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Kiesanowski Solos to Second Place in St Louis
8 Sep, 2011
Joanne Kiesanowski used a potent combination of power and intelligence to finish 2nd overall in the four-race Gateway Cup series in St. Louis over Labor Day weekend.

Racing without teammates, the New Zealander racked up consecutive 2nd places in the first three races en route to her 2nd overall finish.

“It’s a bit harder when you’re on your own,” she said. “You have to be really smart and selective in your tactics. You can’t chase every break that goes. You have to decide which ones look like they could be dangerous and go after those, but not burn too much energy in the process so you have something left for the finish.”

It turned out that only in the final race did a break stay away. The first three races ended in bunch sprints.

“The bunch finishes were great,” she said. “I just tried to use good positioning and take advantage of other teams’ lead-outs to get to the finish.”

She did so quite well, taking second to veteran sprinter Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) on day one, and a pair of seconds to Lauren Hall (Colavita) on days two and three, before closing with sixth on the final day to seal 2nd overall.

“The racing was great all weekend,” she said. “The race organization did a great job with the courses. I had a lot of fun and it was awesome training.”

That training is all geared toward the New Zealand Track Omnium National Championships, which happen October 18-19, the first step toward Kiesanowski qualifying for the New Zealand Olympic Track Team for the 2012 London Games.

“After the national championship, there’s an important track camp, which the national federation uses to select teams for upcoming world cups,” she explained. “Hopefully that will all go well and I’ll be able to qualify for the Olympics.”

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Joanne Kiesanowski (r) of Team TIBCO finished 2nd overall in the four-day Gateway Cup omnium over Labor Day weekend

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