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Nature Valley Grand Prix 2009

 

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Stage 4- Brook Miller (Team Tibco)

Uptown Minneapolis Criterium

 

Race Writeup

Brooke Miller won stage 4 at the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium; Kristen Armstrong held onto Yellow


No trip to the Nature Valley Grand Prix would be complete for Brooke Miller (Tibco) without a victory, with Miller celebrating a criterium victory two years in a row. Today’s aggressive race to the end, saw Shelley Olds (Proman Hit Squad) taking both second place on the podium and the Wheaties Sprint Jersey, while veteran sprinter Laura Van Gilder (Altarum Women’s Cycling) rounded out the podium with a third place finish.

Though there was speculation that the beginning of the race might be a repeat of Wednesday’s St. Paul Downtown Criterium, with race leader Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo Test Team) taking control of the front, it soon became clear that the teams were not going to just sit back, actively seeking to shake up the general classification and tempt Armstrong to work.

Riders from Tibco, Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light, Webcor, and ValueAct Capital sent riders up the road with attack after attack, nothing gaining more than 10 seconds before being caught.

The 25-lap race had three sprint competitions, plus an additional prime competition to keep the race active.

The Sprint Competition alternated between Kirsty Broun (Riverstone CDA) and Shelley Olds, with Olds taking the first sprint and Broun taking the second. It was Olds’ victory at the third sprint competition that finally won her the Sprint jersey.

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Post Race Comments

Brooke Miller (Team Tibco) was pleased to have won,  “It was a very aggressive race. I had to throw a lot of elbows and do a lot of aggressive moving, but that’s what you do when your team is putting themselves on the line for you – you make sure you deliver,” said Miller, who had her first big NRC victory at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in 2006 and continues to win stages every year.

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Rider Team Time Gap Bonuses
1   Brooke MILLER Team TIBCO .48'23"      15"  
2   Shelley OLDS PROMAN Hit Squad .48'23"      10"  
3   Laura VAN GILDER Altarum Women's Cycling Team .48'23"      6"  
4   Gina GRAIN Webcor Builders .48'23"        
5   Alison POWERS Team Type 1 .48'23"        
6   Kirsty BROUN Riverstone CDA .48'23"        
7   Christina SMITH Veloforma .48'23"        
8   Lauren TAMAYO Team TIBCO .48'23"        
9   Tina PIC Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light .48'23"        
10   * Erica ALLAR ValueAct Capital Cycling Team .48'23"        

 

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Rider Team Time Gap
1   Kristin ARMSTRONG Cervelo Test Team 4.36'42"     
2   Alison POWERS Team Type 1 4.36'54"   12"  
3   Shelley OLDS PROMAN Hit Squad 4.37'15"   33"  
4   Anne SAMPLONIUS Lip Smacker 4.37'30"   48"  
5   Katharine CARROLL Team TIBCO 4.37'33"   51"  
6   Lauren TAMAYO Team TIBCO 4.37'40"   58"  
7   Joanne KIESANOWSKI Team TIBCO 4.37'46"   1'04"  
8   Evelyn STEVENS Velo Classic Tours/Radical Media p/b Schick/Playtex 4.37'47"   1'05"  
9   # Kate VERONNEAU Altarum Women's Cycling Team 4.37'52"   1'10"  
10   Andrea DVORAK Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light 4.37'56"   1'14"  

 

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