Miller, Nys Win Crossvegas

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Meredith Miller takes the win at Crossvegas

I’m as surprised as you are,” Miller said after the race. “I didn’t take a lot of pulls at the front, a lot of the credit goes to those girls.” Credit, yes, but victory? No.

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Sven Nys (Crelan-Aa Drinks) Repeats as Cross Vegas Champion.

With one lap to go Sven Nys (Crelan-Aa Drinks) hit the gas and gapped the remaining riders of his group by 200 meters and his horse power was more than any one could handle.

Murphy And Rivera Win US Men’s And Women’s Pro Criterium Championship

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John Murphy Wins US Men’s Pro Criterium Championship

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In the High Point Classic, host to the men’s US National Criterium Championship event in High Point, North Carolina, the racers threw out the script almost from the first pedal strokes of the day. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team was able to adjust their strategy on the fly, and they came out victorious, with John Murphy claiming the stars and stripes jersey and national championship that it symbolizes. This marks the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s fourth national championship of the 2014 season.

What everyone did expect as the race began was to see early attacks, which did, in fact, materialize. What no one expected was for an attack to go away within the first few laps, and for those riders to eventually go on to lap the field. Expected or not, the move was well covered by the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team, which placed three riders into the group of thirteen. Murphy and his teammates, Brad White and Adrian Hegyvary, were active in the move, and could be seen discussing adjustments in tactics as it became clear that the break would go on to lap the field.

Team Director, Mike Tamayo said of the unexpected developments, “We knew this would be a hard race to control, so we planned to cover the moves and refine our plans as the race developed. We figured if it came down to a bunch sprint, we have Luke Keough and Ken Hanson, and if a break stayed away we were content with our chances as long as we had White, Hegyvary, Jeff Louder or Murphy in it. As it went, we had three guys in the bunch that lapped the field, and we were more than happy to play those cards.”

Back in the peloton, the remaining UnitedHealthcare riders adjusted their own plans, settling in and waiting for the leaders to come around. The efforts of the Blue Train would still be required, but the lead out would now be for Murphy rather than Keough.

The breakaway lapped the field with what was expected to be over 45 minutes of racing left to go, and the UnitedHealthcare squad knew they would have to chase a few more attacks before elevating the speed for a sprint finish. There was briefly a bit of confusion as race officials shortened the event, however, owing to the threat of thunderstorms, which loomed in the distance. Officials reset the race to fifteen laps to go, and the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train organized on the front not long after that.

Despite persistent challenges from the Athlete Octane team of Daniel Holloway, the rider who initiated the race’s early break and animated much of the event, the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train did what it does best: increased the pace over the closing laps, keeping its riders safe and well positioned for the finale, in which they went 1-2 over the line, with Murphy taking the win, and White close behind, both with arms raised, celebrating what they had just accomplished for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team.

“It was a great weekend of racing, winning the stars and stripes jersey with both the men and the women. We’re very pleased. The race tonight was dynamic and exciting from the start. It wasn’t your perfect script, but the guys adapted really well and gave us the win,” Tamayo concluded.

For Murphy, this is his second time winning the US National Criterium Championship, but this one feels more special to him than his first title. Of the win, he said,”It’s a good feeling to put your arms up as the winner. This is my first win of the year, and to have it come at national championships is really special. It feels great to have won this title for the UnitedHealthcare team.”

 

Coryn Rivera Wins US National Criterium Title

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UnitedHealthcare Women Complete Season Sweep of 2014 US National Championships
With a dominant win at the High Point Cycling Classic, Coryn Rivera and the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s women’s squad have won the US National Criterium Championship, and made it a complete season sweep of the women’s 2014 US National Championships, building on the Road Race and Time Trial titles won by Alison Powers in May.

“It feels pretty amazing to have won all three titles in the first year of having a womens’ component to the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team,” said director Rachel Heal, “We knew we’d hired strong riders, but to be able to create the team chemistry and teamwork to bring those results is very satisfying.”

When Powers won both the time trial and road race earlier this year, she became the first rider to ever hold all three women’s national championship titles simultaneously, having won the criterium championship in 2013. The team’s goal heading into the 2014 criterium national championships was obvious: to keep the jersey in the UnitedHealthcare family.

Rather than sit on the front of the field and chase breaks all day, the team took a more aggressive approach to the event. This served to catch much of the rest of the field off-guard, as the UnitedHealthcare squad not only marked attacks, but made breaks of their own, and comfortably followed anyone who dared to chase or bridge to a break containing a UnitedHealthcare rider.

The first half of the race saw Alison Powers boldly attack on her own, stringing out (and tiring out) the chasing field. Counter-attacks and additional moves came quickly through the first hour of racing, with Ruth Winder, Scotti Wilborne, Cari Higgins and Lauren Tamayo all spending significant time off the front, forcing other teams to adjust and chase. The field dwindled in size as riders were dropped before the pace decreased with just over ten laps to go, as the heat and the effort took their toll on the peloton, and everyone looked to regroup for the final charge to the line.

Activity from the field picked up again with eight laps to go, following a cash prize the lap prior. A few riders tried their hand at an escape, but at that point, the race was all but certain to come down to a sprint as it was controlled first by the Colavita team, and then by the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train. With barely more than two laps to go, a crash saw both Powers and Higgins hit the deck, along with several competitors. All of the riders were ok save for a few scratches and some disappointment. The remaining UnitedHealthcare racers quickly regrouped, with Winder setting pace on the front ahead of Wilborn and Tamayo, while Rivera sat comfortably in their draft.

The UnitedHealthcare Blue Train delivered Rivera out of the final corner and into the closing meters of the race. From there, Rivera did what she does best, finishing the task at hand, winning the sprint, and taking the win, keeping the national championship jersey within the UnitedHealthcare team.

“From the outset, we were going all-in for Coryn in a sprint finish. We’ve been working really hard on perfecting our leadout, and we were confident of it going into the race. Unfortunately, we lost our last two leadout riders with two laps to go, but the remaining racers were able to adjust and still deliver Coryn to the line,” said Heal.

For Rivera, it marked her fifty-ninth career national championship. After the race, she put it in this context, “It’s pretty incredible. It’s my first pro national title. Sometimes I get a little grief for having so many junior and collegiate titles. This one tops them all, and I’m so happy to have won it with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.”

USA Cycling Selects UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Riders For 2014 UCI Road World Championships

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USA Cycling Selects UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Riders Reijnen, Powers, and Abbott for 2014 UCI Road World Championships
USA Cycling announced this week that UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team riders Kiel Reijnen, Mara Abbott, and Alison Powers have been selected to represent the United States at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships, taking place from September 21st to 28th in Ponferrada, Spain. Reijnen will contest the elite men’s road race, Abbott and Powers will both contest the elite women’s road race, while Powers will also take part in the elite women’s time trial. Reijnen’s selection follows a season full of outstanding performances, including victory at the Philadelphia Cycling Classic for the second year in a row, victory in stage 1 and overall sprint classification of the USA Pro Challenge, and 3 top-ten finishes in both the Amgen Tour of California and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Reijnen commented, “I am looking forward to having the American flag on my back, representing my country and my team. I’ve had amazing support all year from the team and I am really happy that I can go represent them at the World Championships. Having the opportunity to race for my country is so special. To say I am honored would be a major understatement.”

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Alison Powers earned her selection when she won national titles in both the road race and time trial disciplines at the 2014 USA Cycling national championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after also taking victory in the time trial at this year’s Amgen Tour of California. Mara Abbott was chosen for her impressive results and immense experience racing in Europe, having won the Giro Rosa twice in previous years and claiming 4th overall this year, along with overall victories earned at the 2014 Tour of the Gila and Vuelta El Salvador. Team riders Sharon Laws and Hannah Barnes have also made the long list to represent Great Britain in the elite women’s road race. Final roster selections for Great Britain will be made in the coming weeks. General Manager Mike Tamayo commented, “We’re honored to have so many riders selected for the World Championships to represent their countries, as well as this team. The World Championships are very important to us, and sending this many riders is a testament to the talent and depth on this roster.”

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Women Kick off World Championship Prep at France’s GP de Plouay

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Month-long race campaign culminates with Team Time Trial
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Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies lands in France this week to begin preparations for the 2014 World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain. A 7-women team hops the pond and will kick off their month-long campaign at France’s GP de Plouay. The 121 kilometer single day race in the Brittany region will be the first international World Cup race the Orange & Black tackle as a unit.

“This will be our first World Cup in the history of the team, so that’s creating a great vibe and tons of motivation for the riders right now,” said Performance Director Kevin Field. “Brittany is a region that’s special in the history of French cycling – like Flanders is for Belgium. People in Brittany just love the bicycle, and racing here is always a special experience.”

Canadian champion and La Course podium finisher Leah Kirchmann will lead the team in Brittany, alongside Annie Ewart, Lauren Hall, Janel Holcomb, Brianna Walle, and Jade Wilcoxson. Denise Ramsden will serve as an alternate for the trip after recently developing bronchitis. Field and assistant director Pat McCarty have ingrained an intense focus on the Team Time Trial World Championship in Ponferrada into the 2014 season. The team completed numerous time trial camps around the United States, and one final push in Europe could give the team what it needs to deliver another result on the world stage.

“We just completed a 10 day training camp near the team’s service course in Colorado to finish a year’s worth of preparations for this, so the women are feeling strong and motivated,” said Field. “The team has consistently delivered in the races we’ve done in Europe this year, and the riders have had a month off of racing, so they’re fit and fresh. Obviously our big focus is Worlds, but we are going to aim for a big result to start off the month here in Europe.”

Following GP de Plouay, the team will compete in France’s six-day Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche, September 2-7. Many of the same athletes the Orange & Black will face for a team trial gold medal later that month will also contest the seven stage event.

GP de Plouay Roster
Annie Ewart
Lauren Hall
Janel Holcomb
Leah Kirchmann
Brianna Walle
Jade Wilcoxson
alternate Denise Ramsden

Women’s Race Schedule
August 30 – GP Plouay. World Cup
September 2-7 – Tour de l’Ardeche
September 21 – World Championships TTT

Erica Zaveta Selected for Amy D. Racing Sponsorship

 

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Erica Zaveta Selected for Amy D. Racing Sponsorship

The Amy D. Racing program, a project of the Amy D. Foundation, has selected Erica Zaveta as its first recipient of an elite race sponsorship for the 2014-15 cyclocross season.

Zaveta, 25, hails from Erwinna, Pennsylvania and now lives in Brevard, North Carolina where she recently graduated from Brevard College. She blends elite racing with part time work at coaching company Sigma Human Performance. Her goals for this season are to finish consistently in the top ten in elite women UCI races, with hopes of standing on the podium a few times as well.

“Erica is a great match for the Amy D. sponsorship,” said program manager Donn Kellogg. “She’s a top rider on the road, mountain bike, and cyclocross, and has really dedicated herself to the sport. I guess you could say she is a lot like Amy.”

Zaveta was 2013 Collegiate National Champion in cyclocross, short track and downhill for Division II Brevard College. She has also raced for the U.S. National team on the mountain bike and has experience racing at the top levels in the U.S. and Europe. Erica has spent much of 2014 focusing on the domestic road circuit, while also finishing top 10 at the Mountain Bike National Championships in the pro field. But her focus is cyclocross.

The goal of Amy D. Racing is to sponsor a rider that embodies similar drive, passion and focus that Amy had. Financial supporters include Raleigh, Clement, K-Edge and Lazer. Additional support is provided by FSA, Vision, and TRP components. The Amy D. Racing program is managed by Donn Kellogg from the Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team, which will provide race and travel support throughout the season.

Look for the Amy D. Foundation tent in Las Vegas, Boulder, Madison, Gloucester, Providence, Rochester, Cincinnati, Iowa, Los Angeles, Bend and Austin.

The Amy D. Foundation (http://amydfoundation.org) is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting aspiring female cyclists. Their mission is to inspire the celebration of healthy challenge and empower the confident pursuit of lofty dreams.

For more information, contact:
Donn Kellogg: Clement Cycling, 720-335-7144, info@clementcycling.com

Coryn Rivera Claims Victory in Inaugural Tour of Utah

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Coryn Rivera Claims Victory in Inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition, Ken Hanson 4th in Tour of Utah Stage 3
Coryn Rivera of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team claimed victory in the first-ever Tour of Utah Women’s Edition in Tooele, Utah today. Rivera’s win follows her recently claimed 6th place at the inaugural La Course on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, earning the jersey for best young rider in the groundbreaking event. Today’s race involved 15 laps around a 3.5-kilometer circuit course at Miller Motorsports Park. The race saw many attacks and counterattacks on the exposed course, as the riders fought through strong and shifting winds. With 3 laps remaining, the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team moved to the front of the race to control the pace and position Rivera for the sprint. An attack from a rival team forced the women of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train to launch their lead out early, then fight to maintain control until the finish line. The team was successful in setting up their sprinter, with Rivera taking the victory by a margin of half a bike’s length. This is the second win of week for the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, following national champion Alison Powers’ sprint victory on Monday in Utah’s Cedar City Grand Prix.

Alison Powers Claims Victory for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team at Cedar City Grand Prix

 

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Alison Powers Claims Victory for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team at Cedar City Grand Prix.
Ramping up to the inaugural women’s event of the 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the women of the UnitedHealthcare lined up in Cedar City, Utah on Monday to contest the Cedar City Grand Prix. Hoping to set the tone for Wednesday’s race, all teams were aggressive and attentive immediately once the race began, launching attack after attack, seeking intermediate lap primes and the breakaway advantage. Preferring to lead Coryn Rivera out in a bunch sprint, the women of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train worked to chase down the attacks and bring the race back together. With the race rejoined and the UnitedHealthcare lead out train engaged, the race plan took an unexpected turn. Coryn Rivera and another rider made contact with a little more than one lap remaining, with the contact rendering Rivera’s bike un-rideable for the final lap. Rivera shouted to her teammate, “I’m out! You have to keep going.” Alison’s national title-winning instinct kicked in and without a moment of hesitation, she adapted to the situation and set her own sights on the win. A capable sprinter in her own right, Powers lowered her head and accelerated to the line, capturing the victory for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. Race-winner Powers commented, “I’m really proud of how we rode. We had a plan that got a little side-tracked with Coryn being out of the game, but that just shows how strong our team is – that we were still able to pick up the pieces and get the win.” The team also earned the best team title for their performance in the race.

 

Vanderkitten Announces Return to Cyclocross for 2014-2015 Season

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Vanderkitten, one of the most recognized brands in women’s cycling, is returning to cyclocross this fall for the 2014-2015 racing season. Vanderkitten Cyclocross (VKCX) will compete in domestic UCI events with a focus on developing riders for International competition and building a sustainable program for future seasons. Riders for the 2015 VKCX program include Rebecca Gross (Raleigh Clement), Carolina Gomez Villafañe (Rambuski Law) and junior Kennedy Hill (Vanderkitten Racing). VKCX continues its relationship with many existing road program sponsors, rekindles a successful relationship with Ibis Cycles, and has a uniquecrowd funding campaign in place to assist with its funding efforts.
“The decision to field a team for a full season was arrived at sometime in June and our strong road program allowed us to tap into most of our existing sponsors to provide equipment and resources for this program,” says Vanderkitten Founder and CEO David Verrecchia. “Cyclocross is very close to the heart of Vanderkitten as it was our point of entry into the cycling world. Although we are known for our road program, ‘cross and mountain preceded our involvement in road cycling by a considerable margin. Returning to ‘cross is a natural re-evolution for us.”
Vanderkitten juxtaposes Gross and Villafañe as the Cagey Veteran and Rising Star of the VKCX program. A racer with over 13 years of experience, Rebecca has a number of impressive results under her belt including the 2012 Master’s CX 30-34 World Championship and the 2013 Master’s 30-34 National Title. Caro comes to VKCX after a break out year with impressive results including a win at the 2014 CX Nationals in Open Women. She will also be putting energy towards her goal of representing Argentina at the World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, which happens to be very near the ancestral birthplace of the Vanderkitten brand.
The team will be outfitted in brand new kits that promise to add Vanderkitten’s distinctive style and eye-catching designs to an already colorful field. These new kits will be the basis for a unique crowd funding campaign through vanderkitten.com. This campaign allows fans and supporters to invest in the race team and receive limited-run Vanderkitten products in return. Vanderkitten is now accepting pre-orders for VKCX full kits, jerseys, hoodies, and t-shirts with delivery targeted for early September through mid-October depending on when the order is placed. There’s even a $10 funding level that includes a “VKCX” sticker and access to cool social media content.
The 2015 VKCX Sponsor List:
Vanderkitten, Ibis Cycles, Psimet Custom Wheels, Pactimo, Ritchey Components, TRP Brakes, Rotor Cranks and Q Rings, Clement Pneumatics, Vittoria Shoes, Honey Stinger, Smith Optics, Zealios, K Edge, DeFeet, Osmo Nutrition, Feedback sports.

Video:Marianne Vos Sprints To Victory In Inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France

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VIDEO BY UNIVERSAL SPORTS:

 

1. Marianne VOS, Rabo-liv, in 2:00:41
2. Kirsten WILD, Giant-Shimano, at :00
3. Leah KIRCHMANN, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :00
4. Lisa BRENNAUER, Specialized-lululemon, at :00
5. Shelley OLDS, Ale Cipollini, at :00
6. Coryn RIVERA, UnitedHealthcare, at :00
7. Jolien D’HOORE, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :00
8. Emma JOHANSSON, Orica-AIS, at :00
9. Simona FRAPPORTI, Astana-BePink, at :00
10. Roxane FOURNIER, Vienne Futuroscope, at :00
11. Giorgia BRONZINI, Wiggle-Honda, at :00
12. Lizzie WILLIAMS, AUS, at :00
13. Fiona DUTRIAUX, Vienne Futuroscope, at :00
14. Elena CECCHINI, Estado de Mexico Faren, at :00
15. Aude BIANNIC, FRA, at :00
16. Christine MAJERUS, Boels Dolmans, at :00
17. Oxana KOZONCHUK, RusVelo, at :00
18. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN, Rabo-liv, at :00
19. Eleonora VAN DIJK, Boels Dolmans, at :00
20. Chloe HOSKING, HiTec Products, at :00
21. Hannah BARNES, UnitedHealthcare, at :00
22. Fanny RIBEROT, FRA, at :04
23. Alena AMIALIUSIK, Astana-BePink, at :06
24. Sharon LAWS, UnitedHealthcare, at :10
25. Marta TAGLIAFERRO, Ale Cipollini, at :10
26. Yulia BLINDYUK, RusVelo, at :10
27. Clemilda FERNANDES SILVA, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
28. Lucinda BRAND, Rabo-liv, at :20
29. Vera KOEDOODER, Bigla, at :20
30. Sarah ROY, Vienne Futuroscope, at :20
31. Susanna ZORZI, Astana-BePink, at :20
32. Valentina SCANDOLARA, Orica-AIS, at :20
33. Taryn HEATHER, Bigla, at :20
34. Carmen SMALL, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
35. Rachel NEYLAN, AUS, at :20
36. Janel HOLCOMB, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :20
37. Chantal BLAAK, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
38. Romy KASPER, Boels Dolmans, at :20
39. Amy PIETERS, Giant-Shimano, at :20
40. Janine VAN DER MEER, NED, at :20
41. Marcia FERNANDES SILVA, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
42. Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA, Boels Dolmans, at :20
43. Emily COLLINS, Wiggle-Honda, at :20
44. Brianna WALLE, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :20
45. Elena KUCHINSKAYA, RusVelo, at :20
46. Nina KESSLER, Boels Dolmans, at :20
47. Cecilie Gotaas JOHNSEN, HiTec Products, at :20
48. Charlotte LENTING, NED, at :20
49. Charlotte BRAVARD, Vienne Futuroscope, at :20
50. Irene SAN SEBASTIAN LASA, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
51. Jade WILCOXSON, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :20
52. Dorleta ESKAMENDI GIL, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
53. Sara MUSTONEN, Giant-Shimano, at :20
54. Cari HIGGINS, UnitedHealthcare, at :20
55. Liesbet DE VOCHT, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :20
56. Lotta LEPISTÖ, Bigla, at :20
57. Melodie LESUEUR, FRA, at :20
58. Amélie RIVAT, Vienne Futuroscope, at :20
59. Trixi WORRACK, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
60. Lieselot DECROIX, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :20
61. Yulia ILINYKH, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
62. Chantal HOFFMANN, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :20
63. Emilia FAHLIN, Wiggle-Honda, at :20
64. Jacqueline HAHN, Bigla, at :20
65. Elise DELZENNE, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
66. Audrey CORDON, HiTec Products, at :20
67. Malgorzta JASINSKA, Ale Cipollini, at :20
68. Maaike POLSPOEL, Giant-Shimano, at :27
69. Jessie MACLEAN, Orica-AIS, at :27
70. Anna VAN DER BREGGEN, Rabo-liv, at :27
71. Iris SLAPPENDEL, Rabo-liv, at :27
72. Gracie ELVIN, Orica-AIS, at :27
73. Carlee TAYLOR, Orica-AIS, at :30
74. Jessica MUNDY, AUS, at :30
75. Amanda SPRATT, Orica-AIS, at :30
76. Charlotte BECKER, Wiggle-Honda, at :39
77. Emilie MOBERG, HiTec Products, at :56
78. Giada BORGATO, Estado de Mexico Faren, at 1:02
79. Eugénie DUVAL, FRA, at 1:13
80. Marion SICOT, FRA, at 1:13
81. Anouska KOSTER, NED, at 1:13
82. Ashlynn VAN BAARLE, NED, at 1:16
83. Silvia VALSECCHI, Astana-BePink, at 1:16
84. Emma POOLEY, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at 1:16
85. Julia SOEK, Giant-Shimano, at 1:16
86. Tayler WILES, Specialized-lululemon, at 1:19
87. Lauren TAMAYO, UnitedHealthcare, at 1:19
88. Denise RAMSDEN, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 1:19
89. Lauren HALL, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 1:19
90. Tatiana GUDERZO, Ale Cipollini, at 1:28
91. Barbara GUARISCHI, Ale Cipollini, at 1:28
92. Elena BERLATO, Ale Cipollini, at 1:28
93. Pauline FERRAND PREVOT, Rabo-liv, at 2:21
94. Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD, Boels Dolmans, at 3:11
95. Anastasiya CHULKOVA, RusVelo, at 4:10
DNF Anna Zita Maria STRICKER, Astana-BePink
DNF Makhabbat UMUTZHANOVA, Astana-BePink
DNF Jenelle CROOKS, AUS
DNF Louisa LOBIGS, AUS
DNF Desiree EHRLER, Bigla
DNF Elke GEBHARDT, Bigla
DNF Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO, Bizkaia-Durango
DNF Ana Teresa CASAS BONILLA, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Carolina RODRIGUEZ GUTIERREZ, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Anna TREVISI, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Sophie CREUX, FRA
DNF Tone Hatteland LIMA, HiTec Products
DNF Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, HiTec Products
DNF Anisha VEKEMANS, Lotto-Belisol Ladies
DNF Kirsten COPPENS, NED
DNF Evy KUIJPERS, NED
DNF Pascale JEULAND, Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Alexandra BURCHENKOVA, RusVelo
DNF Maria MISHINA, RusVelo
DNF Willeke KNOL, Giant-Shimano
DNF Scotti WILBORNE, UnitedHealthcare
DNF Beatrice BARTELLONI, Wiggle-Honda
DNF Kathryn BERTINE, Wiggle-Honda

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The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Takes on the Giro Rosa

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The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Takes on the Giro Rosa, Looks to Defend Abbott’s 2013 Victory
The women of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team head to Italy this week to make their first Giro Rosa appearance in blue and white with a stacked roster of immense talent and experience. Looking to continue their successful debut season, including overall victories at the Tour Femenino de San Luis, Vuelta El Salvador, and Tour of the Gila, the team will ride in support of two-time overall Giro Rosa winner and defending 2013 champion, Mara Abbott. In the mountainous stages, Mara will have the support of teammates Katie Hall and Sharon Laws. Sharon Laws took the overall Queen of the Mountains title at the 2014 Friends Life Women’s Tour of Britain. Katie Hall made her mark in the US professional road race by launching an impressive solo attack, setting up teammate Alison Powers to counterattack for victory. On the flatter stages and intermediate sprint competitions, the team will support multiple-time collegiate national champion Coryn Rivera and US national champion Alison Powers, who recently became the only female in American history to simultaneously hold all three national titles (road, time trail, and criterium). All-rounders Ruth Winder and British national criterium champion Hannah Barnes will lend their help on all stages, controlling the pace and covering moves from other teams. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is pleased to also welcome all-rounder Scotti Wilborne to the team and Giro Rosa roster. Scotti joins the squad from Team Tibco, where her results have shown great consistency and a bright future.
Looking forward to the grand tour, Mara Abbott commented, “For us, the Giro is the biggest race of the year, and there is nothing that comes even close to comparing to it. The two times that I have won the Giro, I have raced on the National team, and it is so exciting to be going this year with a group of girls who have been racing together all year, and to be able to enjoy the level of support that we have already had on the team throughout the season. Each time I race the Giro, it is an experience far beyond explanation of challenge, presence and emotion. I am thrilled to begin this again.”

The 2014 edition includes a prologue and nine stages, totaling 953 kilometers raced over ten days. The grand tour begins with a short and flat evening prologue, only 2 kilometers in length along corso Trieste in the city of Caserta. In stage 1, the riders will race around the city of Santa Maria A Vico eleven times, covering over 95 kilometers and cresting a 200-meter climb with each lap. The race then moves to the nearby town of Frattamaggiore for another circuit race on stage 2, this one geared towards sprinters with its relatively flat six laps. Stage 3 is the race’s first point-to-point race, starting back in Caserta and taking the riders a long a 125.3-kilometer route to San Donato Val Di Comino. The stage also serves as the first test for the climbers and general classification contenders with intermediate rollers beginning just 20 kilometers in the stage, leading into the category-2-ranked Belmonte Castello ascent. The 118-kilometer stage 4 will lead the riders on a scenic route along the Adriatic coast from Alba Adriatica north to Loreto before turning inland and climbing to the city of Jesi for the finish. The next day, the riders we depart from Jesi and race back out to the coast, then along the coastline north to Cesenatico. Stage 5 will present an opportunity for the sprinters, with only one category 3 climb between the starting line and a high-speed finale in Cesenatico. The battle for the pink jersey will escalate in stage 6 from Gaiarine to San Fior. The first 60 kilometers feature three sharp but short climbs, two of which offer the opportunity for QOM points. Abbott will have her sights on the category 1 ascent to La Crosetta, a 13-kilometer challenge with potential for substantial time gains. Once over the massive climb, the riders will descend down to San Fior for the finish.

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team welcomes Scotti Wilborne to the program and 2014 Giro Rosa roster.
In sharp contrast, stage 7 begins immediately with a category 2 climb to the summit of Teglio. After the climb, the riders will fight for sprint points near the 25-kilometer point, then keep the pace high all the way to Chiavenna where the 91.8-kilometer stage concludes. With eight days of racing already in their legs, the focus will turn again to the climbers and GC hopefuls on the stage 8, in which the riders will cover over 90 hilly kilometers and finish atop San Domenico. Mara Abbott will be the rider to watch again on this queen stage, having soloed to victory here in 2013. The 9th and final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa begins in Trezzo sull’Adda and takes the riders on an undulating route before the final climb to the finish city of Magreglio. With a climb in the very final kilometers of the 10-day race, there is potential for the final pink jersey fight to come down to the very last moments. Follow along on our social channels as the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team battles for grand tour victory.