With less than two laps to go in the final crit at Joe Martin Stage Race, Emily Kachorek (Primal/MapMyRide) took advantage of a lull in the field to strike out solo on the climb to the start/finish line. She dug deep and held on for the win, her first NRC win, with the field closing down on her fast.
Lex Albrecht (Juvederm/Specialized) took second and Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) third. Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) retained the overall, claiming her first NRC stage race victory in her career.
A tactical battle for the GC took place between Colavita/Forno d’Asolo and TIBCO/To The Top. Sitting only ten seconds down on GC, TIBCO launch their riders one after the other to force the chase. For Colavita, Kristin Sanders controlled the front of the field with the help of Vzesniauskaite and Holcomb covered the moves from second on GC, Megan Guarnier (TIBCO).
The first half of the 55-minute race was fairly quiet with Debbie Milne going on a solo attack for a couple of laps before being re-absorbed. In the last 30 minutes of racing, the attacks started. TIBCO’s Carlee Taylor attacked solo and stayed out there for five laps. No one else seemed interested in coming across to push the gap and with only three riders, Sandersset the tempo, letting Taylor dangle off the front and hold the gap at 10 seconds. Jo Kiesanowski counter-attacked just as Taylor was being reeled and was away for one lap and then Meredith Miller put in a move with two to go but it came back together. Soon after Miller were re-absorbed, a lull in the attacking was the perfect opportunity for Kachorek. She seized it, put her head down and held it for the win.
A good four day for Colavita; the won the overall, Vzesniauskaite won the sprint jersey and the squad won the team classification. Courteney Lowe (FCS Cycling) took the best young rider jersey.
Emily Kachorek (Primal/MapMyRide Women’s Racing). “I knew that Colavita only had three and they’d been working all race because TIBCO was putting the pressure on. I saw that they were just letting them sit out there and keeping it pretty tight and keeping an eye on it. We’re down to three and we’re not really defending anything so we were able to sit in all race. There was a little bit of a lull with just over a lap to go, and I’ve always been taught if a pack losing momentum with under two laps to go, don’t think about it, just jump. So I did, I knew I was either going to go off the back or I was going to win. I’m really happy to have held it out.”
About her first NRC win. “First podium at an NRC and first win. I can’t complain. It’s fabulous, this is my first year as a pro so I’m happy to get my first NRC victory. The team’s been riding great especially the big rides at Gila, a partial squad here . I’m just really happy about it.”
Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo). “It was tactical. We have only three riders, TIBCO had five and other teams had lots of riders too. TIBCO was obviously the most invested in making the race hard, so we couldn’t just win on strength so we had to be smart. At our team meeting, Rachel said ‘okay, if we keep pulling back everything that goes off the front, they’ll just keep attacking us. Ladies, let’s be smart. Kristin just be on the front and ride how you can ride, Modesta help her out when you can, Janel you know who you have to cover.’ And, especially Meredith Miller and Megan Guarnier were smart about when they put in their big effort. Meredith would go and Megan would counter, quite a few times. Given what we were giving them to play with, they did what they could but with as strong and smart as Kristin and Modesta are, they limited the work I had to do. I had to be on my toes but they were doing the work and I just had to choose my effort.”
Top 10 Stage 4 Results
1. Emily Kachorek (Primal/MapMyRide Women’s Racing) 57:36
2. Lex Albrecht (Team Juvederm-Specialized)
3. Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo)
4. Courteney Lowe (FCS Cycling Team)
5. Megan Guarnier (Team TIBCO/To The Top)
6. Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo)
7. Hilary Billington (Danbury Audi) 0:05
8. Kate Chilcott (FCS Cycling Team)
9. Melissa Ross (Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder)
10.Kat Carr (Vanderkitten)
Final Top 10 on GC
1. Janel Holcomb (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 6:42:44
2. Megan Guarnier (Team TIBCO/To The Top) 0:10
3. Lex Albrecht (Team Juvederm-Specialized) 0:15
4. Ruth Clemence (SC Velo – Empower Coaching) 0:28
5. Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 0:30
6. Courteney Lowe (FCS Cycling Team) 0:34
7. Kathryn Donovan (SC Velo – Empower Coaching) 0:38
8. Kristin Sanders (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) 0:44
9. Emily Kachorek (Primal/MapMyRide Womens Racing) 0:45
10. Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO/To The Top) 0:56