Specialized-lululemon doubled up in Gatineau this weekend to win both the time trial event and the road race. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won GP Gatineau on Monday in a bunch sprint from Rochelle Gilmore and Alona Andruk.
“It was a pretty aggressive race,” said Teutenberg. “Especially the second half. We tried pretty hard to get in a break and so did all the other teams. It was good racing.”
During the first half of the race Tara Whiten went on a solo attack, which stayed away for some time, joined by Bridie O’Donnell.
“It was a bit early for a solo break and it would have been hard out there for Tara,” explained Teutenberg. “It was hot and windy and it was hard for breaks to stay away. The roads were pretty wide open and it was so much easier to roll in the bunch than for a break to stay.”
After all the break attempts were reeled in, the race came down to a bunch finish and Teutenberg had a lead out from her team in the final.
“I went a little too early in the sprint,” she said, “especially into the headwind. But I was able to hold it so I was happy with that.
“I haven’t raced since late April, so it’s nice to come back and have a solid weekend of racing. It seems like the training worked well and it was a good start the next block.