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Redlands Cycling Classic 2009
Stage 3- Teutenberg makes it two!
Teutenberg and the Columbia-Highroad team succeeded in winning their
second stage of the Redlands Classic on Saturday. Teutenberg took the
bunch sprint at the downtown criterium ahead of Tina Pic (Colavita) and
Gina Grain (Webcor).
The stage win and a sprint midway through the race gave Teutenberg the time bonus seconds needed to move to within three seconds of the overall race lead with one stage remaining.
the field stayed together, prime laps as well as three sprinter’s points
laps made for some exciting sprints to the line. Seehafer (Team Type 1)
was first across the line for each of the sprinter’s laps, bringing her
just 2 points from taking the green sprinter’s jersey away from
Teutenberg, whose stage win points bonus kept her in the lead.
the end though, it came to a bunch sprint and Ina Yoko Teutenberg,
outsprinted Tina Pic of Colavita-Sutter Home and Webcor Builders’s Gina
Grain. Teutenberg gained a 10 second time bonus for the win and this
brought her closer to Neben. Teutenberg now trails Amber Neben by
14 seconds with two stages remaining.
Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia Highroad) said of the race, “It
was hard, it was in the gutter the last 10K,” Teutenberg said. “The
finish came so quick, I was in good position to jump on Tibco’s
train.” “It was too fast
for attacks to go,” Teutenberg said while waiting for the
podium. “It was pretty obvious it would come down to a bunch
sprint.” We wanted to try to get a break up the road to shake up the GC
so we were very aggressive.
team did a really good job of keeping it together for the field sprint at
the end. We're happy with the win."
"We're really happy with the win today," said Teutenberg. "The girls did a great job of keeping it together so that I could sprint for seconds. It's getting close," said Teutenberg. "It's all coming down to time bonus seconds."
"Now we just have to try to stay with [Amber] Neben on the climbs tomorrow. It's a tough course but we'll give it our best. We have Mara [Abbott] within 40 seconds on GC too and Alex [Wrubleski] who won the final stage last year can do something tomorrow. So we know what we're up against. We just have to try everything," added Teutenberg.
Tina Pic (Colivita-Sutter) said she made minor mistakes in the final few turns. “I kinda messed up, I think,” Pic said. “I needed to go a little bit earlier.” Pic ended up on Teutenberg’s wheel, and agreed with Teutenberg that making up those extra bike lengths after the last corner is a long shot.
Grain (Webcor Builders) said her mistake involved a
miscalculation, too. Her plan was to leave a gap and slingshot off
Teutenberg’s wheel. “I didn’t leave enough of a gap, and it
didn’t give me enough speed to pass Ina, I think my plan backfired, and
my slingshot was for Tina!” she said with a laugh.
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