Posted by: mdegeorge | June 6, 2010

Goss, Teutenberg sweep the day for HTC-Columbia in Philadelphia

Matthew Goss made it another clean sweep for HTC Columbia in Philadelphia by taking the Philadelphia International Championship in a bunch sprint. Earlier in the day, Ina Teutenberg won her second straight Liberty Classic.

The men’s peloton arrived on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the final time as a compact group of 34 riders having swept up numerous breakaway attempts. The strong pace and brutal crosswinds strung the group out into a long line around Logan Square, and the lack of a dominant leadout train made the sprint into the Parkway’s headwinds a chaotic affair.

Several riders jumped too early, but Goss timed his sprint to perfection, hiding in the wind until around 200 meters and taking the win to reward the hard work of his team’s chasing efforts.

“We were not in the best position all day,” Goss said. “We missed the big breaks every time and then we had to do a lot of work on the front all day to it was nice to get the win.”

Peter Sagan, Liquigas’ young Slovakian sensation, took home second, followed by BMC’s Alexander Kristoff. The main pack finished the 156-mile course in 6:15:46.“It was strange,” Kristoff said of the chaotic sprint. “There were a lot of guys going to the line and because of the headwinds. If you started early, you would blow off, and I had to wait, wait, wait, and I waited a little bit too long.”

It’s Goss’s first win in the City of Brotherly Love and caps a great month for the Australian that included a win in Stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia. He’s the second straight HTC rider to win the race, following Andre Greipel last year.

Goss’s experience riding in Philly on three previous occasions, including in support of former winners Matti Breschel and Juan-Jose Haedo while with Team CSC, helped him today.

“I know how it’s going to pan out, I know the race pretty well, and I love the race, so it’s good to win,” Goss said.

In the women’s race, Teutenberg surprised no one by taking a field sprint for her second straight and fourth overall win in Philadelphia. Shelley Evans (Peanut Butter and Co) launched the sprint first and briefly opened a slight gap on the field. But fast-breaking Teutenberg timed her burst to perfection to claim the victory. The field took 2:31:39 to complete the 57.6 mile course.

“I just jumped too early,” said Evans, who settled for second place ahead of Theresa Cliff-Ryan of Colavita/Baci. “You live and you learn and you just get better every time and I’m excited to do it again.”

The field was all together with two laps of the 14.9 mile course remaining, with all the big names near the front.

On the third circuit of four, Webcor Builders’s Erinne Willock jumped out ahead of the pack, amassing a lead of 45 seconds over a loosely organized peloton. HTC had all five of their riders in the top 15 spots of the group along with 51-year-old Jeannie Longo, but were not yet forming an organized effort to chase down the Canadian.

Eventually the HTC Machine swept up Willock and fractured the peloton into several small groups. The work of Linda Villumsen helped them achieve the split, and teammate Evelyn Stevens led the select group of 22 riders onto the Parkway for the final sprint.

In the men’s race, Nathan O’Neill (Bahati Foundation) led the field over the Manayunk Wall with 10 laps to go, taking maximum King of the Hill points and opening a 35 second advantage over a breakaway group of 16. That group was led by four riders from Bahati Foundation, Jason Donald, Cesar Augusto Grajales, Matthew Rice, and Bobby Lea. The group also included BMC’s Chris Barton and Chad Beyer, Amore e Vita’s Bernardo Colex, Jamis/Sutter Home’s Andres Pereyra, Jelly Belly’s Kiel Reijnen, Kenda’s Nick Waite, Spidertech’s Bruno Langlois, Team Type 1’s Christopher Jones, UnitedHealthCare’s Jonathan Clarke, Swedish National Team’s Christian Bertilsson, and US National Team’s Caleb Fairly and Taylor Shelden.

The main field, with Liquigas organized near the front with all eight riders present, was just 3:30 back and about to swallow up one lone rider, Team Mountain Khakis Matt Cooke, isolated between groups.

By their next time through the Parkway, the group had incorporate O’Neill, and also grew to include Liquigas’ Daniel Oss, Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Ryan Anderson, Fly V Australia’s Hayden Brooks, and Jelly Belly’s Will Routley. Tim Farnham (Adageo Energy) was trying to bridge the gap to the main field over three minutes back, and the main field, with HTC-Columbia and Bissell near the front of the pack, came across with a gap of 4:38.

The group was whittled down to 16 with eight laps to go, but their advantage had stretched to nearly five minutes over the main field.

Routley was the first to take a flier from the front of the main field, opening a 50 second advantage over a seven-rider remnant of the breakaway comprised of Oss, Beyer, Grajales, James Driscoll, Pereyra, Langlois, and Jones hovered around a minute back. A second group of Colex, Lea, Brooks, Reijnen, Anderson, Waite, Clarke, and Shelden hit the six laps to go mark down 2:21.

The peloton, with HTC, Liquigas, Fly V, and Bissell near the front, looked content to let the break stay up the road and have the gap hover between four and five minutes.

The Liquigas team didn’t have the legs to continue, with four riders—Francesco Chicchi, Tiziano Dall’Antonio, Fabio Sabatini, and Elia Viviani—abandoning with five laps to go. The peloton, now with Kelly Benefit Strategies pushing the pace, ate into Routley’s advantage quickly and swallowed up the eight-man breakaway remnant. Routley’s edge over the main group was down to just 2:33 with 36 miles to go, with the seven-man group still surviving between the leader and peloton.

The seven-man group was a thing of the past by the ninth trip up the Manayunk Wall, with Oss, Grajales, and Jones just surviving to the top. Local hopeful Scott Zwizanski of KBS, Ermmano Capelli of Footon-Servetto-Fuji, and Ryan Roth of Spidertech bridged the gap up to swell the chase group to six.

Routley survived the final ascent of the Manayunk Wall but was overtaken by a group of six before the start of the Lemon Hill climb. Fairly and Zwizanski couldn’t hang with the final selection of four that included Oss, Capelli, Roth, and Serhy Grechyn (Amore e Vita). They had 38 seconds advantage with nine miles (three laps) to go over a Jamis/Sutter Home-led peloton in a long-single file line that was spitting out riders by the mile. The peloton allowed the break to dangle over the next few miles, with the lead down to 13 ticks with three miles left.

Oss and a teammate launched attacks on the final climb up Lemon Hill, but the group was all together by the time they reached the Parkway to allow the sprinters to fight it out for the win..

O’Neill failed to finish the race, but took home the Sugarhouse Casino Jackpot Sprint Competition for most point accrued across the start/finish line in the early laps. Grajales and Ruth Corset took home King and Queen of the Hill honors, respectively, for scoring the most points at the summit of the Manayunk Wall and Lemon Hill climb. Weather played a factor all day, with temperatures into the 90s and high humidity sapping the riders’ strength. Only 67 of the 152 entrants in the men’s race made it to the finish line, while 80 of the 119 women finished their race.

“It was very difficult,” said Sinead Miller of Peanut Butter and Co, who finished 25ht and took home the Best Young Rider Honors. “No one really talked about how hot and humid it would be, but it was brutal. But it was great to come here with the team and have the opportunity to race with them.”

“I’m glad we did only four laps, because I think six laps would have been quite hard getting up that hill,” added Teutenberg. “I don’t envy the boys for having to do all those times up there.”

Severe crosswinds off the Schuylkill River fractured the men’s peloton on several occasions and while a stiff headwind contributed to a disorganized sprint free-for-all. It could have been much worse though had severe thunderstorms in the area intervened, but the course luckily stayed dry throughout.

Liberty Classic

Final results (all same time)

1. Ina Teutenberg (HTC Columbia)

2. Shelley Evans (Peanut Butter and Co.)

3. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Baci)

4. Brooke Miller (TIBCO-To The Top)

5. Trixi Worrack (Norris Cycling)

6. Joelle Numainville (Webcor Builders)

7. Ruth Corset (TIBCO)

8. Kristy Broun (Verducci Breakaway)

9. Carla Swart (Vera Bradley)

10. Joanne Kiesanowski (TIBCO)

Philadelphia International Championships

Final results (all same time)

1. Matthew Goss (HTC-Columbia)

2. Peter Sagan (Liquigas)

3. Alexander Kristoff (BMC)

4. Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis/Sutter Home)

5. Vidal Celis (Footon-Servetoo-Fuji)

6. Guillaume Boivin (Spidertech)

7. Martin Gilbert (Spidertech)

8. David Victoria (Footon-Servetto-Fuji)

9. Javier Megias Leal (Team Type 1)

10. Shawn Milne (Team Type 1)

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