California, USA, March 9-11, 2007
55nine Performance client Tina Pic wins AGAIN!
The women's race ended in a bunch sprint with Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light winning the bunch sprint against T-Mobile's Suzanne de Goede and Team Lipton's Kori Seehafer. Webcor Builders Christine Thorburn cruised through today's fifty-minute criterium and safely brought home the leaders jersey while her teammate Katheryn Curi held on to third. Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light's Dotsie Bausch remained in second.
"Our priority was to keep the overall, keep Katheryn on the podium and try to get Laura Yoisten a stage win," a tall order from the former Olympian and overall race winner. "I thought it was a really fun criterium today and I was pretty relaxed because the team did such a great job from the start. I wasn't ever too concerned because we didn't have to gain time, all I had to do was not lose any time so we just had to keep it together."
Attacks flew off the front from the first lap, but the persistently high speeds brought everything back with in a lap or two. "We would have been happy with certain breaks," Thorburn said. "Though I've never seen a break succeed to the finish on that course. We were monitoring the breaks to make sure there were no threats but we weren't bringing them all back."
T-Mobile made a strong presence at the front with one lap to go for their sprinter Suzanne de Goede, while Team Lipton and Colavita/Sutter Home keyed off of them. "It was really aggressive today and there is just no such thing as pedaling around any more, there was non-stop at attacking until five laps to go," said Dotsie Bausch. "Aaron's and Lipton were pushing because they had nothing to lose. They were aggressive from start to finish."
Bausch added, "T-Mobile gave Suzanne a solid lead out. In the last corner Tina and Suzanne were fighting for the last corner and Tina let her have it because it became a little sketchy. Tina came around her in the last two hundred meters."