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Numainville tops aggressive women’s Clarendon Cup

2011 Air Force Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup, Joelle Numainville
Joelle Numainville wins the women's race over Leah Kirchmann. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

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