroll sits in second place on GC, 32 seconds behind Teutenberg. Much is 7 seconds behind Carroll.

“I think the race is still wide open because tomorrow’s stage is pretty hard to control for a team and if the legs don’t work, you can’t fake it,” said Teutenberg about tomorrow’s stage. “There are also a few girls still in contention so I’m sure it will be aggressive.”

Sunday’s Sunset Road Race is a 68.3 mile race with three climber competitions.

Stage 2 Top 10 Results
1 Cliff-Ryan, Theresa Colavita/Baci pb Cooking Light 57:59 10
2 Kiesanowski, Jo TIBCO/To The Top Pro Cycling
3 Miller, Brooke TIBCO/To The Top Pro Cycling
4 Numainville, Joelle Webcor Builders
5 Teutenberg, Ina-Yoko HTC Columbia
6 Carroll, Katharine Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12
7 Rhodes, Alexis Team Vera Bradley Foundation
8 Much, Rebecca TIBCO/To The Top Pro Cycling
9 Benjamin, Kelly Colavita/Baci pb Cooking Light 59:11 @ 1:12
10 Smith, Christina Veloforma

GC Standing Top 10 After Stage 2
1 Teutenberg, Ina-Yoko HTC Columbia 4:15:24
2 Carroll, Katharine Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12 4:15:56 @ 00:32
3 Much, Rebecca TIBCO/To The Top Pro Cycling 4:16:03 @ 00:39
4 Miller, Brooke TIBCO/To The Top Pro Cycling 4:16:14 @ 00:50
5 Cliff-Ryan, Theresa Colavita/Baci pb Cooking Light 4:16:19 @ 00:55
6 Rhodes, Alexis Team Vera Bradley Foundation 4:16:23 @ 00:59
7 Neben, Amber Dare to Be-BMW-Bianchi 4:16:25 @ 01:01
8 Kiesanowski, Jo TIBCO/To The Top Pro Cycling ” ”
9 Abbott, Mara Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12 4:16:41 @ 01:17
10 Stevens, Evelyn HTC Columbia 4:16:46 @ 01:22

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