Cheatley sprints to third win for Colavita; Neben holds on to overall

Posted on 04. Apr, 2011 by in race

Colavita Forno D’Asolo captured their third consecutive win at the Redlands Bicycle Classic when New Zealand National Champion, Cath Cheatley, won the Beaver Medical Group Sunset Road Race. This was the third and final stage of the Classic. After two bike changes, Cheatley expertly rode the last bend and sprinted ahead of Carmen Small (TIBCO-To the Top) who finished second and Denise Ramsden (Team Juvederm) in third.

Cath Cheatley (Colavita Forno d'Asolo) wins Redlands Bicycle Classic - stage3

Cath Cheatley (Colavita Forno d'Asolo) wins Redlands Bicycle Classic - stage3

Amber Neben (HTC Highroad) captured her third overall title at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. She finished ahead of Erinne Willock (TIBCO-To the Top). Evelyn Stevens, Neben’s teammate, was in third. Christina Gokey-Smith (Rouse Bicycles) captured the Green Sprinter’s jersey, while Andrea Dvorak (Colavita Forno d’Asolo) won the KOM Mountain jersey.

Cath Cheatley (Colavita Forno D’Asolo). “We are getting different time checks so we did not know how far that back bunch were. Andrea had been riding well all day and we sorta had a chat. HTC really rode a great race and so we really wanted to go for another stage win. I knew the bends from riding the crit yesterday and that if you come out of the last bend first then you can get a gap and hopefully hold on. It was tough out there. This race you had to be thinking all of the time. I knew yesterday doing the ¾ lap lead out for Theresa, and I still ended up getting fourth. I thought if it was the other way around it may work as well. I’m happy to finish it off for the team because we’ve started the season really well and they are a great bunch of girls to work with. I am really happy.”

Amber Neben (HTC Highroad) “It was awesome to have Evie (Stevens). Last year I watched her win that race for Ina (Teutenberg), and this year she had a chance to win it for me. Everyone on the team contributed. We shelled the first time up for the sprint, but half way through Chloe (Hosking) is chasing to get back on and drilling it taking us back on the climb. Amanda (Miller), Ally (Stacher) and Katy (Colclough) contributed a ton. It was an overall effort and Evie was really, really fantastic. It’s so fun to have a team this week. It’s a whole different world being on a team. It is so fun to share. It’s a really special thing, and it’s very special to wear the jersey on behalf of HTC Highroad. That they trust me to ride for me….is just a neat thing.”

Prior to the women’s start, Team TIBCO-To the Top’s DS Lisa Hunt was awarded the Carole King Sportsmanship Award for her extraordinary sportsmanship and tireless dedication to her team and to women cycling.

Redlands Bicycle Classic - stage3 podium: 1st Cath Cheatley (Colavita Forno d'Asolo), 2bd Carmen Small (TIBCO-To The Top), 3rd Denise Ramsden (juvederm-Sepcialized) - photo c Stephanie Gutowski

Redlands Bicycle Classic - stage3 podium: 1st Cath Cheatley (Colavita Forno d'Asolo), 2bd Carmen Small (TIBCO-To The Top), 3rd Denise Ramsden (juvederm-Sepcialized) - photo c Stephanie Gutowski

Final GC: 1st Amber Neben (HTC-HighRoad), 2nd Erinne Willock (TIBCO-To The Top), 3rd Evie Stevens (HTC-HighRoad) - photo c Stephanie Gutowski

Final GC: 1st Amber Neben (HTC-HighRoad), 2nd Erinne Willock (TIBCO-To The Top), 3rd Evie Stevens (HTC-HighRoad) - photo c Stephanie Gutowski

Final jerseys: Andrea Dvorak (Colavita Forno d'Asolo) in red KOM, Amber Neben (HTC-High Road) in yellow, Christina Gokey-Smith (Rouse Bicycles) in green sprint - photo c Stephanie Gutowski

Final jerseys: Andrea Dvorak (Colavita Forno d'Asolo) in red KOM, Amber Neben (HTC-High Road) in yellow, Christina Gokey-Smith (Rouse Bicycles) in green sprint - photo c Stephanie Gutowski

Top 10 Elite Women Stage 3 Results:
1 Catherine Cheatley (Colavita Forno D’Asolo) 3:10:54
2 Carmen Small (Team TIBCO – To The Top)
3 Denise Ramsden (Team Juvederm)
4 Kristen Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12)
5 Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO – To The Top)
6 Andrea Dvorak (Colavita Forno D’Asolo)
7 Amber Neben (HTC Highroad Women)
8 Evelyn Stevens (HTC Highroad Women)
9 Lex Albrecht (Team Juvederm)
10 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita Forno D’Asolo) 0:01:01

Top 10 Elite Women Final GC Standings:
1 Amber Neben (HTC Highroad Women) 7:31:01
2 Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO – To The Top) 0:00:14
3 Evelyn Stevens (HTC Highroad Women) 0:00:19
4 Carmen Small (Team TIBCO – To The Top) 0:00:31
5 Andrea Dvorak (Colavita Forno D’Asolo) 0:00:41
6 Catherine Cheatley (Colavita Forno D’Asolo) 0:00:44
7 Kristen Armstrong (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 0:00:45
8 Denise Ramsden (Team Juvederm) 0:01:11
9 Amanda Miller (HTC Highroad Women) 0:01:52
10 Heath Logan Spencer (Colavita Forno D’Asolo) 0:02:05

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