Fayetteville, AR - "We were either going to win the race today or blow up trying," Team TIBCO directeur sportif Jeff Corbett said about the team's efforts to earn Katharine Carroll a stage win and time bonus to win the overall title on the final day of the Joe Martin Stage.
The six-rider squad threw everything they had at race leader Alison Powers and her Team Type 1 teammates, as did Webcor, the team of 2nd place overall Katheryn Curi Mattis. But in the end, not only did Powers survive the onslaught, once the attackers had burned their matches, she took off solo and won the stage to seal the overall victory.
"She deserved to win the race," Corbett stated.
Despite her best efforts, Carroll was unable to move up the overall classification and had to settle for 3rd overall after finishing the stage in 7th place. Her teammate, Joanne Kiesanowski, finished just behind her in 8th place, and was able to move up one spot in the overall to 9th place.
In all, Team TIBCO posted one stage win, by Kiesanowski in Stage 2, as well as a 3rd place in Stage 2 and 2nd place in Stage 3 by Carroll.
"The girls rode their hearts out, but I think they were a bit tired today," Corbett added. "They put in a lot of work to get Kat 2nd place yesterday, and it's been two hard weeks of racing for them without much break."
The five members of the Joe Martin roster besides Carroll had just come off six races in nine days in the Southeast, of which Brooke Miller won four. Carroll had just returned from a stint with the U.S. National Team in Europe the weekend before.
The team will have the better part of three weeks to rest and recover before the next block of racing on the national and international calendar kicks in again with the Tulsa Tough, May 29-31 and the Montreal World Cup on May 31.
Photo (c) Tom Ewart, NWA Photo