Tour de 'Toona Stage 4
Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, July 30, 1999
We raced the Martinsburg Circuit today. I do not remember this loop being as
hard as it was. There were no real climbs in the loop, yet it was one of
those unrelenting courses that went up and down all day. Nothing by itself
was leg breaking. 80 miles of up and down did it. Schwab wanted to give
Nicole Freedman and Marie Holjer a shot, Navigators has the super fast Laura
Van Gilder, Timex had Kendra Wenzel, and Canada had Erin Carter.
The first two of the four laps were pretty controlled as a result. On the
third lap, Celestial Seasonings made a group effort of attacks and counters,
trying to get someone off. Particularly impressive was Leah Toffolon, who
took it upon herself to learn how to get off the front all in one day. She
did a super great job covering attacks and heading out on her own. Each
attempt at any breakaway was chased down by one of the sprinter's teams not
represented in the group ahead.
On the last lap, there were some attempts and those too were shut down.
Nothing. Only until Olympic Champion Kathy Watt made a nice attack with only a few kilometers
to go did anyone really get away from the pack. Except of course, now all
the teams interested in a sprint really got to work. In all this Elita has
been super strong and they took over the chase. And in the end, they
succeeded as did Sarah Ulmer by crossing the line first. Kathy was second.
Once again, I know no more than that. Sarah Ulmer won every single sprint
spot at the start/finish line each lap. I believe Marie Holjer took second