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12:42 p.m. German Petra Rossner has done it again. Saturn’s German sprint power won the Liberty Classic in Philadelphia for the fifth straight time. Rossner’s finishing time was 3:01:47. The good news for Saturn continued as Australian Anna Millward finished second to retain her overall World Cup lead. Dutch rider Debbie Mansfeld was third, followed by Canadian Sandy Espeseth (Intersports) and Mirjam Melchers (Acca Due-O). Stay tuned for a complete report on the race.
12:03 p.m. The sun has broken through the clouds, the temperature is 80 degrees, and the women’s field went over the Manayunk Wall with no attacks. Heading into the finishing miles, the race is set to end with a sprint.
11:45 a.m. Heading onto the fifth and final lap, the women’s field is all together. The fourth lap time was 34:46, the fastest of the day. All indications are that the race will finish with a large field sprint, a scenario that favors Saturn’s 4-time Liberty Classic champion Petra Rossner of Germany.
11:15 a.m. The women completed their third lap and headed out for the fourth of five laps all together. There was a break of 4 riders on the third lap, but Saturn’s Ina Teutenberg led the chase to reel in the breakaways. Teutenberg was working for Saturn team leader Anna Millward and 4-time Liberty Classic champion Petra Rossner.
10:35 a.m. The women have completed their second lap, in a time of 35:44 and are now heading to the Manayunk wall for their third time. Still no major breaks or attacks.
10:11 a.m. (Eastern time) After an hour of racing, the women’s field is still together. There have been no attacks and no breaks.