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Pezzulo wins Tulsa Tough opener

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Jun. 10, 2011

Tiffany Pezzulo timed a long sprint perfectly to win the Blue Dome Criterium on the first night of the Tulsa Tough on Friday. Pezzulo (Primal-Mapmyride.com) came around Christina Smith (Now MS) in the final meters to top a four-up group sprint and take command of the three-day National Racing Calendar omnium.

The racing got especially chippy after a large crash with 25 laps to go in the 55-minute contest. Pezzulo and Smith escaped the peloton with Kori Seehafer and Kristen LaSasso (Mellow Mushroom). With top favorite Laura Van Gilder represented by LaSasso up front, the foursome rotated smoothly, blowing through mid-race primes en route to a maximum advantage of more than 25 seconds.

Seehafer punched out with three to go, but was quickly reeled back and the acceleration gave the group enough pace to stay away to the line. When Smith faltered late in the long, slight uphill sprint, Pezzulo came by for the win. Seehafer held on for third a few seconds back, the Smith between her and a charging field.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Tulsa Tough. All the pro races this weekend are being streamed live on VeloNews.com at VeloNews.competitor.com/live

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Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of VeloNews.com. 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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