TEUTENBERG TAKES FOURTH TITLE AT LIBERTY CLASSIC
- Categorized in: 2010 Phila International Cycling Championship
Philadelphia – 06/06/2010 – The TD Bank Liberty Classic finished in an exciting field sprint, with the pre-race favorite Ina Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) powering away from the field in the final meters to take her fourth win in Philadelphia and making it two-in-a-row. Shelley Evans (Peanut Butter & Co./2012) led out the sprint in an effort to beat Teutenberg and held on for second, while Philly local Teresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita-Baci) rounded-out the podium in third.
“It was a really close win," Teutenberg said about her fourth title. "I’m happy with this win. It was really hot today, and we haven’t raced in heat like this all year so far."
"I think everyone suffered from the humidity and the heat today. The climb was the same for everyone but we are lucky that we only had to do four laps because six laps would have been too hard to get over that hill. I don’t envy the guys who still have to do six more laps!"
The 57-mile race was bound to come down to a field sprint as few attacks were even allowed to escape by the HTC-Columbia team. Only one team, Webcor, was able to mount any significant challenge. Canadian Erinne Willock broke away solo and built up a 30-second lead. But the field eventually brought her back.
On the final time around Logan Square the field was thinned down by the increasing speeds, and only about 40 riders were left in the field. But the HTC-Columbia women were on the front to bring Teutenberg to the line.
The Australian national road champion Ruth Corset (TIBCO-To the Top) took the Queen of the Wall honors, as she earned the most points at the top of the Manayunk Wall. She built up an impressive 39 point lead.
A name to watch for the future here is Sinead Miller (Peanut Butter & Co./2012) who was the highest-placed under-23 finisher. The 19-year-old is the current collegiate national champion from Marian College in Indiana.
Big crowds cheered the women up the final climb of the Manayunk Wall and Lemon Hill. Despite the usual warm temperatures, 80 women finished the full 57 mile distance.
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