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Redlands Stage Race Stage 4 – Sunset Road Race – 100km

Stage 4 – Sunset Road Race – 100km

Quark Cycling Team News Release

Ina Teutenberg made it two in a row winning the Sunset road race today concluding the Redlands Progel bicycle classic.

The race had drama and excitement from the start as the top three places on GC were separated by only 7 seconds. To make things even tougher on the tired field was the fact that the first KOM came just 7 miles into the race with time in addition to points given. Webcor’s Erinne Willock drove the pace hard right as the flag dropped. She was assisted by T-Mobile’s Teutenberg and Quark’s Grace Fleury.

As the KOM approached Genevieve Jeanson was first to jump shadowed by Annette Beutler of Quark but the efforts of Webcor’s tandem of Christine Thorburn and Willock powered by to take 1 and 2 and the bonus seconds attached with Quark’s Beutler third picking up 1 second.  This gave Thorburn a 7 second advantage over T-Mobile Kim Baldwin and 8 seconds over Quark’s Beutler.  The chase for bonus seconds on the KOM split the field and a group containing Thorburn, Willock, Baldwin and Armstrong of T-mobile as well as Quarks Beutler and Monex rider Lynn Gaggioli formed an early break. T-Mobile and Gaggioli drove the pace and the break maintaining a lead of about a minute and a half.

Quark was unhappy about having Beutler in the break without any team mates so Laura, Helen and Grace pulled hard turns to close the gap. After 4 laps away the efforts of Quark was able to bring the gap down to 15 seconds as riders then attempted to bridge the gap to the leaders.  Teutenberg of T-Mobile was the only rider to make the jump and she then attacked the breakaway going solo. As Teutenberg was no threat on GC, Webcor and Quark and the GC riders of T-Mobile concentrated on watching each other and the chess game began.

After another hard lap of chasing by Quark, the field caught the break as Teutenberg continued to power away solo.

At the finish Teutenberg came across the line 57 seconds ahead of the field making it two in a row for the German.  But all heads stayed glued to the finishing stretch to see how the final GC would be determined. First around the finishing corner was Quark’s Beutler followed by teammate Tina Pic. Amy Moore of Victory Brewing came across the line for forth with a small gap to the yellow jersey clad Thorburn. Beutler picked up 6 seconds for her 2nd place and so the final GC would all depend on whether the officials deemed the gap to be big enough to give Thornburn a slower finishing time than Beutler.

In the end Thorburn’s last huge effort in the closing meters was enough to earn her the right to pull the final yellow jersey over her head, with Beutler 2 seconds behind, followed by Baldwin 13 seconds behind. In the team competition, Quark finished 3rd behind T-Mobile, while Quark’s Beutler went home in red for also winning the climbers competition.

1 Ina Teutenberg  ( T-Mobile)                          2:35:07

2 Annette Beutler Quark Cycling Team              @ :57

3 Tina Pic   Quark Cycling Team

Final GC

1 Christine Thorburn Webcor                      8:02:19

2 Annette Beutler  Quark Cycling Team                 @ :02

3 Kim Baldwin  T-Mobile                              @ :13

4 Erinne Willock                                  @  :44

5 Kristen Armstrong                              @  1:03

6 Tina Pic Quark Cycling Team                         @  1:34

18 Grace Fleury (Quark)
31 Helen Kelly (Quark)
44 Laura Van Gilder (Quark)

Redlands Stage Race Stage 3 – Criterium – 1hr

Stage 3 – Criterium – 1hr

Today racers took to the streets of Downtown Redlands to contest the Beaver Medical criterium.  The race was fast from the gun as battle lines were drawn with each team trying to protect there positions leading into tomorrows Sunset Road race.  T-Mobile and Webcor wanted to establish a break so that the midway time bonus could be won by non GC riders protecting the team leader’s position in the overall.

In the first sprint for points, Quarks Laura Van Gilder who was away in a break, took the points over Lara Kroepsch of T-mobile. The field sprint was won by Quarks Green jersey clad Helen Kelly.

As the second sprint approached the field was together and Ina Teutenberg of T-Mobile came around the corner first, taking the 3 seconds and the points.  She then put her head down and powered away. Quarks Annette Beutler took second and the 2 second time bonus moving her with 1 second of Kim Baldwin and 7 of the yellow jersey worn by Christine Thorburn of Webcor.

As Teutenberg was blasting off the front Andrea Ratkovic of the Bicycle Store was able to respond and get up to Teutenberg’s wheel and the two were away for good. In the end the great German sprinter was able to drop Ratkovic on the last lap and finished with her arms raised high as she not only won the day but pulled the sprinters jersey over her head for the points she earned on the road.

Quarks Tina Pic was able to win the field sprint for third to round out the podium while Thorburn and her teammates were able to rest for what will sure to be an exciting finish to the Redlands Classic tomorrow for the final stage.

Results

1 Ina Teutenberg  ( T-Mobile)

2 Andrea Ratkovic (The Bicycle Store)

3 Tina Pic  ( Quark Cycling Team )

Redlands Stage Race Stage 2 – Oak Glen 125km

Stage 2 – Oak Glen 125km

The second stage of the ProGel Redlands bicycle classic was contested today under bright clear sunshine with the famous Santa Ana winds once again blowing. The peloton was hesitant at first to brave the winds and most riders were seeking the shelter of the peloton when the first sprint of the day took place with Quark rider Helen Kelly taking the points and an early lead in the sprinter competition. Countering off the sprint was T-mobile’s Ina Teutenberg who forged herself a lead that fluctuated between 1 and 2 minutes for the next 50 km. Eventually the wind and the solo effort wore down Teutenberg and the pack was all together for the final sprint of the day which was once again taken by Quark’s Helen Kelly, securing her the Green Jersey.

Still up for grabs was the climbers jersey and the stage win and riders were eager to get a jump on the climbers before the final climb up Oak Glen. A break containing Quark’s Tina Pic, Chrissy Ruiter of Ford-Basis, Belem Guerrero of the Mexican National Team, Elizabeth Begosh of Vello Bella escaped and built up a 3 minute lead before the hill tilted upward. Along for the ride protecting their team leaders position were and T-Mobile’s Mari Holden and Webcor’s Katheryn Curi.

Once the climb up Oak Glen began it just became a matter of time before the escapees were caught and the climbers took their rightful place at the front of the peloton on a mountain top finish.  Tina Pic Quarks super sprinter showed she is more then that by staying with a select group climbers containing Webcor’s Christine Thorburn and Erinne Willock, Kim Baldwin and Kristen Armstrong of T- Mobile. Joining Pic in this group of climbers was her teammate Annette Beutler. First to attack in the final kilometers was Baldwin whose efforts dropped Willock who had done the early pace making for her yellow clad teammate Thorburn. After Baldwin, Thorburn put in a huge pull and T-mobile’s Armstrong countered but was unable to get an advantage. With 500 meters to go Quark’s Beutler attacked and left her climbing partners behind to cross the finish line in first 6 seconds ahead of Baldwin and 10 ahead of Thorburn. Beutler’s victory earned her the Red climbers jersey and Thorburn was able to hold on to her overall lead but the top of the GC tightened up and will make for some very interesting racing in the next two days.

Results:

1  Annette Beutler (Quark)

2 Kim Baldwin (T-Mobile)

3 Christine Thorburn (Webcor)

4 Kristen Armstrong  (T-Mobile)

5 Erinne Willock  (Webcor)
6 Tina Pic (Quark)

Climbers Jersey: Annette Beutler (Quark)
Sprinters Jersey: Helen Kelly (Quark)

Redlands Stage Race Stage 1 – Prologue

Redlands Stage Race

Stage 1 – Prologue

Christine Thorburn (Webcor)  over came a very difficult field as well as winds gusting to over 50 mph to win the Watermaker Mount Rubidoux Time Trail in the opening stage of the ProGel Redlands Bicycle Classic. Thorburn was the only rider to break the 10:00 minute mark posting a time of 9:59 for the 5 Km prologue. Not only did Thorburn pull the leaders jersey over her national time trail champions jersey,  she also earned a starting position for The Pan/American games to be held the last week of April. Four seconds back in second place was T-Mobile’s Kristen Armstrong followed by Genevieve Jeanson riding for the Bicycle Store. Quark riders Annette Beutler and Tina Pic had solid rides and are lurking just 25 and 35 seconds back in 7th and 9th place respectively. The riders will face the 77 mile  Sun Oak Glen road race on Friday whose finishing climb is sure to create some excitement amongst the GC leaders.

Results:

1  Christine Thorburn (Webcor)                                   9:59

2 Kristen Armstrong  (T-Mobile)                               10:03

3 Genevieve Jeanson  (Bicycle Store)                          10:06

4 Kim Baldwin (T-Mobile)                                         10:08

5 Erinne Willock  (Webcor)                                        10:21

6 Lyne Gaggiloi  (Monex)                                           10:25

7 Annette Beutler QUARK CYCLING TEAM          10: 25

8 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile)                             10:31

9 Tina Pic   QUARK CYCLING TEAM                    10:31

Redlands Stage Race Stage 4 – Sunset Road Race – 100km

Stage 4 – Sunset Road Race – 100km

Quark Cycling Team News Release

Ina Teutenberg made it two in a row winning the Sunset road race today concluding the Redlands Progel bicycle classic.

The race had drama and excitement from the start as the top three places on GC were separated by only 7 seconds. To make things even tougher on the tired field was the fact that the first KOM came just 7 miles into the race with time in addition to points given. Webcor’s Erinne Willock drove the pace hard right as the flag dropped. She was assisted by T-Mobile’s Teutenberg and Quark’s Grace Fleury.

As the KOM approached Genevieve Jeanson was first to jump shadowed by Annette Beutler of Quark but the efforts of Webcor’s tandem of Christine Thorburn and Willock powered by to take 1 and 2 and the bonus seconds attached with Quark’s Beutler third picking up 1 second.  This gave Thorburn a 7 second advantage over T-Mobile Kim Baldwin and 8 seconds over Quark’s Beutler.  The chase for bonus seconds on the KOM split the field and a group containing Thorburn, Willock, Baldwin and Armstrong of T-mobile as well as Quarks Beutler and Monex rider Lynn Gaggioli formed an early break. T-Mobile and Gaggioli drove the pace and the break maintaining a lead of about a minute and a half.

Quark was unhappy about having Beutler in the break without any team mates so Laura, Helen and Grace pulled hard turns to close the gap. After 4 laps away the efforts of Quark was able to bring the gap down to 15 seconds as riders then attempted to bridge the gap to the leaders.  Teutenberg of T-Mobile was the only rider to make the jump and she then attacked the breakaway going solo. As Teutenberg was no threat on GC, Webcor and Quark and the GC riders of T-Mobile concentrated on watching each other and the chess game began.

After another hard lap of chasing by Quark, the field caught the break as Teutenberg continued to power away solo.

At the finish Teutenberg came across the line 57 seconds ahead of the field making it two in a row for the German.  But all heads stayed glued to the finishing stretch to see how the final GC would be determined. First around the finishing corner was Quark’s Beutler followed by teammate Tina Pic. Amy Moore of Victory Brewing came across the line for forth with a small gap to the yellow jersey clad Thorburn. Beutler picked up 6 seconds for her 2nd place and so the final GC would all depend on whether the officials deemed the gap to be big enough to give Thornburn a slower finishing time than Beutler.

In the end Thorburn’s last huge effort in the closing meters was enough to earn her the right to pull the final yellow jersey over her head, with Beutler 2 seconds behind, followed by Baldwin 13 seconds behind. In the team competition, Quark finished 3rd behind T-Mobile, while Quark’s Beutler went home in red for also winning the climbers competition.

1 Ina Teutenberg  ( T-Mobile)                          2:35:07

2 Annette Beutler Quark Cycling Team              @ :57

3 Tina Pic   Quark Cycling Team

Final GC

1 Christine Thorburn Webcor                      8:02:19

2 Annette Beutler  Quark Cycling Team                 @ :02

3 Kim Baldwin  T-Mobile                              @ :13

4 Erinne Willock                                  @  :44

5 Kristen Armstrong                              @  1:03

6 Tina Pic Quark Cycling Team                         @  1:34

18 Grace Fleury (Quark)
31 Helen Kelly (Quark)
44 Laura Van Gilder (Quark)


World Championships – Madrid, 2005

Australian Worlds Team: Oenone Wood, Nat Bates, Helen kelly, Oliver Gollan, Sarah Carrigan, Kate Bates

Well – all the hard hours of training were worth it. As many of you know I rode in the aussie team at the World Championships in Madrid last month. And after a great team effort, the aussie girls came away with a bronze medal.

So briefly, here is what happened.

We kicked off our race at 9am, not long after the sun came up. It was already 25C but the wind was still calm. The pace was on right from the start and I thought my lungs were going to explode on lap 1. I listened to Wazza (Australian director) telling us in the radio to float through the corners and relax our breathing – My legs didn’t feel like they were doing very much floating!!

The course was technical and narrow in places and it was more undulating than the course profile showed. It was a 126km race consisting of 6 laps of a 21km loop through the heart of Madrid. There were two significant climbs per lap as well as a number of gradual rise that really stung the legs. The initial prediction of a huge bunch sprint certainly didn’t happen with many world class riders, not there at the finish.

Each lap was just as fast as the previous one and luckily I had good legs and felt strong at our 41km/hr average speed. On lap 3, I jumped on Maglie LeFloch (France) who tried to head up the road alone. A few riders came with me, but within a minute everything had regrouped. Fellow aussie Olivia Gollan, countered, with a brilliant attack but her 15sec gap was quickly closed.

On lap 4 and after nearly 80km, I had nothing left to give. Racing in her home country, Joanne Somariba (Spain) launched a huge attack at the base of the first climb which strung things out and eventually on the second climb, shelled many riders, including myself.

On lap 5, Sara Carrigan, Kate and Nat Bates took over patrolling the front and covering anything dangerous, while Olivia continued to try some opportunity moves.

At the finish, 23 of the worlds best cyclists were fighting for the World Champion title. Olivia gave her last amount of energy to get Oenone Wood into position. From the final corner, at 600m to go, Oenone used the German train to set herself up for the sprint. Oenone crossed the line 3rd, behind Regina Scheiler (Germany) and Nicole Cooke (Great Britain).

It has been a rewarding but difficult year for me. The sad loss of my friend Amy has made me sit back and think about what is really important in life. Her passion for success was inspirational and I can only hope to emulate her strength and happiness for life.

Now, I am back home and enjoying life in Australia. It is so wonderful to be the same country as Bob and to see my family again. Spending time apart makes the time together, all the more special. I hope to catch up with many of my aussie friends over the coming weeks as I juggle the demands of outstanding tax returns, a month of auditing at KPMG and my training for Commonwealth Games selection.

Redlands Stage Race Stage 3 – Criterium – 1hr

Stage 3 – Criterium – 1hr

Today racers took to the streets of Downtown Redlands to contest the Beaver Medical criterium.  The race was fast from the gun as battle lines were drawn with each team trying to protect there positions leading into tomorrows Sunset Road race.  T-Mobile and Webcor wanted to establish a break so that the midway time bonus could be won by non GC riders protecting the team leader’s position in the overall.

In the first sprint for points, Quarks Laura Van Gilder who was away in a break, took the points over Lara Kroepsch of T-mobile. The field sprint was won by Quarks Green jersey clad Helen Kelly.

As the second sprint approached the field was together and Ina Teutenberg of T-Mobile came around the corner first, taking the 3 seconds and the points.  She then put her head down and powered away. Quarks Annette Beutler took second and the 2 second time bonus moving her with 1 second of Kim Baldwin and 7 of the yellow jersey worn by Christine Thorburn of Webcor.

As Teutenberg was blasting off the front Andrea Ratkovic of the Bicycle Store was able to respond and get up to Teutenberg’s wheel and the two were away for good. In the end the great German sprinter was able to drop Ratkovic on the last lap and finished with her arms raised high as she not only won the day but pulled the sprinters jersey over her head for the points she earned on the road.

Quarks Tina Pic was able to win the field sprint for third to round out the podium while Thorburn and her teammates were able to rest for what will sure to be an exciting finish to the Redlands Classic tomorrow for the final stage.

Results

1 Ina Teutenberg  ( T-Mobile)

2 Andrea Ratkovic (The Bicycle Store)

3 Tina Pic  ( Quark Cycling Team )

Redlands Stage Race Stage 2 – Oak Glen 125km

Stage 2 – Oak Glen 125km

The second stage of the ProGel Redlands bicycle classic was contested today under bright clear sunshine with the famous Santa Ana winds once again blowing. The peloton was hesitant at first to brave the winds and most riders were seeking the shelter of the peloton when the first sprint of the day took place with Quark rider Helen Kelly taking the points and an early lead in the sprinter competition. Countering off the sprint was T-mobile’s Ina Teutenberg who forged herself a lead that fluctuated between 1 and 2 minutes for the next 50 km. Eventually the wind and the solo effort wore down Teutenberg and the pack was all together for the final sprint of the day which was once again taken by Quark’s Helen Kelly, securing her the Green Jersey.

Still up for grabs was the climbers jersey and the stage win and riders were eager to get a jump on the climbers before the final climb up Oak Glen. A break containing Quark’s Tina Pic, Chrissy Ruiter of Ford-Basis, Belem Guerrero of the Mexican National Team, Elizabeth Begosh of Vello Bella escaped and built up a 3 minute lead before the hill tilted upward. Along for the ride protecting their team leaders position were and T-Mobile’s Mari Holden and Webcor’s Katheryn Curi.

Once the climb up Oak Glen began it just became a matter of time before the escapees were caught and the climbers took their rightful place at the front of the peloton on a mountain top finish.  Tina Pic Quarks super sprinter showed she is more then that by staying with a select group climbers containing Webcor’s Christine Thorburn and Erinne Willock, Kim Baldwin and Kristen Armstrong of T- Mobile. Joining Pic in this group of climbers was her teammate Annette Beutler. First to attack in the final kilometers was Baldwin whose efforts dropped Willock who had done the early pace making for her yellow clad teammate Thorburn. After Baldwin, Thorburn put in a huge pull and T-mobile’s Armstrong countered but was unable to get an advantage. With 500 meters to go Quark’s Beutler attacked and left her climbing partners behind to cross the finish line in first 6 seconds ahead of Baldwin and 10 ahead of Thorburn. Beutler’s victory earned her the Red climbers jersey and Thorburn was able to hold on to her overall lead but the top of the GC tightened up and will make for some very interesting racing in the next two days.

Results:

1  Annette Beutler (Quark)

2 Kim Baldwin (T-Mobile)

3 Christine Thorburn (Webcor)

4 Kristen Armstrong  (T-Mobile)

5 Erinne Willock  (Webcor)
6 Tina Pic (Quark)

Climbers Jersey: Annette Beutler (Quark)
Sprinters Jersey: Helen Kelly (Quark)

Redlands Stage Race Stage 1 – Prologue

Redlands Stage Race

Stage 1 – Prologue

Christine Thorburn (Webcor)  over came a very difficult field as well as winds gusting to over 50 mph to win the Watermaker Mount Rubidoux Time Trail in the opening stage of the ProGel Redlands Bicycle Classic. Thorburn was the only rider to break the 10:00 minute mark posting a time of 9:59 for the 5 Km prologue. Not only did Thorburn pull the leaders jersey over her national time trail champions jersey,  she also earned a starting position for The Pan/American games to be held the last week of April. Four seconds back in second place was T-Mobile’s Kristen Armstrong followed by Genevieve Jeanson riding for the Bicycle Store. Quark riders Annette Beutler and Tina Pic had solid rides and are lurking just 25 and 35 seconds back in 7th and 9th place respectively. The riders will face the 77 mile  Sun Oak Glen road race on Friday whose finishing climb is sure to create some excitement amongst the GC leaders.

Results:

1  Christine Thorburn (Webcor)                                   9:59

2 Kristen Armstrong  (T-Mobile)                               10:03

3 Genevieve Jeanson  (Bicycle Store)                          10:06

4 Kim Baldwin (T-Mobile)                                         10:08

5 Erinne Willock  (Webcor)                                        10:21

6 Lyne Gaggiloi  (Monex)                                           10:25

7 Annette Beutler QUARK CYCLING TEAM          10: 25

8 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile)                             10:31

9 Tina Pic   QUARK CYCLING TEAM                    10:31