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Teens dominate women's races

Karlee Gendron holds off Jasmine Glaesser for top Tour de Delta honours

A pair of 19-year-olds dominated the Tour de Delta women's events from start to finish.

Jasmine Glaesser reached all levels of the podium by easily capturing Sunday's White Spot Road Race. She took off from the pack with two laps left around the Tsawwassen loop and stayed away, finishing the 88-kilometre trek in 2: 25: 10.9.

Glaesser, who races on a German card but is working to secure Canadian citizenship for the 2012 Olympics, finished a minute ahead of anyone else. But in a points based format, it still wasn't enough to secure the Tour de Delta Omnium, or overall title, which went to Karlee Gendron after she won a sprint to the finish line to place second on Sunday.

Combined with victories in the first two criteriums, including coming back from a nasty wipeout that left her bloodied and bruised on Saturday, that was enough for Gendron to secure the overall title while representing the locally based Trek Red Truck team.

"I had a little lead out from my teammates and then the Keller Rohrback girl (Patricia Bailey) went and I was cramping up pretty bad on the sprint but just had to go and gave it my best," said Gendron, who is originally from Manitoba. "It was a tough race today but my team was fantastic and the Tour de Delta is an amazing race, really well organized."

Gendron bounced back up after a hard fall the night before in Ladner which left her bloodied and bruised. She was part of a four rider break that eventually lapped the field and she won a sprint to the finish with blood still trickling down her leg.

No definitely not, I'm tough," she said when asked - after receiving post-race medical treatment - if she ever considered quitting. "I got right back in the break and it was good."