Commerce Bank Triple Crown
USA, June 4-11, 2006
Results & report
Race 3 - June 11: Commerce Bank Liberty Classic, 57.6 miles
Live Commentary by Kristy Scrymgeour with additional reporting from Mark
Complete live report
Welcome to Philadelphia and Cyclingnews’
live coverage of the prestigious annual race, now known as the Commerce Bank
Philadelphia International Championship for the men and the Liberty Classic
for the women. It’s a beautiful morning. The sun is out and even a couple of
hours before the start, spectators were heading out to the course to get set
up for a day of entertainment. It is quite windy out here today though. Our
reporter Mark Zalewski was just walking past the feed zone and the wind is so
strong that the “feed zone” sign went flying across the road and into the barriers.
The wind is coming from the direction of the river so the riders will have a
strong cross wind all the way along Kelly Drive. It is also quite chilly with
temperatures in the mid 50’s but it will warm up as the race prceeds, reaching
a high of 74.
The course is 23km long, starting on Benjamin Franklin
Parkway and heading out to Manayunk along Kelly Drive before turning right onto
the infamous Manayunk Wall. The Wall is about a mile long and gets steeper as
it goes up and at the top it flattens out but is still a false flat along the
top before turning right towards the descent and it is this false flat part
that can hurt the most, especially after ten laps of racing. After the very
fast descent, the rider merge back onto Kelly Drive to head back towards the
start/finish, making two detours on the way back to take in the small climbs
of Strawberry and Lemon Hill. Lemon Hill in particular is where a lot of the
breakaway action takes place in the latter stages of the race and races have
been won from attacks on this climb.
Already this morning, hundereds of
people took part in a ride that consisted of a lap of the race course. The ride
was called Pedal for Prevention and run by the The Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Already today they have raised $35,000. Now those people can watch the pro's
do it and appreciate the steepness of the Manayunk wall.
The men will take of first and the
women will follow on the same course ten minutes later. In the women's race
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg is back to defend her title with the T-Mobile team. She
is definitely one of the favourites but her and Judith Arndt were both hit by
a car yesterday whilst training on the course with the team, so they may not
be feeling the best this morning. They are both ok. Judith has a broken finger
and Ina is a bit bruised and sore but both happy that it wasn't worse.
The National Anthem is playing and
then the men will start with three short parade laps, before heading out of
Kelly Drive and the women are lined up behind them ready to go when they finish
the parade laps.
The men's race is underway. The parade
laps were always thought to be just that, parade laps, but already we have an
attack. Jacob Fetty (Nerac.com) attacked and was followed by Johnny Hoogerland
(Netherlands National Team), but they have both been caught. Perhaps they just
wanted to get on TV.
A Health Net rider is attacking now
with a rider from Toyota United and Colavita. Another rider is bridging. Well
with over 200km of racing on the cards today, these guys are waiting around.
They've all been caught again too
and we have a counter. It's strung out at the front. A Priority Health riders
and a Colavita rider have a small gap at this point.
Now Alejandro Acton (Targetraining)
and Christian Lademann (Sparkasse) are away together now and they have about
15 seconds. Kyle Wamsley (Colavita) is bridging as they head out onto the first
of the main laps. The peloton is chasing though and Wamsley is getting caught
and the gap to the leaders is coming down. The riders are hugging the wall on
the side of the road to stay protected from the wind.
Three riders are briding to the front
two. It's Fetty again along with Chad Hartley (TIAA CREF) and Josh Taylor (Rite
Meanwhile, the women have just start the first of their four
laps and head around the roundabout before heading out along Kelly Drive. Our
reporter Kirsten Robbins caught up with a few of the riders before the start
to see how they were feeling. Teutenberg told her that she was going to see
how she felt out there. She thinks she is feeling ok but if not she says her
teammates will be ready to get into breaks themselves. They have a few cards
In the men's race Alejandro Acton
(Targetraining) and Christian Lademann (Sparkasse) are still hanging out there
off the front and Daniel Holt (Nerac.com) is bridging. He is up with them now
and the lead three have 8 seconds on the field.
Two other riders are bridging. Ryan
Yee (Successfulliving.com) and Tyler Wren (Colavita).
09:26 EDT 16.3km/214.1km to go
The men are on
Main st, Manayunk now heading for the climb. Acton is taking a turn now. The
leaders have 12 seconds to the bridging pair and another 15 seconds to the field.
They are making the right hand turn
and under the railway onto Manayunk. They are not on the wall and out of the
saddle. There is already a crowd on the wall but nothing compared to what we
will see later. The die hards are already here drinking beer.
two bridging riders have been caught by the field as they reach the bottom of
the climb. The three leaders are also just about to get caught over this steep
Acton is alone now on the climb and
the other two are getting caught. He reaches the false flat part of the wall.
He takes the KOM sprint points at the top. Holt takes second place just in front
of the field. Holt surges and manages to catch Acton again and the pair go onto
the descent with an 8 second gap on the field.
In the women's race the pace is fast
as they head down Kelly Drive towards the wall for the first time. T-Mobile,
Colavita and TEAm Lipton have been setting the pace and keeping it high. There
were a few crashes last year early in the race so they would be wanting to keep
the pace high to prevent crashes.
In the men's race it's all back together.
The two leaders were caught on the descent. They are back on the flat now and
we have another counter attack.
We also caught up with Australian
sprinter Rochelle Gilmore on the start line. She told us that she's feeling
great today and she's looking forward to a sprint at the end. She's quite confident
and even said that if you're putting money on this race you should put it on
TIAA CREF is attacking the men's field
right now but the field is on it as they head up Strawberry Hill. Another counter
from Mike Jones (Health Net) with David O'Laughlin (Navigators) and Dustin MacBurnie
(Targetraining). They have seven seconds.
Jones, O'Laughlin and MacBurnie are
gradually increasing their lead with the latest time gap at 11 seconds. John
Hamblen (Nerac.com) is bridging as well as
Chad Hartley (TIAA CREF) and
Tyler Wren (Colavita).
In the women's field Annette Beutler
(Aaron's USA) attacked on the wall and took the points at the top. She now has
18 seconds on the field. Her pace on the climb was so fast that the field totally
split up. Even before Manayunk about a third of the field had been dropped.
It's going to be an aggressive race for the women.
Kori Seehafer took second place over
the climb and was trying to bridge but she has been caught by the bunch now.
T-Mobile is setting the pace in the chase to bring back Beutler.
In the men's race Hartley managed to make it up to the three leaders and so
we have a lead group of four riders.
Gord Fraser (Health Net) is asking
for service from his team car. He must have a puncture.
Fraser is ok, he was just handing
back some clothing as it's warming up now. The men's field have gone through
the start/finish after one main lap and are now heading out for their second
of ten main laps. At the end of ten laps they will complete three smaller laps
of 4.8km each going over Lemon Hill each time.
In the women's race Beutler is still
away as she goes over Lemon Hill. There has been some confusion on Lemon Hill
as an ambulance was in the middle of the road and the bunch had to go around
it. On this hill however a group of six riders attacked the bunch to try to
bridge to Beutler. In that group is Mari Holden (T-Mobile), Michelle Hyland,
Rosara Joseph and Sarah Ulmer (Jazz Apple NZL), Katie Mactier (Argon 18) Kristin
Armstrong (TEAm Lipton) and Erinne Willock (Webcor).
In the men's field the leaders have
over a minute on the field now. Russel Langley (Rite Aid) and Jon Hamblen (Nerac.com)
In the men's race the leaders are
on the wall for the second time. They're out of the saddle with O'laughlin setting
the pace. The spectator's are getting loud.
MacBurnie took the KOM points over
the climb followed by O'Laughlin, followed by Jones. Hartley moves to the front
to set the pace on the descent.
In the women's race the bridging group
has been caught as has Beutler. When they were caught Sarah Ulmer countered
but was reeled in and a New Zealand National Team has countered. The rider is
Marian Duvnjak. She has about 300m on the field and there is no chase yet although
Lipton and T-Mobile are at the front setting pace.
10:07 EDT 45km/185.4km to go
In the men's field
the two chasers, Langley and Hamblen were caught on the climb and the four leaders
still have 58" on the field.
The main women's field is down to
only about 50 riders. All the favourites are still in there but the pace has
been very high and there was also a crash on Manayunk wall on the first lap
that involved about 15 riders and the group behind them got gapped off.
The latest time split in the men's
race is 1'25" and growing. The riders are all doing even turns. Back in the
field we have an attack from Jacob Fetty (Nerac.com) again. He was active earlier
and this team has really been trying to get someone up to that break.
Jake Rubelt (AEG) is trying to bridge
to him as they head towards Lemon Hill.
The women are on manayunk again. Kristin
Armstrong (TEAm Lipton) attacked at the bottom. Beutler went with her as did
a couple of Webcor riders.
The break in the men's race now has
a two minute gap and the two chasers are 1'45" behind them. MacBurnie took the
Lemon Hill KOM sprints so he is obviously going for the KOM jersey today.
In the women's race the T-Mobile team
chased Armstrong and Beutler over top of the climb and it's all back together
but there is a counter on the descent and riders bridging up to her. It was
Sarah Ulmer who attacked. She has now been caught by a group of about twenty
riders. There is a split to the next group. T-Mobile is on the front of the
first group setting the pace. They have a significant gap on the second group
at this point.
T-Mobile and Nurnberger are on the
front of the first group as we come up to Lemon Hill. The second group is catching
the first so we'll be back with a main group of 40 riders.
took the KOM points at the top of the wall so she has the lead on the mountains
competition so far.
10:23 EDT 54km/176.4km to go
We are 54km into
the men's race. The lead group of four riders has increased it's lead to 2'15"
and the two chasers are still in the middle 1'40" down on the leaders. They
are heading towards Manayunk for the third time.
In the men's field Chris Wherry looks
good as he sits up and eats a bit. We caught up with a couple of days ago and
he says he is feeling good. He had a good race in Reading the other day and
was looking forward to today. The Toyota United team does have a couple of the
best sprinters in the field but they have many cards to play.
The two briding riders are getting
caught by the field now leaving just the four leaders out there over two minutes
The women are going over Lemon Hill
and the field is totally strung out. Four riders have a slight advantage over
the field going over the top but the field is chasing hard behind them on this
downhill. The gap is ten seconds.
Kristin Armstrong is driving the
break that also has Beutler, Katie Mactier, Sue Palmer-Komar and Sarah Ulmer.
The five of them are working together
and T-Mobile is chasing really hard and has is strung out. The pace of T-Mobile
is splitting up the field. The break has five seconds as they go around the
circle at the start/finish. Two laps to go now for the women.
break has been caught as they go through the feed zone and the field is spread
across the road. This is the only time they can feed during the race.
Back to the men's race and Ryan Yee
(Sucessfulliving.com) and Jacob Fetty (Nerac) are trying to bridge to the break.
They have 30 seconds on the field as they head onto Manayunk for the third time.
The leaders have increased their gap to 3 minutes as they hit the climb.
The leaders are on the wall. They
are all looking at each other. There is a battle for the KOM points between
O'Laughlin and MacBurnie. The crowds are really growing. We are going past the
water hole. It's traditional that this hose sprays water onto the climb each
year for the riders to cool down a bit in the heat. This year it's quite cool
so the hose is pointed down at this point. It will be put to use later in the
day no doubt.
Macburnie took the points followed by Jones, O'Laughlin
and Hartley. The chasers are at 2'45" now with the field at 3'00".
Traditionally in the men's race the
guys in these early break are pawns for their team's and will eventually get
caught later in the race having allowed their teammates to sit in and stay as
fresh as possible until the main action starts later. The beauty of the KOM
competition however gives these guys something to be out here for as well, so
they'll be aiming to stay out there as long as possible and get as many points
as they can early in the day.
Right now in the women's race things
have settled down. There's no attacking and they're going fairly easy at this
point. They can see the men's field going in the other direction along Kelly
Dr as they head along the river towards Manayunk. This will be their third of
four laps for the day.
Yee and Fetty have been caught by
We talked to Rahsaan Bahati (TIAA CREF) this morning
before the race. He says his job for the day is to get Danny Pate to the front
of the peloton before the base of the climb each lap. Of course getting him
to the front is not a problem but getting over each climb and back up into position
to help out Pate again every lap is quite a task. It is important for these
team leaders to have good position going onto the climb. Because there are a
couple of sharp turns before the very steep climb the peloton bottle necks and
if you don't have good position you have to slow down a lot and then you have
to chase over the top the climb which is wasting energy. After ten laps and
200km it makes a difference.
The men are a kilometer to Lemon Hill
right now where they'll sprint for more KOM points.
the points so he's easily leading the KOM competition. The guys in the break
look really smooth and they're working well together.
The women are at the base of Manayunk.
It looks like a Webcor rider attacking on the climb. She opened up a big gap
and climbed the wall solo.
A group has joined the Webcor rider
in the women's field and they have a gap on the rest of the field. It looks
like ten riders in the group as descend this long fast downhill and towards
There is another ambulance on the
course as the riders come up on it. It's quite dangerous. The front group actually
has about 15 riders and it's been driven right now by the Lipton team. They
have quite a big gap on the rest of the field - it looks like at least 30 seconds
right now. Lipton and Webcor are attacking out of the group. T-Mobile is chasing.
The Lipton rider is driving the pace.
In the men's field another two riders
attacked the field to try to bridge but they have now been caught. There has
been a crash in the feed zone. It's Gerardo Rodriguez from the Colombian National
Team. He is up and getting back on though.
In the women's field the two attackers
from the front group have been caught and the group of 15 is getting caught
by the rest of the peloton. It's not quite caught but it's getting there. Lipton
was initially driving the break we leads one to believe that Teutenberg was
not in the group, so T-Mobile must be chasing the rest of the field back on.
The men's peloton is taking a major
nature break. The gap to the leaders have increased to over four minutes.
It's all back together in the women's
field as they head towards Lemon Hill for the second last time. It's still about
40 women in that front group with all the favourites in there. The rest of the
peloton is broken up into three or four major groups.
11:08 EDT 85km/145.4km to go
Josh Taylor (Rite
Aid) has attacked the peloton and is in no man's land in between the break and
the field. He has 35 seconds on the field. He's going to be hoping that someone
else comes with him as he tries to bridge to this break.
is on Main Street, Manayunk. They are taking about 30 second turns and keeping
a good rhythm.
Funnily enough on the descent, the police are lining
the roads to make sure the team cars stay under 45 miles an hour on the descent.
I believe they even issued tickets last year.
O'Laughlin leads the group onto the
climb. They're all out of the saddle going past thousands of screaming spectators.
Hartley takes over the pace and they're moving at a very nice tempo. It's really
steep here half way up.
As they reach the end of the really steep
section they get to the water hole and Hartley is still leading. MacBurnie gets
ready to move forward to take the points. There is no contest for the sprint.
He takes them and leads them around the corner on to the descent.
A Victory Brewing rider has attacked.
It's Leigh Hobson and she has a small gap. Lipton started the chase but now
another rider is trying to bridge from the Nurnberger. T-Mobile lead the chase
and it's all together again.
Another riders has attacked the women's
field. A Nurnberger rider is bridging up. There is another group of four chasing
them followed by the field. Lipton is chasing.
The small groups off the front of
the women's field have been caught. It's all together again as they near Manayunk
for the final time.
11:23 EDT 94.88km/135.52km to go
In the men's
field the lead riders now have 5'40" on the field. There is a small split in
the men's field as some of the teams think about starting the chase. They are
getting to Lemon Hill for yet another KOM sprint. MacBurnie takes the points
T-Mobile is on the front of the peloton
as they head along Main St before the climb. People are getting positions for
the climb. The climbers will really give it everything on this final climb.
The Lipton team is just in behind T-Mobile as they turn onto the climb over
a small cobbled section under the railway.
Beutler is on the front again going
up the climb but she's not actually attacking this time. It's wide across the
road on the steepest section of the climb.
The riders have gone over the top
of Manayunk now. It was all together over the top this time. The climbers have
obviously decided to set it up for their sprinters now. I'm sure we'll see some
attacks on the way in though. Most likely from riders like Sarah Ulmer.
The field is strung out on the descent
but it's all together. TEAm Lipton is on the front with T-Mobile just behind.
In the men's field a couple of Toyota United riders are on the front setting
the pace. It's not a real chase yet but it's somewhat of a start.
Ed Beamon, Director of Navigator's
wearing a purple wig and a crazy hat. Not sure what the significance of that
is but I guess that's just Ed.
In the women's field Victory Brewing
has a few riders on the front of the field right now but it's not fast. It's
spread across the road with probably about 35 riders left up front. Nurnberger
has attacked and T-Mobile has just covered it. The Nurnberger riders looked
around the see the T-Mobile rider on her wheel and has stopped. Nurnberger is
pulling hard trying to set things up for the World Champion Regina Schleicher.
Schleicher came second last year to Teutenberg and will be hoping to improve
on that this year.
The women are just going over Strawberry
Hill now. Less than ten kilometers to go in their race.
Joanne Keisanowski (New Zealand) is
also one to watch if this comes down to a bunch sprint. Rochelle Gilmore too
but we are not sure if she is still in the bunch at this point.
A few riders are attempting to attack which has the field strung out at this
point, but nothing is getting off the front right now. Victory Brewing has been
attacking, Nurnberger also. TEAm Lipton and T-Mobile are keeping it all together.
In the men's race the gap is up to
The women's field is approaching Lemon
Hill for the last time. It looks like Ina-Yoko Teutenberg is attacking. She
is with another rider. It's Sarah Ulmer and a Lipton rider. They've been caught
It's single file now and T-Mobile
is on the front. They have less than five kilometers to go. Regina is sitting
in just behind the T-Mobile team. Colavita are behind her.
Kimberly Baldwin is driving the pace
but a Webcor rider has attacked. The whole Lipton team is on her wheel. However
on the other side of the road the T-Mobile team is faster so they've pulled
ahead again. They are going around a corner.
All the sprinters are
lined up behind Teutenberg. They are coming up to the finish. T-Mobile driving
it. Teutenberg starts the sprint. Regina comes around Teutenberg to take the
win with Tina Pic taking third place.
Teutenberg couldn't quite defend the
title. The World Champion goes one better than last year and takes the win.
1 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Nurnberger
2 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) T-Mobile
3 Tina Pic (USA) Colavita
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