STAGE 3: HOSKING TAKES THE WIN AT SAN DIMAS CRITERIUM, NEBEN WINS OVERALL.
Chloe Hosking took her second win of the season today at the San Dimas criterium. The team kept Amber Neben in the leader's jersey for the Overall win with Amanda Miller in second.
There was bit of controversy yesterday after two women off the front descended behind a men's group who had passed them at the feed zone. HTC-highroad stayed in yellow, but the girls adjusted their strategy for stage three.
"After keeping yellow yesterday, we still wanted to set Chloe up," said Miller, "But today, coming in we also wanted to take time bonuses away from Kristen Armstrong and Heather Logan-Springer."
"I was able to gain three seconds in the second sprint and got back up in the GC, and Chloe [ Hosking ] surfed the pack and saved up for the finish."
"We had our priorities today," Hosking recalls, "We made sure that before I went for the sprint that Amber's [ Neben ] GC was secure, and then we had to get Amanda [ Miller ] back in second."
"I picked up the intermediate sprint on the way, and the girls did a great job defending GC threats."
"I followed the GC wheels and jumped on Colavita train in the last lap, which played out perfectly."
The girls look forward to Redlands next weekend and will focus on their recovery during these next few days. This marked Hosking's second victory of the season.
STAGE 1: A GREAT START TO SAN DIMAS FOR HTC-HIGHROAD- NEBEN AND MILLER TAKE FIRST AND SECOND IN ITT
Former Time Trial World Champion, Amber Neben lived up to her name with a victory in the San Dimas Stage Race's individual time trial today, followed by Amanda Miller.
"Any time you have to throw down a fifteen minute effort, it's hard," says Neben, "Plus it's March and it felt like it!"
"But I had a good ride and we as a team are happy with things, it's great to have my first win with HTC."
Sport director Jens Zemke is happy with the results, now able to work more tactically with the team into stage two.
"We were working for a good start, and now we are in a comfortable position," says Zemke, "We should have a decent time gap to defend tomorrow."
"Tomorrow the stage is pretty hard, but we plan to ride open and aggressive to keep our lead."
Amanda Miller finished behind Neben and in front of Kristin Armstrong, another former world champion.
"The climb was tough, but steady enough that you could keep a good rhythm," says Miller. "There was a little bit of a head-wind and you could feel it in a few of the turns, but I was still able to catch people which I think gave me the momentum I needed to pull second."
"We have our work cut out for us tomorrow and Sunday, it should be an aggressive race," Neben predicts, But it's really good to have two cards up front, I am very confident in the team."
PREVIEW: HTC-HIGHROAD WOMEN'S TEAM ARMED AND READY FOR SAN DIMAS
The women of HTC-Highroad have finished their pre-rides for the San Dimas Stage race tomorrow with a focus on gaining a good position out of the first stage individual time trial. After a good look at the circuit and the road race course, sport director Jens Zemke is optimistic.
"The girls looked good in training, and they should have the legs for tomorrow," Says Zemke, "If we don't get ahead out of the ITT, then we can only go for stage wins- but I am confident that we can gain a position to defend."
"We have Amber [ Neben ] with us who is a former world time trial champion, as well as Chloe Hosking who has had three wins this year already. Also, Amanda Miller has had two wins this year and rode well with Ally [ Stacher ] as we saw in Merced, so our line up is well suited for this race. "
"The course for tomorrow won't be easy," says Miller, "A 3.8 mile hill climb to around 1400 feet will be challenging, but all of us are in good shape and very exited to be racing so we're not intimidated."
"There is some strong competition for tomorrow, Kristin Armstrong and a few others we need to look out for," Says Zemke, "But if the weather stays decent and our girls from overseas [Hoskings, Colclough] are well rested I think we can start San Dimas off with a bang."
HTC-Highroad for San Dimas: Amber Neben (USA); Ally Stacher (USA); Amanda Miller (USA); Katie Colclough (GBR); Chloe Hosking (AUS).