Prestige Women's Series 2005
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Builders Comes Up Big at First WPCS Event
& company set high mark at PoolGel Redland Bicycle Classic
Webcor Builders Women’s Professional Cycling Team set the pace at the
first round of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series: the PoolGel Redlands
Bicycle Classic. The Webcor
Builders women took the lead in the individual, best young rider and team
competitions. The only
competition to elude their grasp was the chase for the sprinter’s
jersey, which was claimed by Ina Teutenberg of T-Mobile.
Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders) emerged as the Series leader after
a hard-fought battle with Annette
Beutler (Quark). Thorburn
held a tenuous lead over Kimberly Baldwin (T-Mobile, 6 seconds) and
Beutler (7 seconds) going into the final stage: the Shaver Auto Center
Sunset Road Race. Beutler
attacked at the finish, claiming a 4 second bonus for finishing 2nd
place on the stage. However,
she fell just short of claiming the Series lead when a huge effort by
Thorburn closed a gap with the Buetler’s group, giving Thorburn the same
time as Beutler and a razor-thin 2-second margin of victory.
Baldwin fell to third, 13 seconds behind Thorburn.
Best Young Rider standing following the PoolGel Redland Classic are:
(T-Mobile) answered any lingering doubts about her comeback from her 2004
surgery when she claimed the PoolGel Redlands Classic’s 1st Centennial
Bank sprinters’ jersey and took the lead in the Series sprinter’s
competition. Teutenberg came
from five points back after the Sun Oak Glen Road Race to eek out a narrow
win over the Quark duo of Laura Van Gilder and Helen Kelly (21 vs. 20
& 18 points) in the Beaver
Medical Group Downtown Criterium.
Although no sprinter points were on offer in the final stage,
Teutenberg added an exclamation point to her performance by winning the
Sunset Road Race with an impressive solo breakaway that left her almost a
minute up on her pursuers.
Series sprinter competition standings are:
Webcor Builders took
a commanding lead in the Series team competition, with Quark and T-Mobile
in a virtual dead heat for second. Webcor
placed three riders in the top ten and earned 121 bonus points thanks to
an outstanding performance by Young Rider Erinne Willock. Their team performance was reminiscent of Equipe Rona, which
dominated last year’s team competition in similar fashion.
The current Series team standings are:
The Series continues at the Nature
Valley Grand Prix (June 8 – 12), followed by the Tour de Toona /
International (July 25 – 31) and the Bermuda Grand Prix (September 22
About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
The goal of the Women’s Prestige
Cycling Series is to highlight women’s racing by giving them a spotlight
that they don’t have to share with the men. The Series grew out of
meetings that began in Minnesota in 2003 at the first Yoplait Women’s
Cycling Summit Conference hosted at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The
Summits, now sponsored by Yoplait Nouriche, take place twice a year: at
the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June and at the Interbike trade show in
Visit www.WomenCyclists.com for more information.
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