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Nature Valley Grand Prix 2009

 

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Stage 1

TT, 6miles

 

Race Writeup

Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo Test Team) won the top spot at the opening Time Trial of the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

The time trial was short with fast with riders flying up and down Lilydale Road and back by to the finish at top of the Ohio Street hill. This was reported as Armstrong’s last USA stage race appearance, as she plans to retire at the end of this season. Armstrong blazed up the finishing hill of the St. Paul Riverfront Time Trial to take the yellow jersey in the first stage completing the 6 mile TT in 13 minutes 48.55 seconds on the rainy course. Allison Powers (Team Type 1) finished second , 12.59 seconds behind at 14 minutes 01.14 seconds and Erinne Willcock (Webcor Builders) finished third 48.4 seconds behind at 14 minutes 36.95seconds

Rounding out the leaders jerseys are Alexis Rhodes (Webcor Builders) with the Best Young Rider Jersey, and Kate Veronneau (Altarum Women’s Cycling Team) with the Best Amateur Rider Jersey.

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Post Race Comments

Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo Test Team) was pleased to have won, “This is one of my favourite races,” a beaming Armstrong said. “ Minneapolis is very welcoming,” she added, noting that the community and fan support at the Nature Valley Grand Prix helps her prioritize this race over others when deciding her racing schedule. Armstrong gets to start off the race with her strongest discipline is an added bonus. Although Kristin Armstrong lacks team mates, she is not alone, “There are others who might also be riding alone, who are looking towards the top 10 spots. Hopefully we can work together.” If it’s still raining tonight,” she added, “we will definitely try to stay in front!”

Allison Powers (Team Type 1), has had a great season so far and likes ride the TT but looks forward to the rest of the racing, “We’re looking forward to tonight’s criterium, where there are 30 seconds worth of time bonuses,” said Powers. “We have a full team of eight, and we’re a strong criterium team.”

 

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time
1 Kristin Armstrong   Cervelo Test Team 13.48 (41.954 km/h)
2 Alison Powers   Team Type 1 0.13
3 Erinne Willock   Webcor Builders 0.48
4 Anne Samplonius   Lip Smacker "
5 Katharine Carroll   Team TIBCO 0.51
6 Alexis Rhodes   Webcor Builders 0.52
7 Katheryn Curi Mattis   Webcor Builders 0.55
8 Lauren Tamayo   Team TIBCO 0.58
9 Julie Beveridge   Team TIBCO "
10 Rebecca Much   Webcor Builders 1.01

 

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team Time
1 Kristin Armstrong   Cervelo Test Team 13.48
2 Alison Powers   Team Type 1 0.13
3 Erinne Willock   Webcor Builders 0.48
4 Anne Samplonius   Lip Smacker
5 Katharine Carroll   Team TIBCO 0.51
6 Alexis Rhodes   Webcor Builders 0.52
7 Katheryn Curi Mattis   Webcor Builders 0.55
8 Lauren Tamayo   Team TIBCO 0.58
9 Julie Beveridge   Team TIBCO
10 Rebecca Much   Webcor Builders 1.01

 

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