Numainville tops aggressive women’s Clarendon Cup

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Jun. 11, 2011
  • Updated Jun. 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM EDT

Joelle Numainville wins the women's race over Leah Kirchmann. Photo: Casey B. Gibson |

Joelle Numainville won the Clarendon Cup at the U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic Saturday afternoon in Arlington, Virginia.

Numainville (Tibco-To The Top) took the sprint after Janel Holcomb (Colavita-Forno D’Asolo) made a late attack in the 80-minute National Racing Calendar event.

Temperatures in the mid-80s were cooler than the record-breaking highs leading up to the weekend in the nation’s capital.

The Holcomb/Numainville finale told the story of the day. Tibco and Colavita punched hard at each other on the technical, five-corner course.

“We thought a break would go today because it was a 60k crit and a tight, technical course,” said Tibco’s Meredith Miller, who chased Holcomb down with a lap to go. “If it wasn’t us it was (Colavita) and if it wasn’t them it was us.”

Holcomb jumped hard in the closing laps, putting Tibco on the defensive. Miller shot after her and said she was “full gas trying to bring her back.” The acceleration set up the Colavita leadout train and Cath Cheatley took the NRC defending champions into the last corner before Numainville jumped around her for the win.

Quick results

  • 1. Joelle Numainville, Tibco-To The Top
  • 2. Leah Kirchmann
  • 3. Lauren Hall, Colavita-Forno D’Asolo
  • 4. Jo Kiesanowski, Tibco-To the Top
  • 5. Samantha Schneider, Tibco-To the Top

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Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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