Holcomb Back In The Lead In 1-2 Punch At Joe Martin

Posted on 07. May, 2011 by in race

The Colavita/Forno d’Asolo re-took the lead of the Joe Martin Stage Race from TIBCO/To The Top with a 1-2 punch finish with Janel Holcomb taking the win, crossing the line just before her teammate Modesta Vzesniauskaite in a bunch sprint. TIBCO’s Jo Kienasowski took third.

Colavita/Forno d'Asolo go 1-2 with Janel Holcomb and modesta vzesniauskaite

Colavita/Forno d'Asolo go 1-2 with Janel Holcomb and modesta vzesniauskaite

The win and its associated 10-second time bonus puts Holcomb back in the pink leader’s jersey with one stage to go. Winner of stage 2 Megan Guarnier (TIBCO) drops down to second on GC at ten seconds down. Vzesniauskaite is the new sprint leader while Kiwi Courteney Lowe (FCS Cycling) remains best young rider

TIBCO’s Meredith Miller went to the front to set the pace as the small field made it way on the windy 12-mile spur to the 23-mile rolling loop. She stayed at the front as they climbed the leg-sapping kicker past the first feedzone to the sprint point. Then attacks flew including a move by Guarnier that Holcomb countered but nothing was sticking and the field was still together as they started the loop for the second and final time.

A move did finally go which included Colavita’s Kristin Sanders but riders bridging up to it doomed it and the field settled in the final sprint. Best Young Rider Courteney Lowe (FCS Cycling) put in a short-lived solo attack as the field made its way back to the finish line on the 12-mile curvy road. With 5 km to go, the TIBCO train took over, it was all about those time bonuses at the finish. Carlee Taylor was first followed by Serena Sheridan, Miller, Kiesanowski and Guarnier. Behind, experienced sprinter Vzesniauskaite was shepherding Holcomb. The pace kept increasing and Miller took over in the final kilometer. With 200 meters to go, Holcomb and Vzesniauskaite jumped and were able to hold it to the finish line, making sure that Holcomb crossed first to get the maximum seconds.

The Joe Martin Stage Race ends with the fun crit held in downtown Fayettevile on a technical 1.2-mile course with an uphill section leading to the start/finish line. The battle between TIBCO and Colavita should continue. The women race 55 minutes starting at 12:10pm – follow along on @podium_live


Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo). “Right from the get go, as we rolled out of town, TIBCO was setting pace, we hit the first climb on the first lap, nothing major went. There were some people pushing the pace but there weren’t really attacks but there were just amping up of the pace. Actually the first sprint, on the first lap, when it really got animated. Kristin Sanders was able to be aggressive and Modesta was able to counter and then there were a few times even when Megan Guarnier put in an attack and I was able to counter, it was very exciting, animated, strong hard race over the top of that first lap all the way, even beyond the second feedzone. The fireworks were flying and it looked like ‘this could be a race, a break is going to get away, it would have made for really exciting racing’. TIBCO was attentive though and as we came into the second lap, it was still all together. ”

About the final sprint. “Modesta asked me ‘how are you?’ And I said ‘good, let’s do this.’ At that point, our option was to get time bonuses. We had to do what we could, I know I’m not a sprinter but the fact that I knew that Modesta would take care of me, and so I just sat to her back. TIBCO had their train going and it was fast, we had that tailwind. As we came up to the s-curve, it was just Meredith and Jo left for Megan, and Meredith dug in and Modesta and I were still in great position and I went on the right-hand side as Meredith pulled of. Modesta and I were going, going, going and Modesta was just lingering behind to watch over her shoulder to see if someone was going to come up on me then she would have gone for the seconds, whatever she could do. There I was, spinning and I hope at least I was in my drops for that sprint.” (laughs)

Colavita/Forno d’Asolo vs TIBCO/To The Top battle. “I think it’s going to be a great battle. TIBCO is riding really well and we’re very pleased with how we’re doing and so tomorrow should be a great race.”

Meredith Miller (TIBCO/To The Top). “I figured ‘alright, it is our responsibility, we do have the jersey, we do have five riders, I can go to the front and set pace without having to kill myself’. So I did that pretty much until we got to the first climb after making the first turn onto the loop. Over the top it slowed down, then once we hit the sprint then that’s when people started racing and there were attacks going. Then, it would slow down and people would attack, slow down, people would attack and everybody was pretty keen to be in the break and nothing was getting away, because everybody wants to be there and if there is separation nobody is working it.”

About the final sprint. “With about 5k to go, there were a few more attacks, we had started to organize at the front. Carlee did a really good job of slowly reeling people in instead of freaking out and just drilling in. Carlee set a good hard pace, and then Serena picked it up a little bit more and then at the 1 km banner, I took over and I took it to about 200 meters. Then that’s when Janel and Modesta got the jump first before Jo and Megan did unfortunately.”

About the racing. “It’s such a different race that it has been in the past because obviously the field is so small. With Pan Am, Speedweek and Collegiate Nationals all going on on the same weekend, it really whittles everything down. Probably half the field that would be here is at Speedweek, at least. This is usually a pretty good field before, it’s pretty disappointing and definitely the racing has been different because of that. People are being aggressive but everybody is overanxious, everybody wants to be in the break and the time gaps are so small that nobody wants to let anything go away. ”

Top 10 Stage 3 Results
1. Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 2:50:15
2. Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo)
3. Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO/To The Top)
4. Kate Chilcott (FCS Cycling Team)
5. Megan Guarnier (Team TIBCO/To The Top)
6. Hilary Billington (Danbury Audi)
7. Kristen Lasasso (Primal/MapMyRide Womens Racing)
8. Lex Albrecht (Team Juvederm-Specialized)
9. Kat Carr (Vanderkitten)
10. Debbie Milne

Top 10 GC After Stage 3
1. Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 5:45:08
2. Megan Guarnier (Team TIBCO/To The Top) 0:10
3. Lex Albrecht (Team Juvederm-Specialized) 0:19
4. Ruth Clemence (SC Velo – Empower Coaching) 0:23
5. Kathryn Donovan (SC Velo – Empower Coaching) 0:27
6. Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 0:32
7. Courteney Lowe (FCS Cycling Team) 0:34
8. Kristen Lasasso (Primal/MapMyRide Women’s Racing) 0:39
9. Kristin Sanders (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo)
10. Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO/To The Top) 0:45

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One Response to “Holcomb Back In The Lead In 1-2 Punch At Joe Martin”

  1. Jan

    08. May, 2011

    HOLCOMB, Janel – takes WWwin over all @ JMSR 2011, Yahoo! Go Colavita Women!