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Teutenberg repeats in Reading

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg is making the most of her time in America. In the span of three days, the German High Road rider has won a pair of Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling criteriums, gotten her hair done and purchased new shoes. “Things are cheap here to begin with,” said Teutenberg of her weeklong stay in southeastern Pennsylvania that included a day of shopping on Wednesday. “Throw in the strength of the Euro and it’s even better.”

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By Jason Sumner

2008 Reading Classic: Teutenberg wins

2008 Reading Classic: Teutenberg wins

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg is making the most of her time in America. In the span of three days, the German High Road rider has won a pair of Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling criteriums, gotten her hair done and purchased new shoes.

“Things are cheap here to begin with,” said Teutenberg of her weeklong stay in southeastern Pennsylvania that included a day of shopping on Wednesday. “Throw in the strength of the Euro and it’s even better.”

Indeed, the only thing stronger than the European currency may well be Teutenberg herself. With Thursday’s triumph at the Reading Classic criterium, she’s now won five straight Triple Crown races, two this year and all three in 2007 including the prestigious Liberty Classic.

2008 Reading Classic: World champion Kristin Armstrong is back stateside for a few races.

2008 Reading Classic: World champion Kristin Armstrong is back stateside for a few races.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

In Reading, Teutenberg was part of a five-rider group that broke away from the field about halfway through the 25-mile race that traced a 1.8-mile circuit through the city’s downtown. On the final lap Teutenberg punched the accelerator with 200 meters to go, easily out-gunning Team Tibco’s Joanne Kiesanowski. Cheerwine’s Laura Van Gilder was third in the 1:01:23 race.

“No way,” answered Teutenberg when asked if winning ever gets old. “Each one is a little different, so you appreciate them all.”

So exactly how many of those unique wins have there been?

“How many?” Teutenberg asked back. “I have no idea. A lot?”

Fair enough.

Unlike on Tuesday when Teutenberg had to bury herself to make a solo bridge across to the decisive breakaway, this time she was part of the key selection that was initiated by Kristin Armstrong, team leader of the Swiss-based Cervelo-Lifeforce squad and a U.S. Olympic hopeful. Only Teutenberg, Joanne Kiesanowski, Laura Van Gilder and Alison Powers

2008 Reading Classic:Alison Powers leads the break in the women's race.

2008 Reading Classic:Alison Powers leads the break in the women’s race.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

(Colavita-Sutter Home) could respond to the 2006 world time trial champion’s move, quickly making the race a five-rider affair.

“Kristin went with Ina on her wheel,” explain Kiesanowski, who is married to former Tour de France rider Jeff Pierce. “It was clear that was going to be the big break of the day.”

What wasn’t clear is how to beat Teutenberg. Despite doing the bulk of the work in the break, the two time Liberty Classic winner (2007 and 2005) had little trouble taking the sprint at the end.

“No one was really working that hard in the break so the time came down a lot on the last lap,” explained Teutenberg of a gap that was cropped from 60 seconds to just 13 by the finish. “I came into the final straightaway on Alison Power’s wheel and then just had a go. It was a bit of an uphill to the finish so it was better to start my sprint from a ways out because there’s less of a draft.”

Teutenberg’s final burst generated a 950 watts reading on her SRM power meter. She says 1200 is about her max.

Next up for the women is Sunday’s Liberty Classic, a 56.7-mile race run on the same circuit as the men’s Philadelphia International Championship.

2008 Reading Classic: Ina Teutenberg chasing.

2008 Reading Classic: Ina Teutenberg chasing.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

In both cases competition begins and ends on Philadelphia’s historic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In between, the women will turn four laps of the main 14.4-mile circuit that includes the infamous Manayunk Wall and its precipitous grades in excess of 17 percent. At stake in the women’s three-race series is a $27,200 prize purse that includes $5000 for the overall winner. The weather report is calling for high humidity and temperatures in the high 90s.

“It’s going to be a whole different ball game,” predicted Teutenberg. “They will be even more good bike riders there so it won’t be so easy.”

Of course among those new bike riders will be Teutenberg’s High Road teammates, who up to this point have been in Quebec contesting Le Tour du Grand Montreal. Following that race’s conclusion Thursday, they’ll make the trip south to Philadelphia.

Safe to say Teutenberg’s time in the States could get even better.

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Results

TITLE
1. Ina-yoko Teutenberg, Team High Road – Wom in 01:23.0
2. Joanne Kiesanowski, Team TIBCO
3. Laura Van Gilder, Cheerwine Cycling
4. Alison Powers, Colavita/Sutter Home
5. Kristin Armstrong, Cervelo-Lifeforce
6. Kelly Benjamin, Cheerwine Cycling in 01:36.0
7. Amber Rais, Team TIBCO
8. Shontell Gauthier, Colavita/Sutter Home
9. Kacey Manderfield, Verducci/Breakaway R
10. Lara Kroepsch, ValueAct Capital Cyc
11. Erica Allar, Aaron\’s Professional
12. Emma Rickards, Cervelo-Lifeforce
13. Melissa Sanborn, Vanderkitten Racing
14. Rebecca Larson, Aaron\’s Professional
15. Jacquelyn Crowell, Team Kenda Tire
16. Flavia Oliveira, Vanderkitten Racing
17. Catherine Cheatley, Cheerwine Cycling
18. Sarah Duster, Cervelo-Lifeforce
19. Jennifer Wilson, Vanderkitten Racing in 01:42.0
20. Steph Roorda, Juice Plus/NC cyclin in 01:45.0
21. Kele Murdin, Verducci/Breakaway R
22. Catherine Powers, Aaron\’s Professional
23. Priska Doppmann, Cervelo-Lifeforce
24. Yukie Nakamura, Team Kenda Tire
25. Susy Pryde, Jazz Apple
26. Pascale Schnider, Cervelo-Lifeforce
27. Sarah Bamberger, Cheerwine Cycling in 01:58.0
28. Marple Stacy, Cheerwine Cycling in 02:02.0
29. Marni Hambleton, ValueAct Capital Cyc in 02:08.0
30. Martina Patella, ValueAct Capital Cyc in 02:16.0
31. Christina Ruiter, ValueAct Capital Cyc in 02:34.0
32. Liz Hatch, Vanderkitten Racing
33. Robin Farina, Cheerwine Cycling in 04:27.0
DNS. Anna Lang, Aaron\’s Professional
DNS. Christy Blakely, BMW-Bianchi
DNS. Laura Weislo, BMW-Bianchi p/b Hend
DNS. Beth Mason, C3-Sollay.com
DNS. Tiffany Cromwell, Colavita/Sutter Home
DNS. Tina Pic, Colavita/Sutter Home
DNS. Susan Hefler, HPC powered by Altar
DNS. Belinda Goss, Jazz Apple
DNS. Malindi Maclean, Jazz Apple
DNS. Laura Mccaughey, Juice Plus/NC cyclin
DNS. Kathryn Wilder, Team Somerset
DNS. Sarah Caravella, Team TIBCO
DNS. Sinead Miller, UPMC Cycling Perform
DNF. Sonja Evers, C3-Sollay.com
DNF. Diane Grim, C3-Sollay.com
DNF. Lorraine Lipfert, C3-Sollay.com
DNF. Janet Olney, C3-Sollay.com
DNF. Heidi Von Teitenberg, C3-Sollay.com
DNF. Patricia Schwager, Cervelo-Lifeforce
DNF. Nichole Wangsgard, Colavita/Sutter Home
DNF. Iona Wynter Parks, Colavita/Sutter Home
DNF. Kristy Swope, EPS/CSS/Riptide Cycl
DNF. Michele Bote, HPC powered by Altar
DNF. Kate Flore, HPC powered by Altar
DNF. Jennifer Rasmusson, HPC powered by Altar
DNF. Jenette Williams, HPC powered by Altar
DNF. Liz Leyden, Hub Racing
DNF. Alison Fischer, Hub Racing
DNF. Emma Giddens, Hub Racing
DNF. Leeanne Manderson, Hub Racing
DNF. Brooke O’connor, Hub Racing
DNF. Dale Tye, Hub Racing
DNF. Kristine Church, Human Zoom/ Pabst Bl
DNF. Sara Schewel, Human Zoom/ Pabst Bl
DNF. Bianca Grecu, Human Zoom/Pabst Blu
DNF. Nonnie Howard, Human Zoom/Pabst Blu
DNF. Lauren Ellis, Jazz Apple
DNF. Emma Petersen, Jazz Apple
DNF. Amity Elliot, Juice Plus
DNF. Holli Steelman, Juice Plus/NC cyclin
DNF. Rachel Warner, Juice Plus/NC cyclin
DNF. Kate Veronneau, Kutztown Cutters
DNF. Colleen Hayduk, Kutztown Inn / Bicyc
DNF. Kimberly Geist, Metro Volkswagen
DNF. Reem Jishi, Team Advil-ChapStick
DNF. Natalie Klemko, Team Advil-ChapStick
DNF. Brenda Lyons, Team Advil-ChapStick
DNF. Sarah Tillotson, Team Advil-ChapStick
DNF. Marjan Huizing, Team Kenda Tire
DNF. Jennifer Maxwell, Team Kenda Tire
DNF. Rushlee Buchanan, Team TIBCO
DNF. Sharon Allpress, ValueAct Capital Cyc
DNF. Emily Zell, ValueAct Capital Cyc
DNF. Tricia Carnila, Verducci/Breakaway R
DNF. Theresa Cliff-ryan, Verducci/Breakaway R
DNF. Lisa Jellett, Verducci/Breakaway R
DNF. Jessie Maclean, Verducci/Breakaway R

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