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Nature Valley Grand Prix

Minnesota

Stage 5: Stillwater Criterium

June 18, 2006
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Armstrong holds onto leader's jersey, Ulmer takes final stage
By Steve Kay

For the second year, the winner of the women's prologue in Great River Energy's Nature Valley Grand Prix went into Sunday's fifth stage holding the yellow jersey.

And, for the second year, that rider came away with the jersey.

TEAm Lipton's Kristin Armstrong maintained her lead to finish as the overall 2006 Nature Valley Grand Prix Champion, holding onto the yellow jersey for the duration of the five-day event.

Unlike Saturday's race, though, when she took victory away from Jazz Apple's Sarah Ulmer, Armstrong only finished fourth. Instead, Ulmer took the well-earned win on the 1.2-mile criterium course that included the famed Chilkoot Hill, a 50-meter climb pitching at 18 percent.

While nearly 100 racers began the day's race, a group of three riders – Armstrong, Ulmer, and Team Biovail's Anne Samplonius – broke out in front after the second lap. They would remain out in front by as much as 20 seconds from the chase group, headed by Webcor-Platinum Builder's Christine Thorburn, until the final lap.

Chilkoot Hill proved to be challenge even for the most experienced of riders.

"I felt like my heart was going to come out of my chest," Armstrong said of the push up the hill.

With huge crowds on the hill yelling at the riders, Armstrong said she found assistance with her drive for the finish.

"The crowds today were awesome, especially at the finish. It really helped give me that extra push up the hill," Armstrong said of the crowds.

The hill turned out to be the final hurdle in what was a grueling couple of days.

"I'm going to go home and put my feet up for a few days," an exhausted but thrilled Armstrong said after today's final stage.

Biovail's Alex Wrubleski and TEAm Lipton's Kori Seehofer came in second and third, respectively. Overall, Seehofer also finished second followed in third by defending Nature Valley champion Thorburn.

A gracious Armstrong was not only very impressive in her first Nature Valley Grand Prix, she was impressed by the event.

"This whole event was very well run. The volunteers did an amazing job this whole week, including the volunteer director [David LaPorte]," she said.

The other major story of the 5-day Nature Valley Grand Prix was the emergence of the relatively unknown Palo Alto Bicycle Works/TIBCO rider Brooke Miller. Miller captured Thursday's road race in Cannon Falls and had a strong showing today in Stillwater. She was awarded the Freewheel Bike Sprint Jersey for her efforts.

Miller, who until last week was known only to diehard cycling enthusiasts, will now be a force on women's racing scene. Her coach and legendary cyclist Linda Jackson sees big things in Miller's future.

"Brooke has a shot at making it to the 2008 Olympics. If not 2008, then certainly by 2012," Jackson said when asked about Miller's chances for the next Olympic games.

Team Biovail Pro Cycling's Alex Wrubleski held on to the BMC Best Young Rider Jersey.

The Great River Energy Nature Valley Grand Prix is the first event in the Women's Prestige Cycling Series. It continues next month with the Tour De Toona and concludes in September with the Bermuda Grand Prix. Armstrong will wear the yellow jersey when the Women's Prestige Series continues in Altoona.

Until then, Armstrong will take a few well-deserved days off, and then begin her preparation for the US Nationals.

Position
No.
Rider Team
Time
Gap
1.  
195  
Sarah Ulmer Jazz Apple Cycling Team
.48'56"  
  
2.  
76  
Alex Wrubleski * Team Biovail Pro Cycling
.49'00"  
4"  
3.  
37  
Kori Seehafer TEAm Lipton
.49'00"  
...  
4.  
31  
Kristin Armstrong TEAm Lipton
.49'06"  
10"  
5.  
73  
Anne Samplonius Team Biovail Pro Cycling
.49'06"  
...  
6.  
1  
Christine Thorburn Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team
.49'06"  
...  
7.  
38  
Laura Van Gilder TEAm Lipton
.49'06"  
...  
8.  
15  
Sue Palmer-Komar Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team
.49'14"  
18"  
9. 
61  
Mara Abbott * Rio Grande/Sports Garage
.49'16"  
20"  
10.  
6  
Erinne Willock * Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team
.49'18"  
22"  
11.  
16  
Tina Pic Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team
.49'36"  
40"  
12.  
66  
Alison Powers Rio Grande/Sports Garage
.49'36"  
...  
13.  
47  
Kristin Sanders Cheerwine
.49'42"  
46"  
14.  
193  
Rosara Joseph * Jazz Apple Cycling Team
.50'08"  
1'12"  
15.  
4  
Betina Hold Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team
.51'10"  
2'14"  
16.  
33  
Lara Kroepsch TEAm Lipton
.51'12"  
2'16"  
17.  
152  
Kristin Wentworth America's Dairyland
.51'16"  
2'20"  
18.  
21  
Katharine Carroll * Victory Brewing Team
.51'19"  
2'23"  
19.  
141  
Marisa Asplund Colorado Premier Training - Colnago
.51'30"  
2'34"  
20.  
41  
Sarah Bambeger Cheerwine
.51'39"  
2'43"  
21.  
209  
Teresa Moriarty Flanders/MBRC
.51'42"  
2'46"  
22.  
172  
Karol-Ann Canuel * Equipe du Quebec
.51'49"  
2'53"  
23.  
134  
Katie Mactier Argon 18/Champion System
.51'49"  
...  
24.  
175  
Emilie Roy * Equipe du Quebec
.51'49"  
...  
25.  
27  
Kate Sherwin Victory Brewing Team
.51'49"  
...  
26.  
106  
Victoria Vallstrom PABW Powered by TIBCO
.51'49"  
...  
27.  
84  
Melodie Metzger McGuire Cycling Team
.51'49"  
...  
28.  
192  
Michelle Hyland * Jazz Apple Cycling Team
.51'55"  
2'59"  
29.  
74  
Amanda Shaw Team Biovail Pro Cycling
.51'55"  
...  
30.  
227  
Kathleen Billington * Connecticut Coast Cycling
.51'55"  
...  
31.  
86  
Taitt Sato McGuire Cycling Team
.51'55"  
...  
32.  
2  
Katheryn Curi Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team
.52'00"  
3'04"  
33.  
3  
Felicia Gomez Webcor-Platinum Women's Cycling Team
.52'00"  
...  
34.  
35  
Meredith Miller TEAm Lipton
.52'05"  
3'09"  
35.  
18  
Iona Wynter Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team
.52'17"  
3'21"  
36.  
166  
Caitlyn Mccullough * Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team
.53'50"  
4'54"  
37.  
36  
Liza Rachetto TEAm Lipton
.53'50"  
...  
38.  
34  
Katherine Lambden TEAm Lipton
.54'22"  
5'26"  
39.  
142  
Megan Monroe Colorado Premier Training - Colnago
.54'36"  
5'40"  
40.  
208  
Ann Hansgate * Flanders/MBRC
.54'36"  
...  
41.  
121  
Sharon Allpressü TRIA
.54'36"  
...  
42.  
145  
Nicky Wangsgard Colorado Premier Training - Colnago
.54'36"  
...  
43.  
104  
Brooke Miller PABW Powered by TIBCO
.54'36"  
...  
44.  
54  
Rebecca Larson * Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling
.54'36"  
...  
45.  
75  
Alison Testroete * Team Biovail Pro Cycling
.54'47"  
5'51"  
46.  
24  
Leigh Hobson Victory Brewing Team
.54'47"  
...  
47.  
17  
Sima Trapp Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team
.54'47"  
...  
48.  
26  
Tara Ross Victory Brewing Team
.54'47"  
...  
49.  
165  
Heather Labance Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team
.54'47"  
...  
50.  
42  
Michelle Beltran Cheerwine
.54'47"  
...  
51.  
51  
Candice Blickem Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling
.55'02"  
6'06"  
52.  
98  
Catherine Walberg Team Kenda Tire
.55'03"  
6'07"  
53.  
67  
Syrae Weikle Rio Grande/Sports Garage
.55'03"  
...  
54.  
101  
Julie Adams PABW Powered by TIBCO
.55'08"  
6'12"  
55.  
44  
Charm Breon Cheerwine
.55'08"  
...  
56.  
65  
Kendra Keeley Rio Grande/Sports Garage
.55'13"  
6'17"  
57.  
45  
Elizabeth Frye Cheerwine
.55'55"  
6'59"  
58.  
103  
Amy Mackey * PABW Powered by TIBCO
.55'55"  
...  
59.  
96  
Jennifer Trew * Team Kenda Tire
.55'55"  
...  
60.  
91  
Tamyra Barnard Team Kenda Tire
.55'55"  
...  
61.  
163  
Rochelle Gilmore * Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team
.55'55"  
...  
62.  
219  
Molly Vetter-Smith Mesa Cycles Racing Team
.55'55"  
...  
63.  
72  
Joelle Numainville * Team Biovail Pro Cycling
.55'55"  
...  
64.  
55  
Catherine Powers Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling
.55'55"  
...  
65.  
105  
Flavia Oliveira * PABW Powered by TIBCO
.56'38"  
7'42"  
66.  
225  
Julia Bradley Team R.A.C.E.
.58'43"  
9'47"  
67.  
171  
Marie-Pier Bédard * Equipe du Quebec
.58'43"  
...  
Riders dropping out
  
11  
Sara Tillotson Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team
  
  
  
12  
Gina Grain Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team
  
  
  
25  
Kirsten Robbins Victory Brewing Team
  
  
  
32  
Sarah Caravella TEAm Lipton
  
  
  
52  
Mackenzie Dickey * Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling
  
  
  
53  
Shannon Hutchison-Krupa Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling
  
  
  
71  
Stephanie Bourbeau Team Biovail Pro Cycling
  
  
  
85  
Martina Patella * McGuire Cycling Team
  
  
  
92  
Abby Cooper * Team Kenda Tire
  
  
  
112  
Jennifer Joynt Velo Bella-Kona
  
  
  
113  
Kele Murdin Velo Bella-Kona
  
  
  
116  
Jane Ziegler Velo Bella-Kona
  
  
  
123  
Pamela Hinton TRIA
  
  
  
124  
Moriah MacGregor TRIA
  
  
  
125  
Jenn Reither TRIA
  
  
  
126  
Carmen Small TRIA
  
  
  
143  
Brooke Ourada Colorado Premier Training - Colnago
  
  
  
144  
Lisa Sweeney * Colorado Premier Training - Colnago
  
  
  
155  
Natalie Klemko * America's Dairyland
  
  
  
167  
Emma Nelson Advil-ChapStick Cycling Team
  
  
  
173  
Joanie Caron * Equipe du Quebec
  
  
  
184  
Andrea Myers *# Team Blue Cycles/Uvex
  
  
  
191  
Brei Gudsell * Jazz Apple Cycling Team
  
  
  
205  
Paula Plant Birchwood/GIS
  
  
  
210  
Shana Sturla Flanders/MBRC
  
  
  
224  
Beth Allen Team Joy Rides/Austin Flyers
  
  

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