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By Mark Morical, Special to VeloNews
After talking with her teammate Ina Yoko Teutenberg the other night, Kristin Armstrong of T-Mobile knew it was coming.
She knew Teutenberg would put on a display of raw power en route to winning the Old Mill District Criterium in Bend on Sunday, lapping the field with teammate Katie Mactier.
Teutenberg’s second victory of the Cascade Cycling Classic – she also won Friday’s Twilight Criterium – also helped secure the overall victory for Armstrong in the women’s portion of the Cascade Cycling Classic.
“We were all talking and Ina goes: ‘You know what? I haven’t lapped the field this year yet,'” Armstrong said. “And so, when she said that … I know how Ina’s mind works, and since it didn’t happen Friday, I knew that it was coming. It was on her mind.”
Teutenberg’s and Mactier’s lapping of the field was a perfect ending to four days and five stages of sheer dominance of the Cascade Classic by the T-Mobile team, which swept the overall podium.
Armstrong’s winning time was 7 hours, 51 minutes, 9 seconds. Teammates Kimberly Baldwin and Kori Seehafer were second and third at 42 seconds and 1:29, respectively.
The girls in T-Mobile pink and black – who brought eight riders to the Cascade Classic, the most of any team – also claimed the top five spots in Sunday’s criterium. Mactier was second, followed by Mari Holden, Lara Kroepsh and Seehafer.
Teutenberg said she has lapped the field in criteriums several times before, but she was eager to accomplish it Sunday for the first time this season.
“Yeah, I’ve done it lots of times,” Teutenberg said. “But it’s the first time this year. I mean, if you can break them, then it’s good. It helps to have the numbers. It’s hard to ride against eight people.”
Mactier broke from the pack first on Sunday, on just the second lap of the tight, 1.2km course. Teutenberg joined her about 10 minutes into the 45-minute race. They built a lead of more than a minute, and then lapped the field with five laps remaining.
Teutenberg actually pushed herself through the pack again, and finished the race in front with Holden, who was a lap back, just behind her. Mactier, who had also lapped the field, finished second inside the pack.
Armstrong tried to stay at the front of the pack throughout the criterium to help secure the top three overall spots for T-Mobile. She had a lead of 42 seconds on her teammate Baldwin coming into Sunday, and 1:29 on Seehafer.
“We sent Katie off,” Armstrong said. “We wanted some of the girls who had worked really hard this week to have an opportunity to get a result as well. We were trying to control the field until they lapped the field. At that point, our goal was to try to secure the next spot.”
Armstrong, 31, who lives in Boise, Idaho, is a former triathlete who was racing her third Cascade Classic. She said she and her team will likely return to Central Oregon.
“Everyone’s just really friendly here and very supportive of cyclists,” Armstrong said. “We don’t have that all the time when we’re racing. We’re working hard here, but we’re also able to relax and enjoy each other’s company.”