With a strong lead out by teammate Amanda Miller (HTC Highroad), Ina Yoko Teutenberg was able to power sprint her way to a win at the third stage of the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic’s Downtown Grand Prix. Teutenberg just beat out young sprinting phenom Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12). Swiss sprinter Pascale Maria Schnider (RED Racing) finished in third.
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The race was animated from the start with several attacks and fierce riding from Team TIBCO/To the Top riders, Megan Guarnier, Kendall Ryan, and Carmen Small and HTC Highroad’s Teutenbeg, Miller and Ally Stacher. The Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 squad had to work hard to defend the GC leader’s jersey, currently worn by Alison Starnes. Under the watchful guidance of road captain Olivia Dillon, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 was able to mark every break attempt successfully, keeping Starnes in yellow.
Stage 4 will bring the riders to the 72-mile Almond Blossom Road Race.
Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12). “The team wanted to keep the yellow jersey and keep me protected. The team rode amazing. I have never been so proud of the team. I felt so protected today. We road as a team…controlling the race.”
When asked about riding in front. “Team put me to work a little bit. I have a lot to give the team and I don’t mind. It helped me protect the yellow jersey and control the race. It definitely was a team effort today.”
Ina Teutenberg (HTC-Highroad). “I gave up attacking because I always had four or five people on me and then they didn’t pull, so I figured out that I’d try to sprint. I just told Amanda to go first around the corner with me on her wheel and that’s what she did. Peanut Butter TWENTY12 kept it pretty steady in the last five laps, it was good. She attacked about a hundred million times, so you can’t ask her to do another two laps leadout. It worked out well for us.”
About her crash in the hairpin turn. “I just wanted to push to much. I did an attack, just tried to go a bit faster than the others and my back came [out] from underneath me. It was my own mistake. Luckily only Lauren [Franges] was just behind me.”
About tomorrow. “Same thing. It will be hard to ride them [Peanut Butter Co TWENTY12] out of the yellow jersey. They have a really strong team and Ali is strong herself. It’s not that really that demanding of a course, we go for another stage win and it’s all good.”
Stage 3 Top 10 Results
1 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team HTC-Highroad) 1:15:51
2 Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12)
3 Pascale Maria Schnider (RED Racing) 0:00:01
4 Liza Rachetto (Primal/ Map My Ride)
5 Lauren Tamayo (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12)
6 Mary Elizabeth Maroon (Webcor/Alto Velo)
7 Emily Collins (Vanderkitten-Focus) 0:00:02
8 Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO/To The Top)
9 Elis Bradshaw (Touchstone Climbing)
10 Ruth Winder (HDR p/b Lomdardi Sports)
Top 10 GC Standing After Stage 3
1 Alison Starnes (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 4:28:04
2 Pascale Maria Schnider (RED Racing) 0:01:36
3 Kristin Mcgrath (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 0:01:38
4 Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling) 0:02:18
5 Amanda Miller (Team HTC-Highroad) 0:02:19
6 Tayler Wiles (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 0:02:39
7 Carmen Small (Team TIBCO/To The Top) 0:02:54
8 Emily Kachorek (Primal/ Map My Ride) 0:03:05
9 Elizabeth Newell (Fremont Bank Cycling Team) 0:03:07
10 Olivia Dillon (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 0:03:11