Commerce Bank Liberty Classic
Dutchwoman Beltman solos to victory
Like Big Brown at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg came up short in her bid to sweep the Triple Crown. But unlike the heavily favored horse, Teutenberg had teammates to fall back on.
Teutenberg won the first two rounds of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling in the Lehigh Valley and Reading, but settled for third in Sunday’s Philadelphia Liberty Classic. In her place, fellow High Road rider Chantal Beltman soloed out of a late-race, four-rider break to take the final leg win.
“We won as a team today,” said Beltman, who finished the 57.6-mile race in 2:28:52, six seconds ahead of Brooke Miller (Team Tibco) who won the bunch sprint for second. “When you have a strong sprinter like Ina on your team, you are always in a good position. We have six strong riders so we had a lot of cards to play.”
The endgame in the women’s four-lap race unfolded during the final trip up the famed Manayunk Wall. With the field already whittled away by the blistering heat that was nearing 90 degrees by the end of the race, High Road launched the three-pronged attack of Kim Anderson, Mara Abbott and Beltman.
Team Tibco’s Joanne Kiesanowski was the only non-High Road rider able to respond, and the foursome crested Manayunk’s precipitous 17-percent climb together, then rocketed downhill toward the finish line back on Philadelphia’s famed Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
From there, the High Road tactic was simple – take advantage of superior numbers to wear down the isolated rider. Anderson delivered the first blow, ramping up the speed as the riders dropped down Manayunk Avenue and onto Kelly Drive. Abbott took over from there, launching an attack that drew out Kiesanowski, who knew she either chased or watched the race disappear up the road.
Kiesanowski managed to hold Abbott’s wheel, but Beltman was still lurking, biding her time for the perfect moment to launch another High Road offensive.
“As soon as Joanne caught Mara, I went on my own just before Lemon Hill,” explained the Dutchwoman Beltman, alluding to the short climb that precedes the final run in to the finish. “From there I just gave it my all because I knew I had nothing to lose. If the field catches me, then we have Ina for the sprint. We had it under control all day. It was awesome.”
Kiesanowski couldn’t respond to the final sortie, getting scooped up by the main field and ending up seventh.
Meanwhile, Teutenberg missed out on her chance to post a second straight Triple Crown sweep, but got ample consolation from the team win.
“I would have been sad if my teammate didn’t win,” said Teutenberg, who won the Liberty Classic in 2005 and 2007. “But since High Road won, that’s all that matters. We wanted to win the race and that’s what we did.”
Teutenberg and company also grabbed the lion’s share of the women’s $27,200 prize purse, which included $5,000 for the overall series winner – a prize the German did win.
These results are provided for informational purposes only. Please note that the protest period for this event has expired and no changes can or will be made to these results. PLACE NAME TEAM TIME 1 BELTMAN, Chantal Team High Road - Women 2:28:52 2 MILLER, Brooke Team Tibco 2:28:58 3 TEUTENBERG, Ina Team High Road - Women 2:28:58 4 MCRAE, Jen Team Advil/Chapstick 2:28:58 5 SCHLEICHER, Regina Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2:28:58 6 PIC, Tina Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki 2:28:58 7 KIESANOWSKI, Joanne Team Tibco 2:28:58 8 OLDS, Shelley PROMAN Racing 2:28:58 9 ROORDA, Steph Juice Plus+ Women's Cycling Te 2:28:58 10 ALLAR, Erica Aaron's Women's Professional C 2:28:58 11 MCNELLIS, Carmen Aaron's Women's Professional C 2:28:58 12 DUSTER Sarah Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2:28:58 13 FRANGES, Lauren Team Tibco 2:28:58 14 CHEATLEY, Catherine Cheerwine Cycling 2:28:58 15 CANDRIAN, Lorena HPC Powered by Altarum 2:28:58 16 MARPLE, Stacy Cheerwine Cycling 2:28:58 17 VAN GILDER, Laura Cheerwine Cycling 2:28:58 18 SANBORN, Melissa Vanderkitten Racing 2:28:58 19 VALLETTI, Leigh Vanderkitten Racing 2:28:58 20 CROMWELL, Tiffany Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki 2:28:58 21 WYNTER PARKS, Iona Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki 2:29:04 22 CARROLL, Katharine Aaron's Women's Professional C 2:29:04 23 SANDERS, Kristin Aaron's Women's Professional C 2:29:04 24 ABBOTT, Mara Team High Road - Women 2:29:04 25 LARSON, Rebecca Aaron's Women's Professional C 2:29:04 26 ALLPRESS, Sharon ValueAct Capital Cycling Team 2:29:04 27 METZGER, Melodie PROMAN Racing 2:29:04 28 VZESNIAUSKAITE, Modesta Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2:29:04 29 ANDERSON, Kim Team High Road - Women 2:29:15 30 WOOD, Oenone Team High Road - Women 2:29:19 31 MANDERFIELD , Kacey Verduci Breakaway Racing 2:29:25 32 OLIVEIRA, Flavia Vanderkitten Racing 2:29:25 33 MILLER, Meredith Aaron's Women's Professional C 2:29:29 34 POWERS, Alison Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki 2:29:29 35 ELLIOT, Amity Juice Plus+ Women's Cycling Te 2:29:33 36 THORBURN, Christine Webcor Builders Cyclng Team 2:29:33 37 GRAIN, Gina Webcor Builders Cyclng Team 2:29:33 38 ELLIS, Lauren Jazz Apple Cycling Team 2:29:41 39 LLOYD, Rachel PROMAN Racing 2:29:44 40 BENJAMIN, Kelly Cheerwine Cycling 2:29:48 41 WILLOCK, Erinne Webcor Builders Cyclng Team 2:30:13 42 RAIS, Amber Team Tibco 2:30:13 43 DOPPMANN, Priska Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2:30:50 44 RICKARDS, Emma Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2:32:17 45 ARMSTRONG, Kristin Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2:32:17 46 HAMBLETON, Marni ValueAct Capital Cycling Team 2:32:17 47 DE GOEDE, Suzanne Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2:32:17 48 BAMBERGER, Sarah Cheerwine Cycling 2:36:47 49 STEELMAN, Holli Juice Plus+ Women's Cycling Te 2:36:52 50 WILSON, Jennifer Vanderkitten Racing 2:36:52 51 SCHNIDER, Pascale Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2:36:52 52 PERKINS, Virginia PROMAN Racing 2:36:52 53 EVERS, Sonja C3-Sollay.com 2:36:52 54 KEMMERER, Arley Hub Racing 2:36:52 55 FLORE, Kate HPC Powered by Altarum 2:36:52 56 HUIZING, Marjan Tream Kendra Tire 2:36:52 57 SCHWAGER, Patricia Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling 2:36:52 58 WARNER, Rachel Juice Plus+ Women's Cycling Te 2:36:52 59 MYERS, Andrea Tream Kendra Tire 2:36:52 60 SCHEFFENACKER, Kristy HPC Powered by Altarum 2:36:52 61 LINDBERG, Marie Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2:36:52 62 FARINA, Robin Cheerwine Cycling 2:36:56 63 PETERSEN, Emma Jazz Apple Cycling Team 2:38:19 64 CARNILA, Tricia Verduci Breakaway Racing 2:38:19 65 PATELLA, Martina ValueAct Capital Cycling Team 2:38:19 66 CLARK, Kathryn Tream Kendra Tire 2:38:19 67 WANGSGARD, Nichole Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki 2:38:19 68 MANDERSON, Leeanne Hub Racing 2:40:42 DNS CLIFF-RYAN, Theresa Verduci Breakaway Racing DNS WRUBLESKI, Alex Webcor Builders Cyclng Team DNS GOSS, Belinda Jazz Apple Cycling Team DNS PRYDE, Susy Jazz Apple Cycling Team DNS MCCAUGHEY, Laura Juice Plus+ Women's Cycling Te DNS VOCI, Gina Juice Plus+ Women's Cycling Te DNF BATES, Kate Team High Road - Women DNF KLEINMANN, Larissa Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung DNF MACLEAN, Jessie Verduci Breakaway Racing DNF MURDIN, Kele Verduci Breakaway Racing DNF JELLET, Lisa Verduci Breakaway Racing DNF HOLCOMB, Janel Webcor Builders Cyclng Team DNF OLSON, Cora BMW-Bianchi DNF BOSSIE, Nicole BMW-Bianchi DNF WEISLO, Laura BMW-Bianchi DNF PETOSA, Jennifer BMW-Bianchi DNF MCCAULEY, Cara BMW-Bianchi DNF OLNEY, Janet C3-Sollay.com DNF LIPFERT Lorraine C3-Sollay.com DNF MASON, Beth C3-Sollay.com DNF CASTOR-GRIMM, Diane C3-Sollay.com DNF VON TEITENBERG, Heidi C3-Sollay.com DNF GAUTHIER, Shontell Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooki DNF WILLIAMS, Jenette HPC Powered by Altarum DNF RASMUSSEN, Jen HPC Powered by Altarum DNF GOLENOR, Lesley HPC Powered by Altarum DNF TYE, Dale Hub Racing DNF GIDDENS, Emma Hub Racing DNF FARRIN, Sheba Hub Racing DNF LEYDEN, Liz Hub Racing DNF MACLEAN, Malindi Jazz Apple Cycling Team DNF DRUMM, Helene PROMAN Racing DNF DRUMM, Kristin PROMAN Racing DNF PALMER-KOMAR, Sue Team Advil/Chapstick DNF LYONS, Brenda Team Advil/Chapstick DNF KLEMKO, Natalie Team Advil/Chapstick DNF TILLOTSON, Sarah Team Advil/Chapstick DNF BOWLES, Laura Team Advil/Chapstick DNF HARKER, Marni Tream Kendra Tire DNF MAXWELL, Jennifer Tream Kendra Tire DNF NAKAMURA, Yukie Tream Kendra Tire DNF HEAL, Rachel Team Tibco DNF KELLY, Helen Team Tibco DNF KROEPSCH, Lara ValueAct Capital Cycling Team DNF ZELL, Emily ValueAct Capital Cycling Team DNF RUITER, Christina ValueAct Capital Cycling Team DNF HATCH, Liz Vanderkitten Racing DNF TILLEY, Jennifer Vanderkitten Racing