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Race 2 - June 3: Lehigh Valley Classic (Women), 40.2km/25mi

Teutenberg solos to win

By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team High Road)
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While the rest of her team-mates are busy dominating Le Tour du Grand Montréal, High Road's Ina Teutenberg once again came down to Philly week to get some speed training by contesting the two criterium races before Sunday's Liberty Classic. But unlike the past two years with smaller fields of domestic teams and elite amateurs, this year's series has more firepower in it - including riders such as former world champion Kristin Armstrong and her European Cervelo-Lifeforce team.

Also in the field were domestic powers like United States of America Criterium Champion Tina Pic (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine). One would think Teutenberg at a disadvantage without a lead-out - lead-out, schmeede-out, as the German simply rode away from the entire field for a solo victory.

"I think everyone wanted to get a break away without me, because they knew I didn't have any team-mates," she told Cyclingnews. "So it was pretty hard racing and I had to be clever to get in the breaks."

The race finally came down to four with Teutenberg and Van Gilder riding with Allison Powers (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Sarah Duster (Cervelo-Lifeforce) sitting on.

Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine)
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"The other two weren't really working," said Teutenberg. "Laura already attacked off the front and they both looked at me and I said, 'Ya know, at least one needs to work'. But I attacked them a little later so their tactic didn't really work."

Then it was two going into the final lap of the 30 mile race. On the backside of the course was a small hill, which ended up making the difference in the end.

"I attacked on the hill so I had an initial gap, and I pushed it because I wasn't so sure how fast I was after all what I did," she said. "It was a very strong field and it created a lot of opportunities, and it was a taxing course, so it was a good tactical race. The wind added another element, so that with the hill made a difference."

The chase was on in the women's event
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Van Gilder was enthused by the turnout of the women's field, at least double last year's, and hoped the organizer took notice. "I hope they increase the prize so that it is competitive with the men," she said. "With a field of this caliber I think we are deserving of proper compensation, and I am happy we are here in Allentown."

Armstrong finished in the field with a team-mate up the road, but is content just to get the racing legs moving again as the riders start their training for the Olympics.

"The promoter asked if we wanted to come to the two crits, and we thought the girls would have a good time," said Armstrong. "And we are just starting to now build up to training for Beijing coming out of a training camp. A lot of the girls hadn't been to America before so it would be fun for them!"

"I was really impressed with the race, because I had told the girls to expect around 40 starters," she said. "And then I get to the start line and I saw 85 on the start list...I was impressed. Ina was definitely the strongest out there."

The women's criterium series continues in Reading on Thursday, while the rest of the women's peloton will be on hand Sunday for the Liberty Classic.


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1 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team High Road - Women               
2 Laura Van Gilder (USA) Cheerwine Cycling                       
3 Alison Powers (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light             
4 Sarah Duster (Ger) Cervelo-Lifeforce                           
5 Tina Pic (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                  
6 Kelly Benjamin (USA) Cheerwine Cycling                         
7 Martina Patella (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team            
8 Erica Allar (USA) Aaron's Professional Women's C               
9 Catherine Cheatley (NZl) Cheerwine Cycling                     
10 Laura Mccaughey (USA) Juice Plus/NC cycling                   
11 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo-Lifeforce                     
12 Rebecca Larson (USA) Aaron's Professional Women's C           
13 Melissa Sanborn (USA) Vanderkitten Racing                     
14 Christina Ruiter (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team          
15 Robin Farina (USA) Cheerwine Cycling                          
16 Liz Hatch (USA) Vanderkitten Racing                           
17 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Cervelo-Lifeforce                       
18 Susy Pryde (NZl) Jazz Apple                                   
19 Holli Steelman (USA) Juice Plus/NC cycling                    
20 Steph Roorda (Can) Juice Plus+ Cycling Team                   
21 Sharon Allpress (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team           
22 Kate Veronneau (USA) Kutztown Cutters                         
23 Marple Stacy (USA) Cheerwine Cycling                          
24 Marni Hambleton (Can) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team           
25 Catherine Powers (USA) Aaron's Professional Women's C         
26 Sarah Caravella (USA) Team TIBCO                            
27 Emma Rickards (Aus) Cervelo-Lifeforce                         
28 Jacquelyn Crowell (USA) Team Kenda Tire                       
29 Kate Flore (USA) HPC powered by Altarum                       
30 Jessie Maclean (USA) Verducci/Breakaway Racing                
31 Dale Tye (NZl) Hub Racing                                     
32 Sarah Bamberger (USA) Cheerwine Cycling                       
33 Pascale Schnider (Swi) Cervelo-Lifeforce                      
DNS  Anna Lang (USA) Aaron's Professional Women's C              
DNS  Andrea Dvorak (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki          
DNS  Nichole Wangsgard (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki      
DNS  Liz Leyden (Aus) Hub Racing                                 
DNS  Lauren Ellis (USA) Jazz Apple                               
DNS  Belinda Goss (Aus) Jazz Apple                               
DNS  Sarah Tillotson (USA) Team Advil-ChapStick                  
DNS  Amber Rais (USA) Team TIBCO                                 
DNF  Christy Blakely (USA) BMW-Bianchi                           
DNF  Laura Weislo (USA) BMW-Bianchi               
DNF  Sonja Evers (USA) C3-Sollay.com                             
DNF  Diane Grim (USA) C3-Sollay.com                              
DNF  Lorraine Lipfert (USA) C3-Sollay.com                        
DNF  Beth Mason (USA) C3-Sollay.com                              
DNF  Janet Olney (USA) C3-Sollay.com                             
DNF  Heidi Von Teitenberg (USA) C3-Sollay.com                    
DNF  Patricia Schwager (Swi) Cervelo-Lifeforce                   
DNF  Lenore Imhof (USA) Colavita Racing, Inc.                    
DNF  Shontell Gauthier (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki      
DNF  PARKS, Iona Wynter (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki     
DNF  Kristy Swope (USA) EPS/CSS/Riptide Cycling                  
DNF  Lorena Candrian (USA) HPC powered by Altarum                
DNF  Lesley Golenor (USA) HPC powered by Altarum                 
DNF  Jennifer Rasmusson (USA) HPC powered by Altarum             
DNF  Kristy Scheffenacker (USA) HPC powered by Altarum           
DNF  Jenette Williams (USA) HPC/LIST                             
DNF  Alison Fischer (USA) Hub Racing                             
DNF  Emma Giddens (USA) Hub Racing                               
DNF  Leeanne Manderson (Aus) Hub Racing                          
DNF  Brooke O'connor (USA) Hub Racing                            
DNF  Nonnie Howard (USA) Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon            
DNF  Malindi Maclean (NZl) Jazz Apple                            
DNF  Amity Elliot (USA) Juice Plus                               
DNF  Rachel Warner (USA) Juice Plus/NC cycling                   
DNF  Yukie Nakamura (USA) Team Kenda Tire                        
DNF  Veronica Martinez (Arg) JVR Sports                          
DNF  Colleen Hayduk (USA) Kutztown Inn / Bicycling World         
DNF  Kimberly Geist (USA) Metro Volkswagen                       
DNF  Natalie Klemko (USA) Team Advil-ChapStick                   
DNF  Marjan Huizing (USA) Team Kenda Tire                        
DNF  Jennifer Maxwell (USA) Team Kenda Tire                      
DNF  Rushlee Buchanan (USA) Team TIBCO                           
DNF  Sinead Miller (USA) UPMC Cycling Performance                
DNF  Lara Kroepsch (USA) ValueAct Capital Cycling Team           
DNF  Flavia Oliveira (USA) Vanderkitten Racing                   
DNF  Jennifer Wilson (USA) Vanderkitten Racing                   
DNF  Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing          
DNF  Kacey Manderfield (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing           
DNF  Tricia Carnila (USA) Verducci/Breakaway Racing              
DNF  Lisa Jellett (USA) Verducci/Breakaway Racing                
DNF  Kele Murdin (USA) Verducci/Breakaway Racing                 
DNF  Jacqueline Paull (USA) Watchung Wheelmen/High Gear Cy       

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