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Nature Valley Grand Prix

8th - 12th June 2005 

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Review - Day 2    Thorburn takes unexpected hard stage 2 at Nature Valley

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Women cyclists at the Mankato stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix expected a flat course – until they saw the Queen of the Mountains hill on the two-and-a-half-mile finishing circuit.

“It’s pretty flat. We’re used to mountains in California,” Webcor Builder’s Christine Thorburn said before stage 2 of the Great River Energy Bike Festival and Nature Valley Grand Prix in Mankato, Minn. “Ok, the circuit hill is a HILL. I guess have to eat my words.”

“That’s going to hurt. Especially after 75 miles,” said Shawn Heidgen of TDS-Schwalbe.

And while the 75 miles with several sprint primes in the first 60 miles looked to reduce some of the field, it was not enough to prevent Thorburn from taking her second win in two days and keep ahead of T-Mobile’s Kimberly Baldwin and Kori Seehafer.

The first hour of stage 2 chugged along at better than 24 miles an hour. Sprinters tried to wear down climbers anticipating the big hill they'd face four times before the finish line.

Strong crosswinds whipped across the course, too, and they took their toll on climbers as well. Sprinters knew they could drop their frailer competitors and they did, starting with Ford-Basis’ Kristin Danielson.

Numerous attacks failed with only Magen Long of the Bicycle Store ever getting more than 30 seconds up on the group. Then a crash at mile 32 took down TDS’ young rider hopeful Michelle Hyland, Ford’s Kele Hulser, and two T-Mobile riders, sprinter Ina Yoko Teutenberg and former NVGP champ Katie Mactier.

“They lost a lot of power when Ina crashed,” Thorburn said.

“Yeah, we were doing fine till the crash,” Baldwin said.

“I saw three people lying on the ground already,” Teutenberg said as she came around the corner. With their GC contender on the ground along with their star sprinter, T-Mobile organized to let them catch back on to the already flying peloton.

“We had to keep it controlled and steady,” said Seehafer. “We had to go up front and slow the pace down and have a presence on the road.”

While some competitors might've seen their chance, other teams complied with T-Mobile’s efforts.

“Ina’s a really respected rider,” Webcor’s Thorburn added.

Meanwhile, Quark’s Tina Pic and Laura Van Gilder, Victory Brewing’s Rochelle Gilmore and Teutenberg battled for sprint points. Gilmore also took the first Queen of the Mountains contest over Quark’s Swiss climber, Annette Beutler, and T-Mobile’s Baldwin. Thorburn was fourth up the first hill, but continued her attack onto the downtown finishing circuit.  

“I knew this would be a good circuit course for Annette,” Thorburn said, “I didn’t want to get gapped from her. The third time up Annette and I crested together, so I said let’s work.”

Thorburn and Beutler worked together to lose T-Mobile’s climbers, Seehafer and Baldwin.

“Kori and I were behind them with a big group,” Baldwin said, “and we couldn’t get anybody to help chase. Nobody wanted to pull, so we got stuck in no man’s land.”

After the third lap, Beutler exploded to the finishing line of the four-lap circuit course ahead of Thorburn.

“She just put her arms up. She thought it was only three laps,” Thorburn said. “She told me we had to go.”

“I was thinking it was only three laps,” an embarrassed Beutler said. 

“She didn’t attack, that’s one thing. Then I didn’t have too much power to follow her,” Beutler said about Thorburn taking a second stage and the leader’s jersey for a second day. “It was my mistake, and that’s the race.”

Thorburn increased her GC lead to 45 seconds over T-Mobile’s Seehafer. Baldwin is just a second behind her.  Quark’s Grace Fleury, Pic, and Van Gilder are all within a minute as is Monex’s Lynn Gaggioli.

Pic leads the Freewheel Bike Points Jersey race ahead of Thorburn and Gilmore. Beutler is holding onto the best climber’s jersey. Alisha Lion of Ford-Basis has taken the best young rider jersey after stage 2. 

All the riders talked about how tough stage 2 was and how they looked forward to a rest until stage 3’s Friday night criterium in downtown Minneapolis where the race will be flat.

“It’s not flat here,” Baldwin said who grew up in Green Bay, “I should've known that being from the Midwest. Everything rolls here.”

 

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Results - Day 2  

Position Rider Team Time Gap Bonuses
1.   Christine Thorburn Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 3.46'05"      18"  
2.   Nicole Freedman Ford-Basis 3.46'17"   12"   10"  
3.   Tina Pic Quark Cycling Team 3.46'17"   12"   17"  
4.   Kori Seehafer T-Mobile 3.46'17"   12"     
5.   Annette Beutler Quark Cycling Team 3.46'19"   14"     
6.   Lynn Gaggioli Monex 3.46'19"   14"     
7.   Kimberly Baldwin T-Mobile 3.46'19"   14"     
8.   Laura Van Gilder Quark Cycling Team 3.46'19"   14"   7"  
9.   Meredith Miller Victory Brewing Cycling Team 3.46'19"   14"     
10.   Grace Fleury Quark Cycling Team 3.46'19"   14"     
11.   Alisha Lion Ford-Basis 3.46'19"   14"     
12.   Patricia Schwager TDS-Schwalbe 3.46'19"   14"     
13.   Chrissy Ruiter Ford-Basis 3.46'19"   14"     
14.   Kathleen Billington Diet Cheerwine 3.46'26"   21"     
15.   Liza Rachetto Team Lipton 3.46'26"   21"     
16.   Amy Moore Victory Brewing Cycling Team 3.46'26"   21"     
17.   Audrey Lemieux Quark Cycling Team 3.46'26"   21"     
18.   Erin Mirabella Bicycle John's Serious Cycling 3.46'26"   21"     
19.   Helen Kelly Quark Cycling Team 3.46'26"   21"     
20.   Michelle Beltran Colavita/Cooking Light 3.46'26"   21"     
21.   Stephanie Bourbeau Team Biovail 3.46'47"   42"     
22.   Kim Anderson Colavita/Cooking Light 3.46'53"   48"     
23.   Kristen LaSasso Team Lipton 3.46'53"   48"     
24.   Magen Long The Bicycle Store 3.47'02"   57"     
25.   Zoe Owers Team Lipton 3.47'02"   57"     
26.   Rebecca Much T-Mobile 3.47'02"   57"     
27.   Teresa Moriarty Flanders/MBRC 3.47'02"   57"     
28.   Brooke Ourada T-Mobile 3.47'02"   57"     
29.   Amber Rais Palo Alto Bicycles Women 3.47'02"   57"     
30.   Kirsten Robbins Victory Brewing Cycling Team 3.47'02"   57"     
31.   Hiroko Shimada Velo Bella 3.47'02"   57"     
32.   Katherine Carroll Ford-Basis 3.47'45"   1'40"     
33.   Catherine Powers TDS-Schwalbe 3.47'48"   1'43"     
34.   Kelly Benjamin The Bicycle Store 3.47'57"   1'52"     
35.   Erinne Willock Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 3.47'57"   1'52"     
36.   Katheryn Curi Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 3.47'57"   1'52"     
37.   Tara Ross Diet Cheerwine 3.48'06"   2'01"     
38.   Karen Dodge Heartstrings/Ogden One 3.48'19"   2'14"     
39.   Starr FALK LGBRC/Easton/Specialized 3.48'19"   2'14"     
40.   Shelia Orem Team Kenda Tire 3.48'32"   2'27"     
41.   Sherri Stedje The Bicycle Store 3.48'32"   2'27"     
42.   Lara Kroepsch T-Mobile 3.48'32"   2'27"     
43.   Catherine Walberg Team Kenda Tire 3.48'32"   2'27"     
44.   Rhonda Stickle Diet Cheerwine 3.48'38"   2'33"     
45.   Kele Hulser Ford-Basis 3.48'38"   2'33"     
46.   Teresa Holmgren Saturn of Toledo 3.48'38"   2'33"     
47.   Felicia Greer Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 3.48'38"   2'33"     
48.   Sarah Uhl Quark Cycling Team 3.48'38"   2'33"     
49.   Allison Beall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 3.48'39"   2'34"     
50.   Moriah MacGregor Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 3.48'42"   2'37"     
51.   Lisa Vetterlein Team Kenda Tire 3.48'45"   2'40"     
52.   Shawn Heidgen TDS-Schwalbe 3.48'45"   2'40"     
53.   Elisa Gagnon Team Lipton 3.48'45"   2'40"     
54.   Julie Belanger Diet Cheerwine 3.48'45"   2'40"     
55.   Katherine Lambden Team Lipton 3.48'45"   2'40"     
56.   Christina Peick Colavita/Cooking Light 3.48'52"   2'47"     
57.   Megan Elliott Bianchi/Grand Performance 3.49'43"   3'38"     
58.   Mindi Martin Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 3.49'50"   3'45"     
59.   Tamyra Barnard Team Terry 3.49'50"   3'45"     
60.   Kate Sherwin Victory Brewing Cycling Team 3.49'50"   3'45"     
61.   Gina Grain Victory Brewing Cycling Team 3.49'50"   3'45"     
62.   Rochelle Gilmore Victory Brewing Cycling Team 3.49'50"   3'45"   9"  
63.   Candice Blickem Quark Cycling Team 3.49'50"   3'45"     
64.   Katie Mactier T-Mobile 3.49'50"   3'45"     
65.   Anna Milkowski Team Lipton 3.50'07"   4'02"     
66.   Megan Esmonde Colavita/Cooking Light 3.50'29"   4'24"     
67.   Jennifer Purcell Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 3.50'33"   4'28"     
68.   Cat Malone Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 3.50'37"   4'32"     
69.   Stefanie Graeter Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 3.50'37"   4'32"     
70.   Jane Ziegler Velo Bella 3.50'37"   4'32"     
71.   Tia Bartos Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 3.51'02"   4'57"     
72.   Margot Herman Velo Bella 3.51'42"   5'37"     
73.   Mary Downing Team Kenda Tire 3.51'42"   5'37"     
74.   Melissa Sanborn Subway 3.51'46"   5'41"     
75.   Jennifer Reither Colavita/Cooking Light 3.51'53"   5'48"     
76.   Mindy Ziffren-Hall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 3.52'35"   6'30"     
77.   Megan Hottman High Gear 3.52'37"   6'32"     
78.   Patricia Palmer Americas Dairyland 3.52'37"   6'32"     
79.   Anna Garnett Team Biovail 3.52'37"   6'32"     
80.   Julie Tatar Americas Dairyland 3.52'46"   6'41"     
81.   SyRae Weikle Sports Garage/Titus 3.52'46"   6'41"     
82.   Laura Downey Americas Dairyland 3.54'03"   7'58"     
83.   Paula Plant Birchwood/GIS 3.54'09"   8'04"     
84.   Nichole Wangsgard Subway 3.54'53"   8'48"     
85.   Ina Yoko Teutenberg T-Mobile 3.59'19"   13'14"   6"  
86.   May Britt Hartwell Diet Cheerwine 3.59'19"   13'14"     
87.   Pam Hinton Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 4.07'02"   20'57"     
88.   Laurel Green Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 4.09'01"   22'56"     
89.   Ellen Hall Team Terry 4.09'01"   22'56"     
90.   Allison Carter Team Kenda Tire 4.09'01"   22'56"     
91.   Rachel Eichers Americas Dairyland 4.09'01"   22'56"     
92.   Alexandra Kendall Sports Garage/Titus 4.09'01"   22'56"     
93.   Melissa Cover Team Terry 4.09'01"   22'56"     
94.   Trudy van der Straaten Team Kenda Tire 4.09'01"   22'56"     
95.   Rebecca Anderson Americas Dairyland 4.09'01"   22'56"     
96.   Jennifer Stephenson Team Biovail 4.09'01"   22'56"     

Riders after time limit

97.   Sami Fournier Velo Bella 4.12'00"   25'55"     
98.   Debbie Dust Team Kenda Tire         
99.   Kristen Arden Birchwood/GIS         

Riders dropping out
   Kristin Danielson Ford-Basis         
   Sima Trapp Subway         
   Emily Westbrook Subway         
   Barbara Harick Velo Bella         
   Michelle Hyland TDS-Schwalbe         
   Kerry Soraci TDS-Schwalbe         
   Laurel Sundberg Bianchi/Grand Performance         
   Kate Gracheck Team Terry         
   Alicia Seltz Team Terry         
   Darcie Murphy Heartstrings/Ogden One         
   Erica Lanser         

 

 

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Photos

 

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