The downtown Redlands criterium course is a highly technical, 9 turn course that is approximately a mile long, mostly flat, with a slight uphill gradient to the start/finish. There were three points sprints with the first at 15 minutes in, the second at 30 minutes in, and the last of the point sprints at 15 minutes to go and all three of the points sprints were won by Kori Seehafer (Team Type 1). There were also intermediate time bonuses that were won by Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Columbia), which moved her to within striking distance of the current leader, Amber Neben (ShoAir). Neben started the criterium 14 seconds up on Teutenberg.
I was able to talk to Seehafer (Team Type 1) about the race and about her sweep of the intermediate sprint points today. She mentioned that while the race was difficult, many of the women were still feeling the previous day’s hard and windy stage in their legs, which may have explained the absence of a breakaway.
I also talked to Tina Pic (Colavita), who told me that while there were no breakawys that stuck and needed to be chased down, it was still tough going. Between the 9 turns, some of them off camber and some of them turns of more than 90 degrees, maintaining position in the pack was more difficult than it usually is.
The Tibco women were aggressive and did try to shake up the field with numerous attacks, but all of their attacks were quickly brought back by Colavita (working for Tina Pic) and Team Columbia (working for Ina Yoko Teutenberg). Kim Anderson (Columbia), was very active on the front patrolling any dangerous moves. Colavita and Columbia also recieved assistance from Webcor and ValueAct Capital in chasing down Tibco’s numerous attacks.
Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Columbia) had a textbook perfect win: She rounded the last turn of the last lap four or five wheels back, sprinted around the few riders in front of her, and finished with a clean set of wheels over the line.