Premier Sports Group Announces Ownership of UCI Women’s Team


Winston-Salem, North Carolina – December 15, 2014: With 2014 coming to a close and the 2015 season about to get underway, Premier Sports Group is excited to announce the ownership of a new UCI registered women’s cycling team.


Premier Sports Group owns successful men’s team SmartStop Pro Cycling and after discussions with major sponsors, Team Principal James Bennett and Managing Partner Patrick Raines saw gaps in the American women’s circuit and the opportunity to fill that gap with a new team.


Bennett said: “At first the women’s program seemed to be supported by sponsor requests for another product from Premier Sports Group at a different price point than the men’s program so my motivations were originally business related. I learned very quickly the momentum in women’s sports and how this was just the right thing to do.”


The team, whose name is to be announced in the coming weeks, will have a focus on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, UCI women’s races in the United States and some international racing.


With a number of major American races introducing women’s racing to their programs, there is even more opportunity in the United States to showcase the pool of talent in women’s cycling and their sponsors on the world stage.


“Cycling needs more women’s UCI teams and the UCI races are stepping up with more inclusion for women across the globe, so Premier Sports Group stepping up is the natural progression,” explained Bennett, “We are finding great relationships with the largest races on the continent by having a men’s and women’s team, a great way to find new sponsors as well as keeping old sponsors and heralding a flag for an under represented demographic in the worlds hardest sport.”


“I’m proud to be a part of this endeavor, and proud that we have growing staff to support this growth trajectory.”
Premier Sports Group is looking forward to introducing the women’s team, roster and 2015 racing calendar in the coming weeks.


DNA Cycling p/b K4 Announces 2015 Roster


DNA Cycling p/b K4 Announces 2015 Roster, plans for an expanded calendar of racing.


Following a strong 2014 season, where the DNA Cycling p/b K4 team produced numerous wins, podiums and awards in national and international racing, the team announces its 2015 roster and plans for the upcoming season.


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, (November 25, 2014) – After a successful season as a USA Cycling Domestic Elite-registered team, DNA Cycling p/b K4 heads toward the 2015 season with a fresh roster and a full calendar.


The team will start the 2015 season with the Trust House Women’s Tour of New Zealand (UCI 2.2) from February 18-22 and then focus efforts on a busy calendar of events in North America with an eye on select NRC and NCC races as well as the women’s races at the Amgen Tour of California (UCI 2.1), the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.


Led by three time USA Cycling’s masters national road champion and 2013 UCI masters world road champion Anne Perry and 2012 USA Cycling’s collegiate national road champion Heather Fischer, the returning squad will be bolstered by an infusion of talent, making the DNA elite team its deepest ever.


Joining the team this year are Gabrielle Pilote Fortin (current Canadian U23 national road champion), Tiffany Pezzulo (a fixture on the national criterium scene) and Joanie Caron (former Canadian national team member) as the DNA Cycling p/b K4 roster spreads north of the border.


“We are really looking forward to 2015. I believe we are bringing an excellent mix of talent and experience for what looks to be a fantastic year of races for the women’s field,” commented general manager, Alex Kim.


Pilote-Fortin, who raced on UCI Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope 86 this year, is a climbing specialist and stage race GC threat. In addition to winning the U23 national title, the youngster from Quebec finished third in the Canadian U23 national time trial race and was fifth in the Canadian elite national road race.


Caron is coming off a strong season with the Canada-based Garneau Factory team where her strong sprinting skills led to several podium finishes including a win at the NoDa GP Criterium in North Carolina and a second-place finish at the Canadian national criterium championship. In addition to racing on the DNA-K4 squad, Caron will be piloting a tandem team in UCI Para competition next year.


Pezzulo, who calls Utah home, has numerous victories over an extensive career as one of the strongest sprinters and criterium racers in the United States. Racing for Vanderkitten in 2014, Pezzulo won the 42nd Carolina Cup and placed second at the Chase Pinkham Memorial Criterium.


Lauren De Crescenzo (Colorado), Catherine Fegan-Kim (Utah) and Kemi King (California) also return to race with the talented 8-woman team.


DNA Cycling p/b K4 will also sponsor a pair of regional women’s cycling teams – DNA Cycling 801 and DNA Cycling Masters. Based in Utah, the DNA Cycling 801 squad will compete in local and regional races while the DNA Cycling Masters, based in Colorado, will race around the intermountain region with a focus on USA Cycling’s Masters Nationals.


About DNA Cycling p/b K4:

Founded in 2012 by King and Fegan-Kim, DNA Cycling p/b K4 has a mission to inspire women riders to reach their highest potential in the sport. DNA Cycling p/b K4 is devoted to raising the profile of competitive women’s cycling locally, regionally and at select national events.


DNA Cycling p/b K4 is owned and managed by K4 Racing, LLC. 2015 partners include DNA Cycling, SCOTT Sports, Markosian Auto, Osmo Nutrition, Rudy Project, Blendtec, Plan 7 Endurance Coaching, Cotton Sox Photography, Doc’s Skincare, and Attract Interact.


The 2015 Domestic Elite roster:


Joanie Caron, British Columbia

Lauren De Crescenzo, Colorado

Catherine Fegan-Kim, Utah

Heather Fischer, Colorado

Gabrielle Pilote Fortin, Quebec

Kemi King, California

Anne Perry, Utah

Tiffany Pezzulo, Utah


Contact: Alex Kim

Rushlee Buchanan Wins New Zealand National Criterium Title

© Darryl Carey

© Darryl Carey

While much of the professional cycling community considers this period to be the road racing off-season, citizens of New Zealand have been honing their top-end speed in preparation for this week’s national championship criterium in Auckland. Current New Zealand national road champion Rushlee Buchanan set the tone for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2015 with an impressive sprint victory, earning the right to wear the national jersey in criterium events throughout the 2015 season. With the title on the line, the women’s pro field was deep and talented, bringing many former national champions and national track team members to the starting grid. The race was aggressive and technical throughout the 1.1-kilometer course thanks to tight corners and cobblestone sectors that required the riders’ undivided attention.

Buchanan commented, “I was bit nervous without any of my Blue Train teammates, but also confident in my speed coming from a lot of track training.” Buchanan succeeded in staying near the front of the aggressive field, where she was able to cover moves and watch the many attacks unfold throughout the race. Despite the numerous attacks, the field was all together rounding the final 180-degree turn before the finishing sprint. Buchanan was mindful of her placement coming into this critical part of the race, and exited the turn in third position, allowing her to unleash her powerful sprint in the drag race to the line. The training and instinct paid off as Buchanan powered around the remaining riders and sprinted to victory.
Buchanan’s victory brings the national criterium champion count to three heading into the 2015 season, with teammates Coryn Rivera and John Murphy holding the current titles for America. “I’m super happy to win for the team and to bring another national championship jersey to our already stellar lineup. Winning both the road and criterium nationals this year has certainly made it a good one! I’m looking forward to wearing the jersey with pride and racing it overseas for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2015,” concluded Buchanan.

Wiggle Honda Takes Gold For Great Britain

UCI Track World Cup Series 2014-15 Round I - Guadalajara, Mexico - Saturday Finals

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Elinor Barker, Amy Roberts and Laura Trott took gold for Great Britain – along with Ciara Horne – in last night’s Team Pursuit competition at the first World Cup competition of the 2014/15 season, in Guadalajara, Mexico, this weekend. The British quartet competed the 4000 metre distance in a time of four minutes, 21.256 seconds, to beat the Canadian team of Allison Beveridge, Jasmin Glaesser, Kirsti Lay and Stephanie Roorda by almost five seconds.
“We’ve got a completely different team here to what we normally ride, but it went really well” Trott said afterwards, referring to the absence of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling teammates and fellow Olympic Champions Dani King and Joanna Rowsell. “It’s good to see that, whatever line up we put in, we can perform well. We can come out onto a World stage and… and win, I guess!

“It’s been really great!”

Barker and Trott are Team Pursuit World Champions – with Barker also a World Record holder in the event – but this was a first-ever World Cup victory for 19-year-old Roberts.

“I’m over the moon to have won a World Cup Gold Medal,” Roberts said. “For me it was a privilege to ride with such a great team and I hugely enjoyed the experience.”

With Katie Archibald in – in place of Roberts – for qualification, the British team posted by far the fastest time of four minutes, 20.066 seconds. The changed World Cup format then meant that they would face fourth-best team China in a “First Round” match to decide who would go on to ride for the Gold Medal.

Roberts stepped up to replace Archibald, who was riding the Omnium competition, and the quartet finished in a time of four minutes 20.166 seconds; just a tenth of a second slower than the qualification performance but, more importantly, almost five seconds quicker than the improved Chinese team, which took almost three seconds out of its own time.

The Canadians too had improved on their qualification time, to beat faster qualifier New Zealand in their first round match, meaning that it would be a Great Britain vs Canada match for the Gold Medal. Where Barker, Roberts, Trott and Horne slowed by just a fraction over a second in the final race, however, the Canadians were apparently paying for their own First Round performance.

The young Australian team that included recent Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling recruit Rebecca Wiasak – as well as 2015 signing Nettie Edmondson – finished the competition in fifth place. The improving Italian team, with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Beatrice Bartelloni helping to qualify fifth fastest, finished in seventh place. Unfortunately, the Germany team that included Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Charlotte Becker was unable to ride the final round, as the whole team was struck with food poisoning, and finished eighth.


1. Great Britain (Elinor Barker, Amy Roberts and Laura Trott and Ciara Horne)

2. Canada (Allison Beveridge, Jasmin Glaesser, Kirsti Lay and Stephanie Roorda)

3. China (Huang Dong Yan, Jing Yali, Wenwen Jiang and Zhao Baofang)

Photo Credit: Guy Swarbrick

Orange & Black Announce 2015 Women’s Road Roster


Orange & Black Announce 2015 Women’s Road Roster
November 6th | Minneapolis, MN
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies today announces its complete 10-woman roster for the 2015 road season. The team retains the core of its successful 2014 squad, while adding several key riders under new directorship from Patrick McCarty.


Reigning Canadian road race, time trial, and criterium champion Leah Kirchmann (CAN), veteran Janel Holcomb (USA), and emerging talents Annie Ewart (CAN), Brianna Walle (USA), and Maura Kinsella (USA) all return to the Orange & Black for 2015. Ally Stacher (USA), Lex Albrecht (CAN), Alison Tetrick (USA), Jasmin Glaesser (CAN), and Ariane Horbach (GER) have signed with the team and complete a revamped 10-woman roster.


Kirchmann, who had a historic season in 2014, will lead the charge.


“I’m excited to be back with Optum p/b KBS for 2015,” said Kirchmann. “The team provides me with everything I need to be successful, and I consider my teammates as a second family on the road! I’ve worked hard to get to a place in my athletic career where people now expect results, and I look forward to helping my team succeed to the best of my abilities.”


McCarty takes over the Women’s Performance Director position after spending the 2014 season as the team’s Assistant Director. “With Pat at the helm for 2015, we’re putting our program in the best position to be successful,” said Performance Director Jonas Carney. “Pat had an excellent professional career in his own right and knows what it takes to win. He did a great job last year in his first year as a director, and we are excited to have him as a leader for 2015.”


“Before we started assembling a roster for 2015, we first determined our specific goals,” said McCarty. “In 2014, we targeted the team time trial at the world championships in Ponferrada, Spain, and we finished 4th – an exceptional result. We will again make that race a major goal, especially with the world championships in Richmond, Virginia next summer. We will again target National Racing Calendar events, the US national championships, La Course by Le Tour de France, the Women’s Tour of Britain, and work hard to defend Leah’s championships.”


Get Acquainted – 2015 Signings


Ally Stacher highlights the list of new hires for the Orange & Black. Stacher, formerly of Specialized-lululemon, arrives with years of experience at the highest level of the sport, having spent much of her career racing in Europe and around the world.


“Ally will be vital in helping us to continue to build on the success we’ve achieved in the past two seasons,” said McCarty. “She’s an accomplished veteran rider, and her guidance on the road will be crucial.”


Lex Albrecht returns to the Orange & Black after a two-year hiatus from the team; Albrecht raced with Optum p/b KBS in 2012.


“Lex is a great climber, and will be a threat in punchy races like the Philly Cycling Classic, a race she finished 2nd at last year,” said McCarty.


Alison Tetrick, who also joins the team from TWENTY16, is a specialist in the race against the clock, earning bronze at the 2014 world championship TTT with the Astana BePink Women’s Team. Adding to the time trial firepower is Canadian track specialist Jasmin Glaesser, who has found success on the velodrome in the team pursuit event – she won bronze at the 2012 London Olympic games, and was part of the gold winning trio at the 2011 Pan American Games. Ariane Horbach, a collegiate rider, will look to grow into a full time position next season as she continues her degree at Colorado Mesa University.


“Alison and Jasmin are strategic additions to the team,” said McCarty. “They are proven winners and have demonstrated their talents individually, but what excites us the most is their success in team events. It’s that chemistry that wins races, and that’s what we’re trying to build.”


Racing Calendar Improves


The North American women’s racing calendar will be greatly expanded in 2015, with the addition of two new stage races at the Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge, and many NRC races across the continent will be upgraded to UCI events. McCarty views these changes as positive steps in the right direction for the sport.


“This is very encouraging and exciting for women’s cycling in the United States, and we plan to make these newly introduced and upgraded races a major priority,” said McCarty. “It will help bring the world’s top talent to American soil, which makes for more exciting and more meaningful racing. It is a win-win for teams and fans.”


2015 Women’s Road Roster:

Lex Albrecht (CAN)

Annie Ewart (CAN)

Jasmin Glaesser (CAN)

Janel Holcomb (USA)

Ariane Horbach (USA)

Maura Kinsella (USA)

Leah Kirchmann (CAN)

Ally Stacher (USA)

Alison Tetrick (USA)

Brianna Walle (USA)

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Announces 2015 Women’s Roster


After an incredible debut season on the women’s domestic and international racing scenes, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has their sights on the 2015 season with new goals and a talented roster ready to achieve them. The 2014 racing season was an enormous success for the team, yielding overall classification wins at the Tour de Femenino de San Luis, Vuelta El Salvador, and Tour of the Gila, followed by victories at the Amgen Tour of California and Tour of Utah. US National Championships were a primary goal for the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2014, and the team executed by taking all three of the titles throughout the year (road and time trial, Alison Powers; criterium, Coryn Rivera).
From the 2014 squad, sprinters Rushlee Buchanan, Hannah Barnes, Cari Higgins, and Coryn Rivera will continue to build on the chemistry and precision that saw the team winning with textbook lead out trains in criteriums and road races last year. All-rounders Ruth Winder, Scotti Wilborne, and Alexis Ryan are back for 2015, lending horsepower in each race situation, along with climber Katie Hall who made her mark on the pro peloton when she launched a massive attack in the US national championship road race. Lauren Tamayo will resume her role as team captain on the road, rounding out the roster of returning UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team riders for 2015.
2015 UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Women’s Roster:

Rushlee Buchanan (NZL)

Lauren Tamayo (USA)

Coryn Rivera (USA)

Hannah Barnes (GBR)

Alexis Ryan (USA)

Katie Hall (USA)

Carrie Higgins (USA)

Scotti Wilborne (USA)

Ruth Winder (USA)

Linda Villumsen (NZL)

Laura Brown (CAN)

Abby Mickey (USA)
Joining the team for 2015 will be Linda Villumsen, Abby Mickey, and Laura Brown. Villumsen won both the Danish national road and time trial titles three years in a row before becoming a citizen of New Zealand. A consistent podium threat for both road and time trial disciplines, having earned silver and bronze in both on multiple occasions, Villumsen will continue to pursue victory at the highest level – in upcoming world championships and the 2016 Olympics games. Linda commented, “I am really proud to be joining the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team for 2015. Having finally made it to the top step of the podium at the Commonwealth Games, I believe the time is right to search for a new challenge so as to maintain this new momentum through to the Olympics in 2016!” American Abby Mickey turned heads when she rode to 3rd overall in the 2014 Tour of the Gila. Mickey is an exceptional climber, with wins at the Lookout Mountain Hill Climb and Iron Horse Classic Road Race on her resumé. “The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is one of the best in business and this was an opportunity I could not pass up. I’m super excited for 2015,” said Mickey. Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Laura Brown adds significant time trial ability to the team, having won the Tour of the Gila time trial in 2014. Brown added, “I am both thrilled and honored to be joining the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team for 2015. After witnessing their dedication and professionalism towards women’s cycling in their inaugural year, there is no other team I would want to race for. The team had tremendous success in 2014 and I look forward to bringing my horsepower from the track team pursuit into the team time trial and Blue Train for 2015.”

Alison Powers Announces Retirement


After an outstanding year racing with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team around the world and representing the United States at the 2014 UCI Road World Championships, Alison Powers will retire from professional cycling and transition into the next chapter of her life. Looking back over her career, Powers commented, “It has been a pretty amazing career! I have won or been part of a team that has won almost every single race in the United States. All of my cycling goals have been accomplished and I feel very satisfied leaving the sport. I’m proud to have won the Tour of the Gila criterium in 2006, my first year doing NRC races, and then to have won it again this year, my last year racing.”

Alison Powers came to the team with a long list of accomplishments; a Pan American time trial championship title, the US National criterium championship title, and general classification wins at the Joe Martin Stage Race, Cascade Classic Stage Race, and Redlands Classic. In her incredible final season, Powers won the overall classification at the Tour de Femenino de San Luis, took victory in the Amgen Tour of California time trial, and claimed US national titles in both the road and time trial disciplines among many other impressive victories while wearing the blue and white of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. Alison said, “Being a part of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has been wonderful. This year felt like I was getting my ‘master’s degree’ in bike racing. I am so proud and happy to have been part of the team– and also sad to leave the program, my teammates, and the staff. They are all really wonderful people who took great care of me and taught me to become a better and more complete bike racer.”

In retirement, Powers plans to spend more time at home with family and friends in Colorado, while remaining active on her bike and Nordic skis. She will put more emphasis on her coaching business, ALP Cycles Coaching, allowing her share her racing skills and training expertise with other athletes. Powers concluded, “The past 10 years of my life as a bike racer have been really wonderful. I feel so lucky to have had this kind of hard work, team camaraderie, and success in my life. I really love riding my bike, and to know I have accomplished so much feels really wonderful and happy. I can leave the sport with a smile on my face and two current national championship jerseys.” General manager Mike Tamayo added, “Alison was instrumental in creating this program and yielding the one of the most successful seasons for a women’s team ever, especially a debut season. Not only is Alison is an extremely valuable rider in terms of her own results, the knowledge she brought as a coach, mentor, and racer was invaluable to the rest of the team. Alison will always be a part of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train family, and will continue to stay involved with the team as a high-performance advisor and mentor to riders.” The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team wishes Powers the best in her retirement and thanks her for her contributions to the program as a rider and a leader.



The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will make its grand return to Sacramento, the capital of California, to kick off the 10th anniversary of America’s largest cycling race. The eight day stage race will travel a north-to-south route and span nearly 700 miles through many of California’s most breathtaking roads and sceneries. The Amgen Tour of California is also proud to announce a first of its kind, three-day professional women’s cycling race on May 8-10, 2015, as well as an invitational Time Trial on May 15, 2015.
Women’s Race Expands to Unprecedented Four Days
as Part of 10th Anniversary Edition
Men’s Race to Feature Nearly 700 Miles of California Scenery as
World’s Top Cyclists Compete in America’s Premier Pro Cycling Race
May 10-17, 2015
SACRAMENTO (Oct. 20, 2014) – The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will make its grand return to Sacramento, the capital of California, to kick off the 10th anniversary of America’s largest cycling race. The eight day stage race will travel a north-to-south route and span nearly 700 miles through many of California’s most breathtaking roads and sceneries. The Amgen Tour of California is also proud to announce a first of its kind, three-day professional women’s cycling race on May 8-10, 2015, as well as an invitational Time Trial on May 15, 2015.

Regarded as the largest and most prestigious cycling event in America, 52 California cities have hosted the race throughout the past nine editions. For the 10th anniversary, the start of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will take place in Sacramento, the state’s capital, and travel through 12 additional host cities during the eight day event including Nevada City, Lodi (first-time host city), San Jose (ten-time host city), Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) and Pasadena.

“Since we launched the Amgen Tour of California nine years ago, we have strived to host the world’s top cyclists in a race that will not only challenge them as professionals, but will also provide a stunning backdrop,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “As we look ahead to our 10th edition of the race, we’re certain the worldwide audience will be on the edge of their seats watching as the sport’s best men and women cyclists compete against each other in what is likely to be our most challenging and picturesque course ever.”

Stage 1 of the race commences on May 10, 2015 in the state’s capital of Sacramento, which marks the seventh time the city has hosted the race and the third time as the overall start. After eight days of racing, cyclists will conclude the race in the city referred to fondly as the “City of Roses,” Pasadena.

Stage 2 of the race will find the peloton traveling through historic Nevada City to first-time host city Lodi, known as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” Stage 3 will see the cyclists start and finish in the only city to have participated in all 10 editions of the race, San Jose.

As the peloton continues its journey south, Stage 4 will take the race from one ocean side community to another when the peloton traverses from Pismo Beach to Avila Beach. This year marks the second time each city has served as a host city.

Stage 5 of the race will commence in the “American Riviera” known as Santa Barbara, where cyclists will have the chance to take in picturesque views of the California coast and Pacific Ocean. From Santa Barbara, cyclists will land in Santa Clarita, with both cities sharing the distinction of serving as host cities six times since the race began.

Third-time host city Big Bear Lake will host this year’s Individual Time Trial (Stage 6), where cyclists will compete against the clock while taking in stunning mountain and lake views. During Stage 7, Ontario, referred to as the “Gateway to Southern California,” will host cyclists for the second time as they make their way to a mountain top finish at Mt. Baldy, a third-time host city.

As the race draws to a conclusion, the peloton will travel from L.A. LIVE in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena. This marks the third time Los Angeles has served as a host city after hosting the overall finish of the race in 2012, also at L.A. LIVE. Pasadena has hosted the race four times, including the overall finish in 2008.

For ten consecutive years, biotechnology company Amgen has served as the title sponsor of the race and will continue to activate Breakaway from Cancer® leading up to and during the race. Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer aims to increase awareness of important resource available to people affected by cancer, from prevention to survivorship.

The Amgen Tour of California draws global recognition as one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year attracting Olympic medalists, World Champions and top Tour de France competitors.


To highlight the extraordinary achievements in women’s cycling, the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will continue to expand its support of women’s cycling and host a first of its kind three-day women’s cycling stage race. The women’s race will travel through South Lake Tahoe on May 8-9, 2015 and conclude in Sacramento on May 10, 2015, the same day of the overall start of the men’s race.

As with previous years, the world’s top-ranked time trialists will be invited to race against the clock during an invitational Time Trial preceding the men’s Individual Time Trial at Stage 6 in Big Bear Lake. Powered by SRAM, one of the founding sponsors of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Time Trial, the women’s cycling event serves as a chance for female cyclists to display the powerful and exciting racing they are known for around the world.

“We are beyond thrilled to see the Amgen Tour of California continue to expand its entire women’s racing platform. This will continue to expose the world to the passion and force women have on the bike,” said, SRAM President Stan Day.

“AEG has always been proud to support women’s cycling and is pleased to once again expand its women’s competition to four days,” said Bachochin. “Hosting four days of women’s cycling, fans will have the opportunity to watch the immense talents and achievements of the best women cyclists from around the world.”

The Host City partners for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California include:

Women’s Race:

Stage 1: Friday, May 8 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 2: Saturday, May 9 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 3: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Invitational Time Trial: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake
Men’s Race:

Stage 1: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
Stage 5: Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Stage 6: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Stage 8: Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) to Pasadena
For further information on the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, visit


Mara Abbott And Anna Christian Sign For Wiggle Honda In 2015


Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is delighted to announce that Mara Abbott and Anna Christian have both signed a contract to join the team in 2015. Both riders were selected to ride for their countries in last month’s World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, and will add to the strength of the black and orange team, as well as maintaining its commitment to develop young talent.

28-year-old Mara Abbott, from Boulder, Colorado, is a two-time US National Champion, and the winner of the Giro d’Italia – the toughest and most prestigious stage race in women’s cycling – in 2010 and 2013. Other notable results include four overall victories of the Tour of the Gila, in the US, with 2014 seeing her take that fourth Gila and the Vuelta a El Salvador.
“I am so excited to ride a full season in Europe next year, and Wiggle Honda is offering me the perfect set up to do that,” Abbott said. “I am absolutely thrilled by the line-up of teammates, and the chance to work with a rider as strong and proven as Elisa Longo Borghini is going to be really amazing.

“I have been so impressed by the organisation and attention to personal desires and strengths of riders already,” Abbott added. “I know this is going to be a team I will be very proud to represent and I can’t wait for the season to begin!”

Mara’s World Championship road race unfortunately ended with the big crash that hit the peloton midway through the second of seven laps. Thankfully, however, despite leaving the course by ambulance, she suffered no serious injuries and will be ready to start 2015 in the black and orange jersey.
“I was really excited when Mara expressed that she wanted to join Wiggle Honda,” said the team’s Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “A pure climber is something Wiggle Honda has missed until now and the addition of Mara, in combination with Elisa Longo Borghini means that we can now target winning races like the Giro d’Italia Femminile. Wiggle Honda has some very important Italian partners like: Colnago, Campagnolo, Fizik, Deda & Vittoria so winning a race like the Giro would be a lovely way to thank our committed partners.

“Mara has won the Giro d’Italia twice and has a degree in economics – along with her friendly smile she will bring a world of knowledge to the team,” Gilmore added. “Wiggle Honda are proud to bring her Grand Tour legs into the team!”


Anna Christian is one of the most exciting young British talents, having been selected to ride for her native Isle of Man in the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, Scotland, this year. The 19-year-old rode the time trial and road race, and finished in the top-20 in both.
“I’m really proud and excited to have the opportunity to ride for such a high profile team as Wiggle Honda. It will be great to work alongside Rochelle as well, who has experienced and achieved so much at the top end of the sport and in the women’s peloton. I know the team’s set up and environment is going to help me achieve my ambitions and dreams. I’m already excited to get stuck into racing for the team in 2015!”

Performances like those in Glasgow 2014 earned Anna a place in Great Britain’s World Championship team in Ponferrada, in her very first year in the Elite category. Anna’s attacks and accelerations in the last 30km of the race, in support of team captain Lizzie Armitstead, marked the beginning of what was to become an aggressive finale.
“Anna caught my eye when I was commentating the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July,” Gilmore said. “She kept coming into vision, even on the toughest parts of the circuit which meant she was always well positioned and extremely strong.

“Next, I was commentating the World Championships and witnessed Anna Christian being the rider that really got the race started, again on the toughest parts of the World Championship circuit…” Gilmore added. “I just had to have her, she’ll be a huge success and I’m honoured be a part of her journey in the early stages of her career.”

With the inclusion of Mara and Anna, alongside Dani King and Elisa Longo Borghini, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling

Elite Women’s Road Race Highlights – 2014 Road World Championships, Ponferrada, Spain


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1. Pauline FERRAND PREVOT, (FRA), in 3:29:21
2. Lisa BRENNAUER, (GER), at :00
3. Emma JOHANSSON, (SWE), at :00
4. Giorgia BRONZINI, (ITA), at :00
5. Tiffany CROMWELL, (AUS), at :00
6. Shelley OLDS, (USA), at :00
7. Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD, (GBR), at :00
8. Linda Melanie VILLUMSEN, (NZL), at :00
9. Hanna SOLOVEY, (UKR), at :00
10. Marianne VOS, (NED), at :00
11. Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA, (POL), at :00
12. Evelyn STEVENS, (USA), at :03
13. Rossella RATTO, (ITA), at :03
14. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, (ITA), at :03
15. Claudia HÄUSLER, (GER), at :06
16. Audrey CORDON, (FRA), at :41
17. Chantal BLAAK, (NED), at :41
18. Paulina BRZEZNA, (POL), at :41
19. Malgorzta JASINSKA, (POL), at :41
20. Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO, (RSA), at :41
21. Elena KUCHINSKAYA, (RUS), at :41
22. Eri YONAMINE, (JPN), at :41
23. Doris SCHWEIZER, (SUI), at :41
24. Rachel NEYLAN, (AUS), at :41
25. Flavia OLIVEIRA, (BRA), at :41
26. Anna SANCHIS CHAFER, (ESP), at :41
27. Sofie DE VUYST, (BEL), at :47
28. Tetiana RIABCHENKO, (UKR), at :47
29. Eleonora VAN DIJK, (NED), at :47
31. Christine MAJERUS, (LUX), at :47
32. Trixi WORRACK, (GER), at :47
33. Lucinda BRAND, (NED), at :47
34. Kelly DRUYTS, (BEL), at 1:10
35. Serika GULUMA ORTIZ, (COL), at 1:10
36. Jessenia MENESES, (COL), at 1:24
37. Tatiana GUDERZO, (ITA), at 2:41
38. Annie LAST, (GBR), at 3:06
39. Julie LETH, (DEN), at 3:06
40. Maaike POLSPOEL, (BEL), at 3:06
41. Lauren HALL, (USA), at 5:30
42. Emilie MOBERG, (NOR), at 5:46
43. Elise DELZENNE, (FRA), at 5:46
44. Amélie RIVAT, (FRA), at 5:46
45. Polona BATAGELJ, (SLO), at 5:46
46. Špela KERN, (SLO), at 5:46
47. Megan GUARNIER, (USA), at 5:46
48. Katrin GARFOOT, (AUS), at 5:46
49. Sara MUSTONEN, (SWE), at 5:51
50. Alexandra BURCHENKOVA, (RUS), at 5:51
51. Anastasiya CHULKOVA, (RUS), at 5:51
52. Mayuko HAGIWARA, (JPN), at 5:51
53. Charlotte BECKER, (GER), at 5:51
54. Sari SAARELAINEN, (FIN), at 8:38
55. Elena CECCHINI, (ITA), at 8:45
56. Sabrina STULTIENS, (NED), at 11:06
57. Carlee TAYLOR, (AUS), at 11:44
58. Verónica LEAL BALDERAS, (MEX), at 11:44
59. Paz BASH, (ISR), at 12:28
DNF Stephanie POHL, (GER)
DNF Susanna ZORZI, (ITA)
DNF Katazina SOSNA, (LTU)
DNF Jacqueline HAHN, (AUT)
DNF Eline Gleditsch BRUSTAD, (NOR)
DNF Kseniya TUHAI, (BLR)
DNF Linnea SJÖblom, (SWE)
DNF Daniela REIS, (POR)
DNF Barvara FASOH, (GRE)
DNF Eugénie DUVAL, (FRA)
DNF Lavinia Nicoleta ROLEA, (ROU)
DNF Eugenia BUJAK, (POL)
DNF Veronika KORMOS, (HUN)
DNF Alexandra NESSMAR, (SWE)
DNF Ann-Sofie DUYCK, (BEL)
DNF Thalita DE JONG, (NED)