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Nature Valley Grand Prix

8th - 12th June 2005 

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By Rick Fuentes

Twenty-six seconds is all that separated Webcor Builder’s Christine Thorburn from Quark Cycling Team’s Tina Pic. 

That’s about as much time as it took to crest Chilkoot Hill, a short climb at a grade of 20-percent that the riders had to tackle 13 times in this final stage of the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival’s Nature Valley Grand Prix. With eight turns, the 1.5-mile course also provided ample spots for breaks to sneak away out of sight.

Thorburn’s team was determined not to let either of those affect who wore the general classification leader’s jersey at the end of the race. The jersey was Thorburn’s all week, and with only one sprint prime offered, the only way to get time on the leaders was to set a hard pace.

Webcor set the hardest.

“We wanted to take the offensive from the start, but we also wanted to conserve,” Thorburn said.

Thorburn won the leader’s jersey after the Stillwater Criterium, keeping the 26 seconds she had on Pic and the 34 seconds she had on T-Mobile’s Kori Seehafer. With all the top contenders and the leader’s jersey present, little changed on the classification lists as Monex’s Lynn Gaggioli took the stage, called the “toughest criterium in North America.”

Climber Gaggioli agreed with the assessment.

“It’s just awesome. It’s different. It’s challenging,” Gaggioli said.

From the gun, Thorburn came around again and again at the front with her teammates Erinne Willock and Katheryn Curi, plus Quark’s Pic and climber Annette Beutler, T-Mobile’s Kori Seehafer and Kim Baldwin, and Gaggioli.

“Last year, the attacks came after this (Chilkoot) hill,” said Beutler, who won this stage last year. “This year not. It’s better for me. It’s nice when the pace is the same.”

“We had to keep the race in control,” Willock said.

A lead pack of GC contenders finally got two minutes on the rest of the field, but none of them could get away from each other. With three laps to go, Gaggioli attacked at the bottom of Chilkoot.

“From what I could see, it looked like I was the fastest on the hill,” Gaggioli said. "I thought I’d try, but then I saw that the few people with me were chasing for me. So, I sat in and saved some energy for going for the sprint.”

“Gaggioli attacked, Willock attacked, then I did,” Beutler said. She was wearing the best climber’s jersey and also towing her teammate Pic, who was also wearing the sprinter’s jersey.

“Annette is so talented,” Pic said, "I had to tell her don’t go so hard.” 

After Gaggioli sat up, Willock went for the stage win.

“She (Gaggioli) was chased down,” Willock said, "I was further down on GC. Initially, they hesitated when I attacked which is what we were hoping for.”

“I so wanted Erinne to get the win. She worked so hard for me all week,” Thorburn said disappointedly. “Lynn was hungry for a stage win.”

“I definitely like having those power hills,” Gaggioli said. She crossed the line with enough time to raise a fist in the air, but the time gap was slim enough to maintain Thorburn’s lead. The top 10 finished with the same time.

“It’s a great end to a great week,” Willock said. She took second and won the young rider’s jersey.

Beutler held on to the climber’s jersey. Pic kept the Freewheel Bike sprinter’s points jersey.

“I'm really hurting. It was a rough day. Yesterday was a rough day,” she added about Saturday’s 94-mile stage in Red Wing. "I'm definitely feeling it.”

A surprise on the podium to all except Minnesota cycling fans was Flanders/MBRC’s Teresa Moriarty. She placed third behind Gaggioli and Willock.

“I really focused for this race,” Moriarty said. “You know when you’re racing with riders of that caliber.”

Moriarty got some help from the local crowds, many of which she’s passed in races over the years. “Every 100 meters it was ‘Teresa, Teresa’ That was fun.” 

The Nature Valley Grand Prix is the second race in the Women’s Prestige Series and it’s quickly becoming a favorite for returning riders.

“I didn’t focus for this race,” Gaggioli said, “but it’s been very different. The racing has been superb. The crowds have been attentive. I think this may be the best stage race in the country for women.”

Jersey winners

Overall: Lynn Gaggioli, Monex

Queen of the Mountain: Annette Beutler, Quark Cycling Team

Best Sprinter: Tina Pic, Quark Cycling Team

Best young rider (U26): Erinne Willock, Webcor Builders

 

Results - Final Day

Position

  Rider

Team Time Gap
1.   Lynn Gaggioli Monex .52'45"     
2.   Erinne Willock Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team .52'45"     
3.   Teresa Moriarty Flanders/MBRC .52'45"     
4.   Annette Beutler Quark Cycling Team .52'45"     
5.   Kori Seehafer T-Mobile .52'45"     
6.   Chrissy Ruiter Ford-Basis .52'45"     
7.   Megan Elliott Bianchi/Grand Performance .52'45"     
8.   Tina Pic Quark Cycling Team .52'45"     
9.   Laura Van Gilder Quark Cycling Team .52'45"     
10.   Christine Thorburn Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team .52'45"     
11.   Kathleen Billington Diet Cheerwine .52'45"     
12.   Helen Kelly Quark Cycling Team .52'45"     
13.   Kimberly Baldwin T-Mobile .52'45"     
14.   Amy Moore Victory Brewing Cycling Team .52'45"     
15.   Kim Anderson Colavita/Cooking Light .52'45"     
16.   Lisa Vetterlein Team Kenda Tire .53'03"   18"  
17.   Audrey Lemieux Quark Cycling Team .53'11"   26"  
18.   Meredith Miller Victory Brewing Cycling Team .53'11"   26"  
19.   Patricia Schwager TDS-Schwalbe .53'17"   32"  
20.   Amber Rais Palo Alto Bicycles Women .53'17"   32"  
21.   Grace Fleury Quark Cycling Team .53'37"   52"  
22.   Shelia Orem Team Kenda Tire .53'38"   53"  
23.   Kristen LaSasso Team Lipton .54'02"   1'17"  
24.   Brooke Ourada T-Mobile .54'05"   1'20"  
25.   Catherine Walberg Team Kenda Tire .54'11"   1'26"  
26.   Katherine Carroll Ford-Basis .54'58"   2'13"  
27.   Felicia Greer Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team .54'58"   2'13"  
28.   Lara Kroepsch T-Mobile .55'03"   2'18"  
29.   Katheryn Curi Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team .55'14"   2'29"  
30.   Kate Sherwin Victory Brewing Cycling Team .55'32"   2'47"  
31.   Cat Malone Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team .55'50"   3'05"  
32.   Michelle Beltran Colavita/Cooking Light .56'40"   3'55"  
33.   Sarah Uhl Quark Cycling Team .56'40"   3'55"  
34.   Catherine Powers TDS-Schwalbe .56'40"   3'55"  
35.   Alisha Lion Ford-Basis .56'50"   4'05"  
36.   Mary Downing Team Kenda Tire .57'25"   4'40"  
37.   Sherri Stedje The Bicycle Store .57'25"   4'40"  
38.   Elisa Gagnon Team Lipton .57'35"   4'50"  
39.   Laura Downey Americas Dairyland .57'35"   4'50"  
40.   Teresa Holmgren Saturn of Toledo .57'35"   4'50"  
41.   Liza Rachetto Team Lipton .57'35"   4'50"  
42.   Rochelle Gilmore Victory Brewing Cycling Team .57'35"   4'50"  
43.   Candice Blickem Quark Cycling Team .57'35"   4'50"  
44.   Anna Milkowski Team Lipton .57'35"   4'50"  
45.   Paula Plant Birchwood/GIS .57'35"   4'50"  
46.   Jane Ziegler Velo Bella .57'35"   4'50"  
47.   Mindi Martin Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team .57'35"   4'50"  
48.   Julie Belanger Diet Cheerwine .57'35"   4'50"  
49.   Moriah MacGregor Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team .57'35"   4'50"  
50.   Erin Mirabella Bicycle John's Serious Cycling .57'35"   4'50"  
51.   Nicole Freedman Ford-Basis .57'35"   4'50"  
52.   Kelly Benjamin The Bicycle Store .58'47"   6'02"  
53.   Megan Hottman High Gear .58'47"   6'02"  
54.   Katherine Lambden Team Lipton .58'47"   6'02"  
55.   Jennifer Stephenson Team Biovail .58'47"   6'02"  
56.   Stephanie Bourbeau Team Biovail .58'47"   6'02"  
57.   Zoe Owers Team Lipton .58'47"   6'02"  
58.   Kele Hulser Ford-Basis .58'47"   6'02"  
59.   Tara Ross Diet Cheerwine .58'47"   6'02"  
60.   Hiroko Shimada Velo Bella .58'47"   6'02"  
61.   Nichole Wangsgard Subway .58'47"   6'02"  
62.   Tamyra Barnard Team Terry .58'47"   6'02"  
63.   Allison Beall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team .59'00"   6'15"  
64.   Jennifer Reither Colavita/Cooking Light .59'00"   6'15"  
65.   Allison Carter Team Kenda Tire 1.00'25"   7'40"  
66.   Ellen Hall Team Terry 1.00'42"   7'57"  
67.   Tia Bartos Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 1.00'59"   8'14"  
68.   Shawn Heidgen TDS-Schwalbe 1.01'11"   8'26"  
69.   Mindy Ziffren-Hall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 1.01'11"   8'26"  
70.   Gina Grain Victory Brewing Cycling Team 1.04'17"   11'32"  
71.   Ina Yoko Teutenberg T-Mobile 1.04'17"   11'32"  
72.   Karen Dodge Heartstrings/Ogden One 1.04'27"   11'42"  
73.   Megan Esmonde Colavita/Cooking Light 1.04'50"   12'05"  
74.   Magen Long The Bicycle Store 1.04'50"   12'05"  
75.   Patricia Palmer Americas Dairyland 1.05'02"   12'17"  
76.   Jennifer Purcell Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 1.05'07"   12'22"  
77.   May Britt Hartwell Diet Cheerwine 1.09'52"   17'07"  
78.   Laurel Green Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 1.09'52"   17'07"  

Riders dropping out
   Katie Mactier T-Mobile      
   Rebecca Much T-Mobile      
   Stefanie Graeter Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team      
   Christina Peick Colavita/Cooking Light      
   Kirsten Robbins Victory Brewing Cycling Team      
   Melissa Sanborn Subway      
   Pam Hinton Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team      
   Starr FALK LGBRC/Easton/Specialized      

The following competitors was signed out from the race:

Rider Team Reason
   Trudy van der Straaten Team Kenda Tire Not signed in

 

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General Classification

 

Position

  Rider

Team Time Gap
1.   Christine Thorburn Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 10.10'17"     
2.   Tina Pic Quark Cycling Team 10.10'43"   26"  
3.   Kori Seehafer T-Mobile 10.10'51"   34"  
4.   Kimberly Baldwin T-Mobile 10.11'01"   44"  
5.   Lynn Gaggioli Monex 10.11'10"   53"  
6.   Annette Beutler Quark Cycling Team 10.11'21"   1'04"  
7.   Laura Van Gilder Quark Cycling Team 10.12'08"   1'51"  
8.   Chrissy Ruiter Ford-Basis 10.12'36"   2'19"  
9.   Erinne Willock Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 10.12'52"   2'35"  
10.   Helen Kelly Quark Cycling Team 10.12'52"   2'35"  
11.   Kim Anderson Colavita/Cooking Light 10.13'02"   2'45"  
12.   Amy Moore Victory Brewing Cycling Team 10.13'17"   3'00"  
13.   Audrey Lemieux Quark Cycling Team 10.13'29"   3'12"  
14.   Teresa Moriarty Flanders/MBRC 10.13'34"   3'17"  
15.   Kathleen Billington Diet Cheerwine 10.13'35"   3'18"  
16.   Patricia Schwager TDS-Schwalbe 10.13'43"   3'26"  
17.   Amber Rais Palo Alto Bicycles Women 10.14'12"   3'55"  
18.   Kristen LaSasso Team Lipton 10.14'51"   4'34"  
19.   Brooke Ourada T-Mobile 10.14'52"   4'35"  
20.   Shelia Orem Team Kenda Tire 10.16'14"   5'57"  
21.   Katheryn Curi Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 10.16'32"   6'15"  
22.   Megan Elliott Bianchi/Grand Performance 10.16'59"   6'42"  
23.   Alisha Lion Ford-Basis 10.17'09"   6'52"  
24.   Catherine Walberg Team Kenda Tire 10.17'32"   7'15"  
25.   Nicole Freedman Ford-Basis 10.18'24"   8'07"  
26.   Katherine Carroll Ford-Basis 10.18'35"   8'18"  
27.   Lara Kroepsch T-Mobile 10.18'40"   8'23"  
28.   Catherine Powers TDS-Schwalbe 10.18'58"   8'41"  
29.   Kate Sherwin Victory Brewing Cycling Team 10.19'45"   9'28"  
30.   Sarah Uhl Quark Cycling Team 10.20'20"   10'03"  
31.   Felicia Greer Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 10.20'43"   10'26"  
32.   Kelly Benjamin The Bicycle Store 10.20'50"   10'33"  
33.   Meredith Miller Victory Brewing Cycling Team 10.21'20"   11'03"  
34.   Erin Mirabella Bicycle John's Serious Cycling 10.21'32"   11'15"  
35.   Liza Rachetto Team Lipton 10.21'37"   11'20"  
36.   Kele Hulser Ford-Basis 10.22'23"   12'06"  
37.   Zoe Owers Team Lipton 10.23'24"   13'07"  
38.   Teresa Holmgren Saturn of Toledo 10.23'57"   13'40"  
39.   Grace Fleury Quark Cycling Team 10.23'57"   13'40"  
40.   Lisa Vetterlein Team Kenda Tire 10.24'05"   13'48"  
41.   Stephanie Bourbeau Team Biovail 10.24'55"   14'38"  
42.   Moriah MacGregor Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 10.25'14"   14'57"  
43.   Michelle Beltran Colavita/Cooking Light 10.25'56"   15'39"  
44.   Rochelle Gilmore Victory Brewing Cycling Team 10.26'39"   16'22"  
45.   Sherri Stedje The Bicycle Store 10.27'14"   16'57"  
46.   Anna Milkowski Team Lipton 10.27'38"   17'21"  
47.   Hiroko Shimada Velo Bella 10.28'22"   18'05"  
48.   Katherine Lambden Team Lipton 10.28'24"   18'07"  
49.   Mindi Martin Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 10.28'35"   18'18"  
50.   Magen Long The Bicycle Store 10.29'01"   18'44"  
51.   Cat Malone Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 10.29'16"   18'59"  
52.   Allison Beall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 10.29'41"   19'24"  
53.   Karen Dodge Heartstrings/Ogden One 10.30'24"   20'07"  
54.   Jane Ziegler Velo Bella 10.30'38"   20'21"  
55.   Tara Ross Diet Cheerwine 10.31'21"   21'04"  
56.   Shawn Heidgen TDS-Schwalbe 10.31'25"   21'08"  
57.   Nichole Wangsgard Subway 10.31'38"   21'21"  
58.   Gina Grain Victory Brewing Cycling Team 10.31'53"   21'36"  
59.   Candice Blickem Quark Cycling Team 10.32'00"   21'43"  
60.   Tamyra Barnard Team Terry 10.33'35"   23'18"  
61.   Megan Hottman High Gear 10.33'55"   23'38"  
62.   Elisa Gagnon Team Lipton 10.35'35"   25'18"  
63.   Ina Yoko Teutenberg T-Mobile 10.37'00"   26'43"  
64.   Paula Plant Birchwood/GIS 10.40'09"   29'52"  
65.   Laura Downey Americas Dairyland 10.41'22"   31'05"  
66.   Jennifer Reither Colavita/Cooking Light 10.43'57"   33'40"  
67.   Jennifer Purcell Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 10.45'13"   34'56"  
68.   Jennifer Stephenson Team Biovail 10.45'29"   35'12"  
69.   Megan Esmonde Colavita/Cooking Light 10.45'32"   35'15"  
70.   May Britt Hartwell Diet Cheerwine 10.54'35"   44'18"  
71.   Allison Carter Team Kenda Tire 10.57'17"   47'00"  
72.   Julie Belanger Diet Cheerwine 11.07'30"   57'13"  
73.   Mary Downing Team Kenda Tire 11.12'15"   1.01'58"  
74.   Tia Bartos Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 11.16'30"   1.06'13"  
75.   Mindy Ziffren-Hall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 11.18'05"   1.07'48"  
76.   Ellen Hall Team Terry 11.35'53"   1.25'36"  
77.   Laurel Green Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 11.41'24"   1.31'07"  
78.   Patricia Palmer Americas Dairyland 11.41'46"   1.31'29"  

 

 

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