Carroll jumps to 3rd overall after taking 2nd in Stage 3 of Joe Martin.
Fayetteville, AR –Team TIBCO was looking for a sprint finish to Stage 3 of the Joe Martin Stage to try and get Katharine Carroll in one of the top three positions on the stage to earn a time bonus and make up valuable seconds on the four women ahead of her in the overall classification.
Team TIBCO helped keep the race together to the end, and Carroll's teammate Lauren Tamayo gave her a strong lead-out that delivered Carroll to 2nd place behind sprinter Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) on the rolling, 70-mile stage, and earn her a 10-second time bonus. Yesterday's stage winner, Joanne Kiesanowski, took 8th on today's stage.
The 10-second time bonus moved Carroll from 5th overall to 3rd overall, now just 0:09 behind race leader Alison Powers (Team Type 1), and 0:05 behind 2nd place Katheryn Curi Mattis (Webcor).
"It is still possible for Kat to win the race," noted team directeur sportif Jeff Corbett. "But she has to win the final stage and Powers has to finish outside the top three on the stage. It's going to be difficult."
But the final-stage criterium is more like a hard circuit race, run on a technical 1.5-mile course that finishes with a steep uphill sprint on Church Street in downtown Fayetteville. It's a race of attrition, and likely one in which Team TIBCO, as well as Webcor, will do everything they can to put pressure on race leader Powers and her Team Type 1 teammates.