Featured Stories

Recent Videos

Liberty Classic Report, Full Results – Numainville 4th, Albrecht QoM

report by Pro Cycling Tour

June 5, 2011 (Philadelphia, USA) – Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO/To The Top was just off the podium in 4th as reigning road worlds champ Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita Forno d’Asolo won the 92.7km (4x23km) Liberty Classic in Philadelphia on Saturday. Numainville was among the strongest women the final time up the grueling Manayunk Wall (17% grade). Fellow Canuck Lex Albrecht (Juvederm-Specialized) took home the Queen of the Mountain jersey for her breakaway effort on the first lap that prevailed until the final time up the Manayunk climb.

Pro Cycling Tour – TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship – Liberty Classic Report
Philadelphia (June 5, 2011) – The Liberty Classic had everything needed for a great bike race — a long solo breakaway, a calculated chase by the field and a dramatic field sprint seeing the current world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Colavita Forno d’Asolo) winning ahead of Shelley Olds (Diadora Pasta Zara) and Jennifer Purcell (Team Danbury Audi) in two hours, 28 minutes, 28 seconds.

“I was not so good today but I must thank my team because the girls did the best work today,” Bronzini said. “I did not feel good on the first climb and I was trying not to spend energy in the race but save it. On the last lap, I spent a lot of power to stay up on the climb, and I tried to recover for the sprint.”

Most of the race was led by Canadian Lex Albrecht (Juvederm-Specialized) who made a solo move on the first lap to go for the Queen of the Mountain competition, which she won after staying away for three of the four laps.

“I was aiming for the QOM jersey and that’s what I got,” Albrecht said. “But after the first lap I saw I was going really well so I just decided to gun it and see how long I could stay for. It’s pretty special because this was only my second time doing this race and last year I crashed out early. I’ve been thinking about this race for a whole year. It’s a great course and I love the spectators.”

Winning on such a difficult course as one rider, alone, on the front is a near impossibility, and the strong teams calculated their catch to perfection on the last lap. Going into the finish with a field sprint meant the various teams tried to position their sprinters in the best location — near the front but not on the front.

The Colavita Forno d’Asolo team had two sprint cards to play in Bronzini and Philadelphia rider Theresa Cliff-Ryan. Neither rider felt in their top shape today but each had enough to get to the final kilometer where they could be a one-two punch in the sprint.

“My legs were not the greatest but I can still sprint, so I knew if I could make it to the finish I could do it,” Cliff-Ryan said. “It’s such a great feeling to race here every year with all the fans. We did a lot of work and in the last 5km I told Giorgia we both make the sprint because that is our best chance. There was a lot of fighting in the sprint today but we got the win, and with the world champion too!”

Still Cliff-Ryan managed a top-10 result after working for her teammate.

This was Bronizini’s first time racing the Liberty Classic, but for the world champion wearing the famed rainbow jersey the course and the Manayunk Wall were not too difficult to manage.

“Not so much,” she said of the difficulty of The Wall. “Four times is good for my legs! I took the wall in the first position, and I finished it in the middle every time.”

Results

1. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita Forno d’Asolo 2:28:28
2. Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora Pasta Zara
3. Jennifer Purcell (USA) Team Danbury Audi
4. Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO/To The Top
5. Chloe Hosking (Aus) HTC-Highroad
6. Joanne Kiesanowski (Nzl) TIBCO/To The Top
7. Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS
8. Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom
9. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Colavita Forno d’Asolo
10. Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Colavita Forno d’Asolo
11. Liza Rachetto (USA) Team Danbury Audi
12. Kate Chilcott (Nzl) CRCA
13. Courteney Lowe (Nzl) CRCA
14. Joanie Caron (Can) Juvederm-Specialized
15. Cath Cheatley (Nzl) Colavita Forno d’Asolo
16. Emily Collins (Nzl) Vanderkitten Racing
17. Robin Farina (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS
18. Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora Pasta Zara
19. Devon Gorry (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS
20. Emily Thurston (USA) XO Communications/Battley Harley-Davidson
21. Leah Guloien (Can) Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized Elite
22. Laura Meadley (Aus) MVP Healthcare Cycling
23. Denise Ramsden (Can) Juvederm-Specialized
24. Genevieve Whitson (Nzl) MVP Healthcare Cycling
25. Lindsay Myers (USA) Team Danbury Audi
26. Lindsay Honaker (USA) XO Communications/Battley Harley-Davidson
27. Michelle Gauthier (Can) RE:FORM/Cyclepower
28. Fabienne Gerard (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA
29. Mary Zider (USA) Juvederm-Specialized
30. Erin Silliman (USA) Virginia Assets pb Artemis/Trek
31. Kristina Seley (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized Elite
32. Kristine Wander (USA) CAWES Cycling
33. Anna Young (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling
34. Veronique Labonte (Can) Juvederm-Specialized
35. Anna Barensfeld (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized Elite
36. Emily Kachorek (USA) Team Danbury Audi
37. Lex Albrecht (Can) Juvederm-Specialized
38. Kristen Lasasso (USA) Mellow Mushroom
39. Erika Graves (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS
40. Carmen Small (USA) TIBCO/To The Top
41. Ainhoa Diez (USA) ParCycles.com/Mix1
42. Monika Sattler (Ger) XO Communications/Battley Harley-Davidson
43. Cara Gillis (Can) Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized Elite
44. Patricia Buerkle (USA) Virginia Assets pb Artemis/Trek
45. Jeannie Longo (Fra) HumanZoom
46. Kacey Manderfield (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA
47. Kathleen Billington (USA) Team Danbury Audi
48. Sara Tussey (USA) ParCycles.com/Mix1
49. Rachel Neylan (Aus) Diadora Pasta Zara
50. Andrea Luebbe (USA) HumanZoom
51. Emma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO/To The Top
52. Amber Neben (USA) HTC-Highroad
53. Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Colavita Forno d’Asolo
54. Kathryn Donovan (USA) CRCA
55. Ally Stacher (USA) HTC-Highroad
56. Meredith Miller (USA) TIBCO/To The Top
57. Pierce Amber (USA) Diadora Pasta Zara
58. Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Highroad
59. Amanda Miller (USA) HTC-Highroad
60. Adriana Visser (Ned) HTC-Highroad
61. Lauren Robertson (USA) CRCA
62. Moriah MacGregor (Can) Juvederm-Specialized
63. Rachel Warner (USA) Missing Link Coaching Systems/Specialized Elite
64. Cynthia Nelson (Can) RE:FORM/Cyclepower 0:01:58
65. Laurel Larsen (USA) XO Communications/Battley Harley-Davidson
66. Bergen Watterson (USA) ParCycles.com/Mix1
67. Clara Kelly (USA) MVP Healthcare Cycling
68. Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO/To The Top 0:02:10
69. Nicky Wangsgard (USA) Vanderkitten Racing 0:02:24
70. Arley Kemmerer (USA) CAWES Cycling 0:02:52
71. Andrea Myers (USA) HumanZoom 0:02:55
72. Cheri Fager (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA
73. Sally Annis (USA) Mellow Mushroom
74. Jocelyn Setter (USA) CAWES Cycling 0:03:35
75. Cinthia Lehner (USA) ParCycles.com/Mix1
76. Marianne Holt (USA) ParCycles.com/Mix1
77. Rebecca Wellons (USA) Team Danbury Audi
78. Vanessa Drigo (USA) Vanderkitten Racing
79. Audrey Scott (USA) Farm Team Elite
80. Andrea Dvorak (USA) Colavita Forno d’Asolo 0:04:10
81. Starla Teddegreen (USA) Vanderkitten Racing 0:05:14
82. Lenore Pipes (Gum) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA 0:05:38
83. Gray Patton (USA) CRCA 0:06:27

Queen Of The Mountain

1. Lex Albrecht (Can) Juvederm-Specialized 30 pts
2. Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Highroad 12
3. Adriana Visser (Ned) HTC-Highroad 10
4. Joanne Kiesanowski (Nzl) TIBCO/To The Top 6
5. Amber Neben (USA) HTC-Highroad 6
6. Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO/To The Top 6
7. Andrea Dvorak (USA) Colavita Forno d’Asolo 6
8. Amanda Miller (USA) HTC-Highroad 4
9. Laurel Larsen (USA) XO Communications/Battley Harley-Davidson 3
10. Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora Pasta Zara 2
11. Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO/To The Top 2
12. Jeannie Longo (Fra) HumanZoom 1
13. Emma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO/To The Top 1
14. Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Colavita Forno d’Asolo 1





Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.