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Kiesanowski Comes Close in Thater
1 Sep, 2011
Joanne Kiesanowski of Team TIBCO/To the Top narrowly missed out on the victory at the Chris Thater Memorial in Binghampton, New York this past weekend. The 2nd place finish to Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita) provided a strong close to the Team’s North American program.

“The girls rode one of their best races of the season,” said Team Directeur Sportif/Manager Lisa Hunt. “We wanted to be aggressive and get breaks going and try to get one established that would stay away. But we knew that if it came down to a sprint finish, we still had Jo and Sam (Schneider), and a really strong lead-out.”

The race was going according to plan, with the Team chasing in-race primes and using these efforts to get moves going on the course around Recreation Park in Binghampton.

While the efforts animated the race, the moves kept coming back. But, Hunt noted, “as soon as one move was caught another one of our riders would counterattack,” she said.

As the laps counted down, however, it became apparent that Thater would come down to a sprint finish, a rarity in recent years.

The Team’s plans for the sprint got a bit disrupted with six laps to go when Jennifer Wheeler was taken down in a crash. She was able to get back up and continue and reintegrated with the pack when it came around on the next lap.

The Team started to get together as the race reached its final laps, but plans once again were upended when Schneider was taken out of contention by another crash, which also almost took out Carmen Small.

“We had planned to put both Sam and Jo in a position to sprint to try to force Theresa’s hand,” Hunt said. “With Sam out of the sprint, we lined it up for Jo. But not having Sam definitely hurt a bit.”

Wheeler and Alison Powers took on the lead-out duties for Kiesanowski and delivered her to the finish straight for the drag race to the line. The New Zealander used her track power to push to the line for 2nd on the day.

“We did a good job at the end even without Sam,” Hunt said. “Ali rode a fantastic race. It was good to see her back up to speed and having fun out there. It’s obvious we missed her strength this season.”

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Jo K in great late season form - courtesy TIBCO / Epic images

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