Early attacks take their toll on peloton

The climbs of the 57-mile Crouch-Garden Valley stage took its toll on the peloton Sunday at the Exergy Tour here in Idaho. With an eight-mile ascent and five-mile climb thrown into the mix, the field crumbled early on, as the attacks began well before the mountains came into view.

In the end, Germany's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-Lululemon) sprinted to victory, while Canada's Leah Kirchmann (Optum/Kelly Benefits) took second and USA's Megan Guarnier (TIBCO-To The Top) was third.

While time cuts and illness took half our team out of the running, Team Colavita riders Maria-Luisa Calle (Columbia), Mary Zider (USA) and Leah Guloien (Canada) did a fantastic job on the demanding course, keeping the team alive heading into Monday's final stage.

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