Photo Courtesy Bob Cullinan, Cycleto.com
Starla Teddergreen cemented her place as a dominant force on the US Cycling scene today by winning the coveted Davis 4th of July Criterium in front of a quality field.
"I wanted to win this race wth a vengeance" explained the diminutive Starla, ater a stellar mid year which has seen her compete successfully on the NRC circuit.
Her success was in no small part to her SugarCRM teammates, Karla Kingsley, Lindsay Myers and Kim Fong who rode textbook tactics to collecticely garner 4 of the mid race priems in front of riders from TIBCO, Touchstone and Vanderkitten and set up the punchy Starla for the finish.
"I was away early and managed to collect a couple of priems, and when i eventually came back to the group Karla and Lindsay managed to cover successive moves and gather further priems. With 5 laps to go i was surfing Karla's wheel and she was riding awesome. I momentarily lost it and Lindsay picked up with two to go and delivered me back to the front of the field. Then Karla picked me up and dropped me off at awesome pace into the last corner, I had to drag race Carol Irving (Touchstone) to the line. She was coming up fast, but i was determined to win"
The ride caps off a great Spring/ Summer campaign for Starla, who can add the victory to her two top 10 NRC finishes as she heads to Belgium for a stint of international racing on Thursday. For tomorrow though, her focus is on helping SugarCRM in tomorrows Oakland GP.
"Karla Kingsley's home race tomorrow, we have been on tour together alot this year and she took care of me today. We want to help her as much as possible in the finale for Oakland"
The SugarCRM girls stepped up today, stay tuned for news on their performances at Oakland.