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Kiesanowski Podiums in Salem
23 Apr, 2014
Winston-Salem, NCPut in a strong overall performance to help land Joanne Kiesanowski on the podium in 2nd place in the Winston-Salem Criterium Saturday afternoon.
 
In what was destined to be a bunch sprint at the end, Team TIBCO shut down a dangerous late break, and then put the three-time New Zealand Olympian into good position for the final turn and short sprint to the line. She was just edged out by Italian Elena Cecchini (Estado de Mexico Faren).
 
“There were a lot of little breaks going off but nothing got more than five or 10 seconds,” Kiesanowski said. “You could tell a lot of people wanted a bunch sprint.
 
“The team rode really well the whole race. Lauren (Stephens) and Andrea (Dvorak) were covering a lot of moves and getting into breaks, as was Sam (Schneider).”
 
After some early mechanical trouble sent her to the pit for quick repairs, Kiesanowski rejoined a surprisingly diminished field. “It was a really fast, really hard race,” she said. “When I got back in, the field was down by half. But was good to get rid of a lot of people that early because it was a fast course with a lot of hard turns. We were definitely railing the corners really hard.”
 
As the laps ticked down, the team put Kiesanowski in good position near the front. Going into the last lap, she was positioned on Cecchini’s wheel, who was sitting on the wheel of U.S. National Criterium Champion Ali Powers’ (UHC) wheel.
 
“It was crazy and hectic the last few laps. A lot of elbowing. You had to hold your ground. My track experience definitely helped,” she said. “Ali led it out in the last lap and I think she thought she had Hanna Barnes on her wheel, but she didn’t,” Kiesanowski explained. “When she swung wide on the last corner, Cecchini got inside of Powers and I went with her and was able to get past Ali on the line but I couldn’t quite get to Cecchini.”
 
After all their work, Schneider and Stephens were both able to crack the top 10, taking 7th and 8th respectively.

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